Review: Mexico at 2018 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Our 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Global Marketplace reviews continues with Mexico, located near the pavilion of the same name near World Showcase’s entrance. This booth is one of the oldest, celebrating 22 consecutive years at the annual Walt Disney World event.

Mexico’s food menu is entirely new for 2018, which is for the best as last year’s offerings weren’t exactly crowd-pleasers. What you see pictured above is that entire menu–over $60 of food and alcohol. That price tag should be a pretty good summation of why we say it’s tough to get full or drunk at Food & Wine Festival unless you plan on breaking the bank.

In this post, we’ll review each of the food items at the Mexico booth, which will be available daily from now until November 12, 2018. That’s plenty of time to drop in and try out these dishes, but you may not want to do that, because as usual, Mexico disappoints…

Here’s what’s on the food menu at the Mexico Global Marketplace for the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival:

  • Short Rib Tostada: Corn Tortilla topped with Short Ribs, Black Beans, Salsa Verde and Spring Onion
  • Shrimp Quesadilla: Corn Tortilla with Shrimp, Oaxaca Cheese and topped with Spicy Guajillo Sauce and Sesame Seeds
  • Coconut Rice Pudding served with Mango Coulis (GF) (V)

Now our photos and reviews of each item at the Mexico Global Marketplace…

Short Rib Tostada – As far as Mexico Food & Wine dishes go, this is fine–which makes it a home run relative to other dishes served here in the past. The highlight is the short ribs, which were moist and had decent flavor.

The corn tortilla, black beans, and salsa underneath make this an ostensibly “Mexican” dish, but none of that really does much for the overall flavor of the dish. Basically, you’re ordering this for the short rib. That’s fine if you’re a fan of short rib, but there are other, more complete dishes executed better elsewhere.

Shrimp Quesadilla – Easily one of the worst items we tried. This tasted like someone defrosted a frozen corn tortilla, some frozen shrimp, tossed in some cheese, and microwaved it all.

Not even the smoky flavor of the sauce could mask or enhance the flavor. For a dish that should be pretty simple to execute, this is a surprising dud.

Coconut Rice Pudding – As usual, the redeeming item at the Mexico booth is dessert. The rice blended with the coconut milk makes for a creamy pudding, and the mango topping pushes it over the edge.

The end result is a refreshing flavor that delights the taste buds, without the ‘mushiness’ that commonly plagues desserts like this (saying it had a nice texture is probably not quite accurate, but it hit the mark in every way). Especially perfect for those hot Florida days, this simple dessert is a must-order.

Finally, the Mexico Global Marketplace is popular spot for alcohol, and features four different margaritas and other mixed drinks in addition to an obligatory beer offering. Here are the choices on the drink menu:

  • Cerveza Por Favor: Dos Equis Draft Beer with a hint of Almond
  • Mariachi Loco: Margarita with Libelula Tequila Joven, Mango Purée and Chamoy
  • Ay Caramba: Smoky Margarita with Gracias A Dios Mezcal, Lime Juice and Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
  • La Chancla: Red Wine Sangria mixed with Fruit Juice
  • El Padrino: Blackberry Mexican Punch with Velo Blanco Tequila

We didn’t try any of these, but our group ordered all of them–hence the drinks being pictured above. Fortunately for you (and unfortunately for me), I attended the opening day of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival with Josh from easyWDW.com. To my knowledge, he is the only person to publicly feud with an Epcot restaurant on social media.

I’m not sure whether that adds to or detracts from his street cred, but I will say that I consider Josh the most reputable voice when it comes to drinking at Walt Disney World. If you’re debating which drinks to order in Mexico, I’d highly recommend checking out his Mexico booth review here.

Overall, Mexico is not a booth we have ever recommended, save for dessert, and the same remains true this year. It’s really astonishing that this Global Marketplace delivers food that is so consistently bland year in and year out. At this point, it must be a deliberate decision, which is perplexing given that many other booths are serving up spicier options. Beyond that, most Americans should be familiar with Mexican cuisine, so it doesn’t seem like ‘dumbing down’ the flavors to this great of a degree is even remotely necessary.

Check out our Epcot Food & Wine Festival Booth Menus post if you want to see and read more about every menu this year. You’ll also want to read our full Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival Guide before you go to get an idea of what to do, strategy for the festival (yes, you will need a strategy), and much more!

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YOUR THOUGHTS

What do you think of the Mexico Global Marketplace? Have you tried any of the three food items at this booth? What did you think of them? Have you had good or bad luck with the Mexico booth in the past? Questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!


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