Spain is a booth in World Showcase during the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World. In this Global Marketplace review, we’ll look at the menu prices, share food photos, and offer thoughts on what is–and is not–worth your money.
Let’s start with a brief synopsis of what’s happening at the 2021 Epcot Food & Wine Festival. This year’s culinary event started much earlier than normal and will run significantly longer than usual (129 days!) for a variety of reasons beyond the scope of this Spain food booth info post.
Consequently, the 2021 Epcot Food & Wine Festival will occur in two phases. The second phase starts on October 1, 2021. This date is Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, and when the event kicks into high gear. That day is when Epcot attendance will likely skyrocket due to the debut of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Harmonious. It’s also when the the Alps food booth will debut…
DisneyWorld.com describes the Spain Global Marketplace as follows: “Travel to España for pleasing cuisine that’s unrivaled—from paella to seafood that’s straight from Basque Country.” We’d probably disagree about the unrivaled part, or that anyone is traveling any farther than the local Publix deli case when stopping at the Spain food booth…
You’ll find the Spain Global Marketplace between the Italy and Germany pavilions, and their respective food booths. This is perhaps the weakest stretch of World Showcase in terms of booths, so you might want to pass by this area entirely, save for maybe a beer stop in Germany.
Here’s the menu for Spain:
- Charcuterie with a selection of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses and Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette (gluten/wheat-friendly)
- Spanish-style Paella with Rice, Chorizo and Shrimp (gluten/wheat-friendly)
- Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar and Smoked Paprika (gluten/wheat-friendly)
Spain drink menu:
- Estrella Galicia Cerveza Especial Lager
- Avaline White Blend
- Faustino VII Rioja Rosado
- Espelt Garnacha
- Wine Flight
Now our photos and reviews of each item from the Spain food booth at the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival…
Charcuterie in a Cone with imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses and Olives, Etc. ($6.50) – This is a pretty straightforward cone of ordinary meats, cheeses, and olives drizzled in a dressing. The oil and herbs definitely compensate for some fairly pedestrian offerings here, but it’s still fun.
My biggest complaint here is that the cone is not edible. Seriously. Let’s not pretend this is some fancy dish–Walt Disney World’s chefs should double-down on the guilty pleasure quality of oily meats and cheeses, and make this a classic EPCOT Handwich. Dare to dream!
Definitely not recommended if you’re paying out of pocket, but it’s not a terrible use of a Disney Dining Plan credit so long as you go in with open eyes as to exactly what you’re getting here.
Spanish-style Paella with Botifarra & Roasted Chicken ($5.50) – Walt Disney World is playing fast and loose with the term “paella” here. In reality, this is a mild rice dish topped with sausage, chicken, peas, and seasoning. It’s fairly bland, and likely aiming to be crowd-pleasing and unoffending.
The thing is, it’s not as if paella, when down well, is going to alienate many palates. As of this year, both Jaleo and Gran Destino are serving up paella at Walt Disney World that’s actually good, and approachable to the masses. This, by contrast is just boring. Not recommended.
Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Etc. ($6) – I could pretty much copy and paste my entire review for the Charcuterie in a Cone, simply swapping out “meats and cheeses” for “seafood.” (Honestly, I’d even keep the part about the edible cone. Turn the great nation of Spain into the International Ambassador of EPCOT Handwiches!)
Ultimately, I think this is the slightly higher quality dish of the two, and if I were only ordering one, this would be it. The seafood is slightly nicer quality and there’s an abundance of it. I’m not sure I’d actively recommend this if paying out of pocket, but this is a solid option if you want something refreshing and zesty. It’s arguably worth a Disney Dining Plan snack credit, particularly for seafood fans.
Overall, the Spain booth is probably one of the more “skippable” Global Marketplaces at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. It’s not that it’s all terrible or anything, there’s just nothing particularly interesting or inventive here, and your time in the sun or waiting in line is better spent at other booths.
In fairness, Spain is better than its neighbor Italy, so if you’re only stopping at one of the two booths in this area, this is your better option. While we expect this review to be largely unchanged since the menu is the same for the 2021 Epcot Food & Wine Festival, we’ll update this once the Spain booth officially opens.
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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What do you think of the Spain Global Marketplace? Have you tried any of the food items at this booth? Do you agree with our assessment that Spain should become the International Ambassador of EPCOT Handwiches? Any thoughts on these items? Portion-size or quality-wise, did you have better or worse luck than us with what you ordered? 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!