The Alps is a booth near China 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 food booth info post for the Alps.
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…
Moving along, “the Alps” is another booth that’s technically not a single country. Much like “the Riviera” is a nebulous term that allows flexibility as it encompasses multiple countries, the Alps here could describe cuisine from France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, or perhaps even the great nation of Arendelle. We’d probably never know for sure–except DisneyWorld.com described this as “the delicious tastes of Swiss-inspired dishes!” Mystery solved.
When the Alps booth was initially announced, I was pretty excited. There are some interesting things that could be done with Swiss cuisine, and the Alps has the potential to be a fun, inventive, and crowd-pleasing booth all at once.
However, like in the real Switzerland, cuisine at the Alps Global Marketplace feels like it never lives up to its full potential, with a menu that sounds more interesting than it is in actuality. (Hey, at least these dishes are downright cheap by Swiss standards!)
Here’s the food menu at the Alps Global Marketplace:
- Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguette (V) (KA)
- Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Alpine Ham, Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguette
- Blueberry and Almond Frangipane Tart with Crème Fraîche Cream and Blue Diamond® Almonds (V) (KA)
In terms of alcoholic drinks, here’s what’s served at the Alps Food & Wine Festival Global Marketplace:
- Huber Vision Grüner Veltliner, Austria
- Cave De La Côte Rosé Gamay, Romand
- René Favre Dôle, Chamoson
- Frozen Rosé
- Wine Flight also available
Now our photos and reviews of each item from the Alps Global Marketplace at the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. (All items are returning from last year, with the reviews and photos from then–we’ll visit this after October 1, 2021 with a refresh.)
Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguette – There are some dishes at the various festivals that deserve points for edutainment or culture value, in addition to their culinary quality. This is one such dish. There are two versions of it–one with ham and another without. They’re otherwise identical.
The Alps Cast Members are shaving this cheese by hand and using a raclette machine to warm the cheese wheel and plate the cheese in full view of guests. It’s really cool to watch, and this aspect of the dish is what makes it interesting and authentic.
The fun of the presentation and preparation is superior to the taste, which arguably is true of a lot of dishes like this from the actual Alps (so there’s that element of authenticity, too!). The cheese itself is good, as are the baby potatoes–they’re what ultimately make the dish. The baguette could be higher quality can mostly mask that. All things considered, this is a worthwhile “filler” dish, and one we tepidly recommend.
Blueberry and Almond Frangipane Tart with Crème Fraîche Cream & Almonds – The Alps’ standout item, the blueberries here are abundant and punctuate the art, with the Crème Fraîche Cream provided a rich and decadent topping.
This is an absolute must-order; one of our sleeper picks for desserts at the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. It may not look it in the photo above, but this is an incredibly high quality dish with a range of flavors and textures. It’s well worth the price.
Overall, the Alps Global Marketplace at the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival didn’t quite live up to our expectations, but it’s not a total disappointment, either. These are dishes that are good in theory, and it’s fun to watch the preparation, but they could executed with a bit more ambition. The Blueberry and Almond Frangipane Tart with Crème Fraîche Cream & Almonds is the unequivocal highlight, and alone makes us glad that the Alps booth returned–even if a tad late. With all of that said, we’re hoping the Alps makes a return in 2022 with a more robust menu. This booth has a lot of potential, and hopefully nails the execution next year!
Check out our Global Marketplace Booth Menus & Photos for the 2021 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 2021 Epcot 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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