The 2010 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Walt Disney World World’s annual food festival, introduced three new Marketplace Kiosks: Belgium, South Korea and the Charcuterie & Cheese. The latter replaces the cheese Kiosk from the 2009 festival, offering a presumably more upscale focus on fine meats and cheese.
Charcuterie & Cheese (Introduced to Food & Wine, 2010. New.)
- Cheese Fondue with Croutons and Roasted Potatoes* [V]
- Applewood Smoked Beef, Duck and Ham*
- MARTINI® Prosecco
- Ace Joker Hard Cider
- MacMurray Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
*Items available with a Disney Dining Plan snack credit. [V] indicates vegetarian food.
Epcot Food & Wine mini-review: I couldn’t resist trying the Cheese Fondue, if for no other reason than I wasn’t sure how well serving such a dish would work in an outdoor festival with limited seating and tables. I managed to find a shady spot – a premium during Food & Wine days – so I didn’t need to test the logistics.
As for the Cheese Fondue, I was frankly unimpressed with the quality of the lukewarm fondue; it was thin and flavorless, a problem beyond mild. There were also an insufficient amount of dipping items, with just three croutons and two small but nicely spiced potatoes. Even with sampler sizing, the fondue and dipping proportions were off.
I’d already enjoyed the fruity with-just-a-touch of spice the Martini Prosecco at one of the culinary demonstrations, and thought it a serviceable sparkling wine for appetizers, salads or light entrees.
While I can’t speak to the Charcuterie’s Applewood Smoked Beef, Duck and Ham option, which does sound quite flavorful for omnivores, I don’t recommend this Marketplace for those who love cheese. Instead, head to Ireland and try their cheese plate or head to Canada for Cheddar Cheese Soup (which is flavored with bacon and beer).
Disney Dining Beyond Food & Wine: If you enjoy sampling different cheese, try the Cheese & Fruit Plate at the Rose & Crown in Epcot’s World Showcase.
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