Morocco

Morocco was on the receiving end of a proper Food and Wine Festival kiosk this year and it looks fantastic.

This is what it looked like as recently as last year’s Food and Wine Festival and this year’s Flower and Garden Festival.

Morocco replaces the Harissa Chicken Roll with Spicy Hummus Fries and offers a new interpretation of the baklava.

Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions and Tzatziki Sauce – $5

This is a pile of four “fries” that are mostly identical to what’s served at nearby Spice Road Table. What you receive otherwise is basically crispy falafel underneath a cool yogurt-based tzatziki sauce and a burst of freshness from the cucumber and tomato. There isn’t a whole lot of spice involved, but they do have a kick. You can eliminate most of that by staying away from the orange sauce. These were a crowd favorite and an easily shareable snack, though they are probably a dollar overpriced.

Taste: 8/10

Value: 6/10




Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce – $3.95

I appreciate the fact that Morocco offers baklava each year as it’s a nightmare to make yourself and is somewhat rare to see. There’s layer upon layer of filo dough underneath the sweet chocolate and toasted almonds, making for a rich, dense dessert. It’s actually quite a bit to finish yourself and is best shared among a couple of people I think. It’s that rich.

Taste: 8/10

Value: 8/10

Kefta Pocket: Seasoned Ground Beef in a Pita Pocket – $5

The Kefta Sandwich is basically a Moroccan meatball sandwich with the beef further back in the pita and the vegetables stuffed closer to the opening. The pita is on the bland side and I think most people will prefer the lamb meatball at New Zealand. It’s a relatively large portion and what you end up being served may not be as dry and flavorless as what I received.

Taste: 4/10

Value: 5/10

Casa Pale Lager – $4

Store price: ?

Festival price: 67 cents/ounce

ABV: 5%

Value: Yuck

Casa Beer is available all over the Morocco Pavilion year around in bottle form. It’s not bad, but you’re paying a lot of money for what amounts to half of somebody else’s bottle of Heineken.

Les Trois Domaines Guerrouane White Wine – $5

The Les Trois Domaines Guerrouane Blanc is probably going to be difficult to track down outside of Epcot and Morocco tends to fill the cups to the brim, unlike most booths that have pour stoppers that only allow two to three ounces. It’s still a $4 cup of a $14 bottle, but you could do worse. And while it sounds French, it is actually produced in Morocco.

Moroccan Sangria – $6 and Mimosa Royale – $8

The $6 Sangria is on the left and the $8 Mimosa Royale on the right. Morocco serves a sweet Spanish sangria that tastes more of sugar than alcohol. It’s pre-made from a bottle and isn’t anything special, but it’s sugary and here if you’re in the market. The Mimosa Royale is what you would expect from champagne and orange juice. Neither is a compelling value, but they’re both here if you’re in the market.

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