Review: Canada 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Canada returns in the same spot in front of its namesake Pavilion, though its neighbors have changed up with New Zealand and Australia moving over here. I imagine the New Zealand and Canadian cast members must just smile and wave at each other all day while constantly asking if either needs anything.

It’s worth noting that the physical marketplace is new this year with the wood cabin motif.

The food items return for 25 cents more money each. Moosehead Radler replaces the regular lager that we’ve seen served here over the last couple of years, while the Fielding Estate sees an increase of a whopping $2.50 versus last year’s $4.50 price.

Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll – $5

We picked up the 2017 versions of both items with the perennially-popular cheese soup and pretzel roll appearing up front. Those that visited last year may remember that Disney finally added the pretzel roll to the dish, but reduced the size of the cheddar cheese soup accompaniment. What you receive is still a satisfying, rich, creamy, decadent, delicious cheese soup along with the soft, chewy pretzel bread that is best dipped. This is one of the most popular, highest-rated items at the Festival every year even as the price increases. Order one per person and forget they’re five dollars each.

Taste: 9/10

Value: 5/10

“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce – $8

This year’s version of the Cellier Filet. Quality on this typically varies as no two pieces of beef are exactly the same, but I think Disney has improved quality control quite a bit in the last couple of years. Or at least the four steaks that we’ve purchased over the last three years have all been lean, tender, and cooked to a perfect medium. The sauce remains rich and creamy with a real earthy component from the truffle and grilled mushrooms that adorn the top of each piece. Presentation has also improved with the sauce neatly ladled over the meat along with the herb topper. At $8, it remains an expensive proposition, but it’s “only” $2-$3 more than other beef items for a much higher quality piece of steak. It’s recommended and a no-brainer on the Disney Dining Plan as it’s the second most expensive food item at the Festival.

Taste: 8/10

Value: 7/10

Moosehead Radler: Lager infused with Grapefruit, Grape and Lemon Juices – $4

Store Price: 12 cents/ounce

Festival Price: 67 cents/ounce

Value: Poor

Moosehead’s Radler tastes similar to the Schofferhofer Grapefruit beer that’s available in Germany year-round. Or if you’re familiar with any of Leinenkugel’s shandy lineup, then you know what to expect here. This is basically 85% Moosehead  Light, 15% juice, which makes for a refreshing, juicy drink that tastes great during Florida’s lingering summer heat, while still maintaining a respectable 4% ABV. It’s overpriced at the Festival, but virtually everything else is too. This is a great option for those that “don’t like beer,” but would like to find themselves holding something cold and refreshing anyway. Very tasty.

Neige Premiere “Apple Ice Wine” – $6

Neige Premier Apple Ice Wine

Store Price: $2.83/ounce

Festival Price: $6/ounce

Value: Good

As recently as three years ago, most of the wines were in the $2.75-$3.75 range instead of the $5.50 to $7 range that we see today. That made this $6 Ice Wine stand out as being particularly expensive. Now it’s in line with several of the other offerings. But the thing about ice wine is that it’s expensive at $40 for 375ml (half the size of a standard bottle) and very, very sweet. So Canada only serves about an ounce for the money. It’s a potentially nice opportunity to try the intense apple-cider-like wine and the price hasn’t increased much compared to other offerings, making it a much better value proposition than past years.

Fielding Estate Red Conception – $7

Store Price: ?

Festival Price: $3,50/ounce

Value: Poor, probably

This wine looks to be impossible to find, but bottles of past varietals have come in around $16, making the $7 price for two ounces rather absurd. You might remember that the same cup also cost $4.50 last year. The wine is otherwise straightforward – medium-bodied with blackberry, plum, and cherry notes along with a pleasant fruity aroma that continues through the end of the sip. Connoisseurs may want to take advantage of trying it, or checking out the bottle price at the Festival shop, as this one doesn’t look like it will materialize at your local grocery store.

Comments

  1. Joey Mack says

    “I imagine the New Zealand and Canadian cast members must just smile and wave at each other all day while constantly asking if either needs anything”

    Lol so true…but we would also apologize if we were intruding by asking the question first.

  2. dusty cheatham says

    the steak is just that good . for me minus the mushrooms. $$$$ yes but the soup $$$$$$$$$ for what you get. and the thing is after 2 or 3 stops you are full.

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