Review: France 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

France returns out in front of the Pavilion on the right side. On busier days, check to see if the line is shorter on the left/back side of the Marketplace, particularly before 3pm.

The Warm Goat Cheese Pudding is brand new and we see a slightly different take on the standard Crème Brûlée that France has offered over the last few years. The Marketplace drops the Frozen Ice Pops that have never really worked and switched out the winery on the chardonnay, but all of the other drinks return.

Moelleux au Fromage de Chèvre et Épinards: Warm Goat Cheese Pudding with Spinach – $4.25

I’ll admit that the menu description on this did not sound particularly appetizing at first blush – something about “cheese,” “warm,” and “pudding” together caused me to involuntarily turn my nose up at the thought, much like when I hear the price of the Moretti beer in France. But this was absolutely delicious and one of our favorite items from the Festival. You and I might consider this to be more of a “dip,” though it arrives with no dunkable accoutrements. Heading over to the Boulangerie for half of a baguette to dip into the cheese seems like a lot of effort, but it would be oh-so-good. Since DISFLIX failed so spectacularly, maybe there would be money in DISBREAD, where I stand around trying to hawk sourdough for a standard monthly rate.

Otherwise, the cheese on top forms a bit of a crispy top that easily gives way to the delicious, warm, creamy mixture of cheese, garlic, and herbs that creates a sort of moat around the sphere of goat cheese in the center. The tangy goat cheese is firmer than the cream cheese, which makes for an interesting textural contrast when it’s mixed in with all the spinach. Really fantastic and a surprisingly big, hearty portion for the money.

(The reason the two pictures look different is because they’re actually two different dishes from two different days – we ended up ordering four over our first three Festival visits. This never happens.)

Taste: 10/10

Value: 9/10

Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley – $5.75

This is a Festival favorite and one of only a couple of returning items that I allow anyone in my entourage to order on the first day of the Festival, which is historically devoted to new items. Four escargot(s) are baked into the croissant which is topped with a buttery garlic and parsley spread. You might be a little apprehensive about the whole snail thing, but this is a good opportunity to try them if you haven’t. The escargots hold up surprisingly well with all of the butter and garlic going on. Definitely worth a try.

Taste: 8/10

Value: 8/10

Boeuf Bourguignon, Purée de Pommes de Terre: Cabernet Sauvignon Braised Beef with Mashed Potatoes – $6.25

This is a very alcohol-forward dish with a pronounced red wine flavor and the beef is more stew-quality than your typical high-end short rib dish. The potatoes also tend to harden a bit under the heat lamp. This is a pretty safe skip and your money is probably better spent on one of the many other beef dishes available at the other booths.

Taste: 3/10

Value: 3/10

Crème Brûlée à la Confiture de Framboises: Crème Brûlée with Housemade Rasberry Jam – $4.25

This year’s Crème Brûlée sits in the back with yet another Croissant and Pudding up front.

The sugar isn’t freshly caramelized, but the browning process adds a thin, crunchy, glass-like top layer that easily breaks into the luscious vanilla bean custard underneath. The raspberry jam adds a delightfully fruity component and a really fresh, sweet/tart flavor. This is pretty average for Crème Brûlée, but even average Crème Brûlée is delicious. I recommend picking one up if you’re making a stop.

Taste: 7/10

Value: 6/10

La Passion Martini Slush: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, Cranberry and Passion Fruit Juice – $10.75

The Passion Fruit Martini Slush is probably the most popular cocktail at the Festival and is similar to the other various slushes that France offers year-round. It’s reliably cold and refreshing with a pleasantly fruity flavor that isn’t too sweet along with a questionable amount of alcohol. Very tasty, but don’t expect it to pack a punch.

Taste: 9/10

Value: ?/10

Chardonnay, Bouchard Ainé & Fils – $4.75

Store Price: 35 cents/ounce

Festival Price: $2.34/ounce

Value: Bad

Paying $4.75 for two ounces of a $9 bottle of basic chardonnay is pretty rough. The white wine at Brazil is a much better value. Consider getting two.

St-Germain Sparkling Kir: Sparkling Wine and St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur – $8.50

That’s the Sparkling Kir in the back of the picture. I’m not sure what the deal was, but the drink we were served tasted like dirt rather than the floral bouquet that’s typically associated with St. Germain and sparkling wine. I think I’ll have to return to this one, but what we were served was virtually undrinkable.

Taste: 1/10

Value: 1/10

Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 Pale Lager – $4.25

Store price: 15.2 cents/ounce.

Festival price: 70.8 cents/ounce.

ABV: 5%

Value: Below average.

Kronenbourg is available in France throughout the year and you’ll also find it on the dinner menu at Be Our Guest Restaurant over at Magic Kingdom, among other locations. This witbier is otherwise heavy on the lemon and orange citrus up front with some lingering coriander spice on the back end. It’s a pretty expensive proposition at the Festival.

Comments

  1. Gigi says

    The pudding/dip looks good! Great idea on the baguette. Not sure if you went to the Cheese Studio yet, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on the onion and Boursin tart. Sounds very similar to the onion tart that made a prior appearance at the France booth. BTW – glad you got through the hurricane okay :)

  2. RebeccaMcK says

    Alright, I’m changing my “must try” order from the beef to the goat cheese pudding and have in my notes to save some bread or chips from somewhere to dip into it. I’m going to be spending a fortune at food booths next month, but your reviews are helping me edit down my list (and add stuff, lol). I hope you plan to end the review tour with Intermissions Cafe’s and Legacy Showplace’s stuff. Hope everyone out there in FL is okay.

    • Michelle says

      Ditto…this has net saved me about $50 so far, though I never would have gotten through the whole list anyway. My diet, however, remains as screwed as before. Three more weeks!

      • RebeccaMcK says

        It’s very hard to get through the “must try” list even if going over to Epcot for every lunch and dinner time of the trip (I’ve tried before). Three more weeks for me, too, as of tomorrow. Going 2-3 days to Epcot while park hopping, and just bought another D gift card at Target today to help with the food budget. I can imagine how expensive this was for bloggers like Josh to review the items, since they had to buy even more than what I plan to get.

  3. Dorliss Chambers says

    There’s another booze slushie at the permanent kiosk in France that has more of a kick , I think Gran Marnier is the basis for the drink. It’s so good you can’t stop drinking them. Yes, that’s plural.

  4. lexmelinda says

    We were at Food & Wine last Thursday before leaving Friday morning. We had to cut our trip short by a day, not to mention that my son only stayed half the week. We had 35 snack credits left on Thursday night. Wish you could’ve joined us, but we certainly had a great time buying food for strangers and were able to divest of all credits. It’s strictly against my policy to leave even one credit on the table for Disney to flush down their high-speed toilets. Wish I had gotten the escargot croissant. Looks great!

  5. Sarah says

    So.. would you guys say the Goat Cheese is cooked? Being pregnant I’m not supposed to eat it unless cooked. It looks awesome.

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