Review: Greece 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Greece switches sides for this year’s Festival, now appearing on the walk towards Mexico. Farm Fresh is behind us, Thailand is ahead, and then Mexico appears waterside up to the right.

The Taste of Greece and Bougatsa are new along with the Red Blend wine.

Loaded Greek “Nachos”: Pita Chips, Meatless Sausage Crumbles, and Vegan Tzatziki – $4.50

After enjoying these far more than I thought I would last year, I picked up this year’s version as well, which is pictured above. At least on Day 2 of the Festival, I thought the flavors were a lot more muted than I remember – much of the spice was gone and the colors in the ingredients were far more muted with a lot fewer olives, tomatoes, and red onions.

This is last year’s.

Still, this is probably the best of the vegan dishes and different enough that most vegetarians will want to give it a whirl as well. I would have recommended it to meat eaters last year, but I think it’s less compelling this year unless Disney finds some more vibrant, flavorful ingredients somewhere.

Taste: 5/10

Value: 6/10

Taste of Greece: Stuffed Grape Leaves with Lemon Dill Sauce, Grilled Octopus, and Feta Cheese Dip with Warm Pita — $8

This was not the most attractive dish we were served over the course of the day, but it does include a platter of three very different items. The Grape Leaves were my favorite – the sauce had a really zesty, citrus-y flavor and the leaves were stuffed with a flavorful mix of rice and spices. If this was two of those for $4.50 I would have left happy.

The octopus disappointed – gummy and flavorless and served at a temperature like it had been sitting outside in Florida for a little too long. Given the “sort of out there” description for a lot of people, they may have overestimated demand on the first day. Even the salad underneath was bland, which was surprising given its rich color.

This variety of creamy cheese dip with chunks of this and that in it is not typically to my tastes, but I did appreciate the tang from the feta and the pita underneath was soft and tender. I might recommend this for the curious, but I have a feeling that the great majority of people are going to bypass it.

Despite the higher price point, you do come away with a lot of food and those with a Dining Plan credit to spare may appreciate receiving all three items at the $8 price point. If it sounds good, get it this year, because I doubt it will be back.

Taste: 5/10

Value: 5/10

Spanakopita – $4.25

Unlike the Pot Stickers in China and Cheese Bread in Brazil, among other items, Greece’s Spanakopita(s) have never “felt” defrosted and instead arrive with rich, fresh flavors. The thin, flaky crust otherwise gives way to several layers of spinach, feta, and spices. These are also lighter than you might expect. Very good overall and come recommended, though the portion isn’t huge.

Taste: 8/10

Value: 6/10

Bougatsa – Warm Phyllo Dough Strudel with Sweet Vanilla Custard, Lemon Honey Syrup, and Cinnamon — $4

I thought this was fantastic and a far better use of phyllo than what Morocco is trying to put together with their baklava. It’s also far more sizable.

The exterior is light and crispy with a luscious custard interior that’s sweetened up with a natural honey flavor and a lot of cinnamon. Really good and a large portion for the money.

Taste: 8/10

Value: 9/10

Domaine Skouras Moscofilero – $5

Store Price: 63 cents/ounce

Festival Price: $2.50/ounce

Value: Average

The white wine on the left is the moscofilero arriving with a nice floral aroma and fruity taste.

Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko – $7

Store Price: 95 cents/ounce

Festival Price: $3.50/ounce

Value: Average

Sigalas is perhaps Greece’s best white wine producer and their assyrtiko showcases the unique flavors of the region better than most. It’s very acidic up front, but give it a chance to move across the palate with warmer fruit flavors opening up throughout the sip. This isn’t the best atmosphere to enjoy this style, but it’s a very good wine. The Festival price did go up $2.50 since last year.

 

Comments

  1. MTC says

    On the first day, my grilled octopus was perfectly cooked (not chewy/gummy) and the salad was nicely chilled. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Sad to hear by day two it was not as good.

    And my grape leaves were stuffed with rice. I agree the sauce had a great lemon flavor.

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