Germany Marketplace Epcot Food Wine Festival 2016

Germany returns to the same location to the left of the rest of the Pavilion.

Menu Germany Epcot 2016 Food Wine Festival

With the Pretzel Roll now being served alongside the Cheese Soup in Canada, the Roast Bratwurst is now served with just a hard roll even if the Pretzel Roll was still listed on the menu on day one. The other items are the same as last year.

Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese – $3.75

Schinkennudeln Pasta Gratin Review Epcot 2016 Food Wine Festival

While it’s not the most photogenic dish that we’ve run into so far, the Pasta Gratin here is one of the best tasting. It’s also a wallop of a portion for $3.75 – very creamy and cheesy with a few bites of salty ham mixed in.

Taste: 9/10

Value: 10/10

Roast Bratwurst Served in a Pretzel Roll Hard Roll

Roast Bratwurst Hard Roll Epcot Food Wine Festival 2016

While not quite as comically small as the Pretzel Roll, the “Hard Roll” is still on the small side, spanning about half the length of the sausage. I think moving to what is basically a dinner roll from Be Our Guest Restaurant eliminates a lot of the novelty of this offering – anybody can go to the grocery store and buy a package of Johnsonville brats. Or go to the regular quick service and order a much larger sausage. Still, as a tasting portion, the sausage offers the usual spiciness of a bratwurst, perhaps toned down a bit for a wider audience. It’s not a bad pickup alongside the pasta, but I’m not sure I’d wait in line specifically for it without the pretzel bread.

With the baby pretzel roll.

Taste: 5/10

Value: 4/10

Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce – $3.75

Apple Strudel Germany Epcot Food Wine Festival

Disney does a nice job with their Apple Strudel – the crust has a nice crispiness with a brush of sugar and the apples inside are plentiful and crisp. The vanilla sauce adds another layer of sweetness that contrasts nicely with the cinnamon. At under four dollars, it doesn’t break the bank either. I think this is straightforward enough that it doesn’t necessarily demand a purchase, but what you’ll receive should please.

Taste: 9/10

Value: 9/10

Riesling Flight Germany Epcot Food Wine Festival

Last year, Disney offered a Riesling Flight for five dollars, which presented a nice opportunity to compare and contrast the three different styles. This year, it’s a full 3-ounce pour of each for between $4.50 and $5.50. No matter which you select, you’ll receive a sweet, white wine that doesn’t really pair well with anything here.

As noted in the Brewer’s Collection review, the Zwickel Pilsner here is the bitterest of the beers you’ll run into at the Festival, but it has a nice malty presence too. Very good if you are into beer, but potentially not the best choice for the Miller Lite crowd.


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