Review: Coastal Eats Epcot 2017 Food and Wine Festival

Coastal Eats Epcot Food Wine Festival 2017

Coastal Eats joins Active Eats and Earth Eats behind Club Cool and Innoventions West in Future World. The three Marketplaces share a centralized area with high-top tables and a variety of other ledges suitable for stopping and enjoying a couple food and drink items.

Menu Coastal Eats Epcot 2017 Food Wine Festival

Unlike the other two Eats Marketplaces, Coastal doesn’t borrow any of its dishes from past Festivals.

Epcot Food Wine Festival Coastal Eats

The three food items along with the new Sweet Avocado Crema available from Active Eats pulling up the rear.

Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado Lemongrass Cream – $5

Lump Crab Cake Coastal Eats Epcot Food Wine Festival 2017

As far as five dollar crab cakes go, this thoroughly impressed. The cake was light, but surprisingly dense, with a good ratio of crab to other stuff. The slaw on the bottom added some vinegar along with a nice fresh crunchy vibe and helped cut a bit of the fishiness from the crustacean. Avocados make another appearance here, this time with a creamy, nutty character mixed in with the herb-y lemongrass that also lent an aromatic quality to the flavor profile.

You might remember that Disney charged $1.25 more for a “Crabless Crab Cake” during this year’s Flower and Garden Festival. Paying less and actually getting crab seems like an all-around win.

Taste: 7/10

Value: 7/10

Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette – $5.50

Baked Shrimp Scampi Coastal Eats Epcot 2017 Food Wine Festival

This was packed with butter, garlic, cheese, shrimp, and herbs and served with two long slices of fresh sourdough that pairs really nicely against the rich creamy cheesiness of the dip. It might be more of a November dish than a September dish, but I thought it was deliciously decadent and a good value given the size and amount of shrimp.

Taste: 8/10

Value: 8/10

Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn and Butterbean Succotash and Chili-Chipotle Butter Sauce – $6

Seared Scallops Epcot Food Wine Festival 2017 Coastal Eats

The scallops here were on the small side – that is not some sort of giant mutant corn underneath. But the butter sauce was incredibly addicting with a delicious spicy quality tempered by the richness of the butter and the scallops themselves were tender and expertly seared. The corn and lima beans underneath did a nice job of soaking up the flavors from the sauce and added a lot of heft to the dish. Altogether, it was a flavorful, filling dish for the money. Disney’s scallop streak continues.

Taste: 8/10

Value: 7/10

Erath Pinot Gris – $6

Erath Pinot Gris Epcot Food Wine Festival 2017 Coastal Eats

Store Price: 51 cents/ounce

Festival Price: $3/ounce

Value: NOPE.

This is fruit-forward white wine with a lingering apple-y pear aftertaste. It’s stupid overpriced at the Festival this year. A bottle is yours for $13 compared to the $6 price.

Soter Planet Oregon Pinot Noir – $7

Soter Planet Oregon Pinot Noir Epcot Food Wine Festival 2017

Store Price: 83 cents/ounce

Festival Price: $3.50/ounce

Value: Below average.

It’s $1 more expensive than the Pinot Gris, but the retail bottle price is also around $8 more, making it a better potential value. Otherwise hailing from the Willamette Valley, the texture is silky with a rich berry character. Definitely a smarter buy than the Erath at the Festival.

Overall, Coastal Eats offers what should be three compelling new dishes all at pretty reasonable prices given the cost of seafood. I would order any of them again.

Comments

  1. Daz says

    Reading your Epcot Food Wine reviews here are always a highlight! Thanks!

    But “scallops here were on the small side – that is not some sort of giant mutant corn underneath” feels wrong. The two wimpy scallops would look even smaller were it giant corn, and they still look small in perspective to normal size corn. It’d take tiny mutant corn nibbled off a chinese stir fry to make them look large.

  2. Sally says

    We tried the scallops here on Sunday, and were given three large scallops and a nice amount of the corn mixture. Very delicious and we thought a good value. Best item we tried all day.

  3. Becky A says

    Josh – Thanks for all your great reviews of the food and wine booths. We read them as we went through Epcot this past week and found for the most part that we agreed with your ratings. It was a great help as we had little time to research before our trip!

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