We continue on from the Wine and Dine Studio.
Hawaii with an apostrophe has actually moved spots for the 2019 edition of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. You’ll find it on the same walkway as the Wine & Dine, Cheese, and Chocolate Studios.
From the main World Showcase promenade, the Marketplace is still easily accessible by taking a right before arriving at Refreshment Port on the Canada side.
The Aulani Sunrise is the only new item.
- Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet-and-Sour DOLE Pineapple Chutney and spicy Mayonnaise – $5.25
- Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad, Pickled Cucumbers and Wasabi Cream – $5.25
- Teriyaki-glazed SPAM Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions and spicy Mayonnaise – $4.25
- Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts – $4
- Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Lager – $4.50
- Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine – $10
Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet-and-Sour DOLE Pineapple Chutney and spicy Mayonnaise – $5.25
This is a fan favorite year in and year out with a nice scoop of the tangy pork placed on the soft bun along with the creamy, zesty Sriracha-heavy mayo working in tandem with the sweet-and-sour mixture of pineapples, onions, and peppers with a little bit of ginger, brown sugar, and garlic. I’ll admit that I like the version of a couple of years ago a little more with the Hawaiian roll in place of the potato bun and pork that seemed to be marinated a little more heavily. If anything, I think Disney is taking advantage of the positive word of mouth and lowering the quality a little bit each year.
Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad, Pickled Cucumbers and Wasabi Cream – $5.25
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I still miss the Spicy Tuna Poke, which looked a lot more appealing than this.
Here’s a different version that I’ve received in the past, with a lot more of the Wasabi Cream.
While there’s more tuna on the plate than what you would have received a couple of years ago, it was gummy, virtually flavorless, and had a slimy, wet texture. Disney typically steers clear of real spice, so I’m not sure what they were going for with the wasabi cream, which tasted like watered-down mayonnaise. I’m not crazy about the pickled cucumber mixed in with the seafood salad, either. At least it’s not a terrible amount of food for the money, but I’d put the $5+ towards the Ahi Tuna Nachos at Yak & Yeti at Animal Kingdom.
Teriyaki-glazed SPAM Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions and spicy Mayonnaise – $4.25
I would leave your preconceived notions about canned meat at the door as this Hash is quite good. The Spam is roasted nicely and has a crispness to it along with a mild sweetness and a heavy dose of salt. The popular Spicy Mayonnaise makes another appearance here and adds a creamy, spicy element along with the peppers and green onions. The potatoes add a lot of heft, making this a satisfying portion for the money and a good value. Based on the four items that we ordered, I wouldn’t have expected this to be the standout.
Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts – $4
With “cheesecake” in the title, I expected this to be a lot denser, but the texture and firmness seemed to be more akin to a sponge cake. On the plus side, it had a very fresh, vibrant passion fruit flavor. The macadamia nuts helped cut the sweetness and added a nice crunch. This is far from a “must buy,” but adding it to an order would be far from the worst thing you could do at the Festival. It’s not a terribly large portion, though. The Maple Bourbon Boursin Cheesecake at The Cheese Studio is the standout.
Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Lager – $4.50
This is a clean, crisp, highly-carbonated beer with no bitterness to speak of throughout each smooth sip. It tastes great in the heat of the day with a little bit of honey biscuit and grass. It’s far from world-class, but it’s worth trying if you’re in the area and high temperatures continue to loom.
Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine – $10
This picture is from the Flower and Garden Festival when the same sparkling wine was offered. Despite what is probably a low ABV, the wine is very alcohol forward with a strong, off-putting artificial sweetness continuing through each sip. The price also continues to skyrocket – this was offered at $6 two years ago and comes in at a crazy $10 this year. If you’re looking for something sparkly in the area, get one of the $6 Mimosas from Shimmering Sips.
AULANI Sunrise: Vodka, DOLE Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine – $14
This is served in a relatively generic plastic souvenir cup, which they didn’t have when we visited on the first day. I’ll return to give it a shot, but it seems unlikely that there will be a tremendous amount of value here.
Overall, I’d make a stop for the Teriyaki-glazed Spam, perhaps with the addition of the beer. And we both know you’re getting a Kalua Pork Slider, which is just fine.