Are you an enthusiastic foodie? Do you love visiting Walt Disney World? If you answered yes to both questions, then you are in for a real treat at EPCOT where “snacking around the world” is an experience that is ready and waiting for your taste buds to enjoy! Of all the theme parks, EPCOT has the greatest reputation for the most interesting food and drink options, especially during the oh-so-popular annual Food & Wine Festival they host each fall. In my opinion, EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival is an event that must be experienced, but if you can’t head over during those months have no fear — an abundance of amazing cuisines still await you on the promenade surrounding the World Showcase Lagoon, ready to entice you with their international flair. No matter the reason, no matter the season, you can take the family, grab together a group of friends or simply go solo and head over to World Showcase for the day, opening your palate to a unique and diverse array of foods from each one of their 11 featured countries. There is something about leisurely wandering around the World Showcase—no schedule, no time table—and sampling the tantalizing and unique snack options as you journey from one country to the next. This is a great opportunity to try an international cuisine you’ve never tasted, all the while taking in the glorious sights of Disney Imagineering all around you. Let’s take a look at some wonderful snack options around EPCOT’s World Showcase!
As you enter the World Showcase from EPCOT’s main entrance and veer right, Canada is the first country you will stumble upon. But don’t rush to the Lumberjack Show just yet or you’ll miss the opportunity to nosh on a seriously trendy and seriously delicious “snack” called the Croissant Doughnut featured at The Refreshment Port. This food stand isn’t exactly in the Canada Pavilion but is close enough in proximity to the pavilion that I am listing this snack here. The menu changes at The Refreshment Port frequently but there are always great snacks ripe for the picking. The drink options are plentiful here, but for the hungry park goer you’ll find chicken breast nuggets and fries as well as the Croissant Doughnut (“Cronut”) served either plain or a la mode. This scrumptious pastry is a marriage between the croissant and a cinnamon sugar donut, and with each flaky, sweet bite you’ll be in deep-fried doughy heaven!
As for the actual Canadian snacks, there are no quick-service food stops here so you’ll need to pop into their merchandise store. Inside you’ll find maple-flavored treats from cookies to lollipops to fudge as well as an assortment of strange-yet-somehow-it-still-works flavored chips (ketchup, dill-pickle, etc.). These snacks are perfect for while you are at the Park or for later in your hotel room while you give your feet some R & R.
10. United Kingdom
Our food crawl leads us to Yorkshire County Fish Shop, a quick-service food stand located inside the United Kingdom Pavilion. The menu includes three food items—Seasonal Fruit, Victoria Sponge Cake, and Fish and Chips. You must, I repeat—MUST—order the Fish and Chips. Easily a meal, you’ll receive two hearty strips of fried, flaky white fish with a small tray of thick French fries (“Chips”). Sharing makes this a perfect snack and the taste is simple, delicious comfort for your belly. This is arguably one of the best foods in EPCOT, so don’t miss out!
Ooh La La, if you have a sweet tooth you might not want to leave France’s Pavilion, which is chocked full of authentic French confections and sugary snacks for your tasting pleasure. There is the popular Crêperie Stand, which serves thin, pancake-like creations in a variety of ways (i.e. Chocolate Crêpes with Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, Strawberry Preserve Crêpes, etc.). If crêpes aren’t your thing, you can mosey on back behind the Chefs de France restaurant, where you’ll find L’Artisan des Glaces and Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie. L’Artisan des Glaces is a sorbet and ice cream parlor which serves up AMAZING cold sweets like the Chocolate Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich or the intensely popular Croque Glacé, which is your choice of ice cream pressed between warm brioche bread. If the weather is too chilly (which does, contrary to popular opinion, happen in Florida every once in a while) for ice cream, walk several yards past the parlor to the Patisserie, where you will find choices galore to satisfy the snack seeker. Savory sandwiches, quiches and soups adorn these display cases as well as sweet French delicacies as far as the eye can see. Once you’ve picked yourself up off the floor from fainting in pure French pastry excitement, go ahead and order whatever your heart desires. But show a little restraint if you can, because your heart will probably desire it all. Need help? You can’t go wrong with the chocolate beignets and Napoleons. Pair these sweets with a freshly made latte and take your time relishing each delicious bite.
Awaken your tongue with the spicy flavors of Morocco on our next stop in this food journey. In the Morocco Pavilion you can duck inside the Tangerine Café to order a traditional favorite sweet, Baklava, or if you desire a more savory snack, I’d recommend splitting the Kefta Sandwich or Falafel Wrap. Kefta is made up of delicious ground seasoned beef and if not overcooked, is a truly spectacular flavor experience. I was first introduced to this Middle-Eastern meal at the Food and Wine Festival and was in love at first bite. The Falafel Wrap contains two deep-fried patties of ground chickpeas, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and tzatziki sauce. Morocco also has a juice bar which is an extension of their Spice Road Table restaurant and is quick-service. This juice bar contains mostly beverages (shocker!) but also features Chef-created ice cream. Chocolate and Cinnamon, Green Tea, Pistachio with Orange Blossom Water, Strawberry and Red Bean, and Toasted Almond with Rosewater are the unique flavors available to satisfy your sweet tooth. Order up a scoop or two in a small dish and slowly saunter to the next pavilion…
This next stop is known for some seriously excellent snacking options! Are you a sushi-lover? Head on up to their quick-service food stop, Katsura Grill, order your favorite sushi roll, and then meander around the beautiful, multi-leveled Japanese gardens. If it’s a warm Florida day (or even if it’s not!), grab a refreshing and delicious Kaki-Gori (Japanese shaved ice) in your favorite flavor at their outdoor refreshment stand or head indoors to their merchandise store and purchase a couple bags of quirky and delicious Japanese candy! If you’re in luck, you might time it just right and be able to catch the Matsuriza Taiko drum show while you nosh.
6. United States
It may be tempting to skip this pavilion if you think all they have to offer is the traditional American fare of burgers and chicken fingers, but you’d be missing out on some really tasty offerings if you do! If going caveman-style and letting your teeth rip into a turkey leg isn’t your thing, why not try the highly popular Jalapeno Cheese Stuffed Pretzel found at the Fife and Drum Tavern? These mildly hot pretzels are a GREAT snack to eat on-the-go and will put a little pep in your step for sure! If you’re looking for a sweet snack then look no further than the funnel cakes found at the free-standing Funnel Cake Stand where you can get this deep-fried favorite with powdered sugar, chocolate, or a fruit topping. It’s an indulgence that’s totally worth the calories (correction: calories don’t count at Disney…right?!).
There is a sweet-treat Gelato Cart parked outside the Italy Pavilion, full of lip-smacking, drool-worthy desserts. Authentic Italian gelato is the way to go here, and you can order it sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies for an added sugar rush. Want a snack without a sugar-high? Head on back to the wine cellar, Tutto Gusto, a cozy spot where you can eat small plates of Italian specialties, like sampling breads and cheeses and mini sandwiches while sipping on an Italian wine.
Karamell-Kuche is heaven on earth for caramel lovers! There are rows of sweet snacks lining the display cases inside this intoxicatingly sweet smelling caramel shop and selecting just one treat is as close to torture as you can get inside EPCOT. Listen, if you are on any sort of diet and are planning on sticking to it, do yourself a favor and plug your nose as you stroll by and don’t attempt going anywhere NEAR this place. For the rest of us, make sure you—at the VERY least—order a bag of caramel popcorn here. Other favorites include the caramel-dipped apples and the dark chocolate caramel sea salt squares. Venturing outside of the sweet store, you’ll find plenty of other snacking opportunities. An authentic pretzel with a side of mustard is a must for many inside the Germany Pavilion, as well as the Bratwurst for a heartier snack.
Make sure you are hungry when you head into the China Pavilion because the food here is wonderful! First stop, “The Joy of Tea,” where you can choose between three snacks: Chinese BBQ Pork Bun, Curry Chicken Pocket, and Pork and Vegetable Egg Roll. Go ahead and order all three to share because they are all amazingly delicious! My personal favorite was the Curry Chicken Pocket which simply “wowed” me with the burst of flavors I got from each bite. Really, though, all three snacks here are winners in my book! Next, head back to the Lotus Blossom Café where you’ll find a popular Chinese specialty snack, Red Bean Ice Cream. This dessert’s slightly tart and not overly sweet flavor has people coming back again and again and is sure to delight!
School Bread, School Bread, School Bread. Oh, and the Troll Horn and Rice Creams are pretty amazing too. In fact, I’m pretty certain there is nothing inside the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe that I’ve tried and not loved. The School Bread with its sweet Cardamom bun filled with vanilla crème custard and topped with glazed and toasted coconuts stands out as the crowd favorite. You will find more than just sweet goodies here as the menu boasts some pretty impressive sandwiches which, if you share, can make a perfect snack too! Nom nom nom!
Our final stop in this snack expedition takes us south of the border to the Mexico Pavilion. Wave to Mexico Donald—or stop and get a pic—on your way to the quick-service food stop, La Cantina de San Angel. Here, you have several options as all of these meals can make for shareable snacks. The nachos are a definite contender for the favorite though, as well as the cinnamon-sugary and very portable churro. One of my favorite hidden gems can be found inside the Plaza de Los Amigos “pyramid.” As you enter inside and walk down the steps, make a sharp right and you’ll face La Cava de Tequila. Make no mistake, this is an authentic Mexican tequila bar, but there are small food plates like chips and guacamole, shrimp cocktail, and queso blanco (white nacho cheese with pico de gallo sauce and tortilla chips) which can be enjoyed inside this cavernous bar and are tasty additions to your refreshing margarita!
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