Welcome to a 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival review! Epcot’s biggest festival of the year is upon us and that means that it’s time to eat and drink our way around World Showcase. The 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival runs from August 29 – November 23, 2019 and doesn’t cost extra to attend (food and drink are an additional cost). Scattered throughout Epcot are “Global Marketplaces”, which showcase culinary delights according to a specific theme. Global Marketplaces open at 11am unless otherwise noted. Please enjoy our Africa Global Marketplace review from the 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!
Here’s how Disney describes Africa Global Marketplace:
Delve into a delectable menu inspired by countries abundant with history, mystery and cultural diversity.
- Kenyan Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato and Corn Mealie Pap and Kachumbari Slaw
- Spicy Kenyan Vegan Githeri with White Beans, Pigeon Peas, Curry Rice Pilaf and Kachumbari Slaw (V)
- Piri Piri Skewered Shrimp with Citrus-scented Couscous
- Tusker Lager
- Cederberg Chenin Blanc, South Africa
- Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz, Western Cape
- Groot Constantia Pinotage, Constantia
- Wine Flight also available
Kenyan Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin – $5.75
Served with Sweet Potato and Corn Mealie Pap and Kachumbari Slaw
When traveling around World Showcase consuming as much food and wine as possible, one can sometimes forget to grab a knife. It was only once we had taken our photos of the Kenyan Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin that we had realized all we had were plastic spoons. It may seem like an irrelevant fact given all you want to know is, “should I buy this dish”, but the reason it’s being told is because the beef was so soft for us that we could separate it with just our plastic spoon.
On top of the tenderness of the meat, we found it to be well seasoned and flavored. It’s probably closer to a traditional barbecue than anything as exotic as described, but it’s good nonetheless. We actually enjoyed the sweet potato base quite a bit and found that this dish was worth a purchase.
Spicy Kenyan Vegan Githeri – $4.50
Served with White Beans, Pigeon Peas, Curry Rice Pilaf and Kachumbari Slaw
What it may lack in presentation, it more than makes up for in spice and flavor. We were happy to see that the Spicy Kenyan Vegan Githeri holds its own next to a beef tenderloin. Githeri is a traditional meal that is well executed here at the Food and Wine Festival. We found the spiciness to be a wonderful blend, present, but nowhere near overpowering.
Piri Piri Skewered Shrimp – $6.75
Served with Citrus-scented Couscous
This dish gets its name from the Piri Piri chili pepper that grows wild and as a crop in Africa. Just like the Spicy Kenyan Vegan Githeri above, we find a bit of heat here, but nothing that should scare you away. As we approach a $7 meal, it becomes imperative that portions improve as well. Luckily, the four shimp skewered here are big enough to justify the price. Another good dish that we can see ourselves considering again.
Overall, Africa has put a good foot forward this year with an all-new lineup of offerings. Each dish hits the correct flavors and two of them pack a nice spice that we weren’t able to find elsewhere at the festival. It’s easy to overlook, but Africa is definitely worth your time and money.