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 Morocco Global Marketplace review from the 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!
Here’s how Disney describes Morocco Global Marketplace:
Relish an inspired array of exotic flavors—this north African region is a mecca of intriguing cuisine.
- NY Strip Steak Green Shermoula Flatbread with fresh Radish and Tomato Salsa
- Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomatoes, Onions, Tzatziki, and Chipotle Sauce
- Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce
- Casa Beer
- Laroque Chardonnay, Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon
- Red Organic Sangria
- Mimosa Royale: Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice topped with Orange Liqueur
NY Strip Steak Green Shermoula Flatbread – $9.00
Served with Fresh Radish and Tomato Salsa
There have been some awful presentations before, but this may be the winner for the 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. It was so outrageous, that we couldn’t wait for this review and had to tweet out a photo to share in our dismay.
The frustrating part here is that Morocco has actually executed a good flatbread in the past. The Mediterranean Flatbread was a delicious offering during the 2018 Festival of the Arts. Here’s a photo to reminisce.
Back to the reality of our situation with the NY Strip Steak Green Shermoula Flatbread. It was served on a tortilla, this is basically an unrolled burrito of sorts. What complicated my desire to give this a hard pass was that the steak was actually well cooked and seasoned. The salsa was just ok though. At the end of the day, this isn’t worth anywhere close to $9 the way it was served to us, and we recommend you pass on it.
Spicy Hummus Fries – $8.00
Served with Cucumber, Tomatoes, Onions, Tzatziki, and Chipotle Sauce
When reading the menu board, we’re willing to bet that the majority of guests will look at “fries” and $8, and come to the conclusion that Morocco has lost its mind. What is ultimately presented is four three-bite rectangles of hummus with a wonderful crunch on the exterior and a soft hummus on the interior.
An excellent combination of Cucumber, Tomatoes, Onions, and Tzatziki, are joined by Chipotle sauce which gives the palate only a passing glance of spice. These are absolutely wonderful if it wasn’t for the price. These were priced at $5 in 2016, we’d love to see them return to a more reasonable price. While inflation from 2016 to 2019 can account for $0.35 of increase, the remaining $2.65 increase amounts to too much for us to recommend this to the average guest. They’re good, like really good, but it’s crazy charging $2 per “fry”.
Chocolate Baklava – $4.50
Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce
In a word: pass.
In more than one word: The whole dessert was way too dry despite the addition of chocolate sauce. Basically an instant dehydration for your mouth and not nearly enjoyable enough to exchange $4.50 with Disney for.
Morocco remains one of the most overpriced Global Marketplaces at the festival. There isn’t anything here appealing enough to make you pull out your wallet though at such high prices. The hummus fries are a standout for not only the booth, but the festival. The pricing of this Global Marketplace makes it a splurge though. We recommend skipping the kiosk entirely and continuing your journey around World Showcase.
Thank you for reading our Morocco review, and keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com for more Epcot International Food & Wine Festival coverage.