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 China Global Marketplace review from the 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!
Here’s how Disney describes China Global Marketplace:
Introduce your palate to a diverse variety of popular plates and potables from one of the world’s greatest cuisines!
- Wuxi Spareribs
- Chicken Dumplings with Chinese Slaw (KA)
- Mala Chicken and Shrimp Bao Bun
- Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles
- Mango Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk (non-alcoholic)
- Jasmine Draft Beer
- Happy Peach: Peach Liqueur and Dark Rum
- Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup and Orange Juice
- Byejoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice
- Year of the Piggy: Light Rum, Triple Sec, Lychee Syrup, Lime Juice and Sprite
Wuxi Spareribs – $6.95
Two reasonably sized ribs are presented in a variety of seasonings, including soy sauce and ginger. The meat separates from the bone rather easily, allowing you to clean it without a problem. The pork can be a bit chewy at times, and while the presentation takes up the entire cardboard boat, large bones mean that the amount of meat that you ultimately consume is maybe 3-4 bites per rib. If you’re a fan of Chinese-prepared spareribs, this will likely be a good dish. If you’re looking for a more Americanized take on ribs, you can safely pass on these.
Chicken Dumplings – $4.95
The dumplings were served with a Chinese slaw and were densely packed. They pair quite nicely with the dipping sauce they’re presented on. You can definitely do worse with your dollar at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, but you can also pass on these unless you’re really craving dumplings.
Mala Chicken and Shrimp Bao Bun – $6.75
This was a rather disappointing dish overall. The bao wasn’t very soft, and actually had a bit of a hard crust to it. Of course, it’s possible that we could have had a bad batch, but if they can serve something like this, I probably wouldn’t risk the $6.75. Just a couple of shrimp and some chicken made this about a three-bite meal. It wasn’t very impressive and is something that you can pass on.
Black Pepper Shrimp – $6.75
We find ourselves staring down half the amount of shrimp as three years ago, with just two landing on the plate. This dish is a tale of two elements. On the one hand, the shrimp was big, but surprisingly dry. On the other hand, the garlic noodles that the shrimp were served on were excellent. They had more spice to them than most of the items we tried this year and the noodles were soaked in sauce. At $6.75, the whole dish has to work, and the shrimp just weren’t up to par. If you want to roll the dice on whether you get a good pair of shrimp, it’s a pretty good dish, but until we hear of the shrimp improving, it earns a pass.
Overall, China is kind of a lower-half booth for us. If you really want to enjoy some Chinese food while at Epcot, we recommend heading inside to Nine Dragons.