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 India review from the 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!
Here’s how Disney describes India Global Marketplace:
Introduce yourself to new flavors with ancient origins—the smorgasbord of Indian spices will whisk you off to faraway worlds!
- Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips (V) (KA)
- Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and Uncle Ben’s® Basmati Rice (V) (GF)
- Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews and Warm Naan Bread
- Mango Lassi (non-alcoholic) (KA)
- Godfather Lager
- Sula Chenin Blanc, Nashik
- Sula Shiraz, Nashik
- Mango Lassi with Sōmrus Chai Cream Liqueur
Warm Indian Bread – $4.75
Served with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips
An attempt at bringing Sanaa’s bread service to Epcot has kind of falls flat. You have enough naan to enjoy the accompaniments, but the sides offered would likely be considered some of the less popular options at Sanaa. For the price, it’s not bad, but if you’ve ever had Sanaa bread service, this can’t live up to the expectations.
Madras Red Curry – $5.00
Served with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and Uncle Ben’s® Basmati Rice
I was a fan of this dish. A relatively sizable portion of curry that packs just enough heat to keep me interested. Other elements such as the chickpeas and rice were similarly well done. There are a variety of options throughout the festival that would be considered better in “cooler” weather, and this is certainly one of them. That said, if we can enjoy a dish when it’s approaching 100 degrees in the afternoon, it’s a solid dish that will only become more enjoyable as the festival goes on.
Korma Chicken – $5.25
Served with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews and Warm Naan Bread
Hidden beneath an abundance of sauce is a wonderfully prepared chicken that was both perfectly cooked and flavored. I’d suggest saving the naan bread for the end of the dish to soak up what remains. The Korma sauce is robust enough to not only provide an assortment of flavors such as garlic and some spice, but it also ends up being a much better dipping sauce than the “Warm Indian Bread” dish above. A recommended dish.
India doesn’t introduce anything new to the 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, but there are still some good dishes here if you’re looking for a bit of spice. That said, it’s tough to enjoy these dishes in the heat of the summer. If you come across a cool day at Epcot, these might just hit the spot. If you have to choose one dish from India, we’d recommend the Korma Chicken.