17 May How to Eat & Drink Your Way Around Epcot
With the 22nd Annual Epcot Food and Wine Festival coming up at the end of the summer, our staff at ResortRentals.com thought that it would be beneficial to take you on a virtual tour around the world. Well…the world according to Epcot.
Epcot boasts eleven unique countries, each with their own cultures and most importantly, their own cuisines. Whether you’re enjoying fish and chips in the United Kingdom or sipping an ice cream martini in France, you could gain a wealth of multicultural experiences in just one afternoon.
Eating and drinking around the world Epcot is an experience unlike any other, so we highlighted some of the finer moments—the ones best enjoyed with your pinky out— to walk you through how to eat and drink your way around Epcot.
You could start anywhere in this cul de sac of attractions, but for the sake of this piece we’ll start in the energetic atmosphere of Mexico. La Cava de Tequila is a tourist favorite when it comes to bars, so start things off the right way with a tasty margarita from the experts. The bar offers over 200 different tequilas to add even more flavor to your palette.
La Cantina de San Angel is a good starter location if you’re looking for a quick bite. The tacos, nachos, and empanadas are crowd pleasers, while the churros are a great dessert option for those with a sweet tooth.
Head on over to Sweden and enjoy the tastes of Norway. Be sure to grab a succulent sandwich at the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe or some of the signature School Bread. This treat is a sweet cardamom bun filled with vanilla creme custard and topped with a delicious glaze and toasted coconut.
For beverages, head over to Norway’s beer cart where you’ll find Einstök Icelandic White Ale and Carlsberg on draft. For the truly brave souls, try a shot of Linie Aquavit, a vodka drink with a strong taste of spice and herbs. Be careful though; this beverage has a bite to it!
The China sector has all of the classics you could ask for. The Lotus Blossom Cafe offers snacks such as chicken potstickers, shrimp fried rice, and orange chicken. Make a stop over to the Joy of Tea Kiosk which features treats such as the egg rolls and Chinese barbecue pork buns.
The Joy of Tea also offers some incredible specialty cocktails (get the Peach Snap…it’s amazing), and teas for non-alcoholic options. Tsing Tao beer is also available as well as fresh cantaloupe juice.
Germany is always a crowd favorite, featuring plenty of delicious and refreshing options. The Weinkeller store offers plenty of German wine and beer samples in their shop. With everything from the alcohol karts to kiosks serving beverages at your disposal, you can find something refreshing. We recommend the Warsteiner Dunkel or the Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen.
Germany, of course, features all the country’s classic dishes such as bratwurst, pretzels, currywurst, a variety of cheeses, and more. Plenty of dessert treats and sweets are available too; try the plethora of caramel candy apples or tasty cookies.
This is the moment wine fanatics have been waiting for. The Tutto Gusto wine cellar has more than 200 bottles of Italian wines available for consumption, as well as Italian Sangria, specialty cocktails, and small plates.
Like the customs in the country, the food in Italy is delicious, but the meals are sit-down affairs (unless you’re just grabbing gelato). But it is worth the wait; not only will you be able to get off your feet for a while, but you can commiserate about your experience, enjoy the company of your party, and try delicious pizzas, antipasto, sandwiches, and more.
The United States
It’s interesting to dine in the country experience you call home, but rest assured that the American Adventure has all the classics. California wines and American craft brews and ciders are available. The Key West Southernmost Wheat and the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter are some of the many stars in terms of craft beer.
For eats, America has a wide ranging diversity. Enjoy treats such as jalapeno-and-cheese-stuffed pretzels, pulled pork sandwiches, lobster rolls, and delectable funnel cakes. Such a big country is bound to have a big list of options.
Next up is Japan. Japan’s Katsura Grill is great for things such as sushi, teriyaki, and udon. For food enthusiasts, it will be the moment you’ve been waiting for the whole trek.
Japan has an impressively expansive selection of drinks as well. The Mitsukoshi Department Store hosts a Sake Bar, which offers a variety of Japanese alcoholic beverages like Ginga Kogen Beer, Yuzu Umeshu Kishu plum wine, Hana Awaka sparkling sake, and a variety of sakes, both hot and cold.
In Morocco, you’re getting an extra dose of the cultural experience; the country’s government actually helped design the layout in the World Showcase. Additionally, the food and the drinks are equally as authentic, providing a wonderful experience at this oft-overlooked country.
The Spice Road Table is a full service bar that offers signature cocktails, wine flights, and aperitifs along with samples of Moroccan and Mediterranean beers like Casa, Efes, and Mythos. For quick bites, head over to the Tangierine Cafe for falafel, lamb sliders, hummus, and baklava.
If you’ve been saving your appetite for France, it’ll be worth the wait; the country has an unprecedented amount of options including the Monsieur Paul restaurant, Les Chefs de France brasserie, and a number of kiosks and carts. Enjoy wonderful delicacies such as Dinde B.L.T. and Jambon Beurre as well as sweet treats such as crepes, croque monsieur, or a chocolate macaron ice cream sandwich.
For thirsty patrons, try L’Artisan des Glaces. The restaurant offers an ice cream martini with the two scoops of ice cream and a shot of Grand Marnier, whipped cream vodka and rum. Grab a Kronenbourg 1664 if you’re in the mood for a beer or head over to the Les Vins de France for french wines and champagnes.
The United Kingdom is a beer-lover’s haven. Head down to the Rose & Crown Pub for pub favors like a Black-and-Tan, Bass Ale, Innis & Gunn, Newcastle, and more. If you’re looking for something a little bit stronger, enjoy scotch flights with the selection of single malts.
After a refreshing drink, grab a plate of fish and chips at the Yorkshire County Fish Shop in the seating area that overlooks the breathtaking World Showcase Lagoon. Then after all is said and done, take a moment to digest and check out the British Revolution band, which plays everything from psychedelic to punk rock music.
Last, but most certainly not least, is Canada. Canada is home to one of Disney World’s best restaurants, the Le Cellier Steakhouse. If you’re fortunate enough to make a reservation (sometimes the waiting list is up to a year in advance), the menu is fantastic. But if you’re still hungry by the time you make it to your final destination, head to the Refreshment Port and pick up a cronut (croissant doughnut).
To cap off the end of your incredible adventure around the world, grab yourself a glass of Crown Royal Maple Whisky or maybe a dessert cocktail from one of the outdoor kiosks. For beer drinkers, the Popcorn Cart has a variety of brews from Labatt Blue to Moosehead to La Fin Du Monde, all the classics of our neighbors up North.
Epcot Eating Around The World is an unforgettable experience, and there’s something to be said about enjoying the finest foods and cocktails from country to country just a few short steps away. Check out our resort deals for premier places to stay this summer in and around Orlando for eating and drinking around the world at Epcot or check back with ResortRentals.com closer to the date of the 22nd Annual Epcot Food and Wine Festival for a luxurious, economical place to stay during the festivities!