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The Best Food and Drinks At Epcot Food and Wine 2022

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The Best Food and Drinks At Epcot Food and Wine 2022

There are a lot of food and drinks to choose from at the 2022 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

To be exact, there are 194 total food and drink items. That’s — a lot. Keep in mind, this is minus the 4 booths that didn’t open at the start of the festival.

This year, there are 29 global marketplaces, with only 1 that is completely brand new (The Fry Basket).

And in usual fashion there are also 4 additional locations serving exclusive festival offerings. These include, Refreshment PortRefreshment OutpostFunnel Cakes, and 4 in-park Joffrey’s locations.

That’s a lot of menus, food, and drinks to go through.

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But, which booths have the overall best menus? Which food and drinks should you spend money on? Where should you be willing to wait in line to purchase festival items, and which can you skip?

We attended the first 2 days of Food and Wine, where we (4 of us) reviewed and rated every single food and beverage. It’s important to note that I (Allyson) am vegetarian and Heather does not eat shellfish. So, if you see reviews or ratings involving only Shannon and Felicia, that’s why.

We go over more of our personal preferences and dietary restrictions below.

While there were many dishes and beverages we enjoyed, there are 7 that we feel the festival nailed completely.

The following received no less than 4.8 out of 5 stars (with 2 items earning a perfect 5), according to our personal rating system.

So, if we’re going strictly by our ratings, these are the ones we’d recommend — or we wouldn’t have rated them so high.

With that, below are the best food and drinks (our overall top 7 items) at Epcot Food and Wine and 2022, which also all happen to be from our favorite booths at the festival!

Review Disclaimer

When it comes to our reviews and ratings, we thought it would be helpful if you had a better understanding of our personal preferences (what we like and don’t like), along with if there are any dietary restrictions.

Here’s a breakdown of not only who is doing the reviews, but a little more information about what each of us likes and doesn’t like food and drink-wise.

Shannon (Founder)

  • Likes: Almost everything
  • Dislikes: Beers that taste “stinky,” anything too salty
  • Dietary Restrictions: None

Heather (Editor)

  • Likes: Strong flavors, anything made out of potatoes, white wines, all beers (especially stouts and wheat beers), doesn’t mind sweet (plain fruit is NOT a dessert. Ever.)
  • Dislikes: Things that are too spicy, anything with a bone still in it, cocktails with too much whiskey or tequila (thanks to having too much fun in college), some red wines, most IPAs
  • Dietary Restrictions: Shellfish allergy

Felicia (Content Manager)

  • Likes: Mezcal, savory drinks, stouts/lagers/wheats/sour beers, vinegar, tart/sour items, chocolate, fresh vegetables and fruits, red meat
  • Dislikes: Ciders, sweet drinks, anything milky or creamy, chili powder, cumin, weirded out by textures, mayonnaise, saucy/wet food, cream-filled pastries, artificial fruit flavors, cooked fruits, frozen items (drinks or ice cream)
  • Dietary Restrictions: None

Allyson (Writer)

  • Likes: Cheesecake (the more sweets, the better), anything mint, hazy IPAs and wheat beers (big beer fan), tofu and most Impossible dishes, mushrooms
  • Dislikes: Wine (only likes a few dry ones), cream ales and stouts/porters, super sweet cocktails, floral flavors (lavender, rose), anything almond-flavored, things that are too spicy, olives, meat and seafood (see below)
  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian (personal choice)

Best Food and Drinks at Epcot Food and Wine 2022

5/5 Rating

Out of all the food we ate and beverages we drank, only the following 2 food items earned a 5 out of 5 rating. It’s rare, which just goes to show you how much these stood out compared to the other menu options.

maple cheesecake refreshment port epcot food and wine

The Maple Cheesecake sold at Refreshment Port is a MUST. If you’re a cheesecake fan, then you have to make time for this delicacy.

It is smooth. It is delicious. The maple flavor isn’t overwhelming, nor is it too sweet. This cheesecake was so good we all rated it a 5 out of 5.

Maple Boursin Cheesecake

A small cheesecake made with Whipped Boursin Maple Bourbon Cheese and topped with caramel and candied pecans.

Refreshment Porta Cheesecake (1)
  • Price: $4.50
  • Special Diets: N/A
  • Rating: 5.0/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Wow. Perfect creamy texture with delicious maple flavor. Really a standout option.
Heather: Holy moly. I really loved this cheesecake. Like – delicious. I think I’ll dream about it.
Felicia: Strong maple flavor, nice and creamy texture, and all around delicious. Loved it.
Allyson: As a cheesecake lover, this is very good. Great maple flavor. Definitely recommend.

stone baked moroccan bread tangierine cafe epcot food and wine

Bread that you can smother in 3 different dips? Yes, please.

We would give the Stone-baked Moroccan Bread from Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina a 5 out of 5 every day of the week. It is that good.

The bread is soft and easy to pull apart to use in the dips that were also fantastic. You don’t want to sleep on this menu item. Trust us.

Stone-baked Moroccan Bread

Moroccan bread baked on a stone and served with hummus, zaalouk, and zhoug dips.

Bread And Dip Tangierine Cafe
  • Price: $5.00
  • Special Diets: N/A
  • Rating: 5.0/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Didn’t expect much but ended up loving the soft, warm bread. All dips delicious but especially loved the green/Zhoug dip.
Heather: Warm bread and flavorful dips. Delicious!
Felicia: Absolutely delicious. Warm fluffy bread. The hummus is good, the zhoug is tart and full of cilantro, and the chermoula has a great spice.
Allyson: The bread was soft and the dips? All three are so good, especially the hummus! Love!

4.8/5 Rating

These 5 menu options earned a 4.8 out of 5 rating. These are all solid choices and we enjoyed each bite and sip.

carrot cake hops and barley epcot food and wine
  • Location: Hops & Barley (in the American Adventure pavilion)
  • Hops & Barley

Yet another great dessert (like it is year after year) is the Carrot Cake.

This cake from Hops & Barley is never too dense, has the right amount of sweetness, and is completely covered in cream cheese icing (yum!).

Speaking of the icing, it will melt fast on a hot day. So, you’ll either want to eat the Carrot Cake somewhat quickly or take it inside air conditioning. Regal Eagle Smokehouse has plenty of indoor seating.

Carrot Cake

A freshly baked individual sized carrot cake topped with cream cheese icing.

Carrot Cake Hops & Barley
  • Price: $4.50
  • Special Diets: N/A
  • Rating: 4.8/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Big carrot cake lover. This didn’t disappoint.
Heather: I love this! Its “just” carrot cake but, it is moist and the perfect level of sweet. Plus since it is carrot cake that means it is healthy.
Felicia: Solid dessert. Delicious carrot cake and the icing is good. Not too sweet. Overall, great dessert.
Allyson: This is just as good as last year. Seriously good carrot cake.

impossible meatballs earth eats epcot food and wine
  • Location: Earth Eats (near Refreshment Port)
  • Earth Eats

Can a meatball that’s not technically a meatball be that good? Why, yes, yes it can.

Don’t walk, but run to Earth Eats to try the Impossible Meatball, which is also a new menu item this year.

The portion size is great. The price is reasonable. And the taste? Fabulous.

If you like the Felucian Kefta dish from Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo in Galaxy’s Edge, you will also love this.

Impossible Meatball

This plant-based Impossible Meatball with herbed polenta, rustic puttanesca sauce, and basil pesto is a new menu item this year.

Impossible Meatballs Earth Eats
  • Price: $5.75
  • Special Diets: Plant-based
  • Rating: 4.8/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Not a vegetarian but would get this again and again. Great flavors with a slight kick.
Heather: Delicious! I’m a vegetarian now!
Felicia: Super delicious. Can’t even tell it’s not real meat. Italian herb flavor, polenta is creamy and delicious and the pesto is a fresh addition.
Allyson: LOVE! So good. Has a good spice — but not too much. So happy this was added to this booth.

salty dog cocktail fry basket epcot food and wine

If you’re looking for a cocktail worthy of its price, the Salty Dog Cocktail is the one you want to purchase.

Found at The Fry Basket, a brand new booth for the 2022 festival, this is refreshing and flavorful in all the right ways.

Yes, it is on the more expensive side especially for the size, but it’s really worth the $11. As we learned from Parks and Recreation, treat yo self!

Salty Dog Cocktail

A cocktail made with Boyd & Blair Vodka with Grapefruit Juice, Ginger, Simple Syrup and Lime with a Salted Rim.

Salty Dog Fry Basket
  • Price: $11.00
  • Made with alcohol? Yes
  • Rating: 4.8/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Deeee-lish. So light and refreshing plus a good portion.
Heather: So freaking refreshing. Crisp, probably dangerous on a hot day.
Felicia: Salty Dogs are one of my 2 favorite cocktails in normal life. This one is not my favorite but it isn’t bad. Has a bit of an artificial lime flavor. Still like it though.
Allyson: An excellent cocktail. Love the grapefruit flavor and very refreshing. But it is on the more expensive side.

pistachio cake tangierine cafe epcot food and wine

The cakes at this year’s Food and Wine really hit it out of the park, including the Pistachio Cake from Tangierine Café.

Not only is it gorgeous and matches the tile work throughout the Morocco pavilion, but it is absolutely delicious.

We loved this cake at the 2021 festival — and still do!

Pistachio Cake

A vibrant green pistachio cake stuffed with cinnamon pastry cream and candied walnuts.

Pistachio Cake Tangierine Cafe
  • Price: $4.75
  • Special Diets: N/A
  • Rating: 4.8/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Delicious flavors, light texture, nice size, loved the icing
Heather: Absolutely delicious! I loved this cake. Not too sweet, great filling – and beautiful!
Felicia: Surprisingly delicious. The cake is moist with a mild pistachio flavor that pairs well with the cinnamon cream. The walnuts add a nice crunch.
Allyson: Soooo good. Love this!

bold rock blackberry hard cider refreshment port epcot food and wine

Refreshment Port has one of the best ciders of the festival. This Bold Rock Blackberry Hard Cider is fan-freaking-tastic.

Not only do you get a full-sized glass (and for only $10.75, which isn’t bad for Disney pricing), but the cider itself is practically perfect in every way.

It’s not too sweet. It’s not too tart. It’s flavorful and refreshing at the same time. Yes, cider fans, will want to try this immediately.

Some of us loved this so much, we went back and bought a second glass.

Bold Rock Blackberry Hard Cider

A naturally vegan cider with a tart blackberry juice added after fermentation made by Bold Rock from the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Refreshment Port Blackberry Cider
  • Price: $10.75
  • Made with alcohol? Yes
  • Rating: 4.8/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Really fantastic light blackberry flavor, generous portion
Heather: I am not even joking. This is DELICIOUS. And very light and refreshing. Not too cider-y. Chuggable. Guys – might make my best of the fest. Stay tuned.
Felicia: I’m generally not a cider person but this is delicious. It’s not apple-y, it’s not super sweet, the blackberry is relatively mild. Would gladly get this again, even in the full size version.
Allyson: Absolutely loved this. Refreshing and not too sweet. My kind of cider.

Individual Favorites

While we do agree on the above and as often as we see eye to eye on many festival items, there are a few food and drinks that we each individually like better than others.

We thought it would be fun — and helpful — to share our individual favorites!

Broken down below are some of the food and drinks we individually rated 5 out of 5 (outside of what’s posted above).

As you’ll see, some of our favorites are the same and some are different.

The following is definitely representative of what we all like and don’t like, while also showcasing that we don’t all agree on everything (even though there is some overlap).

Shannon’s Favorites

Panna Cotta Italy

Food

Beverages

Fig Cocktail Tangierine Cafe

Heather’s Favorites

Food

Griddled Cheese Greece

Beverages

Frozen Rose The Alps

Felicia’s Favorites

Food

Warm Raclette Pears The Alp

Beverages

Strawberry Freeze Vodka Earth Eats

Allyson’s Favorites

Food

Yuca Fries Fry Basket

Beverages

Xingu Black Lager Brazil

Honorable Mentions

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the following menu items, because they also received decent ratings.

These all earned an overall 4 out of 5 stars and should also be on your radar, because they were very tasty.

Hot Beef Sandwich Hops & Barley

Our 9 Favorite Booths From Epcot Food and Wine 2022

Be sure to read our post where we dive into our 9 favorite booths from this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

You can also save this graphic for easy reference!

favorite 2022 epcot food and wine booths
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Food & Wine Booth map

Check out all the booths from the 2022 Food and Wine Festival on the map below, including our favorite overall booths, favorite items at each booth, and locations for indoor seating.

2022 food and wine map - all booths

Food & Wine Festival Booth Menus, Reviews, and Photos

Check them out below!

New for 2022

Returning Booths

Additional Locations

Food and Wine Festival data

Want to see all our 2022 reviews in 1 spot?

Clicking on the link below will allow you to copy our data into a Google Sheet that you can then use for your Food & Wine planning purposes.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival data screenshot
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