World Showcase of Flavors is the Epcot-themed food truck that recently debuted at Downtown Disney. While I’ve yet to order from the truck itself, the items being sold are all ones that I’m familiar with, thanks to visiting the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival on an insanely regular basis.
The truck serves one dish found at three different kiosks from the festival, but with larger portion sizes (and price tag, as well). This should be an interesting concept both in the possibility of a changing menu, as well as a stop for guests who simply can’t make the festival get a taste of the event. Each dish is also given a wine recommendation for those who’d like a bit more “true” Food & Wine experience.
Hops & Barley, during the festival, is found staged near the American Adventure Pavilion. It features dishes common to the New England area, including lobster, and chowder. The Lobster Roll has improved at the kiosk in previous years, and still proves to be a popular item from what I see when attending.
My thought is that the Lobster Roll being served with House-Made Chips at the World Showcase of Flavors truck is that it will be, size-wise, like the one found at BoardWalk Bakery at the BoardWalk Resort (more than twice the size of the $7.50 Food ant Wine sample). Yes, the price is a bit steep, but not only are you at WDW, but it’s also a food truck. If you’re familiar with trucks in the Orlando area, it’s not unheard of to spend $10-12 on an entree portion. Plus, this is a lobster roll, and the price is on point with what you can expect to pay for one in the touristy areas of Maine (and I have).
I’ll admit I haven’t ordered the Pierogies with Kielbasa and Caramelized Onions from Food & Wine in several years. Growing up, homemade pierogies were a Christmas Eve dinner staple, and Kielbasa was part of our Easter Sunday meal. While I absolutely love everything about this dish, it’s just too easy for me to whip up at home. If I’m using a box of frozen pierogies, that is. 😉
Florida Local had a hit on its hands with the Grass-Fed Beef Sliders. While the one we had at Food & Wine was a tad dry, but the Monterey Jack cheese added some kick, and the Sweet Pickles were enjoyable (they were “Sweet and Hot Pickles” during the festival). With this dish being served with House-Made Chips, the price tag is like buying two sliders from the festival and $2 for the chips. I also bet these will be better than a normal burger and fries which cost about the same, too. 😉
Of course, there has to be wine! I’m not familiar with any of these wines in particular. Poor Pinot Noir gets no pairing. 😦 Guess it’s just for drinking!
For those who visit Food & Wine, have you tried any of the dishes being served? What do you think of the selections for the World Showcase of Flavors truck?