It’s that time of year again, when Disney foodies flock to Epcot to enjoy the delicacies of the International Food & Wine Festival. This was my first time experiencing the festival, and I absolutely loved it! Usually, my family and I visit Disney World during their slow times, but since they extended the festival this year our trip happened to coincide with it.
It was so much fun being able to walk the World Showcase while tasting foods inspired by other countries. This year the festival had 35 booths and each booth carries at least three different options. Needless to say, that’s a lot of food–and I was not prepared. Even solely focusing on desserts, I didn’t have enough time or stomach space to try everything! I’ll give a detailed review of the desserts I tried, and I’ll list the others (along with their locations) at the end of this post. Okay? Let’s get started!
Sweet Avocado Crema with Strawberries, Yellow Cake, and Tortilla Streusel
This dessert is sold at the Active Eats booth, located on the path connecting World Showcase with Future World West. I was really curious about this dessert when I first saw it. I’ve always wanted to try a sweet avocado dish, but never had the courage. However, I’m glad I tasted this one–it was delicious! We actually had it twice because it was that good.
The dessert is served in a cute mini trifle dish and was layered with strawberries on the bottom, avocado crema, yellow cake, another layer of avocado crema, and topped with a tortilla streusel. The crema is basically like a vanilla pudding, but the avocado makes it extra creamy!
The key to eating this dessert is getting a little bit of each layer with each bite (especially the strawberries at the very bottom). The combination of the avocado crema and the strawberries is a perfect combination of sweet and tart. Add the crunchiness of the tortilla streusel, and it is a trifle made in heaven!
Sweet Dark Chocolate Raspberry Torte with Whipped Cream and Raspberry Dust
This dessert is sold at the Chocolate Studio booth, on the path connecting World Showcase with Future World West. The chocolate torte is smooth and creamy, but also super rich! I would definitely suggest sharing this one with multiple people. I am all for a decadent chocolate dessert, but this could be pushing it; I took two bites and couldn’t eat anymore. It needed some tartness to cut through the richness of the chocolate. They do put a raspberry dust on top, but you can’t even taste it. That being said, it is quite tasty, but should be eaten sparingly.
Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel
This is another option sold at the Chocolate Studio booth, and it was really cool! They take a chocolate-almond truffle, freeze it with liquid Nitrogen, and drizzle caramel on top. It is a perfect snack for a hot day at Epcot! Each bite was like eating a big spoonful of the best chocolate ice cream, ever. I only wish it would have had twice the amount of caramel on it. The caramel was delicious, but was overpowered by the truffle.
This succulent masterpiece is sold at the Islands of the Caribbean booth. This was my favorite out of all the desserts I got to try. The Quesito is a puff pastry filled with a sweetened cream cheese and drizzled with a guava sauce. It’s served warm and is absolutely delicious! I am a sucker for cream cheese, so this was right up my alley; I think everybody needs to eat it. (Yeah, it was that good!)
Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts
This dessert is sold at the Hawaii booth, right inside World Showcase on the Canada side. I have already told you I love cream cheese, but I also have a thing for passionfruit. I thought this one was really good. The cheesecake was smooth and creamy, and the passionfruit sauce really gives it a punch.
Banana Almond Soft-Serve Sundae with Fresh Berries and Crunchy Chocolate Oats
This dessert is sold at The Almond Orchard booth. I was nervous to taste this one because I am not a huge fan of almond milk. My mom and sister really wanted to taste it, so we did. It was interesting. I really loved the fresh berry compote; it was tart and delicious! The main ingredient of the dessert (the banana soft-serve) was strange. My mom loved it, but I found it strange; it wasn’t my thing. If you like almond milk you will probably enjoy it; otherwise, I suggest skipping this one.
Lamington Yellow Cake Dipped in Chocolate and Shredded Coconut
This little beauty is found at the Australia booth. The name explains exactly what this desserts consists of: a cube of yellow cake covered in chocolate and coconut. It’s simple and delicious, and looks like a gourmet snowball.
Belgium Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream
If you’ve never had a Belgium waffle, then you NEED to eat this! It is sold at (you guessed it) the Belgium booth. This little piece of heaven begins with a thick and fluffy Belgium waffle topped with whipped cream and a rich chocolate ganache. I know, right? Delicious! They also sell this with a berry compote instead of the chocolate ganache.
Cajeta Mousse Served with Cajeta Sauce and White Chocolate Flakes
This dessert is sold at the Mexico booth, and in case you didn’t know, cajeta means caramel. So this is a caramel mousse topped with a caramel sauce and white chocolate shavings. This was the first thing I tasted at the festival and it was delicious. I mean, come on…it’s caramel! The mousse was super-fluffy and smooth. The white chocolate shavings added a unique but enjoyable texture.
Other Dessert Options
- Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with Caramel Drizzle
- Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder, and Raspberry Dust
Flavors from Fire
- Crème Brûlée à la Confiture de Framboises: Creme Brulee with Housemade Raspberry Jam
- Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce
- Bougatsa: Warm Phyllo Dough Strudel with Sweet Vanilla Custard, Lemon Honey Syrup and Cinnamon
- Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing
Hops & Barley
- Pistachio Cardamom Bundt Cake with Chocolate Coconut Mousse
- Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liquor Custard
- Cannoli al Cioccolato: Chocolate Covered Cannoli filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate, and Candied Fruit
- Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phylo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce
- The Tipsy Laird: Whiskey-Soaked cake with Lemon Cream and Toasted Oats
- Sweet Olive Oil Cake with Powdered Sugar and Lemon Curd
Sadly, I was only able to taste nine of the desserts, but the overall experience of the Festival was something that I really enjoyed and hope to return for next year. It is a unique experience that you can’t find anywhere else. It was fun walking around the World Showcase with my family enjoying the delights of each country.
I hope you enjoyed my reviews. Let me know what you think of these desserts in the comments. Thanks for reading!
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