Walt Disney World‘s 2019 Epcot International mkgallery Festival officially kicked off this past Thursday, giving park-goers a chance to taste more dishes from across the globe than ever.

By Shay Spence
September 04, 2019
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For those unfamiliar with the Disney scene: Epcot (one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort) is known for its World Showcase, where guests can walk through pavilions themed around different countries and sample local food and drink at each. During the annual mkgalleryamp; Wine Festival, the menu offerings are vastly expanded, with each country hosting pop-up food stalls serving new dishes. There is also representation of other countries that don’t have a permanent pavilion at the park, making for a more comprehensive around-the-world experience.

With so many eating options—seriously, it’s overwhelming—it would be easy to waste half of your day deciding where to spend your time and money. But we don’t want that for you! After eating our way across the “world”, we’ve come up with a list of five can’t-miss eats that you need to know about, along with some honorable mentions…and a few you might want to pass on by.

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Best of the Best

Ropa Vieja Empanada

Islands of the Caribbean Booth, $5.50

Cuban-style braised beef gets packed in an ultra-flaky pie dough, making for one of our absolute favorite bites at the festival. The meat is compacted into an ultra-savory, paste-like filling (meat paste doesn’t sound appealing but just trust that it is), which is a rich complement to the airy crust—all topped with a tomato aioli. Don’t miss this one.

Madras Red Curry

India Booth, $5

If you or anyone in your group is a vegetarian, this is a must! Like any good curry, it’s packed with spices and seasoned with just enough salt that they all shine beautifully. Cauliflower is the star of the show here, and it’s perfectly crisp-tender—not at all mushy or overcooked, as can so often happen with cauliflower.

Ravioli Carbonara

Italy Booth, $7.25