Any booth that’s home to Cheese Bread and Pork Belly is going to be right up there near #1 for me, and that’s exactly where Brazil usually is every year. But this year there’s also a new option in the Brazilian Seafood Stew that also sounds amazing! Can Brazil be in the running again for #1 Booth at Food and Wine?? Let’s find out in my Brazil Review: 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival….
Towards the top of the map located next to Belgium and France, Brazil is always one of the most beautiful marketplaces at Food and Wine because it has its own garden dedicated to it with a whole seating area (that’s only if you don’t like eating off the garbage cans like the rest of us! 🙂
One big change is getting rid of the Layered Meat Pie from last year, and putting in the Seafood Stew this year. We’re usually more meat eaters, but we’ll give the fish a try. Also the Brazilian Cheese Bread went up 0.25 cents from last year too.
- Moqueca: Brazilian Seafood Stew featuring Scallops, Shrimp and White Fish with Coconut-lime Sauce and Steamed Rice
- Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato and Onions (GF)
- Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread (GF) (V) (KA)
- M.I.A. Beer Company Barbossa Black Beer, Doral, FL
- Casa Valduga Brut Rosé
- Quinta do Crasto Duoro Red
- Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça
Moqueca: Brazilian Seafood Stew ($5.25):
This is a replacement for the Layered Meat Pie last year and we were pleasantly surprised! I would have liked a base other than just plain white rice, but I see why they did that since they went with a white creamy sauce to pour over it. There was a good amount of fish, but I couldn’t really tell too much was fish was actually in there. I did make out some kind of white fish, and it was very flakey and most and there were big chunks of in it there. A nice change of pace and something worth trying for fish fans.
Crispy Pork Belly ($5.75):
Just give me pork belly any day of the week and I’m a happy camper! I keep coming back again and again to Brazil, and mostly it’s for this stuff. It’s served the in the same format as last year, on a bed of creamy black beans with a tomato garnish. The pork belly was cooked perfectly, which though the name “crispy” is in it, it sometimes gets cooked a bit too much and can be on the dry side. This one wasn’t like that and we loved every bite!
Though it’s ridiculously good tasting, I’m gonna call out Brazil this year for giving me a skimpy portion. Last year the pork belly was bigger, and the tomato garnish was a lot more too. Look at this picture from last year and tell me if you don’t see a difference. The pork belly is about the same width, but about twice the thickness:
Strange since usually Disney puts their best foot forward on the first day of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, knowing the bloggers are going to be posting photos. Let’s hope this was just an anomaly and not the rule here…
Pão de Queijo Brazilian Cheese Bread ($4.25):
We could never leave the Food and Wine Festival without trying our beloved Brazilian Cheese Bread. It’s one of our yearly favorites and has been on the menu like the Pork Belly since the creation of time! You get two lumps of bread which don’t look like much on the outside, kind of a palish color and a little squished. But then you bite into this and you can hear angels singing…
Pull that cheese bread apart and you can see below that crisp outside shell, is dense, rich cheese. I wouldn’t call it stringy, but it’s just gooey goodness, especially when hot! It packs a big punch in a small package and ends up being more filling than you think. At just over $4 it’s a great deal and deliciously good too!
Booth Summary and Grade:
Brazil was one of the stronger marketplaces this year as always. The Pork Belly was super tasty, but lost a couple points for the size. The Cheese Bread made up for it though and was a great value/taste option! Even the new Seafood Stew while not my favorite dish at Food and Wine, was still a solid addition, and I applaud Brazil for trying something new instead of just always sticking with the same old things.
If you have to get just one thing: Brazilian Cheese Bread!
Overall Grade - 8.5/10
Overall Grade - 8.5/10
I want you to be able to have the best info on the Festival so you have a great time and don’t waste your time! Take a look at all of my 2018 Epcot Food and Wine articles including:
- 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Info Guide
- Complete Index of the Food and Wine Menus
- 11 MUST-TRY NEW items at 2018 Food and Wine Festival
- Top 10 Overall Snacks at Food and Wine
- Top Food and Wine Booths
I want to know what you think about the Brazil Review at the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival…
- Which is your favorite item?
- Which do you still want to try?
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