The Flavors from Fire marketplace was brand new last year, and boy was it a success!! The Piggy Wings and Swine Brine were amazing, and the Smoked Corn Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes was one of the best things I’ve ever had at any Food and Wine Festival, period! So we’re super excited that Flavors from Fire is back again this year and we’ve prepared ourselves for the heat! Let’s check it out in my Flavors from Fire Review: 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival….
Flavors from Fire Marketplace:
This is by far one of the most eye-popping Food and Wine Festival booths/marketplaces imo. The bright orange and red colors against the wood are incredible. Plus there are green plants everywhere too! Plus it has one of the best seating areas at the Food and Wine Festival! Too bad all the marketplaces didn’t put this much attention to detail in theirs!
Flavors from Fire Menu:
- Piggy Wings: Roasted Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame Seeds (KA) ($4.75)
- Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes, Pickled Onions and Blonde Ale Beer Fondue featuring BelGioioso® Romano and American Grana Cheeses ($5.00)
- Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and Cilantro Aïoli ($6.75)
- Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder and Mango ($3.75)
- Orlando Brewery Smokin’ Blackwater Porter ($4.25)
- Michael David Winery 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel, Lodi ($5.00)
- Swine Brine featuring Jim Beam Bourbon ($8.25)
Piggy Wings ($4.75):
What exactly are Piggy Wings? Last time I checked pigs couldn’t fly so you know they’re not really wings. They are just little pieces of pork on the bone and they call them wings. These babies have been around to a few different booths through the years, but have landed at Flavors from Fire again this year. I really want to like them, I mean I LOVE pork and the meat is not bad actually, it has a nice smokey flavor. But the portion size is small and they always end up just being too goopy for me.
Plus for 0.25 cents more you can get the next item on the menu…
Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes ($5.00):
Not taking into consideration price even, this is probably my #1 overall snack at Food and Wine. It’s absolutely perfect in every way! One the housemate chips are amazing, crunchy and salted up nice. Second they are piled high with tons of luscious smoked corned beef. They don’t skimp on it either and this stuff just melts in your mouth. Lastly they smother it all in a creamy parmesan sauce that’s to die for. Amazing value, excellent taste, this is a true gem of Food and Wine and not to be missed for anything!!
Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake ($6.75):
This is new from this year. Not at huge portion, but full of flavor! Pancake fans will love these little guys in one of the most unique offerings at Food and Wine this year! The steak is marinated in a chimichurri sauce and then cooked till perfectly pink. I thought the meat was very flavorful and juicy too. I’d do without the slaw on top and find something else to accompany it with, but that’s just me. Great new option and just one more thing to make Flavors from Fire an unbeatable marketplace!
Chocolate Picante ($3.75):
So in Italy lots of people love the combo of chocolate and chilis. I can see how they might go together, but for me, I’m just not feeling it. The chocolate was very decadent, and was almost liquid by the time I got it out of the heat. The mango was also a nice side to it and helped cool things down. But I’m just not a spicy dessert guy. My desserts need to be sweet…end of story. If you’re the opposite then this would be perfect for you, it’s just not for me.
Swine Brine ($8.25):
So last year I scoffed at the idea of Jim Beam, apple juice, mustard, lemon juice, and rib juices all mixed together with a rib thrown in there to make a cocktail. But I heard so many good things about it after I regretted my decision not to try it last year. This year I vowed I would, and man was I surprised at the outcome. So all those ingredients I listed don’t sound good at all, but somehow this thing just works, and actually had me craving more. I guess I could get used to this “dunking-ribs-in-your-cocktail-thing.”
Booth Summary and Grade:
We loved Flavors from Fire last year, and this year it just went up another level after the chimichurri skirt steak being added to the menu. The Swine Brine was great and the Smoked Corned Beef remains one of, if not our favorite snack at Foods and Wine. Don’t miss Flavors from Fire for anything when you go!
If you have to get just one thing: Smoked Corned Beef
Flavors from Fire Review
Overall Grade - 9.5/10
Flavors from Fire Review
Overall Grade - 9.5/10
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 Flavors from Fire Review at the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival…
- Which is your favorite item?
- Which do you still want to try?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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