Germany is one of those classic Food and Wine Festival marketplaces that you know will always be around, bringing you all your favorites year after year like the Pasta Gratin, Roasted Bratwursts and Apple Strudel, Plus a variety of delicious German beer and wines. But can it remain a standout again in 2018. Let’s find out in my Germany Review: 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival….
You’ll find the Germany pavilion on the left side of World Showcase nestled between the Italy and Brewer’s Collection marketplaces…
The booth itself is like something you imagine seeing while hiking up in the Alps!
Not much has changed in Germany for 2018 and it’s pretty much the same menu as last year:
- Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions and Cheese (KA)($4.25)
- Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll (KA) ($5.50)
- Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce (V) (KA) ($4.00)
- Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered) ($4.25)
- Carl Graff Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese, Mosel (Flight) ($5.00)
- J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett, Mosel (Flight) ($5.00)
- Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken, Mosel (Flight) ($8.00)
- Villa Wolf Pinot Noir, Pfalz ($5.00)
- Riesling Flight ($6.50)
Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions and Cheese ($4.25):
I’ve said for years THIS is the best Mac and Cheese here at Food and Wine and I’m right again this year. I love the Pasta Gratin here in Germany, everything from the crusty top to the gooey inside. What makes it special is the complex flavor inside though. The ham chunks, chopped onions and the different cheeses all blend together for one big party in your mouth! The portion size is great too, you can’t beat this for $4.25
Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll ($5.50):
Tell me someone who doesn’t love a Roast Brat on a pretzel bun, I defy you! The brat itself was really tasty. Grilled right and snapped when you bite into it. Has a little bit of a sweet taste to it, not spicy. I find it comical they put a super long brat on a roll 1/3 of its size though and don’t see the necessity in that. Also I think it’s a little skinnier than last year which doesn’t surprise me due to the other quantity sizes shrinking around the festival. A good option if you are in the mood but not one you absolutely have to get.
Apple Strudel ($4.00):
One of our favorite desserts last year we had to come back for more. The crust is really flakey, and very light, not heavy at all. The apples inside also have a great flavor and the perfect combo of sweet/sour. The vanilla sauce is excellent too and goes amazingly with the apples! My only complaint is that they gave me literally the smallest slice on the tray, some of the others were like twice as big. That’s just luck of the draw, hopefully next time I get a bigger one as I really love this dessert!
Riesling Flight ($6.50):
This is a really nice wine flight. Riesling grapes come from the Rhine region in Germany, and they usually have a high acidity level and are very aromatic. The nice thing is they can be used to make a variety of dry, semi-sweet, and sweet wines. The Carl Graff Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese for example was sweet and citrusy. The J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett a little less and more full body. The Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken was structured and had a peachy or apple aroma. It was very smooth and we like this one the best but you can’t go wrong with any of them.
Booth Summary and Grade:
Germany doesn’t disappoint, we still love everything we get here. The Pasta Gratin especially isn’t to be skipped and the Wine Flight is really yummy too. I hope they introduce something new to Germany next year just because we always get the same stuff, but even so Germany will always be a must-try due to the high quality and reasonable prices.
If you have to get just one thing: Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin
Overall Grade - 8/10
Overall Grade - 8/10
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 Germany 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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