The Greece booth is back once again this year at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! This year their offering a Taste of Greece sampler, Spanakopita, Bougatsa and a Food and Wine Fav… “Loaded” Greek Nachos!! Let’s see what’s new and how it compares to last year with my Greece Review: 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival….
The Greece booth always catches my eye as the stark white is contrasted with the stunning blue. Really looks like the buildings you’ll find in a place like Santorini:
This year at Greece half the menu is new with the Taste of Greece subsittuting the Chicken Gyro, and the Bougatsa taking the place of the Greek Yogurt and vanilla cake. The items remaining though didn’t go up in price which is nice to see!
Here is last year 2016:
- Loaded Greek “Nachos”: Pita Chips, Meatless Sausage Crumbles, and Vegan Tzatziki – $4.50, DDP Snack Credit *Ziggy Recommended
- Taste of Greece: Stuffed Grape Leaves with Lemon Dill Sauce, Grilled Octopus and Feta Cheese Dip with Warm Pita – $8.00, DDP Snack Credit
- Spanakopita – $4.25, DDP Snack Credit
- Bougatsa: Warm Phyllo Dough Strudel with Sweet Vanilla Custard, Lemon Honey Syrup and Cinnamon – $4.00, DDP Snack Credit *Ziggy Recommended
- Domaine Skouras Moscofilero, Peloponnese – $5.00
- Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko, Santorini – $7.00
- Argyros Atlantis Red Blend, Santorini – $7.00
Everything looks great so let’s get started! The first thing we tried was the Taste of Greece: Stuffed Grape Leaves with Lemon Dill Sauce, Grilled Octopus and Feta Cheese Dip with Warm Pita. This had a great presentation with beautiful colors each contrasting the other. We were all split on this.
The Octopus was super tender and not chewy like octopus sometimes is, and the veggies underneath were also very good, very fresh, the tomato and olives in particular were excellent.
The Feta Cheese dip was pretty good too, served on a mini pita. I felt like the flavor could have been just a bit stronger and decisive though.
The Grape Leaf was the one that didn’t really go over well. Had a very strong lemony flavor, and the olive taste was too strong too. Dense and very moist inside. You have to have the palate for this, and I don’t.
I applaud Greece for going a little outside the box on this one, it probably is very true to traditional Greek dishes. If you like octopus and olive and feta cheese flavors it’s a good option, otherwise pass over.
Next was the Loaded Greek “Nachos”: Pita Chips, Meatless Sausage Crumbles, and Vegan Tzatziki sauce. WOW!! This was incredible! I remember last year it was good, but I didn’t remember just how good! This is a vegetarian dish, no meat is used, but I never would have known as the meatless sausage tasted just like sausage. This is a HUGE dish too, great to share. We all started diving in and they were gone in literally 1 min. A steal at $4.50 and a MUST-try!
The Spanakopita is always a favorite of ours. The thin flakey crust holds together a creamy spinach and feta mix, which is divine. Feels fresh even though it probably isn’t, but I couldn’t tell. Not a big portion but packs a punch of flavor, and is light if you don’t want a heavier option. Great choice.
Lastly we had the Bougatsa: Warm Phyllo Dough Strudel with Sweet Vanilla Custard, Lemon Honey Syrup and Cinnamon. The others didn’t seem crazy about it, but I for one liked it a lot. The dough was SUPER thin and flakey, and there was some lemon honey drizzled over the top which was sweet but not overly. I thought there could have been a bit more of the vanilla custard on the inside, but what there was was finger-licking good! Great option for a light and flavorful dessert.
Booth Summary and Grade:
I thought Greece was a pretty solid marketplace this year, not in the top handful, but not missing by much. The only thing I would skip again would be the Taste of Greece. Otherwise I think everything else is worth trying, with some being MUST-Try. Make sure you don’t just underestimate Greece, stop by and try it out!
If you have to get just one thing: Loaded Greek Nachos
Take a look at all of my 2017 Epcot Food and Wine articles. I have a 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Info Guide with a complete Index of the Food and Wine Menus, The Top NEW Items for 2017, Top Food and Wine Booths and more…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!
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