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Hawaii Review: 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Hawaii Review: 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Hawaii is always one of the most popular booth each year.  Let’s see what they are offering this time.

Booth:

Upon entering World Showcase you find Hawaii is the first kiosk on the right heading towards Canada.

Hawaii Review: 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Menu:

A small menu this year with only two food items..

Hawaii Review: 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Food:

  • Spicy Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Nori Rice – $4.75, DDP Snack Eligible  *Ziggy Recommended
  • Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise – $4.25, DDP Snack Eligible

Beverages:

  • Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine – $6.00
  • Kona Brewing Company, Big Wave Golden Ale – $3.75
  • Mai Tai featuring Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum – $8.50  *Ziggy Recommended

Menu review:

Everyone, including other Disney bloggers seems to always love the Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise, and I can’t seem to really understand why.  I mean it’s decent enough, but didn’t live up to the hype for me.  The pork wasn’t overly tender and the sauce kind of masked the flavor, maybe on purpose.  The buttery roll was pretty good.  Just overall average for me.

Next we tried the Spicy Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Nori Rice.

Hawaii Review: 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

This was much better imo.  The portion was a decent amount.  The tuna was really good, very fresh big pieces.  The seaweed was a nice accent to the Tuna.  It was a great light snack item that didn’t leave you feeling weighed down after.  Perfect for walking World Showcase.

If you’re in the mood for a drink then I recommend the Mai Tai featuring Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, it’s one of the better drinks at Food and Wine.  Fresh, fruity and packs a nice kick! 😉

 

Booth Summary and Grade:

Hawaii despite being super popular for me was just, ok.  The Tuna was outstanding and the best dish (which wasn’t hard considering they have only 2 things) but the lack of selection brings Hawaii down.  I’d like to see something else.  Maybe another local fish item along with the others, and some authentic Hawaiian Shave Ice would make a good dessert.

If you have to get just one thing:  Spicy Tuna Poke

Grade: 7

Take a look at all of my 2016 Epcot Food and Wine articles.  I have the Top 15 Things You Must Try this year at Food and Wine, and also a complete Index of the Food and Wine Menus and other Helpful Info. I want you to be able to have the best info on the Festival so you don’t waste your time and you have the best time possible!

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