Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival officially kicks off today, but yesterday started off with the kiosks serving up most of the dishes that will be available this year. For our first post, I wanted to share the Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey from the Greece kiosk. This was one of the dishes I really enjoyed last year and was looking forward to ordering it again.
You’ll notice this year that Food & Wine Festival branded dishes are gone. Plain brown paper trays, white paper plates, and plain brown napkins have taken their place. Chase is now the festival sponsor, while last year it was Vanity Fair.
It appeared that the cast member working the griddle was struggling a bit with the cheese, but that’s what these test runs are for. Greek Salads and the Chicken Souvlaki were being dished out relatively quickly in comparison. When my Greek Cheese arrived, the crispy outer layer was barely lukewarm, but was crisp. There was only a small drizzle of honey topping the cheese, and a heavy dose of crumbled pistachios. The cheese below was “room temp” and didn’t have the melted creaminess that I recalled from last year. Some of the edges had a bit of melt to them, but the area toward the middle was more like string cheese in consistency.
Here’s a look at last year’s presentation for comparison. The white plates make a much nicer impression over the brown trays, even without the Food & Wine branding.
Since I’m sure bugs are still being worked out, I hope the dish will improve as the festival goes on. I will probably try it again later in the festival to see how the dish shapes up. If you give it a try at this year’s festival, let us know how it was for you!