2014 Food & Wine: Belgium

Last year, Matt and I were very much fans of the Potato and Leek Waffle served at Belgium during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  We may have had it more than once. 🙂 Matt couldn’t resist stopping by for another this year, so we hopped in line so he could satiate his craving.

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Changes to the food items were only in price, the food options jumping up 25 cents. Replacing the Leffe Brune is Stella Artois Cidre.

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Apart from the Potato and Leek Waffle, Matt and I each ordered a Stella Artois Cidre. Last year, the Festival started out serving these waffles on a quadrant of a large circular waffle, but later changed to the individual round ones we see today.

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The dish is incredibly rich and rather heavy, with several tender pieces of beer-braised beef, veggies, gravy, and a hearty waffle. Last year, the beef was just noted as being “braised.” It was as good as I remembered it being last year, and that’s coming from someone who’s not a fan of stews and such. I will mention that I thought the waffle was a touch underdone, with some undercooked batter toward the middle. Matt devoured every last bite of this. I think it’s still remains high on his list for the Festival!

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We both tried the Stella Artois Cidre and liked it. It was light, crisp, and refreshing. It might be something we’d pick up for the house once in a while for a summer cider, or maybe order at the bar should we feel like one, but it’s not a something that we’d keep on hand.

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Here are the 2013 Belgian Waffles with Berry Compote (Driscoll’s is no longer a sponsor) and Warm Chocolate Ganache, both served with whipped cream.

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Leffe Brune, served at 2013’s Festival, has been replaced by Stella Artois Cidre. Here is 2013’s Beer Flight (which are now 4oz. pours, not 6oz.).

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While not much has changed at Belgium, it’s still a delicious stop for your Food & Wine tour. If you were a fan of any of the items before, rest assured they are still just as good. The kiosk still ranks fairly high in our book, and I don’t think you can go wrong whether you choose to go savory or sweet (or both! 😉 ).

We’ll keep you posted on updated reviews from Belgium as the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival continues. What have you tried from the kiosk, and what did you think? What are you looking forward to trying?

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5 responses to “2014 Food & Wine: Belgium

  1. Belgium has been a favorite of mine every year. My favorite is the berry and the beef although the chocolate is also very good. This year was different than the others. My beef waffle looked nothing like yours. It was a waffle covered with gravy or what looked liked what remains at the bottom of the stew pot. Gravy with flecks of carrot. It was hysterical. Not a drop of meat or solid anything, just gravy. It hadn’t really looked at it before I went to find a seat to eat. It was still delicious!

    Sadly, the berry waffle was really lacking any toppings as well. It really is the luck of the draw. It’s a shame it’s not more consistant.

  2. Sounds like we’ve lucked out with our Potato and Leek Waffles! Sorry to hear this wasn’t the case for you this year. 😦 I agree with you – consistency is something Disney struggles with during the Festival.

  3. I had the Potato and Leek Waffles and my partner had Waffles with Ganache. Mine was really tasty and I regret not going back for a second one! I didn’t try the Ganache one but my partner said it was just too sweet for his taste.

  4. I don’t believe I’ve sampled the Chocolate Ganache one before, but my friend who has a HUGE sweet tooth loves it! 🙂

  5. We skipped this last year since my friend didn’t like the berries in the berry waffle and I couldn’t eat that much (and while I like stews I’m not overly fond of them). I like the individual waffles but I can’t for the life of me remember if they still make them fresh like they did in the beginning.