2014 Food & Wine: New Zealand

New Zealand is another popular spot during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. It also is one that features a diverse range of food options, including mussels, lamb, and venison.

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The only change to the menu this year is an increase of 25 cents for the Lamb Meatball.

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While we’ve yet to swing by New Zealand this year, since the items haven’t changed we believe it’s safe to look to last year’s review. Of course, we’ll update you if/when we stop by. The Venison Sausage is served with Pickled Mushrooms, Baby Arugula and a Black Currant Reduction. We thought the sausage itself is worth going back for, and was a decent sized portion for the price. The currant reduction added a slight sweetness to the dish, which paired well with the venison.

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The Steamed Green Lip Mussels are served with Garlic Butter and Toasted Bread Crumbs. My serving was well cleaned with no grit, and the simple application of the garlic butter and bread crumbs was just right. They added a nice textural contrast to the dish and complimented the mussels well.

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I still feel the Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney is a bit pricey when compared to the venison and mussel dishes, but for those who don’t care for or can’t have shellfish and are put off by venison, it’s definitely a safer option. We’ve even tested out the recipe for this dish at home!

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We’ll keep you posted on updated reviews from New Zealand 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: New Zealand

  1. While it definitely wasn’t the best item we tried last year, I think the meatball was quite tasty. Like you said, if you can’t eat the mussels and are averse to eating venison, the meatball could be a good option for people.

  2. I think the meatball was also a big improvement from the Lamb Slider being offered a few years back.

  3. The meatball was quite tasty although I thought the bread (was it bread underneath?) felt chewy… thus I only finished the meatball and chutney.

  4. I experiences the same chewiness. I actually used some of the chutney last night with kefta I put together for a quick dinner! 🙂

  5. I actually found the venison sausage to be quite good and not gamey at all. My friend didn’t want to try it at first b/c it was venison but I told her to try it b/c it didn’t taste anything like venison (the first ones I had were homemade by a friend’s grandma with the deer that was shot earlier in the fall) and she ended up loving it. I prefer PEI mussels over New Zealand ones but I did enjoy this dish. I still miss the old lamb sliders which used to be slices of lamb on a nice small roll so I usually avoid the slider/meatball.