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