On my recent trip, we decided to partake in Emile's Fromage Montage. What exactly do you have to do to participate? Simply purchase any 5 menu items from Emile's Fromage Montage locations listed in the Festival Passport and collect a matching stamp for each menu item you purchase. You'll know which menu items are part of Emile's Fromage Montage by looking for the cheese icon located next to each item in the Festival Passport and on the menus outside each booth.
Let's review the 5 menu items:
1. Griddled Cheese - Greece - Between Morocco and Japan
I wasn't sure what to expect from Griddled Cheese but it was actually really good! It looked nothing like the picture in the Festival Passport but it tasted good so that's all that matters. The pistachios and honey were surprisingly good paired with the cheese. I'd rate this dish a 7/10.
|Griddled Cheese with Pistachios and Honey from the Greece booth|
2. Schinkennudeln - Germany - World Showcase
This dish was a bit of a dud for me. I thought it was just "meh". The flavors weren't great and it was kind of bland. Out of the 5 menu items, it was definitely my least favorite. I'd give this dish a 4/10.
|Schinkennudeln: Passat Gratin with Ham, Onions and Cheese|
3. Crispy Barbecue Pork Rinds - The Swanky Saucy Swine - Near Disney Traders
I'm not a fan of pork rinds so I wasn't excited to try this dish but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The Crispy Barbecue Pork Rinds come with a large portion of Pimento Cheese and although they aren't great on their own, they are a delight when used as a vessel for the Pimento Cheese. For $4.75, I thought the price was perfect for the large portion and it was easily shareable. The Pimento Cheese had some kick to it but I like spicy food so I didn't mind. I would have preferred a cracker or chip to dip in the Pimento Cheese so I'd give this item a 6/10.
|Crispy Barbecue Pork Rinds with Pimento Cheese|
4. Passion Fruit Cheesecake - Hawai'i - Near Disney Traders
As I mentioned in my Review of 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival - Part Three, I really enjoyed the Passion Fruit Cheesecake from the Hawai'i booth! The Toasted Macadamia Nuts were really great with the Cheesecake and overall the dish was delicious. I would happily eat this dessert again and give it an 8/10.
|Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts|
5. The Corned Beef Corner Route - Flavors of Fire Hosted by The NFL on ESPN - Near Test Track Presented by Chevrolet
This is another dish that I wasn't excited to try based off the description. The Corned Beef Corner Route: Smoked Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes, Cheese Curds, Pickled Onions, and Beer-Cheese Fondue. Eh. It doesn't sound great but the dish actually looks better than it sounds. I still don't know how I feel about the taste though. I kept going back and forth as I was eating it. One bite, I liked it and then the more I ate it, the more I was undecided. (I'm not sure if that makes sense but maybe someone else who has tried this dish feels the same way and can relate.) All this to say, I'd probably give this dish a 5/10. It wasn't good but it wasn't bad... just not something I would probably order again.
|The Corned Beef Corner Route: Smoked Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes, |
Cheese Curds, Pickled Onions, and Beer-Cheese Fondue
|Completed Festival Passport|
|Fromage Montage Prize: Strawberry Shortcake Soft Serve and collector's cup|
If you don't feel up to trying all 5 items during one visit, the good news is you can complete the Fromage Montage at your leisure. Simply bring your stamped Festival Passport back to EPCOT anytime between now and November 20, 2021 to claim your prize (so there's a little under a month left to complete!)
Are you up for the challenge? Have you already completed Emile's Fromage Montage? If so, what did you think? Let us know in the comments.