Welp — it’s finally happened. The Epcot Food and Wine Festival is pretty much happening year around now!
No — not really. But with this is exciting news, it kinda sorta seems like it!
I’ve loved the holiday eats, drinks, and treats that you can get during a cozy winter visit to Epcot during Holidays Around the World. In addition to enchanting stories of winter time celebrations from all over the globe, guests have also indulged in holiday specialties, like Buche de Noel in France and Sweet Tamales in Mexico. And it’s not Christmas without at least one serving of Glühwein in Germany!
But hold onto your Santa Hats — because this year, Epcot will feature full themed FOOD BOOTHS for the Christmas and Winter Holidays!! Look for the ramped-up food offerings from November 25 through December 30!
As you can imagine, we’re SUUUPER excited about this development. Let’s check them out.
Your first stop is Prost! in the Germany Pavilion. And actually, this booth has been around for a few years, but in 2016, they are expanding their offerings.
In past years, we’ve enjoyed an Artisan Cheese Plate, a bevy of warming Drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and Werther’s Caramel-laced treats. And indeed, we’re happy to see the return of the Cheese Plate as well as Williams Punch, the Caramel Kiss, and Glüwein.
In addition this year, guests can also enjoy Sauerbraten with Red Cabbage and Spätzle!
We can’t wait to dig in!
American Holiday Table
Enjoy traditional flavors of the holiday season when you pay a visit to the American Holiday Table Booth in the American Adventure Pavilion. Menu items here include Roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, and Cranberry Sauce. Guests can also enjoy Pork Tenderloin served with Green Bean Casserole, Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges, and a Champagne Demi-Glace.
There are plenty of fantastic drinks to pair with the dishes as well. Choose from Shipyard Eggnog White Porter Aged on Bourbon. Or how about a trendy new twist on a seasonal favorite — Firenog, a combo of Eggnog and Fireball Whisky? In addition, you can choose from a few of our favorite wines, Great American Wine Company Red Blend and Chardonnay, made by famed California winemaker Rosenblum.
Hot Chocolate, Eggnog, and Cocoa Candy Cane (Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps) will also be offered.
Between France and Morocco, you’ll have the chance to stop by Alpine Haus. Taking its cues from Switzerland and Austria, there are some truly tempting dishes here. Offerings include Duck Confit, Dumplings, and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with a Fig Reduction.
But I can’t wait to dig into the Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl (!!!!!!), served with Steamed Vegetables.
For a sweet ending, indulge in Sachertorte, prepared in the traditional way with Chocolate Cake, Apricot Jam, and Dark Chocolate Glaze.
Wash the rich dishes down with Frozen Winter Spice Hot Chocolate featuring Twinings of London Tea (alcoholic and non-alcoholic version available), or Weingut Stadt Krems Gruner Vetliner (gesundheit! ;-D) White Wine and Heinrich Red Blend.
Seasonal Southern Delights
If you’re looking for traditional Southern Comfort Food that pays tribute to the Holidays, then head to Seasonal Southern Delights. Located near World Showcase Plaza, this stop will offer a popular beverage from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival — Frozen S’Mores.
The booth will also offer Hoppin’ John, a traditional New Year’s dish. This version will combine Black Eyed Peas, Ham Hocks, and Kale, and will be served over Rice with Cornbread Crumbles. You can also enjoy Blackened Catfish with White Cheddar Grits and Okra, Tomato and Onion Stew. But don’t forget to save room for dessert — a tempting Chocolate Pecan Tart.
Feast of the Three Kings
Your final stop on this culinary holiday tour will be the Feast of the Three Kings. Located near World Showcase Plaza, the booth will highlight the celebration of Three Kings Day, a holiday celebrated in Spain and Latin America as well as the Caribbean. A Shredded Beef Tamale with Avocado Crema will lead off the menu, or you can enjoy Roasted Pork with Mashed Yucca and Pickled Green Bananas.
Traditional Three Kings Bread will also be available.
Drinks include Coquito, or Coconut Milk, or add a Rum Floater to the beverage for an adult twist.
In addition to the booths, you’ll still find plenty of other sweet treats throughout the Park, including plenty of speciality beverages. Look for the Mickey Santa Hat Cupcake at Fountain View. And favorites from past years will also return, like the Chocolate Honey Baklava in Morocco, Panettone in Italy, Guava Tamales in Mexico, and a chocolate Buche de Noel in France. And YAY! — Gingerbread Ice Cream is BACK at L’Artisan des Glaces! While we bid adieu (sadly to) Happy Face Fried Cakes in China (best. name. ever.), we look forward to sampling Pai Cha (a Beijing-style Fried Dough treat) in 2016.
Wow! There’s so much to look forward to this holiday season!
But now, I really want to hear from all of you about this new offering at Epcot! What do you think of the expanded Holidays Around the World menu? Leave a comment and tell us what you think!