Best of Epcot’s Holidays Around the World Food Booths!

Holidays Around the World at Epcot is a celebration of the Season as it is recognized around the globe!

Holidays Around the World

Holidays Around the World

Holiday traditions from various cultures are expressed through decorations, stories, music and food, while additional events include the nightly Candlelight Processional and a holiday version of the evening spectacular IllumiNations — Reflections of Earth.

Epcot's Candlelight Processional

Epcot’s Candlelight Processional

As in years past, this special event will run through December 30th. What’s different this year, though, is the addition of new and enhanced Marketplace Booths serving up tastes of the season…not unlike another festival that’s near and dear to our hearts — the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. (Yep — I keep saying they’ll eventually make the festival a year-round thing; and they’re getting closer and closer… .)

Wanna see all the food? Visit our Holidays Around the World Page for pictures of every food item, PLUS prices and menus!

American Holiday Table Booth

American Holiday Table Booth

Well… almost. The similarities to the Food and Wine Festival are probably obvious — additional food kiosks are set up around World Showcase serving food and drinks themed to the booth (though there are only seven in comparison to the Festival’s thirty-plus).

However — now pay attentch!! — there is a pretty significant difference at this particular event. The Food and Wine Festival  booths are known for serving tapas-sized dishes ranging from about $3.00 – $7.00. As it turns out, the booths for Holidays Around the World are serving portions that in many cases are closer to full meals (and by full meals, we mean you can barely hold the dish it comes in ’cause it’s so full!) — and you’ll see that reflected in the prices (though there are still snack-sized items as well — mostly in the form of desserts — in case you’d rather snack your way around). Whew. That’s a lot of parentheses.

American Holiday Table Menu

American Holiday Table Menu

In general, though, the focus here — for the sake of both your tummy and your wallet ;) — might be more on selecting an item or two that you’d really like to try (perhaps even in place of a Counter Service meal) instead of sampling several as you might at the Food and Wine Festival if you decide on trying the headliner items. THAT’S why we’ve tried ALL of them for you! (Now, for those of you who don’t have time to read and just want to see the food…)

Be sure to visit our Holidays Around the World Page for pictures of every food item, PLUS prices and menus!

But in the meantime, you can check out our favorite item (or two!) at each booth! Hold onto your Santa Hats, because even though there are just a few booths, there’s LOTS of great stuff. And we’ve just GOTTA start with…

Alpine Haus

You’ll find Alpine Haus tucked between the Morocco and France Pavilions. And it’s important to know where it is, because otherwise you might miss this enormous bowl of CHEESE FONDUE!

Cheese Fondue

Cheese Fondue

And you do NOT want to miss the Cheese Fondue! OR the bread bowl it’s served in. OR the way it even makes the steamed veggies that come with it taste downright fantastic. (By the way, those veggies are carrots, potatoes, and zucchini, mostly.)

Cheese Fondue

Cheese Fondue

The Duck Confit (who doesn’t love meat cooked in its own fat?!?) served with dumplings and roasted Brussels sprouts (Wha?!? So good!) with a fig reduction also impresses with its terrific flavor and tenderness.  The thing I didn’t love about this one was the somewhat gummy dumplings. But stick to the duck and the sprouts and yummo!

Duck Confit

Duck Confit

They’re also serving a truly decadent, rich dark chocolate Sachertorte as well as a spiked Chocolate Apple Shake (you can see pics of all these items here). So Alpine Haus is really a booth full of winners, but I think you can see why we just had to hand it to the Cheese Fondue at the top of the list. Ohmigosh, so good!

American Holiday Table

Stop by American Holiday Table to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal with (almost!) all the trimmings!

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Slow-Roasted Turkey

This dish of Slow-Roasted Turkey served with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and cranberry sauce probably gives you a better idea of what we mean about the portion size for this event. Seriously, this dish is HUGE. (And, honestly, the second time we got it, it was even bigger!!!)

The turkey was very well-prepared; not dry at all. And the gravy accompanying the whole thing was nicely seasoned (we preferred this dish to the Pork Tenderloin that’s also served here). Served up near Santa’s Village in the American Adventure Pavilion, everything about this says “Happy Holidays.”

That’s even MORE true when you pair it with this terrific find: the Shipyard Eggnog White Porter Aged on Bourbon.

Shipyard Eggnog White Porter

Shipyard Eggnog White Porter

Oh, my. This Epcot exclusive (Yep! You can only get it here, folks!) is a sweet brew that tastes just like eggnog-meets-beer. It’s not your typical porter (it’s not very dark, and is a little more carbonated than most), but it was a very pleasant surprise, nonetheless.

Oh, and speaking of eggnog, don’t forget that this is also the place where you can get the FIRENOG!!! Yes, that is fireball and eggnog. So get on it.

Oh, and don’t forget to step inside the American Pavilion’s main building after your meal to check out the annual Gingerbread Display featuring Washington, D.C., where the Lincoln Memorial is new this year!

Washington, D.C. Gingerbread Display

Washington, D.C. Gingerbread Display

For real?!?! Check it out!

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Seasonal Southern Delights

Next up: keep an eye out for this flock of flamingos to find Seasonal Southern Delights!

Seasonal Southern Delights Sign

Seasonal Southern Delights Sign

Though we also thought the Hoppin’ John here was great, with the ham and cornbread crumbles lending some sweetness to the Black-eyed Pea dish, we ultimately chose the Blackened Catfish with White Cheddar Grits and Okra, Tomato and Onion Stew as the favorite.

Blackened Catfish

Blackened Catfish

The catfish was great, and had a really nice, spicy kick that was balanced out by the grits. If you’re on more of a snack search, though, we also recommend the Chocolate Pecan Tart.

Chocolate Pecan Tart

Chocolate Pecan Tart

Even though it’s one of the event’s smaller items, it’s still larger than most tarts sold around Disney World (PLUS: caramel drizzle!!).

Feast of the Three Kings

Feast of the Three Kings celebrates the traditions of Three Kings Day, and you’ll find it at the World Showcase Plaza.

Feast of the Three Kings Sign

Feast of the Three Kings Sign

Feast of the Three Kings Booth area

Feast of the Three Kings Booth area

Feast of the Three Kings Booth area

Feast of the Three Kings Booth area

Feast of the Three Kings Booth area

Feast of the Three Kings Booth area

Stop by to try the Shredded Beef Tamale with Avocado Crema and Cilantro Rice!

Shredded Beef Tamale

Shredded Beef Tamale

Not only did we love the texture and flavor of the tamale itself, but the avocado cream is out of this world. (OK, AJ’s not up for the cilantro rice, but the rest of the team loved it!)

Shredded Beef Tamale cross-section

Shredded Beef Tamale cross-section

For dessert, or as a small snack, you can also try a traditional Three Kings Cake, which is made of a bread that is mildly sweet on its own, even before the added icing.

Three Kings Bread

Three Kings Bread

(Oh, and the Coquito here was reminiscent of eggnog, only with coconut! Worth a try, spiked or not.)

Holiday Eats and Treats

Holiday Eats and Treats is a “new” booth with a few returning items. (You’ll likely recognize this booth as Promenade Refreshments, which functions as Pineapple Promenade for the Flower and Garden Festival, and Desserts & Champagne for the Food and Wine Festival).

Holiday Eats & Treats sign

Holiday Eats & Treats sign

We don’t mind the lack of new items here. Not when it means the return of the Holiday Sandwich!

Warm Turkey Sandwich

Holiday Sandwich

Though it was called the Warm Turkey Sandwich last year, it’s the same tasty helping of roast turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy all tucked inside a unique and delicious cranberry bread. Check out the other returning treats here.

Prost!

Prost! has also returned this year, and the the delicious beverages served here every year have become a tradition for us at the DFB. However, in order to match the expanded offerings around World Showcase, Prost features a new food item this year with a Sauerbraten dish. But the best of the bunch is the traditional German holiday fruitcake, Stollen.

Stollen

Stollen

Say what you will about fruitcake ;), but it’s not a well-known tradition for nothin’, and it has its place in the holidays… especially when it tastes this good. (And, honestly, I have to say “Pass” on the Sauerbraten, which I found to be a bit dry and SUPER overwhelmed by the vinegar — is that even vinegar? it was crazy strong. — from the cabbage).

And — even though they aren’t new this year — I ALWAYS have to give a shout out to the Caramel Kiss (Werther’s Drinking Caramel, which I can’t even put down…ever) and the hot-spiced Glühwein.

Caramel Kiss

Caramel Kiss

Glühwein

Glühwein

They’re served in hot cups this year as opposed to the clear drinking glasses from years’ past, but fortunately they still taste just as lovely.

Mexico

Yep, this is the same Mexico booth that has remained open beyond Spring’s Flower and Garden Festival. And while offerings have changed for the holidays, this is the one booth that has stayed true to the smaller tapas-sized dishes from the other Festivals. That said, food here is typically solid (read: good) no matter what time of year, and the Tacos de Carnitas (Crispy Pork Carnitas served with Tomatillo Relish and Corn Tortilla) is pretty great.

Tacos de Carnitas

Tacos de Carnitas

Overall, though, I prefer the eats at the other kiosks for this event in particular.

More Festive Treats!

Now, don’t forget… even if you don’t partake of the Marketplace Booths (I’m telling you, though, you totally should!), you’ll still spot additional festive fare all around World Showcase. For instance, the beautiful Bûche de Noël (Yule Log) can be found once again at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in the France Pavilion.

Buche de Noel

Buche de Noel

And the neighboring L’Artisan des Glaces is serving the seasonal Gingerbread Ice Cream once again.

Gingerbread Ice Cream

Gingerbread Ice Cream

Gingerbread ice cream

Gingerbread ice cream

I bet Pere Noel — one of the event’s Holiday Storytellers — wishes he had some right about now…

Pere Noel

Pere Noel

Kabuki Cafe in Japan is serving Strawberry Shortcake and a Green Tea au Lait.

Strawberry Shortcake and Green Tea au Lait sign

Strawberry Shortcake and Green Tea au Lait sign

Strawberry Shortcake and Green Tea au Lait

Strawberry Shortcake and Green Tea au Lait

Don’t miss your chance to learn about the Daruma dolls by the Pagoda while you’re there (I love this presentation!)!

A Daruma Seller

A Daruma Seller

In Italy, you can try Panettone or sip a glass of Prosecco (find both at the Gelato Stand) while listening to La Befana.

Prosecco and Panettone sign

Prosecco and Panettone sign

Panettone and Prosecco

Panettone and Prosecco

La Befana in Search of Gesu Bambino

La Befana in Search of Gesu Bambino

Honestly, the Pai Cha at China’s Joy of Tea was not my favorite of the new offerings this year.

Pai Cha sign

Pai Cha sign

I was thinking, “Fried dough, what’s not to love?”

Pai Cha

Pai Cha

But it was too crunchy and crumbly. It might have been better served warm and a bit more pliable.

Pai Cha

Pai Cha

Still, you’ve got to see the amazing dance of the Lion in the Pavilion if you get the chance!

Lion Dance

Lion Dance

In the Morocco Pavilion, you’ll spy Chocolate Honey Baklava in the bakery case inside Tangierine Cafe as part of the festivities.

Chocolate Honey Baklava

Chocolate Honey Baklava

All truths told, though, it’s available pretty much year-round these days. Fine by me. It’s delicious! Bring your Baklava outside to munch on while learning about the “Spice of Life” that are the celebrations in Morocco!

Celebrating the Spice of Life in the Morocco Pavilion

Celebrating the Spice of Life in the Morocco Pavilion

But hold onto your hats, because Kringla Bakeri og Kafe in Norway is serving an AWESOME Pumpkin Cheesecake Roulade with Pumpkin Seed Brittle!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Roulade sign

Pumpkin Cheesecake Roulade sign

No idea how long thing one will be around, but it’s SERIOUS!!! Creamy pumpkin cheesecake (SO amazing) all wrapped up in what really seemed like chocolate to yours truly… . Definitely worth a try!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Roulade

Pumpkin Cheesecake Roulade

Watch out, though… it’s so good that the mischievous Julenissen may try to take yours!

Julenissen Spinning His Tale

Julenissen Spinning His Tale

He’s sneaky, that one ;) .

Tea lovers, take note: there’s a Twinings Iced Christmas Toddy waiting for you in the United Kingdom Pavilion, but you’ll need to head INSIDE The Tea Caddy shop to find it.

Iced Christmas Toddy sign

Iced Christmas Toddy sign

Iced Christmas Tea Toddy sign

Iced Christmas Tea Toddy sign

Twinings Christmas Tea

Twinings Christmas Tea

Meanwhile, TG Lee Eggnog with Irish Whiskey (don’t mind if I do!) is available outside at the Rose & Crown Beer Stand.

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Rose & Crown Beer Stand Menu

Speaking of sips, be on the lookout at Joffrey’s Coffee Kiosks all around World Showcase for seasonal beverages with and without alcohol, like the Crazy Elf, the Gingerbread Chai ($9.49 each) and yuletide espresso drinks.

Crazy Elf sign

Crazy Elf sign

Gingerbread Chai sign

Gingerbread Chai sign

Seasonal Espresso Drinks

Seasonal Espresso Drinks

And the Craft Beer Marketplace is carrying over from the Food and Wine Festival, and will remain open on most days through December 30th.

Craft Beers Marketplace

Craft Beers Marketplace

Finally, we have an oldie but a goodie… Pecan Maple Bark is up for grabs once more at the Popcorn Cart in Canada.

Pecan Maple Bark

Pecan Maple Bark

Pecan Maple Bark

Pecan Maple Bark

And the Holiday Voyageurs are back, too!

Holiday Voyageurs Sign

Holiday Voyageurs Sign

Canadian Holiday Voyageurs

Canadian Holiday Voyageurs

No matter where you look in Epcot — and no matter what you choose to eat! — there is no shortage of holiday fun and food to be had! I honestly think they’ve outdone themselves with some of these new offerings, and if you get the chance to attend Holidays Around the World, I think it will truly enhance your yuletide vacation!

Oh, and if you’ve come this far…

Be sure to visit our Holidays Around the World Page for pictures of every food item, PLUS prices and menus!

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Hee hee! Signing off from Epcot… Prost!

Which item would you most like to try at Holidays Around the World? Please let us know with a comment! 

Comments

  1. Gigi says

    Cheese fondue? Cheese fondue?! CHEESE FONDUE?!?! Why oh why isn’t this around during Food and Wine? (*runs to write letter to Santa*)

  2. SB says

    If only this would last past Dec 30th! All this food looks soooo good!! I don’t suppose the food would somehow stay around till January 1st or 2nd would it?

  3. Brenda says

    I just want to say that I’ve been subscribed to your blog for many years (when retiring in Florida was just a dream) and how much I appreciate you! Now that I’m living 20 minutes from Disney World and have an annual pass, I find your blogs invaluable. They have helped me plan out so many of my excursions there with bucket lists created by your opinions ;-) This post on Epcot Holiday booths is particularly AMAZING and I just wanted to take a minute to commend your efforts. Thank you SO much for the time and trouble you put into these beauties, especially covering the festival booths…they are superb and have become a necessity before I embark on my ventures!!

  4. Allison says

    My husband and I are taking our daughter to Epcot tonight! Thanks for the great info! The “Crazy Elf” is at the top of my list of must tries.

  5. Hannah says

    it all looks amazing. I appreciate all your hard work so I can see what I’m missing, because otherwise I wouldn’t know it was there and that’s not good but also the reviews that remind me of what I’ll see next time. I love planning my trips and it’s fun to see all the news.

  6. BRANDI says

    Curious about use of DDP Snack Credits? Is this available on these items or is there a $$ cut off – I heard that during F&W this year you weren’t allowed to use them on this?

  7. Ray says

    The fondue was the first thing I’ve ever thrown away after 2 bites. The potatos and vegetables were good though. Just not worth the $8 I paid for it. Perhaps if the fondue hadn’t sat for 10 minutes while they cooked the vegis it might have been better.

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