It’s a global Celebration of the Season at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays!!
This new Epcot Festival just kicked off today and runs through December 30, 2017. All of the elements of Holidays Around the World (the previous name for Epcot’s annual celebration) have returned, including International Holiday Storytellers and food booths around World Showcase.
The Candlelight Processional will begin nightly performances starting November 24th as will the expanded Peace on Earth holiday version of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.
Brand new this year is Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree — a festive Scavenger Hunt similar to Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt from the Food and Wine Festival. Only this time, were helping Chip & Dale collect ornaments to decorate their Christmas Tree.
But BEST OF ALL… the HOLIDAY FOOD BOOTHS are back! Better yet, these yuletide Food Booths (similar to the Food and Wine Festival’s Marketplace Booths), which debuted in 2016, have expanded greatly from last year’s seven booths.
So we’ve got LOTS to see and TASTE as we check out the Best of the FESTat the Epcot Festival of the Holidays! And you might as well get your stretchy Thanksgiving pants out NOW, is all I’m sayin’…
New Year Celebration Soba at Hokkaido Holiday Kitchen in Japan
We’re starting with some of this year’s brand new eats, beginning at Japan’s Holiday Kitchen. Holiday dishes from the island of Hokkaido are featured here. Our top pick from Japan is the New Year Celebration Soba.
Choose from shrimp tempura or chicken to add to your bowl of Buckwheat Soba Noodles with spinach. Hot soup for chilly Epcot days!
Traditional French Canadian Tourtiere with Canadian Ketchup at Yukon Holiday Kitchen in Canada
Tamal de Chilorio at Las Posadas in Mexico
Grilled Lamb Kefta and Grapes at Tarabaki Holiday Kitchen in Morocco
Celebration Barbecue Pork Rice Bowl and a Fortune Cookie at Shanghai Holiday Kitchen in China
Warm Apple Fritter with Cinnamon Ice Cream at the Cookie Nook Holiday Kitchen inside the Festival Center
Maple Bûche de Noël: Maple Mousse rolled in Gingerbread Chiffon Cake at Yukon Holiday Kitchen in Canada
Panettone alla Milanese: Warm Italian Fruit Cake at Italy’s Tuscany Holiday Kitchen
Spiced Rum Punch Slush at Alsace Holiday Kitchen in France
Frozen Kahlúa® Coffee Margarita at Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen in Mexico
Iced Strawberry Milk: Strawberry Milk at Hokkaido Kitchen in China
The Andalusian “Poinsettia” Cocktail at Tarabaki Holiday Kitchen in Morocco
Holiday Beer Flight at American Holiday Table
Shipyard Candy Cane Coffee Porter at Holiday Sweets and Treats
Don’t hesitate to celebrate the holidays with some of our favorite returning dishes.
Renamed the Bavaria Holiday Kitchen from last year’s Alpine Haus, we’re happy to see the return of the cheese fondue and Glühwein: House-made Hot Spiced Wine.
At the American Holiday Table, the Slow-Roasted Turkey is back with all of our favorite trimmings!
In short, there’s so much festive food around here it could even keep Santa Claus well-fueled for his midnight trip around the world! So when you’re making your own lists this year for the Holidays (and checking them twice!), don’t forget to put together your own Must-Eat list for the 2017 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays!
Which item would you most like to try at the Holiday Kitchens? Please let us know with a comment!