Disney Announces Seasonal Tastes for EPCOT’s Holidays Around the World

Disney Parks BlogOne of the most delightful ways to experience Epcot is noshing your way around World Showcase, and now Holidays Around the World is adding more food and drink for the winter celebration November 25-December 30.

Stop at Prost! in Germany for an artisan cheese plate or sauerbraten with red cabbage and spätzle. Drinks include alcoholic ciders, Williams Punch (hot), Caramel Kiss featuring Werther’s Caramel and glüwein (house-made hot spiced wine).

American Holiday Table in the American Adventure Pavilion is serving Slow-roasted turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. And seared pork tenderloin with green bean casserole, roasted sweet potato wedges and a Champagne demi-glace. Drinks include Shipyard Eggnog White Porter Aged on Bourbon, Firenog (eggnog with Fireball Whisky), Great American Wine Company Red Blend and Chardonnay, hot chocolate, eggnog and Cocoa Candy Cane (hot chocolate with peppermint Schnapps).

Head to the Alpine Haus between Morocco and France for duck confit, dumplings and roasted Brussels sprouts with a fig reduction; cheese fondue in a bread bowl with fresh steamed vegetables, and sachertorte, a chocolate cake with apricot jam and dark chocolate glaze.. Drinks include Frozen Winter Spice Hot Chocolate featuring Twinings of London Tea (alcoholic and non-alcoholic version available) Weingut Stadt Krems Gruner Vetliner White Wine and Heinrich Red Blend.

Seasonal Southern Delights near World Showcase Plaza is offering hoppin’ john (black-eyed peas, ham hocks and kale with rice and cornbread crumbles); blackened catfish with white cheddar grits with okra, tomato and onion stew, and chocolate pecan tart. Drinks include Frozen S’Mores and Central 28 beers.

Feast of the Three Kings Feast near World Showcase Plaza pays homage to Three Kings Day, widely celebrated in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean. Look for a shredded beef tamale with avocado crema; roasted pork with mashed yucca and pickled green bananas, and Three Kings Bread. Drinks will include a Coquito (coconut milk) and Coquito with rum floater.

Hot and cold drinks will be offered all around World Showcase, as well as holidays sweets such as the Mickey Santa Hat cupcake at Fountain View restaurant, chocolate honey baklava in Morocco, panettone (Italian Christmas cake) in Italy, gingerbread ice cream and buche de Noel au chocolat(Christmas cake shaped like a log) in France, pai cha (Beijing-style fried dough twist with sesame) in China and guava tamales in Mexico.

Disney continues to expand its holiday offerings with the “Seasonal Tastes” at EPCOT’s Holidays Around the World. I’m not sure whether this will be on top of last year’s offerings  or if these will be new for this year. Two things stand out:

  1. The offerings are far more intricate this year. In past years, stands throughout EPCOT would feature one or two seasonal offerings. This year, it seems almost as though Disney is throwing a mini Food & Wine-type festival.
  2. After looking at the photos, I’m on the fence about the type of food being offered. Don’t get me wrong, I’m ecstatic to see Disney offering new options, but I did like the portability provided the past few years. Many of the items seem more “sit and dine” than “grab and go.”

I’m nitpicking a bit here. There’s no chance the food will be as large as the ones pictured. I’m sure many of the servings will be the same size as those sold at Food & Wine and offer a bit more portability. I’m definitely going to have to re-work my list of food I wanna try this year. That Frozen S’More is calling my name!

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