The winter holidays means spending quality time with friends and families, celebrating unique holiday traditions with each group. EPCOT wants you to try some new traditions when you visit during the holidays with your holidays and friends. They’re re-theming some of those famous EPCOT Food & Wine marketplace food booths into “Holidays around the World” food and drink options between November 25 and December 30.
Germany: Visit Prost! and enjoy an artisan cheese plate or sauerbraten with red cabbage and spatle. Drinks include Caramel Kiss (featuring Werthere’s Caramel and Gluwein (hot spice wine)), hot Williams Punch, and alcoholic ciders.
American Adventure: The American Holiday Table will feature a turkey dinner with stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. Also on the menu are seared pork tenderloin and green bean casserole, roasted sweet potato wedges, and a champagne demi-glace. For drinks enjoy a 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).
France: The Alpin Haus features food of the alps. Try the duck confit, dumplings and roasted Brussels sprouts with a fig reduction. Also on the menu is a delicious sounding 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.
World Showcase Plaza: The southern cuisines of America also get their due at the Seasonal Southern Delights booth. Among the options are blackened catfish and white cheddar grits with okra, tomato, and onion stew. Also on the menu is hoppin’ john (black-eyed peas, ham hocks and kale with rice and cornbread crumbles). For Dessert there’s a chocolate pecan tart. Drinking options are Frozen S’Mores and Central 28 beers.
Feast of the Three Kings will pay homage to Three Kings Day (widely celebrated in Spain, Latin America, and the Caribbean). You’ll be able to feast on shredded beef tamale with avocdo 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.
Many of the EPCOT World Showcase countries will have their own specialties as well. This includes 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. So you’ll be able to eat and drink your way around the holidays.
EPCOT has three big festival seasons at the park now. Flower and Garden owns the spring, Food and Wine makes for a tasty fall, and the holidays are celebrated in style. In fact, there are now more days with a festival at EPCOT than without. As long as they can continue to come up with something unique, I’d like to see even more festival days. How about you?