Saturday, November 12, 2016

Seasonal Treats at EPCOT Holidays Around the World

One of my favorite thing about EPCOT is the chance to try new foods from around the world. Starting on November 25 and continuing until December 30, guests can enjoy special holiday foods inspired by the countries of the World Showcase at EPCOT's Holidays Around the World.

In Germany, at a booth called Prost!, you'll find an artisan cheese plate or sauerbraten with red cabbage and spatzle. Drinks such as gluwein (a traditional hot spiced wine), Williams Punch (served hot), a Caramel Kiss featuring Werther's Caramel, and assorted alcoholic ciders will be available.

At the American Holiday Table, their serving slow-roasted turkey with all the fixins, such as stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. Or try a seared pork tenderloin with a Champagne demi-glace, roasted sweet potato wedges, and green bean casserole. Drinks include eggnog, hot chocolate, Cocoa Candy Cane (hot chocolate and peppermint Schnapps), and Firenog (eggnog with Fireball Whisky).

The Alpine Haus, located between Morocco and France, features duck confit, dumplings and roasted Brussels sprouts with a fig reduction. And for cheese lovers, there's a cheese fondue in a bread bowl with steamed veggies. For dessert, try the sachertorte, a chocolate cake with apricot jam and dark chocolate glaze. Drinks include a Frozen Winter Spice Hot Chocolate featuring Twinings of London Tea (in both an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version), Weingut Stadt Krems Gruner Vetliner White Wine and Heinrich Red Blend.

At Seasonal Southern Delights, near World Showcase Plaza, you'll find hoppin' john, made of black-eyed peas, ham hocks, and kale with rice and cornbread crumbles. There's also a blackened catfish with white cheddar grits and okra, tomato and onion stew. For dessert, try the chocolate pecan tart. Drinks include Frozen S'Mores and Central 28 beers.

At the Feast of the Three Kings, also near World Showcase Plaza, look for a shredded beef tamales with avocado cream, or roasted pork with mashed yucca and pickled green bananas. For dessert, try the Three Kings Bread (the top photo). Drinks include a Coquito (coconut milk) and Coquito with a rum floater.

Additional drinks, both hot and cold, can be found throughout the World Showcase. And holiday treats can be found in abundance:
  • Mickey Santa Hat cupcakes at Fountain View restaurant
  • Chocolate honey baklava in Morocco
  • Panettone (traditional Christmas cake) in Italy
  • Gingerbread ice cream and Buche de Noel au chocolat (traditional Yule log cake) in France
  • Pai Cha (Beijing-style fried dough twist with sesame) in China
  • Guava tamales in Mexico
There's quite a lot of holiday cheer to be had at EPCOT's Holidays Around the World. What are you most looking forward to trying?

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