Raise your hand if you still have Christmas decorations up! Me too, so I think it's still fair that we can chat about Festival of the Holidays over at Epcot which runs from about Thanksgiving to Christmas each year. Similar to other Epcot festivals, this event brings food booths with specialty items around World Showcase along with themed entertainment, decor and merchandise. There is also a holiday cookie stroll, which you can learn more about here.
First, I love all the red floral that the holidays bring to the park. It just pops and really helps it feel more like the holidays when it's 80 degrees outside in mid-December. But of course, I'm here for the food so let's dig right in!
We loved the food from Morocco at Food and Wine so much, we actually put the beef skewers on our wedding menu, so we were excited to see the booth (Tangierine Cafe: Flavors of the Medina) back for the holidays and headed there first. This "booth" is inside the old Tangierine Cafe quick service location so make sure you don't miss it! We tried a chicken skewer and a cider flight to kick off our day of eating around the holiday world. This food once again did not disappoint, the chicken was moist and the sauce is just wow. The cider flight was fun because they were very holiday flavory with nutmeg and ginger, but could definitely take it or leave it.
|Grilled Kebabs with Carrot-Chickpea Salad and Garlic Aïoli: Harissa Chicken|
|Sufganiyot: Mini jelly-filled donuts|
|Black and White Cookie|
|Frozen Hot Chocolate Martini: Vanilla vodka, vodka, chocolate milk, and whipped cream|
The Festival of the Holidays also comes with holiday storytellers throughout the countries. We caught Pierre Noel while we were nibbling on our treats and he was a great storyteller and definitely helped give us those holiday feels!
We continued on and came to the Canada and Refreshment Port area. Once again we had so many options we wanted to try so we got quite a few things and shared between our group. At the Yukon Holiday Kitchen the scallops were a huge hit but the beef was a very close second. We actually tried every single food item from this booth, and the yule log was great as well. We also got both poutines from Refreshment Port and were surprised at the size of these snacks, we had so many fries!
|Seared Scallops with Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney, and Hazelnut Croquant|
|SNICKERS-Doodle Cookie made with SNICKERS bar pieces|
|Maple Bûche de Noël: Maple mousse and cranberry rolled in gingerbread chiffon cake|
|Traditional Poutine and Turkey Poutine – French fries with turkey gravy, cranberry relish, and crispy onions|
|Red Velvet Mini Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Icing|
|Salted Caramel Spaceship Earth Cookie, Gingerbread Cookie and Cocoa Candy Cane: Hot cocoa with peppermint schnapps|
|Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl with Steamed Baby Vegetables and Marble Potatoes|
|Chirashi Sushi Tree: Sashimi-grade tuna, salmon, ikura, and yellowtail with vegetables decorated on an artistic bed of rice to celebrate the holidays|
|Sparkling Plum Wine and New Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat soba noodle in a hot dashi soup with shrimp tempura, fish cake, shiitake mushrooms, and chopped green onion|
Overall it was a full afternoon and a delicious one! We accomplished all of this from about 4pm-9pm but did have quite a few people to split the items between so we could try more. What is your favorite part of Festival of the Holidays? Let us know in the comments!