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Epcot Festival of the Holidays - Part 2

Since I couldn't quite get everything done at Festival in the Holidays in one day, I had to go back another time to try just a few more things!  The size of this festival is much more approachable food-wise than the Food and Wine Festival since there are fewer booths, but I'd only really had a half day to squeeze in everything. If you started at opening, you could probably get it all done in one day if you tried!  Read more about my first day here

First up, a holiday classic, roasted chestnuts from Chestnuts and Good Cheer.  We decided we didn't like chestnuts, whoops! They also had a variety of other roasted nuts to choose from along with hot chocolate and eggnog.
Next we headed over to a popular festival favorite, Mexico for Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen.  We got a few things to try here but agreed we liked the food better than the drinks this time around. Both the savory options were simply delicious! 
Giant Tostada de Chorizo: Chorizo served on a giant tostada with chipotle black bean purée, salsa verde, queso cotija, crema mexicana, and pickled onion
Tamal de Barbacoa: Shredded barbacoa beef in a corn masa topped with ranchera salsa, queso cotija, and crema Mexicana
Cranberry-Cinnamon Margarita: Apple-cinnamon infused mezcal, cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and lime juice with a cinnamon-sugar rim and Horchata Margarita: Tequila blanco, corn whiskey, horchata, and cinnamon horchata rum
Next up we made our way over to China where the "booth" is really just some specialty items at the quick service restaurant, Lotus Blossom Cafe.  While unconventional, the items were fresh and delicious.  
House-made Cheesy Crab Wontons
Fireworks: Tequila gold, vodka, orange juice, and mango syrup
We decided to take an entertainment break and enjoyed the Canadian Holiday Singers.  We enjoyed their variety of Christmas carols and the nice rest the benches offered our feet! A very talented group to stop and see. 
We headed to Future World to ride Test Track and grab a donut from the Donut Box.  We opted for the eggnog flavor.  We also grabbed a gingerbread milkshake which was a festival favorite for me.  The donut was fine, but this milkshake was just delightful and tasted just like the holidays.  
Eggnog-Cream-filled Donut with Cinnamon Icing and Crumbled Gingersnap Cookies and Gingerbread Milkshake
As the night went on we made our way back over to World Showcase to find a spot to catch Harmonious and tried just a few more treats along the way. We stopped at the Refreshment Outpost for a sweet treat and got the Coconut-Pineapple Cake with DOLE Whip.  I loved the combination of the coconut cake with the pineapple soft serve!  We also picked up a Spicy Cinnamon Hard Cider and enjoyed the holiday flavor infused into the beverage. 
Our final stop for the night was America as we wanted a nice central view for the fireworks.  We enjoyed hearing the Candlelight Processional from afar (as it was very crowded tonight) and grabbed our last booth and last cookie from the cookie stroll!  We did the classic holiday meal with Slow-roasted Turkey with Ben's Original Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Cranberry Sauce which was delicious.  Then we got both desserts because, why not? Pumpkin Gingerbread Cheesecake with Cranberry Whipped Cream and Candied Pumpkin Seeds and Chocolate Crinkle Cookie made with Dove Dark Chocolate were both fantastic but I really liked the cheesecake! 
 We settled in to enjoy the fireworks and had another great holiday-filled day in the books!


Maci Schau
Maci is an avid foodie and loves trying out new restaurants and seasonal food offerings in the parks.  You can email Maci at maci@kingdomkonsultant.com.

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