This weekend we welcomed the kick off of the 2018 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts! While browsing the booths and admiring the art around the World Showcase, we stopped by the Refreshment Port to try some of the newest additions to their menu: the famous Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup and the new Poutine!
What is poutine, you might ask? It an amazing French-Canadian concoction of some of our favorite foods- french fries, gravy, and cheese (often in the form of cheese curds). It’s like an update on the classic mashed potato and gravy combination!
We were introduced to this dish for the first time a few years ago when we went to eat dinner at Le Cellier in the Canada pavilion at Epcot. Le Cellier’s original Signature Poutine is a decadent blend of savory flavors! Believe it or not it, this was also our refueling dish of choice after our first runDisney half marathon: The Star Wars Half Marathon- The Dark Side. (If you’ve ever thought about trying out a runDisney race, check out the virtual Star Wars Half Marathon here!)
Now, after a long day of walking around EPCOT, you can refuel with these new treats on demand at the Refreshment Port, just on the edge of the Canada Pavilion at EPCOT. Some of the best news of all is for all you Canadian Cheese Soup fans because you won’t have to wait for EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival for this legendary treat!
If you love the soup, you now have a great new way to enjoy it, too. The new poutine uses the famous Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup as the gravy for the dish, which creates plenty of cheesy goodness before they top it off with more cheese- with cheese curds! Yum! If you are not usually a cheddar cheese soup fan because many of them add broccoli, definitely try this out. It is tasty and broccoli-free!
This famous soup is nice and creamy with a hint of sharpness that Canadian cheddar is known for. There is a smoky bacon flavor that balances the sharpness of the cheese and makes it an excellent, hearty winter dish with a well-rounded flavor.
While I usually prefer brown gravy or the red wine reduction paired with truffles on the classic Le Cellier Signature Poutine, this surprise combination was a welcome change to my poutine routine. The fries were nice and crisp and held up well to the addition of the cheddar cheese soup “gravy”. The poutine is only $5.99 plus tax and the cup of soup is $4.19 plus tax.
As Florida’s winter weather has been hanging around, this snack stop is a good way to warm your tummy on your trip around the world.
What’s your favorite EPCOT or Festival snack? Let us know below!