The 2019 Epcot Festival of the Holidays is fast approaching and we know what’s on your mind: what do I get to eat? Prepare to be dazzled by returning favorites and new creations this year as we show you a sneak peek of this year’s Festival food fresh from a live preview at Epcot!
The thirsty park-goer will have lots of options, starting with ”Hanukkah Pass the Beer” from L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen, house-made mulled wine at the Bavaria Holiday Kitchen, and several varieties of Icewine from Yukon Holiday Kitchen.
Of course lots of booths will be serving Christmas classics, such as eggnog, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. And if you’re tea-totaling this season, another festive option will be the Chocolate Peppermint Shake, available with or without Whipped Cream Vodka. This frozen treat will be at the Holiday Sweets and Treats booth.
Once you’ve satisfied your thirst, fill your belly with savory options such as Canadian Wild Rice and Ham Soup with a Pretzel Roll. This was a personal favorite from the preview, a warm and filling choice with a surprising crunch from the slivered almonds on top. Be sure and dip that pretzel roll in the soup or use it to clean the bowl; they compliment each other perfectly. This dish will be at the Yukon Holiday Kitchen.
Another favorite will be the Smoked Salmon Potato Latke from L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen. A refreshing departure from turkey-centered holiday foods, this salmon married well with the fresh sour cream on top and the warm potato on the bottom. For younger or pickier palates, plain potato latkes are also an option.
No Christmas trip around the World Showcase could be complete without a stop at the Bavaria Holiday Kitchen, which will be serving a Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce and Spaetzle. Spaetzle is always a fantastic choice, but combined with forest mushrooms and schnitzel, it becomes a comfort food.
It would be a mistake to talk about the food at the Festival of the Holidays without making mention of the main event: Christmas cookies. The Cookie Stroll is back this year with lots of holiday favorites to pick up around the World Showcase. There will be a Gingerbread cookie at American Holiday Table, a Linzer cookie at Bavaria Holiday Kitchen, a Chocolate Crinkle cookie at Feast of the Three Kings, a Black and White cookie at L’Chaim Holiday Kitchen, a Peppermint Pinwheel cookie at Yukon Holiday Kitchen, and of course the Santa Mickey Sugar Cookie, which is complimentary at Sweets and Treats Holiday Kitchen upon the final Cookie Stroll stamp in your Festival Passport. And if you end up doing the Cookie Stroll, you might be interested in the official cookie jar of the Festival of the Holidays; it’s got a couple of familiar chipmunks on top to guard your stash!
Whatever you end up eating and drinking while you celebrate the holidays, make sure some of it is at this year’s Festival of the Holidays at Epcot. There’s something magical about imagining Christmas around the world and taking part in traditions that others cherish as their own. Whether it’s a meal shared with family, or a simple cookie as you take in the Christmas decorations, delicious merriment will be waiting for you this season at Epcot.