Enjoy Traditional Olde World Flavors at the Holiday Kitchens of Epcot’s Festival of Holidays

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One of the things that makes this time of year so special is enjoying foods that have been passed down from generation to generation. At Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays you can explore foods from around the world at Holiday Kitchens throughout World Showcase. We previously discovered some of the exotic and tropical flavors available. Now, let’s take a look at some of the traditional olde world foods that are offered at the Holiday Kitchens. These flavors will fill you up, both your stomach and your heart. We’ll make note as to if an item is a hit, a miss, or just OK.

Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (near Germany pavilion)

Potato Dumpling with Mushroom Sauce (just OK) – For a filling snack, this fits the bill. It isn’t anything show stopping, but decent and not a bad value for $4.50.

Pork Schnitzel (a hit) – The pork was perfectly breaded and fried, not tough.  And of course, what is schnitzel without buttery spatzle? Overall a good value at $6.75.

Cheese Fondue (a hit) – Rich creamy cheese fondue is served in a bread bowl with baby veggies and potatoes. This is a real delight, especially if there is any chill in the air. An enormous portion makes this a great value at $8.25!

Black Forest Roulade (a hit) – Rich chocolate is perfectly paired with cherry sauce and whipped cream. The roulade ensures you get a great bite of all the flavors each time. At $4.25 it is a pretty good value.

Linzer Cookie (just ok) – This picture perfect cookie is light and delicate with rich jam in the middle. It is part of the holiday cookie crawl in which each cookie is $2.50.

Bavaria Holiday Kitchen menu
Bavaria Holiday Kitchen Potato Dumpling
Bavaria Holiday Kitchen Pork Schnitzel
Bavaria Holiday Kitchen Cheese Fondue
Bavaria Holiday Kitchen Black Forest Roulade
Bavaria Holiday Kitchen Linzer Cookie

 

Tuscany Holiday Kitchen (Italy pavilion)

Generally, the Italian food and beverage booth during any Epcot festival tends to be a disappointment, especially compared to the quality found within the pavilion’s restaurants. We only opted for one of the desserts here and it was just OK.

Crespelle di Mele – Cinnamon Apple Fritters (just ok) – These fritters have been on the menu two years running. The flavor is light and the vanilla sauce really brings a lot to this dessert. At $8 for two fritters, that’s $4 each, the value isn’t so great.

 

Tuscany Holiday Kitchen Crespelle di Mele – Cinnamon Apple Fritters

L’Chaim (To Life) Holiday Kitchen (near Morocco pavilion)

Pastrami on Rye (just OK) – For not being a true New York deli, the pastrami on rye is a good effort. It doesn’t fall short, necessarily, it’s just there are other hits of the festival. The pickle stands out as a real deli pickle. Overall it is a solid value at $5.00.

Potato Latkes (a hit) – A well executed latke is flavorful and a little crispy yet tender. These latkes have all that plus a delicious sour cream sauce. Two good sized latkes are a good value at $3.75.

Black and White cookie (just OK) – A classic black and white cookie’s dough is dense, but light in flavor with the contrasting vanilla frosting on one side and chocolate frosting on the other shines bright. This plant-based version is a welcomed option for those who prefer or need plant-based options. It is part of the Holiday Cookie Crawl and is $2.50.

L’Chaim Holiday Kitchen menu
L’Chaim Holiday Kitchen plant-based black and white cookie
L’Chaim Holiday Kitchen potato latkes
L’Chaim Holiday Kitchen pastrami on rye

 

Le Marche de Noel Holiday Kitchen (near France pavilion)

Bouchée à la Reine Traditionnelle (a hit) – A delicate and flaky puff pastry sits beneath hearty chunks of turkey and mushrooms, all covered in a decadent cream sauce. This is a hefty dish ideal for a chilly day. The serving size is decent for the price of $6.75.
Buche de Noel (a miss) – Maybe it is because it is a French chocolate, but this dessert was not a sweet as we had hoped. For the price of $4.99 we felt it was not a good serving size and a poor value.
Frozen Hot Chocolate Martini (a hit) – This large specialty beverage will make for quite the photo opportunity and catch a few eyes. The chocolate flavor is rich, the texture smooth, and the vodka is just right. For $10.75 the price seems a little high, but the average Disney cocktail is $15 or more.
Le Marche de Noel Holiday Kitchen menu
Le Marche de Noel – Buche de Noel
Le Marche de Noel – Bouchée à la Reine Traditionnelle

Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada pavilion)

Seared Verlasso Salmon (a hit) – The Cast Members at this Holiday Kitchen has us singing their praises about how well this salmon is prepared. The whiskey glaze is sweet and the parsnips and apple chutney are the perfect compliment on a brisk day. The portion is a little small but at $6.00 it is still a good value.

Maple Buche de Noel (a hit)-  This serving is generous and the flavors are delightful. We wish we were able to buy a large version so we could be a hit at our next holiday gathering. A very good value for $4.50.

Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie (just OK) – Of the cookies that are part of the Holiday Cookie Crawl, this might be one of the top ones. There are better desserts available throughout the festival, but if you need to satisfy a craving for peppermint, or like to try a creative spin on a sugar cookie, this is for you. Like the other cookies, it is $2.50.

Yukon Holiday Kitchen – Peppermint Pinwheel cookie
Yukon Holiday Kitchen – Maple Buche De Noel
Yukon Holiday Kitchen – Seared Verlasso© Salmon
Yukon Holiday Kitchen menu

Which of these is tempting your tastebuds? Let us know in the comments.

Dani

Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

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