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.
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.
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.
Le Marche de Noel Holiday Kitchen (near France pavilion)
Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada pavilion)
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.
Which of these is tempting your tastebuds? Let us know in the comments.