Preview: Epcot International Festival of the Holidays 2019 Food, Drinks, and Merchandise!

With holiday decor going up at Epcot and the International Food and Wine Festival coming to a close next week, it’s time to look forward: to the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, of course!

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

We were invited to a media preview for the Festival, which will celebrate its fourth year since replacing Epcot’s previous Holidays Around the World celebration. The Festival of the Holidays will, once again, feature celebratory eats from around the world in Holiday Kitchens — more commonly known as food booths.

Click here to review all the menus for the 2019 Holiday Kitchens at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays!

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

Festival of the Holidays Food and Drink Preview

This year’s Festival of the Holidays includes many new dishes, a few of which we were able to try at the preview.

First up, a comforting bowl of Canadian Rice and Ham Soup served with a Pretzel Roll.

Canadian Rice and Ham Soup

This is a brand new item this year, and it’ll be great on a cool day at the Festival.

Canadian Rice and Ham Soup

L’Chaim offers up two irresistible options. The first is Potato Latkes with Sour Cream.

Potato Latkes with Sour Cream

Then, there’s a latke with a twist: Smoked Salmon Potato Latkes. These were highlighted at the preview as a likely Festival favorite.

Potato Latkes with Salmon

From Bavaria Holiday Kitchen, we tried the Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce and Spaetzle. This is a hearty option that’s probably share-able — especially if you plan on eating lots of other goodies!

Pork Schnitzel

As for drinks, Disney shared some of those, too! Stay warm (or cool down, depending on the weather) with these festive sips!

From the Holiday Sweets & Treats Booth, we tried the Chocolate Peppermint Shake Featuring Twinings® Peppermint Cheer Tea.

Chocolate Peppermint Shake
Chocolate Peppermint Shake

This drink can be ordered non-alcoholic or spiked with Whipped Cream Vodka.

Chocolate Peppermint Shake
Chocolate Peppermint Shake

From Refreshment Port, we tried T.G. Lee Eggnog with and without Spiced Rum.

Eggnog
Eggnog
Eggnog

At Bavaria Holiday Kitchen, Festival-goers will be able to sip on Glühwein: House-made Hot Spiced Wine.

House-made Spiced Wine

At L’Chaim, guests will find Shmaltz Brewing Company, Chanukah Hanukkah Pass the Beer. Aside from the fun name, it’s a solid drink to accompany the tasty eats at this booth.

Shmaltz Brewing Company

Festival of the Holidays Merchandise Preview

Merchandise has become a world unto itself at the Epcot festivals, and the Holidays is no exception. There are many shirts, pins, mugs, and more from which to choose — including a few Passholder exclusives (we’ll mark those below).

Festival of the Holidays Merchandise

We love this ornament that gives us Spaceship Earth vibes.

Festival of the Holidays Ornament

And since Chip ‘n’ Dale are featuring prominently in the merchandise this year, this ornament is sure to be a crowd favorite.

Festival of the Holidays Ornament

There’s a Passholder-exclusive ornament as well. It’s got a fun small world background.

Festival of the Holidays Ornament

This bag has us scratching our heads a bit, but it’s fun and festive.

Bulb Purse

We saw a red version of this mug for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and we might like it even better in soft green!

Bulb Mug

There will be two pins available. This one with Goofy and Donald is a Limited Edition.

Festival of the Holidays Pin

And there’s a Limited Edition pin for Passholders, too.

Festival of the Holidays Pin — Passholder Exclusive

Passholders can also pick up this short-sleeve tee shirt.

Festival of the Holidays Tee — Passholder Exclusive

But the spirit jersey is for everyone!

Festival of the Holidays Spirit Jersey
Festival of the Holidays Spirit Jersey

The back is pretty over-the-top, but that’s how we roll at Walt Disney World. 😉

Festival of the Holidays Spirit Jersey

We like this long-sleeve, hooded tee, too.

Festival of the Holidays Hooded Tee

The arm detail is super cute.

Festival of the Holidays Hooded Tee

Chip ‘n’ Dale top the Cookie Stroll jar this year. What a great collectible.

Cookie Stroll Jar
Cookie Stroll Jar

And guests who want to have a little adventure on their Festival day can pick up Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree and head out on a scavenger hunt!

Christmas Tree Spree

And if you complete your Christmas Tree Spree, you get a fantastic prize this year: your choice of one of these three two-sided flat ornaments!

Festival of the Holidays Ornament
Festival of the Holidays Ornament
Festival of the Holidays Ornament
Festival of the Holidays Ornament

In prior years, the Christmas Tree Spree was $6.99 (plus tax), but if you’re getting a fantastic ornament at the end? It’s a bargain — fun and fruitfull!

Don’t forget: the Festival of the Holidays includes some stunning seasonal entertainment, too. Reflect on the details of the beloved Candlelight Processional here. And if you want to learn about holidays from around the world, see more about the Storytellers here.

And for EVERYTHING the Festival of the Holidays offers, visit the Festival main page here!

Will you be visiting Epcot for the Festival of the Holidays this year? Let us know in the comments! 

Disclosure: We were invited by Walt Disney World to attend a media preview for the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays 2019. This did not affect our reporting of the event — our opinions are our own.

 

Sarah is a former high school English teacher, mom of three, and a (nearly) life-long writer. She's worked with AllEars.net since 2018 and loves sharing the Disney magic with AllEars.net readers.

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