Epcot’s Festival of the Holidays Opens with Holiday-Themed Food and Drinks from Around the World!

Today is a big day in Disney World! Not only is it one of the biggest shopping days of the year, but it also marked the beginning of the holidays in Epcot! Epcot’s annual Festival of the Holidays is back with 13 Holiday Kitchens (food booths), as well as other locations around the park joining in the holiday fun.

Festival of the Holidays 2019

We were there on opening day to try some of the new items at the booths, as well as enjoy the park at this time of the year.

Epcot Festival of the Holidays 2019

To see full menus, with prices, visit our
Festival of the Holidays menu page!

Le March de Noel Holiday Kitchen

We started our day out in France. Paris at Christmas sounded pretty great to us!

Le Marche de Noel

France’s Le March de Noel is offering three new options this year, we tried the Rillette de Saumon. This is salmon spread on house-made bread, we loved the bread and the salmon spread was very generous.

Festival of the Holidays – France Rillette de Saumon

Bavaria Holiday Kitchen

Though not Epcot neighbors, we stopped at France’s real life neighbor next, Bavaria for some Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce and Spaeztle. We enjoyed this hearty mini-version of a traditional meal, washed down with a beer flight followed by a Linzer Cookie!

Festival of the Holidays – Bavaria Pork Schnitzel
Festival of the Holidays – Bavaria Beer and Cider Flight
Festival of the Holidays – Bavaria Linzer Cookie

Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen

Japan’s entry into the Festival is something that has intrigued us since the menus were released — a Chirasi Sushi Tree!

Shi Wasu Booth

We ordered this and loved the presentation! Take a look at this, and yes, it is as good as it is creative. We also tried the New Year Celebration Soba and Matcha Crème Brûlée.

Festival of the Holidays -Shi Wasu Japan Chirashi Sushi Tree
Festival of the Holidays -Shi Wasu Japan New Year Celebration Soba
Festival of the Holidays -Shi Wasu Japan Matcha Crème Brûlée

L’Chaim Holiday Kitchen

L’Chaim is back this year between France and Morocco.

L’Chaim Booth

This year they are offering Potato Latkes with or without Smoked Salmon. We tried both versions, followed by a beer and donuts!

Festival of the Holidays – L’Chaim Latke
Festival of the Holidays – L’Chaim Latke with Salmon
Festival of the Holidays – L’Chaim Shmaltz Brewing Company Chanukah Hanukkah Pass the Beer
Festival of the Holidays – L’Chaim – Sufganiyot Mini Jelly-filled Donuts

Yukon Holiday Kitchen

Canada’s booth is serving a new Canadian Wild Rice and Ham Soup with Almonds.

Yukon Booth

But that isn’t all — this soup comes with Le Cellier‘s fabulous pretzel roll! We loved this creamy soup, and on a cool day in Central Florida it is sure to to warm you up! Try it with a Pinwheel Cookie for a sweet finish!

Festival of the Holidays – Yukon Canadian Wild Rice and Ham Soup with Almonds served with a Pretzel Roll
Festival of the Holidays – Yukon Pinwheel Cookie

To see full menus, with prices, visit our
Festival of the Holidays menu page!

Los Posadas Holiday Kitchen

In Mexico we treated ourselves to the new Horchata Cheesecake which is a creamy rice cheesecake served with Cajeta sauce. We actually tried almost everything at this booth!  We also tried the Giant Tostada de Puerco, Tamal de Pollo, and the drinks on hand at the booth.

Festival of the Holidays – Mexico Horchata Cheesecake
Festival of the Holidays – Mexico Giant Tostada de Puerco
Festival of the Holidays – Mexico Tamal de Pollo
Festival of the Holidays – Mexico

Shanghai Holiday Kitchen

We gave China’s Chengdu Street Fries a try since they were new this year. It was a worthy risk! We loved these!

Festival of the Holidays – Shanghai Chengdu Street Fries

Holiday Sweets and Treats Holiday Kitchen

We closed out our dining around the world with a Chocolate Peppermint Shake with Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea. You have the option of adding whipped cream vodka to this shake if you would like. Peppermint fans will like this spiked or not, and with the carols in the background you will be ready for the holidays! We couldn’t resist the Santa Mickey Sugar Cookie, which is part of the Cookie Stroll.

Festival of the Holidays – Holiday Sweets and Treats – Chocolate Peppermint Shake with Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea
Festival of the Holidays – Holiday Sweets and Treats – Santa Mickey Sugar Cookie

To see full menus, with prices, visit our
Festival of the Holidays menu page!

Prost! Holiday Kitchen

Expect to find a few new beers on the list and in the beer flights at Prost!

Festival of the Holidays – Prost Beer Flight

Tuscany Holiday Kitchen

We closed our visit out in Italy with a little bit of everything! We tried the cheese flatbread, Bianca Neve, creamy Collezione BarillaCrespelle di Mele apple fritters, and Bacio al Cioccolato, warm hazelnut chocolate cake. We enjoyed the pasta the most at this stand.

Festival of the Holidays – Tuscany Bianca Neve
Festival of the Holidays – Tuscany Collezione Barilla
Festival of the Holidays – Tuscany Crespelle di Mele
Festival of the Holidays – Tuscany Bacio al Cioccolato

Other Locations in Epcot with Holiday Offerings

Eating and drinking around the world takes a lot of energy. We enjoyed the Choco-Latte from  the Joffreys kiosk in Future World East.

Festival of the Holidays – Joffrey’s East Choco Latte
Festival of the Holidays – Joffrey’s East Choco Latte

Each Joffrey’s location is serving a holiday themed drink. Other offerings include a Toffee Coffee at the American Adventure kiosk, Coconut Snowstorm at the Showcase Plaza kiosk, Ginger Chai Madness at the kiosk between Canada and UK pavilions.

Festival of the Holidays – Joffrey’s Showcase Plaza Coconut Snowstorm
Festival of the Holidays – Joffrey’s Showcase Plaza Coconut Snowstorm

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Eggnog – you’ll find that spiked with rum or unadulterated at Refreshment Port.

Festival of the Holidays – Refreshment Port  Eggnog

Other locations with seasonal treats include the Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles in France with a Buche de Noel au Chocolat, France’s L’Artisan des Glaces has gingerbread  ice cream in the freezer for the season, and the UK Beer Cart is serving Mulled Cider.

To see full menus, with prices, visit our
Festival of the Holidays menu page!

 

Are you visiting Epcot during the Festival of the Holidays? What will you be trying? Let us know in the comments!

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Sarah has built a career in communications and marketing that started when she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She has written for AllEars.net since 2018, and enjoys sharing Disney news and updates with the AllEars community. She's been a Disney fan ever since her first visit to Walt Disney World when she was 5, and has been known to arrange trips around visiting a Disney park!

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