Merry Mashups is another Festival of Holidays food and beverage booth that you should consider trying on your holiday trip to DCA. The Festival of Holidays celebration runs from November through January 8th.
The food items are solid, though not ground breaking. They are as follows:
Turkey & Stuffing Tamale with Cranberry Relish ($7.75)
We found the Turkey & Stuffing Tamale with Cranberry Relish to be solid, but not spectacular. It came with shredded turkey, carrots, stuffing, and cranberry relish and tasted like Thanksgiving dinner collided with Christmas tamales with the flavors coming together nicely. The item could have been served hotter in temperature which probably would have kicked it up another notch.
Lox & Everything Bagel Nachos ($7.50)
The Lox and Everything Bagel Nachos was a bit better than the tamale, but still stops a bit short of being great. We all agreed that the salmon was good, but the bagel chips underneath were a bit odd for the pairing. Still, this item is worth trying if you are a fan of salmon and dill flavors!
“Hot Cocoa” Marshmallow Macaron ($5.50)
The Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Macaron was a pretty tasty treat and as a bonus treat for some is gluten friendly. The marshmallows added a nice extra texture, but the white chocolate “flame” crumbled almost instantly for us, so chances are you’ll break it easily like we did which means it isn’t as photogenic, but it still tastes the same.
Sparkling Wine Punch ($12.00)
We all loved this! So simple to pair sparkling wine with lime sherbet, but it really delivers great flavors. Definitely stealing this pairing idea for my New Year’s Eve party.
Holiday Punch with Lime Sherbet and Sprite ($6.50)
This one was a bit of a letdown. Rainbow sherbet would have been a better pairing with the Sprite. We would say pass unless you have little ones. Kids will probably love this!
If you’re interested in any of these options you have from November 9th through January 8th to get them at DCA’s Festival of Holidays!