REVIEW: The Top 7 Items at Epcot Int. Festival of the Holidays

Pastrami on Rye at Epcot International Festival Of The Holidays
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An Epcot festival leaves you with plenty of choices, but not all are worth your wallet (or the trek across World Showcase). So, for the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, we’ve reviewed the majority of the items and have now whittled it down to the seven very best.

7. Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (Germany) – Cheese Fondue – $8.25

Served in a bread bowl with steamed baby vegetables and marble potatoes, this is the most amount of bread you’re going to get at the Festival and it’s a great dish to share. The cheese was good, but perhaps another half-ladle more would have helped finish off all the bread.

6. American Holiday Table – Chocolate Pecan Tart (Vegetarian) – $4.50

With whipped cream and caramel sauce, this tart is your answer to pecan pie at the Festival. With an excellent crust and plenty of cream, this is worth your time.

5. Sapphire Holiday Kitchen (Morocco) – Grilled Lamb Kefta Kebab – $8.00

This consists of spicy lamb with cucumber, olives, tomatoes, mint yogurt sauce, and harissa-cilantro dressing served on a whole wheat pita. With quite a nice portion of meat to go along with the pita, this is a rather substantial offering for the price with lots of flavor.

4. L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen – Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard – $4.75

With well-seasoned pastrami and a lovely mustard, this was one of the best sandwiches at the Festival. It came with a great pickle as well. This is highly recommended.

3. Shanghai Holiday Kitchen – Celebration Barbecue Pork – $7.50

Served with steamed rice and a fortune cookie, this is not the barbecue you’re expecting and that’s a good thing! With a sweet glaze, the meat is an interesting combination with the rice and it was one of the more unique flavors we tried at the Festival.

2. Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen (Japan) – Ichigo Milk Boba (Non-Alcoholic)  – $5.25

The best non-alcoholic drink at the Festival, this is a popping strawberry boba cream drink with Japanese calpico. It’s sort of a creamy punch. It was highly enjoyed and reminds us of a strawberry creamsicle.

1. Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada) – Maple Bûche de Noël (Vegetarian) – $4.50

With maple mousse rolled in gingerbread chiffon cake with cranberry sauce and pecan crumble, this isn’t only the best yule log we tried, but one of the best things we had at the whole Festival. Get it!

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The best dish I tasted at the Festival of Holidays was Turkey Poutine with sweet potato fries from a booth near Canada