REVIEW: Shimmering Sips Brings Delicious Banana Bread and Blood Orange Mimosas to the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival 2020

I can show you the sips… shining, shimmering, splendid! Shimmering Sips returns for their third year at the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival.

Menu for Shimmering Sips at the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Food:

  • Shimmering Strawberry Soft-Serve in a Waffle Cone – $5.25
  • 🆕 Banana Bread with Mixed Berry Compote (Plant-Based) – $4.50

Beverages:

  • Tropical Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava Juices – $6.00
  • Key Lime Mimosa with Key Lime Sparkling Wine and Cranberry Juice – $6.00
  • Blood Orange Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Blood Orange Juice – $6.00
  • 🆕 Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red, Piedmont ($21/bottle) – $10.00

The Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red previously appeared at The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to Bar at the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Photos of Menu Items from Shimmering Sips at the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Shimmering Strawberry Soft-serve in a Waffle Cone – $5.25

Shimmering Strawberry Soft-serve in a Waffle Cone – $5.25

The strawberry soft serve was pretty straightforward. The cone was covered in pink frosting with pearlescent sprinkles for the shimmer in “shimmering”. It wasn’t very frozen when it was dispensed, so it melted into soup extremely quickly, so be ready for a bit of a mess… and grab some extra napkins.

*NEW* Banana Bread with Mixed Berry Compote (Plant-based) – $4.50

This banana bread was very good. We’re glad to see so many solid plant-based options this year.

The cake had an excellent banana flavor without tasting artificial. The consistency was great as it was firm, but not dense. The berry compote tasted freshly-made and not from a can. There was a good amount of berry compote to go around the bread, too. And the fresh whipped cream tied it together nicely.

We only wish the portion had been a little bigger.

Tropical Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Passion Fruit, Orange and Guava Juices – $6.00

Epcot Food and Wine 2018 Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar
Tropical Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Passion Fruit, Orange and Guava Juices – $6.00

As you can tell from the picture, this one is rather pulpy. While there’s some good flavors going on, this tasted too much like a basic orange juice and champagne mimosa to be anything really special. There are better options at this booth.

Key Lime Mimosa with Key Lime Sparkling Wine and Cranberry Juice – $6.00

Epcot Food and Wine 2018 Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar
Key Lime Mimosa with Key Lime Sparkling Wine and Cranberry Juice – $6.00

They’re using white cranberry juice in this mixture to keep the overall clear profile of the drink. This one is rather tart with a distinct key lime flavor that overpowers any of the potential cranberry taste. It tastes more like just the key lime sparkling wine that we’ve seen at past festivals which makes sense: it’s the same wine. This isn’t a bad price for the flute, considering the Key Lime Sparkling Wine appeared for $11.75 last year at Flower & Garden Festival’s Florida Fresh booth.

Blood Orange Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Blood Orange Juice – $6.00

Epcot Food and Wine 2018 Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar
Blood Orange Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Blood Orange Juice – $6.00

Can you feel the pulp tonight… floating in your drink? There’s even more pulp in this one than the tropical mimosa, but this one works ten times better. The blood orange flavor is prominent and not overbearing, just tart enough to smack your lips together. Definitely the smartest option at the mimosa bar.

*NEW* Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red, Piedmont ($21/bottle) – $10.00

Banfi Piemonte describes the aroma of their Rosa Regale Sparkling Red as “aromatic with hints of raspberries, strawberries and rose petals.” The taste is described as “fresh raspberries, with crisp acidity, enticing the palate with an initial softness, graduating to a clean and dry finish.”

Location of Shimmering Sips at the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar is located near Port of Entry.

Will you be stopping by the Mimosa Bar to kick off your day full of flavor as you taste your way around the world? Or will you make it there for a mid-day treat with the strawberry soft serve? Let us know!

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