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REVIEW: Celebrate Festival Favorites from the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

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New to the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays is Festival Favorites, a booth where, you guessed it, you can get your favorite holiday dishes from festivals past. We’re excited to see what items are considered “favorites,” so let’s dig in!

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Menu for Festival Favorites at the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

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  • Blackened Bass, White Cheddar Grits, and Okra with Tomato and Onion Stew – $7.00
  • Duck Confit and Dumplings with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Fig Reduction – $8.00
  • Gingerbread Cookie – $2.50

NOTE: The Blackened Bass dish previously was available at the Seasonal Southern Delights booth, the Duck Confit was available at Alpine Haus, and the Gingerbread cookie was sold at American Holiday Table

Beverages:

  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog (non-alcoholic) – $4.25
  • Frozen S’mores (non-alcoholic)  – $4.50
  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog with Bacardi Gold Dark Rum – $10.00
  • Frozen S’mores with Whipped Cream Vodka – $11.00

Previously, the Coquito was available at Feast of the Three Kings and the Frozen S’mores was available at Desserts & Champagne during Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival.

Photos of Menu Items from Festival Favorites at the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

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Blackened Bass, White Cheddar Grits, and Okra with Tomato and Onion Stew – $7.00

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This dish is very spicy, so don’t order if you don’t like spice. It’s heavily breaded, flaky, and well-prepared. The grits are thick, cheesy, and delicious.

Duck Confit and Dumplings with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Fig Reduction – $8.00

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The duck is nicely cooked. The meat was tender and the skin was crispy with a good rich flavor. The fig reduction was an excellent complement and not too sweet.

The dumplings, however, were bad. They were overcooked and chewy. The Brussels sprouts were good, but unremarkable.

Gingerbread Cookie – $2.50

Gingerbread Cookie – $2.50

This little gingerbread cookie is very soft, with a lot of gingerbread flavoring. However, the icing was a bit crunchy and hard, which was not a good combination when combined with such a soft cookie, and there’s hardly any icing on the cookie to begin with.

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Although the cookie is super soft, that’s about all it has going for it. You can find many variations of a generic gingerbread man cookie all across Walt Disney World Resorts, so we recommend maybe getting your gingerbread fix elsewhere. If you do decide to indulge here, make sure to grab a drink with the cookie, because you’ll want one after eating it.

Coquito: Tropical Eggnog (non-alcoholic) – $4.25

Also known as Puerto Rican eggnog, this tropical take on traditional eggnog has flavors of coconut added to the beverage.

Frozen S’mores (non-alcoholic)  – $4.50

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We’ve had this before at Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival 2020. It hasn’t changed, and we like the non-alcholic version than the alcoholic version.

Coquito: Tropical Eggnog with Bacardi Gold Dark Rum – $10.00

Coquito: Tropical Eggnog with Bacardi Gold Dark Rum – $10.00

Tropical eggnog with a Bacardi Gold dark rum floater, this was more along the lines of RumChata than traditional eggnog. If you love that liqueur, then you’ll like this.

Frozen S’mores with Whipped Cream Vodka – $11.00

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The vodka doesn’t blend well with the drink, which is why we prefer the non-alcoholic Frozen S’Mores.

Location of Festival Favorites at the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Festival Favorites is located inside the World ShowPlace Pavilion, at number 19 on the map below.

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Are any of your favorite menu items back at Festival Favorites this year? Let us know in the comments!

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