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REVIEW: Delicious Coq au Vin and Off-Key Opera Cake Headline Cuisine Classique for the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

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EPCOT asks us to “prepare to be amazed with these hearty braised bites and traditional Old World delights” in regards to the Cusine Classique food booth, a location available in the Germany pavilion during the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts.

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Menu for Cuisine Classique at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

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Food:

  • Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with Parsnip PurĂ©e, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic – $8.00
  • 🆕 Coq au Vin: Chicken Roulade with Violet Mustard, Candied Carrots, Pancetta Crisp, Marble Potatoes, and Beurre Rouge Sauce – $6.75
  • 🆕 Opera Cake: Almond Joconde, Coffee Buttercream, and Chocolate Ganache – $4.50
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate-Chip Cookie – $5.50

Beverages:

  • 🆕 3 Daughters Brewing RosĂ© Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL (7.0% ABV) – $4.50 for 6 o.z., $8.50 for 12 o.z.
  • 🆕 81Bay Brewing RosĂ© Blonde Ale, Tampa, FL (5.4% ABV) – $4.50 for 6 o.z., $8.50 for 12 o.z.
  • Frozen RosĂ© – $6.50
  • Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva Art Series, Logrono, Spain ($20/bottle) – $6.00
  • Domaine Savary Chablis, Burgundy ($27/bottle) – $8.00
  • A Play on RosĂ© Flight – $10.50

Photos of Menu Items from Cuisine Classique at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with Parsnip PurĂ©e, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic – $8.00

Red Wine Braised Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic $
Red Wine Braised Short Rib with Parsnip PurĂ©e, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic – $8.00

The meat was so extremely tender that we didn’t even need a knife. The parsnip puree added another great layer to this well-plated and hefty dish. Ours came with two pieces of short rib, simple enough to share with a companion. Recommended.

*NEW* Coq au Vin: Chicken Roulade with Violet Mustard, Candied Carrots, Pancetta Crisp, Marble Potatoes, and Beurre Rouge Sauce – $6.75

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Coq au Vin: Chicken Roulade with Violet Mustard, Candied Carrots, Pancetta Crisp, Marble Potatoes, and Beurre Rouge Sauce – $6.75

This chicken roulade was delightful. The crispy outside kept the chicken moist inside.

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Coq au Vin: Chicken Roulade with Violet Mustard, Candied Carrots, Pancetta Crisp, Marble Potatoes, and Beurre Rouge Sauce – $6.75
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Coq au Vin: Chicken Roulade with Violet Mustard, Candied Carrots, Pancetta Crisp, Marble Potatoes, and Beurre Rouge Sauce – $6.75

The sauce was also a welcome addition and added a great balance of flavor. This is a great festival item!

*NEW* Opera Cake: Almond Joconde, Coffee Buttercream, and Chocolate Ganache – $4.50

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Opera Cake: Almond Joconde, Coffee Buttercream, and Chocolate Ganache – $4.50

The reoccurring theme of this year’s event is the desserts tasting like prepackaged Little Debbie treats. This was more of the same. It’s sizable, takes a good picture, and has a light coffee flavor, but the quality leaves a lot to be desired. The cake itself is a little hard and dry, and the icing on top came off in a single sheet when we tried to cut it. This is one off-key opera cake.

Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie – $5.50

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Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie – $5.50 (Photo from 2020)

I was thoroughly surprised by how good this cookie was, but also the time that went into making it is impressive. When we got the cookie, the “paint puddles” were not all dripping down the cookie, but carefully placed by a chef at the booth upon ordering. Every item at this festival requires some time to prepare for perfect presentation, and even this jumbo chocolate chip cookie is no exception. If you are in the mood for a chocolate chip cookie, this will hit the spot.

*NEW* 3 Daughters Brewing RosĂ© Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL (7.0% ABV) – $4.50 for 6 o.z., $8.50 for 12 o.z.

From 3 Daughters Brewing on Untappd: “Our RosĂ© Cider is light pink in color with hints of berry and citrus. It is refreshing yet crisp for the perfect Florida drink. Naturally Gluten Free.”

*NEW* 81Bay Brewing RosĂ© Blonde Ale, Tampa, FL (5.4% ABV) – $4.50 for 6 o.z., $8.50 for 12 o.z.

81Bay Brewing Co. describes their RosĂ© Blonde Ale as being made with “strawberry and hibiscus.”

Frozen RosĂ© – $6.50

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Frozen RosĂ© – $6.50

Frozen Rosés are becoming increasingly popular at these festivals, so here’s the obligatory offering this time around.

Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva Art Series, Logrono, Spain ($20/bottle) – $6.00

Campo Viejo offers these tasting notes: “Ruby-red colour with a golden rim. Bright and deep. Complex aromas. There is a great balance between the fruit (cherries, black plums, ripe blackberries) and the clean nuances coming from the wood (clove, pepper, vanilla and coconut). The nose is further enriched by the aromas that develop during bottle ageing. Smooth and balanced on the palate with a full, elegant feel and a long, lingering finish.”

Domaine Savary Chablis, Burgundy ($27/bottle) – $8.00

Domaine Savary provides these tasting notes: “Beautiful white gold color with green hues. Bright, luminous and clear. Youthful appearance. The nose is rich, ripe, he favors first flowers, then he reveals fruity aromas with soft and sweet scents. The palate is powerful with a nice mineral footprint that enhances the fruity and vegetal end. The soft fits perfectly with the liveliness in a strong structure that expresses the Chablisienne race.”

Location of Cuisine Classique at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

Cuisine Classique is conveniently located adjacent to the Germany pavilion on the World Showcase Promenade. You can find it at number 8 on the map below.

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The Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is hands down our favorite festival at this park, and it’s because of booths like these! Did you try anything from Cuisine Classique? Let us know in the comments below!

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