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REVIEW: Cider House Returns with Good Cider and a Boring Tart at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Cider House makes its grand return to the Flower & Garden Festival at EPCOT, having been absent from the springtime fest since 2018. With many delicious ciders being offered, including a flight, we’re welcoming this booth back with open arms.

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Cider House at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

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Menu for Cider House at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Food:

  • House-made Potato and Cheddar Biscuit with Salmon Tartare – $5.50
  • 🆕 Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart with Whipped Cream – $4.25

Beverages:

*Price per bottle is an average price of the spirit at your local liquor store.

  • 🆕 3 Daughters Brewing Pink Lemonade Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL (5.5% ABV) – $4.50 for 6 o.z., $8.50 for 12 o.z.
  • 🆕 Bold Rock Watermelon Hard Cider, Nellysford, VA – $4.50 for 6 o.z., $8.50 for 12 o.z.
  • 🆕 Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Triple Jam Hard Cider, Armada, MI (6.5% ABV) – $4.50 for 6 o.z., $8.50 for 12 o.z.
  • 🆕 Samuel Smith Old Brewery Pure Brewed Organic Lager, Tadcaster, United Kingdom (5.0% ABV) – $4.50 for 6 o.z., $8.50 for 12 o.z.
  • 🆕 Snakebite: Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Triple Jam Hard Cider and Samuel Smith Old Brewery Pure Brewed Organic Lager – $8.50
  • Cider Flight – $9.50

The Potato and Cheddar Biscuit with Salmon Tartare was previously at Cider House when it last appeared in 2018, while the Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart last appeared at The Chocolate Studio as part of the 2019 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival.

Photos of Menu Items from Cider House at the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

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House-made Potato and Cheddar Biscuit with Salmon Tartare – $5.50

(Photo from 2018)

The smoked salmon tartare didn’t have too much of a smoky flavor. Any flavor from the fish was from the insane amounts of dill packed into it. The biscuit was was very good: airy and flaky with a semi-hard crust. Making a sandwich by topping off the biscuit is the best bet here, getting all the flavors from the salmon and the biscuit at once made for a perfect bite.

*NEW* Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart with Whipped Cream – $4.25

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When we last saw this tart, we thought it was absolutely sublime. Unfortunately, time has not been kind. Frankly, we found it to be unremarkable. It’s a basic counter service treat with subtle dark chocolate flavors. Even more subtle was hint of raspberry. The whipped topping adds some needed sweetness, but overall, this isn’t worth the money.

*NEW* 3 Daughters Brewing Pink Lemonade Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL (5.5% ABV) – $4.50 for 6 o.z., $8.50 for 12 o.z.

From correspondence with 3 Daughters Brewing: “In this fruity, refreshing cider, pops of bright berry mix with dry apple to create a delightfully delicious experience for the taste buds. This one takes you straight to an afternoon in the summer shade.”

*NEW* Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Triple Jam Hard Cider, Armada, MI (6.5% ABV) – $4.50 for 6 o.z., $8.50 for 12 o.z.

From Blake’s Hard Cider Co.: “Inspired by the juicy berries we grow on our farm each summer, Triple Jam is the perfect balance of ripe sweetness with bold fruit aromatics. Bursting with strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries, this semi-sweet captivates the nuance of our farm, in each and every taste.”

*NEW* Samuel Smith Old Brewery Pure Brewed Organic Lager, Tadcaster, United Kingdom (5.0% ABV) – $4.50 for 6 o.z., $8.50 for 12 o.z.

From Samuel Smith Old Brewery: “Brewed with great care using only organic malted barley, organic hops, medium-soft water and a bottom-fermenting yeast; matured at low temperatures to bring out its delicate [flavor] and soft hop-character finish.”

Cider Flight – $9.50

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We were very pleased with this flight. The 3 Daughters Brewing Pink Lemonade Hard Cider had a very faint taste of pink lemonade, but we liked how restrained it was. The name makes you think it’s going to be overly sweet, but it’s a great, balanced cider. The Bold Rock Watermelon Hard Cider is the sweetest cider of the three available. It wasn’t overbearingly over-the-top in sugar, but it was sweet enough to make us feel like “summer is coming” in a cup. The Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Triple Jam Hard Cider was the most tart of the three, bordering on the flavor of a sour beer. It definitely has a “jammy” taste, tasting like a nice fruit jam as opposed to just the taste of berries and apples jammed together.

Location of Cider House at the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Cider House is located in World Showplace, between the United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions. You can find it at #26 on the map below.

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Which of these ciders are you most excited to try? Let us know in the comments below!

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