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REVIEW: Tender Wine-Braised Short Rib Returns, New Wild Boar Cassoulet Adds Adventure to the Menu at Pastoral Palate for the 2022 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

Pastoral Palate replaces Cuisine Classique as the offering at the Germany Pavilion for this year’s EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. “Help yourself to hearty dishes inspired by the rustic settings where Bavarian Folk Art was painted.”

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Menu for Pastoral Palate at the 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 – $8.25
  • 🆕 Wild Boar Cassoulet with Duck Confit, Ham Hock, and Wild Boar Sausage – $9.00
  • Opera Cake: Almond Joconde, Coffee Buttercream, and Chocolate Ganache – $4.75

Beverages:

  • 3 Daughters Brewing RosĂ© Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL (7.0% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz., $9.00 for 12 oz.
  • 81Bay Brewing RosĂ© Blonde Ale, Tampa, FL (5.4% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz., $9.00 for 12 oz.
  • Frozen RosĂ© – $6.50
  • A Play on RosĂ© Flight – $10.50
  • 🆕 Marietta Old Vine RosĂ©, California ($15/bottle) – $5.00

Photos of Menu Items from Pastoral Palate at the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

Red Wine-Braised Beef Short Rib with Parsnip PurĂ©e, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic – $8.25

Red Wine Braised Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic $7.75

The meat was extremely tender; 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 the short rib, simple enough to split with a friend or loved one. Recommended.

*NEW* Wild Boar Cassoulet with Duck Confit, Ham Hock, and Wild Boar Sausage – $9.00

This was a little “gamey” but enjoyable. The sausage has a nice smokey flavor, well complemented by the beans and tomatoes underneath. It’s worth a try if you’ve never had boar.

Opera Cake: Almond Joconde, Coffee Buttercream and Chocolate Ganache – $4.75

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The reoccurring theme of the 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’d tried to cut it. This is one off-key opera cake.

3 Daughters Brewing RosĂ© Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL (7.0% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz., $9.00 for 12 oz.

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) – $5.00 for 6 oz., $9.00 for 12 oz.

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

Frozen RosĂ© – $6.50

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

*NEW* Marietta Old Vine RosĂ©, California ($15/bottle) – $5.00

From Marietta Cellars: “Our at-the-ready California rosĂ© is a saturation of summer watermelon savored right down to the rind. Electric pink in the glass, this Grenache-Syrah blend is full of warm wild strawberries, tart pink grapefruit, and just a dash of pink peppercorn. Satisfyingly fresh and vibrant, with a dry, mouthwatering finish, this is just the right wine for when food is served, when friends gather, or for a perfect quiet view.”

Location of Pastoral Palate at the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

Pastoral Palate is conveniently located adjacent to the Germany Pavilion on World Showcase Promenade. You can find it at number 7 on the map below.

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This year, the 2022 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts takes place from January 14 – February 21.

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