REVIEW: Holiday Turkey Popovers and More Bring Festive Flavors to Fairfax Fare at Disney Jollywood Nights

Dylan Kennedy Grey

REVIEW: Holiday Turkey Popovers and More Bring Festive Flavors to Fairfax Fare at Disney Jollywood Nights

We sampled all the menu offerings at Fairfax Fare during Disney Jollywood Nights, a separately ticketed event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the holiday season.

Fairfax Fare Special Menu Items for Disney Jollywood Nights

Holiday Turkey Popover – $6.29

Roasted turkey and creamy mashed potatoes topped with gravy, cranberry chutney, and chives in a house-made popover

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These popovers are a fun addition to a special event menu. The pastry pocket opens the door for a lot of options for filling. Here, they tried to replicate a traditional holiday dinner, filling the popover with sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and just a tiny bit of cranberry sauce.

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All of these flavors worked very well together; the turkey was tender, the mashed potatoes added a nice starchiness, and the gravy held everything together. The cranberry sauce was barely perceptible, which we preferred.

‘Just the Sides’ Popover – $5.49

Macaroni & cheese and savory collard greens with ham topped with cornbread crumbs in a house-made popover

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Unfortunately, this popover was less impressive.

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The ingredients they combined here did not really go together. The collard greens with ham were a little slimy and too salty for our tastes. Meanwhile, the macaroni and cheese was quite bland, and did not have a very strong cheesy flavor on its own.

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We would definitely choose the turkey popover instead of this one.

PB&J Doughnut – $4.99

Glazed doughnut with creamy peanut butter and grape jelly dipped in dark chocolate topped with crushed house-made salt and vinegar chips

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This dish tastes as weird as it sounds. This is a glazed doughnut, sliced horizontally and filled like a sandwich with very dense and rich peanut butter icing and grape jelly. The side of the doughnut is dipped in dark chocolate, and sprinkled with crushed homemade salt and vinegar chips.

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The peanut butter was so strong that it was overpowering, and made the jelly flavor hard to identify. The chocolate was also quite strong. The crushed chips on top added very little flavor and were slightly stale, so we didn’t get much crunch from them.

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The peanut butter icing is actually quite good, it just didn’t work in this dish. We hope Disney finds a better use for it.

Kermit’s Frozen Banana Bliss – $6.49

Frozen banana and white chocolate with caramel swirls topped with matcha whipped cream and sprinkles (Non-alcoholic)

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This is possibly the most unique drink at Disney Jollywood Nights, and one of the more Instagrammable options, thanks to the huge mountain of match whipped cream on top, snowflake sprinkles, and white chocolate medallion featuring Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear.

We were very happy to find that the banana flavor in this beverage was not artificial tasting at all. The banana blends very well with the white chocolate and caramel, though it does make for a very sweet combination. The match whipped cream doesn’t entirely go with the banana flavor, but it does taste authentic and we enjoyed it.

This is a very fun drink, and if you try it, you might want to consider adding coconut rum from one of the bar vendors to add an extra enjoyable kick.

Mistletoe Martini – $9

Tito’s Handmade Vodka and St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur mixed with cranberry juice and topped with fresh cranberries and mint leaves

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The description for this drink is spot-on. It’s a relatively straightforward cranberry martini made with vodka. However, the addition of the elderflower liquor cuts some of the tartness of the cranberry, and really brings the drink together. It’s also attractively garnished with some fresh cranberries and mint leaves.

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While it’s not particularly remarkable, this drink was very tasty and feels like a perfect holiday cocktail.

Will you be attending Disney Jollywood Nights to try one of these new dishes at Fairfax Fare? Let us know in the comments.

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