REVIEW: Char & Chop Sticks Around for the 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Alicia

REVIEW: Char & Chop Sticks Around for the 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Like the other D100 Celebration food booths that were available during Food & Wine this year, Char & Chop has decided to stick around for the 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. On the menu is an assortment of meats, both real and Impossible™, along with a savory Bloody Mary.

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Menu for Char & Chop at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

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Food:

  • 🆕 Roasted Porchetta with Lemon-Parsley Salsa Verde and Shaved Fennel Salad – $6.25
  • 🆕 Grilled Impossible™ Spicy Sausage with Herbed Polenta, Puttanesca Sauce and Ricotta – $6.00
  • 🆕 Meat Assorti: Trio of Shaved Meats with Baby Arugula, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Truffle Oil and Grilled Ciabatta – $6.75

Beverages:

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

While all items are making their Festival of the Holidays debut here, the menu remains the same from this year’s EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival.

Photos of Menu Items for Char & Chop at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

*NEW* Roasted Porchetta with Lemon-Parsley Salsa Verde and Shaved Fennel Salad – $6.25

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This is very flavorful and a decent-sized portion for the price. It has a strong lemon flavor, but that doesn’t overpower the dish to the point of being unpleasant. Our group liked this quite a bit.

*NEW* Grilled Impossible™ Spicy Sausage with Herbed Polenta, Puttanesca Sauce and Ricotta – $6.00

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It’s common for plant-based dishes to use Impossible sausage and for good reason because it is fairly pleasant and most people can’t tell it apart from real sausage. The spiciness gives this a nice kick without being too hot. The meat is delicious if a little on the dry side, which is probably normal for an Impossible sausage. The “cheese” had a coolness that calmed the spicy flavor of the sausage if that’s what you want. Overall, this was our favorite item from Char & Chop.

*NEW* Meat Assorti: Trio of Shaved Meats with Baby Arugula, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Truffle Oil and Grilled Ciabatta – $6.75

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The meats were pleasant enough. The ciabatta was actually prepared perfectly with a crispy outside and a soft charred center. While the meets were a little bit on the dry side, that didn’t ruin the dish and this is easily shareable with a group. The mustard seeds give it a nice flavor, and because they are off to the side, you can apply them to your own taste.

*NEW* Krombacher Pilsner, Kreuztal, Germany (4.8% ABV) – $5.50 for 6 oz., $9.50 for 12 oz.

From Krombacher: “On the nose, Krombacher Pils provides an abundance of fruity hop aromas, which give way to a beautifully balanced malt backbone on the palate. Fresh and smooth, the famous Felsquellwasser and Hallertau hops ensure the beer is crisp, clean and offers a refreshing, long-lasting light bitter finish. Naturally full flavored.”

*NEW* North Coast Laguna Baja Vienna Lager, Fort Bragg, CA (5.0% ABV) – $5.50 for 6 oz., $9.50 for 12 oz.

From North Coast Brewing Co.: “Laguna Baja is a classically styled Vienna lager (in the Mexican mode), rich dark amber, with a malty aroma and a full, creamy body.”

*NEW* Motorworks Brewing Midnight Espresso Coffee Porter, Bradenton, FL (6.9% ABV) – $5.50 for 6 oz., $9.50 for 12 oz.

From Motorworks Brewing: “Using coffee beans hand-roasted right here at Motorworks Brewing, we make a darker roast on Sumatra beans to impart toasted & roasty flavors, while a slightly lighter roast on Sulawesi beans provides fruity undertones, we combine the coffee blend and infuse it into our porter base to make the award winning Midnight Espresso coffee porter. It features strong chocolate and coffee notes in the aroma and taste, which is derived from dark caramel and chocolate malts with and a slight sweet finish round out this medium-bodied porter.”

*NEW* GoGi ‘Birdie’ Pinot Noir ($70/bottle), California – $16.00

Marcos Iglesias on Vivino describes this wine as having a “pale ruby” color and a “dry, acidic, [and] light bodied” taste, with notes of “strawberry and cherries.”

*NEW* Bloody Mary with Seaside Grown Bloody Mary Mix ($10/bottle) and Kurvball Barbecue Whiskey ($25/bottle) – $11.00

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The thought of barbecue whiskey confused our brains for a few minutes and this is a very savory drink. The sausage they used as garnish is fine, but we prefer the Impossible sausage. The drink has quite a bit of a spicy kick and while it’s not necessarily refreshing, we can see how it would be pleasant in a more tempered environment.

Location of Char & Chop at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Char & Chop is located in World Showcase Plaza, across from Disney Traders.

The 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will be running from November 24 to December 30, 2023.

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  • Alicia

    Growing up a native Floridian, I've been visiting the parks since I was three months old. I love all things Winnie the Pooh, Hidden Mickey hunting, and dole whips. Questions or comments? Email me at alicia@wdwnt.com or find me on Instagram @aliciaj_13