Feast of Three Kings Evaluate: 2018 Epcot Holidays Pageant

Our tour of the 2018 Epcot Worldwide Pageant of the Holidays Kitchens continues with Feast of the Three Kings, positioned in World Showcase Plaza. On this assessment, we’ll share images of each snack and dessert merchandise on the Feast of the Three Kings menu, and supply our meals opinions & tasting notes.

Positioned close to Mexico on the entrance to World Showcase, Feast of the Three Kings options extra Spanish or Latin American aptitude (therefore the ‘Feast of the Three Kings’ identify) than the Caribbean-inspired dishes discovered at this similar sales space throughout the Epcot Worldwide Meals & Wine Pageant.

Whereas a marginal enchancment over Las Posadas, the dishes listed here are harking back to the choices at its next-door neighbor on the Mexico pavilion by way of taste profile and style. For many who didn’t learn our Las Posadas Evaluate (spoiler alert), we ranked it #11 out of 12 Vacation Kitchens, so “marginal enchancment” isn’t precisely a glowing endorsement.

Right here’s what’s on the meals menu on the Feast of the Three Kings Vacation Kitchen for 2018:

Pastelón: Sofrito-marinated Beef with Candy Plantains and Olives (Gluten/Wheat Pleasant)Queso Fresco-stuffed Arepa topped with Shrimp, Crushed Avocado Aji and Tomato Sauce (Gluten/Wheat Pleasant)Arepas topped with Melted Queso Fresco (Vegetarian) (Gluten/Wheat Pleasant) (Child-Permitted)Tres Leches Rice Pudding with Pumpkin Seeds (Gluten/Wheat Pleasant)Inexperienced and White Sugar Cookie (Vegetarian)Coquito: Tropical Eggnog (Child-Permitted)

Now our images and opinions of every merchandise…

Pastelón – Style-wise, the one issues that basically stand out are beef and layer of plantains. I used to be wanting ahead to this, as Pastelón is described because the Puerto Rican model of lasagna, however I felt prefer it was fairly removed from that.

In on-line recipes for Pastelón, I’m guessing it is a dramatically scaled again model, with a lot of the seasoning and base flavors omitted. Too unhealthy, as a result of it sounded promising. I’d nonetheless contemplate this the most effective merchandise at Feast of the Three Kings, and in case you’re seeking to attempt one thing acquainted however completely different, it is a secure choice.

Arepas – By no means one to overlook the possibility at a self-deprecating joke, I questioned whether or not these have been “tacky mashed potato cookies” earlier than attempting them.

The factor is, they tasted like tacky mashed potato cookies (no matter that even means) as a lot as they tasted like something. These have been nearly completely absent taste; they completely missed the mark.

Queso Fresco-stuffed Arepa topped with Shrimp – That is higher than the opposite Arepas because of the addition of shrimp, crushed avocado aji, and tomato sauce, however that’s nonetheless not saying a ton.

The Arepa itself remains to be bland–though not as decidedly so because of the queso fresco stuffing. I wouldn’t advocate it, nevertheless it’s an fascinating choice in case you’ve by no means had an arepa, which is a staple of Colombian delicacies.

Tres Leches Rice Pudding – If we have been common friends, I’d’ve despatched this again after being handed such a comically small portion. I don’t know if this rice pudding is supposed to be this small, but when so, that’s pathetic.

Taste-wise, that is good; the pumpkin seeds present a pleasant texture. I’d nonetheless go together with the one at Las Posadas as an alternative, however I’m a sucker for something cranberry this time of 12 months.

Inexperienced and White Sugar Cookie (Vegetarian) – I believed this cookie was advantageous (simply as all the cookie stroll choices are), nevertheless it’s not notably fascinating or compelling of an choice.

Due to the liberal drizzle of chocolate on the highest, this tastes as very like a chocolate chip cookie because it does a sugar cookie.

Coquito: Tropical Eggnog – I forgot to get a person picture of this drink, nevertheless it’s within the again left of the above group shot.

It’s an fascinating concept, and probably worthy of consideration if you’d like a lighter, extra refreshing twist on eggnog. Not likely my factor, although.

Right here’s the Feast of the Three Kings alcohol menu:

M.I.A. Beer Firm Trey Reyes Mango GoldenCoquito: Tropical Eggnog with a Bacardi Gold Darkish Rum Floater

In the end, there are some good concepts on this menu, however the execution on all the things leaves one thing to be desired. I’m undecided why Walt Disney World struggles so mightily with any sort of delicacies from international locations to the south of the USA. (That’s casting a large web, nevertheless it’s apt.) There are vibrant spots like Frontera Cocina and the brand new eating places at Caribbean Seashore Resort, however just about all the things else performs it method too conservatively, leading to taste profiles which are typically bland and boring. We’ve stated this earlier than–and can in all probability say it once more–however by enjoying it secure in making an attempt to attraction to everybody, a few of these dishes attraction to nobody.

Take a look at our Meals Information to the Epcot Worldwide Pageant of the Holidays if you wish to see and browse extra about each Vacation Market this 12 months, what to eat & keep away from, and different ideas for profiting from the culinary aspect of the occasion. As this occasion isn’t simply concerning the delicacies, you’ll additionally need to learn our full Epcot Worldwide Pageant of the Holidays Ideas & Tips submit for information concerning the non-culinary aspect of the festivities. That covers Candlelight Processional, the Illuminations: Peace on Earth tag, Vacation Storytellers, and extra!

Planning a Walt Disney World journey? Find out about motels on our Walt Disney World Accommodations Critiques web page. For the place to eat, learn our Walt Disney World Restaurant Critiques. To economize on tickets or decide which kind to purchase, learn our Ideas for Saving Cash on Walt Disney World Tickets submit. Our What to Pack for Disney Journeys submit takes a singular have a look at intelligent objects to take. For what to do and when to do it, our Walt Disney World Journey Guides will assist. For complete recommendation, the most effective place to start out is our Walt Disney World Journey Planning Information for all the things you could know!

YOUR THOUGHTS

What do you consider the Feast of the Three Kings Vacation Kitchen? Have you ever tried any of the meals objects at this sales space? What did you consider them? Do you agree that these are bland and uninspired, or have been you happy with what you tried? Questions we may help you reply? Listening to your suggestions—even if you disagree with us—is each fascinating to us and useful to different readers, so please share your ideas under within the feedback!

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