Walt Disney World has released food booth menus for the 2021 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, our second-favorite event of the year in the park! This post shares a full rundown of every new and returning savory snack, decadent desserts, drinks, and more. Plus, recommendations on what to try and skip based on previous events.
This year, the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays at Walt Disney World runs from November 26 until December 30, 2021. These Holiday Kitchens are open each day from park opening until park closing, with the food booths located throughout the World Showcase pavilions “and beyond.” (That means the Donut Box back between Test Track and Creations Shop.)
Festival of the Holidays is a continuation of Food & Wine in some ways–Walt Disney World’s Christmas “foodie event.” Unlike that, the 2021 Epcot Festival of the Holidays is not primarily about the cuisine. Its focus is Holiday Storytellers & Santas, decorations, live music, family-friendly activities, and more. You can read about the slate in our 2021 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Entertainment. Additionally, for all things Candlelight Processional–including the full lineup of narrators and reduced slate of dining packages–see our Guide to 2021 Candlelight Processional at Epcot.
Even this year you could spend an entire day in Epcot just enjoying the holiday entertainment without ever purchasing a snack (and we will do exactly that later in the season…well, maybe just one Yule Log). If you’re interested in knowing what not to miss in terms of the Christmas and holiday free offerings, read our EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays Tips & Strategy post.
One hybrid food-and-entertainment offering during the 2021 Epcot Festival of the Holidays is the Gingerbread Capital City! This distinctly patriotic culinary creation will be on display in the American Adventure rotunda, with gingerbread replicas created by Epcot’s pastry chefs. Highlights include some of the nation’s most iconic landmarks including the Lincoln Memorial, United States Capitol Building, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the American Adventure building.
Many of the items at the 2021 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays are returning from last year (essentially, everything that doesn’t have “new” next to it below). For reviews of those items, consult our Holiday Kitchen booth reviews from last year.
We’ll start with our booth rankings (ordered from best to worst), and then offer some commentary:
Each one of those links above opens a new window with our full review of each Holiday Kitchen plus ‘real world’ food photos. We would strongly encourage you to read those rather than just blindly follow these rankings, as there are bad items at the good kitchens and good items at a few of the bad kitchens. The only exception to this is Yukon. Just order everything on the menu there–it’s all fantastic.
Note that some of the reviews are outdated as we forgot to update the reviews last year. We’ll be doing full updates again this year, so hold off on reading if you’re visiting Epcot after the first weekend (we should have new booth reviews and updates done by December 4, 2021). Most of the menus haven’t changed much in the last few years, so they’re still largely accurate, though.
In the meantime, we’ll start with newly-released food booth menus for the 2021 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays:
Mele Kalikimaka (Near Port of Entry)
KÄlua Pork with Okinawa Purple Sweet Potatoes and Mango Salad
Lomi Lomi Salmon with Tomatoes, Onions, Salmon Roe, Yuzu-Mayonnaise, and Yucca Chips (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
Haupia: Hawaiian Coconut Pudding with Candied Macadamia Nuts and Coconut
Hawaiian Pale Wheat Ale (New Item)
Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
Melon Breeze with Spiced Rum
Chestnuts & Good Cheer Holiday Kitchen (Near Disney Traders)
Cinnamon-glazed Almonds (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; (New Item)
Cinnamon-glazed Cashews (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; New Item)
Cinnamon-glazed Pecans (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; New Item)
Fire-roasted Chestnuts (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; New Item)
AMERICAN HERITAGE Gourmet Hot Cocoa (Non-alcoholic; New Item)
T.G. Lee Eggnog (nonalcoholic)
Sweet Nutty Stout, Orlando (New Item)
AMERICAN HERITAGE Gourmet Hot Cocoa with Peanut Butter Whiskey, Whipped Cream, and Candied Nuts (New Item)
T.G. Lee Eggnog with Peanut Butter Whiskey (New Item)
Black and White Cookie (Plant-based; Holiday Cookie Stroll)
Blue Cosmo Cocktail
Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
Grilled Kebabs with Carrot-Chickpea Salad and Garlic AÃ¯oli (New Item)
Lamb Kefta (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
Harissa Chicken (Gluten/Wheat Friendly)
Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with Hummus, Fig Tapenade, and Zhoug Dip
Almond-spiced Cake with Ginger Mousse, Orange Ganache, and Sesame Tuile (New Item)
Lavender Apple Hard Cider (New Item)
Ginger Tumeric Hard Cider
Spicy Nutmeg Hard Cider
Fig Cocktail with Sparkling Wine, Fig Vodka, and Cranberry Juice (New Item)
American Holiday Table
Slow-roasted Turkey with BEN’S ORIGINAL Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Cranberry Sauce
Holiday Pot Pie with Jackfruit, Mushrooms, Carrots, Peas, Onions, and Puff Pastry (Plant-based)
Pumpkin Gingerbread Cheesecake with Cranberry Whipped Cream and Candied Pumpkin Seeds
Chocolate Crinkle Cookie made with DOVE Dark Chocolate (Holiday Cookie Stroll)
Bright White Ale
Eggnog White Porter
Peppermint Chocolate Stout
Regional White Wine
Regional Red Wine
Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (Germany)
Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce, SpÃ¤tzle, and Braised Red Cabbage
Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl with Steamed Baby Vegetables and Marble Potatoes
Linzer Cookie (Holiday Cookie Stroll)
Hard Apple Cider
German-style Gold Lager (New Item)
Glühwein: House-made hot spiced wine
Coconut-Pineapple Cake with DOLE Whip (New Item)
Midnight Lager (New Item)
Nairobi Coffee Dark Beer (New Item)
The Donut Box (Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet)
Pumpkin Cake Donut with Pumpkin Spice Icing (New Item)
Holiday Donut with Coconut and Crisp Pearls (New Item)
Chocolate Peppermint Donut (New Item)
Eggnog-Cream-filled Donut with Cinnamon Icing and Crumbled Gingersnap Cookies (New Item)
Gingerbread Milkshake (nonalcoholic)
Gingerbread Stout (New Item)
Gingerbread Milkshake with Whipped Cream Vodka
Le Marché de NoÃ«l Holiday Kitchen (France)
Napoleon de Saumon Fumé en Brioche: Smoked salmon napoleon with layers of smoked salmon, dill mousse, and crème fraÃ®che mousse served in brioche (New Item)
Dinde Forestière, Patates Douces RÃ´ties: Turkey with bacon, mushrooms, and onions in a mustard cream sauce served with roasted sweet potatoes (New Item)
BÃ»che de NoÃ«l Chocolat Blanc, Framboise: Chocolate Christmas log with chocolate biscuit, white chocolate mousse, raspberry cream, and chocolate fudge coating (New Item)
Frozen Hot Chocolate Martini: Vanilla vodka, vodka, chocolate milk, and whipped cream
Rosé Sparkling Wine
Cranberry Mimosa: Sparkling wine with orange juice and cranberry syrup
Tuscany Holiday Kitchen (Italy)
Mezzelune Croccanti: Crispy half-moon breaded mozzarella-filled ravioli with pomodoro sauce (New Item)
Ravioli: Shrimp ravioli in scampi sauce with white wine, garlic, lemon zest, and parsley (New Item)
Bomboloni alla Cioccolato-Nocciola: Chocolate-filled Italian doughnut with chocolate-hazelnut spread and powdered sugar (New Item)
Sparkling Red Wine
Italian White Sangria with Prosecco
Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon
Italian Margarita with Tequila and Limoncello
Lotus Blossom Café (China) Food Items:
House-made Cheesy Crab Wontons
Fireworks: Tequila gold, vodka, orange juice, and mango syrup
Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen (Japan)
Chirashi Sushi Tree: Sashimi-grade tuna, salmon, ikura, and yellowtail with vegetables decorated on an artistic bed of rice to celebrate the holidays
New Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat soba noodle in a hot dashi soup with shrimp tempura, fish cake, shiitake mushrooms, and chopped green onion
Mont Blanc Tart: Matcha mousse tart with a sweet red bean center sprinkled with konpeito sugar candy
Chocolate Banana Boba: Cocoa, Japanese milky drink, banana syrup, and strawberry popping boba pearls (nonalcoholic; New Item)
Sparkling Plum Wine (New Item)
Chocolate Tokyo Banana: Cocoa, Japanese milky drink, banana syrup, and vodka (New Item)
Pomegranate Draft Lager: Rice lager with hints of pomegranate and lemon (New Item)
Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen (Mexico)
Giant Tostada de Chorizo: Chorizo served on a giant tostada with chipotle black bean purée, salsa verde, queso cotija, crema mexicana, and pickled onion
Tamal de Barbacoa: Shredded barbacoa beef in a corn masa topped with ranchera salsa, queso cotija, and crema Mexicana (Gluten/Wheat Friendly; New Item)
Dulce de Leche Churros sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar
Cranberry-Cinnamon Margarita: Apple-cinnamon infused mezcal, cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and lime juice with a cinnamon-sugar rim (New Item)
Horchata Margarita: Tequila blanco, corn whiskey, horchata, and cinnamon horchata rum
Mistletoe Cerveza: Lager with blackcurrant liqueur (New Item)
Mini Pumpkin Pie Funnel Cake: Pumpkin funnel cake topped with ice cream, whipped cream, and graham cracker crumbles (New Item)
It probably goes without saying for Epcot regulars, but in case you’re new to the Epcot ‘Festival Scene’, almost everything at the Holiday Kitchens is overpriced. This is not just by real world standards, but even by regular Walt Disney World standards. You’re unquestionably paying a premium for the festival experience, which is a fun one, to be sure.
It’s fun to graze from the booths, but worth noting that these portions are generally small and pricey. There are a few exceptions to this “rule,” and it’s very important (we think) to buy these items first as “stomach filler” before grazing around World Showcase. We’ve identified these as ‘good value’ options in each of our reviews.
Starting with the good value items as stomach filler is great strategy. This will make you far less likely to ‘casually’ drop $100/person as you slowly taste your way through World Showcase. Don’t scoff at the notion–it’s far easier than you might think if you’re not paying attention.
We obviously spent way more than that to taste and review all this stuff (don’t bring it up–I’d prefer not to think about it), but on other days when we’ve gone ‘just for fun’ we’ve been surprised by just how much we spent. (Learn from our mistakes!)
In terms of other strategy, here are some quick hits…
Order Turkey: There are a few turkey dishes at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, and they’re all very good.
Yule Log Overload: This festival features approximately 37 different varieties of Yule Log (slight exaggeration). The best options are at Yukon, Le Marche De Noel, and the Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles bakery in France.
Egg-ceptional Desserts: I liked or loved every single egg nog dessert (not drink) option we tried. Others in our group were far less enthusiastic about most of these choices, but they were admittedly not egg nog fans.
Skip the Holiday Cookie Stroll: Unless you’re doing it solely for fun, pass on these cookies. Yes, they’re all cheap and you get a “free” one at the end, but nothing here is better or more interesting than what you could get at Publix.
Comfort Foods Are Best: We love the ambitious ‘foodie’ dishes at Epcot’s festivals, but by and large, this event does comfort foods and variations thereof best. There are certainly exceptions, but generally the more daring items often fall flat or are bland.
That’s a wrap on our preview of the full food booth menus for the 2021 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. We’ll be at the event opening weekend and a few weekdays thereafter in order to taste and review all of the new and returning items. We’ll also be visiting throughout the Christmas season to enjoy the entertainment and revisit our favorite foods.
Finally, we’d stress that you don’t need to purchase anything to have a great time at Epcot this Christmas season. The Holiday Storytellers are a ton of fun, and even Candlelight Processional can be enjoyed without purchasing a dining package–or even without lining up for hours ahead of time. If you choose to do eat your way around World Showcase (or just have a few desserts!), hopefully our resources help you make wise decisions so you don’t waste any money.
Do you have any favorite snacks from Epcot International Festival of the Holidays? Do you plan on completing the “Yule Log Challenge” by eating every single Yule Log in the same day? What are you looking forward to trying at the Holiday Kitchen food booths? Any questions? Hearing from you is half the fun, so please share your thoughts in the comments!