The Poland Marketplace returns in the same location across from the train set just past Germany.
The Golabki replaces last year’s Sauerkraut Pierogi.
Kielbasa and Potato Pierogi with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream – $5.50
No matter what anybody else tells you, these are Mrs. T’s brand frozen pierogi served with a couple bites of spicy sausage and a large side of caramelized onions. With the higher price point, I’m not sure there’s much value here as you can buy a whole box of the pierogi at the grocery store for around $4. Still, you might find some value in Disney doing the microwaving for you.
Golabki: Pork-stuffed Cabbage in Tomato Sauce – $5.50
We try one of everything every year, so it is irrelevant whether or not something “sounds good” and I will admit that stuffed cabbage in tomato sauce did not sound particularly appetizing going in. But I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The cabbage does a nice job of keeping the minced, spiced pork together underneath a robust tomato sauce. It’s a pretty hulking portion for the money too.
Okocim O.K. Beer Euro Pale Lager – $4
Okocim’s O.K. Beer might have the most honest label of all time. Of all time. This 5.6% Euro Pale Lager is “literally” okay with a clear, crisp flavor with very little aftertaste, making it perfect for afternoon drinking here during the Florida fall. There is virtually no hoppy bitterness or sweetness to speak of.
Store price: 13 cents/ounce.
Festival price: 67 cents/ounce.
Value: Below average.
It’s not a personal favorite, but it is an easy drinking beer and I’ve never seen it on draft anywhere else.
Donausonne Blaufränkisch Hungarian Wine – $4.50
Can’t help on the pronunciation of the Donausonne Blaufränkisch Hungarian Wine.
Store price: 37 cents/ounce.
Festival price: $1.50/ounce.
Low on alcohol content and high in price compared to $9.29 for a bottle at the store, Donausonne is the brand and Blaufränkisch is the grape variety, popular with Eastern European countries where it’s predominantly grown. It has a fruity, jammy quality to it and is sweeter than most of the wines we’ve sampled thus far. It’s definitely different and you may want to pick a cup up because of that, even if the monetary value is poor.
Frozen Szarlotka Apple Pie featuring Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka – $9.50
This is my favorite cocktail at the Festival and one of few that I go back to time and time again, though I could do without the whole “pie” bit. Bison Grass vodka mixes incredibly with apple juice, masking the unpleasant flavor of the alcohol without adding too much extra sugar or other nonsense. Highly recommended.