While Refreshment Outpost is open all year, it adds a couple of Festival-exclusive offerings:
The menu is inside the wood cabinet because it’s classy. The Githeri moves over here from what was the Africa booth in previous years. It’s expected to reopen as “Kenya” on October 1st. The Allspice Hard Cider is new.
We continue from Germany.
The Alps originally debuted about three years ago across from the Norway Pavilion. Now, you’ll find Alps closer to the Germany Pavilion than the China Pavilion. It is scheduled to open October 1st, along with several other Marketplaces. That’s the official opening date for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Harmonious, and the accompanying crowds that will likely arrive with it. Here’s what we can expect from the menu:
- Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Alpine Ham, Baby Potatoes, Cornichons, and Baguette – $5.50
- Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons, and Baguette – $4.50
- Blueberry and Almond Frangipane Tart with Crème Fraîche – $4.50
- Huber Vision Grüner Veltliner– $5
- Cave De La Côte Rosé Gamay– $7
- René Favre Dôle – $7
- Frozen Rosé – $9
- Wine Flight – $7.25
Just the Grüner Veltliner, which should be fun to say, is new.
Germany returns in the same spot as the last several years to the left of the Pavilion.
- Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions, and Cheese – $4.50
- Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll – $5.75
- Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce – $4.25
- Selbach-Oster Riesling – $6
- Gaffel Kölsch– 6 oz. – $5 / 12 oz. – $9
- Schöfferhofer Wild Cherry Hefeweizen – 6 oz. – $5 / 12 oz. – $9
- Weihenstephaner Festbier Lager – 6 oz. – $5/ 12 oz. – $9
- Beer Flight – $9.75
All three food items return along with a simpler-sounding Riesling and the Weihenstephaner (sp?) Lager. The other two beers are new.
Those of us still upright after Italy continue.
Spain is another of the kiosks set for an October 1st opening.
All three food items return along with two new wines and a fresh beer. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it. We can expect the following menu to materialize:
- Charcuterie with a selection of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses, and Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette – $6.50
- Spanish-style Paella with Rice, Chorizo, and Shrimp – $5.50
- Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar, and Smoked Paprika – $6.25
- Avaline White Blend – $6
- Faustino VII Rioja Rosado – $5
- Espelt Garnacha – $5
- Wine Flight – $6.25
- Estrella Galicia Cerveza Especial Lager – 6 oz. – $5.00 / 12 oz. – $9
Remember Italy is trying to get $10 per wine, doesn’t offer a flight, and demands another dollar for a more common beer. At least as long as Galicia doesn’t mean Italian in Spanish. Where are the Phoenicians when you need them? We need a new alphabet. Aisle six.
We continue on from Hops and Barley.
It’s best to keep your distance from the kiosk. Also, note that this review is pure nonsense until after the menu picture. Even more than usual. Skip ahead to the food if you dare.
Italy and comedy rhyme. I wasn’t sure if the same could be said about their Italian equivalents. Interested, I inquired at the register, and Bailey from Milwaukee answered politely in between the beeping of my various credit cards getting declined that “comedy” in Italian is “commedia,” and Italy is, of course, “Italia.” So it seems like we’re in the rhyming business regardless of language. This got me to wondering just how much work the Phoenicians really put into this supposed original alphabet. Hi, bye, why, sigh, rye, my, water supply, intensify. This doesn’t seem all that difficult.
I imagine some guy in Phoenicia day drinking down at the dock, maybe 4,500 years ago, and as a new vessel approached, he would yell out “BUONGIORNO” a la Brad Pitt in Inglorious. If they didn’t reply back with a similar greeting, he would just assign them the next set of letters on his chart, so they could at least get close to being able to communicate at the next port. The Polish must have been late to the party, which is why only a handful of consonants were left to make up their language. But we all work with what we’ve got, and in the Italy booth’s defense, that’s basically two old microwaves and a handshake agreement with Ragu forged back in 2009, when we probably all had bigger aspirations before eventually giving up and getting in line.