We continue from Australia.
Refreshment Port is located on the right side of World Showcase as you walk towards the Canada Pavilion or on the left side after you pass through our neighbors to the north. During the Food and Wine Festival, the Australia Marketplace situates itself across the way. Miss you Orange Bird and General Citrus Lobby. I still waved.
Refreshment Port has become a bit of a Festival poutine headquarters in recent years, offering a new take for most Festivals. As far as strongly-worded letters from the citizens of the great country of Canada go, I don’t name the dishes, so please send hate mail in Disney’s direction as it’s been five or six years and they seem to think that putting anything on top of fries qualifies as Poutine. There will probably just be a hamburger on top of them next year. “It’s not a Hamburger Combo! It’s Poutine, which comes with a $2 upcharge because it sounds fancier than ‘Old Hamburger Recently Found in the Electric Umbrella Rubble.'” The kiosk did go decidedly non-bougie this year as they’ve served “Lobster Poutine” and “Duck Confit Poutine” among others over the years. The very good Maple Boursin Cheesecake moves over here, as the company had to move booths since their old one is in a construction zone I’d still risk death, or at least some minor scratches, or sending in an assistant, for that Cheesecake though. And we have a new wine and beer. Note that only the regular Poutine is a snack credit and not the specialty version, unlike most other Festival dishes. We’ll see why in a moment.
We continue from Shimmering Sips.
Australia returns to its rightful position as the first kiosk you’ll see on the left of the Promenade on the way towards Canada. It had been replaced by the Generic Citrus Lobby for the last several Festivals, offering some pretty lackluster offerings for Flower and Garden in particular, when I don’t even think we saw a food item on the menu. But just about everybody was running on about half a cylinder back in January and February. I might have even tried that Florida Vineyards Blueberry Wine it was such a strange time. I’m not entirely sure how islands work, other than I think we could agree to jettison the Harmonious barges somewhere out into the ocean and reel in some shrimp instead.
- Grilled Sweet-and-Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion and Snap Peas – $6
- Roasted Lamb Chop with Sweet Potato Purée, Bush Berry Pea Salad, and Pistachio-Pomegranate Gremolata – $8.25
- Deconstructed Pavlova with Pastry Cream, Citrus-macerated Berries, and Lemon Myrtle Meringue – $4
- Coopers Brewery Original Pale Ale – $5 for six ounces or $9 for twelve ounces
- Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon – $6
- Robert Oatley Chardonnay – $6
- Château Tanunda Grand Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon – $6
- Wine Flight: – $6.50
We continue from Noodle Collection to Shimmering Sips, since The Shimmering Collection sounds like a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique upcharge. Give them a couple months and we’ll be reviewing it if I can get into one of those tutus.
The Marketplace Formerly Known as “The Almond Orchard Hosted By Blue Diamond Almonds Almond Breeze Almondmilk” (seriously) is called “Shimmering Sips hosted by Corkcicle” for the first time this year.
Corkcicle offers a variety of items intended to keep your beverage cold. It looks like they’re going after the Tumbler/Wine Flute crowd this year.
I have a pair of what are apparently called Chillsners that were a gift given years ago, potentially because the poor girl’s mom thought I would be sent to prison in the near future and this is the sort of shiv that might come in handy down the line, probably with a little sharpening and some toothpaste. That’s one thing you learn in prison. Everything requires toothpaste. Anyway, the Chillsner is a rather silly product as they are likely geared towards men who won’t remember to put them in the freezer. So you have a fairly useless HouseTemperaturener instead. Second, anyone who takes so long to finish a beer that it becomes unbearably warm isn’t welcome anywhere near me. Third, you can really only use it once or twice before it gets warm even if you are a maniac on the Heineken bottles. And fourth, your lips go on the top of the Chillsner. This may not seem like a big deal, but usually a man likes to feel the bottle around his mouth instead of suctioning it to the same piece of steel every sip. But anyway, they’re a sponsor this year. And I have two Chillsners available. You just have to beat me with my sharpened ends and bottle of toothpaste.
I am the final boss.
We continue from Earth Eats, apparently ignoring the fact that noodles…like most things…come from the Earth. But I suppose everything can’t be served at Earth Eats and if Earth Eats was the name of every booth, we’d have a problem. On the other hand, I don’t think I’d have a problem if I couldn’t located the Spicy Pho booth in July.
Noodle Exchange is new for 2021. It’s hard to say which kiosk concept it beat out, but you’d have to think it would be called something like Volcano Death and molten lava getting poured over your head was on the menu. At least as long as I’m clutching my Orange Bird sipper, which is probably the Disney equivalent of the pearl necklace. I’ve lived in Florida for eleven excruciating years and I can count the number of times I’ve been standing outside in July wishing I had a nice hot bowl of Curry Rice Pork Udon on zero fingers. I don’t see that number changing with the temperature dropping from a high of 95 in July to a high of 94.9 in August. But the year is young and the Festival is never-ending.
Noodle Exchange is located just off World Showcase Promenade and had been home to Hawaii for the last year or two. Don’t worry; Hawaii is still in the corner with that super exotic pork slider you like so much. There are plenty of tables in the area, making for a relatively convenient stop, at least so far as trying to put your hot soup down in Florida in the middle of September goes.
Earth Eats is numero uno on Disney’s map of Food and Wine Festival Booths…or Kitchens…or Outdoor Marketplaces…or Kiosks…or Yurts…or whatever we’re calling them this year. Since just about everything is typically from the earth, we can hope fava beans and a nice chianti aren’t on the menu, or we may end up with an unwelcome guest. That would be me, stealing your wine and letting you known that your legumes are overcooked by at least two minutes. Being Disney, we can probably bet on a middling bean-esque substance and a bottle of wine that has spent more time aerating in a box in the Floridian sun than the Sangiovese grapes lasted on the vine. Where’s the Wine Bar George booth with a Super Tuscan? But alas. We went to Epcot.