We continue from Primavera Kitchen.
No matter how many years go by, I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to spell Bauernmarkt correctly. I have to copy/paste it every time it shows up. You’ll find the Farmer’s Market to the left of Germany and the Snow White Meet and Greet.
Just the Radler Zitrone is new this year.
Here’s the full haul.
Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce — $4.50
This was a bit of a disappointment with just one potato pancake arriving, despite the plural used in the title.
Here’s the version from two years ago, which I gave an 8/10 on taste with the flavorful, fruity applesauce that still retained a little bit of a crunch that contrasted well against what were actually two large, fluffy pancakes. This year, it might as well have been Mott’s Apple Sauce squeezed on top of a small bland circle of potato that didn’t benefit from any onion flavor whatsoever. Very sad.
Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions, and Herb Sour Cream – $4.75
I enjoyed this one just about as much as last year’s, though it does arrive with less stuff on top. The ham is meaty, the onions are sweet and expertly grilled, and the herb-y sour cream is cool and refreshing. I think it’s worth getting, particularly considering that it’s priced lower than the majority of other items.
Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham, and Melted Gruyère Cheese – $5.25
While far from our most attractive-looking dish, this baked-potato-looking hunk of pretzel dough served hot and packed with melted cheese and delicious ham was a favorite of the Festival.
The pretzel bread is soft and chewy with a golden brown, salted crust. What is probably not actually Gruyère melts perfectly with its usual nutty quality that complements the meaty saltiness of the ham well. It’s also a nice “safe” dish.
Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries – $4.25
This is an even better buy now that the delicious Berry Buckle is a thing of the past.
The strudel is restaurant quality – stuffed with a sweet, creamy, rich cheese filling that was complemented nicely by the burst of berry compote on top and a dash of powdered sugar to bring everything together. The crust was light and flaky and did a good job of adding a crispy texture without getting in the way of the main event.
Hugo Cocktail with Sparkling Wine, Elderflower, and Mint — $9.50
All fans of sparkling wine should consider this one – The elderflower liqueur adds a refreshing floral element that helps cut some of the bitterness of the wine and the hint of mint mellows the drink even further. A really delicious blend and unlike the majority of the drinks that we’ve run into that are 93.6% sugar, almost completely alcohol.
Paulaner Original Munich Lager – $4.50
The Paulaner is a light, refreshing, straightforward lager with a crisp finish. Very drinkable, particularly as temperatures rise.
Stiegl Brewery Radler Zitrone — $4.50
This is very similar to the various Schofferhofer beers that are available around the Pavilion most of the year, but I’ll give Disney credit for trying something different for the Festival. At 2.5% ABV, this is basically half lemonade and half hefeweizen, making for a tart lemon soda flavor. It’s among the lightest and most refreshing beers you’ll try at the Festival, but with half as much alcohol as Budweiser, isn’t going to pack much of a punch in the six-ounce individual cup or as part of the flight, which arrives with just four ounces.
Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager – $4.50
I’ll admit that I’m partial to the Köstritzer largely because saying “bring me the Schwarzbier” in a terrible Arnold Schwarzenegger accent is one of my favorite things. But it’s a very smooth beer with the usual coffee, caramel, and roasty malt flavor. It’s lighter and crisper than a lot of similarly-tasting beers that would fall closer to the porter or stout varieties.
Overall, Bauernmarkt (if that’s how you spell it) is one of the strongest Outdoor Kitchens at the Festival and most people should consider a stop. Hopefully the issues with the Potato Pancake with Apple Sauce were first day jitters and it will return to form down the line. Otherwise, it’s hard to go wrong here no matter what you’re in the mood to order.