Fleur de Lys takes its rightful place in front of the France Pavilion for the 2018 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.
Each of the food items is new along with the cabernet.
Tarte à la Tomate Provençale: Provencal Tomato Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Pastry Crust – $5.50
This did not sound particularly appetizing from the description, but it actually worked pretty well. The thin, buttery crust on the bottom does a good job of holding the toppings up, but the edges are incredibly hard and brittle, making it difficult to cut or break apart. We ended up tearing off pieces and eating up until the edge of the crust, when things became basically inedible. Otherwise, sweet, crispy onions make up most of the flavor profile with a heavy dose of herbs and fresh, juicy slices of tomato. Some cheese would have gone a long way I think, both in terms of complexity of flavors and heft, even if it would have meant adding an extra dollar to the price. The few olives add some acidity to the couple of bites that they cover, but this is otherwise sort of one-note – sweet onions and herbs. Nonetheless, $5.50 is a good price and this is one of the more attractive dishes you’ll run into at the Festival. A strong vegetarian choice.
Canard Confit Aux Gnocchi à la Parisienne: Braised Duck Confit with Parisian Gnocchi – $5.75
This was a perplexing dish. It was served hot and there was a ton of food on the plate, but what is purportedly duck tasted almost exactly like Thanksgiving turkey and gravy.
This is far from the first time that we’ve run into Duck Confit. Above is from Greenhouse Guru during Food and Wine. And at $5.25, maybe a fifth as much food as what France is serving for Flower/Garden this year.
Much less attractive Duck Confit from Food and Wine. Sorry about using this picture again. I gave it a 1/10 on Value and Taste.
Another Duck Confit, this time from France during Flower and Garden.
And in 2016 at Flower and Garden too.
I’m not sure if it was the thick, gel-like sauce or the herbs in the gnocchi or what, but we all agreed that we were in decidedly-turkey territory. That isn’t necessarily the worst thing though, and the gnocchi were delicious little pillows of plump potato dough served up with what might have again been too much seasoning. Overall, this was a little strange and I’m not sure where to come down on it. But for less than six bucks, it should be a big plate of food and hopefully they’ll find some duck to use next time instead of turning to Butterball.
Macaron au Chocolat en Sucette: Large Chocolate Macaron Lollipop (GF) – $4.95
Destined to be one of the most popular items at the Festival even if it tasted like dirt, the chocolaty macaron is dipped into more chocolate and then dipped into crunchy chocolate candies. Add the chocolate ganache filling in between the crispy, chocolate meringue cookies, and the fact that it’s served chilled, and you have an incredibly refreshing, incredibly chocolaty dessert. Plus it doesn’t taste like dirt. At all! It’s a dollar more than I’d like to spend, but you can’t put a price on novelty or the possibility of adding two or three followers on Instagram. A worthy investment.
La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy: Grey Goose Orange, St. Germain Liqueur, White and Red Cranberry Juice – $10.75
It’s one of my favorite returning frozen cocktails and far more glamorous to carry around than one of the thimble-sized plastic cups in which the majority of the drinks are served. It’s not too sweet and the vodka flavor is present, but almost completely masked by the juices and liqueurs. And despite going up in price 85 cents, it’s still a dollar less expensive than most of the frozen drinks served by Disney. (I’m looking at you, Smokehouse Moonshine.)
Kir Pomegranate: Sparkling Wine, Pama Pomegranate Liqueur – $7.95
This easy-drinking cocktail is at a minimum 100% alcohol, which is a step up from most drinks that are largely thawed fruit juice. The sparkling wine that they use isn’t fantastic, but the subtle, fruity flavors of the liqueur help mask that and provide for a pretty color. Similar drinks are always available in France, but you could do a lot worse if you’re stopping at the Kitchen for another item.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Village de France [sic] – $4.95
The bottle price on the Villages Cabernet is $8, making $5 for 3-ounces-at-best a rough proposition. But if you’re looking for a wine that tastes like wine, it’s here. One of the other kiosks would offer slightly better values, but also another line in which to wait.
Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 – $4.50
The 1664 is a decent witbier, crisp and light with citrus notes that are marred (in my opinion) by too much coriander. It’s available all-year.
France isn’t a home run this year, but with prices that are surprisingly below average (please don’t tell them), there’s quite a bit of value to be had. Hopefully your Tomato Tart will be fresh and the Canard a little more duck-like. We both know you’re stopping for the macaron and the slushie. And that’s just fine.