The Yukon Territory takes up position just past Canada if you’re walking around World Showcase in a clockwise fashion or on the way towards everyone’s favorite hat if you’re starting your expedition with our arctic neighbors.
A delicious-looking ice wine flight joins yet another boozy coffee, a salmon similar to past Festival dishes, something French-sounding with whatever makes ketchup Canadian, and more holiday cake.
Seared Salmon with Crown Royal Whisky Glaze, Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney and Hazelnut Croquant – $5.50
There are a few things that the Festival Kitchens typically do well and one of those is searing salmon, perhaps because each piece is a certain size and weight and freshly cooking each filet up as they’re ordered is consistent and easy.
This was really good – the salmon was nice and flaky with a rich pink color and flavor. There was also a pleasant crispiness around the outside as the sweet glaze brightened the flavors of the fish with some hints of maple. The croquant sprinkled on top added a little bit of a crunch to each bite. The parsnip silk was nice and creamy with a sharp, slightly spicy flavor along with a lot of butter and herbs. The apple chutney was delicious on its own with some sugar and cinnamon and also combined with the salmon to create some real fresh holiday flavors. It might be my favorite dish at the Festival.
Traditional French Canadian Tourtiere with Canadian Ketchup – $5
I thought this was fantastic too. The meat pie has a really light, flaky, crispy crust and it’s filled with mildly spicy, flavorful pork with some garlic, pepper, thyme, and clove showing through. The ketchup “felt” like it was homemade rather than French’s. That might just be because the tourtiere was that flavorful. Hopefully it does the Canadians justice and the first comment isn’t, “That isn’t tourtiere.”
The portion is pretty sizable too with two large halves to each plate.
Icewine Flight – $10 with Chateau de Charmes Riesling Icewine, Red Stone Cabernet Franc Ice Wine, and Neige Apple Ice Wine.
This is a fun flight and the best Festival opportunity yet to try several very different ice wines.
The Chateau de Charmes Riesling Icewine is my second favorite of the bunch, expertly balancing the sweetness of the grapes with a pleasant acidity on the back end. A 375ml bottle costs about $70, making this a good value as part of the flight or as a $6 glass. Don’t tell Disney. The Red Stone Cabernet Franc Ice Wine has a nice, rich, fruity character with a lingering strawberry flavor. We can probably call the Neige Apple Ice Wine a Festival staple at this point as it returns to the Food and Wine Festival year after year. I don’t care much for it – it’s incredibly viscous and cloying – almost like drinking a really thick melted apple candy. But the flight is a nice way to give it a try and it comes with as much as you’d get from the normal pour at Food and Wine. I would strongly consider trying the flight. You’ll be surprised how sweet they are, though.
Frozen Coffee with Tap 357 Whisky – $10
This is a nice frozen coffee with some hints of maple from a reasonably heavy pour of the Tap 357. There are plenty of other opportunities for similar beverages if you’re not in the mood, though.
Overall, those that start with Yukon will find themselves far more satisfied than those that begin on the Mexico side. I recommend the Salmon and the Tourtiere along with the Ice Wine Flight to start.