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.
Three food items return from last year along with a new cookie. We also have a different Unibroue offering and three new Icewines making up the flight. The Frozen Coffee also returns with Tap 357 Whiskey and new this year, the Frozen Coffee can also be ordered without the booze.
Here’s last year’s spread.
And this year’s food items, minus the salmon, which we also purchased again for a fresh take.
Seared Salmon with Crown Maple Whisky Glaze, Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney and Hazelnut Croquant — $5.75
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 makes for a consistent experience.
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 along with a little bit of an earthy, nutty flavor. 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. This year, we would have liked more of the chutney, but this is still one of the best overall dishes at the Festival.
Traditional French Canadian Tourtiere with Canadian Ketchup — $5.25
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. Immediately above is what the dish looked like last year.
Maple Bûche de Noël: Maple Mousse rolled in Gingerbread Chiffon Cake with Cranberry Sauce and Pecan Crumble $4.50
We’re going to see a whole heck of a lot of yule logs as we make our way around World Showcase, but I think this one is the best of the bunch. The Gingerbread Chiffon Cake is light and fluffy with a little bit of spice that’s sweetened up by the deliciously decadent maple mousse. The Cranberry Sauce adds a little bit of a fruity tartness to each bite and the candied Pecan Crumble on top adds a nutty crunch. It’s really good and a nice portion for the money, relatively speaking.
Gold Chocolate Chip Cookie – $2
There are five of these $2 cookies scattered around the various Holiday Kitchens, this one with chocolate chips and drizzled with chocolate sauce along with some festive gold snowflake sprinkles. It’s about what you would expect from a chocolate chip cookie from the grocery store and at two dollars, you might as well add one to the order if it sounds good at the time.
Ice Wine Flight with Inniskillin Riesling Icewine, Inniskillin Pearl Vidal Icewine, and Inniskillin Gold Oak Icewine
There’s a lot of yellow going on with the Icewine selections this year, all of which are from Inniskillin.
Here’s last year’s, which was a lot more colorful and included three distinct flavors.
This year’s selections are sweet and syrupy, sweeter and syrupy, and sweetest and syrupy. Still, this remains a good opportunity to try Icewine and Inniskillin is among the best producers in the world. A 375ml bottle, which is half of your regular bottle of wine, will set you back about $80 for the Riesling and $90 for the Gold Oak. Each pairs nicely with the Maple Bûche de Noël and it’s worth giving these a try if you’re interested in the world of Icewine. The Gold Oak is the rarest and best of the bunch, in my estimation – fruity and smooth with many layers of sweetness. I’d probably spring for the Flight over trying to pick one individually.
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 aren’t as many spiked coffee drinks this year, making this a worth selection if you’re looking to both cool down and warm up.
Overall, those that start with Yukon will find themselves far more satisfied than those that begin on the Mexico side. I recommend the Salmon, Tourtiere, and Maple Bûche de Noël. The Icewine flight isn’t quite as compelling this year, though all three are very good selections. The Frozen Coffee is an above average choice as well.
France is up next here.