Review: Feast of the Three Kings Holiday Kitchen at Epcot Festival of the Holidays 2017

Feast of the Three Kings, or as I like to call it, Feast of the One Blogger, returns to the walkway up into World Showcase that runs alongside the Imagination Pavilion.

You’ll typically find Caribbean-esque flavors here during the other various Festivals.

Menu items are virtually identical in name and description compared to last year, but prices are actually about 50% lower. We should see some reductions in serving size as all food pictures are from this year. Disney is still using last year’s pictures, which weren’t accurate at that time as there’s no olives served with the Roasted Pork.

Shredded Beef Tamale with Avocado Crema and Cilantro Rice – $5.75

The tamale has the usual crumbly masa exterior with a distinct corn flavor, but what really livens up the flavor profile is the avocado crema, which is avocado mixed with Greek yogurt, lime juice, and salt.

The acidity of the lime is a lot more present than your typical, thicker guacamole, and the natural, bold flavor of the bright green fruit really shows through. You’ve also got some corn, onion, and queso chihuahua, which is the soft mild white cheddar on top. The rice was take it or leave it, but it does a nice job of soaking up some of the flavors from the tamale. Overall, it was better than anything you’ll find at the Mexican Holiday Kitchen.

My only complaint is that there isn’t a lot of beef involved. But the serving is similar to last year’s for about half the money, making this a very hearty snack and a good value.

Taste: 7/10

Value: 9/10

Roasted Pork with Mashed Yucca and Pickled Green Bananas – $5.25

The pork was juicy and flavorful with a distinct island vibe on top of the creamy mashed yucca, which adds even more heft to the dish. I didn’t care much for the bananas this year – incredibly firm with a distinct, overwhelming vinegar flavor. But they are not really the main event.

I’d pick the tamale over the pork, but this is another above-average dish.

Taste: 6/10

Value: 7/10

Three Kings Bread – $4

What we were served this year disappointed compared to last year – I thought the bread was far too dense and “tasted” stale or like it had been sitting out somewhere for too long. It’s still appropriately sweet and a decent portion for the money, even if this one is 50 cents more expensive than last year.

Taste: 4/10

Value: 5/10

Coquito with a Bacardi Rum Floater – $9

This is a coconut-based cocktail with cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, condensed milk, and Bacardi Rum in place of last year’s Oak & Palm. For nine bucks, the portion is awfully small – these cups hold about four ounces total, leaving little room for the rum or anything else for that matter. But the cinnamon and clove give it a very holiday-y flavor that was creamy and easy to drink. I’m a little less enthusiastic about it now that it’s served with boring Bacardi rather than the more-interesting Spiced Rum.

Comments

  1. IndyND says

    I’m not big on anything “pickled” other than, well, pickles. Pretty high on my list of things that shouldn’t be pickled would be a banana. That just sounds awful.

    • Jessica says

      Green bananas (they should have called them plantains) aren’t as sweet as your typical banana. They’re much more starchy and probably better pickled than what you imagine.

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