We continue from Hops & Barley.
You’ll see the Funnel Cakes stand just past the American Adventure Pavilion on the Japan side.
During the Food and Wine Festival, an $8.50 “Mini Funnel Cake Topped with Vanilla Ice Cream and Mixed-berry Sangria Compote” is added to the roster. Note that it is not eligible for a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan. Previously, the kiosk offered a full size Funnel Cake for $12.
The Mini Funnel Cake is probably about a third of the size of the regular version for just about a 30% decrease in the cost. On the plus side perhaps, the version that they’ve served during the last couple of Festivals has been absolutely overwhelming. Most of the Festival items are just a few bites each, so serving a dish that’s about twenty times larger doesn’t exactly fit in with the rest of the other offerings. Of course, this is the Funnel Cake Stand and not a traditional Food and Wine Festival Marketplace.
Anyway, the Funnel Cake is delicious, fried up fresh, hot, and crispy while you wait and topped with a thick square of luscious, ice cold Vanilla Ice Cream. A large scoop of bright Berry Compote adds a sweet fruity flavor to the mix, and what you come away with is basically a delicious berry cobbler with a funnel cake as the base. I didn’t pick up on much of the “Sangria” flavor from the description. There’s no alcohol presence to speak of – just sweet berry topping.
Here’s the full size version, which was served for $3.50 more.
Last year’s Maple Bacon version was my favorite.
Overall, I was pleased with what we were served. The dessert balanced hot and cold elements well and made for a refreshing dessert in the afternoon heat. You might have someone wait in line to order one while others wait for items at Hops & Barley or Japan.
Block & Hans is located to the left of the Funnel Cakes stand and out in front of Hops & Barley.
The kiosk recently transferred to a draft system after serving overpriced bottles for years. The drafts here are on the expensive side too, but they are 12 ounces each, compared to the six-ounce individual pours that you’ll receive at the regular Festival Marketplaces.
A Flight, with 4 four-ounce pours, is also available. It’s your best bet here, though I wish the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale arrived in place of the Orlando Brewing Blonde.
Here we have a variety of 12-ounce individual pours.
At the Festival Marketplaces, a Flight of three 4-ounce beers will set you back $9.75, while adding just a dollar here adds the fourth beer. What a time to be alive.
Anyone who enjoys beer should consider the Flight. The Dogfish is one of the best IPAs you can buy and the Milk Stout is excellent as well.