We continue on from Ireland.
Canada returns in the same spot in front of its namesake Pavilion.
I imagine the New Zealand and Canadian cast members must just smile and wave at each other all day while constantly asking if either needs anything.
Both popular food items return without a price increase this year, if you can believe that. Both wines are new, while the Moosehead Radler returns for a second year after being available at Canada Cart for the last 10+ months.
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll – $5
This is a satisfying, rich, creamy, decadent, delicious cheese soup served with a soft, chewy pretzel roll that is best dipped. This is one of the most popular, highest-rated items at the Festival every year. Order one per person and forget they’re five dollars each.
“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce – $8
Quality on this typically varies as no two pieces of beef are exactly the same, but I think Disney has improved quality control quite a bit in the last couple of years. Or at least the six steaks that we’ve purchased over the last three years have all been lean, tender, and cooked to a perfect medium. The sauce remains rich and creamy with a real earthy component from the truffle and grilled mushrooms that adorn the top of each piece. Presentation has also improved with the sauce neatly ladled over the meat along with the herb topper. At $8, it remains an expensive proposition, but it’s “only” about $2 more than other beef items for a much higher quality piece of steak. It’s recommended and a no-brainer on the Disney Dining Plan as it’s one of the most expensive food items at the Festival.
Moosehead Radler: Lager infused with Grapefruit, Grape and Lemon Juices – $4.25
Moosehead’s Radler tastes similar to the Schofferhofer Grapefruit beer that’s available in Germany year-round. Or if you’re familiar with any of the brews from Leinenkugel’s shandy lineup, then you know what to expect here. This is basically 85% Moosehead Light, 15% juice, which makes for a refreshing, juicy drink that tastes great during Florida’s lingering summer heat, while still maintaining a respectable 4% ABV. It’s overpriced at the Festival, but virtually everything else is too. This is a great option for those that “don’t like beer,” but would like to find themselves holding something cold and refreshing anyway. Very tasty.
Château Des Charmes Vidal Icewine – $10
Canada’s Ice Wine has always been expensive, but they switched out the Neige Premiere that they had been serving for $6 for this $10 cup of Château Des Charmes. The thing about ice wine is that it’s expensive. A 375ml (half the size of a standard bottle) of this will set you back $50 at the store and it’s among the sweetest liquids you’ll probably ever taste. So Canada only serves about an ounce for the money. It’s a potentially nice opportunity to try the intense, apple-cider-like wine that will coat your mouth for some time to come, but it’s awfully expensive for an ounce served outside in Florida and may be a little harder to adequately savor than you’d like.
Château Des Charmes Equuleus Red Blend – $7
The bottle price here is $45, making this one of the better wine values at the Festival as Disney is just as likely to charge you seven dollars a glass on an $11 bottle. “Equuleus” is the name of the constellation that’s best seen in September, which is the traditional start time for the winery’s harvest. The blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 25% Merlot is full-bodied, ripe and luscious with black currant and dark cherry, smooth with a lingering finish of cedar, vanilla, and chocolate. It’s one of the three best wines served at the Festival Marketplaces and worth seeking out.
Canada is always popular with two of the more accessible food items and here with a very good red wine, a very expensive ice wine, and the fruity beer. It’s another good year.
We’ll try New Zealand next.