We continue on from Refreshment Port.
Canada returns in the same spot in front of its namesake Pavilion.
Both popular food items return with a 25-cent price increase. The Merlot and Citrus Blonde beer are new.
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll – $5.25
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 5+ dollars each.
“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce – $8.25
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.
Collective Arts Saint of Circumstance Citrus Blonde, Hamilton, Ontario – $4.50
I was surprised to see Collective Arts, a small brewery in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, represented this year; Disney usually looks towards Moosehead and Unibroue for their Festival beers. Collective Arts’ Ransack the Universe is one of my favorite IPAs and I’ve also enjoyed their take on the English Porter in the Stranger than Fiction and Surround Sound IPA. The Saint of Circumference served here on draft is balanced nicely with a bright citrus nose and surprisingly complex flavor with stone fruit, lemon zest, and grapefruit notes through each moderately-carbonated sip. Anyone who likes beer should pick one up and you might start noticing more Collective Arts varieties on store shelves.
Château Des Charmes Vidal Icewine – $10.25
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 Merlot – $7
Last year, Canada served the winery’s Equuleus Red Blend, which was a fantastic bottle of full-bodied, ripe, and luscious red wine with black currant and dark cherry notes followed by a lingering finish of cedar, vanilla, and chocolate. Their Merlot is not that, tasting either musty or rustic depending on your mood. A big part of the problem may be how Disney handles the wine. This one would benefit from some air, which is not something you’re going to get as the bottles sit out in the heat. I might recommend trying it for around $4, but it’s $3 overpriced, even for the Festival.
Canada is always popular with two of the more accessible food items, along with a great beer and an opportunity to try an expensive ounce of Ice Wine.