We continue from Appleseed Orchard.
Ireland should look something like this when it reopens on October 1st. Food and Wine is split into two parts this year with the second half-ish arriving this fall.
The following booths will open October 1st:
- The Alps
- Lobster Landing
- Mac and Eats
You can pull up the menus for all of the booths, including those not yet opened, at DisneyWorld.com, here. Personally, I’m not sure if I want to make it to October 1st. But we’ll be back if we have to be.
I still think these barges have something to do with “Independence Day 3.” Or are they on 4? There’s no way they are what they appear to be and I’m not sure the vloggers are going to be able to protect us with the prowess of Will Smith or charm of Jeff Goldblum. At least I wouldn’t send me out there to negotiate, particularly at these prices.
Some of the currently-shuttered booths have menus up already, while others don’t. This one is from this year, where it looks like everything is about the same as when Ireland left us in 2019. I’ll leave the review below for posterity and “look forward” to returning to any changes come October 1st.
Until then, you’ll be walking past something like this.
Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy – $5.50
My original review rated these poorly, comparing them to standard Jimmy Dean breakfast sausages. After hearing some more positive reviews, I returned to the dish, and I’m happy to say that I was impressed by what I found. The Sausages are tender, packed tight full of ground pork and a spice blend that includes sage and allspice. Each bite ends up being particularly comforting in cooler weather with the creamy Colcannon Potatoes, mixed with cabbage and bacon, helping to mop up any of the delicious excess gravy. With three sizable sausages on top of a sizable bed of potatoes, it ends up being a considerable amount of food for the money. I’d give them a try at this price point.
Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread – $5
Opinions on this one ran the gamut from “hands thrown up in the air terrible” to “wow this is really good.” The dip has more of a gritty fondue texture than you might be expecting to go along with a rich cheesy taste. I liked it a lot with the fresh soda bread – firm, but crumbly with a sweet aftertaste and a hearty character. The three thick pieces of bread that arrive alongside it are an improvement over the two thin slices that the dish used to be served with, but you’ll still want to dip deep from the first bite or grab some spoons. When you pick up the plate, you might also ask for an extra piece or two. They should be happy to provide it – probably less so if you randomly show up later with your hands out.
Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard – $4.25
I like this one a lot. It’s a relatively simple dessert executed well with the rich, warm, brownie-like cake base topped with the sweet, decadent custard. Even if you’re not planning on ordering one, the smell of freshly baked chocolate cake is going to get you in line; budget the four bucks plus change to pick one up because it’s going to be on your list.
Kilkenny Red Ale – $4.50
Bunratty Meade Honey Wine – $6
Bunratty Meade Honey Wine is a very sweet wine that tastes strongly of honey and very little of alcohol, despite having an ABV of 14.7%. It should be available in stores for around $18/bottle. Purists would tell you that it’s not a traditional mead, which would be fermented honey wine. This is a white wine with honey and spices added to it. Assuming you start drinking around the World in Mexico (and for most, even in Canada), you won’t care. It will probably be a lot thicker than you’re expecting.
Guinness Baileys Shake – $11
The overwhelming flavors are chocolate and Baileys – there’s virtually no Guinness presence whatsoever. While the menu calls this a “Shake,” the mouthfeel is closer to a thin chocolate milk. I’m honestly not sure where I come down on it – it doesn’t really deliver based on the title, but it’s still cold, delicious, and refreshing. So I just don’t know. It might be more like an above average, boozy chocolate milk. It’s better when it’s a little thicker, which it should be on less popular days.
Overall, Ireland is solid this year, though I still miss my Fisherman’s Pie. Maybe it will return someday.