The Best of the Fest!
This year, the Festival of the Holidays had so many unique booths that made the Sip and Savor Pass well worth the money. Especially for Magic Key Holders! Magic Key Holders receive a $5 discount, and an exclusive lanyard.
With the pass you are eligible for 8 items, not including alcoholic beverages. Here are my recommendations:
Our first stop is the Favorite Things booth, with the Chicken Tikka Masala. The flavors of this dish stood out to me, as well as the textures of the added garlic naan crumble topping. Although this is a decent sized portion, it definitely needed more chicken. I think the ratio of chicken to rice was a little off, but definitely still tasty.
Two items stood out from this booth, the Esquites Carnitas Mac & Cheese, and the Turkey Poutine. The poutine might be my number one pick of the festival, since I can never get enough of Thanksgiving food. The best part was the sweet potato tots! I've now had the Turkey Poutine from both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and I would have to say the Disneyland poutine is a lot sweeter. They're both delicious, but with the sweet potato and frosted cranberries, Disneyland's has a completely different flavor. The mac & cheese here was very savory, and the meat was cooked really well. We tried two mac & cheese dishes, and this one was definitely the winner.
A Twist on Tradition
Also pictured above is the Curry Mac & Cheese from A Twist on Tradition. The crispy chickpeas added a really fun crunch on this dish, but if you're just going to go with one mac on this trip, I recommend the carnitas.
Although these sliders may be small, they are mighty! Both the Holiday Ham Slider and Brisket Slider were packed with flavor, and did not go light on the meat. The brisket slider was enhanced with a pretzel bun, and the ham slider had that familiar holiday twist, with the cranberry-bacon jam. This booth was an unexpected favorite of the festival.
When purchasing a Sip and Savor Pass, a cast member told us the Pork Belly Adobo was a must-try- so we did and it was amazing! The pork belly was so melt-in-your-mouth tender, and the rice had great flavor.
The Huckleberry Sake Sangria from this booth was tasty, but a little too sweet. The huckleberry and orange flavors went well together.
The only dessert from the festival I would recommend is the Pumpkin Layered Cheesecake from Grandma's Recipes. If you love cheesecake and pumpkin pie, you're in for a treat with this one. Not only is it rich and creamy, it's also very Instagrammable!
It's almost too pretty to eat... almost.
The Festival of the Holidays will be around until January 8th, so if you don't make it until after the holidays, no worries- enjoy the festival!