When we read the official announcement about the 2013 Food & Wine Festival menus, we did a double take. There were some surprising returns and additions to the Festival, but one Festival Marketplace booth was missing that we thought was a glaring omission. The Scandinavia marketplace will no longer be stationed just outside of the Norway pavilion, which makes Norway the only World Showcase pavilion whose cuisine will not be represented at the Festival at all.
The Scandinavia Marketplace lasted only two years, so I guess the Norway pavilion is used to not getting any representation. We’ll remember you, Scandinavia, even though you were a poor performer at the Festival.
Scandinavia’s menu for 2012 was identical to the 2011 menu, save the addition of the Iron Horse Fairy Tale Cuvée. As such, we didn’t try everything at the booth, but did revisit some of the dishes we’d enjoyed the year previous. We skipped over the Xanté Sunshine this year, but did stop to read about it.
The day we visited the Scandinavia Marketplace just so happened to be our -1st anniversary, meaning, that it was exactly one year from our wedding date. As such, we were celebrating. We knew right away that we had to order a glass of the Iron Horse Fairy Tale Cuvée. This is a special sparkling white wine made by the Iron Horse vineyards in the Russian River Valley exclusively for Disney. This is my favorite region in the USA for white wine, and this dry sparkling white was right up my alley. Why the bubbly was included at this particular booth is a mystery to me, but I was glad for a chance to taste it. Now I know for sure that it’s a bottle I’ll enjoy if I should happen to want to order it at a Disney restaurant in the future.
We also enjoyed the Taste of Scandinavia, a seafood plate containing cured salmon, pickled herring and shrimp salad. As often happens with tasting plates like this, Danny and I both had our favorites and least favorites, and our tastes happened to complement each other. I preferred the salmon while Danny favored the herring. I left most of the herring and shrimp for him, and he allowed me the lion’s share of the salmon.
Our final bite from the Scandinavia booth was the Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberries. The Swedish meatballs were as rich and heavy as you might expect, and while the lingonberry sauce had enough acidity to cut some of the fat from the meatballs and gravy, but it was also quite sweet. We felt quite full after sharing the plate.
To be honest, the Scandinavia booth was far from our favorite. However, we felt it had a place in Epcot, and we do think that the region needs some representation at the Festvial. What did you think of the short-lived Scandinavia booth? Will you miss it now that it’s gone?