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REVIEW: Return of Tender Wine-Braised Ribs, New Wild Boar Snack Adds Adventure to Pastoral Palace Menu for EPCOT 2022 International Arts Festival

Pastoral Palate replaces Cuisine Classique as the Germany pavilion offering for this year’s EPCOT International Arts Festival. “Help yourself to hearty dishes inspired by the rustic settings where Bavarian folk art was painted.”

Menu for Pastoral Palace at EPCOT International Arts Festival

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Food:

  • Red wine braised beef rib with parsnip puree, broccolini, baby tomatoes and aged balsamic vinegar – $8.25
  • 🆕 Wild Boar Cassoulet with Duck Confit, Ham Shank and Wild Boar Sausage – $9.00
  • Opera cake: Mona Lisa with almonds, coffee buttercream and chocolate ganache – $4.75

Beverages:

  • 3 Daughters Brewing Rosé Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, Fla. (7.0% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz, $9.00 for 12 oz.
  • 81Bay Brewing Rosé Blonde Ale, Tampa, FL (5.4% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz, $9.00 for 12 oz.
  • Iced Rosé – $6.50
  • A Play on Rosé Flight – $10.50
  • 🆕 Marietta Old Vine Rosé, CA ($15/bottle) – $5.00

Photos of Pastoral Palace menu items at EPCOT International Arts Festival

Red wine braised beef rib with parsnip puree, broccolini, baby tomatoes and aged balsamic vinegar – $8.25

Braised ribs in red wine with mashed parsnips, broccolini, baby tomatoes and aged balsamic vinegar $7.75

The meat was extremely tender; we didn’t even need a knife. The parsnip puree added another nice layer to this filling and hearty dish. Ours came with two pieces of short rib, simple enough to share with a friend or loved one. Recommended.

*NEW* Wild Boar Cassoulet with Duck Confit, Ham Shank and Wild Boar Sausage – $9.00

It was a bit “gamey” but enjoyable. The sausage has a nice smoky flavor, well complemented by the beans and tomatoes underneath. Worth a try if you’ve never had a boar.

Opera cake: Mona Lisa with almonds, coffee buttercream and chocolate ganache – $4.75

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The recurring theme of the event is tasting desserts like pre-packaged Little Debbie treats. It was more or less the same. It’s big enough, takes a good shot, and has a slight coffee flavor, but the quality leaves a lot to be desired. The cake itself is a little tough and dry, and the frosting on top came off in a single sheet when we tried to cut it. This is an off key opera cake.

3 Daughters Brewing Rosé Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, Fla. (7.0% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz, $9.00 for 12 oz.

From 3 Daughters Brewing on Untappd: “Our rosé cider is light pink in color with berry and citrus notes. It’s refreshing yet crisp for the perfect Florida drink. Naturally gluten free.

*NEW* 81Bay Brewing Rosé Blonde Ale, Tampa, FL (5.4% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz, $9.00 for 12 oz.

81Bay Brewing Co. describes its Rosé Blonde Ale as being made with “strawberry and hibiscus.”

Iced Rosé – $6.50

Frozen Rosé is becoming increasingly popular during these festivals, so here is the mandatory offer this time around.

*NEW* Marietta Old Vine Rosé, California ($15/bottle) – $5.00

From Marietta Cellars: “Our ready-made California rosé is a saturation of summer watermelon savored to the core. Electric pink in the glass, this blend of Grenache and Syrah is bursting with warm wild strawberries, tangy pink grapefruit and a hint of pink peppercorn. Satisfyingly fresh and crisp, with a dry, mouth-watering finish, this is the right wine for when food is served, when friends gather or for the perfect quiet view.

Pastoral Palace location at EPCOT International Arts Festival

The Pastoral Palace is conveniently located next to the Germany Pavilion on the World Showcase promenade. You can find it at number 7 on the map below.

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This year, the EPCOT 2022 International Arts Festival runs from January 14 to February 21.