A Foodie’s Guide to Feasting for the Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort
This year, celebrate the holiday season at Universal Orlando Resort. For the first time ever, Christmas is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s is hitting the streets of Universal Studios Florida.
But of course, no holiday celebration is complete without a festive feast.
And there’s no shortage of exclusive holiday eats and treats at Universal Orlando, from inside the theme parks to the exceptional holiday buffets at the hotels on-site. Here are some of our favorite feasts:
Holiday Feast in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Before you catch the Hogwarts Frog Choir special holiday show, stop by Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade for the holiday feast of the season. It’s perfect for a family to share.
Start with a beautiful kale salad, then feast your eyes and mouth on a tray stacked high with slices of fresh oven roasted turkey, chipolatas (sausage links), roast brussel sprouts, a mix roasted sweet potatoes, parsnips and carrots, sage stuffing, a side of cranberry sauce and warm gravy.
Butternut Squash Soup
For those looking for something light but filling, have a taste of the season with this sweet and creamy butternut squash soup.
Most of us Muggles are familiar with the Cold and Frozen Butterbeer beverages. But only during the winter months are we given the sweet treat that warms you: Hot Butterbeer, available exclusively inside the Three Broomsticks and Leaky Cauldron. Grab your cup of this toasty beverage reminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread as you watch Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees perform their holiday special.
For dessert, don’t miss the traditional sweet Christmas pudding with vanilla custard sauce and crystallized orange in a sweet glaze.
You can find all of these holiday food and beverage items at Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade and Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley.
In addition to seasonal festive foods found at the theme parks, Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels will be having special celebratory feasts just for the holidays perfect for families and friends.
This year, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort features several exceptional dining experiences for guests, including Christmas Day Buffet and New Year’s Eve Buffet and Celebration.
Some featured dishes at the events include:
Golden Beet and Arugula Salad
Shrimp Ceviche with Plantain and Tortilla Chips
Chargrilled Beef Churrasco with Chimichurri Sauce
Sweet Plantain with Brazilian Sausage Skewers
For those 21 and up, there are a few exclusive libations perfect for getting into the holiday spirit.
Smoked Tequila Cocktail from Amatista Cookhouse – This is a treat for any handcrafted tequila lover looking for a twist to the traditional drink. This drink is infused with smooth and savory smoky flavors using a special cocktail smoking box.
Upstairs by the lobby you’ll find Strong Water Tavern, recently named Critic’s Pick for Best Hotel Restaurant in the Orlando Magazine Dining Awards 2017. This Caribbean-themed restaurant features a list of seasonal handcrafted cocktails. The first is the “Make a Wish”, a spirited pumpkin-spice infused rum cocktail. There’s also the signature Strong Water Tavern Grog, a sweet cinnamon and lemon-lime rum cocktail to be featured at this year’s New Year’s Eve Celebration.
Click here to find out more about all of the holiday dining opportunities at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.
This year, the South Seas-themed Loews Royal Pacific Resort will feature several distinctive dining experiences for guests, including Christmas Day Buffet and New Year’s Eve Buffet and Celebration, as well as a special Orchid Court New Year’s Eve Dessert Buffet and a Jake’s “Best of 2017” Beer Dinner.
Some featured dishes at the events include:
Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad with Pumpkin Seed Balsamic Vinaigrette
Warm Chorizo and Roasted Potato Salad
Tropical Fruit with Spiced Eggnog Syrup
Wild Caught Salmon Wellington with Vegetable Duxelles and Citrus Orange Béarnaise
Sampling of select desserts from Orchid Court’s New Year’s Eve Dessert Buffet at Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Click here to learn more about the holiday feasts at Loews Royal Pacific Resort.
Come home for the holidays – stay, eat, and celebrate this jolly season at Universal Orlando. You’ve never had a holiday (or feast!) like this. #HolidayLikeThis