What foods are served at a Three Kings celebration?


The holiday season isn’t completely over. Three Kings celebration is a good reason keep eating delicious holiday foods.

For some countries and cultures, the holiday season extends through the beginning of January. The Three Kings celebration marks the arrival of the three Wise Men. Often celebrated in Latin cultures, the event is often marked with delicious food.

While many people mark Three Kings celebrations at home, two Orlando theme parks offer guests the opportunity to sample traditional Three Kings celebration foods. While Epcot offers a Three Kings Festival Marketplace, SeaWorld offers several opportunities to sample the Latin-influence foods.

Three Kings celebration at Epcot, photo by Cristine Struble

At Epcot, the Three Kings Festival Marketplace offers three traditional food offerings and two beverage choices. The food choices are shredded beef tamale with avocado crema and cilantro rice, roasted pork with mashed yucca and pickled green bananas and Three Kings bread. The beverage choices are coquito, with or without Bacardi rum floater and Presidente pilsner.

The most well-known food of the three choices is the Three Kings bread. The individual size portion isn’t overly sweet, but has a little earthy spice from the star anise. This snack portion is a great way to sample the traditional Three Kings celebration foods.

Epcot’s version is similar to the traditional Rosca de Reyes. The larger, round shaped bread has a little toy baby hidden within the bread. Similar to a King Cake served at Mardi Gras, this Three Kings version is a little less sweet because it doesn’t have as much sugar topping.

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Disney Parks isn’t the only Orlando theme park celebrating Three Kings. SeaWorld has multiple food offerings for the holiday tradition. At Sharks Underwater Grill, the restaurant offers a special event menu. The festival menu includes “roasted pork with onion mojo arroz con gandules, pasteles and fried tostones garnished with mayoquetchup and house-made flan drizzled with caramel” for dessert.

For guests who prefer to sample and snack these celebratory foods, SeaWorld offers festival specific market foods. These special offerings include “miniature papas rellenas (fried stuffed potatoes), empanadas (cheese, chicken or beef), bacalaitos (codfish fritters) and authentic pinchos. Also, drinks like frozen coquitos and frozen sangria are available.

Both theme parks offer the Puerto Rican libation coquito. Often referred to as the Puerto Rico eggnog, the drink is a coconut based. Made with coconut milk, sweet condensed milk, cinnamon and cloves, the drink is very rich. An adult version features rum, spiced Puerto Rican rum is often a good choice. Coquito is a perfect sweet ending to any Three Kings celebration.

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