With over 20 food and beverage booths featuring reimagined menus from a variety of cuisine styles, the SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival is in full swing! Open Thursdays – Sundays until May 8th, this festival offers dishes inspired by a variety of regions including Italy, Mexico, Brazil, New England, and Polynesia.
This year, SeaWorld has added a brand new food kitchen to its already expansive selection: the Ireland Market!
Ireland Market at SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival
Located across from Orca Encounter and next to the Pretzel Kitchen, the Ireland Market serves brand new dishes inspired by the Emerald Isle. After perusing the available menu options, I decided to try the Reuben Egg Roll and Shepherd’s Pie.
**It should be noted that meat-centric dishes are not often my favorite type of food (I naturally gravitate towards seafood, vegetarian, and vegan cuisine), and I’m particularly picky when it comes to beef. I still decided to try this menu with an open mind. While neither plate was my favorite thing in the world, those that enjoy this type of food will appreciate the high quality ingredients, complementary flavors, and hearty nature of these dishes!**
Reuben Egg Roll
While I don’t normally enjoy corned beef, I am always intrigued by a Reuben Egg Roll. The combined flavors of the Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, outer shell, and Thousand Island dressing were delicious. However, this particular egg roll was made with cubed corned beef instead of the traditional sliced variety. This preparation seemed to intensify the taste of the meat and therefore made it harder for me to enjoy the dish. However, I’m sure that a corned beef fan would have loved this creative take on the Reuben sandwich.
Next, I tried the Shepherd’s Pie. I liked this plate much better than the Reuben Egg Roll. The mashed potatoes were delicious, the beef was juicy, and the crust had a wonderful, buttery flavor. My only complaint was that the pie was simply filled with too much meat for my personal preferences. For most people, however, this would be a positive point! If you enjoy Shepherd’s pies or ground beef, I definitely recommend trying this plate!
Freaky Thoughts: Ireland Market at Seven Seas Food Festival
While this type of food just isn’t for me, I can appreciate that both dishes were designed by a talented chef and made with high quality ingredients. If you are a big meat eater, definitely check out the Ireland booth at SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival!