I was very much looking forward to Sundowner Celebration. I was hoping it would be as delicious as Taste of Africa was in 2010. What was once contained to Harambe Village in Africa was expanded to be even larger, and for me, filled with more promise. Overall, the event to me was a perfect example of bigger doesn’t always equal better. Sure, there was stuff going on all over Africa and through Asia. Attractions were open to be enjoyed. But both the selection and quality of food offered was sorely disappointing. Why is this post titled Cape Malay Chicken Curry? Read on, my friends.
Don’t get me wrong. The Mandiza African Donuts were indeed tasty, but couldn’t a bit more thought in execution been put into them? A bit of an unexpected spice, perhaps?
The Glacier mixed drink was quite good, but it was merely a renamed drink: Tropical Ginger Lemonade. I will admit that it’s not something I likely would have ordered with its normal name, but at least I now have a new drink I can order year-round on property.
The Lychee Lemonade was also quite good, and has at least inspired me to try making it at home myself. I can see it making a great mixed drink, too. It would be a great addition to Drinkwallah’s menu, and I would probably order it on very visit to the park.
The Bedele Gold Label Special Beer wasn’t exactly my top beer I’ve ever tried. It was a bit sweet and fruity for my liking, but I also noted the heat of the day I tried it didn’t exactly play well to a slightly heavy beer. It’s served year-round at Dawa Bar, so I can certainly try it again when the temperatures cool off a bit.
There were so many items I didn’t want to try, like the prepackaged popcorn, fruit, and “Asian Inspired Chex Mix.” I can buy a tub of the latter at Publix for the same price of little bag. There was serious disappointment seeing that on display. And my disdain for Disney chicken hot dogs was enough to sway me from trying the one with kimchee on it.
Sundowner Celebration had a lot of potential, but I felt it fell severely short. I wish they had kept it scaled back to the food-centric Taste of Africa. One of my favorite recipes from the event, which I make one or two times a year, is the Cape Malay Chicken Curry. If you didn’t make it to either event, head over to Andy Jackson’s page, Eating (and Drinking) around the World. He has his take on Sundowner Celebration (he even tries the hot dogs!), as well as a review on Taste of Africa. And if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have the recipe for the delicious dish! Give it a try and you’ll have a taste of what Sundowner Celebration was missing!