Category: Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

Friday Feast: A Culinary Adventure at Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival

It’s snowing here in CT (again!) and I am dreaming of flip flops and dole whips.  To make matters worse, my friend Amanda has been enjoying both of these things in Walt Disney World this week and I have jealously been stalking her Instagram feed to pretend like I’m there.  And then to top it off, the Epcot International Flower & Garden (F&G) Festival kicked off this week and this year they have a mini Food & Wine Festival to go along with it.

Breathtakingly Beautiful!

Breathtakingly Beautiful!

For this year’s F&G Festival, Disney has added 12 culinary marketplaces for visitors to enjoy around World Showcase Lagoon.  The marketplaces are meant to showcase the flavors of spring from around the world.  This is genius on Disney’s part.  The International Food & Wine Festival is extremely popular in fall and what better way to draw on that success than to do a mini-festival in the spring!  So let’s take a look at some of Amanda’s pics of the yummy food offerings this year and pretend like we’re there.  Sounds torturous fun right???

The Cottage is located in the UK Pavilion and the theme is Savories, Trifles and Tea…sign me up!  There are a variety of hot and iced teas available (fitting for the UK), as well as sparkling wine and lemonade.  The savory dishes include a Potato, Chive and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare and Sour Cream (whoa!), Baked Goat’s Brie with Kumquat Chutney, and Waterkist Farms Heirloom Tomatoes with house-made Mozzarella, Minus 8 Vinegar and Basil.  All of these sounds delicious.

1. Potato, Chive and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare and Sour Cream 2. Baked Goat’s Brie with Kumquat Chutney 3. Peach Iced Tea

Biscuit with Smoked Salmon, Baked Goat’s Brie, Peach Iced Tea from The Cottage

The trifles are served in little shot classes and are about 3 bites each.  They have 3 options Ginger and Tea, Chocolate and Berry.  Don’t worry if you can’t decide…you can get a trio plate 😉

Trio of Trifles from The Cottage

Trio of Trifles from The Cottage

Next up, we’re going to visit Taste of Marrakesh for a Spiced Lamb Kebob with Vegetable Couscous Salad.  Probably not my first choice to try, but it looks pretty good.  Also available here are Harissa & Lamb Confit Chicken Drumettes with Chermoula & Cucumber Salad, Baghrir, a Moroccan pancake with honey, almonds & Argan Oil, and various beers and wines from the region.

Lamb Kabobs

Lamb Kabobs from Morocco

Now my favorite booth would be The Smokehouse located in the American Adventure Courtyard.  How can you go wrong with barbecue and beer?!  Here we have a Pulled Pig Slider with Cole Slaw and Smoked Beef Brisket with Collard Greens and Jalapeño Corn Bread.  I’m seriously drooling.  For dessert, there is a Rocky Road Brownie Mousse!

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Pulled Pig, Brisket and Beer from The Smokehouse!

Did you catch that beer flight?  Here are 4-6 oz. pours of Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Liberty Ale from Anchor Brewing Company, Red Ale from Orlando Brewing, and Blackwater Porter from Orlando Brewing Company.  I had an amazing beer flight at Food & Wine last year that was amazing…check it out here.

Moving back around to the front of World Showcase, it’s no surprise that Amanda would stop at Jardin de Fiestas in Mexico.  We have a shared love of Mexican food.  Say the word carnitas and I’m all over that, which is why these Tacos de Carnitas (Pork Tacos topped with Tamarindo salsa, served on a flour tortilla with Chicharrón) are right up my alley!  The Tostada is a Crab served with Chipotle Mayo and Valentina Salsa.  Pair this with the special Rosita Margarita and we’re set!

Tacos and Tostada from Jardins de Fiestas

Tacos and Tostada from Jardins de Fiestas

The Florida Fresh marketplace is very reminiscent of the Florida Local booth during Food & Wine, which had some of my favorite items.  How good does this Shrimp and Stone Ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, Zellwood Corn, Tomatoes & Cilantro look?!?  Here you can also get a Watermelon Salad with pickled Red Onions, Baby Arugula, Feta Cheese & Balsamic Reduction and Angel Food Cake with macerated Florida Berries.  There is also Tomato Wine and Carrot Wine available, but that seems super strange even for me.

Shrimp and Grits at Florida Fresh

Shrimp and Grits at Florida Fresh

The last stop on our culinary adventure today is Pineapple Promenade.   You’ve heard about it, you’ve dreamt about it, you’ve wished for it to be true…now it is.  Here was have the Dole® Whip with Siesta Key Spiced Rum…O.M.G.!  I think I would give my left arm for this…ok maybe not that crazy…

Dole® Whip with Siesta Key Spiced Rum

Dole® Whip with Siesta Key Spiced Rum

You can also get a classic Dole® Whip here or a Pineapple Upside Down Cake here, but that would just be crazy.  I’m now about to look up flights so I can get down and try one of these.

There are other booths also around the lagoon: L’Orangerie in France, Hanami in Japan, Primavera Kitchen in Italy, Bauernmarkt in Germany, Lotus House in China, and Fruits by the Glass.  If you want full reviews of all of the marketplaces, check out this great review over on The Disney Food Blog.  Also make sure to check out the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining for tips and strategies on this and all other dining experiences in Walt Disney World!

Well, now I’m both hungry and sad.  How about you?  What do you want to try at this year’s Flower & Garden Festival?

Big thanks to Amanda Tinney at Disney Every Day for giving me the rights to her awesome photos!