The 2014 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival started yesterday and runs through May 18. We now have food photos and reviews for EVERY food item (and most of the drinks!) at the 11 amazing Outdoor Kitchens! See our Overall Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Food Booths Page for details!
Simply click on the links for each booth to see photos of the booth, the full menu, and every single food item!
And the festival isn’t resting on its laurels from last year. We were in Epcot for the better part of opening day, trying lots and lots of new things! We have lots to show you, so let’s get to it!
NEW!: Urban Farm Eats
Urban Farm Eats is brand new to the festival this year. Featuring a bevy of farm fresh foods and sustainably farm-raised fish, we didn’t quite know what to expect.
The Ghost Pepper-dusted Tilapia with Crisp Winter Melon Slaw and Mint Oil featuring The Original Sauce Man’s Kick It Up Rub was a real winner, though! The fish was cooked to perfection, and the spicy ghost pepper lent a kick to the plate.
The Eggplant “Scallop” wasn’t our favorite dish of the day, though. Our serving was way too salty. And even though the eggplant was a miss, the spicy Romesco sauce on the side was great!
Huge kudos to the staff for using LAND-grown produce, though! Be sure to check out the Urban Farm Eats page for additional photos and reviews!
Intermissions Cafe, located at the Festival Center in Future World, will open at 10 a.m. throughout the festival. It features several light and fresh food options.
This year, they’re showcasing a fun TRYit! food item again for the kiddos — a Push Pop!
This year, the 1-bite treat features a traditional Caprese Salad mix — with Tomato, Mozzarella, and Balsamic Vinegar.
If there was one thing that we heard from plenty of you last year, it was the suggestion that Dole Whips served at the festival should be spiked with Coconut Rum. Well, guess what? Disney clearly agrees with you.
This year’s festival debuts not one, but TWO different grown up versions of the popular soft serve: order it topped with your choice of Myer’s Dark Rum or Parrot Bay Coconut Rum! Thank you, I think I will.
Two thumbs up, with one slightly more up for the Parrot Bay version! This is the Dole Whip perfection we’ve all been waiting for.
Disney is also adding another incredible entry to their waffle repertoire at this booth. Be sure to check out our Pineapple Promenade page for the skinny on the Sweet Potato Cinnamon Waffle served with a topping of — what else? — Dole Whip!
This quaint cottage, located in the UK Pavilion, is a celebration of that most civilized of rituals — afternoon tea.
There are some surprisingly delicious savory flavors here as well. The Pork and Apple Sausage Roll combined a savory minced filling with a tender pastry crust. The Piccalilli that accompanies the roll provides the perfect amount of zip, tang, and color to complement the rich dish.
Strawberries are in season in Florida! And if you’re looking for an interesting way to serve the bounty of available berries, take fresh inspiration from this delicious salad.
Field Greens with Plant City Strawberries, Toasted Almonds, and Farmstead Stilton has everything — sweet, tangy fresh flavor from the berries, and a rich bite from the generous sprinkle of Stilton. A light vinaigrette and crunchy almonds finish the salad perfectly.
Another standout on our Trip Around the World is the Fleur de Lys Outdoor Kitchen, situated in France.
We told you about the Confit de Canard in yesterday’s First Look post. And you definitely don’t want to miss out on that dish! I’m still shocked by how completely awesome and…luxurious this dish is. So. Good. (Head to the Fleur de Lys page for the pic.)
But if you can believe it, there are other, nearly equally incredible dishes to be had here. The Gnocchis Parisienne a la Provençal — Parisian-style Dumplings with Vegetables and Mushrooms — is one of the best vegetarian dishes I have ever tasted. Seriously. If they don’t put out a cookbook with these recipes, I may be forced to start a petition.
And when I didn’t think it could possibly get better, I bit into the Orange Blossom Macaron. Heaven. I mean it. Orange-y, Creamy Bliss.
Run, don’t walk, to get this dessert that is as beautiful as it is delicious.
The Morocco Pavilion has been front and center on our radar in 2014 with the opening of Spice Road Table. We love the exotic cuisine that you can find in this part of the World.
Taste of Marrakesh offers two new items this year. Our favorite during our first trip around the promenade is the Lamb Brewat Roll.
The sweet prune is a brilliant match for the strong flavor of the lamb. The meat itself is tender, and the wrapping provides a nice little crunch as you bite into the roll.
The Harissa Chicken Kebab is also new this year, and was good, but didn’t quite stand up to the Lamb.
Hanami in Epcot’s Japan Pavilion returns this year with some intriguing twists on traditional favorites, making this one of the most fun stops on the Flower and Garden Tour.
Hanami gets high marks for beautiful presentation. The Hanami Sushi Platter features balls of sticky rice topped with Scallop, Salmon, and Beef. The trio is served with a beautiful Shiso Violet Sauce.
It was also a lot of fun to watch the chef in the outdoor kitchen prepare the Temaki Hand Roll to order! The Crispy Chicken, as well as the other components of the dish, were warm.
Over at the Smokehouse, guests are clamoring for the new Piggylicious cupcake! We know because they were sold out when we first tried to get one!
This bacon/maple/pretzel/cupcake combo capitalizes on the bacon trend…and also cleverly sort of promotes the new Muppet movie… 😉
The smoked turkey “rib” here was essentially a mini turkey leg, so if you like that giant snack, you’ll also like the flavor here. Other favorites returned from last year and still make the cut at The Smokehouse.
Italy’s contribution this year is pretty understated, but still worth visiting.
Our favorite item here was the dessert — a lemony and strawberry cheesecake! While the other dishes were fine, they weren’t outstanding enough to beat out their counterparts from other booths.
Check out full photos here!
China’s booth is always a winner, and this year’s Flower and Garden Festival is no exception. You can tell they’re always playing with something new here.
The guest-favorite candied strawberries are back this year, as is the Spring Pancake; but the vegetable spring rolls were what caught our hearts this year! Super flavorful and accompanied by a delicious sauce, these were where it’s at.
We were also pleased to see that the bubble tea is served with smoothie straws this year!
Check out more at the Lotus House Booth Page!
Ah, Mexico! You always bring your A-game.
This year, that means an awesome vegetarian quesadilla and some incredible chocolate flan! So flight and mousse-like, and the chocolate wasn’t overpowering at all!
Finally, Florida Fresh powers back with even more flavors from the Sunshine State.
The stand-out Watermelon Salad and Shrimp and Grits return, but the new entry this year is the fancy Kumquat pie! We loved the flavor, though the texture didn’t wow us.
See more Florida Fresh booth food pics here.
Gluten Free and Vegetarian Options
New for 2014, there’s a real emphasis on hearty vegetarian fare, as well as lots of gluten free options.
Gluten free options are spelled out for you in the festival’s handy passport. Also back for another year are TRYit! selections — tasty options that encourage kids and their families to TRY new foods!
We hope you’ll get the chance to check out the festival this year. It gets better and better from a food perspective in our opinion! Enjoy!
For all of the menus, reviews, and photos visit the 2014 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Index Page!