News! Menu Item Photos from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival — Plus Cooking Demos!

Menu news just keeps coming! Slowly but surely, menu details are trickling out about this the food and drink options for the 2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.

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Just a couple of days ago, we shared with you some of the new food items that are scheduled to appear in the Outdoor Kitchens around World Showcase. Today we’re bringing you an update on a few of the drinks you can look forward to sampling!

And check out a beautiful and delicious dessert option in France — plus some fun news about FREE cooking demos at this year’s Festival!

New Flavors at France’s Fleur de Lys Outdoor Kitchen

We were thrilled to bring you a first look at a fun new option debuting in the Fleur de Lys Outdoor Kitchen. And today, we have another gorgeous pic to share!

I had the chance last week to sample a couple of the new offerings that will be at the Fleur de Lys Booth this year! The Ice Pop features a combination of French Peach Iced Tea, Grand Marnier Peach Raspberry Liqueur, and Vodka. It’s going to be perfect for those warm Florida Spring days!

You can absolutely taste the Grand Marnier and Vodka in this one! It’s amazing — even if you’re not an iced tea fan! And the texture isn’t exactly “frozen” due to the alcohol, so it’s very easy to eat.

A Grown-Up Ice Pop Debuts at the Fleur de Lys Outdoor Kitchen in the France Pavilion

A Grown-Up Ice Pop Debuts at the Fleur de Lys Outdoor Kitchen in the France Pavilion

And while we told you about the brand new Macaron Guimauve à la Fraise (Strawberry Marshmallow Macaron) that will be offered at Fleur de Lys, today I’m sharing a first look!

Macaron Guimauve à la Fraise (Strawberry Marshmallow Macaron)

Macaron Guimauve à la Fraise (Strawberry Marshmallow Macaron)

It’s a great celebration of the fresh Florida Strawberry Season that’s underway right now. The crunchy-and-soft cookie and the marshmallow are super-sweet, but the strawberry inside is still a bit tart. It’s an amazing contradiction in flavors.

New Beverages Coming to the 2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

The name of the game is Fresh Flavor in the Outdoor Kitchens for 2015. Look for fruits and veggies to be featured everywhere — even in the libations!

Key Limen Wine from Florida Orange Groves has been a Festival feature in the past (we’ve seen it at the Food and Wine Festival, too). But this year, there might be something a little different on the horizon, as Key Lime Sparkling Wine is set to debut at the Florida Fresh Kitchen. We are also looking forward to another fun fruit-based option — Ace Pineapple Hard Cider.

Ace Pineapple Cider -- the First Pineapple Cider in the World and Perfect for the Flower and Garden Festival!

Ace Pineapple Hard Cider — the First Pineapple Cider in the World and Perfect for the Flower and Garden Festival!

In addition, there will be a Sparkling Pineapple Wine; look for both at the Pineapple Promenade Kiosk.

New cocktails are also set to debut. We’re getting our first look at the La Tizana that we told you about previously. A fruit punch that’s inspired by the flavors of Venezuela, the bright punch includes Orange Juice, Lime Juice, Banana Puree, and Grenadine. It’s garnished with chopped fresh fruit. Find it at the Botanas Botánico Outdoor Kitchen, a new booth to the Festival this year.

Edgy Urban Eats will feature the Urban Mary, which takes cues from the classic Bloody Mary recipe. Spicy Tomato Juice, Lime Juice, and Worcestershire are mixed together and garnished with a Pickled Green Bean and Micro Greens.

New Beverages Set to Debut at the 2015 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Include Pineapple Cider, X, and an Urban Mary

New Beverages Set to Debut at the 2015 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Include Pineapple Cider, La Tizana, and an Urban Mary

And something that we love this year — La Tizana and the Urban Mary are available with or without alcohol, so you can enjoy the beverages regardless of your preference. Opt for a splash of RHUM Orange Liqueur to La Tizana, or add shot of Vodka to the Urban Mary.

Look for lots of interesting Craft Beer options as well, like the Shipyard’s Maple Bacon Stout at Barbecues and Brews.

Fresh Flower and Garden Beverage Options in the Mexico Pavilion

The Mexico Pavilion will also provide market-inspired fresh flavors in some of their artisan Margaritas. We’re looking forward to sampling the Blueberry Pomegranate Margarita at Jardin de Fiestas Outdoor Kitchen in the Mexico Pavilion. Other fun options that will be available include a Tequila Liqueur Flight and Tecate Beer with Patron Citronage Floater. Mexican Sangria, one of our favorite beverages from last year, also returns.

Jardin de Fiestas Mexico Flower and Garden Mexican Sangria

But also, be sure to stop by La Cava del Tequila (as if I have to tell you that. ;-) ). For a limited time, they’ll be offering their beautiful Hibiscus Margarita! Hurry if this is a favorite of yours — it’s only available while the Festival is happening.

NEW! For Flower and Garden 2015 — Cooking Demonstrations!

For the first time, Disney Chefs will also be staging cooking demonstrations during the Flower and Garden Festival. And the best part — the demos are free! Chefs will be showcasing Festival Dishes, like the Piggylicious Cupcake, White Corn Arepas, and the Ghost Pepper-Dusted Tilapia.

Ghost Pepper-dusted Tilapia

Ghost Pepper-dusted Tilapia

The events take place each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3PM at Port of Entry, near the entrance to World Showcase, and will last for approximately 15 minutes.

Whew! It’s going to be here soon — and it’s shaping up to be a delicious Spring at Epcot!

Will you be trying one of these fresh new beverage options, or is that strawberry macaron on your short list of must haves at this year’s Flower and Garden Festival? Leave a comment and let us know!

Comments

  1. Evelynn says

    Dear AJ,

    Help! We are planning a trip to disney world in October. We will be their for 6 days. We are staying in art of animation. We are going with a very picky 11 year old who absolutely despises seafood. We don’t know what restaurants or anywhere to go. Do you have any suggestions? The 11 year old doesn’t like character meals or anything like that and she is allergic to egg by itself such as when it is boiled, scrambled and stuff like that. She can have it baked in stuff such as cakes, and cookies. Thank you soo much!

  2. Lisa says

    I am hesitant to try French macarons in Disney because I live 5 minutes away from the Culinary Institute of America and I am always ridiculously disappointed in Disney’s macarons. I think I’ll make an exception this time to try those strawberry ones. They look pretty good!

  3. Mandi says

    I am just over 2 months away from my favorite time of year! F&G Fest and the month of May has long been my favorite time to visit Disney, and now with the additions of the outdoor kitchens, it’s just perfect! Hoping the caprese push pop is back at the festival center!

  4. mirandamidas says

    Hi Evelynn, I saw your request to AJ and thought I would reply since the DFB team seem to be a bit busy at the moment (but I am sure will reply to you soon!)

    There is a whole section on this website with the best Disney restaurant recommendations for different categories, and a few posts about eating with kids who have allergies or are picky eaters. Disney is exceptionally helpful catering for people with allergies, and as a fellow whole-egg hater, I can assure you that eggs are normally very clearly advertised if they are included in a dish in a whole-egg format.

    The best recommendation I can give you is to buy the Disney Food Blog guide book to eating at Disney World. It’s full of suggestions of how to save money, so you will quickly save the 19 bucks it costs. It is also a really terrific guide to how Disney food works, and how to make the most of it, along with reviews of individual restaurants and snack options. It’s an electronic download and you can get your money back if you didn’t feel it was worth the price. Look at http://dfbstore.com/dfb-guide-to-walt-disney-world-dining/ to find out more.

    For one suggestion, in one park, I love Via Napoli in Epcot’s Italy pavilion. If your 11 year old likes pizza, they should be fine there but you will still love it as Adults too! You can choose what toppings go on your pizza, so you can tailor it to your tastes.

    I hope this is helpful, but honestly, buy the Disney Food Blog guide, you will be happy you did!

  5. Evelynn says

    Dear mirandamidas,

    Thank you so much! You were such a big help. We really appreciate it. And yes, the 11 year old loves pizza as much as AJ loves peanut butter, so we will be making a trip to Via Napoli. Once again, thank you. :)

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