Get ready for SPRING to arrive at Epcot when the 2018 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival kicks off on February 28th!
Running through May 28th, this annual celebration of all things that bloom will mark the 25th Anniversary of the Festival! And one of the highlights over the past several years has been the Outdoor Kitchens. These food booths, similar to the Marketplace Booths for the Food and Wine Festival — focus on flavors fresh from the garden.
Let’s look at some of the familiar and new flavors we’ll be experiencing at the Festival in a few weeks!
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Food Booths
There will be a total of fifteen Food Booths for 2018.
New among them will be The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by the National Honey Board featuring all-new dishes such as Roasted Cauliflower with buckwheat honey carrot puree, wild rice pilaf, asparagus, honey blistered grapes and sunflower brittle and Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread with white cheddar cheese, charred vegetables, clover honey sour cream and micro watercress.
And for dessert? A Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with orange blossom honey ice cream garnished with fennel pollen meringue kisses.
And, of course, many of our Festival favorites will return! Look once more for the famous Frushi (fruit sushi) at the Hanami Food Booth in Japan!
New at Hanami will be the Teriyaki Salmon with furikake seasoned brown rice.
We know we aren’t the only ones who are always happy to see The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews back at the Festival!
This year, the popular Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños will return once again.
But you’ll find a new twist on the brisket as well! Look for the new Beef Brisket Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with garlic sausage, chorizo, cheddar fondue and house-made pickle on the menu.
Fleur de Lys in France will feature an entirely new food menu, with items like the Tarte à la Tomate Provençale: Provencal Tomato Tart with sautéed onions, fresh thyme and rosemary on a flaky pastry crust. You can also try the Macaron au Chocolat en Sucette — the Large Chocolate Macaron Lollipop — for dessert!
But even with an all-new food menu, you’ll still see the beloved La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy with Grey Goose Orange, St. Germain Liqueur, and white and red cranberry juice listed under the beverages.
Of course, it’s not just food at the Flower & Garden Festival .
Garden Rocks Concert Series
The line up for the Garden Rocks Concert Series was the first bit of news we received for the 2018 Festival.
Throughout the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, popular bands from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s take the stage at the American Gardens Theater in the American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot to share some of their greatest hits with the crowds! Acts for 2018 include Night Ranger, Survivor, and Rick Springfield.
These concerts are free with Epcot admission, and take place three times per evening (5:30pm, 6:45pm, 8:00pm), on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays throughout the Festival.
Of course, everyone looks forward to the return of the topiaries all around Epcot!
Disney characters and cultural traditions are represented throughout the park in gorgeous plant displays.
Look for a new Mickey, Minnie and Goofy Topiary at Epcot’s Main Entrance!
Find out all about these unique offerings here!
Start planning now by visiting our Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Page for all the latest details!
Will you be visiting Epcot during the 2018 Flower and Garden Festival? Please let us know what you’re most excited about with a comment!