Best of the Fest! What To Eat at the 2018 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!

Welcome, Spring, to Epcot!

And with Spring comes the 2018 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival! Today is the very first day, and now through May 28th Epcot guests will enjoy Disney-themed topiaries all over the park, specialty toursextra family fun, and the Garden Rocks Concert Series (complete with Dining Packages once again this year).

And, of course, there are 15 Outdoor Kitchens — better known as Food Booths — serving small plates and beverages with a focus on Spring flavors with fresh-from-the-garden ingredients.

2018 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

2018 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Click Here to visit our 2018 Flower and Garden Festival Menu Page to see the full booth menus and pics of ALL THE FOOD at the Festival!

In fact, 2018 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Flower and Garden Festival? So what better way to celebrate than to try ALL THE EATS — and DRINKS! — at this year’s Festival? Yep, we did it! And now we’re here to tell you what we think are the MUST EATS at this year’s Festival!

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What to Eat at the 2018 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

The most beautiful time of the year kicks off this week at Epcot when the 2018 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival begins February 28!

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Festival, which runs through May 28! Throughout the Festival, Epcot guests can enjoy Disney-themed topiaries throughout the park, special exhibits and seminars, and the Garden Rocks Concert Series (and Dining Packages).

And, there are also FIFTEEN Food Booths. Much like the Food Booths at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, the Flower and Garden Festival Booths are serving up small plates and beverages, but with a Spring focus on fresh-from-the-garden ingredients.

Don’t forget to visit our 2018 Flower and Garden Festival Menu Page to see the full booth menus and food photos from this year’s Festival! [Read more…]

Cheers to the New Year! Disney Drinks to Try in 2018

We’re still newly into 2018! And tradition dictates that we ring in the New Year with some bubbly. While that’s never a bad choice when the clock strike midnight, I’ve got some ideas for ways you can celebrate with a drink in Walt Disney World no matter what time of year your visit falls in 2018!

These are some of the sips we most enjoyed over the past year… and can’t wait to enjoy again in 2018!

Wine Slushies at Amorette’s Patisserie

Did you think Amorette’s Patisserie showcased nothing more than artful cakes and pastries? Then think again. Because this Disney Springs sweet spot is home to the vino that went VIRAL in 2017: Wine Slushies!

Swirled Wine Slushie -- Strawberry Shiraz and Mango Moscato

Swirled Wine Slushie — Strawberry Shiraz and Mango Moscato

Choose from two fruity flavors: Strawberry Shiraz and Mango Moscato (an Apple Cider Riesling even appeared on the menu for the 2017 holiday season).

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News! New Booths and Eats at the 2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

The 2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is just around the corner. And today, we’re getting lots of news about how the Festival will take shape this Spring!

Disney Food Blog Epcot Flower and Garden Festival (2)

Mark you calendars for March 2-May 30, 2016, as the festival celebrating all things that grow expands to a record 90 days! [Read more…]

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 [Read more…]