Oh my WORD there’s so much great Disney news this week! And today is no slouch!
March 1st will herald the official arrival of SPRING to Disney World with the kickoff of the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, running through May 29th! And we’ve got some serious scoop for you!!
We have the FULL LIST of Booths and Menus for the event’s Outdoor Kitchens (including two BRAND NEW BOOTHS!), the Garden Rocks Concert Series Lineup (with Dining Packages available for the first time this year!), and more to tell you about!
So, let’s waste no time…
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Food Booths
The Outdoor Kitchens (similar to the Food and Wine Festival’s Marketplace Booths, but with an emphasis on spring’s fresh-from-the-garden flavors) at the Flower and Garden Festival will number a record fifteen this year!
Along with returning flavor-ites (okay, straight up — “flavorites” was a typo, but I kinda dig it!) like The Smokehouse, Florida Fresh, Fleur de Lys, and Pineapple Promenade are two newcomers: Northern Bloom, a tribute to Canada, and The Berry Basket, where it’s all in the name!
Northern Bloom will feature all-new dishes like Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Applewood Smoked Bacon, a Naomi Bar Trifle, and Maple Shakes (one version made with Crown Royal!).
The Berry Basket will offer up, among other items, a Lamb Chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique, and Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepperberry Sorbet/Ice Cream.
Garden Rocks Concert Series and Dining Packages
The line-up has also been revealed for the Garden Rocks Concert Series for the 2017 International Epcot Flower & Garden Festival! And for the first time, Dining Packages are also available for booking with this Spring’s concert series. As with the Eat to the Beat Concert Series for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Dining Packages offer guests the opportunity to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner at an Epcot restaurant and enjoy reserved seating for one of the evening performances.
Of course, you’ll want to check out who is performing during your Flower & Garden Festival visit first! Here’s the schedule:
- March 3-4 – Jon Secada – “Just Another Day”
- March 5-6 – Dennis DeYoung – The Music of STYX – “Grand Illusion”
- March 10-13 – Pointer Sisters – “I’m So Excited”
- March 17-18 – Simple Plan – “Welcome to My Life” – NEW
- March 19-20 – Plain White T’s – “Hey There Delilah”
- March 24-27 – Night Ranger – “Sister Christian“
- March 31-April 3 – Little River Band – “Reminiscing”
- April 7-10 – Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice – “Spinning Wheel”
- April 14-17 – Gin Blossoms – “Hey Jealousy”
- April 21-24 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO – “Evil Woman”
- April 28-29 – Exposé – “Point of No Return” – NEW
- April 30-May 1 – Berlin featuring Terri Nunn – “Take My Breath Away” – NEW
- May 5-8 – STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas – “We Built This City”
- May 12-15 – The Guess Who – “American Woman”
- May 19-22 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone – “I’m Henry VIII, I Am”
- May 26-29 – The Spinners – “Working My Way Back To You”
Showtimes are 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8:00 pm in the America Gardens Theater.
Dining Packages will be available for booking starting TOMORROW, February 3rd. We are still awaiting information on participating restaurants and prices for the Dining Package, and will update our 2017 Flower and Garden Festival Garden Rocks Concerts and Dining Package Page as soon as we have more information! In the meantime, refer to our Eat to the Beat Concert Series Page to get an idea of the restaurants that may participate!
More Festival Fun
Oh… along with ALL THE FOOD, there’s also some flowers and gardening involved in the Festival, too 😉 . One major highlight of the Festival is always the Disney-themed topiaries lining all areas of the park, numbering over 100 this year (look for a Three Caballeros topiary and a Belle topiary among the new additions)!
Green Thumbs — and those aspiring — will enjoy special exhibits such as Geranium Grandeur and the Bonsai Collection in the Japan Pavilion, as well as garden-themed tours like Gardens of the World and demonstrations from visiting gardening experts in the Festival Center.
And the kiddos — and kids at heart! — haven’t been forgotten with experiences including the Music Garden Melodies Playground, the Butterflies on the Go exhibit, and more.
The Flower and Garden Festival is fast-approaching, my friends! So mark your calendars for March 1 – May 29th.
Start your planning by visiting our 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Page for all the latest details on our favorite Spring event in Disney World!
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What are YOU most excited about for this year’s Flower and Garden Festival? Please let us know with a comment!