We certainly have a spring in our step and that’s because we’re welcoming in the showery season at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival!
No surprise here, but we’ve got our stretchy pants on to eat our way around the fest today — and boy, do we like what we’re tasting! One of the booths we were most excited to visit is the ALL NEW Magnolia Terrace booth in The American Adventure Pavilion. Not only is everything on the menu here a new snack to try, but we already got a sneak peek of some of these eats and that got us pretty excited to do a full review. Here’s what we thought of the full menu!
The menu at Magnolia Terrace is inspired by the Gulf region in the United States, so we’re dreamin’ about some down-home southern cooking with a seafood-y twist! The booth also features a few craft brews from the American South.
Now, since this booth is all-new this year, you KNOW we’re trying the whole menu. Can you blame us? LOOK at that SPREAD.
First up, we tried the Southern Seafood Boil. This hearty dish is a mix of shrimp, mussels, crawfish, potatoes, corn, and Andouille sausage for $8. WOW. We were excited to try something a little different with this dish. but ultimately, it was a little bland. We think it would be awesome with more spices or at least stronger ones. Maybe yours will pack a bit more of a punch!
Did someone say oysters? Um… yes they DID. We were super pumped to see these Grilled Oysters with cajun butter on the menu and can you blame us?? For $7.50, these guys are kind of a surprising choice for a warm-weather festival. We weren’t super wowed by them but you do watch the chef crack them open right at the booth so you know they’re fresh!
Next up, we tried the House-made Boudin Two Ways with spicy mustard for $5.50. Boudin is a cajun sausage and in this dish, it’s featured as links and as a sausage ball. The mustard in this eat was super yummy but the sausage was a little hit and miss for us. The sliced sausage was SUPER spicy but if that’s your thing it’s got some great flavor!
As for the boudin ball, it was a little dry. We were hoping for something a little more risotto-textured but it was pretty crumbly and the flavors were sort of bland.
Now it’s time for dessert, and we hope you like pecans! Both of the desserts at Magnolia Terrace feature this nut. The first is a yummy Pecan Cake for $4.75 with Maple Whipped Cream (made with Burton’s Maple Syrup). YUM!
This cake is seriously good, as in Best of the Fest good. It was almost like a straight praline because of how dense it is but it was much easier to eat than the regular praline. We loved it even though it was super sweet.
Or if you love a good praline (are there people who don’t love a good praline?), then you can try out the sweet and crunchy deliciousness of the Pecan Praline for $4.25. We felt like the texture wasn’t quite right here as the sugar was still a little grainy but if you like a super sweet praline, it’s a good move.
But enough about food! Let’s talk about those drizzanks! Magnolia Terrace features three different southern beer options. You can grab a cup of any one of them for $4.50, or try all three in the Southern Beer Flight for $9.50.
There’s the Wild Heaven Beer Session Citrus Lager from Avondale Estates in Georgia first. All of the beers were pretty light and bitter but the lager stood out as having a super citrusy taste. We think it was a little too flat but the lime-y flavors were good.
Our next sip was an Amber Ale from The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery in Farmville, North Carolina. The ale was our fave of the three with a super robust depth of flavor. And we wrapped up our southern beer-drankin’ with the Parish Brewing Co. Ghost in the Machine Double IPA from Broussard, Louisiana which was flavorful and interesting.
We can be some serious southern food fiends, so this booth definitely lived up to our expectations, but was it our fave at the fest? Probably not. We ALWAYS love to try out some new items and the variety here was stellar! Don’t miss out on Magnolia Terrace when you swing by Flower and Garden!
Which Magnolia Terrace dish looks super yummy to you? Tell us in the comments!