Hello from the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival!
While the Festival has been goin’ on for a little while now, we’ve got some NEW eats to try! That’s because one of the booths, Farmers Feast, features a rotating menu. We’ve already tried the Early Spring and Spring menus, but now it’s time to get tasting for Summer.
A little while ago, we gave you a peek at this new menu, but we’ll refresh your memory. Here’s what’s up for grabs NOW! We’ve got a new Tomato and Cornbread Panzanella, Barbecue Seared Pork Tenderloin, and Lemon-Ricotta Cheesecake. There’s also a new drink, the Mango Lemonade with Palm Ridge Rye Whiskey, that isn’t listed on the menu board.
Of course, we gave it ALL a try for ya. First up is the Tomato and Cornbread Panzanella. That comes with burrata cheese and fresh basil, and it’s $5.25.
This was SUPER fresh! You’ll get a bed of arugula lettuce with cherry tomatoes, seedless cucumbers, green olives, a burrata cheese ball, fresh basil, and a cornbread “crouton” or “biscotti”. The olives added a great saltiness to the dish, and the tomato juices lent a vinaigrette-like texture. There’s also a white balsamic drizzle on top!
As for the cornbread — it was crispy on the edges (but not dry!) and packed a lot of flavor. We didn’t feel like we needed butter or anything extra on it. This was a fantastic summer salad, friends.
Next up? That Barbecue Seared Pork Tenderloin ($6.50)! You’ll also get a summer succotash with this, with herb butter and grapefruit vinaigrette.
That pork was tender — it wasn’t too juicy, but it was nice and flavorful! It also wasn’t fatty. Props to Disney for making this a tenderloin so you get more meat for your buck!
The barbecue sauce added some kick to the dish, and that succotash was a fun bonus. You’ll get corn, Lima beans, onions, and tomatoes!
We satisfied our sweet tooth with the Lemon-Ricotta Cheesecake. It comes on oatmeal raisin cookie butter with passion fruit-mango compote! It’ll cost ya $5.50.
We loved the citrus and cheesecake combo here. The pairing with the oatmeal raisin cookie butter is pretty unique!
That cookie butter has a hearty oatmeal texture that’ll melt in your mouth right away. It was also pretty sweet, but the passion fruit-mango compote really balanced it out with some tartness. This is a big serving, and like the other eats at this booth, we found it to be incredibly fresh.
Last but not least, we tried that new drink: the Mango Lemonade with Palm Ridge Rye Whiskey. It’s $13!
This drink is amazing — we already want MORE. It’s super refreshing! It leans more towards a lemonade flavor than mango, but that mango does add a hint of extra sweetness. Even if you aren’t a whiskey fan, this is pretty easy to drink. It’s sweet, but not sickly so. And it’s stronger than many other Festival sips!
If you think you’ve tried it all at the Festival, head on over to Farmers Feast to give these eats a try. They’re some of our favorite from the Festival so far this year! You’ll find this booth in the World ShowPlace Pavilion, right between the Canada and U.K. Pavilions. And stay tuned to DFB, because we’ll keep bringing ya the latest Disney news and reviews!
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