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We’re visiting EPCOT today for the start of the 2022 Flower & Garden Festival! This festival has a lot of garden-inspired eats and floral flavors, along with some special attractions like topiaries that look like Disney characters, gardens inspired by places around the world, and live entertainment! Of course, we’re mostly here for those Outdoor Kitchens. Right now, we’re heading to a spot that changes its menu throughout the festival!
EPCOT Farmers Feast was a new booth last year, and it introduced an unusual concept for Outdoor Kitchens — a rotating menu! This spot features the freshest local ingredients around with a seasonal menu that changes throughout this Festival.
We’re going to take a look at the first menu today, the Early Bloom Menu, which is available from March 2nd through April 9th, 2022. The menu will change to the Springtime Menu from April 10th through May 21st, and it will become the Summer Solstice Menu from May 22nd through July 4th.
Right now, the menu has three all-new snack options. We can’t wait to try these offerings, and we’re particularly intrigued by that Goat Cheese Creamsicle Pop!
The beverages on this menu will remain the same throughout the Festival, even when the snacks change. You’ll find a Hibiscus Cocktail (returning from last year) and a Sparkling Hard Tea.
We’ll continue to update this review when those menus change!
First up from this booth is the Chilled Potato and Leek Soup “Vichyssoise” with chive oil and crispy leeks. This option is gluten and wheat friendly, and you can get it for $5.
This soup is chilled, so it’s perfect for a hot Florida day! We found it to be surprisingly salty with a strong potato flavor. We couldn’t taste a lot of the leek flavor, so we wish those had been balanced a little more evenly. We loved those crispy leeks on top, as they added a great texture with some charred flavor as well. The oil makes the whole soup a little more smooth, and it sits right on top even once you’ve stirred it in.
Next up, we’re getting into a heavier snack with the Char-grilled Bison Rib-Eye, which is served with creamy leek fondue, roasted carnival cauliflower, Romanesco, and port wine-goat cheese butter. This is also gluten and wheat friendly, and one serving costs $8.
Our favorite part of this dish was that creamy leek fondue (no surprises there — we love us some fondue)! It’s very cheesy and pretty heavy, but it’s well seasoned and the leek flavor here is what we really wanted from that Potato and Leek Soup.
The bison itself is very good as well. It was cooked medium to medium-well, and it’s very moist. The meat fell apart in our mouth and didn’t have too much of a game-y flavor. It tasted nice and buttery. The wine butter on top didn’t have a lot of wine flavor — instead, it primarily tasted like goat cheese. The cauliflower is pretty plain and didn’t have a lot of spice on it. But if you dip it in some leek fondue, it tastes great!
We’ll round out this menu with dessert — a Goat Cheese Creamsicle Pop! This treat is made with goat cheese Crémeux, orange cream, olive oil cake, cranberry sauce, and praline. You can get one for $4.75.
If you’re like us, you might be a little skeptical when you hear “goat cheese creamsicle.” But we’re telling you now — don’t skip this Festival treat! In our opinion, this is the perfect dessert if you don’t love overly sweet treats. The creamsicle pop is very well-balanced in terms of flavor.
The orange cream sauce is a little bit zesty, and the cranberry sauce has a nice tart flavor. The goat cheese pop itself is very creamy and almost tastes like vanilla. The olive oil cake isn’t sweet at all, but it adds a great texture to the sauce and goat cheese pop when you eat them together. Really, we only have good things to say about this treat! The popsicle isn’t ice cream, though, so don’t expect that consistency! Instead, it’s more of a custard or mousse texture.
That’s it for the snacks on the current menu, but you can look forward to more eats in the coming months! Here’s a peek at the Springtime and Summer Solstice Menu items:
Springtime Menu (available April 10th through May 21st)
- Grilled Vegetable Bruschetta with marinated peppers, zucchini, squash, artichokes, goat cheese, and balsamic glaze on grilled ciabatta
- Herb-crusted Spring Lamb with marble potatoes, spring vegetables, and red wine butter sauce
- Strawberry Rhubarb Upside-down Cake with crème fraîche whipped cream
Summer Solstice Menu (available May 22nd through July 4th)
- Tomato and Cornbread Panzanella with burrata cheese and fresh basil
- Barbecue Seared Pork Tenderloin with summer succotash, herb butter, and grapefruit vinaigrette (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
- A Whole Lotta Melon: Feta cheesecake with watermelon curd, pickled watermelon rind, watermelon caramel, and compressed watermelon (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
Like we mentioned before, the drinks at this spot will remain the same throughout the festival. You can get a Hibiscus Lemonade Cocktail, featuring hibiscus gin, for $11. We had this drink last year, and we thought it was the epitome of the Flower & Garden Festival. It was light and refreshing with a strong floral flavor.
There’s also a NEW drink option this year: the Raspberry Lemon Verbena Whole-Leaf-Steeped Sparkling Hard Tea. You can get a 6oz cup for $5 or a 12oz cup for $9.
The tea that we got was actually a little bit warm, so it probably would be better served cold. But if you enjoy herbal cocktails or hard ciders, this is the perfect drink for you!
It’s pretty heavy on the floral notes, but the raspberry flavor still comes through (although it’s definitely not too tart). The lemon isn’t very prominent in this drink. Overall, it’s very refreshing!
In general, we enjoyed everything we had at this festival booth! That goat cheese pop was our favorite item here — the flavors were unusual but very well balanced. If you’re looking for a refreshing snack, we don’t think you can go wrong with that potato and leek soup either. The bison was definitely a heavier option, so if you’re looking for a more filling snack or even a small lunch, this dish is a good choice. EPCOT’s Farmers Feast will be changing its menu in just about a month, so make sure you visit before all of those snack options are gone!
And keep following DFB for more reviews of all the Flower & Garden Festival booths!