It’s time for the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival, y’all!
We’ve been making our way around EPCOT, checking out all the fun activities, seeing the pretty topiaries, and trying to stop ourselves from buying way too many souvenirs. But what we’re really here for is the FOOD! So we’re headed over to the Northern Bloom Outdoor Kitchen to check out some noms.
This booth is located in the Canada pavilion of EPCOT’s World Showcase (as you might have guessed), so it serves up Canadian-inspired eats and drinks.
We’ve really enjoyed the items at this spot in years past, and we’re excited to return once again this year!
All of the food on the menu here is returning from previous years. We had those scallops, beef tenderloin tips, and griddled pound cake here last year.
And it’s exciting to see the delicious Maple Popcorn Shake on the menu again as well!
Note that a few of the drinks ARE new, like that beer flight!
The Seared Scallops with French green beans, butter potatoes, brown butter vinaigrette, and applewood-smoked bacon are back. The beauty of this dish? It’s also gluten-free! You can get a serving for $7.25.
As always, we really enjoyed this dish. The scallops were cooked very well, and they didn’t have a fishy taste at all. The bacon topping is delicious, but it was also pretty salty.
The Beef Tenderloin Tips with mushroom bordelaise sauce and whipped potatoes with garden vegetables is another returning dish this year. That should make the carnivores happy — this dish is always hearty and savory. You can grab these for $7.
To satisfy that sweet tooth, the Griddled Maple Pound Cake with warm peach compote and sweet corn gelato is back! This is one of those snacks we think the kiddos will like. A serving of this cake is $5.
The cake doesn’t have a very strong maple flavor, but it’s definitely sweet. The popcorn adds a great crunch to an otherwise soft dessert, although its texture makes this dessert just a little bit too dry for our taste.
Guess who’s back, back again 🎶
The Griddled Maple Pound Cake with warm peach compote and sweet corn gelato 🍰 You can get this at Northern Bloom! pic.twitter.com/vR7pHfyFan
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That’s it for the food, but what about those drinks?
The very interesting non-alcoholic Maple Popcorn Shake is also a returning item. Sure, it might sound a little weird, but we LOVE it. This drink is $4.75. But if you add some Maple Rye Whisky to it (which we highly recommend if you enjoy whisky), it’ll be $13.
There are THREE new ales to try out this year, and you can purchase them separately or try all three in a flight.
NEW beer flight 🍻 at Northern Bloom 🌼
– Glutenberg Blonde Ale (Montreal, Québec)
– Collective Arts Brewing Blueberry Fruit Beer (Hamilton, Ontario)
– 81Bay Brewing Co. Apricot with Maple Syrup (Tampa, FL)
Which of these would you try? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/BJuqkt070V
— Disney Food Blog (@DisneyFoodBlog) March 2, 2022
There’s the Blonde Ale, the Blueberry Fruit Beer, and the Apricot with Maple Syrup Blonde Ale. Each costs $5 for a 6 oz pour or $9 for a 12 oz pour. You can get the flight for $10.
The Glutenberg Blonde Ale was our least favorite of the three. It had a dry taste and was just a little bit boring as far as flavors go. The after-taste, however, was pretty harsh.
The Collective Arts Brewing Blueberry Fruit Beer was very good! It wasn’t too heavy on the fruit flavors, but it had a lighter taste that was great for a hot day. Our only complaint is that we wish it were a little more carbonated, but overall we really enjoyed this one.
The 81 Bay Brewing Co. Apricot with Maple Syrup Blonde Ale was definitely a heavier drink than that fruit beer. You can really taste the maple syrup in this drink, so it’s a fun option if you’re looking for a unique flavor!
We’re glad we got the flight to try out all of the new drinks, but if we were going to grab just one of the ales, we’d probably go with that Maple Syrup Blonde Ale! It’s the most unique of the three and definitely nods to Canadian flavors.
In general, this booth was a win for us again! Those scallops are so well-cooked and tasty, and we think any seafood lover would enjoy them. The cake is a great option for pickier eaters or little kids, and you don’t want to miss out on the Maple Popcorn Shake! We probably won’t get the Glutenberg Blonde Ale again, but it was the only one on the flight that disappointed us.
We’re trying out EVERYTHING we can at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival, so be sure to check back with us with more reviews!
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