Flower buds aren’t the only tasteFULL sights at this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. The food offerings have expanded to include 12 outdoor kitchens, where Guests can pick from garden-grown treats to delectable desserts. Kiosks are interspersed around the World Showcase, beginning near Port of Entry.
The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews (pictured above)
Celebrate the American tradition of slow-cooked flavors near The American Adventure Pavilion. Sink your teeth into a Pulled pig slider with coleslaw, Smoked beef brisket with collard greens and jalapeño corn bread, or the Smoked turkey “rib” (on the TRYit menu), and follow it with the “Piggylicious” bacon cupcake with maple frosting and pretzel crunch featuring Nueske’s® Applewood Smoked Bacon (trust me, it’s good!). To drink are a variety of American brewed beers, including Magic Hat #9, Maduro, Fat Tire, Billy’s Chilies, and Beer Flight – Magic Hat #9, Maduro, Fat Tire and Billy’s Chilies. The Original Rib Shack Red Wine is also offered here. Personally, I wish this stop would become a permanent fixture!
Taste locally grown and produced fresh Florida ingredients at Florida Fresh, next to the Germany Pavilion. I hear the watermelon salad with pickled onions, baby arugula, feta cheese, and balsamic reduction is super light and refreshing! They also serve a shrimp and grits dish and Florida kumquat pie. Drink offerings include Simply Orange juice, slushes, wines, and locally brewed beer.
Near the Japan Pavilion is Hanami, where Guests can enjoy my favorite at this spot, Frushi—fresh pineapple, strawberries and melon, rolled with coconut rice, topped with raspberry sauce, sprinkled with toasted coconut and served with whipped cream on the side. They’ve also got Temaki hand roll, Hanami sushi (on the TRYit menu), and Japanese puffed rice cakes with green tea whipped cream and azuki. Alcoholic drinks include Kirin draft beer and Pineapple Paradise with Yuzu Slushie, and non-alcoholic Orange Mango Slushies.
Jardin de Fiestas
Get Tacos al pastor, Quesadilla de hongos con queso, and Flan de chocolate Abuelita at Jardin de Fiestas by the Mexico Pavilion. Tecate draft beer, white Mexican sangria, Franbuesa (raspberry) margarita on the rocks, Tequila flight, and bottled water are available to quench Guests’ thirst.
Fleur de Lys
Located near the France Pavilion, tastes influenced by the “flower of the lily,” or fleur de lys, once a royal emblem used by the French monarchy, are decadent delights at this stop. Refine your palate with Gnocchi Parisien à la Provençal, Confit de canard, pommes de terre Sarladaise, Macaron à la fleur d’ Oranger (on the TRYit menu). Beverages include La Vie en Rose frozen slush, Kir Imperial, Rosé pamplemousse cocktail, and Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 (all alcoholic).
You’ll find popular Chinese street foods and bubble tea near the China Pavilion, as well as Beijing-style candied strawberries, spring pancake with grilled chicken and green apple, vegetable spring rolls, Lychee aerated water, and alcoholic beverages such as Kung Fu Punch, South Sea Storm, plum wine, and Tsing-Tao beer.
Close to the Canada Pavilion is a stand everyone will enjoy! Grab a pineapple softserve or combine it with sweet potato cinnamon waffle (on the TRYit menu), or give the Dole Whip an adult twist with Myers’ dark run or Parrot Bay coconut rum. Also available are the non-alcoholic frozen desert violet lemonade featuring Simply Lemonade and alcoholic offerings of Tropical Mango Pale Ale and Once Upon a Vine’s The Lost Slipper Sauvignon Blanc.
Near the Italy Pavilion, say, “Ciao!” to spring and explore the country’s many flavors, like Caprese, Three cheese manicotti, and Torta di ricotta, paired up with fine Italian wines, like Placido Pino Grigio, Placido Chianti, or Bosco del Merlo Prosecco, a white peach bellini, strawberry Rossini, Frozen Italian primavera assorted fruit sluchy with limoncello and vodka, Moretti Lager, or Moretti La Rossa.
Taste of Marrakesh
Trek over to the Morocco Pavilion and educate your tastes on North African spices. Sample Lamb brewat roll with prunes and sesame, Harissa chicken kebab with couscous salad, or Baghrir – Moroccan pancake with honey, almonds and argan oil. Wash it down with refreshing mint iced tea, white sangria, Guerrouane red, Casa Beer, or Desert Rose – Sparkling wine with pomegranate liqueur.
Urban Farm Eats
NEW this year between Port of Entry and the Mexico Pavilion, Urban Farm Eats honors the earth and all it grows with refreshing all-natural selections, many of which have been cultivated entirely from the soil! Taste the Pickled beet salad with goat cheese cream, mizuna and pistachios, Land-grown eggplant “scallop” with romesco sauce and spaghetti squash (on the TRYit menu), and Ghost pepper-dusted tilapia with crisp winter melon slaw and mint oil featuring The Original Sauce Man’s Kick It Up Rub. To drink, enjoy Cucumber lemon spa water, finished with a sprig of fresh mint, The Vegan Vine Chardonnay, The Vegan Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, or Redbridge Gluten-Free Sorghum Beer.
The Buttercup Cottage
Drop by this charming United Kingdom Pavilion locale to sample a Freshly baked potato and cheddar cheese biscuit with smoked salmon tartare, Field greens with Plant City strawberries, toasted almonds and Farmstead stilton (on the TRYit menu), Pork and apple sausage roll with house-made piccalilli, and Freshly baked lemon scones with berry preserves and crème fraiche.
To drink, try Chilled rose blush lemonade featuring Simply Lemonade with Raspberry (nonalcoholic), Twinings® Cold Brewed English Classic with lemon grass syrup, Berry tea cocktail – Twinings Cold Brewed Mixed Berry Tea with Florida Cane vodka and Plant City strawberry, flavored with raspberry and açaí syrup, Iron Horse Fairy Tale Cuvee, or Deloach Pinot Noir.
This delightful stop is found within the Festival Center. Pop inside to find all kinds of fine food and beverages—wine, cheese, wraps, salads and more! To eat are grapes, fruit & cheese plates, a vegan trio, southwest chicken wrap, tuna salad with pita, side salad, Asian tuna salad with noodles, and Caprese Push-Pop – Tomato, mozzarella and balsamic reduction (on the TRYit menu). Drink offerings include Hurricane Class 5 White Sangria, Garda Italian Wine Blend, Rogue Valley Pinot Noir, Martini Prosecco, Strongbow Cider, and SweetWater Blue (all alcoholic beverages).
You may have noticed several items mentioned above are on the TRYit menu. What is that? It’s an initiative promoted by Disney Channel encouraging kids (and their parents) to try new foods that are not only tasty, but are also healthy choices–well, some of them are healthy choices, anyway!
Choose one to recreate at home, and TRYit yourself for today’s lunch or dinner! TRYit dishes are noted in red text above and include smoked turkey “rib,” Hanami sushi (a flavorful combination of salmon, scallop and beef-topped rice balls served atop a shiso violet sauce), Macaron à la fleur d’ Oranger (orange blossom macaron with white chocolate ganache), a sweet potato cinnamon waffle with pineapple softserve, land-grown eggplant “scallop” with romesco sauce and spaghetti squash, Field greens with Plant City strawberries, toasted almonds and Farmstead stilton, and Caprese Push-Pop (tomato, mozzarella, and balsamic reduction).
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