In just over a month, my mom and I will be headed to Walt Disney World! This will be my first time at Flower and Garden Festival and I am so excited. Disney’s Flower and Garden Festival 2018 runs from February 28-May 28 and includes not only food and drink kitchen’s but also concerts, beautiful topiary’s and more!
Having never been to Flower and Garden Festival before, I really don’t know what to expect. I have read articles on it and am excited to experience the amazing topiary displays, the colorful flowers and the food of course!
For Flower and Garden this year, there will be 15 food booths or kitchens as they are referred to for Epcot festivals. This is a far cry from the 35 kitchens at the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival but this is the exact number of booths from the 2017 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays so we have a little something to go off of here. It is important to point out that many of these snacks are available on the Disney Dining Plan for a snack credit so be sure to look for the DDP sign next to the snacks at the various kitchens.
Disney has released the kitchens and their offerings and I have scoured them to plan what I am most excited to try! This will most likely be pretty much everything between the two trips to the festival I will be taking. First trip will be with Mom, second trip will be for Hubby’s birthday towards the end of the festival.
So, what am I most excited to try at the 2018 Flower and Garden Festival? Let me tell you what from each.
Let’s start at the kitchen called, Jardin de Fiestas. There are three food options here and five drink options. I want to try one of the food options and two of the drink options. The Chile Relleno de Picadillo is a battered and fried poblano pepper stuffed with ground beef and covered with tomato sauce and garnished with queso fresco and toasted almonds.
Honorable mention in the food category for this kitchen goes to the Tres Leches. Vanilla sponge cake, Mexican caramel sauce, condensed milk and evaporated milk. This dessert is sprinkled with orange zest to top it all off.
Drinks at Jardin de Fiestas are right up my alley so let’s get right to those. The two I am most excited to try here would be the Elderflower Pineapple Margarita and the Watermelon White Sangria. Yes, yes, yes to both of these. I will report back on the deliciousness here.
Next up, let’s head to Northern Bloom, a new kitchen for 2018. This kitchen is full of great sounding dishes so definitely check this one out but I will say, maybe go here for a cooler day because this food is heavier and more substantial but the food does sound amazing. For me, I am going to go with two food dishes and one beverage.
For food, I’m going with the Seared Scallops (yes yum) which is served with french green beans, potatoes, brown butter vinaigrette and apple wood smoked bacon. The other dish I am excited to try is the Beef Tenderloin Tips. Served with mushroom bordelaise sauce, which is a red wine sauce, whipped potatoes with garden vegetables.
There is only one drink I want to try at this booth and that is the Maple Popcorn Shake with Crown Royal Maple Whiskey. This better be good for the price and it better be big. This drink is $11.75. This drink can also be purchased as the non-alcoholic version for $4.50. Honestly, the more I think about it, this is like getting a souvenir cup for me. I don’t love whiskey so the non-alcoholic version is probably the way I will go.
Fleur de Lys is the french kitchen so of course the food and drink here will be amazing. All three food dishes sound great but I am going to go for the Tarte à l’Onion Alsacienne or onion tart. This tart is served with sautéed onions, thyme and rosemary and served on puff pastry.
I love bubbly; a lot. So, I really want to try the Brut de Pêche which is a combination of two of my favorite things; peach and sparkling wine. The other drink that sounds good is what the France pavilion is becoming known for… the slushy drinks. This festival’s version is the La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush. This one mixes Grey Goose Vodka Orange, St. Germain Liquor and both white and red cranberry juice.
Our last stop for this post is the Bauernmarket: Farmer’s Market. I want everything from this kitchen in terms of food. There are four food offerings and I want them all. There are two potato pancake offerings. One is a traditional potato pancake served with applesauce and the other is caramelized ham, onions and herb sour cream. There is also a toasted pretzel bread served with ham and melted gruyere cheese and a warm cheese strudel that is paired with mixed berries.
To wash down all these yummies, I will be getting the Hugo-Charles De Fere Brut with Elderflower and Mint. As mentioned, I love sparkly wine, combine that with mind and elderflower and I am sold.
That only covers a couple of the booths for the 2018 Flower and Garden Festival. We will be back with Part 2 of this post soon and be on the lookout for even more Flower and Garden fun coming to our page! Thank you for stopping by and for the love of the mouse, never forget that it all started with a mouse!