Hi Disney family! Welcome back to our blog! If you haven’t checked out part 1 of our Kitchens at Flower and Garden Festival 2018 please do! Today, we are going to continue through the kitchens and my top picks from them. As mentioned in the previous post, there are 15 kitchens at the 2018 Flower and Garden Festival and we’re talking about them all!
In our last post, we covered Jardin de Fiestas, Fleur De Lys, Northern Bloom and Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market.
Today, we are going to start at The Berry Basket! There are a couple of great springtime dishes here but the only one that really jumped out at me was the Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepper Berry Gelato. I think this sounds like the perfect treat and I love dishes like this so I am really excited to give it a try. Twinings Tea has a a great drink option here as well; you can get it as a non-alcoholic or alcohol drink; a green tea berry mint julep. I love mint julep’s so I think either version of this is probably going to be great!
Lotus House will be our next stop. I have to say, of the three dishes here, two of them sound amazing! There are spicy meatballs with crispy tofu; I’m interested to give this a try because I am not quite sure what this is going to be; I haven’t been able to find anything that says that this is a vegetarian dish but my assumption is that the meatballs are made out of tofu; stay tuned, I’ll report back on this one.
The other dish that I want to try is the Fried Chicken Dumplings that are served with a peanut sauce. I’m hoping that this sauce has a bit of spice to it or it might end up being a bit bland, but we’ll have to see. I think that the BaiJoe Punch is the same drink that was available at the 2017 Food and Wine Festival. This drink includes a chinese spirit called Bai Jiu and is mixed with lychee, coconut and pineapple juices.
We’re going to take a jump over to Primavera Kitchen now. I want EVERYTHING from this kitchen. but we are going to highlight three of the top four dishes. There is a Fritto Misto; crispy fried shrimp paired with zucchini and a spicy red sauce. A Lobster Ravioli paired with a vodka sauce and a cantelope panna cotta. Panna Cotta is a tricky one so I’m excited about this one and I hope Disney does it justice because this could be really incredible.
There is a great drink list available at this kitchen so if you are a fan of italian wines or beer be sure to check it out.
Our next stop is the Cider House. Just go ahead and get all three dishes here, because they sound awesome. The Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef sounds unique. I have never had cider braised meat so I’m excited for this and although I loved the corned beef that was available at Food ad Wine Festival I hope that they tone down the salt for this version. This dish is going to be served with braised cabbage. with Braised Cabbage
Next up is one that my husband will probably try, because I don’t like salmon. A potato and cheddar cheese biscuit, house-made by Disney and served with a smoked salmon tartare. Lastly, A Freshly Baked Lemon Scone that is paired with creme fraiche and fresh mixed berries. This kitchen is home to some great sounding hard cider’s so be sure to try those out if you are a cider fan! I think I am most interested in the Florida Beer Company Caribé Pineapple Tropical Hard Cider, because we all know I love all things tropical, but there is also a black cherry cider, a mimosa apple orange hard cider and you can combine them all into a cider flight!
Do you like Pineapple? If so, you are not going to want to miss out on Pineapple Promenade this year! This kitchen is heavy on the drink options with only two food options but one is a tried and true for you Disnerds out there! Pineapple Soft Serve has come to a festival kitchen at Epcot.. this treat is more commonly known as Dole Whip. If you have read my previous posts, you know that I am not a Dole Whip die hard; I appreciate it and know that it is a cult classic, but the only version I really like is the Pineapple Upside Cake that is topped with the Dole Whip and can be found at Magic Kingdom.
In terms of drinks, you can get the Dole Whip or Pineapple Soft Serve, as they are referring to it here, paired with either Fanta for an alcohol free version or Parrot Bay coconut rum if you want to add a little beachy libation. In addition, there are four pineapple infused beer options that you can try individually or as a flight. There is also a pineapple sparkling wine and you can get a violet lemonade in either an alcohol or non-alcoholic version.
That is it for this post. We will have one Part 3 of this series coming up soon so be sure to stay tuned for that. We hope this is helping you plan your next trip to Epcot and the Flower and Garden Festival. Be sure to also be on the lookout for our non-food related reviews of this great festival. Thank your for stopping by and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse!