Flower and Garden is almost here. With less than a week before its debut, we are so excited to take a look at the amazing food and drink of the festival.
You can check out our entire list of food and drink items HERE!
Today, we are breaking down our “Must Try” Flower and Garden items.
This festival runs from March 3 through July 5 so you have plenty of time to take advantage of these items and so much more.
This year’s festival will include 20 Festival Kitchens with bites and beverages from all over the globe and local sensations as well. New to this year’s Flower and Garden Festival are the EPCOT Sunshine Griddle offering delicious brunch items, and EPCOT Farmers Feast, where a rotating seasonal menu will offer the finest local ingredients through the festival.
The Garden Graze is returning to the festival. This is a fun food stroll highlighting five delicious offerings from around the festival. The items included in the stroll are all listed on your Festival Passport which is a must for navigating your way around the booths.
Upon your Garden Graze purchase, you will receive a stamp for your Festival Passport. Once you’ve collected all five stamps, bring your Festival Passport to Pineapple Promenade Outdoor Kitchen to receive a complimentary prize exclusive to the festival. Complete the Garden Graze at your leisure, and you can even bring back your stamped Festival Passport to EPCOT at any time during the festival to complete your Garden Graze.
Now, without further ado, let’s jump into the items we are most excited to try at this year’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.
EPCOT Sunshine Griddle
From the EPCOT Sunshine Griddle located in Future World East we can’t wait to try out a number of delicious sounding items including one of our old favorites. The Shrimp and Grits are not new. They are one of our favorite Flower and Garden items and we are thrilled to see it on the menu again.
New this year are the Avocado Toast and the Corned Beef Hash. We love a good avocado toast and when its combined with goat cheese we’re all in. Can’t wait to give this a try. Corned beef hash is not new to Epcot festivals but this one looks to be pretty substantial and a Tabasco hollandaise definitely has un intrigued.
The Honey Bee-stro
Over at The Honey Bistro located in Showcase Plaza we have one of our all-time favorites from this festival returning again! TheWildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake is beyond delicious and we can’t wait to get our hands on one. This dish is creamy and beautiful. The flavors melt together and it’s light, airy and perfect.
Two new dishes join the lineup at this fan favorite kitchen and we’re going to try them both. The Spoon Bread if full of jalapeno and bacon flavor. The Chicken Flatbread comes complete with lavender goat cheese. Yes please!
The Citrus Blossom
There’s one item we can’t wait to taste from his kitchen. The lobster salad is poached in lemon giving it a tart, fresh edge. Complete with the salty citrus tang of Yuzu and a grapefruit-rose vinaigrette, this dish screams spring and summer and sounds like a delicious twist on everyone’s favorite lobster. Pair that with one of the tropical ales listed below for the perfect Florida combination.
- Islamorada Beer Company Coconut Key Lime Ale, Fort Pierce, Fla.
- Playalinda Brewing Company Hibiscus Lime Ale, Titusville, Fla. (new).
Refreshment Port, located next to the Canada pavilion is the perfect place to stop and cool off. They have a popsicle trip you will be craving on those hot and humid Orlando days. These fresh and fruity pops is just the ticket to cool you down.
It wouldn’t be Flower and Garden Festival without Violet Lemonade. It’s of course back again this year and available at Pineapple Promenade located in Showcase Plaza.
Trowel & Trellis
This kitchen is once again Hosted by Impossible Foods and all the items available here are plant based. We’re suckers for a great street corn and will definitely be trying this one out. This is not a new dish but it was delicious last year and we have high hopes this year. We will also try out the fresh and floral lavender Pot de Creme. This sounds fresh with a pop of spice from the pink peppercorns. Pot de Creme is simply the french way of saying a pot of creme. So we think this one could be made of coconut creme as it is plant based. We’re excted to test it out.
The American Adventure kitchen is venturing to the deep south for this year’s treats. We are excited to give the Crawfish Etouffee a try. Etouffee is a Cajun and Creole dish that is typically a spicy and flavorful gravy with a medley of flavors served over rice. In addition, the Cajun Roasted Oysters sound delicious and although we sometimes shy away from oysters at outdoor kitchens like these, we’re going to chance it for Flower and Garden.
This kitchen is located in World Showplace and is home to some great looking and sounding festival faves from years past. We’re snagging three dishes from this kitchen. In past years the beef brisket burnt ends slider was located in the American pavilion but can be found at here this year and we can’t wait to try it again. The cheddar fondue sends this baby over the top. We don’t remember the fried greem tomatoes and blue crab fennel salad but we’re here for it. And the Key Lime Tart could be found across the pond at the Brazil inspired booth but we’re happy to see it here with all these other festival faves.
The Cider House has only a couple foodie options but salmon lover rejoice over the House-made Potato and Cheddar biscuit that comes with salmon tartare. Grab a Bold Rock Watermelon Hard Cider here as well.
Year after year the kitchen located in the Canada pavilion thrills us and this year appears to be no different. We’re grabbing all three foodie dishes at this kitchen. All old faves. The seared scallops are served with green beans and tiny butter potatoes with a brown butter vinaigrette and of course bacon.
The beef tenderloin tips are back as well served with a rich mushroom bordelaise sauce. Accompanied by whipped potatoes and vegetables. Soothe your sweet tooth with the griddled buttery maple pound cake served with peach compote and sweet corn gelato. The gelato is amazing.
We’re picking up the traditional cannoli in Italiy. It’s filled with sweetened ricotta, chocolate pieces and candied orange.
The Japan kitchen is popular for its frushi… unpopular opinion but that dish is beyond overrated. This year we’re going for the shrimp and crab with spoicy mayo and cucumber slices topped with a dreamy, creamy avocado. Move over frushi!
Fleur de Lys
A Flower and Garden passport is not complete without your stamp from the kitchen in the France pavilion. We’re getting three items from here. It’s that good. We really miss the escargot… please come back escargot. But, we still found three things we wanted from here…but the escargot.
The canard confit a l’orange (orange duck) is served with gnocchi. We love gnocchi and can’t wait to see how these flavors blend together. We’re also going for an oldy but a goodie, the chocolate macaron with crispy chocolate pearls. Wash it down with the La Vie en Rose slushy. Pale pink, perfectly Instagrammable is back and we can’t wait to have it again.
There you have it. Those are our Must Try items for the 2021 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. We are pleased with the mix of returning favorites and new treats to try out.
The festival is running long this year! We hope you have the chance to get to it and try some of these delicious morsels.
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