2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Food Photos

 

Frushi from Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival

Frushi from Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival

 

Epcot Flower & Garden Features International Flavors from Around the World

Woo hoo… this year Disney has increased the length of the super-popular Epcot Flower and Garden Festival from 75 days to a full 90 days.  That’s perfect for me, as I always visit multiple times throughout the dazzling display.  Not only am I captivated by the horticultural genius of the Disney topiaries and spectacular bursts of color as far as the eye can see, but it takes several visits just to sample the fantastic food made especially for the festival — food offerings that are not available any other time of year.

During the Flower and Garden Festival, Outdoor Kitchens are erected around World Showcase Lagoon. These temporary kitchens (pictured below) are small kiosks which look a lot like the Marketplace Booths at Epcot’s Annual Food and Wine Festival (one of my favorite events of the year!).  They feature delectable little morsels served on small plates that would be similar to an appetizer portion or tapas-sized menu item.  Keeping in line with the theme of World Showcase, each Outdoor Kitchen features food from a different country.  It’s a great and inexpensive way to try international flavors and cuisines from cultures you may never have the opportunity to visit.

 

Epcot’s Outdoor Kitchens Around World Showcase Lagoon

 

Primavera Kitchen - Representing Italy at Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival

Primavera Kitchen – Italy

 

Jardin de Fiestas - Representing Mexico at Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival

Jardin de Fiestas – Mexico

 

Bauernmarkt: Farmer's Market - Representing Germany at Epcot

Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market – Germany

 

Hanami - Representing Japan at Epcot's Spring Flower Festival

Hanami – Japan

 

The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews Representing America at Epcot

The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews

 

Lotus House - Representing China at Epcot

Lotus House – China

 

Pineapple Promenade at Disney's Epcot Theme Park

Pineapple Promenade

 

This year the International Flower and Garden Festival included 13 Outdoor Kitchens, with most menu items priced between $3 and $8.  Hubby and I have gone twice thus far, and spent an average of $50 each visit.  Not bad for a date night out, including dinner!  Of course, entrance into Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival requires a Disney Theme Park Ticket.  (We use our Florida Resident Weekday Select Pass, which is an incredible value for us.)

TIP: For those of you participating in the Disney Dining Plan, many of the food items from the Outdoor Kitchens are available as a snack credit, a welcomed addition to the typical snack choices at Epcot!

Here’s What We’ve Sampled So Far at the 2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival…

 

 

Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro

Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro

 

Tacos de Camaron Tempura Shrimp with Hibiscus Flower, Caramelized Onions, and Habanero Sauce

Tacos de Camaron
Tempura Shrimp with Hibiscus Flower, Caramelized Onions, and Habanero Sauce

 

Vegetable Spring Roll with Orange Sauce

Vegetable Spring Roll with Orange Sauce

 

Gaoli Beef Bun at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival

Gaoli Beef Bun

 

Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños

Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños

 

Pulled Pig Slider with Crispy Onions and Coleslaw

Pulled Pig Slider with Crispy Onions and Coleslaw

 

Frushi Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon Rolled with Raspberry Coconut Rice, Sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream on the Side

Frushi
Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon Rolled with Raspberry Coconut Rice, Sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream on the Side

 

Tarte a l'Onion Alsacienne Alsatian Onion Tart with Sauteed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Puff Pastry Crust

Tarte a l’Onion Alsacienne
Alsatian Onion Tart with Sauteed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Puff Pastry Crust

 

House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare

House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare

 

Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage and Pears and Branston Dressing

Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage and Pears and Branston Dressing

 

Florida Larder Board Orlando-made Ricotta Cheese, Cahaba Farms Micro Onions, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic, Country Pate and House-made Pickles

Florida Larder Board
Orlando-made Ricotta Cheese, Cahaba Farms Micro Onions, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic, Country Pate and House-made Pickles

 

Currywurst with Paprika Chips Roasted Bratwurst with Curry Ketchup and Paprika-spiced Chips

Currywurst with Paprika Chips
Roasted Bratwurst with Curry Ketchup and Paprika-spiced Chips

 

Chicken Fricassee with Green Asparagus and Peas Served with Uncle Ben's Rice Pilaf

Chicken Fricassee with Green Asparagus and Peas Served with Uncle Ben’s Rice Pilaf

 

Pineapple Soft-Serve at Disney's Epcot

Pineapple Soft-Serve: A Refreshing Ending

 

The Garden Passport: A Great Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Souvenir

A fun thing to do (and a great souvenir as well) is to pick up a free little booklet called “Garden Passport” available at each Outdoor Kitchen location.  As you embark on your mouthwatering foodie mission around World Showcase Lagoon, you can have your Passport “stamped” every time you purchase food or drink from the corresponding country.  It’s a wonderful reminder of all the delicious goodies that you tried. Since hubby and I are local and attend the Flower and Garden Festival often, we do not usually bother with the stamps, however, we rely heavily on the Garden Passport to pre-plan our dining choices along the way.  The Garden Passport includes a complete listing of all the Outdoor Kitchens along with their respective offerings.  Each kiosk typically has about 3 food items and 3-8 unique beverage choices.

When you plan your visit to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, be sure to factor in time to try at least a few of the Outdoor Kitchens.  It’s kinda like gourmet globe-trotting.  Trust me, you will not regret it!

TIP: Standing in line is not usually my favorite thing to do, but in regard to the Outdoor Kitchens, it’s not a bad thing.  Whenever there is no line, the food is almost always dried out from sitting in the warmers or under the heat lamps.  For example: during our 2nd visit to the Flower & Garden Festival we repeated 2 of the same food items that we especially liked during our 1st visit.  The Shrimp Tacos from Mexico and the Onion Tarte from France were both somewhat disappointing the 2nd time around because they had been warmed.  Do yourself a favor and choose an Outdoor Kitchen where people are waiting in line.  The food will likely be freshly prepared and worth the wait!

 

The Garden Passport from Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival

The Garden Passport

 

Hey Disney Foodies…

The dates for Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival 2017 have been announced!

March 1 to May 29, 2017

Have you been to Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival?  If so, what was the highlight of your trip?  Please share your experience or any helpful tips for our readers in the “comment” box below!

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