Starting March 3, 2021, not only is love in the air…but the smell and aroma of blooming flowers and delicious food. Next week, we move into the next festival at Epcot, the International Flower and Garden Festival.
Now, I know, you are saying, so, Chris, what is so different about THIS festival? Well, I will tell you. FLOWERS. Yes, Mayne Mafia, it is all about flowers and gardens, birds and the bees -literally- and color everywhere. Although the International Festival of the Arts was very colorful, provided by talented artists, these colors are provided by Mother Nature. This is one of the most beautiful festivals, showcasing the expansive flower beds along the waterways to topiaries that seem to come to life. Running from March 3rd through July 5, 2021, this festival is one of the most anticipated, bringing that beauty of renewed hope and rebirth that spring is known for.
It is also widely talked about because of the food offerings that go along with this festival. As you know, I am not a foodie but I do like food. Some of my favorites are featured at this festival and I will go through a couple. Today, Disney Parks Blog put out the Foodie Guide for the festival, which is always fun and exciting to see what will be coming.
This Foodie Guide lists all the sweet and savory bites as well as refreshing sips at the over 20 festival-exclusive Outdoor Kitchens. The newest Outdoor Kitchens are the EPCOT Sunshine Griddle offering delicious brunch items, which I think is a great addition, and EPCOT Farmers Feast, where a rotating seasonal menu will offer the finest local ingredients through the festival. And check out the new Orange Bird sipper – which I know will be ‘flying’ (get it) off the shelves this year for sure!
Returning is the Garden Graze, a fun food stroll highlighting five delicious offerings at the festival – all listed in the Festival Passport. 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.
Also new for this year’s festival are some tasty musical morsels for your ears! The music offerings are by far my favorite of the festivals and we surely have missed them due to current circumstances. However, each weekend, you can enjoy a series of concerts featuring local bands from Orlando, also known as the “City Beautiful.” Friday through Monday evenings, these “City Beautiful” bands will take the stage at America Gardens Theatre to perform popular songs of yesterday and today. I love this idea and think that showcasing local musicians is amazing and I can guarantee you that we will be checking them out on stream!
They have listed all the fantastic new offerings in this Foodie Guide on Disney Park Blog, so you can map out your “not to miss” new and returning favorites for when you visit. I will list a few of my favorites here, starting with the new EPCOT Sunshine Griddle, and I encourage you to go check them out and have fun planning your festival foodie itinerary!
EPCOT Sunshine Griddle (Future World East)
- Avocado Toast with Marinated Toybox Tomatoes and Fresh Goat Cheese on Toasted Ciabatta (new).
- Shrimp and Grits: Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Sweet Corn Salsa.
- Corned Beef Brisket Hash with House-made Potato Barrels, Onions, Peppers, Cheese Curds, and a Soft-poached Egg with Tabasco Hollandaise (new). Yes, please
- Fried Cinnamon Roll Bites with Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Bacon (new).
- Froot Loops Shake (non-alcoholic; new).
- Joffrey’s Coffee Cold Brew Cocktail with Milk, Kahlúa Rum and Coffee Liqueur, and Vanilla Vodka (new).
Shouting out our neighboring country and knowing that this booth blends foods both myself and my fiance love, I put Canada at #2.
Northern Bloom (Canada)
- Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple-wood-smoked Bacon (gluten/wheat friendly).
- Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, and Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables.
- Griddled Maple Pound Cake with Warm Peach Compote and Sweet Corn Gelato.
- Maple Popcorn Shake (non-alcoholic).
- 81Bay Brewing Apricot with Maple Syrup, Tampa, Fla.
- Collective Arts Brewing Blackberry Fruit Beer, Hamilton, Ontario.
- Goose Island Beer Company Lost Palate Hazy IPA with Mango and Cinnamon, Chicago, Ill. (new).
- Maple Popcorn Shake with Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky.
- Beer Flight.
Then, last but certainly not least, we must visit the Italian booth. Why? Grand mama’s cannolis of course!!
Primavera Kitchen (Italy)
- Margherita: Rustic Italian Flatbread with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella.
- Arancini: Sweet Sausage Fried Risotto Balls with Pomodoro Sauce.
- Traditional Sicilian Cannoli: Crisp Pastry filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate, and Candied Orange.
- Peroni Pilsner.
- Pinot Grigio.
- Rosa Regale.
- Italian White Sangria with Prosecco.
- Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila.
There is much, much more to be seen and tasted at the festival so keep checking back here and be sure and follow on Youtube, Facebook and Instagram at Spokesmayne as we travel there ourselves in the next couple of weeks. You will not want to miss it!
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