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2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens Food Guide

The 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival has officially started and it’s running for 90 days this year, from March 2nd until May 30th. This festival always has something new to see with Disney character topiaries, gardens, seminars and how-to demonstrations. There’s also many things to eat and drink with savory dishes, sweet treats, craft beers, wines and more at the festival’s Outdoor Kitchens.

 

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A few new things for this year’s Flower & Garden Festival:

• New Harmony Gardens Musical Playground
• New acts to Garden Rocks Outdoor Concert Series (weekends only)
• New gardens and Disney-themed topiaries
• 3 new Outdoor Kitchens serving food and beverages: Bauernmarkt Farmer’s Market, Cider House and La Isla Fresca

 

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We were invited to a special Tables in Wonderland event to preview some of the dishes and drinks from this year’s Flower & Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens. A number of dishes were available to taste and we had our videographer/photographer, Thomas Babiarz of TomimotoFilms to attend the event. The menus for the Flower & Garden Festival from the 13 Outdoor Kitchens are below with many food photos. Some photos are from previous Flower & Garden Festivals as well, so note that the actual plated dishes may vary from what you see here.

PINEAPPLE PROMENADE

 

(Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade)

Food:
• Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Taro Chips
• Pineapple Soft-serve

Beverage:
• Sparkling Pineapple Wine, Florida Orange Groves Winery
St. Petersburg, FL
• Ocean Tropical Pineapple Hard Cider, Florida Beer Company
Cape Canaveral, FL
• Pineapple Soft-serve with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
• Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade
(Non-Alcoholic)

 

(Pineapple soft serve + Parrot Bay coconut rum from 2014 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival)

 

URBAN FARM EATS

 

(Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragoût, Spring Vegetables, Marble Potatoes – NEW)

Food:

• Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragoût, Spring Vegetables and Marble Potatoes
• Vegetable and White Bean “Naanwich” with Arugula Pesto and Oven-dried Tomatoes featuring Seeds of Change® Quinoa, Brown & Red Rice
• Watermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, B&W Gourmet Farms Baby Arugula, Feta and Balsamic Reduction

Beverage:

•Avivé Natural Peach Sparkling Wine
France
•King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir
Oregon
•Sierra Nevada Otra Vez
Chico, CA
•Urban Mary

 

(Watermelon Salad from 2014 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival)

 

LA ISLA FRESCA

(NEW!)

 

(Jerk-spice Chicken with Mango Salsa, Chayote and Green Papaya Slaw with Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette – NEW)

Food:
• Jerk-spice Grouper or Chicken with Mango Salsa, Chayote and Green Papaya Slaw with Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette
• Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro
• Tres Leches with Guava Purée

Beverage:
• Red Stripe Jamaican Style Lager
• Frozen Simply TropicalTM Juice Drink with Cruzan Mango Rum
• Frozen Simply TropicalTM Juice Drink
(Non-Alcoholic)

 

LOTUS HOUSE

CHINA

 

(Beijing-style Candied Strawberries from from 2015 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival)

Food:
• Gaoli Beef Bun
• Beijing-style Candied Strawberries
• Vegetable Spring Roll with Orange Sauce

Beverage:
• Oolong Peach Bubble Tea
• Kung Fu Punch
Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango and Orange Juice
• Plum Wine
• Honey Mango Wine Cooler
• Dragon Pearl
Beer, Honey, Cream and Tapioca Pearls
• Tsingtao Beer

 

JARDIN DE FIESTAS

MEXICO

 

(All NEW menu!)

Food:
• Tacos de Camarón
Tempura Shrimp served with Hibiscus Flower, Caramelized Onions and Habanero Sauce
• Corn Tortilla Quesadilla served with Roasted Mushrooms and Zucchini Blossom topped with Green Tomatillo Sauce
• Flan de Rosas served with Hibiscus Reduction

Beverage:
• Tecate Light Beer
• Rose Margarita
• Elder Flower Watermelon Sangria

 

BAUERNMARKT: FARMER’S MARKET

GERMANY

 

(Currywurst with Paprika Chips – NEW)

Food:
• Chicken Fricassee with Green Asparagus and Peas served with Uncle Ben’s® Rice Pilaf
• Currywurst with Paprika Chips
Roasted Bratwurst with Curry Ketchup and Paprika-spiced Chips
• “Armer Ritter” Egg Battered Toast with Cherry Compote and Powdered Sugar

Beverage:
• Hugo-Charles de Fere “Organic” Brut with Elder ower and Mint
• Paulaner Original Munich Lager
• Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen
• Warsteiner Dunkel
• Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager Beer
Flight also available’

 

(“Armer Ritter” Egg Battered Toast with Cherry Compote and Powdered Sugar – NEW)

 

PRIMAVERA KITCHEN

ITALY

 

(Mezze Lune Primavera – NEW)

Food:

• Mezze Lune Primavera
Egg Pasta stuffed with Ricotta and Spinach in a Creamy Sauce with Spring Vegetables and Pecorino Cheese
• Pollo alla Parmigiana
Breaded Breast of Chicken, Tomato, Parmesan and Mozzarella Cheese
• Cremoso al Pistacchio
Pistacchio Cream, Strawberries and Mascarpone Cream

Beverage:
• Pinot Grigio
• Chianti
• Prosecco
• Corbinello
• Moscato
• Bellini
• Sparkling wine and Peach purée
• Rossini
• Sparkling wine and marinated Strawberries
• Frozen Italian Primavera
• Assorted fruit slushy, Limoncello and Vodka
• Moretti Lager
• Moretti La Rossa
• Italian Seasonal Selection
Beer Flight also available

 

(Cremoso al Pistacchio – NEW)

 

THE SMOKEHOUSE: BARBECUE AND BREWS

THE AMERICAN ADVENTURE

 

(Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash + Shipyard Maple Bacon Stout from 2015 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival)

Food:

• Pulled Pig Slider with Crispy Onions and Coleslaw
• Smoked Pork Ribs with Roasted Corn Salad
• Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños
• Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans

Beverage:
• The Great American Wine Company Red Blend
Sonoma, CA
• Funky Buddha Floridian Hefeweizen
Oakland Park, FL
• Orlando Brewing Company Uncle Matt’s Organic Grapefruit Pale Ale
Orlando, FL
• 3 Daughters Rod Bender Red Ale
St. Petersburg, FL
• Shipyard Maple Bacon Stout
Clearwater, FL
• Frozen Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine
• Frozen Lemonade
(Non-Alcoholic)
• Sweet Tea
(Non-Alcoholic)
Beer Flight also available

 

HANAMI

JAPAN

 

(Beef Teriyaki Udon – NEW)

Food:
• Beef Teriyaki Udon
Thin-sliced Beef, Onions and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger
• Frushi
Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon Rolled with Raspberry Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream on the side
• Chicken Edamame Bun
Steamed Bun filled with Chicken and Edamame and topped with Curry Sauce

Beverage:
• Sapporo Draft Beer
• Yuzu Plum Wine Slushy
Sweet refreshing taste infused with the tangy flavor of Citrus
• Suigei Sake
Bold flavor with a crisp, clean finish

 

(Frushi Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon Rolled with Raspberry Coconut Rice from 2015 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival)

 

TASTE OF MARRAKESH

MOROCCO

 

(Falafel Pocket with Cucumber-Tomato Salad and Tahini Sauce from 2015 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival)

Food:
• Harissa Chicken Kebab with Sweet Couscous Salad
• Falafel Pocket with Cucumber-Tomato Salad and Tahini Sauce
• Baklava

Beverage:
• Desert Rose
Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liqueur
• White Sangria
• Guerrouane Red Wine
• Casa Beer

 

(Baklava)

 

FLORIDA Fresh

 

(Florida Larder Board – NEW)

Food:
• Florida Larder Board
Orlando-made Ricotta Cheese, Cahaba Farms Micro Onions, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic, Country Pâté and House-made Pickles
• Kale Salad with Dried Cherries, Almonds, Goat Cheese and White Balsamic Vinaigrette
• Shrimp and Stone-ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes and Cilantro

Beverage:
• Key Lime Sparkling Wine, Florida Orange Groves Winery
St. Petersburg, FL
• Sea Dog Acai Berry Hefeweizen
Clearwater, FL
• Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale, Florida Beer Company
Cape Canaveral, FL
• Watermelon Cucumber Slush with Hendrick’s Gin Watermelon Cucumber Slush
(Non-Alcoholic)
• Fresh-squeezed Watermelon Juice
(Non-Alcoholic)

 

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FLEUR DE LYS

FRANCE

 

(Macaron Chocolat Framboise – NEW)

Food:
• Tarte à l’Onion Alsacienne
Alsatian Onion Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Puff Pastry Crust
• Cassoulet au Con t de Canard
Pulled Duck Con t with Braised Flageolet Beans
• Macaron Chocolat Framboise
Large Raspberry Macaron with Chocolate Fudge and Raspberry Jam

Beverage:
• Ice Pop Grand Marnier Peach Cocktail
Grand Marnier Peach Raspberry, Vodka, Iced Tea
• La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush
Grey Goose Vodka Orange, St. Germain Liquor, White and Red Cranberry Juice
• Merlot Bordeaux
Château La Gravière, 2013
• Kir Imperial
Sparkling Wine with Chambord Black Raspberry Liquor
• Kronenbourg Blanc 1664
Fruity White Beer with Citrus Notes

 

CIDER HOUSE

(NEW!) UNITED KINGDOM

 

(Land-harvested Field Greens – NEW)

Food:

• Land-harvested Field Greens
• Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage and Pears and Branston Dressing
• Freshly Baked Lemon Scone with Crème Fraîche and Mixed Berries
• House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare

Beverage:
• Sonoma “The Pitchfork” Organic Pear Hard Cider
Healdsburg, CA
• McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider
West Seneca, NY
• Keel & Curley Mad Man Blueberry Hard Cider
Plant City, FL
• Cigar City Brewing Tampa-style Lager
Tampa, FL
• Snakebite
Cigar City Tampa-style Lager mixed with McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider
• Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider
California (Non-Alcoholic)
Beer & Cider Flight also available

 

(House-made Potato & Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare from 2014 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival)

 
2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Merchandise

 

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At the Tables in Wonderland event, there was some new Flower & Garden Festival merchandise on display. From Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie, and Figment to Yoda from Star Wars.

 

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The Disney-themed topiaries get better each year with more details and creativity. There’s over More than 70 character topiaries at the festival this year.

 

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The Flower & Garden Festival is one of my favorite times to visit Epcot each year. The weather is great to enjoy the outdoors and to eat and drink your way around the festival is very manageable. It’s important to note that this is not a food and wine festival, and it is different from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival held during the fall season. The Flower & Garden Festival has its own food and beverage offerings, so it’s worth taking a trip Epcot to experience it all.

What food and drinks are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below!

 
See full details about the 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: disneyworld.disney.go.com/…flower-and-garden-festival/

 
Words by Julius Mayo Jr.
Photos by Thomas Babiarz and Julius Mayo Jr.
Content and photos © Droolius.com 2016

 
Disclaimer: We were invited to experience one trip to the Flower & Garden Festival as media. We were not compensated to write this post and all opinions are always our own.

 

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