It’s been almost a month since my last trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and I already wish I was back! Today’s post is the first installment of my Disney adventures. I had the opportunity to visit multiple theme parks, so because there was so much to see and do, I decided to dedicate a separate post for each experience.
As my most favorite place on earth, I have been to Disney World MANY times, but have always gone during off peak seasons (late August and September). This was the first time I visited during their Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. which take place during spring and early summer, with this year running a whole month longer through July 5th. The festival itself takes place at Epcot, which if you’re not familiar, is the theme park where you get to “travel around the world,” experiencing the tastes and sounds of countries all over the globe.
The festival is highlighted with botanical character themed topiaries and beautiful floral displays of over 30 million blooms throughout the park; blogger backdrop’s dream! While I did enjoy all the glorious garden displays, let’s be honest, like many, for me it was all about the food! For a lot of Disney World visitors, it’s essentially a spring version of their popular Food & Wine Festival (their most popular of the year).
So for my fellow foodies, the Outdoor Kitchen food booths are an incredibly popular element of the festival. And Disney has made the dining experience that much easier with Disney Gift Card wristlets; refillable digital dining cards with special-edition designs to celebrate the festival! They are available at merchandise locations throughout EPCOT and at EPCOT resort area hotels for the length of the festival, while supplies last.
I LOVE food, and I definitely took advantage and indulged quite a bit. The following is what I got to enjoy, and is just a sample of all the savory goodness and decadent treats offered throughout the park. For reference, here’s a full list of all the flower garden festival outdoor kitchens and menus. If you ever find yourself in Disney World during spring, the festival is a must!
Lemon Magdalena Cake with Orange and Fig Compote and Sangria Gel (Plant-Based Item)- Taste of Marrakesh (Morocco)
Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce and Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables – Northern Bloom (Canada)
Grilled Baby Vegetables with Hummus Cream and Red Pepper Coulis (Gluten/Wheat-Friendly) (Plant-Based Item) – Flavor Full Kitchen Hosted by AdventHealth (Future World West)
Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream (Gluten/Wheat-Friendly) – Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market (Germany)
Frushi: Strawberry, Pineapple and Cantaloupe wrapped in Sweet Rice and Pink Soy Wrap served with Whipped Cream, Drizzled Berry Sauce and Toasted Coconut – Hanami (Japan)
Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce (Gluten/Wheat-Friendly) (Plant-Based Item)- Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market (Germany)
Tupelo Honey and Sweet Corn Spoon Bread with Jalapeños, Bacon and House-Made Whipped Honey Butter (Gluten/Wheat-Friendly) – The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board™ (Showcase Plaza)
Pineapple Skewer with Tajin Seasoning (Gluten/Wheat-Friendly) (Plant-Based Item)- Refreshment Outpost
Boneless Impossible™ Korean Short Rib with Cilantro-Lime Rice, Danmuji Slaw and Kimchee Mayonnaise (Plant-Based Item) – Trowel & Trellis Hosted by Impossible™ Foods