We just got back from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival at Walt Disney World! We tried food from almost every booth, so check this list before you go so you know what food to try!
Travis and I had such a fun time at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival this year! Most of the food we tried was delicious, the weather was fabulous, and the topiaries were beautiful! There were flowers at every corner, and if you know me at all– you know I LOVE FLOWERS. So…I was pretty much in heaven the whole day.
If you’ve been to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival before, you know that they plant flowers in a huge design on each side of the walkway to world showcase. I could stand there all day just taking pictures from all angles. It’s just so beautiful!
They also have a butterfly garden that we loved to wander around in. I think most of the caterpillars were still in their cocoons, because we didn’t see too many butterflies like we have in past years. It’s definitely something I would add to your checklist if you’re planning on visiting the Flower & Garden Festival.
I was really hoping that they were going to increase the amount of food booths they had from last year, but they didn’t. We had plenty to choose from, but we’re spoiled from the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot which has double the amount of booths. I really don’t know why they don’t pull them out for the Flower & Garden Festival, I mean, aren’t they just sitting in storage somewhere? Take my money Disney, set up more booths!
I want to say that 5-6 years ago when I first went with my mom, they didn’t have any food booths, so maybe one day the Flower & Garden Festival will be on the same level that the Food & Wine Festival is.
Food Booths at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
When you first get to Epcot, grab a wristlet gift card and load some money on it so you don’t have to keep pulling out your wallet at each booth. Also, pick up a garden passport so you can check out the tastes that are available at each booth.
Urban Farm Eats Booth
This was our first stop. Take the side path that goes right past the butterfly garden, and you’ll run right into it. It’s set-up right in the middle of a how-to garden section, that has pallets of different types of lettuce growing, and a chicken coop too!
- Watermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, Baby Arugula, Feta and Balsamic Reduction – $3.75
- Vegetable and White Bean “Naanwich” with Arugula Pesto and Oven-dried Tomatoes – $4.75
- Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragout, Vegetables and Marble Potatoes – $6
We wanted to try the watermelon salad, but they were out of the balsamic reduction so we skipped it. The pork loin was one of our favorite tastes of the whole festival. It was cooked perfectly, very tender and they didn’t skimp on the mushroom ragout. The carrots were a little firm, but not inedible.
Cider House Booth
We like to stand at the front of the line and take a gander at the taste before we decide on what we’re going to sample. We’re not big fans of raw salmon, so we skipped the smoked salmon tartare. The lemon scone didn’t really look like a scone to me, so we passed on that too.
We decided on the pear cider corned beef with cabbage. It was mostly cabbage with a small amount of corned beef. One of the larger chunks was full of fat, so we took it back and asked for a different one. We agreed it tasted just okay. If you’re not happy with the taste they give you, don’t feel bad about taking it back and asking for a different one. I would skip it next time though.
- Land-harvested Field Greens with Apples, Dried Blueberries, Stilton Cheese and Apple Cider Vinaigrette – $3.75
- Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage and Pears and Branston Dressing – $5.25
- House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare – $5.00
- Freshly Baked Lemon Scone with Créme Fraiche and Mixed Berries – $3.75
Fleur De Lys Booth
I was really surprised how fresh and delicious the onion tart was. The puff pastry crust was really light and flaky, I was expecting it to be soft and mushy like it had been made hours earlier, but it wasn’t. It had a mild onion flavor, and was seasoned perfectly. It went perfectly with the rose frozen slush I got there too!
- Tarte a l’Onion Alsacienne: Alsatian Onion Tart with Onions, Thyme and Rosemary on a Puff Pastry Crust – $4.50
- Cassoulet au Confit de Canard: Pulled Duck Confit with Braised Flageolet Beans – $5.75
- Macaron Chocolat Framboise – $4.75
The description of the macaron said it was large, but I looked at it, and it looked pretty small to me, so we skipped it. Besides, I’m pretty much ruined for macarons. Nothing compares to the macarons I had in NYC from Boucheon Bakery.
If you find yourself in France during breakfast or lunch time, make sure you stop into the bakery that’s in the back corner by the gift shop. One of my favorite treats is the goat cheese & spinach quiche. At only $6.50, it’s a great deal and worth every calorie! Travis tried the ham & cheese croissant ($4.75) for lunch, and he really like it too. Make sure you ask to have it heated up in the oven– it’s worth the wait.
The egg filling is light and creamy, the crust is flaky, but the best part is when you get to the goat cheese in the middle of the quiche! It’s like a flavor bomb goes off in your mouth!
Florida Fresh Booth
This booth was another of our favorite stops! The shrimp and grits were so delicious! We stood right there and watched as they cooked the shrimp on the grill top, so they were piping hot and fresh, and the grits were super creamy. Don’t skip this booth!
They have a really nice sitting area set-up to the left of the booth. If you need a break, this is a great spot to grab some tastes and all meet back at one of the tables to relax for a bit.
- Kale Salad with Dried Cherries, Almonds, Goat Cheese and White Balsamic Vinaigrette – $3.75
- Shrimp and stone ground grits with andouille sausage, sweet corn, tomatoes and cilantro – $6.25
- Orlando-made Ricotta Cheese, Cahaba Farms Micro Onions, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic, Country Paté and House-made Pickles – $5.50
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The Smokehouse Booth
This booth is always one of our favorite stops because of the pulled pig slider. It’s definitely the biggest portion you can find at the festival for the price, and it’s delicious. We asked for extra coleslaw, which they said no problem to, and they really loaded it up! Don’t forget to get some bbq sauce from the stand by the Woody topiary.
The burnt ends were our least favorite taste. They were cold, chewy and fatty. Burnt ends are supposed to be crispy & burnt— not soft and mushy. Bleh. Don’t waste your money on them. They must have changed the recipe, because we had them last year at the Flower & Garden festival, and they looked totally different and they were delicious!
- Pulled Pig Slider with Crispy Onions and Coleslaw – $6.25
- Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños – $5.75
- Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans – $3.75
La Isla Fresca Booth
They were cooking the grouper on the grill top right in front of us, so we decided on that over the chicken. It was hot off the grill, and we really enjoyed the spicy seasoning. The fish was on the small side, but it tasted delicious, so I would recommend it.
We also got the tres leches cake with extra guava puree. I asked for extra guava puree because it was my favorite part! The cake was moist, and the icing tasted like a light whipped cream, but the guava sauce is what made it stand out. If you don’t like coconut, don’t get it because it’s topped with a layer of coconut flakes.
- Jerk-spice Grouper or Chicken with Mango Salsa, Green Papaya Slaw & Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette – $5.25
- Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro – $5.75
- Tres Leches with Guava Purée – $3.75
Make sure you check out all the topiaries! They’re all over the park– a few in the entrance, but most are in each of the countries within the world show case.
I was really bummed out to see they didn’t bring back the Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip topiary this year. They used to have them placed at the end of the bridge that brought you to France. I don’t know what kind of tree it is, but it has pink flowers, and the pink petals would drop all around the topiary. It was so magical, hopefully it will return next year!
I hope we get to visit again before the Epcot Flower and Garden festival is over in May. If you get to go and try any of the tastes, take a picture and tag (@Stacey_Homemaker) me in it! I’d love to see what you tried, and what you thought of the festival!