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Food Vies with Flowers at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Pam Brandon

by , Food Writer, Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

For some of us, the Outdoor Kitchens are our first destination at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, 75 days to munch and learn from March 4-May 17.

American Barbecue Adventure at Epcot Garden Fest

It’s the third year for the Outdoor Kitchens around World Showcase Lagoon, and the garden- and spring-inspired tapas-sized food and beverages just get more and more interesting. The new Botanas Botánico Outdoor Kitchen between France and Morocco pavilions will showcase treats like Cachapas with Farmer’s Cheese, a sweet yellow corn pancake, and Seafood Ceviche with shrimp, scallops and grouper with mango and avocado.

Shrimp and Stone-Ground Grits at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Frushi at Hanami at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

“It’s so much fun coming up with creative new flavors to wow our guests,” says Chef Gregg Hannon, Epcot executive chef. He mentions Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños at The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews Outdoor Kitchen, and the Quinoa Vegetable Naanwich with arugula pesto and oven-dried tomatoes at Urban Farm Eats.

Berry Tea Cocktail at Pineapple Promenade at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Beijing Candied Strawberries at Lotus House at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Especially appealing are flavors inspired by fruits and veggies, like the Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade, Sparkling Pineapple Wine and Berry Tea Cocktail at Pineapple Promenade; the Macaron Guimauve à la Fraise (strawberry marshmallow macaron) at the Fleur De Lys; the vegetarian Falafel with Cucumber Tomato Salad and Tahini at Taste of Marrakesh; Frushi (fresh pineapple, strawberry and melon rolled with raspberry coconut rice, sprinkled with toasted coconut and whipped cream) at Hanami; Limoncello Panna Cotta (gluten free and vegetarian) at Primavera Kitchen; Watermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, Baby Arugula and Feta Cheese and the Florida Blueberry and Lemon Curd Tart (vegetarian) at Florida Fresh; Beijing Candied Strawberries at Lotus House; and Kale Salad with Dried Cherries, Almonds and Goat Cheese (gluten free and vegetarian) at Urban Farm Eats.

Hungry yet? Protein fans will love everything from Confit de Canard (pulled duck confit) at Fleur De Lys to a spicy hot dog with pineapple chutney and sriracha mayo at Pineapple Promenade. There’s Harissa Chicken at Taste of Marrakesh and a Pulled Pig Slider at The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews. Florida Fresh will serve up hearty Shrimp and Stone-Ground Grits with Andouille Sausage and Jardin de Fiestas has tacos with achiote marinated pork.

Look for our next post on all the fun beverages!

For more information, call 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639) or go to epcotinspring.com. The festival, including all gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.

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  • Hey we are going to be there from the 6th to the 14th of March and will be able to walk to Epcot and enjoy all this delicious food. Can’t wait! Don’t know if you found these yet but here they are:
    NEW! Botanas Botánico
    ◾Seafood Ceviche — Shrimp, Scallops, and Grouper with mango and avocado
    ◾Cachapas with Farmer’s Cheese
    ◾White Corn Arepa with Braised Beef and Chayote Slaw
    ◾Coconut Tres Leches
    ◾Polar Beer, Caracas Venezuela
    ◾La Tizana
    ◾Classic Venezuelan Fruit Drink
    ◾Monte Paschoal Reserve Tannat
    ◾Monte Paschoal Natural Brut White Sparkling Wine

    Urban Farm Eats
    ◾NEW! Kale Salad with Dried Cherries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese with White Balsamic Vinaigrette
    ◾NEW! Quinoa Vegetable “Naanwich” with Arugula Pesto and Oven-Dried Tomatoes
    ◾Ghost pepper-dusted tilapia with crisp winter melon slaw and mint oil featuring The Original Sauce Man’s Kick It Up Rub
    ◾NEW! Urban Mary: Spicy Tomato Juice, Lime Juice, and Worcestershire, with shot of Vodka (optional)
    ◾Cucumber lemon spa water, finished with a sprig of fresh mint
    ◾Hess Shirtail Creek Vineyard, Chardonnay
    ◾King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir
    ◾Crispin Blackberry Pear Cider

    Pineapple Promenade
    ◾NEW! Pineapple Dog – Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Sriracha Mayo
    ◾Pineapple Soft Serve
    ◾NEW! Pineapple Soft Serve with Sammy’s Beach Bar Red Head Macadamia Nut Flavored Rum
    ◾Pineapple Soft Serve with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
    ◾Frozen desert violet lemonade (non-alcoholic)
    ◾NEW! Ace Pineapple Hard Cider
    ◾Sparkling Pineapple Wine, Florida Orange Groves Winery, St, Petersburg,FL
    ◾Berry Tea Cocktail with Twinings Cold-Brewed Mixed Berry Tea

    Fleur de Lys
    ◾Gnocchi Parisien à la Provençal – Parisian-style Dumplings with Vegetables and Mushrooms
    ◾Confit de Canard, Pommes de Terre Sarladaise – Pulled Duck Confit with Garlic and Parsley Potatoes
    ◾NEW! Macaron Guimauve à la Fraise, a Strawberry Marshmallow Macaron
    ◾NEW! Ice Pop Combination of French Peach Iced Tea, Grand Marnier Peach Raspberry Liqueur, and Vodka.
    ◾La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush – Vodka, Grey Goose Orange, St. Germain Liquor, and White and Red Cranberry Juice
    ◾Kir Imperial – Sparkling wine, Chambord and Black Raspberry Liquor
    ◾Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 – Fruity White Beer with Citrus Notes

    Taste of Marrakesh
    ◾NEW! Falafel Pocket with Cucumber Tomato Salad and Tahini Sauce
    ◾Harissa Chicken Kebab with Couscous Salad
    ◾NEW! Pistachio Baklava
    ◾Mint iced tea
    ◾White sangria
    ◾Guerrouane red
    ◾Casa Beer
    ◾Desert Rose — Sparkling Wine with Pomegranate Liqueur

    Hanami
    ◾Frushi – Fresh pineapple, strawberries and melon, rolled with coconut rice, topped with raspberry sauce, sprinkled with toasted coconut and served with whipped cream on the side
    ◾NEW! Teriyaki Curry Bun — Steamed bun filled with chicken, vegetables, curry and sweet sauce
    ◾NEW! Osaka Salmon Sushi – “Hako-sushi” Box style Sushi with Salmon and Rice, topped with Dynamite, Volcano and Eel sauce
    ◾Kirin Draft Beer
    ◾NEW! Strawberry Nigori
    ◾NEW! Daishichi Kimoto Sake

    The Smokehouse: Barbecues and Brews
    ◾Pulled pig slider with cole slaw
    ◾NEW! Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños
    ◾NEW! Smoked Debreziner Sausage with House Made Kraut and Mustard
    ◾“Piggylicious” bacon cupcake with maple frosting and pretzel crunch featuring Nueske’s® Applewood Smoked Bacon
    ◾Billy’s Chilies, Twisted Pine Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado)
    ◾Floridian Hefeweizen
    ◾Category 3 IPA
    ◾NEW! Maple Bacon Stout
    ◾Beer Flight
    ◾The Original Rib Shack Red Wine
    ◾NEW! Frozen Lemonade (with Palm Ridge Reserve Whiskey Optional)
    ◾NEW! R.C. Sweet Tea made with Twinings Cold-Brewed English Classic Tea

    Primavera Kitchen
    ◾NEW! Fior di Latte, Prosciutto e Pane di Casa — Pinwheel of Mozzarella, Prosciutto, Ciabatta Bread
    ◾Cheese manicotti – Egg pasta stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, tomato sauce and béchamel
    ◾NEW! Limoncello Panna Cotta — Lemon custard, limoncello liqueur, raspberries
    ◾Placido Pinot Grigio
    ◾Placido Chianti
    ◾Bosco del Merlo Prosecco
    ◾Corbinello
    ◾White peach bellini – Prosecco and white peach puree
    ◾Strawberry rossini – Prosecco and marinated strawberries
    ◾Frozen Italian primavera – Assorted fruit slushy with limoncello and vodka
    ◾Moretti Lager
    ◾Moretti La Rossa

    Lotus House
    ◾Beijing-style candied strawberries
    ◾NEW! Kung Pao Chicken Bun
    ◾Vegetable Spring Roll
    ◾Oolong Peach Bubble Tea
    ◾Kung Fu Punch – Vodka and triple sec with mango and orange juice
    ◾South Sea Storm – Guava juice with light and dark rum
    ◾Plum wine
    ◾Tsing-Tao beer
    ◾Honey Mango Wine Cooler

    Jardin de Fiestas
    ◾Tacos al pastor – Corn tortilla filled with achiote-marinated pork, garnished with grilled diced pineapple, onions and cilantro and salsa verde
    ◾Veggie Quesadilla – Flour tortilla filled with Monterey Jack Cheese and mixed veggies
    ◾Flan de queso con chocolate Abuelita – Mexican chocolate custard with whipped cream and cinnamon
    ◾NEW! Tecate Draft Beer with Patrón Citrónge
    ◾Mexican sangria
    ◾NEW! Blueberry Pomegranate Margarita on the Rocks
    ◾NEW! Tequila Liqueur Flight (flavored tequilas)

    Florida Fresh
    ◾Watermelon salad with pickled onions, B&W Gourmet Farms baby arugula, feta cheese and balsamic reduction
    ◾Shrimp and stone ground grits with andouille sausage, sweet corn, tomatoes and cilantro
    ◾NEW! Florida Blueberry and Lemon Curd Tart
    ◾Watermelon passion fruit slush featuring Simply Lemonade®
    ◾Key Lime Sparkling Wine
    ◾Blonde Ale
    ◾Channel Marker Red Ale
    ◾Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale (Festival exclusive)
    ◾Jai Alai
    ◾Beer Flight: Blonde Ale, Channel Marker Red Ale, Jai Alai, Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale

    Espresso, Coffee and Pastries at The American Adventure
    ◾Chocolate Stout latte featuring Monin chocolate, caramel and hazelnut with milk and espresso
    ◾Iced Bailey’s latte featuring Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur, with milk and espresso over ice

    Intermissions Cafe
    ◾Grapes
    ◾Fruit and Cheese Plate
    ◾Vegan Trio
    ◾Southwest Chicken Wrap
    ◾Tuna Salad with Pita
    ◾Side Salad
    ◾Asian Tuna Salad with Noodles
    ◾Hurricane Class 5 Florida White Sangria
    ◾Hess Shirtail Creek Vineyard Chardonnay
    ◾King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir
    ◾Zonin Prosecco
    ◾Floridian Hefeweizen, Funky Buddha Brewery, Oakland Park, FL
    ◾Crispin Blackberry Pear Cider
    ◾Dasani Bottled Water
    ◾Dasani Lemon Sparkling Water
    ◾Coke
    ◾Diet Coke
    ◾Sprite

  • Stephen from Tenn, I would recommend cancelling or rescheduling Le Cellier as there is just so much to eat at the Kitchens. However, if you really don’t want to cancel, I would at least change it to lunch. That way you can eat there and pace yourself through the Kitchens; otherwise you’ll eat at the kitchens during the day and then still be forced to eat at a non-cancellable dinner res when you’re already full. That’s what i did with my Restaurant Marrakesh res!

  • To the other Amy (lol) we are going on March 6 and would really love to know the menus as well. I don’t understand why they haven’t released it yet… 🙁

  • Also looking for a menu for the outdoor kitchens. We have Lecellier reservations for dinner but will cancel if the menus look good.

  • I am another Amy also wondering the same thing seeing that we will be there at the very start of it which is only two weeks away.

  • Do you know when a complete list of food offerings will be released? It seems like all the information was already out this time last year. Im just excited and want to get a game plan! Thanks so much for all of your help!

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