Epcot has festivals almost year round and I’m not complaining. The Festival of the Arts, which ended in the end of February and now Flower and Garden Festival is in full swing, running through early June. The park is decked out with ornate topiaries, themed gardens, a butterfly house, interactive play gardens for the kids, and the incredible food boths we have come to expect with Epcot festivals. I’ve compiled the best dishes from the 17 festival booths to simplify your festival visit.
After the hour or longer waits for the Orange Bird sipper cup, Citrus blossom has been opening at 9 am, before the rest of the festival opens at 11 am. You have the option to fill the adorable sipper with Orange Cream slush, which basically tastes like drinking a creamsicle milkshake. Other drink options include the Orange Sunshine Wine Slush. For food at Citrus Blossom, I recommend the Crispy Citrus Chicken, served with orange aioli and baby greens that add a lot brightness the chicken.
The Peanut Butter Mousse Tart is topped with glittery strawberry jam and popping boba pearls. The boba don’t add much but the peanut butter mousse is super dense and creamy. The Cookie Butter Worms & Dirt is listed as a drink but it’s way too thick to drink through a straw. Even if you don’t like cookie butter, you’ll love this treat.
Fleur De Lys
Fleur De Lys has definitely been the best booth of the festival this year. The Chilled Cucumber Soup sounds weird but is so creamy and refreshing. The Tarte Au Chevre packs a ton of flavor on a flaky crust, with goat cheese and caramelized onions. The Duck Confit, served over polenta, is so tender it literally falls apart. You can’t go wrong with a macaron and the chocolate macaron at this booth is served on a stick like a lollipop. Totally adorable and instagrammable. Last but not least, Fleur De Lys is home to an awesome adult slush, La Vie En Rose, with Grey Goose and St. Germaine. France has some of the best alcoholic slush drinks, even outside of the festivals, and this one is definitely worth the stop. You literally can’t go wrong with anything at this booth.
If you like grits, you’ll definitely be a fan of the Spicy Blackened Shrimp with Cheddar Grits, topped with brown gravy and corn relish. Also at Florida Fresh, the Watermelon Cucumber Slush is refreshing, especially on hot Florida days. The Key Lime Tart with toasted meringue is also excellent.
Hanami’s Frushi has been one of the most popular items from the Flower & Garden Festival for years and definitely worth a try. It pairs well with the Ichigo Sun Strawberry Lemonade sake cocktail, which has been another fan favorite this year. For a savory option, try the Chilled Soba Noodle Salad with Seared Ahi. It’s slightly spicy and very fresh.
La Isla Fresca
Sugar Cane Shrimp over steamed rice is back at La Isla Fresca and definitely a must-try. The coconut lime sauce on this shrimp skewer is really what makes this dish.
My instagram feed has been full with the incredible cotton candy from Lotus House. The hand-spun cotton candy is layered with different colors to look like a flower. Check before you go, because this is an off-menu item and not available all the time. If you are looking for something a little more substantial than a giant cloud of sugar, try the Szechuan Spicy Braised Beef Shank, served over rice. It’s a gigantic portion for the price and is definitely enough for a meal.
Probably the most recognizable of the Flower and Garden treats, Frozen Violet Lemonade has inspired merch at Epcot, floral ears from small shops on Etsy, and more, solidifying its place as a cult favorite. And for good reason, it’s absolutely unlike anything else you’ll try. Otherwise, there isn’t much else I’d recommend at Pineapple Promenade.
Primavera Kitchen is serving up the same amazing Zeppole from Via Nappoli. The ricotta cheese fritters are topped with powdered sugar and Nutella and served with a raspberry dipping sauce. While you’re here, try the Frozen Italian Margarita with limoncello and tequila.
Epcot has had cronuts for quite some time, but the flavors in this one are awesome. If you aren’t familiar, a cronut is a donut made from croissant dough. The Violet Blueberry Vanilla Cronut at Taste Track is filled with vanilla custard and topped with a blueberry glaze. The glaze doesn’t have a ton of blueberry flavor, but it sure is cute.
Trowel and Trellis
The Grilled Street Corn at Trowel and Trellis packs a ton of flavor with the savory garlic spread. It isn’t like an elote but it is definitely tasty. The Chocolate Pudding Terrarium is adorable and delicious, with pomegranate seeds, matcha crumb, and edible flowers. The portion is huge and definitely sharable. The Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon Ginger Tea has been one of the most popular beverages of the festival, served in a mason jar with the option to add alcohol.