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24
Mar 14

Epic Food Review of the 2014 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchen Menu Items

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival

I’ve been lovingly referring to the 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival as “Fake Food & Wine”.  Why shouldn’t I?  I’m sure the gardeners will hate me for it but I do come from a farming family (My child has her very own farm and you can read about it in this: Homeschool piece). And I do appreciate the Flower and Garden aspect of the festival. I love that you can see what you are eating at the various Outdoor Kitchens in the planters near each of the food booths.  I think kids would be more interested in eating their vegetables if they grew them themselves…but I digress.

If you’d like to read about the horticulture aspect of the festival you can do so here: My Hard Hat Tour of the 2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. But this post…this post is about the food…all the glorious food and what I did and didn’t like.  Take each recommendation with a grain of salt (pun intended).

THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews

This year we have some new beers to sample at The Smokehouse, which is in the American Pavilion.  I was intrigued with something called Billy’s Chilies from Twisted Pine Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado).

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival outdoor kitchen smokehouse beer chili billies

Could it be? A “hot” cold beer???  I knew I didn’t want to go all in on a 12oz pour of this beer so I ordered up a 6oz pour along with a 6oz pour of Maduro from Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida).

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival outdoor kitchen smokehouse beer chili maduro

I knew I would like the Maduro..I’m a fan of most Cigar City beers. As I went in for a sip of the Billy’s Chilies I felt it cool on my lips and then after the first swallow felt a tingling sensation in the back of my throat. Crazy good! Tasted just like a chili pepper but not so much as to completely overwhelm your palate.  If you like spicy…give this one a “go”.

On a subsequent visit I ordered up the Beer Flight – Magic Hat #9, Maduro, Fat Tire and Billy’s Chilies. And sat with a few friends at the picnic tables there as we all tried these 6oz offerings.

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival outdoor kitchen smokehouse beer sampler

Also new this year is the “Piggylicous” bacon cupcake with maple frosting and pretzel crunch featuring Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon.  I have been on the fence about this offering since I saw pictures of it online. I’ve seen maple cupcakes with crunchy bacon topping the frosting but never a cupcake with large chunks of what looks like ham in it.

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival outdoor kitchen smokehouse pigalicious bacon cupcake

I have to say, I’m glad I tried it but it wasn’t the best. I think I just couldn’t get past the fact that there was so much bacon inside the batter. Also, I like my bacon really, really crispy…an effect you can’t achieve while baking it inside a cake.

The Buttercup Cottage

I love The Buttercup Cottage, formerly known as just “The Cottage”. It’s located in the UK Pavilion. The Salmon Biscuit was one of my favorite offerings last year and this year was no exception.  On a visit with my friend “Travel with Rick” we shared the selections here.

Here’s a look at the Freshly baked potato and cheddar cheese biscuit with smoked salmon tartare.  This little bundle of happiness is a good bang for your buck and very filling.

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival outdoor kitchen buttercup cottage salmon biscuit

The next three menu items are new this year.

Field greens with Plant City strawberries, toasted almonds and Farmstead stilton (TRYit!). This salad was light and refreshing and packed a punch with some crumbled stilton cheese.

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival outdoor kitchen buttercup cottage strawberry saladPork and apple sausage roll with house-made piccalilli is up next.  We spoke with Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann out on the promenade one day and he told us that the initial concept for this dish was to make it an apple and sausage pie. It finally morphed into this roulade by the time the menu was finalized.  The side dish served with it was like pickled peppers. I’m not a big sausage fan but if you asked Rick, I’m sure he would tell you to go for it.

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival outdoor kitchen buttercup cottage pork apple sausage roll

The final offering here I tried were the Freshly baked lemon scones with berry preserves and crème fraÎche. I’m a certified scone addict so it was a no brainer that I would go for these.  The scones by themselves were pretty good, but drag them through both the preserves and the cream for a perfect bite!

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival outdoor kitchen buttercup cottage lemon scones

 Primavera Kitchen

Located in the Italy Pavilion you will find the Primavera Kitchen.  At this locale I opted for the Three cheese manicotti – Egg pasta stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, tomato sauce and béchamel. This was a rather large serving but I think it had been sitting in the warmer too long. You can tell from the photo that it kind of has a film to the top of it. Not an ideal texture. The park is kind of limited on what they can and can’t do at each one of these Outdoor Kitchens so I’m not sure if there would be a solution to preventing this or not. The flavors were good though and I paired my pasta with a glass of Placido Pinot Grigio which was light and crisp and one of the more generous pours of wine along the World Showcase Lagoon.

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival italy primavera kitchen Three cheese manicotti

 Lotus House

Next stop was in China at the Lotus House.  New this year is a Spring pancake with grilled chicken and green apple. I did not sample this yet, but when I asked Chef Dahlmann what were some of his favorite dishes this year, the pancake in China was the first thing he said.  I did however try the Vegetable spring rolls…twice.  Serving size was two crisp rolls with a smidge of spicy cream sauce. These were delicious and perfectly portable.

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival outdoor kitchen china lotus house spring rolls

Florida Fresh

Florida Fresh, near the Germany Pavilion, has quite a few beer and wine offerings. There’s a Festival Exclusive Beer available here…Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale, Florida Beer Company (Cape Canaveral, Florida).  I sampled it, but actually preferred the Cotton Mouth Belgian Style Witbier, Swamp Head Brewery (Gainesville, Florida). There’s also a blueberry beer offered here…Florida Avenue Blueberry, Cold Storage Craft Brewery (Tampa, Florida), however I didn’t find it very blueberry’ish. If you want a truly fruity beer, opt for the Schöfferhofer Grapefruit beer served at the Germany Pavilion year-round.

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival outdoor kitchen florida fresh beer

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival outdoor kitchen florida fresh beer

 I’ve heard rave reviews on the Shrimp and stone ground grits with andouille sausage, sweet corn, tomatoes and cilantro. My girlfriend Helen sampled this offering and ate every single morsel. I didn’t try it but it looked divine.

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival outdoor kitchen florida fresh shrimp grits

Also available there is an amazing and sweet white sangria…Hurricane Class 5 White Sangria featuring Simply Lemonade, Florida Orange Groves (St. Petersburg, Florida)…I don’t have a photo to share but loved this offering.

Intermissions Café

On one of the afternoons I was exploring the festival we attended a demonstration at the Festival Center in the Wonders of Life Pavilion and I stopped by the Intermissions Cafe for a small glass of Garda Italian Wine Blend, Quantum Leap Winery (Orlando, Florida). This wine didn’t have much body and was light on the palate.

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival   center intermissions cafe Garda Italian Wine Blend

Fleur de Lys

In France we have an Outdoor Kitchen called Fleur de Lys where you can find the most succulent macaron as big as my head! Macaron à la fleur d’ Oranger – Orange blossom macaron with white chocolate ganache (TRYit!). I’ve been slightly obsessed with the macaron sampler offering inside Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in France and this super-sized orange macaron is just as wonderful!

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival outdoor kitchen france fleur de lys orange macaron

Pair your macaron with the orange beer (Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 – Fruity white beer with citrus notes) for a real taste of Florida in France.

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival outdoor kitchen france fleur de lys Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 beer

Hanami

My trip wouldn’t be complete without a little sushi right?  New this year to the Japan Pavilion is the Temaki hand roll – Sliced Panko fried chicken, curry sauce, rice and pickled julienne carrots wrapped with Nori.  This offering is also very portable and I loved how the curry sauce played with the pickled carrot.

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival outdoor kitchen japan hanami chicken hand roll

We’re going to round out this food review with a trip to the all NEW…

Urban Farm Eats

We’re going to start with something that I didn’t like and then get into my favorite offering at the festival.

Redbridge Gluten-Free Sorghum Beer, Anheuser-Busch (St. Louis, Missouri).  Don’t TryIt!  Just kidding…try it, but you’ve been warned.  I am a craft beer drinker and usually prefer IPA’s and Ales. I asked the Cast Member if the beer tasted like molasses since it was made from sorghum and got a resounding “no”. Well, this beer tastes like molasses…kind of sweet…not appealing at all.

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival  urban farm eats Redbridge Gluten-Free Sorghum Beer

The two food items I tried at Urban Farm Eats were pretty amazing.

First, the Land-grown eggplant “scallop” with romesco sauce and spaghetti squash (TRYit!). There was a light coating of oil in the bottom of this dish that I found unnecessary but the overall flavor was delicious!  Everything had good texture, especially the spaghetti squash and the romesco sauce did a nice job of tying all the ingredients together.

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival  urban farm eats eggplant

The “Best in Show” of the festival goes to the Ghost pepper-dusted tilapia with crisp winter melon slaw and mint oil featuring The Original Sauce Man’s Kick It Up Rub. I asked the chef doling out this dish if I was going to be sorry to not have a drink to wash down this fish dish and he informed me that I might. I must also tell you that tilapia is one of my least favorite fish.  This.Dish.Was.Amazing!  The fish was dense and cooked perfectly. The rub had a kick, but not a kick-you-in-the-face kick…more of a slap-your-mama-good kick.  The melon slaw was the ideal accompaniment. I can’t wait to go back this weekend for another serving!

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival  urban farm eats ghost pepper dusted tilapia

That’s it for now kids. Be sure to follow me over on Instagram for live updates from the parks. I’ll be there this weekend finding more delicious morsels to share with you.

Have you Made it Out to the Flower & Garden Festival Yet? What are You Looking Forward to Trying?


16
Mar 14

Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion Spice Road Table Restaurant Review at Walt Disney World

disney epcot morocco spice road table restaurant

Last week I shared my Hard Hat Tour Photos from the 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.  After the tour was over, Disney provided us with a complementary lunch at Epcot’s newest eatery, Spice Road Table.

disney epcot spice road table restaurant morocco

Spice Road Table is a tapas style eatery serving small, shareable Mediterranean plates and is located along World Showcase Lagoon in Epcot’s Morocco pavilion.

disney epcot morocco spice road table restaurant bar

Could there be a more gorgeous view for lunch? I think not.

disney epcot morocco spice road table restaurant bar

Let’s get right into the eats shall we?

disney epcot spice road table restaurant morocco

We started our Mediterranean food tour off with the Hummus and Imported Olives ($10) with Cornichons and Za’atar Flat Bread

disney epcot morocco spice road table restaurant hummus

disney epcot morocco spice road table restaurant hummus flat bread

Nothing about this offering sucked. The bread was fresh and light and the hummus was perfectly creamy.

My favorite offering of the day was the next course…

Rice Stuffed Grape Leaves ($8) Fried Capers, Raisins & Fresh Nutmeg topped this dish.

disney epcot morocco spice road table restaurant stuffed grape leaves

This is a normal serving size and perfect for sharing, although I would recommend eating all four of these neat little packages yourself.  The tang of the grape leaves and capers played nicely with the sweetness of the raisins and nutmeg. I could make a meal out of two servings of these beauties.

As we finished up our second course I ordered another glass of the Red Spice Road Signature Sangria ($9.99) which was delicious! You can also get a white or sparking version of this sangria and pitchers are offered for $34. Each pitcher contains about 3.5 glasses. The sangria is certified organic. I prefer the white to the red personally.

disney epcot morocco spice road table restaurant red sangria amanda tinney

disney epcot morocco spice road table restaurant red sangria

The next offering was Fried Calamari ($12) with Spicy Harissa and a Remoulade Sauce.

disney epcot morocco spice road table restaurant calamari

It’s really easy to overcook calamari but Spice Road Table has the frying down to a science. The breading on this was light and crispy and the calamari was not chewy whatsoever.

After the calamari came a chilled shrimp salad with cous cous, which was not on the menu, but was apparently offered by the chef as a way to show off his skills…or perhaps this is something that is to be added soon?

disney epcot morocco spice road table restaurant shrimp salad with cous cous

Also not on the menu, but similar to something being served at the “Taste of Marrakesh” Outdoor Kitchen during the 2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival were Chicken Kebabs.

disney epcot morocco spice road table restaurant chicken kebab

And when I thought I couldn’t fit one more morsel of food in my belly…look what arived to the table…Lamb Sliders ($9) Brioche, Cucumber Dill and Mint Tzatziki Sauce

disney epcot morocco spice road table restaurant lamb sliders

At this point I took a little break in my culinary adventure to admire the view outside…

disney epcot morocco spice road table restaurant friendship boat

I loved the ability to see the Friendship boats passing by as we sipped our Sangria.  Illuminations must be absolutely amazing from this vantage point in the evening.

I wiggled around in my seat because I knew there were desserts coming and I need to shift some real estate around in my stomach.  All three of the desserts offered at Spice Road Table are priced at $7.

I’m a HUGE fan of Baklava and when the trio was delivered to the table I went straight for the Pistachio!  The pistachio is the longest piece of baklava with the other two flavors being walnut and almond…there in the back. The almond was really bad and tasted like eating perfume.  The pistachio was delicious.  I think this has taken the place of the Almond and Rosewater Cake that was previously on the menu.

disney epcot morocco spice road table restaurant baklava

We also got a chance to sample the Saffron and Lemon Custard.

disney epcot morocco spice road table restaurant saffron and lemon custard

This dessert read like a creme brulee and was divine.

My favorite dessert of the day was the Chocolate Pyramid!

disney epcot morocco spice road table restaurant chocolate pyramid

This is served with a small scoop of almond and rosewater ice cream and is filled with a surprise of hazelnut cream.

disney epcot morocco spice road table restaurant chocolate pyramid

This is THE dessert to get if you are waivering about selecting one of the three. Trust me. You’re going to love it!

Spice Road Table was a perfect end to a perfect day touring Epcot. Please note that there are no ADRs for Spice Road Table and no discounts are offered, not even Tables in Wonderland.

I hope these pictures have convinced you to give the Mediterranean offerings at the Spice Road Table a shot on your next Walt Disney World vacation.  Although the name of the restaurant implies Spice…I did not find any of the dishes to be overly spicy, so if you are spice averse you should still give Spice Road table a “Go”.

Special thanks goes out to Disney for providing me this experience complementary. I was not required to write this post and have been back several times on my own dime to enjoy the sangria once again. All opinions are my own.


11
Mar 14

My Hard Hat Tour of the 2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

epcot spaceship earth

The 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is in full swing.  Last week I got a hard hat tour from the festival’s horticulture specialists Eric Darden and Heather Will-Browne.  I loved chatting up Heather during lunch at Spice Road Table (review to follow). She’s worked for the company for over 40 years! In fact, she was the first woman on the horticulture team. Back then, there were only men’s costumes available hence why she has sworn off pants and rocks a skirt now whenever she can.

You could really see the passion for plants that these two had during the tour.  Disney sure knows how to pick the right cast member for the job.

epcot flower garden festival Eric Darden and Heather Will-Browne

The tour started at the main entrance of the park. Eric and Heather explained the process by which they select the main entrance topiaries.  These characters are the very first thing guests see when they enter the park and need to make an impact and set the tone for what’s to come.  Heather and Eric told us that there will always be Disney Classic characters in this section and the theme is usually based on one of Walt’s Classic Shorts.

2014 epcot flower and garden festival goofy soccer

Next we (Zannaland and The Suburban Mom) donned our hard hats and prepared to go behind the walls of the “Color Garden”.

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival behind the scenes

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival behind the scenes

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival behind the scenes

We learned how color groupings play off one another.

2014 epcot international flower and garden festival behind the scenes

This was also the section of the tour where Heather and Eric explained the process by which they come to a final layout of each garden.

We hopped on over to the “Hummingbirds at Home” section of the festival (near Test Track) where we got a presentation from a representative of the National Audubon Society.

2014 epcot flower and garden festival hummingbird

I loved hearing about the migration of the Ruby-throated hummingbird from Central America, through Florida and the into North America.  I had no idea that hummingbirds traveled that far south. In this garden guests can learn about the top hummingbird attracting plants, how to arrange a hummingbird garden and how they can help gather information for the Audubon Society as part of the Audubon’s Hummingbirds at Home Citizen Science Program.

2014 epcot flower and garden festival hummingbird

This is Don Kendizor, a noted naturalist. In his hand he is holding a hummingbird nest, which is about the size of a chicken egg.  He explained to us that the eggs of the hummingbird are about the size of a pea and that the nests were a rare find.  Don will appear at select times in the exhibit during the festival to answer guests questions.

After leaving the hummingbird garden we took a stroll through “Mater’s Parts, Plants & Play Garden”.

2014 epcot flower and garden festival mater cars topiary

This is an area the kids can enjoy.  Disney has added these wonderful shaded areas for guests to relax throughout their day touring the festival.

2014 epcot flower and garden festival

Next we were allowed inside an all new interactive topiary concept.

2014 epcot flower and garden festival goofy soccer

The area in front of Goofy’s feet has had a soccer ball installed and guests can use this photo opp to play a game of garden soccer with the topiary characters.  This garden is located within the walkway from Future World into World Showcase.

New this year is Mike and Sulley’s Monsterous Garden on the Imagination Walkway.

2014 epcot flower and garden festival monsters mike sulley garden

See those college textbooks beside Mike? They are actually part of the structure that holds the one-eyed monster up.

2014 epcot flower and garden festival monsters mike sulley garden

Last year this area was themed to The Land of Oz.  Remember those giant red glass poppies?  The artist who crafted them has crafted some new glass butterflies that will be inside Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House.

2014 epcot flower and garden festival monsters mike sulley garden playground

2014 epcot flower and garden festival monsters mike sulley garden playground

Perhaps the most impressive display of all is the Festival Blooms and Floating Gardens.  You’ll want to see the Floating Gardens at night this year. I hear they have a surprise in them.

2014 epcot flower and garden festival blooms

This area of the festival will be replanted at last once during the festival and contains 45,000 bedding plants. There are 120 floating planters as well.

As we made our way into World Showcase we stopped to admire the Fantasia display which included this Sorcerer Mickey topiary.

Did you know that this was one of the original Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival displays back in 1994?

2014 epcot flower and garden festival sorcerer mickey fantasia broom topiary

These orchids in Mexico are one of my favorite finds. You can spot them along the handicapped entrance to the pavilion.

2014 epcot flower and garden festival mexico orchids

The Lion King topiaries can be found between China and Germany. Heather and Eric explained to us that they have been able to put topiaries where then hadn’t been able to put them before using a concept called a sandbox which can be broken down after the festival. Pumbaa and Timon are planted in one of these sandboxes.

2014 epcot flower and garden festival africa pumbaa timon

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs have had a major “face-lift” this year and look amazingly lifelike. Look for them over in Germany.

2014 epcot flower and garden festival germany dwarfs

With “Muppets Most Wanted” soon to “hit” theaters, these Kermit and Miss Piggy topiaries in Italy are sure to be a “hit”.

2014 epcot flower and garden festival muppets kermit miss piggy

New this year is the Florida Fresh Garden.

2014 epcot flower and garden festival florida freshEverything is locally sourced.  One of the featured plantings is a kumquat tree. You can see it below on the right. I do love me some kumquats. In fact, there’s a kumquat jam on the cheese board at Yachtsman Steakhouse and I’m dreaming about it right now….

2014 epcot flower and garden festival florida fresh

2014 epcot flower and garden festival florida fresh canoe planter

Ready to tap the Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale from the Florida Beer Company which was brewed specifically for the 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival!

2014 epcot flower and garden festival florida fresh amanda tinney

The Smokehouse returns in 2014 and what better character to welcome guests into this area than Sheriff Woody.

2014 epcot flower and garden festival smokehouse woody toy story topiary

The horticulturists have been playing around with new planting options in the Backyard Play Garden between France and Morocco. Here we have one of those new planting options…square straw bales. Who knew?

2014 epcot flower and garden festival straw planter

This concluded our Hard Hat Tour of the 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.  I hope you enjoyed it.  I will be reviewing the food and beverage offerings from the Outdoor Kitchens soon. The festival runs through May 18th, 2014 and is included in park admission.


16
Feb 14

2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Food and Wine Menu Items

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival food dole whip

We’re just weeks away from the 2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and this foodie couldn’t be more excited about the release of the Outdoor Kitchen Menus!

Florida Fresh

  • Watermelon salad with pickled onions, BW Farm baby arugula, feta cheese and balsamic reduction
  • Shrimp and stone ground grits with andouille sausage, sweet corn, tomatoes and cilantro
  • Florida kumquat pie (TRYit!)
  • Watermelon passion fruit slush featuring Simply Lemonade®
  • Hurricane Class 5 White Sangria featuring Simply Lemonade, Florida Orange Groves (St. Petersburg, Florida)
  • Garda Italian Wine Blend, Quantum Leap Winery (Orlando, Florida)
  • Rogue Valley Pinot Noir, Quantum Leap Winery (Orlando, Florida)
  • Blonde Ale, Orlando Brewing Company (Orlando, Florida)
  • Cotton Mouth Belgian Style Witbier, Swamp Head Brewery (Gainesville, Florida)
  • Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale, Florida Beer Company (Cape Canaveral, Florida) – Festival Exclusive!
  • Florida Avenue Blueberry, Cold Storage Craft Brewery (Tampa, Florida)
  • Beer Flight – Blonde Ale, Cotton Mouth Belgian Style Witbier, Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale and Florida Avenue Blueberry
  • Simply Orange

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
  • Temaki hand roll – Sliced Panko fried chicken, curry sauce, rice and pickled julienne carrots wrapped with Nori
  • Hanami sushi – A flavorful combination of salmon, scallop and beef-topped rice balls served atop a shiso violet sauce (TRYit!)
  • Japanese puffed rice cakes with green tea whipped cream and azuki
  • Kirin draft beer
  • Pinepple Paradise with Yuzu Slushie – Frozen blend of sweet sake, pineapple juice and crème, flavored with a hint of Yuzu citrus juice
  • Orange Mango Slushie – Frozen blend of Nigori sake, mango and orange juice

Jardin de Fiestas

  • Tacos al pastor – Corn tortilla filled with achiote-marinated pork, garnished with grilled diced pineapple, onions and cilantro
  • Quesadilla de hongos con queso – Flour tortilla filled with mushrooms and cheese
  • Flan de chocolate Abuelita – Mexican chocolate custard
  • Tecate draft beer
  • White Mexican sangria
  • Franbuesa (raspberry) margarita on the rocks
  • Tequila flight – blanco, reposado and añejo
  • Dasani® bottled water

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
  • Macaron à la fleur d’ Oranger – Orange blossom macaron with white chocolate ganache (TRYit!)
  • 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
  • Rosé pamplemousse cocktail – Rosé wine mixed with natural grapefruit syrup
  • Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 – Fruity white beer with citrus notes

Lotus House

  • Beijing-style candied strawberries
  • Spring pancake with grilled chicken and green apple
  • Vegetable spring rolls
  • Popping 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
  • Lychee aerated water

Pineapple Promenade

  • Pineapple soft serve
  • Pineapple soft serve with Myers’s dark rum
  • Pineapple soft serve with Parrot Bay coconut rum
  • Sweet potato cinnamon waffle with pineapple soft serve (TRYit! selection)
  • Frozen desert violet lemonade featuring Simply Lemonade (nonalcoholic)
  • Tropical Mango Pale Ale, St. John Brewers (U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • Once Upon a Vine’s The Lost Slipper Sauvignon Blanc

Primavera Kitchen

  • Caprese – Fior di latte mozzarella, roasted peppers and olio verde
  • Three cheese manicotti – Egg pasta stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, tomato sauce and béchamel
  • Torta di ricotta – Lemon cheesecake with limoncello-marinated strawberries
  • Placido Pinot Grigio
  • Placido Chianti
  • Bosco del Merlo Prosecco
  • 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

Taste of Marrakesh

  • Lamb brewat roll with prunes and sesame
  • Harissa chicken kebab with couscous salad
  • Baghrir – Moroccan pancake with honey, almonds and argan oil
  • Mint iced tea
  • White sangria
  • Guerrouane red
  • Casa Beer
  • Desert Rose – Sparkling wine with pomegranate liqueur

Urban Farm Eats – NEW!

  • Pickled beet salad with goat cheese cream, mizuna and pistachios
  • Land-grown eggplant “scallop” with romesco sauce and spaghetti squash (TRYit!)
  • Ghost pepper-dusted tilapia with crisp winter melon slaw and mint oil featuring The Original Sauce Man’s Kick It Up Rub
  • Cucumber lemon spa water, finished with a sprig of fresh mint
  • The Vegan Vine Chardonnay
  • The Vegan Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Redbridge Gluten-Free Sorghum Beer, Anheuser-Busch (St. Louis, Missouri)

THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews

  • Pulled pig slider with cole slaw
  • Smoked beef brisket with collard greens and jalapeño corn bread
  • Smoked turkey “rib” (TRYit!)
  • “Piggylicous” bacon cupcake with maple frosting and pretzel crunch featuring Nueske’s® Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • Magic Hat #9, Magic Hat Brewing (South Burlington, Vermont)
  • Maduro, Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida)
  • Fat Tire, New Belgium Brewing Company (Ft. Collins, Colorado)
  • Billy’s Chilies, Twisted Pine Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado)
  • Beer Flight – Magic Hat #9, Maduro, Fat Tire and Billy’s Chilies
  • The Original Rib Shack Red Wine

The Buttercup Cottage

  • Freshly baked potato and cheddar cheese biscuit with smoked salmon tartare
  • Field greens with Plant City strawberries, toasted almonds and Farmstead stilton (TRYit!)
  • Pork and apple sausage roll with house-made piccalilli
  • Freshly baked lemon scones with berry preserves and crème fraÎche
  • Chilled rose blush lemonade featuring Simply Lemonade with Raspberry (nonalcoholic)
  • Twinings® Cold Brewed English Classic with lemon grass syrup
  • Berry tea cocktail – Twinings Cold Brewed Mixed Berry Tea with Florida Cane vodka and Plant City strawberry, flavored with raspberry and açaí syrup
  • Iron Horse Fairy Tale Cuvee
  • Deloach Pinot Noir

Intermissions Café

  • Grapes
  • Fruit & cheese plate
  • Vegan trio
  • Southwest chicken wrap
  • Tuna salad with pita
  • Side salad
  • Asian tuna salad with noodles
  • Caprese Push-Pop – Tomato, mozzarella and balsamic (TRYit! selection)
  • Hurricane Class 5 White Sangria, Florida Orange Groves (St. Petersburg, Florida)
  • Garda Italian Wine Blend, Quantum Leap Winery (Orlando, Florida)
  • Rogue Valley Pinot Noir, Quantum Leap Winery (Orlando, Florida)
  • Martini Prosecco
  • Strongbow Cider, Bulmers Cider Company (White Plains, New York)
  • SweetWater Blue, SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia)

The 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs March 5th – May 18th, 2014, at Walt Disney World Resort.


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Jan 14

HGTV and DIY Network Stars Scheduled to Appear at 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Genevieve Gorder

Superstars of HGTV and DIY Network shows will appear at the 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV between March 5 and May 18, 2014. Three HGTV stars will “crash” the festival for the first time: Matt Blashaw from “Yard Crashers,” Matt Muenster from “Bath Crashers” and Alison Victoria from “Kitchen Crashers.”

The popular HGTV celebrities will meet festival guests and showcase expert tips and clever tricks at noon and 3 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday on The Designers’ Stage presented by HGTV at the Festival Center. The Crashers and their crews are known for plucking regular folks out of home improvement stores to help them – in just three days – make over the family’s yard, bathroom or kitchen. Also new to this year’s festival are “Renovation Raiders” star Amy Matthews and Chip Wade, who started with John Gidding on “Curb Appeal” and now has his own hit show, “Elbow Room.”

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HGTV/DIY favorites returning to this year’s festival include Vern Yip, “Design Star” judge, Florida’s own David “Color Splash” Bromstad, John Gidding of “Curb Appeal” and HGTV Star Genevieve Gorder. Here’s the lineup (subject to change):

March 7-9 – Vern Yip, ”Design Star”
March 14-16 – Chris Lambton, “Going Yard”
March 21-23 – Matt Blashaw, “Yard Crashers”
March 28-30 – Matt Muenster, ”Bath Crashers”
April 4-6 – Taniya Nayak, ”House Hunters on Vacation”
April 11-13 – Amy Matthews, “Renovation Raiders”
April 18-20 – John Gidding, ”Curb Appeal”
April 25-27 – David Bromstad, “Color Splash”
May 2-4 – Chip Wade, ”Elbow Room”
May 9-11 – Genevieve Gorder, HGTV Star
May 16-18 – Alison Victoria, ”Kitchen Crashers”

Presentations by HGTV and DIY Network stars and all gardening programs and exhibits are included with admission to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.