Walt Disney World Announces Dates for 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival

While it is cold (even in Florida) and snowing in parts of the United States our attention is turning to the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival.

Today Walt Disney World announced that the festival will begin on March 3, 2021 and will run through July 5th.

The festival will beavailable with valid admission and a park reservation for the same date. The 2021 festival is almost a month longer than the 2020 festival.

Along with the guest favorite topiary,  there are scheduled to be more than 20 Outdoor Kitchens that will return to World Showcase.

Walt Disney World Announces Dates for 2018 Flower and Garden Festival

Walt Disney World has announced that the 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will take place over 90 days, from February 28 through May 28.

Epcot will be celebrating 25 years of the event in 2018.  Some highlights of next year’s event include:

  • Disney Character Topiaries
  • 15 Outdoor Kitchens serving creative, flavor-rich cuisine that highlights spring garden offerings
  • Garden Rocks music series – with its classic rock ‘n’ roll stars from the ‘60s, ‘70s ‘80s and ‘90s. Garden Rocks Dining packages will be available for certain Epcot restaurants – pairing a meal with reserved seating for your favorite concert
  • Garden Tours – Including Gardens of the World Tour (spring edition); the English Tea Garden Tour; and Royal Tea Garden Tour (extra fee required)
  • New interactive kids play areas
  • Egg-Stravaganza scavenger hunt

Disney Releases Full Menu Line Up for 2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Kitchens

Epcot Flower and Garden

NEW! Cider House – United Kingdom

Food

  • Land-harvested Field Greens with Apples, Dried Blueberries, Stilton Cheese and Apple Cider Vinaigrette
  • Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage and Pears and Branston Dressing
  • House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare
  • Freshly Baked Lemon Scone with Crème Fraîche and Mixed Berries

Beverages

  • Sonoma “The Pitchfork” Organic Pear Hard Cider
    Healdsburg, CA
  • McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider
    West Seneca, NY
  • Keel & Curley Mad Man Blueberry Hard Cider
    Plant City, FL
  • Cigar City Brewing Tampa-style Lager
    Tampa, FL
  • Snakebite
    Cigar City Tampa-style Lager mixed with McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider
  • Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider
    California (Non-Alcoholic)
  • Beer & Cider Flight also available

Urban Farm Eats – Near Pineapple Promenade

Food

  • Watermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, B&W Gourmet Farms Baby Arugula, Feta and Balsamic Reduction
  • Vegetable and White Bean “Naanwich” with Arugula Pesto and Oven-dried Tomatoes featuring Seeds of Change® Quinoa, Brown & Red Rice
  • Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragoût, Spring Vegetables and Marble Potatoes

Beverages

  • Avivé Natural Peach Sparkling Wine
    France
  • King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir
    Oregon
  • Sierra Nevada Otra Vez
    Chico, CA
  • Urban Mary

Pineapple Promenade – Near Entrance to World Showcase

Food

  • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Taro Chips
  • Pineapple Soft-serve

Beverages

  • Sparkling Pineapple Wine, Florida Orange Groves Winery
    St. Petersburg, FL
  • Ocean Tropical Pineapple Hard Cider, Florida Beer Company
    Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Pineapple Soft-serve with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
  • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade
    (Non-Alcoholic)

NEW! La Isla Fresca

Food

  • Jerk-spice Grouper or Chicken with Mango Salsa, Chayote and Green Papaya Slaw with Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette
  • Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro
  • Tres Leches with Guava Purée

Beverages

  • Red Stripe Jamaican Style Lager
  • Frozen Simply Tropical Juice Drink with Cruzan Mango Rum
  • Frozen Simply Tropical Juice Drink
    (Non-Alcoholic)

Jardin De Fiestas – Mexico

Food

  • Tacos de Camarón
    Tempura Shrimp served with Hibiscus Flower, Caramelized Onions and Habanero Sauce
  • Corn Tortilla Quesadilla served with Roasted Mushrooms and Zucchini Blossom topped with Green Tomatillo Sauce
  • Flan de Rosas served with Hibiscus Reduction

Beverages

  • Tecate Light Beer
  • Rose Margarita
  • Elder ower Watermelon Sangria

Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market – Germany

Food

  • Chicken Fricassee with Green Asparagus and Peas served with Uncle Ben’s® Rice Pilaf
  • Currywurst with Paprika Chips
  • Roasted Bratwurst with Curry Ketchup and Paprika-spiced Chips
    “Armer Ritter” Egg Battered Toast with Cherry Compote and Powdered Sugar

Beverages

  • Hugo-Charles de Fere “Organic” Brut with Elder ower and Mint
  • Paulaner Original Munich Lager
  • Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen
  • Warsteiner Dunkel
  • Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager
  • Beer Flight also available

Primavera Kitchen – Italy

Food

  • Pollo alla Parmigiana
    Breaded Breast of Chicken, Tomato, Parmesan and Mozzarella Cheese
  • Mezze Lune Primavera
    Egg Pasta stuffed with Ricotta and Spinach in a Creamy Sauce with Spring Vegetables and Pecorino Cheese
  • Cremoso al Pistacchio
    Pistacchio Cream, Strawberries and Mascarpone Cream

Beverages

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco
  • Corbinello
  • Moscato
  • Bellini
  • Sparkling wine and Peach purée
  • Rossini
  • Sparkling wine and marinated Strawberries
  • Frozen Italian Primavera
  • Assorted fruit slushy, Limoncello and Vodka
  • Moretti Lager
  • Moretti La Rossa
  • Italian Seasonal Selection
  • Beer Flight also available

The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews – American Adventure

Food

  • Pulled Pig Slider with Crispy Onions and Coleslaw
  • Smoked Pork Ribs with Roasted Corn Salad
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños
  • Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans

Beverages

  • The Great American Wine Company Red Blend
    Sonoma, CA
  • Funky Buddha Floridian Hefeweizen
    Oakland Park, FL
  • Orlando Brewing Company Uncle Matt’s Organic Grapefruit Pale Ale
    Orlando, FL
  • 3 Daughters Rod Bender Red Ale
    St. Petersburg, FL
  • Shipyard Maple Bacon Stout
    Clearwater, FL
  • Frozen Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine Frozen Lemonade
    (Non-Alcoholic)
  • Sweet Tea
    (Non-Alcoholic)
  • Beer Flight also available

Hanami – Japan

Food

  • Frushi
    Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon Rolled with Raspberry Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream on the side
  • Chicken Edamame Bun
    Steamed Bun lled with Chicken and Edamame and topped with Curry Sauce
  • Beef Teriyaki Udon
    Thin-sliced Beef, Onions and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger

Beverages

  • Sapporo Draft Beer
  • Yuzu Plum Wine Slushy
    Sweet refreshing taste infused with the tangy flavor of Citrus
  • Suigei Sake
    Bold flavor with a crisp, clean finish

Taste of Marrakesh – Morocco

Food

  • Harissa Chicken Kebab with Sweet Couscous Salad
  • Falafel Pocket with Cucumber-Tomato Salad and Tahini Sauce
  • Baklava

Beverages

  • Desert Rose
  • Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liqueur
  • White Sangria
  • Guerrouane Red Wine
  • Casa Beer

Florida Fresh – Between Morocco and France

Food

  • Kale Salad with Dried Cherries, Almonds, Goat Cheese and White Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Shrimp and Stone-ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes and Cilantro
  • Florida Larder Board
    Orlando-made Ricotta Cheese, Cahaba Farms Micro Onions, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic, Country Pâté and House-made Pickles

Beverages

  • Key Lime Sparkling Wine, Florida Orange Groves Winery
    St. Petersburg, FL
  • Sea Dog Acai Berry Hefeweizen
    Clearwater, FL
  • Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale, Florida Beer Company
  • Watermelon Cucumber Slush with Hendrick’s Gin Watermelon Cucumber Slush
    (Non-Alcoholic)
  • Fresh-squeezed Watermelon Juice
    (Non-Alcoholic)

Fleur De Lys – France

Food

  • Tarte à l’Onion Alsacienne
    Alsatian Onion Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Puff Pastry Crust
  • Cassoulet au Con t de Canard
    Pulled Duck Con t with Braised Flageolet Beans
  • Macaron Chocolat Framboise
    Large Raspberry Macaron with Chocolate Fudge and Raspberry Jam

Beverages

  • Ice Pop Grand Marnier Peach Cocktail
    Grand Marnier Peach Raspberry, Vodka, Iced Tea
  • La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush
    Grey Goose Vodka Orange, St. Germain Liquor, White and Red Cranberry Juice
  • Merlot Bordeaux
    Château La Gravière, 2013
  • Kir Imperial
    Sparkling Wine with Chambord Black Raspberry Liquor
  • Kronenbourg Blanc 1664
    Fruity White Beer with Citrus Notes

Lotus House – China

Food

  • Gaoli Beef Bun
  • Beijing-style Candied Strawberries
  • Vegetable Spring Roll with Orange Sauce

Beverages

  • Oolong Peach Bubble Tea
  • Kung Fu Punch
    Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango and Orange Juice
  • Plum Wine
  • Honey Mango Wine Cooler
  • Dragon Pearl
    Beer, Honey, Cream and Tapioca Pearls
  • Tsingtao Beer

Disney Announces Performer Line-Up for the 2016 Flower and Garden Festival’s Garden Rocks Concerts

Flower and Garden

Disney has announced the performer line-up for the 2016 Garden Rocks Concerts, part of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.

Appearing for the first time at the festival are Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice, BRIAN HOWE, former lead singer of Bad Company, Georgia Satellites and Darlene Love.

The full line-up for the concert series, which is included with regular park admission during the Flower and Garden Festival:

  • March 4-6 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
  • March 11-13 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
  • March 18-20 – Little River Band “Reminiscing”
  • March 25-27 – Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
  • April 1-3 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”
  • April 8-10 – The Guess Who “American Woman”
  • April 15-17 – NEW! Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice “Spinning Wheel”
  • April 22-24 – NEW! BRIAN HOWE, former lead singer of Bad Company “Can’t Get Enough”
  • April 29-May 1 – NEW! Georgia Satellites “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”
  • May 6-8 – Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy”
  • May 13-15 – NEW! Darlene Love “Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home”
  • May 20-22 – Night Ranger “Sister Christian”
  • May 27-30 (Monday) – The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”

Performances are at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30pm, 6:45pm, and 8pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Festival and included with park admission.

Disney Releases More Details About the Food at the 2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens

Flower & Garden Food

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.

“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.

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.