• Kristi Dao

Epcot's 2020 Flower and Garden Festival Favorites

Updated: Mar 24

Spring is around the corner, and that means that Epcot is now hosting their annual Flower and Garden Festival until the end of May. That means that the Disney trips I take these next coming months will include beautiful garden displays, blooming flowers, and of course, unique food inspired by flavors across the globe.

Now, it's been about a week since the festival started, and I thought that I would start by sharing my favorites from when I went. I'm very happy that I got to enjoy these things before Disney closed down for the rest of the month because of Corona virus. Here are the six favorites that I highly recommend when you go.

1. Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread from The Honey Bee-stro

I love a pun, but I might love this flatbread more. My sister is the one who convinced me that we should try it, because I was hesitant at first. We both agree that the crust was the best part, because the edges were just crispy enough while the center of the flatbread was perfectly fluffy. Meanwhile, the chicken was well-seasoned, I just wished that I could taste the honey more. This is the Honey Bee-Stro, yet the taste of honey seemed to be masked by the spices of this chicken.

2. Ravioli from Primavera Kitchen in Italy

There are two booths that usually impress me at these festivals, and the first one is usually Italy. This year is no different as they roll out with a grilled chicken ravioli with spring vegetables and pesto sauce. While I normally find pesto to be too overwhelming for me on a normal day, I found the pesto sauce to be so creamy that it complimented the chicken well. When I was done, I ended up with a good amount of sauce on my face.

Bonus: We also got the La Regina "Margherita," which is a flatbread. Our ravioli had so much cream sauce that we ended up dipping our flatbread into the sauce, and that experience would have to be my favorite on this whole thing.

3. Canard Confit a l'Orange from Fleur de Lys in France

My very first stop when I showed up to Epcot was the France booth, because it is my second booth that usually doesn't disappoint. While I was really hoping from creme brulee this year, I was happy to see that duck was an option, and I knew that I had to try it. From my experience, I would say that the duck and the mashed sweet potato complimented each other really well. It was nice to finished with the sweet taste of orange at the end, but I didn't find it to be necessary.

4. Beef Tenderloin Tips from Northern Bloom in Canada

The Canada booth is always one that I feel is a necessary stop, because Epcot Canada is where Le Cellier Steakhouse is. That restaurant is one of Disney's most popular resturants, and while I've never eaten at the steakhouse myself, sometimes they'll feature some of the menu items on the seasonal booths. Since it's known for its steakhouse, I assume that I can never go wrong with ordering meat, and to this day I haven't been disappointed. This year, Canada's booth was serving up beef tenderloin tips, and I can definitely say that they were tender and full of flavor.

5. Potato Pancake from Bauermarket in Germany

Potatoes in the form of a pancake? The idea was always interesting to me, because I love the two ideas separately, but I never knew what they would be like together. Now, I know, and I would say that the flavor is definitely unique. Here, I opted for the ham with my potato pancake because I thought savory would compliment the potato well. However, I am curious about the applesauce with the pancake because I feel like I see it on the menu every year. Maybe the next time I go once all the craziness is over.

Grandma Sau's Favorite: DOLE Whip with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum at Pineapple Promenade

It's a combination of ice cream and alcohol, which are two things that really contrast each other. What my grandma likes about this is that the sweetness of the DOLE whip contrast against the bitterness of the beer. In the end, you're still getting something that tastes pretty good on your tongue, and you'll even get a small buzz if you're lucky.

Do you see anything that you want to try? What is your favorite part of Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival? Are you a fan of Disney? I know I'll be going back soon, just so I can try all the yummy drinks that I skipped out on this time around.

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Until next time, I hope that you enjoy some delicious food and check back soon.

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