While Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival hasn’t yet caught up with the International Food and Wine fest in edible options, there are still more items to sample than any human stomach should attempt in a single day (trust us, we’ve tried). Therefore, I recently followed up my first visit to 2015 Flower and Garden Festival with another lap around World Showcase, this time in the opposite direction. The following photos show of some of my favorite Flower and Garden food finds from the western “hemisphere” of Epcot’s promenade, along with a closer look at a few of the floral arrangements we overlooked the first time around.
2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Food Finds
Let’s start with Urban Farm Eats, home to two of my favorite dishes at this year’s festival.
The ghost pepper tilapia was moist and flaky with a nice bite, but not painfully spicy.
I’d buy a bottle of the white balsamic vinaigrette served on the kale salad, and the sweet dried cherries nicely balance the sharp goat cheese.
The “urban mary” was a full shot of vodka mixed with an undistinguished bloody mary mix, and garnished with pickled green bean that proved to be the best part. Serving these without ice is a big mistake in the Orlando heat.
Some Epcot food news that’s not part of the Flower and Garden Festival: British Cadbury chocolate is still available in the United Kingdom pavilion, despite Hershey’s recent bid to ban their import.
Over in France, the duck confit was frankly a bit disappointing. The portion size was acceptable, but the confit wasn’t as tender as I’d like, and the potatoes underneath were uninspired.
The alcoholic ice pop, on the other hand, was a huge hit. They should sell these things year round, in a variety of flavors, but for now I’ll enjoy the peachy iced tea goodness.
Brace yourself for more disappointment: the falafel pita in Morocco was bone dry and barely seasoned. Stick with the nearby Tangerine Cafe for your Middle Eastern counter service needs.
Moving on to Japan, the box nigiri-style salmon was a step up from the last dish, with mildly spicy wasabi and Sriracha-mayo sauces drizzled on top of the raw fish. The price is a little high for two smallish pieces, but not insanely so.
Finally, for those who asked after our last visit to Epcot, here is what the bacon cupcakes at the American Adventure’s Smokehouse look like.
2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Floral Finds
The rose garden between Future World West and World Showcase is currently displaying ideas of how you can turn your own backyard into a “Certified Wildlife Habitat.”
You have to love these topiary creatures outside the nearby Monsters University-themed playground.
I also adore this Shakespeare garden in the United Kingdom pavilion, filled with plants mentioned in the Bard’s plays.
If you can’t snag a slot in the popular Twinning’s tea garden tours, at least you can take a self-guided stroll through the displays.
On your way to everyone’s favorite opening-day Epcot attraction, say bonjour to these friends from Beauty and the Beast.
Finally, here’s a farewell from Winnie the Pooh.
What’s your favorite food or floral display at this year’s Flower and Garden Festival? Let us know in the comments below!