Best Bets for Picky Eaters at EPCOT’s Flower and Garden Festival

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Festivals at EPCOT are a great time to expand your horizons by trying all sorts of new and exciting foods in tasting-plate size. Not everyone is on board with the idea of trying new things, however. If you’ve got a picky eater, there are still good options for foods they can try for the festival experience without pushing their comfort zone too much. Here’s the best options for picky eaters of all ages.

Sunshine Griddle

Fried Cinnamon Roll Bites with Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Bacon

It’s hard to go wrong with fried dough. If you have someone who isn’t a fan of bacon or cream cheese frosting, you can ask to have those left off.

Trowel and Trellis

Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread

Even with the garlic spread, this isn’t an item likely to put off picky eaters, but if you want it really plain, just ask for corn on the cob, hold the garlic spread.

Lotus House

House-Made Crab and Cheese Wontons

These would be a no-go for someone who is seafood adverse, but they’re a staple on enough Chinese takeout menus that they wouldn’t be an unfamiliar food to many. (Leaving the sauce off is recommended for picky eaters.)

Bauernmarkt

Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions, and Herb Sour Cream

Two versions of this dish are available — one as shown with ham, onions, and sour cream. The other is just served with applesauce, or you can ask for the potato pancake without anything at all. It doesn’t get more plain than that!

Toasted Pretzel Bread Topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese

Don’t let the fancy description fool you — it’s a ham and Swiss sandwich.

Primavera Kitchen

Margherita: Rustic Italian Flatbread with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella

Although we’re not huge fans of the food at the Italy booth overall, it does work well for picky eaters. This is cheese pizza.

Fleur de Lys

Beignet Caramélisé, Fourré Crème Vanille, Glacé au Caramel Fleur de Sel: Caramelized Beignet Filled with Vanilla Cream and Glazed with Caramel Fleur de Sel

Another one of those foods where the name is more scary than the food. Call it a caramel donut with vanilla pudding filling.

Macaron au Chocolate en Sucette: Large Chocolate Macaron Lollipop

Macaron aren’t so exotic that they’d be a shock to most eaters. This one doesn’t have any surprises–it’s a chocolate filled cookie on a stick with some crunchies on it.

Northern Bloom

Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, and Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables

Have a meat and potatoes person in the group? This one’s for them. Ask for the sauce to be left off if they aren’t a fan of mushrooms.

The Citrus Blossom

Citrus Shortcake: Orange Chiffon Cake, Lemon Curd, Mandarin Oranges, Whipped Cream, and Citrus Crumble

There’s a lot of flavor in this cake, but if you’re okay with citrus, the flavor won’t be problematic.

Magnolia Terrace

Pecan Cake with Maple Whipped Cream

Like pecan pie? Odds are good you’ll like this dish. It has all the flavors of a Thanksgiving pecan pie dessert.

Hanami

Soy-Glazed Pork Shank with Truffle Mashed Potatoes, Crispy Lotus Flower, Garlic Chips, and Green Onion

For a picky eater who wants to push the envelope a tiny bit, this is a good dish. There’s a lot going on here, but none of the flavors will be too exotic or overpowering.

 

Have you been to the EPCOT Flower and Garden festival this year? Got any dishes you think are must-try options for picky eaters? Any of these didn’t work for your picky eaters? Let us know in the comments.

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Julia Mascardo

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