Flowers, Food, and Fun! The Return of Disney’s Flower and Garden Festival
Disney’s famous International Flower and Garden Festival returns to Epcot for its 24th year. The festival runs daily now through May 29th.
While this festival may not be as heavily focused on food like the Food and Wine Festival in the Fall is, there are many great food and drink offerings. In addition to last years 13 outdoor kitchen booths where you can find all of your favorite dishes, there are 2 brand new additions bringing up the total to 15 unique stops to eat and drink.
The first new outdoor kitchen is Northern Bloom which is located in Canada. This kitchen features seared scallops, beef tenderloin tips, and Nanaimo bars which is a Canadian dessert. Also offered are many unique beverage options including their new maple popcorn shake that comes in both an alcoholic and non alcoholic version.
The second new outdoor kitchen The Berry Basket is located in the Showcase Plaza. This new kitchen features dishes and drinks with a berry influence. These include a blackberry gastrique lamb chop, a strawberry field greens salad, and a warm wild berry buckle dessert. This is also where you can find the Twinings Green Tea berry mint julep which also comes in a non alcoholic version.
With all the different food and beverage offerings, it can be easy to forget all of the other great things to see and do at the festival. Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday night the America Gardens Theater hosts its Garden Rocks Concert Series featuring 16 of your favorite musical acts.
March 3-4 Jon Secada
March 5-6 Dennis DeYoung (The music of STYX)
March 10-13 Pointer Sisters
March 17-18 Simple Plan
March 19-20 Plain White T’s
March 24-27 Night Ranger
March 31-03 Little River Band
April 7-10 Blood, Sweat & Tears Ft. Bo Bice
April 14-17 Gin Blossoms
April 21-24 The Orchestra staring former members of ELO
April 28-29 Expose
April 30-01 Berlin ft Terri Nunn
May 5-8 STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas
May 12-15 The Guess Who
May 19-22 Herman’s Hermits starting Peter Noone
May 26-29 The Spinners
There are also so many beautiful topiaries and gardens around the park to check out. Some of the brand new ones this year include the one at the main entrance that is being called Welcome Spring Fun, Food, and Flowers. This one offers a beautiful photo opportunity with Spaceship Earth in the background.
One of the other new topiaries that you can find is in the Road to the Florida 500 Garden. This garden is located over by Test Track. It features a playground for the kids, as well as your favorite Cars characters. New this year you can find Cruz from the new Cars 3 movie coming out this June 16th,
These are just some of the highlights from the festival that includes this and so much more. There is wonderful merchandise including new shirts and pins exclusive to this years festival. There is the popular EGGstravaganza egg hunt. You even have the opportunity to walk through a butterfly exhibit featuring real living butterflies. Make sure to follow along as we continue to check out more of the fest over the coming weeks.
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