Spring has arrived at Walt Disney World which means so has the Flower and Garden Festival! And we are on a mission to report back our favorites from this year’s festival, so without further ado, here are our top picks!
Impossible Farmhouse Meatball at Trowel and Trellis
This plant-based Meatball at Flower and Garden is wonderful! We could have easily just bought two and had a nice little lunch. Complete with lentil bread, of interesting but good consistency, and filled with spinach, marinated veggies and creamy herb dressing. The little wrap reminded us of falafel with tzatiki dressing. Very, very good. Now that the Impossible company is the official provider of the plant-based foods at Disney, we’ll be seeing lots of plant-based items across the parks.
Chilaquiles con Pollo at Jardin de Fiestas | Mexico
Chipotle braised Chicken and Tortillas served with salsa ranchero, monterey jack cheese, crema mexicana and guajillo cheese. Absolutely amazing. Excellent portion size, spicy, and the flavors here combined great! Spicy, sweet and the cream added a little cool. If you like Mexican flavors, this is a must-have.
Tarte Tropezienne Coulis Framboise at Fleur de Lys | France
This little brioche cake is filled with a light pastry cream and offered alongside a raspberry coulis. It may not look like much, but it was by far one of the BEST things we had at this festival. Light, melt-in-your-mouth with a cream that wasn’t too sweet.
Honey Tandoori Chicken FlatBread from the Honey Bee-Stro
Honestly we love everything at this booth. This flatbread is topped with honey tandoori chicken, white cheddar cheese, grilled veggies, clover honey sour cream and citrus greens. Such a tasty snack, we could have gone back for seconds if we didn’t have so many other things to try…
Local Wildflower Honey-marscapone Cheesecake from the Honey Bee-Stro
See, we told you we loved everything at this booth:) This cheesecake is consistently good, which is rare for festival foods. Its creamy, beautiful and is the perfect amount of sweet. Served with Orange Blossom Honey ice cream, this treat is perfect for any weather and will likely keep you dreaming of it for the next year until it comes back to the festival.
Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake at Pineapple Promenade
Another gluten free treat, this new cake may just have been one of our favorite new things we tried this year! Topped with mixed berries, this cake is light and flavorful and not too sweet. A perfect afternoon snack without the sugar coma.
Zeppole at Primavera Kitchen | Italy
A must try dessert at the festival, this Zeppole is a ricotta-filled fritter, covered in powdered sugar, and chocolate hazelnut drizzle, with a side of raspberry sauce. And frankly, it is to die for! Perfect for a light, sweet dessert, these are like little Italian donut holes covered in nutella. Yum!
Ravioli at Primavera Kitchen | Italy
Another favorite from the Italian kitchen, this ravioli is filled with grilled chicken, and covered in spring vegetables and pesto. A really lovely dish this was creamy with the perfect amount of basil, plus the fresh pasta made it extra special. The perfect grab n go lunch.
Warm Cheese Strudel at Bauernmarkt | Germany
A staple at the festival lately, this warm cheese-filled pastry is a perfect combination of soft cheese and a mixed berry compote. This pastry comes out warm, and flaky. The berries are a perfect complement to the sweet cheese in this savory pastry. While we usually love everything at Bauernmarkt, this is by far our first choice at the pavilion this year.
Fried Cauliflower from Taste of Marrakesh
Crispy fried cauliflower with capers, garlic parsley and chili ranch sauce, this dish was a bit spicy but so full of flavor. Perfectly cooked, you’ll never guess you’re eating cauliflower. It’s just so good. Be prepared to have some water handy, as the heat in this dish kind of creeps up on you!
So there you have it, 10 of our favorites from this year’s festival! Have you been to the Flower and Garden Festival this year?! Check out the menus to get a start on your festival planning.