Every year, we’re focused on finding the Best Foods at EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival. BUT even our most exciting choices sometimes leave us a little disappointed. And since eating your way around the world can get expensive we wanted to give you the heads up! Here are our favorite foods from Walt Disney World Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot.
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! Definitely one of the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival Best Foods
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 | Bauernmarkt Germany
By far one of our favorite foods and one of our favorite ( and easiest )Disney recipes the Warm Cheese Strudel with berries is a must-try. 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 in Germany.
Macaron au Chocolate en Sucette Large Chocolate Macaron Lollipop | Fleur de Lys France
Generally, we don’t need to be talked into Macarons. So when we heard the Macaron au Chocolate en Sucette Large Chocolate Macaron Lollipop had returned to the French outdoor kitchen, Fleur de Lys, we were ready! This sweet lollipop is a chocolate macaron, lightly sweetened and dipped in chocolate. This lollipop is covered in chocolate and vanilla pearls. Yum!
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!
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.
Green Tea Berry Mint Julep from The Berry Basket
We really love Green Tea. In fact, besides water, it’s usually all we drink. It’s refreshing, light and the fact that it’s supposed to be good for you is an extra incentive. So we just had to try this frozen concoction. With fresh blueberries and mint leaves, this drink is as pretty as it tastes.
Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans from The Smokehouse
Basically, words can’t describe my love for this cake. Quite possibly one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever had, it was one of our favorite desserts at the entire festival. Covered with caramel and pecans, this is phenomenal and that’s really the only reason you need to try it!
Tarte Tropezienne Coulis Framboise at Fleur de Lys | France
This little brioche cake is filled with 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.
Crabless Cake from Urban Farm Eats
I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about this one. Made out of Tofu, I only tried this because I saw a glowing recommendation on Instagram. I don’t really eat Tofu and I’ve never really found a dish that does it well. Until I tried this from Urban Farm Eats. The combination of the Vegetable Slaw, Lemon Vinaigrette, and Old Bay Remoulade really brings the whole dish up a notch. G and I both loved this and are really glad we gave this a try. Thank you Instagram friends!
Warm Wild Berry Buckle from The Berry Basket
Ok, guys, this is something you must get! I know the picture is not that beautiful but that is because the cake is so warm that it’s melting the gelato. Such good flavor combinations, with the cake being a little tart and the gelato sweet. And the little oatmeal crumbly adds a delicious little crunch. Perfection. DEFINITELY one of the Flower and Garden Festival Best Foods.
Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade | Pineapple Promenade World Showcase Plaza
And while there are many amazing drinks at the Flower and Garden Festival, none is as popular as Violet Lemonade! This one comes frozen and luscious with violet syrup and an actual violet. The perfect not-to-sweet treat for spring!
Pecan Cake with Maple Whipped Cream | Magnolia Terrace America
Another cake to add to your list, this one is light, nutty, and just dense enough to feel like a dessert instead of something you’d have for breakfast. This pecan cake is covered in toasted pecans, sugared syrup, and light whipped cream. Definitely worth a try if you have a sweet tooth.
Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake | The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board™ World Showcase Plaza
If you’re looking for extra decadent and are a cheesecake lover then get ready to be pleasantly surprised! While cheesecake is cheesecake this one is infused with all things, honey! This is a Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Whipped Cream, Whipped Honey, Crystalized Honey, Honeycomb, Dehydrated Honey and Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses.
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…
Beijing-Style Candied Strawberries from Lotus House
These are really too pretty to eat, but we obviously didn’t come to the Flower and Garden Festival to look at pretty food. This is such a simple dessert and is basically strawberries in a light candy coating with sesame seeds sprinkled on top. Full of flavor, these are a great little sweet treat when it’s super hot at Epcot.
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 tzatziki dressing. Very, very good. Now that the Impossible company is the official provider of plant-based foods at Disney, we’ll be seeing lots of plant-based items across the parks.
Grilled Baby Vegetables with Hummus Cream and Red Pepper Coulis | Flavor Full Kitchen Hosted by Adventhealth
We primarily like the vegetarian options when it comes to the Flower and Garden Festival. Mainly because as spring and summer roll around we just want light, fresh foods. So while you may think a little pile of vegetables on a plate is not worth the money, think again! This dish is super flavorful! Grilled Baby Vegetables with Hummus Cream and Red Pepper Coulis. You can get your serving of vegetables and some ideas for dinner at home!
Nanaimo Bar Trifle at Northern Bloom
Seriously how cute is this thing? If you can’t tell, we have a huge thing for desserts and this was one of our favorites. Not too sweet, creamy and chocolate layered trifle in an adorable little glass….perfection.
Frushi | Hanami Japan
By far the Instagram darling of the list the Frushi at the Japan outdoor kitchen makes our Favorite Foods at Disney’s Flower and Garden Festival every year. This Frushi is Strawberry, Pineapple and Cantaloupe wrapped in Sweet Rice and a Pink Soy Wrap. Served with Whipped Cream, Drizzled Berry Sauce, and Toasted Coconut. A very decadent treat, best shared. If you love the flavors of fruit ( and rice) then this is the Disney treat for you.
Meatball Parmigiana from Primavera Kitchen
We are Italian, so we love Italian food. It also means we are a little more critical of Italian food. But these tiny meatballs were a hit. We loved them and found them to be perfectly seasoned with just the right blend of marinara and parmigiana.
Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream | Bauernmarkt Farmers Market Germany
Potato Pancakes are generally a cozy dish we reserve for cooler months. But, this savory potato pancake dish is light enough to get you through the spring without feeling hungry! Topped with ham, onions, and sour cream you can basically just call this lunch. Another fantastic dish that would be easy to throw together at home.
Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake | Pineapple Promenade World Showcase Plaza
Another gluten-free treat, this new cake may just have been one of our favorites for a couple of years. Topped with mixed berries, this cake is light and flavorful, and not too sweet. A perfect afternoon snack without the sugar coma. definitely one of our Favorite Foods at Disney’s Flower and Garden Festival this year.
Jamaican Braised Beef from La Isla Fresca
You know beef has been cooked to perfection when it is plastic fork tender. This beef was perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked. Served on top of Pigeon Pea Rice. I’m not 100% sure what that is, but it was delicious.
Freshly Baked Lemon Scone from Cider House
I kind of have a “meh” type of relationship with scones. I really like the idea of them, but sometimes they are just too dry and lack the flavor I require in a dessert. That was not the case with this gem from Cider House in the United Kingdom. The cast member who took our order actually told us this was her favorite dessert at the whole festival. While it wasn’t our favorite, it was definitely very good, not too dry and bursting with lemon and berry flavors. Yummmm.
Chile Relleno de Picadillo from Jardin de Fiestas
I love Mexican food. Like I could eat it everyday type of love. So you can be sure that I tasted every food available at Jardin de Fiestas in Mexico. This was my favorite of the bunch and I probably could’ve eaten like 5 more after we finished this one. The pepper was cooked perfectly and the queso fresco was the perfect garnish.
Carne Asada from Florida Fresh
This little dish was actually selling out at times while we were here as the kitchen couldn’t keep up with the orders for it! Served with a black bean cake, we really loved the flavor combinations of this one and apparently so did everyone else.
Watermelon Cucumber Slushy from Florida Fresh
Another favorite slushy from the Flower and Garden Festival, the watermelon slushy is perfectly refreshing and light for hot days. And it’s pink, so that’s really all we needed to know.
Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash | MaFestival Favorites World Showplace
As pretty as it is delicious, this little sandwich is a mess of amazing foods all smashed onto a bun. Charred beef, pork, garlic sausage, and chorizo all topped with cheese fondue. Try this Beef Brisket with Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, Cheddar Fondue, and House-Made Pickle at the World Showplace, found between Canada and the UK pavilions.
So there you have it, our favorites from this year’s festival! Hope this helps you on your foodie journey at the Walt Disney World EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival. Be sure to Check out the Flower and Garden Festival menus to get a start on your festival planning. Let us know your favorites! And what we need to try next.