The 2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is just around the corner. And today, we’re getting lots of news about how the Festival will take shape this Spring!
Mark you calendars for March 2-May 30, 2016, as the festival celebrating all things that grow expands to a record 90 days!
This year’s event promises to be just as gorgeous as ever. But if you’re anything like us (and I know you are!) you have one question: What about the FOOD?
Once again, the Flower and Garden Festival will have a heavy emphasis on fresh ingredients at Outdoor Kitchens.
With a couple of new ones debuting, plus other big news — there’s plenty of new stuff to enjoy!
New For 2016! La Isla Fresca and Cider House Outdoor Kitchens
Outdoor Kitchens debuted at the Flower and Garden Festival around World Showcase a few years ago, and now we don’t know how they ever did the event without them. This year, Epcot will debut 2 brand new Outdoor Kitchens, which will bring the number to 13.
Details are still emerging, but we know that the Kitchens will be called La Isla Fresca and Cider House.
La Isla Fresca will emphasize Caribbean influences, with dishes like Jerk-Spiced Grouper or Chicken with Mango Salsa, and Jamaican Braised Beef with Pigeon-Pea Rice.
Cider House, on the other hand, will feature a fresh palate of bright fruit flavors paired with cheese. Look for a Field Greens Salad with greens harvested from The Land pavilion, Heirloom Apples, Stilton Cheese, and Dried Blueberries — the perfect dish to complement a Blueberry Hard Cider produced locally in Plant City, Florida.
Stay tuned as we cover lots of other new food and beverage offerings from the remainder of the Outdoor Kitchens! Once again, the lineup includes the following:
- Urban Farm Eats
- Pineapple Promenade
- Fleur de Lys
- Florida Fresh
- Taste of Marrakesh
- THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews
- Lotus House
- Jardin de Fiestas
Other Festival Food Highlights
In addition to Outdoor Kitchens, the Festival will also spotlight other edible gardening endeavors. A new Edible Flower Garden will be located near The Land Pavilion, and promises to offer lots of inspiration for brightening up your plates with flowers. And once again in 2016, Fun Fresh Weekends will take place over the course of the Festival, and will highlight a new theme each week. While the themes include a diverse offering, we’re especially looking forward to April 29-May 1, and the celebration of Florida Fresh Weekend, celebrating all of the fabulous food that Florida has to offer!
We’ll be bringing you all the news about this exciting event as it unfolds. Stay tuned to the 2016 Disney Food Blog Flower and Garden Page for the latest!
Now let’s hear from you. What are you most looking forward to trying at the 2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival? Leave a comment and share with us!