This years festival will operate from March 6 to May 19 and will include all the fascinating topiaries and gardening seminars as usual but will also feature new food and drinks available at various marketplaces around the World Showcase. The marketplaces will each include three or four dishes each and will be different than those offered at Food and Wine Festival (also held annually at Epcot).
Michael Jenner, Epcot Park Event Content Development Manager, stated "What a natural progression (it is) to go from the garden to the table."
Raised garden beds will showcase the various produce and herbs that are used in the dishes prepared. "We want to show our guests how food grows", said Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann, "to help make that connection from the kitchen to the garden".
The new marketplace offerings include some of the following:
- Crab tostadas with chipotle aioli and salsa
- A spring pancake with grilled chicken and green apple
- Savory bread putting with spring peas and wild mushroom ragout
- Green asparagus and lobster with garden cocktail sauce
- Stir-fried veggies and soba noodles served in a bun
- Spiced lam kebabs with couscous salad
- A pig slider with cole slaw
- Ratatouille tart with goat cheese
- Heirloom tomatoes with house-made mozzarella, minus 8 Vinegar and basil
- Fruits by the Glass Marketplace featuring watermelon passion fruit cocktail, non-alcoholic wild berry slush, blueberry beer and wine, mango wine, gluten-free raspberry ale, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
- Dole Whip with Florida-made spiced rum
The addition of these marketplaces to the Flower and Garden festival has caused quite a buzz, which are you looking forward to more? The food or the flowers?
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