With all of the changes due to COVID and the pandemic, Epcot’s Festival line-up was impacted quite a bit in 2020. But, 2021 has welcomed back it’s beloved festivals! And Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival is no exception. Called, A Taste of Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival, this experience will not only have your taste buds tingling, but also showcase some gorgeous topiaries.
This year, guests can enjoy dishes from over 20 food booths, each with a unique style. Plus, guests can take a stroll around Epcot and view over 20 gorgeous character topiaries. Keep reading to learn more about this fun, floral festival and all of the experiences available at the 2021 Taste of Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.
The Festival Essentials
During every Epcot festival, guests can pick up their passport to travel around the World (Showcase). The 2021 Flower & Garden Festival is no exception. This festival passport allows guests to locate character topiaries, identify food menus and even participate in a Garden Graze Challenge. Another essential before starting your journey is a festival gift card. These are super helpful as you can load a designated amount of money and just keep that around your wrist. It’s also great if you’re keeping track of a budget and just want to spend a certain amount of money on your festival treats. I personally like the method when participating in the festival as you don’t have to keep taking out your wallet.
Festival Booths & Topiaries
As I mentioned, the 2021 festival features over 20 food booths and topiaries. Let’s first start off with the booths and topiaries located around the world showcase.
First up, we have Mexico. This pavilion is home to The Three Caballeros topiary and the Jardin de Fiestas Booth. Here guests can enjoy snacks like a Taco Vampiro and a Passion Fruit Margarita.
Next up, we have Norway. In Norway, guests are treated to 3 different topiaries, Anna, Elsa and a Troll. There is actually no festival food booth for the Norway Pavilion.
After Norway, we have China. In the China Pavilion, guests can view the Panda topiary. The food booth here is the Lotus House, home to House-Made Crab and Cheese Wontons and a Bubble Tea.
Next up, we have Germany. Here, you are greeted with the topiary of Snow White and Dopey. Plus, The food booth here is the Bauernmarkt, where you can get a Toasted Pretzel Bread or a Beer.
After Germany, we have Italy. In the Italy Pavilion, guests can take a gorgeous picture of Lady and the Tramp with Spaceship Earth in the background. The Primavera Kitchen, which is the food booth in Italy, features items like the Margherita Pizza, the Arancini and a Red Italian Sangria. These items were delicious and definitely a must try! The arancini balls, also known as rice balls, featured delicious sausage on a bed of red sauce. The pizza was really good too! It was more flatbread than pizza, which was nice. The sangria was delicious and strong!
In the United States, guests can dine at the Magnolia Terrace. Favorites in the US include Pecan Cake, Oysters and Crawfish Etouffee.
Next, we have Japan. In the Japan pavilion, a Dragon Topiary greets guests on the lagoon side. In addition to the topiary, Japan is home to the Hanami Booth. Guests can enjoy festival favorites of Frushi, Shrimp and Crab and Sake.
Morocco is not home to a specific topiary but is home to a festival booth, A Taste of Marrakesh. Here, guests can enjoy items like Moroccan Seafood Couscous and Lemon Magdalena Cake. In between Morocco and France lies the La Isla Fresca booth. A festival favorite is at this booth, the Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewers. Other items include the Lamb Curry and the Tropical Mousse Cup.
Turning the World Showcase corner, we have the France Pavilion, which offers not one, but two topiaries for guests to enjoy. Here lies my absolute favorite topiary at the festival, the Beauty and the Beast topiary, which is just beautiful. Also featured in this pavilion is the Remy topiary, near the entrance of the new Ratatouille ride. In addition to these fun topiaries, France offers the Fleur de Lys booth, with options like Orange Duck, a Goat Cheese Tart and the Chocolate Lollipop. A festival favorite of mine, the Chocolate Lollipop, also known as the Macaron au Chocolat en Sucette, is a large chocolate filled macaron on a stick. It’s decadent and very chocolatey, but oh so delicious!
The United Kingdom Pavilion is home to so many topiaries. There are no food booths in this pavilion specific to the festival, but the topiaries more than make up for them. Here you can find Peter Pan and Captain Hook, Tinker Bell and the Fairy Houses, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit. Plus, also in this pavilion there are Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy topiaries.
While not home to any topiaries, Canada is home to the Northern Bloom Food booth. This booth features items like Seared Scallops, Beef Tenderloin Tips and a Maple Pound Cake.
In addition to the World Showcase topiaries, guests can enjoy other topiaries throughout the park. These include at the main entrance of Sorcerer Mickey, Bambi and Buzz Lightyear in Future World East and Mickey and Minnie at the Festival Showplace, Pluto, Chip/Dale, Donald and Daisy in the Showcase Plaza between Mexico and Canada.
Other Food Booths
Future World West
Located in Future World West is the Flavor Full Kitchen and Epcot’s Sunshine Griddle. The Flavor Full Kitchen booth features items like Grilled Baby Vegetables, Seared Salmon and Strawberry Mousse. The Sunshine Griddle features festival favorites like Avocado Toast, Fried Cinnamon Roll Bites and Shrimp and Grits. Also located in this area are the Figment, Woody, Bo Peep, Simba and Butterfly Topiaries.
Located between the United Kingdom and Canada lies the Festival Favorites building. Here, guests can pick up some favorites from festivals past such as Beef Brisket Ends, Watermelon Salad and Fried Green Tomatoes.
The Showplace Plaza is home to 5 food booths. First, there is the Honey Bistro, near the Traveler’s Cafe. As the name suggests, guests can enjoy Honey and Sweet Corn Bread and Honey Mascarpone Cheesecake.
Following the Honey Bistro is the Citrus Blossom. The Citrus Blossom is home to some more festival favorites like the Orange Lemon Smoothie in the Orange Bird Sipper, which was delicious, the Citrus Braised Pork Belly and the Citrus Shortcake.
Located near the Port of Entry is the Pineapple Promenade, which features things like a Spicy Hot Dog and Dole Whip.
After Pineapple Promenade comes the Refreshment Port, which features an Italian Sausage and Peppers Poutine and Popsicle Trio.
The final food booth in the Showplace area is the Trowel & Trellis booth, hosted by Impossible. This booth features items such as the Grilled Street Corn on the Cob and the Boneless Impossible Korean Short Rib.
Have you been to A Taste of Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival in 2021? If so, did you enjoy it? Let me know!
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