Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
The International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot is an annual festival happening every spring. I attended the festival last year. I’m very excited that I’ll be attending the festival again this year in April. I’ve been looking over lists of events, exhibits, gardens, and culinary offerings. Next, I’m excited to share with you the top 3 things I’m eager to experience at the festival this year.
Food, Food, and More Food
This year the festival is offering more than a dozen outdoor kitchens. Patrons will be able to experience delectable and alluring foods. These outdoor kitchens are located all around the World Showcase. Therefore, eating your way around the world will be fun! They are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. everyday. Here are the Top 3 dishes I’m excited to try:
- Bauermarket: Farmer’s Market: Toasted Pretzel Bread with Blackforest Ham and Melted Gruyere Cheese.
- Fleur de lys: Macaron au Chocolat en sucette: Large Chocolate Macaron Lollipop.
- The Smokehouse a. Pulled Pork Slider with Coleslaw b. Beef brisket Burned Ends and smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage Chorizo, Cheddar Cheese Fondue and Housemade Pickle.
There are several other items that I’m excited to try. I encourage you to check out the menus to see what items excite your taste buds! The next thing I’m excited to see will get everyone wanting to be outdoors.
The Festival is an exciting time to experience the magic of living sculptures. According to Wikipedia, a Topiary is the horticultural practice of training perennial plants by clipping the foliage of trees and shrubs. As a result, this develops and maintains clearly defined shapes. Therefore, if you have never experienced these beautiful sculptures, this is the perfect Festival for you. The festival is offering more than 20 magical topiaries. Everyone is sure to find a topiary they love. In addition to the topiaries, the Festival is also offering 16 different beautiful gardens and wildlife exhibits. Lastly, I’m especially looking forward to a Royal Tour!
Tours of the Royal Tea Variety
There are 4 different tours available at this year’s Flower and Garden Festival:
- Behind the Seeds
- Gardens of the World
- English Tea Garden by Twinings Tea of London.
- Royal Tea Garden Tour
I have reserved a spot on the Royal Tea Garden Tour for the morning that I’m at Epcot. This is a 45 minute guided tour though the English Tea Garden. Your tour guide will lead you through an elegant tea garden. The Tour is approximately 45 minutes where you will explore the garden in-depth. In addition to exploring, you will also learn the artistry and history behind growing and blending tea. The tour ends at the Rose and Crown Dining Room with a treat of tea and scones. This tour costs $18 per person. The tour starts at 9:45 a.m. each morning it is offered during the festival. Spots fill up fast, therefore the site suggests obtaining advanced reservations to secure a spot. Lastly, the Festival offers a concert series that I won’t be able to attend.
Garden Rocks Concert Series
The Garden Rocks Concert Series is offering performances that are sure to bring the nostalgia back. From Survivor to Smash Mouth and Rick Springfield to Lonestar, there is music for everyone. Make sure to check out the Concert Series page for the calendar of concerts to take full advantage during your trip. It’s a bummer that there are no concerts during my stay, but I’m still excited about all that I’ll be able to experience.
Thanks Noelle for this exciting post. Can’t wait to hear how your experience was!
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