Get Your “Food” & Garden ’19 Menus HERE! [Tons of Food Pics!] The Festival is Around the Corner!

We’ve been waiting patiently for them, haven’t we, my friends?  In fact, I finally saw a polite question on Facebook just the other day asking when, historically, do “Food” & Garden menus get dropped.

Wait no longer, folks!  The Epcot International Flowerer, “Food”and Garden Festival is about to descend upon World Showcase, and it’s bringing the “goods”.  Tons of cuisine!  Let us know with a comment – what looks good to you!  Take a look …

Arbor at The Gardeners Terrace – NEW!

  • Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue Crab-fennel Salad, Remoulade and Smoked Paprika Oil
  • Smoked Salmon Stack with Avocados, Tomatoes, Sour Cream, Caviar and Focaccia Crostino
  • Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake, served with Apple Cider Sorbet (V) (GF) (KA)

Flavor Full Kitchen Hosted by AdventHealth – NEW!

  • Citrus-poached Salmon with Ancient Grain Salad, Roasted Vegetables, Citrus Greens (GF)
  • From the Garden: Roasted Beets, Cashew Cheese and Micro Herbs with Lemon-oil Dressing (GF) (V)
  • Mickey Tart Peanut Butter Mousse with Strawberry Jam and Boba Pearls (V) (KA)

Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market (Germany)

  • Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce (V) (KA)
  • Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream
  • Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese (KA)
  • Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries (KA)

2018’s Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream

2018’s Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce

2018’s Toasted Pretzel Bread

The Citrus Blossom – NEW!

  • Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion and Grilled Lemon (GF)
  • Tuna Tataki with Spicy Yuzu Glaze, Mango, Avocado and Pappadam Crisp
  • Crispy Citrus Chicken with Orange Aïoli and Baby Greens (GF) (KA)
  • Citrus Shortcake: Orange Chiffon Cake, Lemon Curd, Mandarins, Whipped Cream, Citrus Crumble (V)

Fleur de Lys (France)

  • Vichyssoise aux Concombres: Chilled Cucumber Soup (GF)
  • Tarte au Chévre: Goat Cheese Tart with Caramelized Onions on a flaky Pastry Crust (V)
  • Canard Confit à la Provençal: Braised Duck Confit with Tomatoes and Olives on Polenta
  • Macaron au Chocolat en Sucette: Large Chocolate Macaron Lollipop (GF)

Florida Fresh

  • Carne Guisada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro Lime Sour Cream
  • Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Local Sweet Corn Relish
  • Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue (KA)

Hanami (Japan)

  • Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Coconut Rice garnished with Whipped Cream, Berry Sauce Drizzle and Toasted Coconut (V) (KA)
  • Chilled Soba Noodle Salad with Pan-seared Tuna and Wasabi Dressing
  • Karaage with Nanban Sauce: Japanese-style Fried Chicken served on a bed of Shredded Cabbage and topped with a Soy and Vinegar-based Dressing (KA)

Jardin de Fiestas (Mexico)

  • Tlacoyo: Blue Corn Masa topped with Black Bean Spread, Ground Chorizo, Queso Fresco and Mexican Cream
  • Beef Torta: Braised Beef served on a Crispy Sourdough Roll with Queso Oaxaca, Avocado, Pickled Onions and Jalapeños in a Spicy Habanero Sauce
  • Tres Leches: Milk-soaked Sponge Cake topped with Cajeta Whipped Cream and Almond Powder

La Isla Fresca (Caribbean)

  • Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro
  • Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut-Lime Sauce
  • Tropical Mousse Cake: Layers of Passion Fruit Cake, Coconut Mousse and a Tropical Fruit Glaze with Fresh Pineapple (KA)

2017’s Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer

2018’s Jamaican-braised Beef

Lotus House (China)

  • Szechuan Spicy Red-braised Beef Shank over Rice
  • House-made Crab and Cheese Wontons
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls (V) (KA)

Northern Bloom (Canada)

  • Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple-wood Smoked Bacon (GF)
  • Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables (KA)
  • Griddled Maple Pound Cake with Warm Peach Compote and Sweet Corn Gelato featuring Burton’s Maple Syrup (KA)

2018’s Seared Scallops

2018’s Beef Tenderloin Tips

Pineapple Promenade

  • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips
  • Pineapple Soft-serve (V) (KA)
  • Pineapple Soft-serve Ice Cream with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum

2014’s Pineapple Dole Whip with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum

Primavera Kitchen (Italy)

  • Pizza Toscana: Rustic Italian Flatbread with Sweet Sausage, Caramelized Onion, Mozzarella, Asiago and Parmesan Cheeses (KA)
  • Pomodori Verdi e Mozzarella: Fried Green Tomatoes, Mozzarella Cheese, Balsamic Reduction
  • Tri-Colored Cheese Tortellini, Sage Butter and Chicken Veloute (KA)
  • Zeppole: Ricotta Cheese Fritters, Powdered sugar, Raspberry Sauce and Chocolate-hazelnut Drizzle (KA)

Taste of Marrakesh (Morocco)

  • Harissa Chicken Kebab with Dried Fruit Couscous Salad
  • Fried Cauliflower with Capers, Garlic Parsley and Chili-ranch Sauce
  • Walnut Honey Baklava

2018’s Fried Cauliflower

THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews (The American Adventure)

  • Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw (KA)
  • Shredded Beef Brisket with Smoked Potato, Chorizo Fondue and Green Tomato Relish
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, Cheddar Fondue and House-made Pickle
  • Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans (V)

2018’s Pulled Pig Slider

2018’s Beef Brisket Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, Cheddar Fondue and House-made Pickle

The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board™

  • Roasted Cauliflower with Buckwheat Honey Carrot Purée, Wild Rice Pilaf, Asparagus, Honey-blistered Grapes, Sunflower Brittle and Coriander Flowers (GF) (V)
  • Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread with White Cheddar Cheese, Charred Vegetables, Clover Honey Sour Cream and Micro Citrus Greens
  • Local Wildflower Honey-mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses and Petite Lavender Shoots (V) (KA)

Trowel & Trellis Hosted by IMPOSSIBLE™ Foods – NEW!

  • Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread (GF) (V) (KA)
  • Farmhouse Meatball with Lentil Bread, Spinach, Marinated Vegetables, Creamy Herb Dressing (V)
  • Chocolate Pudding Terrarium with Avocado Cream, Matcha Crumb, Pomegranate and Baby Herbs (GF) (V)

Funnel Cake

  • Key Lime Funnel Cake topped with Crumbled Graham Cracker and Whipped Cream

Taste Track

  • Violet Blueberry Vanilla Croissant Doughnut

Refreshment Port

  • Coffee-rubbed Pork Poutine with Barbecue Demi-Glace, Fire-roasted Corn Relish and Cheese Curds

(V) = Vegan

(GF) = Gluten Free

(KA) = Kid Approved

 

2019 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival – Garden Rocks Concert Series [UPDATED]!

“Food” & Garden approaches, my friends!  By now, you’ve already seen the festival’s UPDATED concert line-up, I presume?  No?  Well, take a look!

Journey former lead vocalist STEVE AUGERI – NEW to Garden Rocks!
March 6 through 8

Glass Tiger – NEW to Garden Rocks!
March 9 through 10

Jon Anderson of Yes – NEW!
March 11 through 12

Tony Orlando
March 13 through 14

Simple Plan
March 17 through 20

Ambrosia – NEW!
March 21 through 22

Magic Giant – NEW!
March 23 through 24

Air Supply – NEW to Garden Rocks!
March 25 through 27

Berlin, featuring Terri Nunn
March 28 through 29

The Smithereens – NEW to Garden Rocks!
March 30 through 31

Rick Springfield
April 1 through 2

Christopher Cross – NEW to Garden Rocks!
April 3 through 4

The Spinners
April 5 through 7

Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group Styx
April 8 through 9

John Michael Montgomery – NEW!
April 10 through 11

Sister Sledge – NEW to Garden Rocks!
April 12 through 13

Night Ranger
April 14 through 16

Sister Hazel – NEW to Garden Rocks!
April 17 through 19

Steven Curtis Chapman – NEW!
April 20 through 21

TobyMac – NEW!
April 22 through 23

Lonestar
April 24 through 26

The Orchestra, starring former members of ELO
April 27 through 30

Herman’s Hermits, starring Peter Noone
May 1 through 4

Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles
May 5 through 7

A Flock of Seagulls – NEW!
May 8 through 9

Marshall Tucker Band – NEW to Garden Rocks!
May 10 through 11

Richard Marx – NEW to Garden Rocks!
May 14 through 15

Starship, starring Mickey Thomas
May 16 through 19

Colin Hay of Men at Work – NEW!
May 20 through 21

War – NEW!
May 22 through 23

The Guess Who
May 24 through 27

Jon Secada
May 28 through 29

Blood, Sweat and Tears
May 30 through June 1

Disney reports … “Concerts take place at the America Gardens Theatre in the American Adventure Pavilion and are included in Epcot admission.  Shows are 7 nights a week during the festival at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM, and 8 PM.”

Which three (3) acts would you go out of your way to see?  Leave a comment, here, on this post, on Facebook, or Twitter, and let us all know!

For me, it would be …

  1. Christopher Cross
  2. The Orchestra, starring former members of ELO
  3. Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles

I’ve seen Starship, starring Mickey Thomas before, and I’d be tempted to add Air Supply, Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group Styx, or Night Ranger, but those are my Top 3!

“Food” & Garden ’18 Flash Report: Pulled Pig Slider – THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews (American Adventure)

An annual favorite of most, this dish made a huge comeback this year.  How so, you ask?  Well, in its first years as a “Food” & Garden offering, this Pulled Pig Slider was presented with a solid amount of pork on a full size “burger” bun.

In 2017, Epcot dialed the bun – and meat – back to “slider size”.  It was quite a disappointment, to be honest.  Well, I’m happy to report that, although 2018’s version still sports a true slider bun, the portion of pork was very delicious and quite generous!  Score, Smokehouse!

“Food” & Garden ’18 Flash Report: Toasted Pretzel Bread with Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese – Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market (Germany)

Germany’s Toasted Pretzel Bread with Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese was less impressive than I had hoped.  In fact, to my surprise, I found Bauernmarkt’s potato pancakes to be much more enjoyable.

Imagine a miniature pretzel roll that is squashed flat.  Toast it with a slice of ham and some cheese and you have this dish.  Although the meat and cheese were tasty, I found the roll to be a bit too dry and chewy.  Go with the pancakes, folks.

“Food” & Garden ’18 Flash Report: Fried Cauliflower with Chili Ranch Sauce – Taste of Marrakesh (Morocco)

I know.  Fried Cauliflower with Chili Ranch Sauce.  It sounds like an incredibly mundane and simple dish, doesn’t it?  Well, it was.  It was also pretty darn good!  The coating was pleasantly crispy.  The cauliflower was quite tender.  Very good with or without the sauce, folks!