Food and Flowers combine as Epcot Flower and Garden Festival kicks off March 5th


Last year, Epcot took the tastes of spring and married them with the fragrant and beautiful flowers of their annual Flower and Garden Festival. The result? A feast of the senses so flavorful and aromatic that it just had to come back. This year marks the second year that Epcot will feature several “Outdoor Kitchens” at the annual Flower&Garden Festival. Oh yeah, there will also be the traditional topiary, flowers, concerts and presentations by HGTV. It’s yet another year of flowers, fun and of course food.


This year the festival is bigger than ever, with 11 outdoor kitchens, dozens of topiary, a new playground area, A Hummingbird garden, butterfly garden…and The Muppets! This year guests will be greeted by Donald, Goofy, and Daisy as they are brought to life in topiary form with an all new “computer generated look”. Not sure what that means, but we’re excited to know. Meanwhile, for the first time Muppets will be featured in the park, which is just in time for their new film Muppets:Most Wanted.

Here’s the rundown of Topiaries and where to see them:

  • Mickey, Minnie and Pluto
    Located behind Spaceship Earth
  • Disney•Pixar Buzz Lightyear
    Located near Mission Space
  • Mater’s Parts, Plants & Play Garden
    Located at Test Track Walkway
  • Phineas and Ferb
    Located at Odyssey Bridge
  • Mike & Sulley’s Monstrous Garden
    Located at Imagination Walkway
  • Fantasia 
    Located at World Showcase Plaza
  • Bambi and Friends
    Located at the Canada Pavilion
  • Peter Pan and Captain Hook
    Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Winnie the Pooh & Friends
    Located at the United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Classic Disney Couples
    Located at International Gateway and the bridge to the France Pavilion
  • Beauty and the Beast 
    Located at the France Pavilion
  • Disney•Pixar Toy Story Characters – Woody & Lotso
    Located at The American Adventure Pavilion
  • Lady and the Tramp
    Located at the Italy Pavilion
  • Kermit the Frog & Miss Piggy – NEW!
    Located between the Italy Pavilion and the Germany Pavilion
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    Located at the Germany Pavilion
  • The Lion King
    Located at the Outpost between the Germany Pavilion and the China Pavilion
  • Soccer Goofy
    Located at the bridge between Future World and World Showcase
  • Spring Is in the Air! Located at the Main Entrance
  • Pandas Located at the China Pavilion
  • TrollLocated at the Norway Pavilion

Of course there will be the annual Flower Power concert series as well. This is a daily occurrence, with a huge list of bands playing their favorites.

Here’s the line up

The Guess Who

March 7 to March 9, 2014
Known for their song “American Woman”

Gary Lewis and The Playboys – NEW!

March 14 to March 16, 2014
Known for their song “This Diamond Ring”

The Orchestra Starring Former Members of ELO

March 21 to March 23, 2014
Known for their song “Evil Woman”

The Lovin’ Spoonful

March 28 to March 30, 2014
Known for their song “Summer in the City”

Paul Revere & The Raiders

April 4 to April 6, 2014
Known for their song “Good Thing”

Village People

April 11 to April 13, 2014
Known for their song “YMCA”

The Grass Roots

April 18 to April 20, 2014
Known for their song “Midnight Confessions”

Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone

April 25 to April 27, 2014
Known for their song “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”

STARSHIP Starring Mickey Thomas

May 2 to May 4, 2014
Known for their song “We Built This City”

Chubby Checker & The Wildcats

May 9 to May 11, 2014
Known for their song “The Twist”

Alan Parsons Live Project – NEW!

May 16 to May 18, 2014
Known for their song “Eye in the Sky”

Of course the most intriguing part of the festival, is now the Outdoor Kitchens. Guests loved the tastes from around the world that they get from Epcot’s International Food&Wine Festival, that the park brought the flavors of Spring to the park last year. It was so successful, with many different flavors being represented, that they have brought it back yet again.

Here’s the menu from around World Showcase:

Florida Fresh


  • Watermelon salad with pickled onions, BW Farm baby arugula, feta cheese and balsamic reduction
  • Shrimp and stone ground grits with andouille sausage, sweet corn, tomatoes and cilantro
  • Florida kumquat pie
  • Watermelon passion fruit slush featuring Simply Lemonade®
  • Hurricane Class 5 White Sangria featuring Simply Lemonade, Florida Orange Groves (St. Petersburg, Florida)
  • Garda Italian Wine Blend, Quantum Leap Winery (Orlando, Florida)
  • Rogue Valley Pinot Noir, Quantum Leap Winery (Orlando, Florida)
  • Blonde Ale, Orlando Brewing Company (Orlando, Florida)
  • Cotton Mouth Belgian Style Witbier, Swamp Head Brewery (Gainesville, Florida)
  • Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale, Florida Beer Company (Cape Canaveral, Florida) – Festival Exclusive!
  • Florida Avenue Blueberry, Cold Storage Craft Brewery (Tampa, Florida)
  • Beer Flight – Blonde Ale, Cotton Mouth Belgian Style Witbier, Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale and Florida Avenue Blueberry
  • Simply Orange



  • Frushi – Fresh pineapple, strawberries and melon, rolled with coconut rice, topped with raspberry sauce, sprinkled with toasted coconut and served with whipped cream on the side
  • Temaki hand roll – Sliced Panko fried chicken, curry sauce, rice and pickled julienne carrots wrapped with Nori
  • Hanami sushi – A flavorful combination of salmon, scallop and beef-topped rice balls served atop a shiso violet sauce (TRYit!)
  • Japanese puffed rice cakes with green tea whipped cream and azuki
  • Kirin draft beer
  • Pinepple Paradise with Yuzu Slushie – Frozen blend of sweet sake, pineapple juice and crème, flavored with a hint of Yuzu citrus juice
  • Orange Mango Slushie – Frozen blend of Nigori sake, mango and orange juice

Jardin de Fiestas


  • Tacos al pastor – Corn tortilla filled with achiote-marinated pork, garnished with grilled diced pineapple, onions and cilantro
  • Quesadilla de hongos con queso – Flour tortilla filled with mushrooms and cheese
  • Flan de chocolate Abuelita – Mexican chocolate custard
  • Tecate draft beer
  • White Mexican sangria
  • Franbuesa (raspberry) margarita on the rocks
  • Tequila flight – blanco, reposado and añejo
  • Dasani® bottled water

Fleur de Lys


  • Gnocchi Parisien à la Provençal – Parisian-style dumplings with vegetables and mushrooms
  • Confit de canard, pommes de terre Sarladaise – Pulled duck confit with garlic and parsley potatoes
  • Macaron à la fleur d’ Oranger – Orange blossom macaron with white chocolate ganache
  • La Vie en Rose frozen slush – Vodka, Grey Goose Orange, St. Germain Liquor, and white and red cranberry juice
  • Kir Imperial – Sparkling wine, Chambord and black raspberry liquor
  • Rosé pamplemousse cocktail – Rosé wine mixed with natural grapefruit syrup
  • Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 – Fruity white beer with citrus notes

Lotus House


  • Beijing-style candied strawberries
  • Spring pancake with grilled chicken and green apple
  • Vegetable spring rolls
  • Popping bubble tea
  • Kung Fu Punch – Vodka and triple sec with mango and orange juice
  • South Sea Storm – Guava juice with light and dark rum
  • Plum wine
  • Tsing-Tao beer
  • Lychee aerated water

Pineapple Promenade


  • Pineapple soft serve (Dole Whip)
  • Pineapple soft serve with Myers’s dark rum (Dole Whip with Rum!)
  • Pineapple soft serve with Parrot Bay coconut rum (Dole Whip with coconut Rum!)
  • Sweet potato cinnamon waffle with pineapple soft serve
  • Frozen desert violet lemonade featuring Simply Lemonade (nonalcoholic)
  • Tropical Mango Pale Ale, St. John Brewers (U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • Once Upon a Vine’s The Lost Slipper Sauvignon Blanc

Primavera Kitchen


  • Caprese – Fior di latte mozzarella, roasted peppers and olio verde
  • Three cheese manicotti – Egg pasta stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, tomato sauce and béchamel
  • Torta di ricotta – Lemon cheesecake with limoncello-marinated strawberries
  • Placido Pinot Grigio
  • Placido Chianti
  • Bosco del Merlo Prosecco
  • White peach bellini – Prosecco and white peach puree
  • Strawberry rossini – Prosecco and marinated strawberries
  • Frozen Italian primavera – Assorted fruit slushy with limoncello and vodka
  • Moretti Lager
  • Moretti La Rossa

Taste of Marrakesh


  • Lamb brewat roll with prunes and sesame
  • Harissa chicken kebab with couscous salad
  • Baghrir – Moroccan pancake with honey, almonds and argan oil
  • Mint iced tea
  • White sangria
  • Guerrouane red
  • Casa Beer
  • Desert Rose – Sparkling wine with pomegranate liqueur

Urban Farm Eats – NEW!


  • Pickled beet salad with goat cheese cream, mizuna and pistachios
  • Land-grown eggplant “scallop” with romesco sauce and spaghetti squash (TRYit!)
  • Ghost pepper-dusted tilapia with crisp winter melon slaw and mint oil featuring The Original Sauce Man’s Kick It Up Rub
  • Cucumber lemon spa water, finished with a sprig of fresh mint
  • The Vegan Vine Chardonnay
  • The Vegan Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Redbridge Gluten-Free Sorghum Beer, Anheuser-Busch (St. Louis, Missouri)

The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews


  • Pulled pig slider with cole slaw
  • Smoked beef brisket with collard greens and jalapeño corn bread
  • Smoked turkey “rib” (TRYit!)
  • “Piggylicious” bacon cupcake with maple frosting and pretzel crunch featuring Nueske’s® Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • Magic Hat #9, Magic Hat Brewing (South Burlington, Vermont)
  • Maduro, Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida)
  • Fat Tire, New Belgium Brewing Company (Ft. Collins, Colorado)
  • Billy’s Chilies, Twisted Pine Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado)
  • Beer Flight – Magic Hat #9, Maduro, Fat Tire and Billy’s Chilies
  • The Original Rib Shack Red Wine

The Buttercup Cottage


  • Freshly baked potato and cheddar cheese biscuit with smoked salmon tartare
  • Field greens with Plant City strawberries, toasted almonds and Farmstead stilton (TRYit!)
  • Pork and apple sausage roll with house-made piccalilli
  • Freshly baked lemon scones with berry preserves and crème fraÎche
  • Chilled rose blush lemonade featuring Simply Lemonade with Raspberry (nonalcoholic)
  • Twinings® Cold Brewed English Classic with lemon grass syrup
  • Berry tea cocktail – Twinings Cold Brewed Mixed Berry Tea with Florida Cane vodka and Plant City strawberry, flavored with raspberry and açaí syrup
  • Iron Horse Fairy Tale Cuvee
  • Deloach Pinot Noir

Intermissions Café


  • Grapes
  • Fruit & cheese plate
  • Vegan trio
  • Southwest chicken wrap
  • Tuna salad with pita
  • Side salad
  • Asian tuna salad with noodles
  • Caprese Push-Pop – Tomato, mozzarella and balsamic
  • Hurricane Class 5 White Sangria, Florida Orange Groves (St. Petersburg, Florida)
  • Garda Italian Wine Blend, Quantum Leap Winery (Orlando, Florida)
  • Rogue Valley Pinot Noir, Quantum Leap Winery (Orlando, Florida)
  • Martini Prosecco
  • Strongbow Cider, Bulmers Cider Company (White Plains, New York)
  • SweetWater Blue, SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia)


For kids there will be a huge array of activities, from the different gardens featuring butterflies and hummingbirds to even huge playgrounds.

Here’s the kid friendly line up:


  • Garden Passports: Pick up a Garden Passport and get stamped at stops along the way! Passports can be found at the Festival Welcome Center, at any Disney Vacation Club Information Center throughout the Park, at all Outdoor Kitchens and at several merchandise locations too.
  • Mater’s Parts, Plants & Play Garden: Start your engines and play at this exciting stop located at Test Track Walkway. While there, spot a few of your favorite Cars characters—including Lightning McQueen and Mater.
  • Mike & Sulley’s Monstrous Garden: Scare up some fun around this vibrant play area on Imagination Walkway where Monsters University characters like Mike and Sulley are saluting their alma monster.
  • Backyard Play Garden – Presented by GoGo squeeZ™: Join in all sorts of outdoor activity where kids can take part in stimulating activities that inspire playful, active and healthy living—for Guests both young and young at heart!
  • Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House – Presented by HGTV: Presented by HGTV: Don’t miss the chance to catch a glimpse of Tinker Bell’s butterfly friends as they flutter about at this magical stop. Location closes at dusk.
  • Gardener’s Palette – Presented by Transitions® Adaptive Lenses™: Explore all this charming location has to offer, located at Future World East near Universe of Energy.
  • Muppet Kids Activities: In the coming weeks, keep your peepers peeled for further information on this entertainment offering, set to rove about multiple locations throughout World Showcase!
  • Hummingbirds at HomePresented by the National Audubon Society. See a variety of different hummingbird gardens, and learn how to attract the birds to your home garden

The Flower and Garden Festival kicks off March 5th and runs all the way to May 18th. All concerts, and exhibits are included with theme park admission, and each dish at the Outdoor Kitchens range in price from $4-$10 dollars, depending on choice.

Stay tuned as we bring you more from around Flower and Garden. Be sure to follow along with us on Twitter @BehindThrills for the latest updates!

For more information about The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, visit the official website by clicking here!