2019 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

When my husband asked what I wanted for my birthday the only thing I could think of was a day at Epcot, just us. I wanted to travel the “world” drinking, eating, and enjoying the beautiful gardens. We headed down to Epcot on a Saturday just the two of us and planned to spend the day eating and drinking, We shared the food and drink at each stop and we took turns ordering so we would try new things. Our taste in food is about the same but our taste in drinks are the exact opposites. He prefers beer and I prefer wine, and he likes stout while I like fruity, so keep that in mind while traveling with us.

Our first stop was the Arbor at the Gardeners Terrace for a Cider Flight. The three ciders offered were the Black Widow Hard Cider, Strawberry Rose Hard Cider, and Key Lime Apple Hard Cider. We both agreed that all three were very good.

After our cider flight we started heading around the world starting with Mexico. There we had a Beef Torta: Braised Beef served on a Crispy Sourdough Roll with Queso Oaxaca, Avocado, Pickled Onions and Jalapenos in a Spicy Habanero Sauce and Cerveza: Allende Golden Ale Craft Beer served with a Liqueur Floater. I will be honest the description of the Beef Torta sounded disgusting to me, but it ended up being delicious and the Cerveza was pretty good too.

China was up next and there we had Vegetable Spring Rolls and Pirates of the China Sea: Dark Rum, Peach Syrup, and Pina Coloda Mix. The Vegetable Spring Rolls and the Pirates of the China Sea were both delicious.

Our next stop was Germany. We enjoyed a Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries and a Black Lager. We both LOVED the strudel and while the lager was not my thing, he really enjoyed that as well.

Italy had the longest line of all the countries but boy was it worth it. We had the Pizza Toscana: Rustic Flatbread with Sweet Sausage, Caramelized Onion, Mozzarella, Asiago, and Parmesan Cheeses and Montegrande Moscato. We both loved the pizza and I really enjoyed the Moscato here.

Our next stop was Japan. I was so excited to try the Frushi here because I had heard so many good things about it, and it did not disappoint. I could have eaten 10 orders of it. Here we had Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut, Whipped Cream with Raspberry Sauce on the side and Nigori Sake, the Sake was good, but it was chilled and we both prefer warm Sake.

In Morocco we had Fried Cauliflower with Capers, Garlic Parsley, and Chilli-ranch Sauce and Desert Rose: Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liqueur. The Fried Cauliflower were SPICY, like REALLY SPICY. There is your warning because I had none, we finished them but I personally would not order them again because I don’t like spicy foods. The Desert Rose was light, fruity, and delicious though.

The next place we stopped was Florida Fresh, which was between Morocco and France. There we had Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Grits with Brown Gravy and Local Sweet Corn Relish, Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue, and Key Lime Wheat Ale. The food here was all to die for, we both devoured it but the ale left a bit to be desired.

Our next stop was France, we had Braised Duck Confit with Tomatoes and Olives on Polenta, we skipped a drink here and just got a bottle of water. This was the one stop I think we could have skipped all together. Neither of us liked the food at all.

In Canada we had Beef Tenderloin Tips: Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, and Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables and Maple Popcorn Shake with Crown Royal Maple Whisky. The food was great and the drink flavor was really good but beware it is STRONG.

After we finished the world we stopped at a few of the places near the port of entry. The first one was The Citrus Blossom, we had Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion and Grilled Lemon and an Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy. This was our one of our favorite stops overall, the lobster and the wine slushy were amazing!  The other stop we made at the port of entry was The Honey Bee-stro. There we had Local Wildflower Honey Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream and Honey Ale. The cheesecake was some of the best cheesecake either of us had ever eaten and the Honey Ale was pretty good too.

After the sun set we head back around the world to America and had a Key Lime Funnel Cake which I claimed as my birthday cake, it was a delicious birthday cake and the perfect ending to an amazing day.

I highly recommend that everyone adds this to their bucket list. Everyone should eat and drink their way around the world at least once in their lifetime.  For those that may be curious the entire day came in at under $200 and was worth every penny in my opinion.

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Drink and eat around the world with us at Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival. It was DELICIOUS!