♫ It’s the most wonderful time of the year. ♫ No, not Christmas. It’s the Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot! A time when the park is filled with the vibrant colors of thousands of flowers in bloom, unbelievable topiaries shaped like your favorite Disney characters, the sounds of some fabulous artists performing their famous hits, and a time to eat your way around World Showcase!
Can you tell that I love the Flower & Garden Festival?!? You’ve probably seen photos of the amazing topiaries and I’m sharing some in this post, but what many don’t realize until they’ve been there is that there is so much more to it. Literally, it is a feast for the senses!
The flowers and topiaries cover sight and even smell so let us first hit sound. There is a Garden Rocks Concert Series included in your park admission in the America Gardens Theatre (near The American Adventure in World Showcase) on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The schedule includes:
- March 13 – 15, Pablo Cruise
- March 20 – 22, En Vogue
- March 27 – 29, STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
- April 3 – 5, The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
- April 10 – 12, Village People
- April 17 – 19, Jon Secada
- April 24 – 26, The Guess Who
- May 1 – 3, Taylor Dayne
- May 8 – 10, Little River Band
- May 15 – 17, Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
Moving on to taste, we’re hitting one of my favorite parts of the festival. My #1 tip – don’t eat before you go! The Outdoor Kitchens around World Showcase serve tapas-sized portions so you’ll be able to sample a lot of them, but believe me, you’ll still be very full before you’ve tried everything you want to. For those not-so-adventurous, I recommend The Smokehouse Barbecue and Brews at The American Adventure. I had the pulled pig slider last year and it was delicious. Some of the more adventurous offerings this year include the Harissa Chicken Kebob with Sweet Couscous Salad from Taste of Marrakesh in Morocco, Osaka Salmon Sushi from Hanami in Japan, and Watermelon Salad with Pickled Onions from Florida Fresh in Germany. My drink of choice is always the mint iced tea from Morocco, but there are other great choices including some that are adult-only (I’m thinking of a yummy Iced Bailey’s Latte as I write this). Choices also abound for dessert. I loved the pineapple soft serve from Pineapple Promenade at the World Showcase Promenade and the Beijing Style Candied Strawberries from Lotus House in China.
There’s not much to touch, but if you’re lucky enough, you may just have a beautiful monarch butterfly land on you in the Butterflies on the Go garden and kids will find plenty to keep their hands (and feet) busy at Mike & Sully’s Monstrous Garden.
If you’re like me and can’t make it to the festival this year, then we’ll just have to wish we were there together and make do with some of these beautiful photos taken at last year’s festival.