This year, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (March 5 – May 18) sees the theme park transformed with new, whimsical topiary displays and a world showcase full of garden-grown treats, savory meats and spring-inspired flavors.


HGTV's Vern Yip - one of many HGTV personalities on stage at the Epcot Flower and Garden festival this year


HGTV’s Vern Yip – one of many HGTV personalities on stage at the Epcot Flower and Garden festival this year


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In 2014, the 11 food booths (one less than last year’s 12 booths) in the EPCOT World Showcase have been rebranded as “Outdoor Kitchens” with a brand new booth called Urban Farm Eats, inspired by the grow-your-own produce movement and featuring vegetables grown at Epcot’s very own Land Pavillion.


“Piggylicious” bacon cupcake


“Piggylicious” bacon cupcake

Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann is most excited about the new features at The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews “outdoor kitchen”, a truly American tradition of slow-cooked flavors near The American Adventure Pavilion, particularly the smoked turkey “ribs” and the “Piggylicious” bacon cupcake with maple frosting and pretzel crunch featuring Nueske’s® Applewood Smoked Bacon baked right into the cupcake.

Tasty Chomps’ Top 11 Must Try Eats at 2014 EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival


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1. Florida Fresh – near Germany – Shrimp and stone ground grits with andouille sausage, sweet corn, tomatoes and cilantro


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2. Urban Farm Eats – Ghost Pepper-dusted Tilapia with Crisp Winter Melon Slaw and Mint Oil featuring The Original Sauce Man’s Kick It Up Rub


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3. The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews – America – Smoked Turkey “Rib”


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4. Buttercup Cottage – United Kingdom – Freshly baked potato and cheddar cheese biscuit with smoked salmon tartare


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5. Lotus House – China – Beijing-style candied strawberries


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6. Hanami – Frushi – Japan – 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


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7. Hanami – Hanami sushi – Japan – A flavorful combination of salmon, scallop and beef-topped rice balls served atop a shiso violet sauce


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8. Buttercup Cottage – United Kingdom – Pork and apple sausage roll with house-made pickled piccalilli


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9. The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews – America – Smoked beef brisket with collard greens and jalapeño corn bread


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10. Pineapple Promenade – Dole Whips with Captain Morgan’s Parrot Bay Rum or Myer’s Dark Rum


Orange Macarons from France


11. For Dessert, Macaron à la fleur d’ Oranger – Orange blossom macaron with white chocolate ganache from France


Fleur de Lys - France - Confit de canard, pommes de terre Sarladaise – Pulled duck confit with garlic and parsley potatoes


BONUS – Fleur de Lys – France – Confit de canard, pommes de terre Sarladaise – Pulled duck confit with garlic and parsley potatoes

Epcot Flower and Garden’s Beautiful New Topiary Displays

New this year is a whole series of new topiary displays including the detailed faces of many of the stunning topiary displays of Disney characters through out the park, particularly Snow White…

This was the Snow White and the Seven Dwarves display last year:


Snow White at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2013


Snow White at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2013

Compared to this year, her features are much more detailed:


Snow White at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2014


Snow White at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2014


Snow White at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2014


Snow White at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2014


Sleepy the Dwarf


Sleepy the Dwarf


Mickey Mouse a la Fantasia


Mickey Mouse a la Fantasia


The Lion King's Rafiki and Simba near the Africa area


The Lion King’s Rafiki and Simba near the Africa area


Celebrating the upcoming 2014 World Cup at Epcot


Celebrating the upcoming 2014 World Cup at Epcot


Chip and Mrs. Potts in Epcot France Pavilion


Chip and Mrs. Potts in Epcot France Pavilion


The Crocodile from Peter Pan


The Crocodile from Peter Pan


Bambi, Thumper, and Flower near the Canada pavilion


Bambi, Thumper, and Flower near the Canada pavilion


Phineas and Ferb


Phineas and Ferb


A Scandinavian Dwarf at Norway


A Scandinavian Dwarf at Norway


Pluto!


Pluto!


Timon and Pumbaa display


Timon and Pumbaa display

Disney’s Frozen arrives at Epcot’s Norway Pavilion

Also, this year right on the heels of their new blockbuster hit “Frozen”, Epcot’s Norway Pavilion has underwent a few changes, most notably the addition of a Disney character Meet and Greet for Elsa and Anna at the pavilion with lines lasting up to 5 hours long. During our visit, the line was 3.5 hours long…quite the wait!


Epcot Norway pavilion updated with Disney's Frozen artifacts and tie-ins


Epcot Norway pavilion updated with Disney’s Frozen artifacts and tie-ins


Long lines await at the Epcot Norway pavilion for the character meet and greet with Anna and Elsa of Disney's Frozen


Long lines await at the Epcot Norway pavilion for the character meet and greet with Anna and Elsa of Disney’s Frozen


One of the costume displays for Scandinavian culture


One of the costume displays for Scandinavian culture


One of the costume displays for Scandinavian culture


One of the costume displays for Scandinavian culture


The entrance to the Character Meet and Greet with Anna and Elsa


The entrance to the Character Meet and Greet with Anna and Elsa

Video at Epcot of meeting Elsa and Anna at the Epcot character Meet and Greet

More Favorite Scenes from the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2014


Spring Pancake from China's Lotus House


Spring Pancake from China’s Lotus House


Florida Fresh beer!


Florida Fresh beer!


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Mulan at China Pavilion


Mulan at China Pavilion


Lamb brewat roll with prunes and sesame at Taste of Marrakesh - Morocco


Lamb brewat roll with prunes and sesame at Taste of Marrakesh – Morocco


The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews


The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews


The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews


The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews


The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews


The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews


Land-grown eggplant “scallop” with romesco sauce and spaghetti squash at the Urban Farm Eats kitchen


Land-grown eggplant “scallop” with romesco sauce and spaghetti squash at the Urban Farm Eats kitchen


Yogurt parfaits


Yogurt parfaits


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La Vie en Rose frozen slush – Vodka, Grey Goose Orange, St. Germain Liquor, and white and red cranberry juice


La Vie en Rose frozen slush – Vodka, Grey Goose Orange, St. Germain Liquor, and white and red cranberry juice


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Japan Pavilion is my favorite


Japan Pavilion is my favorite


These girls are so enthusiastic about their pearls at the Mitsukoshi store


These girls are so enthusiastic about their pearls at the Mitsukoshi store


Inside the Mitsukoshi store at Japan Pavilion


Inside the Mitsukoshi store at Japan Pavilion


Hello Kitty from Florida


Hello Kitty from Florida


It's just not Japan without anime


It’s just not Japan without anime


Hanami


Hanami


First time seeing chicken curry katsu in a hand roll...awesome! Temaki hand roll – Sliced Panko fried chicken, curry sauce, rice and pickled julienne carrots wrapped with Nori at Hanami


First time seeing chicken curry katsu in a hand roll…awesome! Temaki hand roll – Sliced Panko fried chicken, curry sauce, rice and pickled julienne carrots wrapped with Nori at Hanami


:es Artisans Des Glaces - Ice Cream artisans at the France Pavilion!


Les Artisans Des Glaces – Ice Cream artisans at the France Pavilion!


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Croque Glace - Brioche stuffed with ice cream and hot pressed!


Croque Glace – Brioche stuffed with ice cream and hot pressed!


Touch of chocolate syrup


Touch of chocolate syrup before going in the press


Croque Glace at Les Artisans des Glace - must try their macaron ice cream sandwich next time!


Croque Glace at Les Artisans des Glace – must try their macaron ice cream sandwich next time!


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Croque Glace at Les Artisans des Glace

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Hanging out with Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann


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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is going on now from March 5 – May 18, visit soon!



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