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The Everything Guide: 2014 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

by on March 4, 2014

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It’s here!  This year’s annual Epcot Flower and Garden Festival kicks off March 5 and will run through May 18. Its purpose is to celebrate everything that’s wonderful about horticulture and spring. This year marks the 21st year of the Festival and it’s sponsored by HGTV.

Each year the Festival offers guests the opportunity to delight in beautiful gardens, topiaries, butterfly gardens, listen to celebrity presentations or the the Flower Power Concert Series, enjoy garden-themed food booths, and much, much more! I thought that since the Festival has arrived, I’d combine everything into one sort of giant “guide” for touring during this time of year.

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is really one of the most gorgeous times of the year to visit.  The park is FULL of color. There’s a magic in the air (some would say it’s because it’s the first sign of life we’ve seen since Fall…goodbye Winter!) It is simply a glorious time to be visiting Epcot in general.

So, without further adieu, let’s take a look at what exactly is new for this year’s Festival:

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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchen Menus

by on February 17, 2014

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They’re here! The menu offerings for this year’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens have been released! This year there are some fantastic new dishes, mixed in with some favorites from last year.

For those who don’t know, this is the Outdoor Kitchens’ second appearance at the Flower and Garden Festival. They were introduced last year under the name, “Garden Marketplace Kiosks.” These Kitchens serve up delicious, fresh food and beverages that gather their inspiration from springtime flavors.

Earlier, Disney told us which booths would be at the Festival. This year, a new booth known as Urban Farm Eats will debut, and it appears that the Intermission Cafe in the Festival Center is officially included in the fun. It will offer up quite a few tasty treats, too!

Here are the full menus for each of the Outdoor Kitchens:

Jardin de Fiestas (Mexico Pavilion) – this booth offers tapas that are spring light and cooked just right.

  • 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

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A Glimpse at the Outdoor Kitchens for Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

by on January 27, 2014

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchen

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Last year, at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, Disney introduced the Garden Marketplaces, which offered up small bites of delectable treats and beverages with a focus on fresh ingredients. For 2014, they will be returning under a new name – Outdoor Kitchens.

The booths are similar to what you would see at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival booths. This year, there will be eleven kitchens total, all found around the World Showcase Promenade.

Quite a few booths will be returning from last year, such as the Florida Fresh booth and The Smokehouse. There is also a handful of new stops, including Urban Farm Eats.

Here is the full list of all the Outdoor Kitchens that will be featured during this year’s festival:

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HGTV and DIY Stars Are Back For Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival

by on January 15, 2014

David Bromstad, HGTV Design Star, ColorSplash, Design Star All-Stars: ÒThe Power of ColorÓ

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Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival is only a little over a month and a half away. Among the unique events that take place during the Festival are the presentations by celebrity guests from HGTV and the DIY Network. These showcases take place on weekends during the Festival at both noon and 3 p.m. on The Designers’ Stage at the Festival Center. (Otherwise known as the former Wonders of Life Pavilion.)

For those who are excited to learn tips about gardening or designing and decorating your home, we have a list of the celebs who will be on hand giving demonstrations and when.  They are:

  • March 7-9 – Vern Yip “Design Star”
  • March 14-16 – Chris Lambton “Going Yard”
  • March 21-23 – Matt Blashaw “Yard Crashers”
  • March 28-30 – Matt Meunster “Bath Crashers”
  • April 4-6 – Taniya Nayak “House Hunters on Vacation”
  • April 11-13 – Amy Matthews “Renovation Raiders”
  • April 18-20 – John Gidding “Curb Appeal”
  • April 25-27 – David Bromstad “Color Splash”
  • May 2-4 – Chip Wade “Elbow Room”
  • May 9-11 –Genevieve Gorder “HGTV Star”
  • May 16-18 – Alison Victoria “Kitchen Crashers”

Please keep in mind that this list is subject to change.

The 2014 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival will take place from March 5 – May 18.

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