Welcome Back, Flower and Garden Festival!

It’s March, which can only mean three things:

  1. My birthday is coming up
  2. Spring Break is almost here
  3. Flower and Garden Festival is back!

Fortunately for you, this post is only going to be about number three. Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival is easily one of my favorite things to do in the spring, so of course I had to get out there and see it on the first weekend! I’m going to write a full topiary tour blog post eventually, but for now I just want to give you guys a brief overview of some of the totally awesome things you can see there.

..and what better place to start than the entrance?

We arrived at the park a little late, so we didn’t have time to see every single topiary, but luckily they’ll be around until May 29th! It doesn’t matter for this post anyway, because the next thing I’m going to write about is food. Even though the Food and Wine Festival is the true culinary event of Epcot, there’s some amazing treats to get at the Flower and Garden Festival as well! Here’s my personal favorite:

Frushi is short for fruit sushi, and it tastes as good as it looks! It consists of fresh strawberries, pineapple, and cantaloupe wrapped in coconut rice and topped with raspberry drizzle. If I had any sort of culinary skills whatsoever I would attempt to make it at home, but I’m definitely no Iron Chef, so that means I’ll just have to enjoy it as much as I can while it’s around at the Hanami kiosk in Japan.

My second favorite Flower and Garden Festival treat is violet lemonade:

Besides being the prettiest beverage on Disney property, violet lemonade is super tasty! You can find it at the Pineapple Promenade kiosk right at the entrance to World Showcase. Apparently there’s also tres leches for sale at the Isla Fresca kiosk located right next door, so you will definitely catch me there next time!

Like I said earlier, I’m going to make a super fancy post dedicated to the garden displays around the park, but here’s a preview featuring one of my favorites:

Last but not least, my 80’s music-loving self was treated to a couple of performances by Dennis DeYoung, the leader singer of Styx, at the Epcot Garden Rocks stage! I’m happy to report that despite turning 70 recently, Mr. DeYoung still sounds incredibly good – seriously, I was pretty blown away. I didn’t record any of the performances, but here’s an iPhone-quality snapshot from his performance of “Babe” :

Pro-tip: if you want a great view for a Garden Rocks concert but don’t want to wait in line, go to the latest show at 8:00 instead of the earlier ones! I would suggest making FastPasses for Illuminations if you do that, because the show will probably finish around 8:30 and that’s when it starts to get iffy to get a good spot for the fireworks.

I’m going to keep this blog post short and sweet because there’s almost certainly another one coming up in the next week! I’m turning nineteen on Sunday, so to celebrate I’ll be at Magic Kingdom on Saturday (big surprise right?) After that it’s Spring Break, so I’ll have plenty of time to write! In the meantime, check out some of the articles I’ve written for Her Campus UCF if you’d like, and have a magical week!