It’s nearly spring, and you know what that means: the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is back in bloom! As much as I love all of Epcot’s seasonal festivals, I have to admit this one holds a special place in my heart. This year’s festival is as much of a treat as ever, from the topiaries to the violet lemonade and everything in between! I’ve already been a couple of times, so I put together this photo diary to share some of my favorite aspects of this year’s festival with you all. Let’s dig in!
Despite the existence of frushi, we have to acknowledge the topiaries of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. After all, they are the main event! With this year being the 25th anniversary of the festival, I’ll admit I was hoping for a brand new “wow” topiary – but even without one, this year’s selection doesn’t disappoint! I just wish I could take the Tinker Bell topiary home with me for my front yard.
I chose to only include my top five favorite topiaries in this post, since it would be a little absurd to include photos of all of them. You’ll just have to go to the festival yourself to see them all!
I’m an Advertising-Public Relations major – did you really think I could resist talking about the beautiful branding for the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival? I’m a huge fan of the minimalist approach of the designs for the garden passport and festival decor. It’s simple and and effective, and it truly brings the entire festival up a notch. Fingers crossed it’ll be sticking around – if not, at least we’ll have the passports to remember it by!
I’ll be the first to admit that my favorite part of any Epcot festival is the food. It’s my humble opinion that the Flower and Garden has some of the best treats of any of the seasonal festivals (sorry, Food and Wine), so of course I had to include a section dedicated to it!
Pineapple Promenade – Showcase Plaza
Violet lemonade is a classic Epcot Flower and Garden Festival treat, and I try to snag it every time I’m in the park for as long as its available! It’s just the right balance of sweet and tart, and as an added bonus, you can eat the flower garnish! Not that I recommend it. I tried it, and it tastes exactly like you’d like a flower would taste. Violet lemonade: 10/10, flower garnish: -2/10.
Hanami – Japan
Another Flower and Garden favorite, frushi is absolutely delicious! It consists of pineapple, strawberry, and melon rolled with coconut rice, sprinkled with toasted coconut and topped off with whipped cream and raspberry drizzle! And yes, it’s just as good as it sounds. As usual, I’m lamenting my complete lack of culinary skills, because if I could I would make this every day!
La Isla Fresca – Showcase Plaza
In a largely-failed effort to not only eat dessert while at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, I decided to pick up this sugar cane shrimp skewer with steamed rice and coconut lime sauce. I was really surprised at the decent portion size, and even happier to discover that it was totally delicious! If you’re looking for a more savory dish to pick up at the festival, you can’t go wrong with this one.
Fleur de Lys – France
Another pleasant surprise, the chocolate macaron lollipop from France was larger than I expected and just as delicious as I hoped! If the line for the kiosk isn’t as absurdly long as it’s been in my experience, I highly recommend grabbing one of these treats.
The Berry Basket – Showcase Plaza
My absolute favorite treat at this year’s Flower and Garden Festival is the wild berry buckle with pepper berry gelato! I have no idea what a buckle is, or what a pepper berry is for that matter, but this thing is amazing. If you’re only going to have one dish at this year’s festival, make it this one!
This one isn’t relevant to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, but I got bangs! And no, I don’t really know what to do with them. And yes, they are quite annoying sometimes. But I love them anyway! Will they stick around? Who knows! It was a good excuse to have a photoshoot in the Italy pavilion, anyway.
I really hope this photo diary of my fun at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival has made you want to visit! It really is such a fun event, even if you aren’t a theme park junky like myself! If you liked this post, check out my photo diary of the International Festival of the Arts! Have any thoughts on my favorite topiaries and treats? Leave them in the comments below!
Until the next post!