Podcast Episode 230: Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2019

Join the Dole Whippies as they dish on all the fun new offerings (including food!) that you can find at the 2019 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival!

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Podcast Episode 144: 2017 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Snack Reviews

All four of the Dole Whippies attended the 2017 Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot and tried lots of the offerings at the outdoor kitchens.  Listen in and see what we thought of all that the Flower & Garden Festival had to offer!

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2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens

The 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival just started a few days ago and the menus this year look awesome!  The festival runs each year in the springtime, this year’s dates are March 1 to May 29.  There are amazing exhibits, play structures for kids, live music, and food booths that are very similar to the Food and Wine Festival.

These “Outdoor Kitchens” are going to have local and exotic options that are made with garden fresh ingredients.  These are small plates, not full meals, so you can expect to pay between $3 and $8 for one selection.  And because this is Epcot, you’re able to imbibe in some of the specialty cocktails and beers each booth has to offer!

Let’s check out what’s on the menu!

Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market

Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce – $3.75

Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream – $4.25

Roasted Bratwurst with Curry Ketchup and Paprika-spiced Chips  – $5.25

Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries – $4.00

Beverages

Hugo-Charles De Fere “Organic” Brut with Elderflower and Mint – $9.50

Paulaner Original Munich Lager – $4.25

Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen – $4.25

Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager – $4.25

Beer Flight – $9.50

The Berry Basket

Lamb chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique – $7.25

Field Greens with fresh Strawberries, Blue Cheese, Strawberry Vinaigrette and Spice Pecans – $4.75

Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepperberry Sorbet – $4.25

Beverages:

Founders Raubeaus Pure Raspberry Ale – $4.25

Island Grove Blueberry Moscato – $5.25

Twinings® Green Tea Berry Mint Julep (also in non-alcoholic) – $8.75, $4.25

Cider House

Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage and Branston Dressing with Pears – $5.50

House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare – $5.25

Freshly Baked Lemon Scone with Crème Fraîche and Mixed Berries  – $3.75

Beverages

McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider – $4.50

Caribe Blood Orange Tropical Hard Cider – $4.50

Ciderboys Strawberry Magic Hard Strawberry Cider – $4.50

Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider, California (Non-alcoholic) – $4.75

Fleur de Lys

Tarte à l’Onion Alsacienne: Alsatian Onion Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Puff Pastry Crust  – $4.75

Poulet aux Écrevisses, Riz Pilaf: Baked Chicken with Crawfish served with Rice Pilaf – $5.75

Macaron Chocolat Framboise: Large Raspberry Macaron with Chocolate Fudge and Raspberry Jam – $4.75

Beverages

La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush: Grey Goose Vodka Orange, St. Germain Liquor, White and Red Cranberry Juice – $9.95

Kir Pomegranate, Sparkling Wine, Pama Pomegranate Liquor – $7.95

Brut de Pêche, Natural Peach Sparkling Wine – $7.50

Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blend, C’est La Vie – $5.00

Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 – $4.25

Florida Fresh

Carne Asada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro Lime Sour Cream – $6.50

Shrimp and Stone-ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, Sweet Corn , Tomatoes and Cilantro  – $6.50

Florida Larder Board: Orlando-made Ricotta Cheese, Cahaba Farms Micro Onions, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic, Country Pâté and House-made Pickles – $5.75

Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue – $4.25

Beverages

Key Lime Sparkling Wine  – $11.75

Quat Seasonal Fruit Ale – $4.25

Mirth and Merriment Golden Ale – $4.25

Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale – $4.25

Beer Flight – $9.50

Watermelon Cucumber Slush with Tamiami Florida Gin – $11.75

Watermelon Cucumber Slush (Non-alcoholic) – $4.25

Fresh-Squeezed Watermelon Juice (Non-alcoholic) – $3.25

Hanami

Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Raspberry Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream on the side – $5.75

Ahi Tuna Poke Sesame Ginger – $8.00

Beef Teriyaki Udon: Thin-sliced Beef, Onions and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger – $6.20

Beverages

SapporoPremium Black Lager – $4.25

Kirin Ichiban Pale Ale – $4.00

Matcha Sake Cocktail – $7.50

Amabuki Kurenai Junmai Sake – $8.50

Ozeki Shin Junmai Sake – $8.50

Dasani Water – $3.00

Jardin de Fiestas

Chile Relleno de Picadillo: Battered Poblano Pepper filled with Ground Beef covered with Tomato Sauce and Garnished with Queso Fresco and Toasted Almonds – $6.00

Brocheta de Pollo con Salsa Morita: Grilled Chicken with Red and Green Bell Pepper served with Salsa Chile Morita and Garnished with Micro-Cilantro and Edible Flowers – $6.00

Tres Leches: Vanilla Sponge Cake, Cajeta, Condensed Milk and Evaporated Milk and Garnished with Orange Zest – $3.95

Beverages

Hibiscus Margarita – $10.25

Elderflower Pineapple Margarita – $11.25

Watermelon White Sangria – $8.75

Pacifico Draft Beer with Kahlua Floater – $6.75

Dasani Water – $3.00

La Isla Fresca

Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro – $6.00

Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut Lime Sauce – $6.50

Caribbean Conch Salad with Avocado, Mango and Onions – $5.00

FlanCocho: Vanilla Caramel Custard with Chocolate Coffee Cake – $3.75

Beverages

Red Stripe Jamaican Style Lager – $4.25

Frozen Simply Tropical™ Juice Drink with Cruzan Mango Rum – $9.25

Frozen Simply Tropical Juice Drink (Non-alcoholic) – $4.25

Lotus House

Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wrap – $5.95

Beijing-Style Candied Strawberries – $5.50

Vegetable Spring Rolls – $4.50

Beverages

Oolong Peach Bubble Tea – $6.75

Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango and Orange Juice – $8.75

Dragon Pearl: Beer, Honey, Cream and Tapioca Pearls – $8.75

M.S.G: A cooler of Mango Wine, Strawberry and Ginger Ale – $8.75

Plum Wine Cooler – $8.75

Tsingtao Beer – $3.50

Dasani Bottled Water – $3.00, DDP Snack Eligible

Northern Bloom

Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple wood Smoked Bacon – $6.25

Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables – $6.50

Nanaimo Bar – $4.25

Beverages

Maple Popcorn Shake with Crown Royal Maple Whiskey – $11.75

Maple Popcorn Shake (non-alcoholic) – $4.50

Unibroue Maudite Amber Ale – $5.00

Unibroue À Tout Le Monde Saison – $5.00

Unibroue Éphémère White Ale – $5.00

Beer Flight – $11.00

Pineapple Promenade

Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips – $7.50

Pineapple Soft-Serve – $4.75

Beverages

Sparkling Pineapple Wine – $11.75

Pineapple Mana – $4.25

Pineapple Soft-Serve with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum – $10.25

Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (Non-alcoholic) – $3.50

Primavera Kitchen

Antipasto Misto: Cerignola Olives, Sweet Soppressata and Salami, Ovolini, Mozzarella, Sweet Roasted Peppers and Ciabatta Bread – $6.00

Meatball Parmigiana: Hand-made Beef and Veal Meatballs, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Parmigiana and Fresh Basil – $7.00

Strawberry Tiramisu: Ladyfingers, Mascarpone Cream and Marinated Strawberries topped with Strawberry Sauce – $5.50

Beverages

Pinot Grigio – $8.00

Chianti – $8.00

Prosecco – $9.00

Corbinello – $8.00

Moscato – $8.00

Bellini Sparkling Wine and Peach purée – $10.00

Rossini Sparkling Wine and Marinated strawberries – $10.00

Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila – $10.00

Moretti Lager – $5.50

Moretti La Rossa – $5.50

Dasani Water – $3.00

The Smokehouse: Barbecues and Brews

Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw and Crispy Onions – $6.00

Smoked Pork Ribs with Black Bean and Corn Salad – $6.75

Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños – $6.25

Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans – $3.75

Beverage

Zen of Zin Old Vine – $5.25

Orange Blossom Pilsner – $4.25

3 Daughters Phantasmas IPA – $4.25

Shipyard Maple Bacon Stout – $4.25

Beer Flight – $9.50

Frozen Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine – $11.75

Frozen Lemonade (Non-alcoholic) – $3.25

Taste of Marrakesh

Merguez “Hot Dog” Sausage: Spicy Beef and Lamb with Satueed Onions and Green Peppers – $6.00

Home-Made Falafel with Pickled Beet and Turnip, Tomato Salad and Tahini Sauce – $5.00

Baklava – $4.00

Beverages

Desert Rose: Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liqueur – $8.00

White Sangria – $5.00

Guerrouane Red Wine – $4.00

Casa Beer – $4.00

Dasani Water – $3.00

Urban Farm Eats

Watermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, B&W Gourmet Farms Baby Arugula, Feta and Balsamic Reduction – $4.00

Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragoût, Spring Vegetables and Fingerling Potatoes – $6.25

Crabless Cake with Crispy Vegetable Slaw, Lemon Vinaigrette and Old Bay Remoulade – $6.25

Beverages

Avivé Natural Peach Sparkling Wine – $9.50

King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir – $5.25

Wildflower Pale Ale – $4.25

Urban Mary with House-made Pickled Green Bean – $10.75

Urban Fairy Cocktail – $11.00

Have you made a list of all the things you’d like to try this year?  Everything sounds delicious!

Guest Blogger Michelle K.: The ABC’s and 123’s of Planning Your Disney Trip

You’ve decided to take a Walt Disney World vacation.  OH YEAH!!  If you are like me, it can seem a little overwhelming to start planning your vacation.  Not to fear though, you don’t have to have a Mousester or Ducktorate degree in all things Disney to plan a great trip!

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The best option is to use a Disney expert travel agent to help guide your decision making Blog2to create a customized vacation just for you.  As a former cast member, even I love having the help and ease of using one.  (Huge shout-out to Tara McClure one of the DoleWhipped ladies and Disney travel planner; our last vacation was just perfect!)

Want to start planning yourself?  Great!  As a huge Disney fan (or fanatic per dear Husband), with numerous trips to the mouse house under our belt, I’d love to share the 8 steps we use for you to start planning you dream vacation at Walt Disney World.

1.    Call to request your free Walt Disney World planning DVD.  These are a great resource for planning your trip and bonus, they are fun for kiddos to watch in the car if you are making a road trip of it!

2.    Decide when you would like to go! A few considerations to picking the best dates:

  • Consider weather and crowd levels! Take a look at free crowd calendars available on the web; it is a great tool to help pick a week that may be less crowded than others.  Will you want to hit the fabulous pools at the resorts or at the Disney water parks?  If so, January or December weather might be iffy.  That being said, we took a February trip to Walt Disney World this year and swam at the resort or Blizzard Beach 5 out of 7 days.  Thank goodness for heated pools!

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  • Want to time your vacation to take part in a special event? Throughout the year, Walt Disney World hosts different events, some are covered through basic tickets and Blog4others require a special ticket purchase.  These include Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, Star Wars and Princess Running events including marathon, half marathon, 5K and family fun run options, and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, just to name a few!  We’ve attended the Halloween party twice and it was fantastic!  Everyone should try it once for the special Halloween treats, fireworks, parade, and trick or treating.

 

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  • Consider dining and fast pass reservations. Dining reservations can be booked 180 days in advance; fast pass reservations can be booked 60 days in advance if staying at a WDW resort or 30 days in advance with your ticket.  Planning your trip a little further in advance makes it easier to secure hard to get reservations!  Not to fear though, booking last minute trips has worked for us too but did require a little more flexibility.

3.    Determine how long you want to stay! There is so much to do at Walt Disney World.  Walt Disney World has 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, the ESPN sports complex, 5 golf courses, 2 mini golf courses, multiple spas, boating recreation, and a dining and shopping area at Downtown Disney with enough activities to fill multiple days.

4.    Decide where you would like to stay! There are a lot of choices and the great news is that it becomes easy to narrow down what works best for your needs by thinking about a few questions.

  • How many of your posse are going on the trip? Some resorts have more room options for groups larger than 4 wanting to share a room.
  • What will be important to make the most of your time there? Are you looking for the most amazing pool or little kid water play area?  What is important to you regarding location, do you want to pick the resort in walking distance to your favorite park?
  • Lastly, what works best for your budget? Resorts are available at every price point; offsite, value, moderate, or deluxe are available with numerous options for each!

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5.    Would you like Disney Dining? If you are staying on property (in one of the Disney World resorts) you are eligible for a prepaid dining plan.  Several web sites break down the different plans and offer helpful tips if you aren’t sure.  We’ve made trips with and without the plan and were equally happy with both.  We enjoyed getting to try so many different types of snacks and meals on the Dining plan, especially character meals and dining at Epcot (gelatos, sushi, and crepes, oh my!).  Also great was being able to order the most expensive meal on the menu in restaurants for table dining that was covered by the plan!  On the other hand, we also enjoyed the flexibly of bringing in our own lunches to eat wherever and whenever was convenient.

6.    Make your resort reservations and purchase your tickets! If staying onsite, make sureBlog7 to use a Disney travel expert.  Their services are free to you (score!); they are paid directly by Disney and all prices are identical to what you would get booking directly with WDW.  There is really only an upside to this as they provide expert advice, ideas, and guidance to make your vacation the best it can be.  If you would like to use the dining plan, make sure to book it with your room reservations.

 

7.    Book your dining reservations as soon as possible! There are so many fun, unusual, Blog8and yummy options.  If you don’t already have a few favorites in mind, try checking out on-line reviews and on-line menus to find great places to eat.  Also, consider if you would like a character meal while on vacation.  There is a large variety available with different characters and menu options (everything from standard breakfast fare to African to Norwegian!)   Don’t worry if you can’t get all of your top reservations at first.  For each trip, I was able to get every restaurant, even the hard to get ones like Ohana and Crystal Palace that we wanted by checking availability a few times a day for several weeks and being flexible with meal times.

 

Blog98.    Lastly, book your fast pass choices as soon as possible. Choosing fast passes to your favorite attractions early helps ensure you get the times and choices you want!

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Now sit back and get your Disney vacation count down calendar ready – You’ve got a great vacation to look forward to!