Fans of Epcot Festivals, rejoice! Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival returns to Disney World in 2021. This festival mixes the beauty of horticulture with Disney character inspired topiaries and specialty foods. Let’s take a quick tour of the 2021 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival taking place March 3, 2021 through July 5, 2021.
Please note: Some details are confirmed for the 2021 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival like Disney topiaries, Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration, and Outdoor Kitchens. Other offerings from previous years like the Goodness Garden Butterfly House are hopefully included for 2021. I will continually update this information as it becomes available.
Beautiful Blooms All Over Epcot
Draped in colorful flowering plants during Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, the park is beautiful. It seems no matter where you look there are stunning arrays of flowers to admire.
Along the shores of Showcase Plaza is an endless blanket of vibrant color which frames Spaceship Earth beautifully. Perfectly planted flowers form shapes within these vast gardens.
Amazing Epcot Flower and Garden Disney Character Topiaries
The Disney Horticulture team designs and grows magnificent topiaries for the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival each year. Disney character topiaries catch your eye and these stunning displays often stop us in our tracks.
Each year there are new designs to admire and classics to enjoy. Lovingly grown topiaries with creative details are surrounded by impressively landscaped areas. Some of our favorites include Three Caballeros, Kermit the Frog, Snow White and the Dwarfs, and Figment.
Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival usually has about two-dozen special topiaries, and most are inspired by Disney characters. Have fun finding your favorites!
The Goodness Garden Butterfly House
Although not officially announced yet for the 2021 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, Goodness Garden Butterfly House is a family favorite activity at Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. A mesh tent encloses a special garden full of butterfly friendly plants. Inside the enclosure, butterflies flit all around landing on plants and sometimes guests. Several different species of butterflies make Goodness Garden Butterfly House their home, but the Monarchs are usually the most eye-catching.
Inside the garden tent are two wooden stations holding butterfly chrysalis. Many butterflies emerge each day, and sometimes guests are lucky to catch one breaking out of its shell. The Goodness Garden Butterfly House also has signage through the gardens encouraging people to plant their own butterfly friendly plants and educating visitors about the importance of butterflies in conservation efforts.
Tasty Outdoor Kitchen Options
Trying new foods is one of the best things about the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. When visiting the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival we often opt to eat and drink at several outdoor kitchens instead of one traditional meal. The 2021 Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival menus have not been announced yet, but here are some of our previous favorites we hope return this year.
Pro tip: Want to stay on budget while eating at Outdoor Kitchens? Grab a bracelet gift card at the gift shop and load it with the amount you want to spend. This trick has certainly saved me from overspending at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.
My Favorite Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Foods
La Isla Fresca located in Showcase Plaza is our favorite booth from previous years. The Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut-lime Sauce and Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro are so good I eat them any time I get a chance. Although I’m normally not a fan of coconut, the subtle flavor is a nice addition to the five grilled shrimp and rice. The Jamaican-braised Beef is also flavorful and quite filling for its small price tag.
Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Local Sweet Corn Relish from Florida Fresh is the absolute best thing we ate on our adult only runDisney trip. This was a rare treat for me, since Elizabeth is allergic to corn and I avoid eating it around her.
My Favorite Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Drinks
La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush is a popular Epcot Flower and Garden Festival drink, and in my opinion pretty darn delicious. This alcoholic slush at Fleur de Lys in the France Pavilion is made with Grey Goose Vodka, L’Orange, St. Germain Liqueur, White and Red Cranberry juice.
Another refreshing drink at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is Frozen Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine. The spiked frozen lemonade is perfection on a warm day. Find it at The Smokehouse in the America Pavilion.
If beer is more your speed there are plenty to choose from at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. At Pineapple Promenade in Showcase Plaza we tried both the Maui Brewing Co. Pineapple Mana Wheat and Playalinda Brewing Company Violet Lemonade Ale. The Pineapple Mana Wheat had a great hint of pineapple and went down easy. The Playalinda Violet Lemonade Ale had a good flavor, but I think I would have been better off trying the famous non-alcoholic Frozen Dessert Violet Lemonade.
Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration
This scavenger hunt tracks Spike all around Epcot and is a great way to keep kids entertained during Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2021.
Buy a special map and use it to find Spike’s hiding spots around Epcot. Once you find him, use the corresponding sticker to mark your map. At the end of the scavenger hunt show your completed map at select locations to receive a prize.
Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration is similar to Figment’s Brush With the Masters during Epcot Festival of the Arts or Remy’s Hide and Squeak during Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
Final Thoughts on Epcot Flower And Garden Festival 2021
Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival activities are always the perfect antidote to a seemingly endless Chicago winter. Vibrant flowers, carefully grown topiaries, a butterfly house, and outdoor kitchens make the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival a great part of our springtime visits.
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