Fans of Epcot Festivals, rejoice! Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival returns to Disney World in 2022. This festival mixes the beauty of horticulture with Disney character inspired topiaries and specialty foods. Let’s take a quick tour of the 2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival taking place March 2, 2022 through July 4, 2022.
Beautiful Blooms All Over Epcot
Draped in colorful flowering plants during Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, Epcot is especially gorgeous this time of year. 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.
The beautiful gardens aren’t limited to Showcase Plaza. Over a dozen stunning specialty gardens in Future World and World Showcase are cultivated for the 2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.
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 favorite Epcot Flower and Garden topiaries include Three Caballeros, Kermit the Frog, Snow White, 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!
Bambi’s Butterfly House
Formerly known as the Goodness Garden Butterfly House, Bambi’s Butterfly House is now confirmed for Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2022.
Butterfly house capacity was limited in 2021, but we found the waits to enter the tent relatively low. We’ll see if these same restrictions are in place for 2022.
Bambi’s Butterfly House is a large mesh tent which encloses a special garden full of butterfly friendly plants. Inside the enclosure, butterflies flit all around landing on plants and sometimes guests.
Several species of butterflies make Bambi’s Butterfly House their home, but the Monarchs are usually the most eye-catching.
The garden tent also has 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 butterfly house has signage throughout encouraging people to plant their own butterfly friendly plants at home. Bambi’s Butterfly House also educates guests 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.
Disney has not released exact menus for the 2022 Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Here’s several of our favorite items we hope return in 2022.
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 between Morocco and France, is our favorite booth from previous years. The Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut-lime Sauce is so good I eat it 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.
Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Sweet Corn Salsa from EPCOT Sunshine Griddle 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.
Looking for something sweet instead of savory? Fleur de Lys in France has a Macaron au Chocolate en Sucette. This large macaron on a stick is a delicious rich, chocolate treat.
My Favorite Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Drinks
My favorite drink at last year’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival was a new addition for 2021. Hibiscus Lemonade Cocktail featuring Islamorada Brewery & Distillery Hibiscus Gin is a delicious, refreshing, and pretty option. Find this hidden gem tucked into World ShowPlace Event Pavilion near Canada.
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 Festival Favorites in World Showplace.
La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy is another 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.
If beer is more your speed there are plenty to choose from at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival booths. For example, at Pineapple Promenade in Showcase Plaza we tried Playalinda Brewing Company Violet Lemonade Ale. 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 instead.
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2022 Garden Rocks Concert Series
After a break in 2021, Epcot’s Garden Rocks Concert Series returns for the 2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. The concerts showcase a variety of bands over the festival season.
Garden Rocks concerts take place at America Gardens Theater in World Showcase and feature a variety of bands. Find the full 2022 Garden Rocks Concert line up here.
Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration
Hunt for Spike, a cute bumblebee, all around Epcot with Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration. This scavenger hunt is a great way to keep kids entertained during Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2022.
Buy a special map for $9.99 plus tax 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.
Epcot Flower And Garden Festival 2022 Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunt
Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunt is unconfirmed for Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2022, but was so much fun last year. We hope this event returns for 2022. Last year it started March 19th and continued until supplies ran out.
Like other Epcot scavenger hunts, buy a special map to search for hidden eggs around Epcot. Once you’ve found all the eggs turn in your map to receive a special Egg-stravaganza Scavenger Hunt prize.
Epcot Flower and Garden Festival returns Garden Graze to this year’s offerings. Purchase five tasty food options, stamp your passport, and earn a yummy reward.
This year’s Garden Graze menu is unconfirmed for the 2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. However, I expect the process to be similar to the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine from Festival of the Arts.
Final Thoughts on Epcot Flower And Garden Festival 2022
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 and early summer visits to Disney World.
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