Make the Most out of Epcot Flower & Garden Festival’s Last Weekend

Why does it feel like just last week that Epcot Flower & Garden Festival was starting and everyone was excited for the debut of Beauty and the Beast? 

On Monday, Flower & Garden comes to an end and I still haven’t made it to the theatre for B&TB. ­čś▒

Where does the time go? I’m not ready to say goodbye to Flower and Garden.
This is my favorite festival of the year, so I’ll be braving the Memorial Day crowds to have one more go of taking in the beauty, enjoying my favorite seasonal treats, and attempting to try all the things I haven’t been able to get my hands on.

The Must Have at Least One More Time list:

  • Desert Violet Lemonade. Obviously. This Instagram darling is sweet, tart, and fruity. And it’s a slush. Oh yeah. The perfect spring drink. – Pineapple Promenade (near the start of World Showcase, just a bit before Canada)
  • Watermelon Salad. I’d buy a whole bucket of this is they’d let me. Peppery arugula, lush, juicy watermelon, tart, creamy feta cheese, the syrupy zing of balsamic glaze, and the astringent sweetness of pink pickled onions. I’m not an onion fan – raw onions especially (they taste like fire), but I loooove these pink pickled onions. – Urban Farm Eats (along the path between the Imagination Pavilion and the World Showcase)
  • Candied Strawberries. These are so strange and so delicious! Imagine a skewer of bright, plump strawberries coated in an almost savory sesame-esque brittle candy. – Lotus House (China)
  • M.S.G: Mango Wine, Strawberry and Ginger Ale. This was DELICIOUS. If you like peach or lychee (neither of which are in this drink, but, you know), you’ll like this. SO fruity and refreshing! – Lotus House (China)

The Would Really Like to Have at Least One More Time if Life Permits List:

  • Nanaimo Bar Trifle. Creamy and comforting, this is like an extra-decadent chocolate and coconut layered pudding. – Northern Bloom (Canada)
  • La Vie en Rose Slush. Essentially a strong, exponentially more delicious version of a vodka cranberry with a hint of Saint Germain. The pale pink color is exceedingly pleasing. – Fleur de Lys (France)
  • Watermelon Cucumber Slush. Hydrating, summery, and fruity. I’ve had the alcoholic version (gin) twice, once was perfection and the other was stunningly strong. The non-alcoholic version is equally delightful. Sweet, but not too sweet. – Florida Fresh (between France and Morocco)
  • Frushi. This fruit sushi is a festival staple! Cute, novel, and tasty. – Hanami (Japan)
  • Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans. So good! Warm, caramelly, and spicy. – The Smoke House: Barbecue and Brews (US)
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalape├▒os. I really liked this one! Mega flavorful and just a teensy bit spicy. I love a good mingle of jalape├▒o and cheese flavors! – The Smoke House: Barbecue and Brews (US)

The These Sound Really Good and I Want to Try Them Before They’re Gone List:

  • Aviv├ę Natural Peach Sparkling WineUrban Farm Eats 
  • Ciderboys Strawberry Magic Hard Strawberry CiderCider House (UK)
  • Caribe Blood Orange Tropical Hard CiderCider House (UK)
  • Carne Asada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro Lime Cream Cheese – Florida Fresh
  • Meatball Parmigiana: Hand-made Beef and Veal Meatballs, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Parmigiana and Fresh Basil – Primavera (Italy)

The Mr. EC’s favorites list:

  • Currywurst with Curry Ketchup and Paprika Chips – Bauernmarket (Germany)
  • The aforementioned Violet Lemonade
  • The aforementioned Nanaimo Bar Trifle
  • Beef Tenderloin TipsNorthern Bloom (mentioned below)

And finally, Things I Have Tried:

  • Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepperberry Sorbet. Nothing at all wrong with this one, but I felt the flavors were much more suited to the holiday season instead of spring. – The Berry Basket
  • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips. This was unusual and tasty, but the hot dog itself was a bit too spicy for my liking. – Pineapple Promenade
  • Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables. SUPER flavorful. The beef could’ve been more tender, though. – Northern Bloom (Canada)

There you have it! Will you be visiting Epcot this weekend? Which treats are your favorite, and which would you avoid if given the opportunity to experience again?