2018 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Details | Disney World Resources

Disney has announced the official dates for next year’s 25th Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. The event will run from February 28-May 28, 2018 and will encompass most of the Epcot grounds.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2018 topiaryAccording to Disney, visitors to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival can expect:

  • Millions of brilliant blossoms
  • Flavor-rich cuisine from 15 Outdoor Kitchens
  • Disney topiary stars
  • Interactive play gardens
  • Live chart-topping musical acts during the Garden Rocks Concert Series

Flower and Garden Festival Highlights:

The 90-day Epcot Flower and Garden Festival will open with an irresistible array of sights, sounds, tastes, aromas and tactile discoveries:

  • New and creative dishes will debut at 15 Outdoor Kitchens encircling the World Showcase Promenade. Guests can sip and savor their way around Epcot, enjoying chef-inspired noshes and refreshing libations.
  • A bonanza of Disney character topiaries, including classic-character favorites Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and many others, will play a starring festival role. Returning this year, Belle will be featured in France along with Beast, Snow White in Germany with the Seven Dwarfs, and Anna and Elsa in Norway.
  • A brand-new Future World interactive play garden and a revved-up Road to Florida 500 garden featuring new games and play challenges will set the pace for family festival fun. The new interactive area in Future World will feature a play maze, a sensory garden, an activity zone and a covered seating area. The redesigned “Cars”-themed garden based on the Disney•Pixar sequel, “Cars 3,” will add more fun activities like highway bingo for families.
  • A brand-new Epcot front-entrance topiary garden will set the milestone anniversary scene with a kaleidoscope of blooming color where topiary icons Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy will greet festival guests.
  • The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series will feature hit makers of the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s on the America Gardens Theatre stage. Three evening concerts each Friday through Monday present musicians that span multiple genres.
  • Garden Rocks Dining Packages will be available on select days at a number of Epcot restaurants.

And there’s more:

  • The back-by-demand Figment topiary garden between Future World and World Showcase will offer the perfect selfie backdrop and family photo opportunity.
  • The Royal Tea Garden Tour will return for a second year each festival morning at the United Kingdom pavilion. For a small fee, guests can follow a knowledgeable guide through the tranquil tea garden setting to learn the history and artistry behind growing and blending tea. A post-tour treat of tea and scones is included. The shorter, complimentary English Tea Garden Tour also will be offered on select days.
  • Among the nearly 100 festival topiaries will be returning favorites like the pandas and Bromeliad dragon at the China pavilion, The Three Caballeros at the Mexico pavilion, Disney-Pixar’s Woody at the American Adventure pavilion and Buzz Lightyear in Future World.

Dozens of Disney-crafted “flower towers” and beds of multi-colored blooms will transform the park’s landscape. At least 70,000 bedding plants will surround the Future World east and west lakes alone; on the water, 220 mini-gardens will be set afloat.

Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens

2018 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Similar to other Epcot seasonal festivals, the Flower and Garden event features a number of outdoor kiosks offering unique dishes themed to the land that they are located in.

Each Outdoor Kitchen will feature its own raised-bed or in-ground garden of herbs and produce that can inspire the growing numbers of guests who want to learn to grow what they eat.

“The culture of growing your own food continues to trend, and our guests each year have quite a few questions related to edible gardens,” says Eric Darden, festival horticulture manager. “They get a big kick comparing items in our gardens with the herbs and produce our chefs incorporate into the festival’s Outdoor Kitchen recipes.”

Here is a quick list of the Epcot outdoor kitchens for 2018:

  • Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market (Germany Pavilion)
  • Cider House (UK Pavilion)
  • Fleur de Lys (France Pavilion)
  • Florida Fresh (Between France and Morocco Pavilions)
  • Hanami (Japan Pavilion)
  • Jardin de Fiestas (Mexico Pavilion)
  • La Isla Fresca (World Showcase Promenade)
  • Lotus House (China Pavilion)
  • Northern Bloom (Canada Pavilion)
  • Pineapple Promenade (World Showcase Promenade)
  • Primavera Kitchen (Italy Pavilion)
  • Taste of Marrakesh (Morocco Pavilion)
  • The Berry Basket (World Showcase Promenade)
  • The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews (America Pavilion)
  • The Honey Bee-stro (World Showcase Promenade)

Flower and Garden Festival Musical Performances

Each year, the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival features a variety of musical acts to entertain visitors. The free ‘Garden Rocks’ concert series takes place in the America Gardens Theater in the American Pavilion of World Showcase. Here is a list of the 2018 Garden Rocks performers and the songs they are most known for:

Night Ranger – March 2 to 5, 2018
Known for the song “Sister Christian”

STARSHIP Starring Mickey Thomas – March 9 to 12, 2018
Known for the song “We Built This City”

Simple Plan – March 16 to 19, 2018
Known for the song “Welcome to My Life”

Little River Band – March 23 to 26, 2018
Known for the song “Reminiscing”

The Orchestra, starring former members of ELO – March 30 to April 2, 2018
Known for the song “Evil Woman”

Foghat – NEW! – April 6 to 7, 2018
Known for the song “Slow Ride”

Survivor – NEW! – April 8 to 9, 2018
Known for the song “Eye of the Tiger”

Smash Mouth – NEW! – April 13 to 14, 2018
Known for the song “All Star”

Rick Springfield – NEW! – April 15 to 16, 2018
Known for the song “Jessie’s Girl”

Jo Dee Messina – NEW! – April 20 to 21, 2018
Known for the song “Stand Beside Me”

Lonestar – NEW! – April 22 to 23, 2018
Known for the song “Amazed”

Blood, Sweat and Tears, featuring Bo Bice – April 27 to 30, 2018
Known for the song “Spinning Wheel”

Herman’s Hermits, starring Peter Noone – May 4 to 7, 2018
Known for the song “I’m Henry VIII, I Am”

Village People featuring Victor Willis – May 11 to 12, 2018
Known for the song “Y.M.C.A.”

Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles – NEW! – May 13 to 14, 2018
Known for the song “Hotel California”

The Guess Who – May 18 to 21, 2018
Known for the song “American Woman”

The Spinners – May 25 to 28, 2018
Known for the song “Working My Way Back To You”

Flower and Garden Festival Menus

Here is a rundown of some of the special dishes, snacks and drinks you can enjoy at this year’s festival:

PINEAPPLE PROMENADE (Showcase Plaza):
Food:

  • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips
  • Pineapple Soft-serve

Beverage:

  • Coastal Empire Beer Co. Coco Piña Gose, Savannah, GA
  • Maui Brewing Co. Pineapple Mana Wheat, Kihei, HI
  • SweetWater Brewing Company Goin’ Coastal IPA with Pineapple, Atlanta, GA
  • Pineapple Beer Flight
  • Playalinda Brewing Company Violet Lemonade Ale, Titusville, FL
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Pineapple Soft-serve with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
  • Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (non-alcoholic)
  • Pineapple Soft-serve with Fanta (non-alcoholic)

BAUERNMARKT: FARMER’S MARKET (Germany)
Food:

  • Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce
  • Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream
  • Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese
  • Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries

Beverage:

  • Hugo- Charles De Fère “Organic” Brut with Elderflower and Mint
  • Paulaner Original Munich Lager, Munich, Germany
  • Ayinger Bräu Weisse Hefeweizen, Munich, Germany
  • Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager, Bad Köstritz, Germany
  • Beer Flight

THE SMOKEHOUSE: BARBECUE AND BREWS (The American Adventure):
Food:

  • Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, Cheddar Fondue and House-made Pickle
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños
  • Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans

Beverage:

  • Zen of Zin Old Vine Zinfandel, California
  • Central 28 Brewing Company Sunshine Greetings Orange Hibiscus Wheat Ale, DeBary, FL
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Phantasmas Spicy Double IPA, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Shipyard Maple Bacon Stout, Clearwater, FL
  • Beer Flight
  • Simply Frozen Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine
  • Simply Frozen Lemonade (non-alcoholic)

FLORIDA FRESH (Between France and Morocco):
Food:

  • Carne Guisada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro-lime Sour Cream
  • Spicy Blackened Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits with Brown Gravy and Local Sweet Corn Relish
  • Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue

Beverage:

  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Key Lime Sparkling Wine, St Petersburg, FL
  • Tampa Bay Brewing Company Quat Seasonal Fruit Ale, Tampa, FL
  • Big Top Brewing Company Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat, Sarasota, FL
  • First Magnitude Brewing Co. Monarch Milk Stout, Gainesville, FL
  • Beer Flight
  • Watermelon Cucumber Slushy with Tamiami Florida Gin
  • Watermelon Cucumber Slushy (non-alcoholic)

The Honey Bee-stro Hosted By National Honey BoardTM (Showcase Plaza):
Food:

  • Roasted Cauliflower with Buckwheat Honey Carrot Purée, Wild Rice Pilaf, Asparagus, Honey Blistered Grapes and Sunflower Brittle
  • Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread with White Cheddar Cheese, Charred Vegetables, Clover Honey Sour Cream and Micro Watercress
  • Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses

Beverage:

  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Orange Blossom Honey Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Orange Blossom Brewing Co. Orange Blossom Pilsner, Orlando, FL
  • Honey-Peach Cobbler Freeze with Blueberry Vodka
  • Honey-Peach Cobbler Freeze (non-alcoholic)

CIDER HOUSE (United Kingdom):
Food:

  • Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage, Pears and Branston Dressing
  • House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare
  • Freshly Baked Lemon Scone with Crème Fraîche and Mixed Berries

Beverage:

  • McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider, West Seneca, NY
  • Florida Beer Company Caribé Blood Orange Tropical Hard Cider, Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Ciderboys Grand Mimosa Apple Orange Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI
  • Cider Flight
  • Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider, California (non-alcoholic)

LA ISLA FRESCA (Showcase Plaza):
Food:

  • Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro
  • Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut-lime Sauce
  • Caribbean Conch Salad with Mango, Papaya and Pickled Red Onions
  • Tropical Mousse Cake: Layers of Passion Fruit Cake, Coconut Mousse and a Tropical Fruit Glaze with Fresh Pineapple

Beverage:

  • Golden Road Brewing Tart Mango Cart Wheat Ale, Los Angeles, CA
  • Tropical Freeze with Cruzan Mango Rum
  • Tropical Freeze (non-alcoholic)

THE BERRY BASKET (Showcase Plaza):
Food:

  • Lamb Chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique
  • Field Greens with Fresh Strawberries, Crisp Quinoa, Strawberry Vinaigrette and Spiced Pecans
  • Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepper Berry Gelato

Beverage:

  • JDub’s Brewing Company Blueberry IPA, Sarasota, FL
  • Island Grove Blueberry Moscato, Hawthorne, FL
  • Twinings® Green Tea Berry Mint Julep
  • Twinings® Green Tea Berry Mint Julep (non-alcoholic)

NORTHERN BLOOM (Canada):
Food:

  • Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple-wood Smoked Bacon
  • Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables
  • Griddled Maple Pound Cake with Warm Peach Compote and Sweet Corn Gelato

Beverage:

  • Maple Popcorn Shake with Crown Royal Maple Whisky
  • Maple Popcorn Shake (non-alcoholic)
  • Unibroue Maudite Amber Ale, Chambly, Québec
  • Unibroue À Tout Le Monde Saison, Chambly, Québec
  • Unibroue Éphémère White Ale, Chambly, Québec
  • Beer Flight

FLEUR DE LYS (France):
Food:

  • Tarte à la Tomate Provençale: Provencal Tomato Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Pastry Crust
  • Canard Confit Aux Gnocchi à la Parisienne: Braised Duck Confit with Parisian Gnocchi
  • Macaron au Chocolat en Sucette: Large Chocolate Macaron Lollipop

Beverage:

  • La Vie en Rose Frozen Slush: Grey Goose Vodka Orange, St. Germain Liqueur, White and Red Cranberry Juice
  • Kir Pomegranate: Sparkling Wine and Pama Pomegranate Liqueur
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Village de France
  • Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc

JARDIN DE FIESTAS (Mexico):
Food:

  • Pork Taco: Slow-braised Pork Taco served with Apple Relish, Goat Cheese, and Chile de Árbol Sauce
  • Chilaquiles: Chilaquiles served with Ranchera Sauce, Chorizo, Mexican Cream, and Cotija Cheese
  • Capirotada: Bread Pudding served with Rompope

Beverage:

  • Tiger Lily Sangria
  • Rose Margarita
  • Violet Cassis Punch
  • Daisy Spicy Beer

LOTUS HOUSE (China):
Food:

  • Spicy Meatballs with Crispy Tofu
  • Fried Chicken Dumplings with Peanut Sauce
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls

Beverage:

  • Oolong Peach Bubble Tea (non-alcoholic)
  • BaiJoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango and Orange Juice
  • Plum Wine Cooler
  • Tsingtao Lager

PRIMAVERA KITCHEN (Italy):
Food:

  • Frittata di Asparagi: Asparagus Frittata, Mixed Greens and Citrus Dressing
  • Fritto Misto: Crispy Shrimps, Zucchini and Spicy Sauces
  • Ravioli all’ Aragosta, Germogli di Piselli: Maine Lobster Ravioli, Veloute Sauce, Pea Sprouts, Pear Drop Tomatoes and Salmon Roe
  • Panna Cotta al Melone: Cantaloupe Panna Cotta

Beverage:

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco
  • Corbinello
  • Moscato
  • Bellini: Sparkling Wine and Peach Purée
  • Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila
  • Moretti Lager L’Autentica
  • Moretti La Rossa

TASTE OF MARRAKESH (Morocco):
Food:

  • Harissa Chicken Kebab with Dried Fruit Couscous Salad
  • Fried Cauliflower with Capers, Garlic Parsley and Chili Ranch Sauce
  • Walnut Honey Baklava

Beverage:

  • Desert Rose: Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liqueur
  • White Sangria
  • Casa Beer

HANAMI (Japan):
Food:

  • Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Coconut Rice, Sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream with Raspberry Sauce on the side
  • Ginger Beef Yaki Udon: Thin-sliced Beef, Onions, and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger
  • Teriyaki Salmon with Furikake Seasoned Brown Rice

Beverage:

  • Pineapple Momo Sake Cocktail
  • Karatamba “Dry Wave” Sake
  • Sapporo Draft Beer in a Kampai Cup

JOFFREY’S COFFEE & TEA COMPANY®:

  • Future World East – The Final Lap: Iced Tea topped with Frozen Passion Fruit with Vodka
  • Canada – Orange Blossom Twist: Frozen Orange Pineapple topped with Vodka
  • Showcase Plaza – Garden of Guava: Frozen Pink Guava topped with Rum or Vodka
  • The American Adventure – Strawberry Piña Colada: Frozen Piña Colada and Strawberry with Rum

Gardens of the World Tours

Also offered during the Flower and Garden festival will be special Gardens of the World tours. Here is a quick synopsis of what these tours include (source):

On this tour, offered on select days throughout the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, you can join Disney horticulture experts for an inside look at some of the most elaborate landscaping operations on Earth.

During these fascinating journeys, Epcot becomes your “living classroom” as you witness firsthand how garden beds, shrubs, hedges and topiaries are meticulously cultivated at our seasonal festivals to evoke a sense of wonder. On this three-hour walking tour “around the world,” you’ll hear the behind-the-scenes tales about the award-winning topiaries and gardens that make the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival so special, examine the role of landscaping at Walt Disney World Resort, learn ways you can apply Disney landscaping techniques at home, and more.

Ticket Details

For more information about the 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, call 407/W-DISNEY (934-7639). As the festival nears, more details will be available at EpcotInSpring.com. The festival, including all gardens and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission.

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