One of our favorite parts about the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is always the food, and this year is no different. There are a total of 22 outdoor kitchens offering a wide variety of food and drink options to try. That’s why we’ve come up with our list of the Best Snacks at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2023, so you know exactly what to try.
In this post, we are going to share our Top 25 Best Snacks at Flower and Garden including the best food and drinks, savory and sweet. Some of these options are brand new in 2023, while others are returning favorites from past years.
We couldn’t help but list some of our all-time favorites as we’ve been waiting almost a whole year to eat them again!
Our list of best snacks is in no particular order, we just take you through the various outdoor kitchens in both World Showcase and Future World to find the tastiest treats at this year’s festival. As always, World Showcase has the better selection, but we were thoroughly happy with the choices at almost every kiosk.
We’ve also tried to take cost into consideration in our best Flower and Garden snacks list to try and help you get the most for your money. Price was a factor, but if the food quality was high enough, we put it on our list. There are some pricey options, but overall we found them decent-sized portions for the money, especially in comparison to Food and Wine which always seems to have the smallest portions.
One tip to help you get the most out of your time at Flower and Garden is to share your snacks with others if possible.
Yeah, I know what you are thinking, and I don’t like to share my food either, but this is one of those rare times when it’s actually better. We like to go with a group and try small amounts of all the food, then go back another time to re-order our favorites a second, third, and fourth time!
We aren’t including any of the normal Epcot Snacks you can find throughout the year on this list. We are only including those specific to the Flower and Garden Festival and that are here during that time.
If you are looking for what to eat while snacking around World Showcase on a normal day, check out our Best Epcot Snacks guide for our favorites.
For more info on the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival check out:
- 2023 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Ultimate Guide – Full guide with menus, tips, concert information, and general festival planning.
- All the Topiaries from the Flower and Garden Festival – We look at every Disney character topiary from this year’s festival.
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Without further ado, here is my List of the Best 25 Snacks from the 2023 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, don’t read on an empty stomach!
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1. Orange Blossom-Saffron Cake – Tangierine Cafe: Flavors of the Medina
If there is one place in EPCOT that is severely underrated for amazing snacks, it’s Morocco. Many people skip here and go to the more well-known countries like France or Mexico, but if you don’t stop in Morocco, you are making a big mistake!
The first snack we tried at the Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina (the Morocco marketplace) was the Orange Blossom-Saffron Cake. We have to say, we loved the Vanilla, Rose Water, and Pistachio Panna Cotta from last year and we were skeptical something could top it this year. We were wrong.
The outside is covered in a hard outer shell (maybe white chocolate?) which holds the thick and creamy panna cotta on the inside. We liked the contrast of consistency between the two ingredients and there definitely was a nice orange flavor to it.
This was sitting on a spongy pistachio cake and there was raspberry drizzle and candied pistachios all around. Everything about this combination of flavors was working for us and we loved the tartness from the raspberry.
This is a new snack and it replaces a beloved dessert, but it absolutely doesn’t disappoint and at this point, we trust any dessert coming from here each year.
2. Seared Scallops – Northern Bloom
It seems like scallops are a part of any EPCOT food festival, but the seared scallops from the Northern Bloom in Canada are exceptional and one of the best we’ve tried.
The scallops themselves are huge and they are cooked perfectly, not chewy at all, and tender in the center. Some Disney restaurants charge you $40 for 4 scallops of the same size, so it’s a bargain to get two of them for $7.00.
The sides are nothing to write home about, but the crisp green beans and small potatoes feel healthy. That of course offsets the fact the whole dish is covered in a brown butter sauce and topped off with apple-smoked bacon bits. That’s right, start running to get this one now!
3. Honey-Peach Cobbler Freeze – The Honey Bee-Stro
The Honey-Peach Cobbler Freeze comes in both non-alcoholic and alcoholic versions, and we got both versions, and love them equally as much. This is essentially the same snack as last year only with a cobbler crumble added on top (not complaining one bit).
It’s a yummy combination of honey and peach flavors, both very present in this drink. It almost has the consistency of a shake, and again a great choice for the heat.
As we said, we got the alcoholic version which added blueberry vodka to it. The non-alcoholic version is very sweet, so adding the vodka we thought really helped balance everything nicely.
You can get it in a glass, but even better, get it in the Spike the Bee souvenir sipper instead!
This is one of the best drinks at Flower and Garden, in one of the best souvenirs at the festival too!
4. Frushi – Hanami
This is always one of Flower and Garden’s most popular snacks and for good reason. But what is Frushi you ask? I was stumped at first too. It stands for Fruit Sushi. Instead of fish wrapped in rice and seaweed, you get little fruit pieces in their place.
This frushi uses Strawberry, Pineapple, and Cantaloupe wrapped in Sweet Rice and Pink Soy Wrap served with Whipped Cream, Drizzled Berry Sauce, and Toasted Coconut.
I was a skeptic at first but it’s really awesome and another light dessert and maybe the most creative snack you’ll find. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
5. Orange Sesame Tempura Shrimp – The Citrus Blossom
There was perhaps no bigger surprise for us than the Orange Sesame Tempura Shrimp over at The Citrus Blossom. But honestly, we can’t think of ingredients that blend together in a dish better than what is going on here.
First off, the dish comes with a decent amount of shrimp, we had 4 big pieces in there. The shrimp are lightly fried, and you don’t get that overly greasiness that often comes with tempura. They were cooked perfectly, and nice a juicy when you bit into them.
Then, there is also a strong orange flavor (obviously since that’s in the name) coming from the orange chile sauce. It definitely reminds us of a sweet and spicy sauce you’d get at a Chinese restaurant.
We were worried about the Tabasco hollandaise, but honestly, the flavor wasn’t overpowering and it wasn’t too spicy at all. Overall we LOVED this dish, and with multiple shrimp, it’s also easily sharable.
6. Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade – Pineapple Promenade
If there is a quintessential drink that you absolutely HAVE to try, it’s the Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade. This is the perfect mix of sweet and sour and blends the flavors of lemon and violet (yeah, flowers) in a way that is beyond compare.
This makes for the perfect drink to carry around World Showcase and one that you’ll be coming back again and again for. I sincerely wish they sold this stuff by the gallon as I would guzzle it down like no one’s business. Just get it, end of story!
7. Grilled Street Corn on the Cob – Florida Fresh
Disney has greatly increased the number of Vegan food choices in the parks over the last year, and the Grilled Street Corn on the Cob was definitely one of the best plant-based snacks at Flower and Garden.
The corn itself is grilled up great, with a nice smokey flavor to it. It’s then smothered in a savory garlic spread that is insanely addictive, and really makes this item what it is.
If you see a guy walking around World Showcase with one of these in each hand and trying to simultaneously down them, that’ll be me!
8. Lemon Meringue Pie – The Citrus Blossom
Who doesn’t love lemon meringue? My grandmother used to make this for me all the time, and honestly, this is pretty close!
The crust is a standard Disney crust they use in tarts. Hard and buttery. The lemon filling is a great consistency and it has the right combo of sweet but also tart that is hard to find in lemon pies IMO.
On top, there is a creamy meringue stopping and some candied lemon rinds we also enjoyed.
It’s not that there are some special ingredients or unique ways of serving this lemon meringue pie. It’s really quite simply done, but we absolutely love it! If you like lemon pies, then don’t skip this.
9. Toasted Pretzel Bread – Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market
When I saw there was a Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese, I knew this was going to be one of my first stops at Flower and Garden. What is not to like about this really? It’s the same taste at the amazing pretzel rolls they usually serve the brats on during Food and Wine, just opened up and covered in cheese and ham.
It’s definitely on the salty side so keep that in mind and make sure to ask them for a fresh one where the cheese has just been melted. At $4.50, this is one of the best bargains this year.
10. Chicken and Waffles – The Honey Bee-stro
The Honey Bee-stro marketplace is always a favorite, and we’re back once again this year, this time for the chicken and waffles! There are many chicken recipes included at Flower and Garden, served in almost every way you can think of.
This one, however, is undoubtedly the best!
The chicken is a huge portion, like a great big chicken tender. This, however, has much more flavor than the standard chicken tenders you can get around Disney World. The chicken is honey-brined and battered then fried golden, with the right combination of crispy and not greasy. I don’t know if it is the brining, but there is way more flavor in the batter itself than what you normally get at Disney.
All of that sounds good by itself, but when you put it on top of the sweet cornbread waffle and then douse it in spicy honey, the flavors go to another level! It really is the perfect mix of savory and sweet.
If you like fried chicken, waffles, and honey, this may very well end up being your favorite dish at the festival this year.
11. Char-grilled Bison Ribeye – EPCOT Farmers Feast
Usually, we aren’t big fans of more gamey meats like bison, but this was exceptional and one of the best meat dishes at the whole festival. The meat was cooked at about medium temperature with a charred outside but very tender, pink inside.
We were expecting it to be dry but the meat was pretty juicy and full of flavor, pretty much like a regular steak, and it fell apart in our mouth. Not gamey at all.
The creamy leek fondue, however, was arguably even better! If there is one way to get us to eat our vegetables, it’s to load them with cheese fondue. It was very rich, and we loved every bite. We even dipped the cauliflower in the fondue, which was otherwise served plain.
Overall this is a winner and another highlight of the Farmers Feast marketplace.
12. Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake – The Honey Bee-Stro
We’re back at The Honey Bee-Stro again, this time for the rich and creamy Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake. We very rarely say no to a cheesecake, but this is exceptional, even to us. It comes with Orange Blossom Honey Whipped Cream on the side with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses which were also yummy.
We love that they include an actual honeycomb in this and all the honey drizzled around the dish. The honey crisp on top was awesome too and we wish we could snag a whole bag of those somewhere.
Everything about it is great, and we loved all the different textures in this one dessert to balance out the cheesecake, just don’t delay, the others in your group will be quick to devour it. Definitely, a can’t-miss Flower and Garden snack if you are into sweets.
13. La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy – Fleur de Lys
Of course, no trip through the Flower and Garden Festival would be complete without trying one of the drinks in France. While the wines were good, we focused on the delicious La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy.
If you’ve ever had the La Passion Martini Slush from the France booth at Food and Wine, then this is right up there on that level of amazingness! It uses Vodka, Grey Goose l’Orange Vodka, St. Germain Liqueur, White and Red Cranberry Juice for a great combination of flavors.
You definitely feel the alcohol in this one, but without it being too strong. And it’s also a great option when it’s hot outside because the slushy is extra refreshing. This might be our favorite drink at Flower and Garden and you don’t want to miss it!
14. Vampire Taco – Jardin de Fiestas
We have a love/hate relationship with the Mexico kiosks during the various Epcot festivals. We love Mexican food, but they usually end up being overpriced due to its popularity. Even though the vampire taco is not cheap at all, it is definitely a must-try snack at Flower and Garden this year.
It’s a Braised Beef on a Corn Tortilla which already sounds good, but what makes this taco special is the shell is covered in melted Monterey Jack cheese and salsa ranchera. We wish it were a little bigger, but as pure taste goes, there are few snacks better than this!
If we were looking for one savory item at the festival, the Vampire Taco very well might be our #1 choice!
15. Fried Cinnamon Roll Bites – BRUNCHCOT
We never skip a good dessert at Flower and Garden, and we may have just found our favorite one this year at BRUNCHCOT. Sure the shrimp and grits and the avocado toast will satisfy your craving for savory, but these bad boys will hit your sweet tooth like no other.
The portion size is quite big and you get three big rolls in a dish. They are basically like fried fritters or dough rolled up and covered in a healthy dousing of cinnamon sugar. Then sweet cream cheese icing is drizzled on top.
The dough itself was light and airy, and not too heavy like we were afraid of. But wait, there is more…
Inside each roll, they are stuffed with a warm cinnamon cream cheese filling that oozes out with each bite. The bacon didn’t add a whole lot, but we never turn down bacon, like ever.
These things are really insane. One thing to keep in mind is that they are very sweet, so if you are a savory-only kinda person, they may not be for you. But if you have a sweet tooth and love the taste of cinnamon, this is just the snack for you!
16. Potato Pancakes – Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market
We really had really high expectations for the potato pancakes at Bauernmarkt since they were a favorite last year, but they exceeded them all and left us no choice but to include them again in our list of the best snacks at Flower and Garden this year.
There are two types of potato pancakes here, a savory kind with caramelized ham, onions, and herb sour cream, and a sweet kind with house-made apple sauce.
We really loved both of them so it just depends on what type of mood you are in. The consistency of the pancakes is what does it for us. They are crispy on the top and bottom but not overcooked and they stay together really well. The savory one also has a slight garlic taste which we always love.
All the ingredients were very fresh here and this is one of the most delicious and freshest food items you will find in EPCOT this year.
17. Orange Lemon Smoothie – The Citrus Blossom
Like the Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade, the Orange Lemon Smoothie is one of those drinks at Flower and Garden that you absolutely MUST get when you go. It returns again after replacing the orange cream shake from a couple of years ago, but we aren’t complaining, it’s just as good.
It’s very similar to a dole whip, which happens to be one of our favorite Disney World snacks of all time. The consistency is about the same, but it has strong orange and lemon flavors giving it a nice tart, citrusy flavor.
It has just the right balance between sweet and that citrusy taste we love so much. It’s very addicting, and the perfect snack if you are hot while walking around the World Showcase.
Don’t forget to get it in the Orange Bird sipper cup. Just get there early because the line is usually extremely long or they can even sell out.
18. Warm Cheese Strudel – Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market
It seems like we’ve had an extremely high ratio of desserts on our list compared to other snack lists we’ve made, but they keep coming at us one after the other. The Warm Cheese Strudel was yet another sweet snack we can’t resist.
The pastry underneath is served warm and still flaky. The cheese filling was good, but we loved the mixed berry topping most, and they pilled it on high. We had new friends with us this year that tried it and they said it was their favorite dessert at the festival!
And all this for $4.75 makes it also a great portion size for the price.
19. Hibiscus Lemonade Cocktail – EPCOT Farmers Feast
One drink that doesn’t get nearly enough love at Flower and Garden is the Hibiscus Lemonade Cocktail. To be honest, at first sip, we weren’t very big fans at all. We aren’t big gin fans and that’s all we tasted.
Then as we mixed it more, it became really, really good and addicting. The lemonade balanced it out well and we really enjoyed the pronounced flower taste.
The best part of it was the candied hibiscus flower in the drink. To us, it looked like some kind of alien plant you find in Pandora: The World of Avatar or something, but it was so delicious. Chewy, almost like a gummy, and a little sour.
This is one of the symbols of the Flower and Garden Festival and is not to be missed.
20. Shrimp and Grits – BRUNCHCOT
We couldn’t stay away from the Sunshine Griddle, and we’re back again for the Shrimp and Grits. This was another favorite from last year, so we definitely had to come back and see if it was as good as we remembered. (Spoiler: it is!)
I know it doesn’t sound like much, and you can get shrimp and grits almost anywhere, but this honestly blew us away!
It comes with 4 blackened shrimp which are covered in a spicy brown gravy. Not too spicy to set your mouth on fire, but just enough to get it tingling. The cheddar cheese grits themselves were nice and buttery and very smooth. The sweet corn salsa was just an extra flavor to top it off.
The tomatoes were fried perfectly in a nice crispy breading that held together and was not soggy. The tomatoes inside were sweet, making this among the best we’ve tried. The tomatoes were sitting on a Blue Crab-Fennel Salad which had a really nice cajun/smoked flavor to it.
For us, this was a solid snack that most seafood fans will love.
21. Pollinator Flatbread – The Honey Bee-stro
We are returning to The Honey Bee-stro for our next snack, the Pollinator Flatbread. We didn’t really have high hopes for this, especially since there is goat cheese on it, but it really surprised us in a good way!
There are a ton of flavors going on here, and they all worked for us. Everything about it tastes very fresh and pretty healthy, which is not easy to do in Disney World. The dough had the perfect combination of crispy and chewy going on, again, hard to do in Florida.
There is an abundance of cheese including the honey-whipped mascarpone and honey-whipped goat cheese, which was pungent but not overly so, and it added a nice creaminess to the flatbread. When the cheeses are mixed with the prosciutto, caramelized onions, and honey vinaigrette the result was an explosion of flavors.
We even liked the fresh blueberries on top, great for a little added sweetness. It definitely won us over, don’t leave the festival without trying it.
22. Spicy Chicken Jumbo – Magnolia Terrace
My family loves spicy food, and we will eat jumbo at almost any chance we are given. That made me interested in trying the Spicy Chicken Jumbo from the Magnolia Terrace.
I won’t lie, this is a spicy dish, and not just by Disney standards, it’s spicy for real! For me that was great, but if you are expecting it to be mild, think again.
There are nice big pieces of chicken in it and we also like the andouille sausage. My only knock on this dish is that it’s not exactly what you want to be eating when the temperature is hot. With the heat in this dish and the Flower and Garden festival extending into July, it’s a little out of place and it would be better served during the Festival of the Holidays imo.
However, if you don’t mind the heat, don’t let that stop you from trying it. It was truly delicious and our favorite item at Magnolia Terrace.
23. Beignet Caramélisé – Fleur de Lys
The Beignet Caramélisé from Fleur de Lys is another really underrated snack at Flower and Garden this year, and one of the ones we were happiest about when we heard it was returning again this year.
It’s essentially a soft donut stuffed with a sweet vanilla cream and caramel fleur de sel. Not only that, but it’s absolutely covered in a crystallized caramel glaze which gives it a nice crunch on the outside.
There is honestly nothing to not like here and if there weren’t so many other good snacks at Flower and Garden, we’d probably throw down at least 2 or 3 of these.
You’ve probably tried the delicious beignets at French Quarter, or even the ones in Disneyland, but do yourself a favor and try this one too!
24. Tupelo Honey and Sweet Corn Spoon Bread – The Honey Bee-stro
Anyone who likes avocado is going to absolutely LOVE the Avocado Toast from BRUNCHCOT. It’s not only the most beautiful snack at Flower and Garden, it’s definitely one of the freshest and most healthy snacks you’ll eat.
Honestly, we really didn’t know what to expect before we tried it since we had never had “avocado toast” before. Wow, have we been missing out all these years?
It is a slice of toasted ciabatta bread served with mashed and seasoned avocado, toybox tomatoes, and a mix of edible flowers. The portion size is pretty huge, and we love the way the avocado is seasoned. The tomatoes are also really fresh and add a nice zing to the dish.
This is one of the lighter snacks at the Flower and Garden Festival this year and perfect if you are not super hungry or if the weather is very hot and you don’t feel like being weighed down by something heavy.
We will definitely be getting this just about every time we visit EPCOT this spring.
25. House-Made Cheesy Crab Wontons – Lotus House
We always look forward to the Lotus House, and this year they really outdid themselves with the house-made crab and cheese wontons!
You get three wontons which were a good-sized portion if you aren’t sharing. The wontons themselves were extremely tasty, very fresh tasting, and crispy. The wontons had just the right amount of “grease” to them, not soaking in it but not dried out either.
Inside we loved the combo of crab and cheese, we just wish there was a little bit more crab inside. Overall they are a winner and another highlight of the China booth.
BONUS: Orange Bird Liege Waffle – Connections Cafe
As you know from our post on the Best Snacks in EPCOT, the Liege Waffle at Connections Cafe holds a special place in our hearts. Who knew there was still room for another version…the Orange Bird Liege Waffe.
The dough is just as thick and crispy as before, but now it has a distinct orange flavor to it. Even though there is now whipped cream or strawberries here, the entire waffle is coated in sugar and icing, giving it more than enough sweetness.
Best of all, it comes with a cute White Chocolate Orange Bird medallion on top. The nice thing is with this snack is that it is portable since it comes in a plastic bag, and it stays fresh throughout the day, so no need to eat it right away if you are full from the dozens of other treats you’ve no doubt eaten at this point!
That wraps up our list of the Best Snacks at the 2023 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope I didn’t make you too hungry while looking at all the pictures. I hope I was able to help you get a better idea of what to get next time you go to the festival. Make sure to share your personal favorite snacks down below in the comments section.
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