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Your ULTIMATE guide to the desserts of Disney’s International Flower and Garden Festival 2022

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We have been going to the various Epcot festivals for a very long time, years in fact. There was a period of time when the offerings seemed to be getting reused, over and over. This made coming out and doing the food booths a little more mundane than the first few go-arounds. But then we started to see some real creativity come back and the menu items started evolving again, in which now we are seeing items that are more geared towards the actual festival and even visually prepared to help enhance the overall experience. This was a win for everyone in my opinion.

This International Flower and Garden Festival for 2022 is held mostly over in the Epcot World Showcase with a couple of booths and attractions scattered near Test Track. It is easy to get caught up in Bambi's Butterfly House or taking photos with all 25 topiaries; it is okay we have all done it and may even do it again because it never gets old. I can share with utmost confidence, we love to do these festivals to check out the food and drink offerings. 

At this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, we were excited to find fresh, seasonal dishes at many of the food kiosks. It is worth noting, in our opinion, the entrees were well rounded offerings, with a little taste for everyone along the route. On the beverage side, it felt as if there were a lot less wine available. They definitely had more beer and mixed drinks on the festival menu, which I feel was a really good thing. It is much easier to showcase fresh citrus and herbs in a cocktail or beer format. This is one festival where I did not feel the need to have to try an entree or appetizer at each booth and again I think that is a really good thing. It certainly allowed us to spend more time thoughtfully selecting our items and it also kept us moving along looking forward to the next kiosk. What did wind up happening was dessert. We wound up easily eating 2 or 3 desserts to every savory item. As we cover the items below, you will see why. We will highlight some of our favorites, along with some really cool, inventive and in some cases, bizarre sounding desserts in every sense of the way.  

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Strawberry Mousse at Flavor Full Kitchen in EpcotImage credit: Canva

Currently, there are 4 ways to get into the World Showcase and two different directions to follow around the water, so with that in mind, we will not be able to define a start point for every guest. Instead, this list and details were obtained from the official Festival Passport Kitchens. The list is in the order of the physical Festival Passport starting outside of the World Showcase and working around clockwise. If you see an * on the booth listed, it means it was a favorite of ours. Please comment below and let us know what your favorites were or what you would like to try.

Epcot Farmers Feast (Near Test Track) - this location actually has 3 different food menus depending on when you go.

March 2nd - April 9th Early Bloom Menu - Goat Cheese Creamsicle Pop - There is actually orange cream and cranberry sauce involved as well; it was a bit weird and on a hot day wasn't the best choice. If you love cheese at any time this may be worth it for you to try before April 9th.

April 10th - May 21st Springtime Menu - Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake with Creme Fraiche Whipped Cream - this hasn't launched at the time of writing up although this seems to be right up our flavor alley. Looking forward to trying this one for sure!

May 22nd - July 4th Summer Soltice Menu - A Whole Lotta Melon - Available after May 22nd, it is a feta cheesecake with watermelon curd, pickled watermelon rind, watermelon caramel and compressed watermelon. This sounds weird, especially the feta cheesecake in 90+ degree weather.

Epcot Sunshine Griddle (Near Test Track) - Fried Cinnamon Roll Bites with Cream Cheese and Candied Bacon - We would have eaten the Candied Bacon solo but it worked well with the Cinnamon Roll Bites. Fried Dough, Cinnamon, Sugar and Bacon, yes it is basic, tried and true and still good.

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Fried Cinnamon Roll Bites from Sunshine GriddleImage credit: Theresa and Camillo Vitale

Trowel and Trellis (Near Disney Traders) This booth is sponsored by Impossible. It features Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cassis Mousse, Raspberry Gelato, and Fresh Raspberries. Cassis is basically a black currant so it went very well with the Raspberry and Chocolate. This was a very good dessert, but it was a bit dark in flavor for a really hot day.

Refreshment Outpost - Tangerine Soft-serve; now this was a refreshing snack in the Florida heat. I believe if they called it Orange ice cream, it would not have been as popular, and folks would not have likely noticed the difference. It did make standing in line a bit sweeter at the next kiosk.

Bauernmarkt: Farmer's Market (Germany) Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries - This was a great use of cheese and berries, with the actual Strudel being so flakey and soft. What was nice, is it felt light, even though it had a lot of substance. This was a shining star from a booth that usually is frequented for beer.

Primavera Kitchen (Italy) - Bomboloni - Cream-filled Italian Doughnuts with Raspberry sauce and Powdered Sugar. These are like little zeppolis or beignets. Anytime you can have fried dough, you should. And this is one of those times. The only downside is the Italian offerings have gotten very expensive, although it hasn't done much to slow down the lines.

Magnolia Terrace (American Adventure) - Pecan Praline - in case you were wondering, these are candies made of a mixture of brown sugar, heavy cream and butter with pecans in it. Do not confuse them with Praline Pecans, which are coated individual pecans with praline flavor.  This wasn't my favorite by far, but it was worth a bite or two. It does fit in very well with the rest of the flavors at the booth, which was nice.

Funnel Cake (American Adventure) - Strawberry Cheesecake Funnel Cake - this little stand serves Funnel cakes all year round. For this festival, they went with Strawberry Ice Cream, Strawberry Drizzle, Cheesecake Crumbles and Whipped Cream. Not sure what the obsession with Cheesecake is this year but it was a bit too sweet and decadent for a 90 degree day.

Tangierine Cafe: Flavors of the Medina (Morocco) - Vanilla, Rose Water and Pistachio Panna Cotta* - It was understandable, this dessert's name was actually just the ingredients on the plate. I'm sure Disney could have come up with a good name for it, but this cut down on the amount of questions I’m sure. It was visually stunning until the heat started working it's magic. We noticed many folks ran out to grab a picture before cutting into it. This was truely unique and fairly balanced; the rose flavor was very subtle. If you were drinking around the world, you may not even notice it. That said, the people behind us in line at the booth did not like the after taste. I would highly recommend trying this if you are not allergic to the pistachio crumble or the rose water.

La Isla Fresca (Between France and Morocco) - Coconut Tres Leches* - Vanilla Cake Soaked in Oat, Almond and Coconut Milk with Toasted Coconut - this was one of our favorites; the coconut flavor was so deep and pronounced , yet allowed the bites to feel light and refreshing. The cake also maintained good integrity and overall, we would eat this more than once per day. If you do not like Coconut, skip it, it's on full display with every bite.

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Coconut Tres Leches from Isla FrescaImage credit: Theresa Vitale

Fleur de Lys (France) - Caramelized Beignet with Vanilla Cream and Glazed with Caramel Fleur de Sel - Fried Dough, it is a no brainer. The salted caramel was flavorful and sweet. This is a top choice of the festival if you can withstand holding out in the long lines.

Cider House (United Kingdom) - Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart - Definitely a tried and true flavor combination. The chocolate overpowered the raspberry in our dish but others did not think so. There was no bitterness from the plate which was welcomed. And the visual was outstanding!

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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart from United KingdomImage credit: Theresa Vitale

Northern Bloom (Canada) - Griddled Maple Pound Cake with Warm Peach Compote and Sweet Corn Gelato - this plate was decadent and very filling. It seems like it would skirt back and forth in between sweet and savory; and it did. I know I would really love this on a cold October morning with a cup of coffee.

The Citrus Blossom (near Port of Entry) - Grapefruit Tart - This featured Lychee Jam, Ginger Mousse and Yuzu Cream. Definitely not my favorite dessert here this year. It was bitter enough to make your mouth water but also had a sweetness from the lychee jam. This could help cut through the Maple Pound Cake from Canada. If you like bitter, pair it with an IPA, or get the Orange Wine Slushy to help you out!

Pineapple Promenade (Near Port of Entry) - Dole Whip - At it's core, basically Pineapple Soft-serve which is outstanding; it may be a mental thing but I think it tasted better in the Magic Kingdom.

The Honey Bee-stro (Near Port of Entry) - Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake - This had a bunch of honey ingredients in many different forms. Sadly, this was the dessert I had the highest hopes for but it was a bit of a let down. It didn't have the balance and lightness we were looking for, it felt heavy and one note on the flavor profile. 

Flavor Full Kitchen (between Imagination and Refreshment Port) Strawberry Mousse* - This was one that I wasn't sure about as there was no line, but I am so glad we grabbed this dessert! The presentation was stunning. Sitting at the park benches on the walkway, multiple people asked about it and entire lines of folks just stared at the plate. From the taste perspective, it was exactly as advertised; a Strawberry mousse with Chocolate Crisp Pearls. They also had the Strawberry flavor well balanced even when eating a gummy worm with it. This dessert is heat sensitive, so get your pictures quick and eat while you can!

In conclusion, Epcot's culinary team provided way more hits than duds for this festival. It was hard to actually rank these because the criteria is so vast, so I tried to look at the spirit of the festival, the presentation and the flavor. With all those factors in mind, our clear winner was the Strawberry Mousse. It hit all three categories and more. If you do not like Strawberry, than it gets a bit more difficult however the Coconut Tres Leches was also outstanding. All of the dessert names were sourced from the Official Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2022 Passport available in Epcot as you enter and at many stores and kiosks. 

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