This year some components of the Food & Wine Festival are joining the Flower & Garden Festival, which runs from March 6, 2013 to May 19, 2013. The Flower & Garden festival itself features topiaries, flower gardens, a butterfly house, and – yes – now it also includes about a dozen “garden marketplaces” located around the World Showcase lagoon which offer food and drink. These mostly look like the food kiosks that come out each year for the Food & Wine Festival. So it is something of a repeat – but a delicious one.

In future articles we will look at some of the garden aspects of the festival, but for now let’s take a look at the food.

In the name of research, I visited four of (what I believe will be) the more popular stops and sampled some of the offerings. Let’s take a look.

Pineapple Promenade

Located near the main entrance way from Future World to World Showcase, the Pineapple Promenade sells – you guessed it – all things pineapple. The menu includes a pineapple upside down cake as well as a pineapple fruit cup. And like the Aloha Isle location in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom, this kiosk sells the ever-popular Dole Whip – something like a soft serve pineapple ice cream. In addition to the Magic Kingdom version of the ice cream delight, Epcot sells a grown up version: Dole Whip with Siesta Key Spiced Rum. I tried it – my first experience of ice cream with liquor. It was delicious, and had just a bit of a kick. The rum was present but not overpowering.

Find all things pineapple at the Pineapple Promenade.

Find all things pineapple at the Pineapple Promenade.

The menu includes the ever-popular Dole Whip.

The menu includes the ever-popular Dole Whip.

Dole Whip with spiced rum - quite a treat for grown ups.

Dole Whip with spiced rum – quite a treat for grown ups.

The Cottage

Located near the United Kingdom pavilion, The Cottage sells a variety of items, described on the menu as “savories, trifles, and teas”. The signature item is a cheese biscuit with smoked salmon tartare and sour cream. It was extremely delicious. And I do mean “extremely”. Wow. Other offerings, which also sounded terrific, include baked goat’s brie with chutney, heirloom tomatoes with mozzarella, and a chocolate truffle.

The Cottage is a great place for savory treats.

The Cottage is a great place for savory treats.

Biscuits, brie, and tomatoes are on the menu.

Biscuits, brie, and tomatoes are on the menu.

This biscuit with salmon was awesome!

This biscuit with salmon was awesome!

L’Orangerie

Located near the France pavilion, L’Orangerie offers up some terrific French dishes. I tried the ratatouille with chevre. Did you know that ratatouille was originally a peasant dish? Well those were some lucky peasants, because it was wonderful. The kiosk also offers a country style pate and caramelized peaches.

Treats from France.

Treats from France.

A nice variety on the menu.

A nice variety on the menu.

The ratatouille was very good.

The ratatouille was very good.

Smokehouse

Few things say America more than barbecue. Located near The American Adventure, this food kiosk offers a pulled pig slider with Cole slaw and a rocky road brownie mousse. At the recommendation of the Cast Member at the cash register, who said it was the best choice, I tried the smoked beef brisket. I’m glad I listened to him. The brisket came with collard greens and corn bread. All three food items were seriously delicious (I wasn’t so sure about the collard greens – I never had them before and I’m a little picky when it comes to veggies – but they were amazing). You can add your own barbecue sauce, selecting from sweet, hot, and spicy varieties.

What is more American than a good BBQ?

What is more American than a good BBQ?

Pig, cow, and chocolate.  What more could you ask for?

Pig, cow, and chocolate. What more could you ask for?

The brisket was tender and flavorful.  And I loved the collard greens.

The brisket was tender and flavorful. And I loved the collard greens.

Summary: Yum

At first I wasn’t so sure about how I felt about Disney adding food and drink components to the Flower and Garden festival. Sometimes I’m a purist. But after enjoying some of the food choice, I’ve got to say I’m a fan. And I learned that I like collard greens – so I feel like the garden tie-in is complete.

What do you think about the food additions to the Flower & Garden Festival?