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The Best Food and Drinks at Epcot Flower and Garden 2023

The Best Food and Drinks at Epcot Flower and Garden 2023

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is no joke when it comes to food and drinks.

There are over 150 items to choose from, which may sound completely overwhelming — and understandably so.

But, don’t worry, you have plenty of time to try multiple items (and even eat and drink the ones you love over and over again). This year’s Flower and Garden started on March 1 and runs through July 5.

If you’re thinking to yourself, “How can I narrow down everything I want to try?” That’s where we come in!

We attended this year’s festival on the first two days — and tried every food and beverage item. We can point you in the right direction so you’re not wasting your time and money.

Below, we go over the best food and drinks at Epcot Flower and Garden 2023. These are the food and drinks we think you should take the time for, even if you do have to use a trashcan as your table (IYKYK).

Let’s get to it!

When it comes to our reviews and ratings, we thought it would be helpful if you had a better understanding of our personal preferences (what we like and don’t like), along with if there are any dietary restrictions.

Here’s a breakdown of not only who is doing the reviews, but a little more information about what each of us likes and doesn’t like food and drink-wise.

Shannon (Founder)

  • Likes: Almost everything
  • Dislikes: Beers that taste “stinky,” anything too salty
  • Dietary Restrictions: None

Heather (Editor)

  • Likes: Strong flavors, anything made out of potatoes, white wines, all beers (especially stouts and wheat beers), doesn’t mind sweet (plain fruit is NOT a dessert. Ever.)
  • Dislikes: Things that are too spicy, anything with a bone still in it, cocktails with too much whiskey or tequila (thanks to having too much fun in college), some red wines, most IPAs
  • Dietary Restrictions: Shellfish allergy

Felicia (Content Manager)

  • Likes: Mezcal, savory drinks, stouts/lagers/wheats/sour beers, vinegar, tart/sour items, chocolate, fresh vegetables and fruits, red meat
  • Dislikes: Ciders, sweet drinks, anything milky or creamy, chili powder, cumin, weirded out by textures, mayonnaise, saucy/wet food, cream-filled pastries, artificial fruit flavors, cooked fruits, frozen items (drinks or ice cream)
  • Dietary Restrictions: None

Best Food at Epcot Flower and Garden 2023

Our rating scale has 5 as the highest and 1 as the lowest. So, if a menu item scores 5 out of 5, you know it’s good! The following food options scored 4.8 and above. These are our overall top-rated food dishes.

5/5 Rating

Who wants some Chicken and Waffles?

You can find the Chicken and Waffles at The Honey Bee-stro, which is located near Port of Entry close to Trowel & Trellis and Refreshment Port. This booth never disappoints, just like these Chicken and Waffles.

Chicken and Waffles

Crispy honey-brined chicken and honey sweet cornbread waffle with whipped honey butter and spicy honey.

Chicken and waffles 2024
  • Price: $6.75
  • Special Diets: N/A
  • Rating: 5.0/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Sooo good. Surprising flavors in the waffle. Has a little kick to it.
Heather: It is sweet, a little spicy, and really, really good.
Felicia: What a fun twist on chicken and waffles. The corn bread waffle is tasty and soft. The chicken is crispy and spicy in a good way. And the honey butter is the perfect amount of sweet.


A sugar cane shrimp skewer

The Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer is sold at La Isla Fresca (an overall solid and delicious kitchen). This booth is between the Morocco and France pavilions, closer to Tangierine Café.

Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer

Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with BEN’S ORIGINAL Long Grain White Rice, mango salsa, and coconut-lime sauce.

Shrimp Skewer La Isla Fresca
  • Price: $7.25
  • Special Diets: N/A
  • Rating: 5.0/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Nice portion, great presentation, delicious combo of flavors. Has a little kick!
Felicia: This is so good. Perfectly cooked rice with a nice flavor. The mango salsa is refreshing and the coconut lime sauce on the shrimp is super good. Big fan.

4.8/5 Rating

Don’t pass on the Watermelon Salad

Florida Fresh is a new booth in 2023, and we’re so glad it was added. This is where you can get some amazing Watermelon Salad. The outdoor kitchen is near Disney Traders and Jardin de Fiestas.

Watermelon Salad

A crisp watermelon salad made with blueberries, pickled red onions, balsamic, and feta. This item is new for the 2023 Festival.

Watermelon Salad Florida Fresh
  • Price: $4.75
  • Special Diets: N/A
  • Rating: 4.8/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Like this combo of fresh flavors. This is the kinda thing I hope to find at F&G Festival.
Heather: I’m not a huge watermelon fan (don’t @ me) but this salad is very good! Wished it was cold, though.
Felicia: Loved this. Refreshing watermelon, delicious blueberries, the acid from the balsamic goes well with the fruit and the saltiness of the feta. Yum.
Allyson: Love love love this. So light and refreshing, with fantastic flavor. Great portion too.


Cheesecake!

The Local Wildflower Honey Mascarpone Cheesecake is a truly fantastic cheesecake — and it’s so pretty! This can be ordered at The Honey Bee-stro near Port of Entry, just like the Chicken and Waffles (mentioned above).

Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake

Honey-mascarpone cheesecake with honey whipped cream, whipped honey, crystalized honey, honeycomb, dehydrated honey, and fennel pollen meringue kisses.

Cheesecake Honey Beestro
  • Price: $5.00
  • Special Diets: N/A
  • Rating: 4.8/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Honey in various forms and textures. Enjoyed this light dessert.
Heather: Delicious. Loved it. Light and fresh.
Felicia: Delicious. The cheesecake is a solid cheesecake and all of the various honey components are good and add to it. Slight orange flavor.
Allyson: Liked this so much more this year than last year. A solid cheesecake.


A hummus plate for sharing

Plant-based? Check. Generous portion? Check. Delicious? Check. You can’t beat the Hummus Trio found at Tangierine Café in Morocco.

Hummus Trio

A hummus trio with traditional hummus, red beet and black garlic hummus, and an avocado-herb hummus served with Moroccan bread and crispy papadam. This is a new item for 2023. This dish is also part of the Garden Graze, the food crawl where you can earn a prize.

Hummus Trio Tangierine Cafe
  • Price: $5.25
  • Special Diets: Plant-Based
  • Rating: 4.8/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Great portion and options of pita and crisps. Liked the flavors.
Heather: Absolutely delicious. What a great combo of flavors and a huge portion. Fantastic for sharing.
Felicia: Great portion size, cool and refreshing and every hummus is unique and super flavorful. Love love love this.
Allyson: Absolutely gorgeous and tastes wonderful. Such a great snack and perfect for sharing. Can’t wait to get this again.


Where are our coconut fans?

We loved this last year and we walked away loving the plant-based dessert again. La Isla Fresca’s Coconut Tres Leches is one of the best sweet treats at the festival.

Coconut Tres Leches

Coconut Tres Leches is a vanilla cake soaked in oat milk, almond milk, and coconut milk with toasted coconut. This dish is also part of the Garden Graze, the food crawl where you can earn a prize.

Coconut Tres Leches 2024
  • Price: $5.00
  • Special Diets: Plant-Based
  • Rating: 4.8/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Love the light coconut flavor. Manages to be soft without being soggy.
Heather: One of my favorite sweets from this festival! Loved it. Coconut without being fake and not too sweet.
Felicia: This was so good. The coconut is light, the whipped topping is light and perfectly sweet, not too much. The cake is moist and delicious but not soggy. So good and perfect on a hot day if you need (or want) a dessert.

4.7/5 Rating

America actually has a good dish for once

If you’re walking through the America pavilion, stop to try this Muffuletta Panini served at Magnolia Terrace. You get a lot for your money and it’s yummy!

Muffuletta Panini

A muffuletta panini with ham, salami, mortadella, provolone, and Swiss with olive salad.

Muffuletta Panini 2024
  • Price: $6.25
  • Special Diets: N/A
  • Rating: 4.7/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Nice portion, good flavors. Slightly salty.
Heather: So very good. Love the olives. Great flavor – nice portion size
Felicia: Huge portion, so much delicious melty cheese, salty olive salad complements that complements the sandwich well. The bread on the muffuletta is crispy and great.


This kebab is worth a stop

Tangierine Café can do wrong with their kebabs, including the Lamb Kefta Grilled Kebab. The booth’s kebab game just seems to get better every year.

Lamb Kefta Grilled Kebab

Lamb kefta grilled kebab with carrot-chickpea salad and garlic aïoli.

Lamb Kebab Tangierine Cafe
  • Price: $6.25
  • Special Diets: Gluten-Friendly
  • Rating: 4.7/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Good flavors. Slightly spicy. Strange texture to the lamb.
Heather: They knock it out of the park here. Don’t sleep on these kebabs!
Felicia: This is also very good. Perfectly seasoned, rich flavor, and it’s tender. Chickpea and carrot salad adds a little sweetness and complements the kebab well.


This kebab is also worth a stop

Just like the lamb kebab (above), there is also the Chermoula Chicken Grilled Kebab at Tangierine Café. Basically, you should get both.

Chermoula Chicken Grilled Kebab

Chermoula chicken grilled kebab with carrot-chickpea salad and garlic aïoli.

Chicken Kebab Tangierine Cafe
  • Price: $6.25
  • Special Diets: Gluten-Friendly
  • Rating: 4.7/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Incredibly tender chicken. Delicious flavors. Loved.
Heather: Yes it is “just” chicken but man is it good! Amazing flame kissed flavors of yumminess!
Felicia: Delicious chicken. It’s tender and delicious. The chickpea and carrot salad is both sweet and spiced and complements the chicken well. Nice portion.


Braised Oxtail is much better than it sounds

The Braised Oxtail at La Isla Fresca makes a great light meal all by itself. You won’t want pass up this dish!

Braised Oxtail

A braised oxtail served with pigeon pea rice.

Braised Oxtail La Isla Fresca
  • Price: $7.75
  • Special Diets: N/A
  • Rating: 4.7/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Great portion and flavors. Would make a great light meal by itself.
Heather: So, so, so good. A little salty and spicy, but delicious flavor. The rice was cooked perfectly and is a great balance to the topping.
Felicia: Huge portion and a rich flavor that is tasty. The ox tail is very tender and the rice has a nice spice to it.


This new dish in France is a winner

France’s Fleur de Lys booth has done it again. The Daube de Boeuf à la Provençal, Compote de Tomate au Romarin Gnocchi à la Niçoise (a provençal-style braised beef, rosemary tomato, and niçoise gnocchi) is both fancy and tasty.

Daube de Boeuf à la Provençal, Compote de Tomate au Romarin Gnocchi à la Niçoise

Daube de Boeuf à la Provençal, Compote de Tomate au Romarin Gnocchi à la Niçoise is a provençal-style braised beef, rosemary tomato, and niçoise gnocchi. This is a new festival item for 2023.

Daube De Boeuf Fleur De Lys
  • Price: $7.55
  • Special Diets: N/A
  • Rating: 4.7/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: What a fantastic savory option! Good portion, great flavors. Highly recommend.
Heather: This is a fancy Sunday pot roast and I AM LIVING FOR IT. So delicious. I am in love with this booth.
Felicia: Loved this. Rich flavor from the tender beef, the mashed potatoes are creamy with great flavor, and the roasted tomatoes are out of this world.

Best Drinks at Epcot Flower and Garden 2023

Remember, we rating items using 5 as the highest and 1 as the lowest. The following beverages scored 4.3 and above. These are our overall top-rated drinks.

5/5 Rating

Drink this Key Lime Ale (you’re welcome)

If you’re eating at La Isla Fresca, you must order the Islamorada Beer Company Coconut Key Lime Ale. It’s the standout beer of the festival. It is beyond refreshing and delicious!

Islamorada Beer Company Coconut Key Lime Ale

This Coconut Key Lime Ale is brewed by the Islamorada Beer Company in Islamorada, Florida.

Key Lime Beer La Isla Fresca
  • Price: $5.50 (6 oz.) / $9.50 (12 oz.)
  • Made with alcohol? Yes
  • Rating: 5.0/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Love love love the coconut lime combo. Refreshing. Delicious.
Heather: I absolutely love this beer. So refreshing without being too sweet.
Felicia: So good and refreshing. The coconut flavor is definitely there but not super sweet or over powering. Nice light lime taste. Easy to drink, not too heavy. Would love a full size of it.
Allyson: Really enjoyed this. The key lime really came through.

4.5/5 Rating

Order the big size of this double IPA

The Parish Brewing Co. Ghost in the Machine Double IPA from Magnolia Terrace is a fantastic beer. Now, if you don’t like IPAs, you might not be a fan. But, if you are, order this, stat.

Parish Brewing Co. Ghost in the Machine Double IPA

Ghost in the Machine Double IPA brewed by Parish Brewing Co. in Broussard, Louisiana.
Note: this drink is also available in a flight.

Parish Brewing Co. Ghost in the Machine Double IPA 2024
  • Price: $5.75 (6 oz.) / $9.75 (12 oz.)
  • Made with alcohol? Yes
  • Rating: 4.5/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: One of the best IPAs I’ve had. Really light and refreshing.
Heather: Double IPAs are the jam. They give you flavor without tasting pretentious.
Felicia: Very good for an IPA. Smoother than most and the hoppy flavor is relatively mellow. Liked this.
Allyson: Loooove this. Definitely my favorite beer at this booth. Yum!

4.3/5 Rating

The perfect brunch cocktail

BRUNCHCOT (near Test Track) is a great booth to order brunch-style food, along with this Joffrey’s Coffee Cold Brew Cocktail. The coffee and alcohol mix perfectly.

Joffrey’s Coffee Cold Brew Cocktail

A Joffrey’s coffee cold brew cocktail made with milk, Kahlúa Rum and Coffee Liqueur, and vanilla vodka.

Joffrey's Coffee Cold Brew Cocktail 2024
  • Price: $11.00
  • Made with alcohol? Yes
  • Rating: 4.3/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Good portion, but liqueur taste a bit overpowering.
Heather: Tastes like a coffee flavored martini! Yum!
Felicia: Delicious. Big coffee flavor, lots of alcohol flavor but not overpowering, and the perfect amount of sweetness.


This beer is great for a hot day

Not only should you visit Citrus Blossom inside The Odyssey to be able to sit at an indoor table with air conditioning, but you should also go for the UFO Beer Co. Citrus Hazy Wheat Beer.

UFO Beer Co. Citrus Hazy Wheat Beer

A hazy wheat beer with notes of citrus brewed by UFO Beer Co. in Boston, MA. This item is new for the 2023 Festival.
Note: this drink is also available in a flight.

Hazy Wheat Beer Citrus Blossom
  • Price: $5.50 (6 oz.) / $9.50 (12 oz.)
  • Made with alcohol? Yes
  • Rating: 4.3/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Yummm. So light with just the right hint of citrus. Would get it as a full size option and not just in the flight.
Heather: Really good wheat beer with a hint of citrus.
Felicia: Very light wheat that is refreshing. Light orange flavors. Great beer for the heat.
Allyson: A good hazy wheat beer that has wonderful orange flavors. Great for a hot day.


Cucumber? Check. Watermelon? Check. Gin? Check!

This is the drink to get on a hot day. The Cucumber Watermelon Slushy with Gin from Florida Fresh doesn’t taste artificial, is super fresh, and is so flavorful.

Cucumber Watermelon Slushy with Gin

A slushy with hints of cucumber and watermelon. This slushy may also be purchased without alcohol.

Cucumber Watermelon Slushy with Gin 2024
  • Price: $13.00
  • Made with alcohol? Yes
  • Rating: 4.3/5

Our Thoughts

Shannon: Fresh, light flavor. Small portion.
Heather: Both options (with and without alcohol) are very, very tasty. Refreshing – light watermelon flavor.
Felicia: Wow, loved both versions of this. Super fresh and strong watermelon flavor with just a slight hint of cucumber. The gin is a perfect complement. So refreshing.

Individual Favorites

While we do agree on the above and as often as we see eye to eye on many festival items, there are a few food and drinks that we each individually liked better than others.

We thought it would be fun — and helpful — to share our individual favorites!

Broken down below are some of the food and drinks we individually rated 5 out of 5 (outside of what’s posted above).

As you’ll see, some of our favorites are the same and some are different.

The following is definitely representative of what we all like and don’t like, while also showcasing that we don’t all agree on everything (even though there is some overlap).

Shannon’s Favorites

Food

Spicy Hot Dog Pineapple Promenade

Beverages

Honey Peach Cobbler Freeze Honey Beestro

Heather’s Favorites

Food

chilled potato and leek soup farmers feast

Beverages

Flower Drop Cocktail Connections

Felicia’s Favorites

Food

brunchcot shrimp and grits

Beverages

Cucumber Watermelon Slushy Florida Fresh

Allyson’s Favorites

Food

Orange Blossom Cake Tangierine Cafe

Beverages

parish brewing co bloom hazy ipa - trowel and trellis - epcto flower and garden

Be sure to save the following graphic noting the best booths from this year’s Flower and Garden, which also lists our favorite items from each outdoor kitchen.

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Watch: We tried everything at the 2023 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

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Check out all of the booths for the 2024 Flower and Garden Festival on the map below, including our favorite individual menu items, favorite overall booths, and locations for indoor and outdoor seating.

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Here are links to our 2024 Flower and Garden individual booth pages with menus, photos, reviews, and ratings.

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