The 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary from March 06 through May 19, 2013.
Presented by HGTV, the popular annual event celebrates flowers and plants, with displays and whimsical topiaries designed to replicate favorite Disney characters and scenes.
New this year are a Garden Marketplace, featuring mini-kiosks selling specialty food and beverages (similar to the Epcot Food & Wine Fest), and Illuminated Gardens, where the Disney gardens and topiaries will twinkle and glow each evening.
Throughout the 75-day garden party, guests will discover festival surprises around every corner including new topiaries, a butterfly house, daily hands-on gardening seminars and a Festival Center packed with events that offer innovative ideas, gardening know-how and design tips.
In all, more than 100 topiaries, 240 floating mini-gardens, dozens of flower towers and sweeping beds of multi-colored blooms will add floral splendor to the park landscape.
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival events are included with regular admission to the theme park.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and to change it up and make it a little fresh, they’re taking a page from another popular Epcot festival, and introducing the Garden Marketplace for 2013.
This Garden Marketplace is similar to the food kiosks at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. It will offer culinary creations that will include Florida Fresh at World Showcase Promenade, Smokehouse Barbecue and Brew at American Adventure courtyard, Primavera Kitchen at Italy showcase, Hanami at Japan showcase and eight others, around the World Showcase promenade.
Here is a list of some of the new menu items guests will be able to sample:
Florida Fresh Marketplace: watermelon salad with pickled red onions, baby arugula, feta cheese and balsamic reduction; shrimp and stone-ground grits with andouille sausage, zellwood corn, tomatoes and cilantro; angel food cake with Florida berries; tomato or carrot wine; Florida-brewed beer.
Jardin de Fiestas (Mexico): crab tostadas with chipotle aioli and salsa
Lotus House (China): spring pancake with grilled chicken and green apple
Bauernmarkt (Germany): savory bread pudding with spring peas and wild mushroom ragout
Primavera Kitchen (Italy): green asparagus and lobster with a garden cocktail sauce
Hamai (Japan): stir-fried veggies and soba noodles served in a bun
Taste of Marrakesh (Morocco): spiced lamb kebabs with couscous salad
The Smokehouse (American Adventure): pig slider with cole slaw
L’Orangerie (France): ratatouille tart with goat cheese
The Cottage (United Kingdom): heirloom tomatoes with house-made mozzarella, Minus 8 Vinegar and basil
For those who’d rather drink around the World, the Garden Marketplace will offer refreshing libations with a kick like Hot Sun Tomato Wine from Florida Orange Groves Winery, as well as non-alcoholic drinks like Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade and Wild Berry Slush. Beverage specialists will feature brews and beverages at food marketplaces and at Fruits by the Glass and Pineapple Promenade.
There will even be an adult version of the popular Disney treat, the Dole Whip, made with spiced rum.
All Garden Marketplace offerings will be an additional cost.
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival events are included with regular admission to the theme park. The festival runs March 06 through May 19, 2013.