Epcot Farmers Feast is the hidden gem of Fresh Epcot

Epcot Farmers Feast, Lamb Chop, photo by Cristine Struble
Epcot Farmers Feast, Lamb Chop, photo by Cristine Struble /

While the annual Epcot Flower and Garden Festival has delighted guests with a vibrant bounty from the garden, one particular food booth has enticed visitors to make a second, third and more trip. It might be time to skip that those traditional favorites and opt for one of these seasonal finds at EPCOT Farmers Feast.

Over the past several food festivals, the Disney chefs have culinary creativity to new levels. From the perfectly plated dishes during the annual International Festival of the Arts to the classics during the annual Food and Wine event, each and every marketplace is filled with delicious finds. One visit during the festivals’ run is not enough to sample all the offerings.

During the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival, the event puts the focus on seasonal, fresh flavors. The term Fresh Epcot is more than just a celebration of spring and summer. It is about the flavors on the plate.

One of the best examples of this concept is the EPCOT Farmers Feast. The rotating menu embraces how the freshest ingredients change by the season. Covering three distinct offerings over the food festival’s run, foodies go back time and again to enjoy each of the specific dishes.

When the food festival debuted, the char-grilled bison ribeye wowed guests. Slightly hearty, which was perfect during those chilly spring nights, the creamy leek fondue offered a comforting bite. It was rich yet not overpowering. For a single plate, it satisfied in the most delightful way.

As the temperatures began to warm, the Springtime menu featured an herb-crusted Spring Lamb. This dish is where the Disney chefs shined. From the perfectly cooked lamb to the red wine butter sauce, it was bursting with flavors. Even for people who have never had lamb before, the herbs offered a brightness to say that spring has sprung.

Now on its final offering, the Summer Solstice Menu brings the flavors of the grill to the conversation. The barbecue seared pork tenderloin with summer succotash showcases the vibrant flavors of summer. From zesty citrus to the smokiness from the grill, this dish could inspire a variety of dishes back at home.

Whether you have visited Epcot Flower and Garden back in March or are planning your first visit this summer, do not miss the EPCOT Farmers Feast marketplace. The garden has bloomed, and its bounty offers the most flavorful bites of the food festival.

The 2022 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival runs now through July 4. While theme park reservations are required, the festival is included in Disney Parks admission. Festival food prices vary.