EPCOT begins installation of some Flower and Garden Festival elements

EPCOT Flowers Bloom ahead of Flower and Garden Festival

The “Taste of EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival” returns March 3, 2021 and runs through July 5. That’s significantly further into summer than usual, but with capacity reduced, it will give more guests the opportunity to enjoy the popular festival.

We recently dropped by EPCOT to enjoy a rainy morning and the Festival of the Arts (which is still running through February 22). We noticed that some areas of the park were already installing some of the beautiful flowers displays and topiaries the Flower and Garden Festival is famous for. 

Here’s a quick video with what we saw:

What to Expect in 2021:

When Walt Disney World shut down for the pandemic in 2020, it was in the middle of the Flower and Garden Festival. Then when EPCOT reopened, the festival was still there with the new name “Taste of EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival” and a slightly reduced list of offerings.

Butterfly Topiary
Butterfly Trio Topiary

Almost all the popular topiaries were removed, they’re not really meant to survive the summer heat and the food booths had been reduced too. But don’t worry. They’re back in 2021. Disney has announced more than 20 topiary displays will be part of the festival.

Other garden elements include: 100 floating gardens, the butterfly house, tropical rainforest garden with Orchids (my favorite), a Bonsai collection, and a new Prehistoric Garden in Future World East.

The Butterfly Garden is not quite ready for guests or butterflies

Entertainment lineup:

  • Canada Mill Stage – Jammin’ Gardeners
  • America Gardens Theatre – Voices of Liberty, Mariachi Cobre
  • World Showplace – Pianist

Of course, a big reason why the Flower and Garden Festival has grown in popularity is the addition of the Outdoor Kitchens. Disney has already published a list of the food booths but not the menus. Note that these are subject to change.

Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market
Venture to Germany for Bavarian bites sure to sate foodies of all ages—every dish is köstlich!

Cider House (Located in World Showplace)
Behold buzz-worthy ciders and artisanal provisions that are sure to hit the spot.

The Citrus Blossom
Treat your taste buds to the subtleties of lemon, orange and lime—turning delicious dishes even more delish!

Festival Favorites (Located in World Showplace)
Discover Guest-favorite dishes, microbrews and other beverages.

Flavor Full Kitchen Hosted by AdventHealth
Discover the many flavors of healthy cuisine in this delightful eatery, featuring vegetables straight from the garden!

Fleur de Lys
Indulge in haute cuisine and boissons that’ll make you fall in ooo-la-la-love with this palate-pleasing Parisian pop-up!

Hanami
Journey to Japan for innovative plates crafted with culinary Zen.

Jardin de Fiestas
Take a food-tastic tour of the Mexico Pavilion… these tantalizing tastes will add some spice to your day!

The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board™
Quell cravings with an incredible menu of all-natural food and drink infused with the nectar of the gods!

La Isla Fresca
Nibble on Caribbean-seasoned dishes that’ll send appetites swaying to the island beat!

Lotus House
Sink your teeth into authentic Chinese eats filled with morsels of good fortune!

Magnolia Terrace
Get a nice, cozy feeling with some comfort food inspired by the Gulf region.

Northern Bloom
Please discriminating palates with fantastic fare from our Great White North neighbor… O Canada!

Pineapple Promenade
Get your tropical fruit fix from tart ‘n’ tangy to the sweetest frozen treats!

Primavera Kitchen
Mangiare hearty helpings of Old-Country dishes served with a glass of vino… now that’s amore!

Taste of Marrakesh
Intoxicate taste buds with the exotic flavors of this North African mecca—mysterious Morocco!

Trowel & Trellis Hosted by Impossible™ Foods
Delight in some of your favorite foods—created from innovative recipes with some impossibly delicious twists!

Additional Locations
Delight your appetite with mouthwatering morsels, nibbles and noshes from these year-round food stops.

  • Refreshment Port
  • Refreshment Outpost
  • Funnel Cake
  • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

What is your favorite part of the Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOT? Will you be planning a visit to the 2021 edition?