We're all abuzz about the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival for 2015! Back for 75 days from March 4 to May 17, this year's festival will be packed full of garden and culinary delights, with 10 new gardens, new "Frozen" topiaries and fun for the whole family. After the long winter, this annual special event is a welcomed change and a must-do if you're visiting this spring. Today's we're walking you through what to expect at Epcot Flower and Garden 2015!
Returning again this year are the outdoor kitchens, scattered around World Showcase, that offer sweet and savory delights, with a heavy emphasis on food and drinks grown from the garden. Borrowing from Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, the outdoor kitchens offer both grownups and tadpoles the opportunity to sample fresh tastes from around the globe! Each outdoor kitchen also features its own miniature "grow your own" garden.
Debuting this year is the Botanas Botánico Outdoor Kitchen between France and Morocco pavilions. You'll find bites such as Cachapas with Farmer’s Cheese, a sweet yellow corn pancake, and Seafood Ceviche with shrimp, scallops and grouper with mango and avocado. Sip on La Tizana, a non-alcoholic punch with fresh fruit. Add a splash of Santa Teresa RHUM Orange Liqueur for a grownup take on the beverage. Don't forget to get your Garden Passport stamped as you make your way around the kitchens!
The stars of the show, so to speak, are the fantastic topiaries! Nearly 100 topiaries in all, from Disney classics such as Bambi, Thumper and Flower to current favorites, are scattered throughout Future World and World Showcase.. This year, Anna and Elsa from "Frozen" will make their topiary debuts in a garden vignette from the film's finale with white and silver delphinium, alyssum and other flowers that transform into spring bouquets of Gerbera daisies, petunas, Sweet William and more. Chip and Dale will also make debuts, appearing in two Epcot front entrance "Goofy About Spring" floral vignettes with topiary Daisy, Pluto and, of course, Goofy.
For 2015, 10 new gardens make their debut, including a Southwest desert garden, a healing & health garden featuring medicinal herbs near The Land, and a Shakespeare Garden that will feature roses representing Romeo and Juliet in the United Kingdom. There will be several children's play areas that will feature an assortment of flora and fauna, including Mike & Sulley's Monstrous Garden and Cactus Road Rally Garden with Mater and Lightning McQueen topies.
Everyone can follow the Monarch butterfly's journey across the continent and see butterflies emerge from their chrysalises inside the butterfly garden in Future World! Gardening fans can pick up tips and advice from horticultural experts Fridays through Sundays at the Festival Center.
Four decades of pop and rock will be represented every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the festival at the America Gardens Theatre stage by different acts, including Gin Blossoms, En Vogue, Village People and Pablo Cruise.
March 6-8 - Gin Blossoms "Hey Jealousy"
March 13-15 - Pablo Cruise "Love Will Find a Way"
March 20-22 - En Vogue "Free Your Mind"
March 27-29 - Starship "We Built This City"
April 3-5 - The Orchestra starring former members of ELO "Evil Woman"
April 10-12 - Village People “Y.M.C.A”
April 17-19 - Jon Secada "Just Another Day"
April 24-26 - The Guess Who "These Eyes"
May 1-3 - Taylor Dayne "Tell It to My Heart"
May 8-10 - Little River Band "Lady"
May 15-17 - Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone "I'm Henry the Vill, I Am"
If you're visiting on select Friday through Sunday, look out for special festivities throughout the park and inside the Festival Center:
We're so looking forward to the Epcot Flower and Garden 2015, and we especially love that its included with admission to Epcot. Now it's your turn. Share in comments below what you're most looking forward to at this year's festival.
Related: Disney World Special Events for 2015
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