Epcot Fresh

comments (17) March 18th, 2016

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Entrance to Epcot Fresh at night, featuring fanciful topiary Daisy Duck and her colorful palette of garden vegetables. Click on other pix to enlarge and read captions.
Author in front of Fresh Epcot Stage.
This display by local garden group was our favorite exhibit featuring homegrown and homemade foods.
Favorite local garden exhibit featuring beet roots and sprouts.
Susan with cast member, Chef Jersey, who helped prep the food for cooking demos.
Having big fun on stage with Tina Marie Wilcox and Susan Belsinger.
Haybale gardening at Urban Farm Eats featuring salad greens and edible flowers.
Fanciful hydroponic garden--includes fish tanks below, water gardens above--and an outdoor dining bar!
Pollinators Garden is located right next to beehives.
Lots of galvanized troughs, cans and buckets were featured for container planting; these are located throughout Epcot featuring plants in the vicinity of the Outdoor Kitchens.
Raised bed gardens were featured throughout the park--this one is full of greens ready for harvest.
Lettuce tower--onward and upward--for small space gardening.
Entrance to Epcot Fresh at night, featuring fanciful topiary Daisy Duck and her colorful palette of garden vegetables. Click on other pix to enlarge and read captions.Click To Enlarge

Entrance to Epcot Fresh at night, featuring fanciful topiary Daisy Duck and her colorful palette of garden vegetables. Click on other pix to enlarge and read captions.

Photo: Susan Belsinger

Just returned from the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival--it was lots of fun--and this year's gardens and botanical displays are the best ever! Check out these photos for a virtual tour--just click on each pic to enlarge and read descriptive captions.

The festival runs for 12 weeks--and I was included in the second weekend of presentations--doing two shows a day for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. My noon show was Celebrate Capsicums! Herb of the Year 2016 and the 3 pm shows were The Culinary Herbal. The programs were well attended with fun audiences; the cast members (organizers, staff, interns, and gardeners) are great to work with and do a bang-up job. If you haven't ever been to the Flower & Garden Festival, now is the time to go--there are lots of great upcoming programs.

Besides the amazing garden displays and botnaicals, my favorite thing is that they have added Outdoor Kitchens and Garden Destinations which are located throughout Epcot. There is a Garden Passport which lists these and more and there are little boxes to check off in the passport as you walkabout and view the gardens or one of the world-class topiaries, or taste one of the delectable treats or beverages served at the Outdoor Kitchens.

My favorite garden display was Urban Farm Eats--and it also had delicious food. The Vegetable and White Bean "Naanwich" with Arugula Pesto and Oven-Dried Tomatoes featured Seeds of Change Quinoa, Brown and Red Rice. There was a tasty watermelon salad with arugula and feta garnished with pickled red onions and brought together with a balsamic reduction. Although the Fresh-Squeezed Watermelon Juice at Florida Fresh was by far the most refreshing beverage, the hike over to Bauernmarkt: Farmers' Market in Germany was worth it to sample the libation made with Hugo-Charles de Fere Organic Brut, Elderflower and Fresh Mint Leaf.

I highly recommend a visit to the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival if you want a jolly-good-fun garden destination and for those of you lucky enough to live within driving distance--it is well worth getting a season pass so you can go and attend every weekend! I'm concentrating here on (posting my maximum of 12 photos per blog) the edibles part of the Epcot Garden Festival and will post another round of 12 photos featuring some of the wonderful topiaries and other garden vistas in Epcot to give you a view of the garden extravaganza. Enjoy the tour!

 

 

 

 

 


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Comments (17)

martinblair54 writes: Mind Blowing
Posted: 4:57 am on November 4th
hectorkim54 writes: My favorite one
Posted: 2:05 am on November 1st
abelhicks34 writes: One of the best
Posted: 12:12 am on October 25th
StellaClegg writes: looking great.
Posted: 5:08 am on October 24th
smithjohn12 writes: Looking Nice
Posted: 1:47 am on October 4th
doriswhite writes: Impressive
Posted: 1:29 am on September 20th
samdavis54 writes: Wonderful
Posted: 12:06 am on August 30th
AlexVardy writes: Just one word for your great one project....Amazing
Posted: 9:01 am on August 14th
erichawkins writes: Nice Tips...Keep Sharing...
Posted: 2:00 am on August 8th
Andylee2 writes: Looking Very freshy
Posted: 8:06 am on August 7th
danfowler88 writes: Looking Awesome
Posted: 12:23 am on August 3rd
toriwilson writes: Looking Really freshy..
Posted: 11:31 am on August 1st
daveabbott writes: looking awesome
Posted: 5:06 am on July 13th
RE2014 writes: Hey, looks like so much fun. Shame I live on the other side of the world. Otherwise, I would have gone for sure!
Posted: 4:49 am on April 11th
cookinwithherbs writes: try going online to epcot international flower and garden festival and checking out the kitchen garden destinations at the different countries throughout epcot.
Posted: 3:28 pm on March 28th
stewardMblake writes: Woah, I regret not attending as well, although it was impossible for me to begin with :(
Posted: 2:59 am on March 23rd
bigdog327 writes: I wish I could have been there! Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival seems like a great fun and cool experience. What can you say more about this Urban Farm Eats?
Posted: 9:28 am on March 20th
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