We finally managed to do the Flower & Garden Festival over Memorial Day weekend. You might recall we were on our way there back in March but got detoured by the local Central Florida winery in Clermont. We’d planned on catching up with WDW in April and May but Rich ended up having two surgeries, which he has mostly recovered from.
Spaceship Earth had a short wait so we got in line and chatted with a local about Disney World, Disneyland, and cruises.
Then we took a walk through the Butterfly exhibit – always one of our favorites. Then we headed for World Showcase admiring the tooiaries along the way.
We started off with sharing our favorite beignet with champagne in France while waiting for the day’s activities to begin.
What a perfect way to start a day at Disney World or anywhere for that matter. 🙂
We waited a bit by Chefs de France for the opening and then followed the small crowd around World Showcase, stopping at two or three booths where something stood out. This was our first Flower & Garden (Rich calls it “Food & Garden”) with Outdoor Kitchens, which started 5 years ago and we were last here for F&G 6 years ago.
Our favorite, by far, was the Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash at the Smokehouse in America paired with Zin of Zen Old Vine Zinfandel. We shared this one. Too bad we didn’t go earlier in the season so we could have had this more than once. YUM!
The other two runner-ups were the Potato Pancake with Homemade Applesauce paired with Hefeweizen from Munich in Germany for Rich. He really enjoyed it. I had a bite and it was tasty – just not my thing.
And one more – the Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with the Golden Road Brewing Mango Wheat Ale from Los Angeles at La Isla Fresco for me. They paired well together, although alone I wouldn’t be that interested in trying again.
We stopped at Mexico to listen to the mariachis. You know how much I love Mexico!! Always planning another trip to Mexico when I’m under the spell.
By this time my hip was killing me – we clocked 4 miles that day – so we attempted to catch a tram back to the car but the CMs told us to wait for the next one, even though there were only about 3 or 4 people on that one. Standing around waiting wasn’t an option so I limped back to the car.
The day started off great but ended up on a bit of a downer because of that. Disney was built on the “Disney magic” of going out of their way for their guests when possible. This is becoming rarer and rarer in the parks. No wonder we’re such fans of Disney Springs. Still, it did tell us that for Epcot (ie, World Showcase), we really need to stay onsite because that long walk from the parking lot through Future World around World Showcase and back is becoming too much for me. The good news is, we have an overnight stay planned at the Dolphin next month to try out our new pet sitter and another one in September for Food & Wine. The Friendship Boats should help as long as we slow down and wait for them. 🙂