Flavor Full enters the fray as a brand new Outdoor Kitchen for the 2019 edition of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.
You’ll find it along the walkway that connects the Imagination Pavilion side of Future World with the Canada side of World Showcase. The Honey Bee-stro is ahead on the left.
Hosted by the largest not-for-profit Protestant health care provider, Flavor Full debuts with five new items.
Citrus-poached Salmon with Ancient Grain Salad, Roasted Vegetables, Citrus Greens — $6
Disney has served high quality Salmon at its panoply of Festivals for a number of years and Flavor Full’s entry continues that tradition. The flaky, buttery-smooth salmon is accented by a delicate, fresh citrus flavor.
While it may not look like it zoomed in, the portion is substantial for the money, particularly after you add in a little heft from the Ancient Grain Salad with more bright citrus slices and juicy blistered tomatoes. We’re not reinventing the wheel here, but it’s a proficient preparation and a light, yet filling, plate. The flavors are probably too familiar to put it on a “must buy” list, but I think you’ll be pleased with both the quality and quantity of the dish, which isn’t something that we’re going to be saying out loud a lot of as we move about the Festival.
From the Garden: Roasted Beets, Cashew Cheese and Micro Herbs with Lemon-oil Dressing – $4.50
It’s a bit disappointing when your “Micro Herbs” are the largest portion of food on the plate, but that’s what we’ve got fresh From the Garden in these Roasted Beets. Fortunately, the Red and Golden Beets enjoyed an aromatic, sweet flavor and a tender-yet-satisfying bite. I imagine that Cashew Cheese is sort of like Almond Milk in that we won’t legally be allowed to call it that next year, but the spread underneath the vegetables added a smooth, creamy element with a mild cheesy flavor. Finally, the Lemon-oil dressing adds a citrus-y, acidic quality that contrasts nicely with the sugar in the Beets and the savory quality of the Cashew Cheese. For what we received, $4.50 “feels” like a bit of a stretch, but we did see much larger portions going out earlier in the day. You might take a look at the trays waiting to be served before committing because I’d like to see four or five more bites of Beet for the money.
Mickey Tart – Peanut Butter Mousse with Strawberry Jam and Boba Pearls — $4.50
This precious Mickey Tart is again on the small side, but it’s bursting with a surprisingly-rich peanut butter flavor. The Boba Pearls are interesting, adding a little bit of a playful, popping element to the sweet Strawberry Jam filling. At just four or five bites, I think it’s another spendy proposition, but you might be able to squeak out an extra dollar’s worth of value from the fact that it’s shaped like Mickey.
Blood Orange Aqua Fresca — $4
This super-cloying drink is as vividly-red as it is sugary-sweet. Imagine adding a scoop of sugar to a cup of Hawaiian Punch and you’ve basically got this “Aqua Fresca” that’s probably supposed to be spelled with a ‘g.’ If you’re AdventHealth, and potentially in the business of acquiring new patients, then serving them this attractively-shaped cup of sugar-water may be a smart play, but it’s best skipped for those that aren’t looking to put on a backwards hospital gown anytime soon.
Cookie Butter Worms and Dirt — $4.25
While the cup, which is the same as what they serve at the Food and Wine Festival’s Light Lab, gave me some uncomfortable flashbacks, the Worm(s) and Dirt is a better proposition. The Cookie Butter is nice and creamy, to the point where you can actually hold the cup up to your mouth and take a sip of the cookie-flavored deliciousness with just a hint of spice. There’s probably just as much sugar here as with the Fruit Punch above, but it might actually be worth contracting Diabeetus over. Anyone expecting something thicker will be disappointed, but we were impressed by the pleasant caramel flavor and chunky cookie bits, along with a single gummy worm for good measure. It is incredibly rich and best-shared.
There’s two strong contenders here for the Best of Fest list with the Salmon and Cookie Butter. Adding the Beets or Tart won’t ruin your Festival experience, but I don’t think either are likely to be on anybody’s Best Values list. Unless something changes with the “Aqua Fresca,” I think going in that direction is a mistake, unless you don’t like somebody in your party, but really want to get them riled up on sugar so they have the opportunity to bug you even more.