Fresca & Fiestas - Epcot Flower & Garden 2017
Date Visited: 3/1/17
As a part of the Festival edition of the eatDisney Challenge, every weekend we will share another stop or two around the food booths at the Flower and Garden Festival. This week, we are making stops at La Isla Fresca and Jardin de Fiestas following along with the Festival Passport. (Check out our previous Flower & Garden 2017 posts here!) We loved both of these booths with their fresh, Latin/Caribbean flare!
La Isla Fresca
La Isla Fresca is located next to Berry Basket, near the entrance of the World Showcase headed toward Mexico. It is such a cute cottage with a Key West feel and the food is full of Caribbean vibes with it's Jamaican and island inspired flavors. We enjoyed the Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer and the Frozen Simply Tropical Juice Drink (non-alcoholic version). Both were amazing! The frozen drink was topped with pieces of fresh mango and was sweet and refreshing. We are big fans of Simply Juices and this version definitely didn't disappoint! Little may have stolen this drink as his own, but we grabbed a few sips while he was distracted. It was a blend of mango, pineapple, and orange juices from what we can tell, and it put us in the island mood. It paired perfectly with the Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer.
Speaking of the Sugar Cane Shrimp, this dish is a must try if you are a shrimp fan. The coconut lime sauce sauce is perfect on the grilled shrimp giving it a mostly sweet flavor with a hint of tartness that paired well with the steamed rice. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this shrimp dish, as I didn't think I was a big fan of shrimp. Turns out between this dish, Ohana, and the shrimp and grits from Florida Fresh, I have began to appreciate shrimp again. There are several more items at this location we can't wait to try, so we will be stopping here again soon!
Jardin de Fiestas
Jardin de Fiestas is located directly across from La Isla Fresca right before entering into the Mexico pavilion. We loved that the Three Caballeros topiary and pepper garden were featured in this area and around the corner is the Extraordinary Orchards garden. So many beautiful things to enjoy! Speaking of things to enjoy, the Tres Leche cake and the Elderflower Pineapple Margarita were on our list at this location.
The Tres Leche cake was made with vanilla cake, condensed milk, evaporated milk, and Cajeta (a thickened syrup usually made with sweetened, caramelized goats milk) and topped with orange zest. It was as rich as expected but also surprisingly light, making it a perfect spring treat. The Cajeta added more depth to this take on the tres leche giving it an enjoyable dark caramel flavor. Our sweet tooth was satisfied without putting us in a sugar coma.
In true Mexico pavillon fashion, fun margaritas must be offered! There were two flower themed margaritas offered at this location, the hibiscus margarita and the elderflower pineapple margarita. As we enjoy the light floral taste of elderflower, we knew which one we had to try! The Elderflower Pineapple Margarita didn't disappoint! The flavors were light and sweet with the pineapple playing nicely with the elderflower. The only thing this drink was missing was a bit of saltiness from the traditional margarita.
We can't wait to stop at this booth again to try the Chile Relleno and pick up the Watermelon Sangria. With all the beautiful gardens and an amazing view of Spaceship Earth, we could spend all day in this area! The placement of these booths were just outside of the crazy that is the Mexico pavilion and had plenty of standing tables to enjoy all the amazing options available.
From the booths...
La Isla Fresca
- Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer
- Frozen Simple Tropical Juice Drink (non-alcholic)
Location Price Range: $3-9.25
Jardin de Fiestas
- Tres Leche
- Elderflower Pineapple Margarita
Location Price Range: $3-11.25
Tips and Overall Review
A must see near these booths is the Three Caballeros topiary and pepper garden. As Donald is one of our little's favorite characters; this stop was perfect for him Add in the sweet treats and he was in heaven!
The Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer was a pleasant surprise, as one of our favorite dishes so far from the festival. It is a must try!
If you are looking for a sweet treat that isn't too heavy, the Tres Leche at Garden de Fiestas is a great choice. While it is rich with a dark caramel flavoring, it is surprisingly light and perfect for Spring.
There are several standing tables, seating ledges, and a few benches in this area so places to snack abound. The view ain't too bad either!