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What to expect at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival 2018

Topiary artists at Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festvial have found new ways to use plant materials for topiary facial features, bringing Snow White‚\u0080\u0099s face to life. The festival, which runs 90 days Feb. 28-May 28 features dozens of character topiaries, floral displays, gardening seminars and the Garden Rocks concert series of pop and country artists. Matt Stroshane, photographer Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World
Richly-hued flowers adorn the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. The festival, which runs 90 days March 1-May 29, 2017 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., features dozens of character topiaries, stunning floral displays, gardening seminars and the Garden Rocks concert series - all included in regular Epcot admission. (Gene Duncan, photographer)
Epcot guests sample tasty bites from the Florida Fresh Outdoor Kitchen during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. The festival, which runs 90 days March 1-May 29, 2017 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., features dozens of character topiaries, stunning floral displays, gardening seminars and the Garden Rocks concert series - all included in regular Epcot admission. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)
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International


Flower and Garden


Festival

Celebrating the big 25 this year, the International Flower and Garden Festival is one of Disney Worldís longest and oldest celebrations, on par with Epcotís popular Food and Wine Festival.

Lately the two have similar setups with food and drink stations around the World Showcase, making it a nice alternative for foodies turned off by the fallís crushing crowds. What sets Flower and Garden apart are the explosion of colorful gardens, topiary displays cleverly crafted as Disney characters and its emphasis on conservation.

Dates

Wednesday through May 28.

Entertainment

From Simple Plan and Smash Mouth to the Village People and Rick Springfield, the Garden Rocks Concert series has wide variety of post-food coma entertainment. There are also interactive play gardens, aromatic tea and spice gardens and a lineup of HGTV stars offering demonstrations.

Food

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New this year is the Honey Bee-stro kitchen, which shows off local honey in sweet and savory dishes like honey-mascarpone cheesecake with fennel pollen meringue. More than a dozen food and drink stations ring the World Showcase where you can munch on chocolate macaron lollipops in France, pork tacos in Mexico and harissa chicken kebabs in Morocco. Thereís even a Florida booth with carne guisada, spicy shrimp and cheese grits and key lime tarts.

Spirits

Much of the selection of craft beverages are Florida-based, including beers from Tampa Bay Brewing Co. and Big Top Brewing Co. St. Petersburgís Florida Orange Groves Winery is there with a key lime sparkling wine and an orange blossom honey wine.

Insider tip

The Egg-stravaganza scavenger hunt has returned. Purchase a $5.99 map at Disney Traders to find themed eggs around the park and turn it back in for a special Disney character egg.

Getting there

The exhibits and concerts are included with park admission, starting at $102. Food, drinks and special packages sold separately. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (food kitchens open at 11 a.m.) through May 28. 200 Epcot Center Drive, Orlando. disneyworld.com.

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