REVIEW: The Honey Bee-stro Outdoor Kitchen – Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2018
Welcome to an Outdoor Kitchen review for the 2018 International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot. This review will focus on The Honey Bee-stro outdoor kitchen. The Honey Bee-stro is located on the rose garden pathways before the Canada pavilion.
The Honey Bee-stro Hosted by National Honey Board
Roasted Cauliflower with Buckwheat Honey Carrot Puree, Wild Rice Pilaf, Asparagus, Honey Blistered Grapes and Sunflower Brittle (GF) (V) $4.50
Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread with White Cheddar Cheese, charred vegetables, Clover Honey Sour Cream and Micro Watercress $5.25
Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses $4.75
A few cauliflower adorned this rather large mountain of pilaf. Mixed in the rice we found asparagus with a healthy portion of carrot puree underneath. This dish felt like an odd mix of items jumbled together for a honey-inspired booth as the traditional sweet flavor of honey wasn’t prominent. That being said, it is a solid portion and most of the components work very well for a healthy alternative (and vegetarian!) option.
Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread with White Cheddar Cheese, charred vegetables, Clover Honey Sour Cream and Micro Watercress – $5.25
A rather large portion for the price, it’s almost half a quick service pizza. Instead of the typical flatbread, this item used naan to bring out the flavors of the tandoori chicken. The chicken was excellently cooked and there was plenty of it. We wanted a bit more cheese and could have done without the watercress, but every ingredient complimented each other to deliver a unique offering for this new booth.
Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses – $4.75
Light, airy, and just the right amount of sweet. The other items at the Honey Bee-stro don’t hold a candle to this unique creation. The only issue is the graininess of the mascarpone, but it’s easily forgiven after a few bites of the subtly sweet honey cheesecake. We recommend picking one up and learning about how cool bees are along the pathway up to the booth.
Envisioning a honey wine, we expected a sweet white wine. What we received was a white wine that had a medicinal quality to the taste. One sip per person around our group was more than enough.
Honey-Peach Cobbler Freeze with Blueberry Vodka – $10.25
Topped with crumbs to give the impression of a peach cobbler, this freeze delivers on multiple fronts. The blueberry vodka mixed well with the honey and peach frozen beverage. All of the flavors combined to create a drink that tasted like a peach cobbler. A truly unique item for this booth and one that’s worth a try as the alcoholic version with the blueberry vodka. We’re unsure how the drink would work without the blueberry.