REVIEW: Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market – Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2019

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Welcome to an Outdoor Kitchen review for the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, taking place from March 6 to June 3, 2019. This review will focus on Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market, which is located adjacent to the Germany pavilion on the World Showcase Promenade. Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market debuted at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in 2013, and returns for its fifth appearance in the festival.

For our complete coverage of the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, head to our festival landing page at wdwnt.garden.

Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Menu for Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Food:

  • Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce (V) (KA) – $4.50
  • Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream – $4.75
  • Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese (KA) – $5.25
  • Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries (KA) – $4.25

Beverages:

*Price per bottle is an average price of the spirit at your local liquor store.

  • Stiegl Brewery Radler Zitrone, Salzburg, Austria (2.0% ABV) – $4.50
  • Paulaner Original Munich Lager, Munich, Germany (4.9% ABV) – $4.50
  • Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager, Bad Köstritz, Germany (4.8% ABV) – $4.50
  • Hugo Cocktail with Sparkling Wine, Elderflower and Mint – $9.50
  • Beer Flight – $9.50

Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce (V) (KA) – $4.50

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Bauernmarkt Farmer’s Market Outdoor Kitchen
Potato Pancakes with House-made Apple Sauce – $4.50

The menu clearly calls out ‘Potato Pancakes’ and ‘Potato Pancake’, whereas this should be multiple pancakes. We received a single one with more apple sauce than pancake. It’s forgettable.

Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream – $4.75

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Bauernmarkt Farmer’s Market Outdoor Kitchen
Potato Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream – $4.75

The toppings here do little to elevate the dish. Pass.

Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese (KA) – $5.25

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Bauernmarkt Farmer’s Market Outdoor Kitchen
Toasted Pretzel Bread topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyère Cheese – $5.25

I don’t even know the proper words to describe how unexpectedly amazing this dish was. The pretzel bread was filled with a gooey cheese and black forest ham that oozed out when we cut into it. All of the flavors mix wonderfully together making one of the best items we’ve ever had at Flower & Garden since they started Outdoor Kitchens a few years ago. It is worth noting that sometimes they sit for a while and aren’t quite as good, so be advised it won’t always be amazing.

Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries (KA) – $4.25

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Bauernmarkt Farmer’s Market Outdoor Kitchen
Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries – $4.25

The strudel was a perfect combination of fruit, cheese, and flaky crust. Everything came out warm, making for a very good dessert. Not as good as the buckle from The Berry Basket in years past, but still worth your time.

Hugo Cocktail with Sparkling Wine, Elderflower and Mint – $9.50

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Bauernmarkt Farmer’s Market Outdoor Kitchen
Hugo Cocktail with Sparkling Wine, Elderflower and Mint – $9.50

Take a close look at the picture and notice the stem of the glass and how there’s seemingly a line and separation of liquid. The camera doesn’t deceive the eye, that bottom portion is the elderflower and mint mixture. It’s much more dense than the Brut so it sinks to the bottom and waits for the opportune moment to strike. A very unpleasant ending to a relatively okay Brut.

Stiegl Brewery Radler Zitrone, Salzburg, Austria (2.0% ABV) – $4.50

Stiegl Brewery describes their beer as “Best Stiegl-Goldbräu blended with lemonade made with real lemon juice” with “a sparkling, invigorating taste” and “delicate hints of citrus and [a] fresh aroma.”

Paulaner Original Munich Lager, Munich, Germany (4.9% ABV) – $4.50

Paulaner describes their lager as having a “clear and bright gold sparkling hue, crowned by a pure white head,” with “mild, elegant malts, with a hint of sweetness and a soft hint of hops in the background.”

Köstritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager, Bad Köstritz, Germany (4.8% ABV) – $4.50

Köstritzer describes their beer as having “toasted bitter flavor with bittersweet herbs. A gentle tingle balances with an elegant and intensely aromatic freshness. Finishes with delicate bitter notes and a malty sweetness on the palate.”

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Jessica Figueroa

Jessica lives in South Florida with her 15-pound cat Gordo and a small army of Tsum Tsums. You can contact her, ideally with photos of your cats, at [email protected]