REVIEW: Northern Bloom Outdoor Kitchen – 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 Northern Bloom, located on the World Showcase Promenade adjacent to the Canada Pavilion. Northern Bloom first appeared at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in 2017, and returns for its third festival this year.

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

Northern Bloom at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Menu for Northern Bloom at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Food:

  • Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple-wood Smoked Bacon (GF) – $7.00
  • Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables (KA) – $6.75
  • Griddled Maple Pound Cake with Warm Peach Compote and Sweet Corn Gelato featuring Burton’s Maple Syrup (KA) – $4.50

Beverages:

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

Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple-wood Smoked Bacon (GF) – $7.00

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Northern Bloom
Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple-wood Smoked Bacon – $7.00

Disney has scallops down to an art, which is surprising because they can be very temperamental (the scallops, not Disney). These were wonderfully cooked to be very smooth and buttery with just a slight bit of crunch from the bacon exterior. The green beans were cooked well and were complimented by the vinaigrette. Our only complaint would be the portion size seemed small, but this could be first day jitters.

Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables (KA) – $6.75

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Northern Bloom
Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables – $6.75

Two beef tenderloin tips served on a bed of whipped potatoes and adorned with carrots. Overall, the whipped potatoes and vegetables were perfectly done, however the beef was overcooked and chewy. There’s a lot of potential for this item with the accompaniments as well as the savory sauce, but it really depends on the cut of beef you get.

Griddled Maple Pound Cake with Warm Peach Compote and Sweet Corn Gelato featuring Burton’s Maple Syrup (KA) – $4.50

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Northern Bloom
Griddled Maple Pound Cake with Warm Peach Compote and Sweet Corn Gelato featuring Burton’s Maple Syrup – $4.50

EVERYTHING TASTES LIKE KETTLE CORN. This isn’t a bad thing. A huge mixture of textures that really played off each other, even if the flavor profile weren’t exaggerated for each items. It’s such a unique item for the booth that we think it’s worth a second look.

Maple Popcorn Shake with Crown Royal Maple Whisky – $11.75

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Northern Bloom
Maple Popcorn Shake with Crown Royal Maple Whisky – $11.75

A very thick and creamy shake that contains a healthy pour of Crown Royal Maple Whisky. We watched the Cast Member pour half the shake into a glass, add the whisky, mix it up, and proceed to finish filling the glass with the shake. It’s the little difference of the pre-stir that helps make this shake stand out among the other alcoholic beverages of the festival. It’s topped with a few piece of maple popcorn that don’t go soggy in the shake. While the price tag is a bit high, we feel it’s validated because of the boozey quality of the beverage and maple flavor profile of the creamy shake. Recommended.

Unibroue Éphérmère Apple Wheat Ale, Chambly, Québec (5.5% ABV) – $5.00

Unibroue describes their Éphérmère Apple Wheat Ale as having a bouquet of “granny smith apples, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon,” with a taste that has a “saline attack with an explosion of apple flavors, and a grainy and tart green apple finish.”

Unibroue Blanche de Chambly Belgian White Ale, Chambly, Québec (5.0% ABV) – $5.00

Unibroue describes their Blanche de Chambly Belgian White Ale as having a “subtle bouquet of spices with citrus notes, aromas of yeast breads, coriander and cloves,” and a taste that has “notes of wheat, orange, and spices,” with “good sugar/acidity balance” and a “honey finish.”

Unibroue Lune de Miel Amber Ale, Chambly, Québec (8.0% ABV) – $5.00

Unibroue describes their Lune de Miel Amber Ale as “hoppy and spicy with a honey aroma,” with a “spicy, herbaceous and floral” taste.