REVIEW: The Citrus Blossom – Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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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 The Citrus Blossom, located between Showcase Plaza and the Canada Pavilion, across from Refreshment Port. The Citrus Blossom makes its premiere at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in 2019 with the epic Orange Bird Sipper Cup.

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

The Citrus Blossom at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Things may have gotten out of hand. Please note that there is a limit of 10 sippers per guest. We will be giving a few of these birdies away, so stay tuned!

Menu for The Citrus Blossom at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Food:

  • 🆕 Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion and Grilled Lemon (GF) – $8.00
  • 🆕 Tuna Tataki with Spicy Yuzu Glaze, Mango, Avocado and Pappadam Crisp – $6.25
  • 🆕 Crispy Citrus Chicken with Orange Aïoli and Baby Greens (GF) (KA) – $5.75
  • 🆕 Citrus Shortcake: Orange Chiffon Cake, Lemon Curd, Mandarins, Whipped Cream, Citrus Crumble (V) – $4.25

Beverages:

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

  • 🆕 Orange Cream Slushy in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic) (KA) – $14.00
  • 🆕 Islamorada Beer Company Coconut Key Lime Ale, Fort Pierce, FL (5.0% ABV) – $4.50
  • 🆕 First Magnitude Brewing Lemon Hefeweizen, Gainesville, FL (5.2% ABV) – $4.50
  • 🆕 Heavy Seas Brewery TropiCannon Citrus IPA, Halethorpe, MD (7.3% ABV) – $4.50
  • 🆕 Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy – $6.50
  • Beer Flight – $9.50

*NEW* Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion and Grilled Lemon (GF) – $8.00

For being one of the main dishes of the booth, the lobster is just fine. It isn’t anything special, really. It does come on a stick, so that makes it easier to eat, versus having to extract lobster meat while walking through a  theme park.

 *NEW* Tuna Tataki with Spicy Yuzu Glaze, Mango, Avocado and Pappadam Crisp – $6.25

The tuna is fantastic. It’s flavorful and well-spiced. While the cracker it’s served on is somewhat unnecessary, it’s still worth getting due to the sizable seared tuna slices you get with it.

*NEW* Crispy Citrus Chicken with Orange Aïoli and Baby Greens (GF) (KA) – $5.75

For the price, you get a really thick cut of crispy chicken that’s incredibly well-prepared. The aioli is definitely on the citrusy side, but it’s understated. All in all, a very nice dish.

*NEW* Citrus Shortcake: Orange Chiffon Cake, Lemon Curd, Mandarins, Whipped Cream, Citrus Crumble (V) – $4.25

The best way to describe this cake is that it’s just… plain. Despite the nice presentation, nothing really stands out here. Definitely skip this item.

*NEW* Orange Cream Slushy in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup (non-alcoholic) (KA) – $14.00

It looks like you’re consuming blended bird brains, but it’s actually just a delicious, orange citrus cream slush!

*NEW* Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy – $6.50

The wine slush is amazing. It’s just sweet enough, with creamy citrus flavors to make it pop. This is definitely a booth favorite. The non-alcoholic version that comes inside the Orange Bird Sipper is great, too.

Beer Flight – $9.50

We really enjoyed this beer flight, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it if you were looking to try a sampling of beers from this booth.

*NEW* Islamorada Beer Company Coconut Key Lime Ale, Fort Pierce, FL (5.0% ABV) – $4.50

From Untappd: “Cruisin’ on idle, listening to some tunes, and sipping on this mild Coconut Key Lime Blonde Ale will get you on Island Time no matter your location. The smooth taste of Key Lime and Coconut will lower your latitude and bring you back to the Islands.”

*NEW* First Magnitude Brewing Lemon Hefeweizen, Gainesville, FL (5.2% ABV) – $4.50

From correspondence with First Magnitude Brewing Company, their Lemon Hefeweizen is a traditional German-style wheat beer, made with a yeast that gives off notes of banana, clove, and vanilla. This is complimented with the use of Lemondrop hops which “impart a light, zesty citrus aroma and lemon zest.”

*NEW* Heavy Seas Brewery TropiCannon Citrus IPA, Halethorpe, MD (7.3% ABV) – $4.50

Heavy Seas Brewery says their TropiCannon Citrus IPA “packs a full blast of blood orange, grapefruit, mango and lemon flavor.” The company also “introduced dried grapefruit, orange and lemon peel in the brewing process and added mango, blood orange and more grapefruit post-fermentation.”

About the author

Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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