PHOTOS, REVIEW: Pineapple Promenade Brings a Taste of the Tropics (and a Spike the Bee Sipper and Spork) to the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

EPCOT promotes the Pineapple Promenade kitchen, for the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, as “get your tropical fruit fix from tart ‘n’ tangy to the sweetest frozen treats!” With a menu full of pineapple and berry-based dishes and beverages, these items should hit the sweet spot.

We should add that while The Honey Bee-stro didn’t open with the other Outdoor Kitchens today, the Spike the Bee sipper from that booth moved Pineapple Promenade.

He really is the buzz of EPCOT.

As of the writing of this review, the sipper sells for $15.00, and does not come with a drink (likely because the drink it was supposed to come with at The Honey Bee-stro isn’t currently being served).

But while the Outdoor Kitchen is closed, we took Spike here back to The Honey Bee-stro Garden for a few pictures, as he awaits the opening of his true home.

Another surprise was the appearance of a festival-exclusive Spike spork!

The spork, which sells for $2.50, features Spike on a flower, all in yellow, of course.

The festival logo appears on the spork’s handle.

And it looks absolutely bee-utiful in a garden!

But now that the surprises are out of the way, let’s get to the edible offerings Pineapple Promenade has!

Menu for Pineapple Promenade Kitchen at the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Food:

  • Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips – $8.00
  • Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake – $5.00
  • DOLE Whip® (Plant-based) – $5.25

Beverages:

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

The Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake comes to Pineapple Promenade in 2020 from Arbor at The Gardeners Terrace, though this year, it isn’t served with the apple cider sorbet.

Offerings from Pineapple Promenade at the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Photos of Menu Items from Pineapple Promenade at the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips – $8.00

Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Plantain Chips – $8.00

Perhaps one of our (definitely Tom’s) favorite returning items is the spicy hot dog. You receive a full hot dog for your money, slathered in pineapple chutney and crumbled plantain chips. The hot dog delivers on flavor and spice. Each bite has a pop against the perfectly cooked exterior leading to a wonderfully spicy interior. The chutney adds a cool pineapple flavor and the chips add a nice crunch. It’s a filling dish and best shared if you plan on enjoying the rest the festival has to offer.

Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake – $5.00

Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake – $5.00

This was okay, but nobody was impressed.

Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake – $5.00

The cake at the bottom is dry and flavorless, and it desperately needs the berry compote.

Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake – $5.00

The tart, sweet taste of the berries is nice, but the cake has a firmer consistency, more like a scone or a pound cake.

Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake – $5.00
Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake – $5.00

There were some streusel-like crunchy pieces on the cake that helped added extra flavor, but we felt like this cake was just missing something.

DOLE Whip® Soft-Serve with Fanta® (non-alcoholic) – $6.25

DOLE Whip® Soft-Serve with Fanta® (non-alcoholic) – $6.25

Pineapple Fanta fills the bottom of this cup. The pineapple Dole Whip mixed with the soda works very well and surprisingly isn’t overpowering. The only problem you’re going to run into with Flower & Garden is A) the portion of Dole Whip and B) how icy it comes out, to the point of almost being flavorless. Typically the version at Magic Kingdom is very light and airy, this comes out stiff and dense. It’s still the only place to get the soft serve in EPCOT, so if you feel the price is worth saving a trip to Polynesian Village or Magic Kingdom…

Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (non-alcoholic) – $4.50

Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (non-alcoholic) – $4.50

A slush so iconic they had to make Minnie ears to match them. We can proudly say that the admiration is much deserved. The Violet Lemonade slush is sweet, refreshing, and takes a nice picture.

Pineapple Beer Flight – $9.50

Pineapple Beer Flight – $9.50

Take note that the Playalinda Brewing Company Violet Lemonade Ale isn’t included on the flight. The Cast Member said they couldn’t substitute beers unfortunately, so we’re certainly going back for that one. Regardless, expect a very fruity flight of beer. Pineapple Mana is a wheat beer and it has strong notes of the wheat flavor mixed with a pungent pineapple. The Goin’ Coastal IPA is a hop-forward beer with trailing flavors of pineapple. Whenever fruit is involved with beer it’s difficult to find brews that don’t taste like artificial fruit, and all of these taste natural. It’s worth your time to try three unique beers.

*NEW* Collective Arts Brewing Piña Colada Sour, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (5.2% ABV) – $4.50

Collective Arts Brewing Piña Colada Sour, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (5.2% ABV) – $4.50
Collective Arts Brewing Piña Colada Sour, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (5.2% ABV) – $4.50
Collective Arts Brewing Piña Colada Sour, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (5.2% ABV) – $4.50

From Collective Arts Brewing: “We made this sour ale with huge amount of toasted coconut added in the Whirlpool and pineapple during fermentation. Lactose was also used during brewing to add to the creamy sweetness to complete this summer delight.”

Maui Brewing Co. Pineapple Mana Wheat, Kihei, HI (5.5% ABV) – $4.50

From Maui Brewing Co.: “Maui Gold pineapple gives sweet aroma to this smooth-bodied, tropical brew.”

SweetWater Brewing Company Goin’ Coastal IPA with Pineapple, Atlanta, GA (6.1% ABV) – $4.50

From SweetWater Brewing Company: “Slip into some sunshine and step off the grid by Goin’ Coastal with this pineapple laced IPA. The bright aromas of the five citrus hop additions are accentuated by the tropical fruit of the pineapple. And just like those three day weekends, its finish is quick. Golden copper in color with a full malt bill to bring the balance to our year round offering.”

Playalinda Brewing Company Violet Lemonade Ale, Titusville, FL (5.2% ABV) – $4.50

From Walter P. on Untappd: “Tastes like flowers. A little tart from the lemonade, but light and easy drinking.”

Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL ($30/bottle) – $12.00

From Florida Orange Groves Winery: “Our sparkling Pineapple wine offers you and your palate a crisp and refreshing taste of Florida in a bottle. Made from 100% pineapple juice you won’t need to imagine hints of flavors or finishing notes.”

Location of Pineapple Promenade at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Pineapple Promenade is located on the World Showcase Promenade across from the Port of Entry shop as you head toward the Canada Pavilion. You can find it at number 23 on the map below.

Who can say no to a booth that serves Dole Whip? The Flower & Garden Festival is running from March 4th to June 1st, 2020, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to stop by this booth and try all of the sweet selections.

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Laura K
6 months ago

Can you try to get a pic of the prize(s) from Garden Graze at PP?

Sco
Sco
6 months ago

I wasn’t going to say anything, because I am unable go to the parks enough for it to matter, but I can’t stop thinking about how they have the balls to sell a spork version of the free spoon you get from Menchie’s. $2.50 for essentially a disposable spork. . . I can’t even.

I suppose through some sort of bizarre chain of events, you brought this on yourselves spork thieves.

Austin
Austin
6 months ago
Reply to  Sco

But it’s not a disposable spork.