Tasting Menus Revealed for Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval at Universal Studios Florida

Matthew Soberman


Tasting Menus Revealed for Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval at Universal Studios Florida

Matthew Soberman


Tasting Menus Revealed for Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval at Universal Studios Florida

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Mardi Gras is hitting the French Quarter and beyond at Universal Studios Florida, creating a global party called Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval, running from February 6th through March 28th.


Included are tasting menus featuring festive flavors from around the world. A tasting lanyard will also be available, including one exclusively for Universal Orlando Annual Passholders. Let’s take a look at what tantalizing options will be featured!


Tasting Menu
Jerk Chicken: Jerked marinated chicken, rice & peas, scotch bonnet salsa
Jerk Jackfruit: Jerked marinated jack fruit, rice & peas, scotch bonnet salsa

Drink Menu
Goombay Smash: Bahamian rum punch
Carib Lager: International pilsner


Tasting Menu
Belgium Liege Waffles: Sweet liege waffles with strawberries, whipped cream, chocolate
Brussels Frites with Roasted Garlic Veganaise: Crispy seasoned fries with choice of dipping sauce: garlic mayonnaise, andalouse, or joppieaus

Drink Menu
Hoegaarden Witbier: Belgian wheat beer
St. Bernardus Abt. 12: Belgian quadruple, Abbey ale
Lindemans Strawberry Lambic: Fruited sweet and sour ale


Tasting Menu
Moqueca de Camarao with Rice: Shrimp coconut cream stew, white rice, sweet potato curls
Brigadeiros: Brazilian classic with condensed milk, cocoa powder, chocolate sprinkles, toasted peanuts
Stuffed Coxinha: Crispy pulled chicken tear drop fritters

Drink Menu
Pineapple Caipirinha Punch: Cachaça and pineapple flavors
Strawberry Caipirinha Punch: Cachaça and strawberry flavors
Mixed Caipirinha: A blend of pineapple and strawberry caipirinhas


Tasting Menu
Beef Short Rib Poutine: Crispy fries with short rib, cheese curds, demi glaze
Nutella Canadian Doughnut: Fried sweetened dough, Nutella, sugar, chopped hazelnuts
Maple Canadian Doughnut: Fried sweetened dough, cinnamon sugar, maple syrup

Drink Menu
Sugar Shack Springtime Punch: A complex Canadian whiskey punch with a base of pear juice
Labatt Blue: International pilsner


Tasting Menu
Carnitas Arepas: Corn meal cake pocket filled with avocado, carnitas, mayonnaise, ketchup, culantro

Drink Menu
Limonada de Coco: Limeade sweetened with coconut cream (non-alcoholic)
Coco Loco: Limonada de Coco spiked with rum and tequila


Tasting Menu
Cuban Sandwich: Roasted pork, Serrano ham, Swiss cheese, mustard, pickles on Cuban bread served with plantain chips
Cuban Flan: Baked vanilla custard, dark caramel

Drink Menu
Cuba Libre: Choice of Bacardí Light, Bacardí 4 Year or Bacardí 8 Year


Tasting Menu
Poached Pear Crème Brulee Crepe: Red wine poached pear, vanilla pastry cream, toasted almonds, caramel, crispy sugar topping

Drink Menu
Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Blanc: White wine
Notorious Pink: Slightly sweet rosé wine
Vieux Chateau Lamothe Bordeaux Rouge: Red wine
Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Rouge: Red wine


Tasting Menu
Pork Schnitzel Slider: Fried pork cutlet, spicy mustard, red braised cabbage, gruyere cheese
Vegan Bratwurst with Beer Braised Onions: Vegan bratwurst, beer braised onions, spicy mustard, French quarter baguette
Bavarian Pretzel: Warm pretzel, spicy mustard cheese sauce

Drink Menu
Weihenstephaner Kristalweissbier: Clarified wheat beer
Weihenstephaner Vitus: Strong wheat, bock hybrid lager
Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen Rauchbier: Smoked Märzen Oktoberfest-style lager
T Schmitt Riesling Kabinett, Estate: Sweet white wine


Tasting Menu
Italian Rainbow Cookie: Colorful layers of almond cake sandwiched with raspberry jam and coated in chocolate
Cannoli: Italian pastry shell, chocolate chip cannoli cream, chocolate shavings
Arancini: Fried risotto, wild mushrooms, truffle, parmesan cheese
Affogato: Vanilla gelato served with a double shot of espresso

Drink Menu
Fantinel: Prosecco
Vietti Moscato d’Asti: Slightly sparkling sweet white wine
Querceto Chianti: Red wine
Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo: Red wine

New Orleans

Tasting Menu
Crawfish Boil: Mixed bag of crawfish, shrimp, andouille, red bliss, corn on the cob
Jambalaya: Mixed rice with andouille, shrimp, chicken, peppers, tomatoes
Muffuletta Sandwich: Mortadella, salami, ham, mozzarella cheese, olive relish on a toasted bun
Beignets: Sweet fried pastry with powdered sugar
Andouille Twisted Tater: Stuffed Cajun twisted tater, sausage (Add andouille queso for an additional charge)
Twisted Tater: Flavored with Cajun spices

Drink Menu
Abita Purple Haze: Raspberry fruited lager
Tropical Storm Punch: A traditional Mardi Gras cocktail incorporating rum, orange and passionfruit flavors
King Cake Milk Punch: A bourbon milk punch using our house-made King Cake syrup

Puerto Rico

Tasting Menu
Pernil & Mofongo: Roasted pork, smashed plantains, onion mojo
Picadillo Empanada: Picadillo beef filled fried pastry dough
Quesito: Gauva and cream cheese filled fried pastry

Drink Menu
Piña Verde: A twist on the classic piña colada incorporating green chartreuse


Tasting Menu
Paella Mixta: Saffron yellow rice, chorizo, squid, mussels, shrimp
Charcuterie Plate: A traditional platter of Spanish meats and cheese, olives, grapes, lavosh
Leche Frita: Crispy fried with condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon

Drink Menu
Pinord “La Dama” Cava: Sparkling wine
Don Olegurio Albarino: White wine
Hacienda de Arinzano Rosé: Tempranillo-based rosé wine
Hazaña “Viñas Viejas” Rioja: Red wine

Trinidad and Tobago

Tasting Menu
Pholourie: Deep fried spicy split pea dough with turmeric, curry powder and a side of tamarind chutney or powdered sugar
Pineapple Trini-Chow: Grilled pineapple skewers, spices, micro cilantro

Drink Menu
Queen’s Park Swizzle: National cocktail of Trinidad and Tobago; minted dark-rum grog with a light float of Angostura bitters
Carib Lager: International pilsner

The festivities also extend to select CityWalk and resort hotel restaurants, which will be offering special food and beverage items for the festival.

What are you looking forward to try? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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