REVIEW: Unimpressive Mixed Berry Buttermilk Cake and Tasty Spicy Hot Dog are Back at Pineapple Promenade for the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Pineapple Promenade is a staple of the International Flower & Garden Festival, serving variations of the classic Dole Whip treat along with sweet desserts, fruity beers, and ciders.

Pineapple Promenade at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

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Menu for Pineapple Promenade at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

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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.

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

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

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Pineapple Promenade

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

This was okay, but nobody was impressed. The cake at the bottom is dry and flavorless, and it desperately needs the berry compote. The tart, sweet taste of the berries is nice, but the cake has a firmer consistency, more like a scone or a pound cake. 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) – $5.25

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Pineapple Promenade

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

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.

*NEW* 3 Daughters Brewing Tropical Hefe Wheat Ale, St. Petersburg, FL (4.6% ABV) – $4.50 / $8.50

From 3 Daughers Brewing: “Bavarian summers meet tropical haze in our fruit-forward hefeweizen. With notes of papaya, pineapple and banana, clove, mango and toasted coconut, every sip of this juicy wheat ale sends you straight to the tropics.”

*NEW* Wicked Weed Brewing Fresh Pressed Wheat Ale with Mango, Pineapple and Guava, Asheville, NC (5.2% ABV) – $4.50 / $8.50

Ron R. on Untappd says this beer has an “excellent flavor,” while it’s “crisp and clean,” making for “easy drinking.”

*NEW* Lexington Brewing & Distilling Company Alo’hop IPA, Lexington, KY (6.5% ABV) – $4.50 / $8.50

From Lexington Brewing & Distilling Company: “A tropical punch greets you with this hopped up IPA. A nose of pineapple and mango arrive from the double dry hopping process with Simcoe, Calypso, Comet and Amarillo hops. The medium body and smooth malt profiles makes this an easy drinker with a refreshing finish. Come back time and time again to enjoy a piece of the tropics.” The taste has notes of “juicy pineapple [and] mango with a balance of mild hops and malt.”

Playalinda Brewing Company Violet Lemonade Ale, Titusville, FL (5.2% ABV) – $4.50 / $8.50

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.

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Who can say no to a booth that serves Dole Whip? The Flower & Garden Festival is running from March 3rd to July 5th, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to stop by this booth and try all of the sweet selections.

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