REVIEW: Seared Scallops, Beef Tenderloin Tips and Griddle Maple Pound Cake Return to Northern Bloom at the 2022 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

We’re here at the opening of the 2022 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, and ready to head over and taste the dishes from our neighbors to the north at the Northern Bloom booth!

Northern Bloom at the 2022 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Menu for Northern Bloom at the 2022 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Food:

  • Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Applewood-Smoked Bacon (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) – $7.25
  • Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables – $7.00
  • Griddled Maple Pound Cake with Warm Peach Compote and Sweet Corn Gelato – $5.00

Beverages:

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

  • Maple Popcorn Shake (Non-Alcoholic) – $4.75
  • 🆕 Glutenberg Blonde Ale, Montreal, Quebec (4.5% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz., $9.00 for 12 oz.
  • 🆕 Collective Arts Brewing Blueberry Fruit Beer, Hamilton, Ontario (% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz., $9.00 for 12 oz.
  • 81Bay Brewing Apricot with Maple Syrup, Tampa, FL (5.0% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz., $9.00 for 12 oz.
  • Maple Popcorn Shake with Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky ($31/bottle) – $13.00
  • Beer Flight – $10.00

Photos of Menu Items from Northern Bloom at the 2022 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Applewood-Smoked Bacon – $7.25

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Northern Bloom

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 – $7.00

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Northern Bloom

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 – $5.00

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Northern Bloom

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.

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*NEW* Glutenberg Blonde Ale, Montreal, Quebec (4.5% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz., $9.00 for 12 oz.

From Glutenberg: ” Airy and lemony, its golden color reveals floral and slightly herbaceous notes, giving way to a dry and tasty finish.” The brewery also notes that it has aromas of “floral hops, white pepper, pears and fennel,” and flavors of “white pepper, green tea and lemon peel.”

81Bay Brewing Apricot with Maple Syrup, Tampa, FL (5.0% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz., $9.00 for 12 oz.

From correspondence with 81Bay Brewing, their beer, also known as Apricot Maple Blonde Ale, is an “award winning blonde ale aged on apricots with hints of maple syrup.”

Maple Popcorn Shake with Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky ($31/bottle) – $10.00

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Northern Bloom
Maple Popcorn Shake with Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky ($31/bottle) – $13.00

A very thick and creamy shake that contains a healthy pour of 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 boozy quality of the beverage and maple flavor profile of the creamy shake. Recommended.

Location of Northern Bloom at the 2022 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Northern Bloom is located on World Showcase Promenade adjacent to the Canada Pavilion. You can find it at number 6 on the map below.

While many of the items at this booth are repeats from previous years, we still recommend coming out and checking the booth out! Remember, the Flower & Garden Festival will be running at EPCOT from March 2 to July 4, 2022.

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