Hanami – Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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Hanami first appeared at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in 2013, and returns for its seventh festival this year. “Journey to Japan for innovative plates crafted with culinary Zen—each delish dish is a Festival favorite!”

This year’s 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival takes place March 6 – June 3, 2019.

Menu for Hanami at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Food:

  • Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Coconut Rice garnished with Whipped Cream, Berry Sauce Drizzle and Toasted Coconut (V) (KA) – $5.95
  • 🆕 Chilled Soba Noodle Salad with Pan-seared Tuna and Wasabi Dressing – $6.50
  • 🆕 Karaage with Nanban Sauce: Japanese-style Fried Chicken served on a bed of Shredded Cabbage and topped with a Soy and Vinegar-based Dressing (KA) – $6.25

Beverages:

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

  • 🆕 Kirin Draft Beer (5.0% ABV) – $4.50
  • 🆕 Sayuri “Little Lilly” Nigori Sake ($15/bottle) – $7.50
  • 🆕 “Ichigo Sun” Strawberry Lemonade Cocktail with Sake, Strawberry Purée and Lemonade – $7.00
Offerings from Hanami at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Photos of Menu Items from Hanami at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Coconut Rice garnished with Whipped Cream, Berry Sauce Drizzle and Toasted Coconut (V) (KA) – $5.95

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Hanami
Frushi: Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon rolled with Coconut Rice garnished with Whipped Cream, Berry Sauce Drizzle and Toasted Coconut – $5.95

The popular Frushi returns with a dish that’s just as pleasant as previous years. Mentioned as ‘melon’ in the description, we found cantaloupe inside the roll we received. Not only does Frushi taste great, but it looks good too. The sweet coconut rice wrapped around the different fruit made for a crisp and refreshing snack.

*NEW* Chilled Soba Noodle Salad with Pan-seared Tuna and Wasabi Dressing – $6.50

Chilled Soba Noodle Salad with Pan-seared Tuna and Wasabi Dressing – $6.50

While this dish certainly looks appetizing, we’d still recommend the seared tuna from The Citrus Blossom over this. The soba noodles were extremely bland and had no taste whatsoever.

*NEW* Karaage with Nanban Sauce: Japanese-style Fried Chicken served on a bed of Shredded Cabbage and topped with a Soy and Vinegar-based Dressing (KA) – $6.25

Karaage with Nanban Sauce: Japanese-style Fried Chicken served on a bed of Shredded Cabbage and topped with a Soy and Vinegar-based Dressing – $6.25

The Japanese-style fried chicken sounded good, but ended up tasting overcooked, like it was microwaved or something. It was chewy and definitely not something we’d consider getting again.

*NEW* Kirin Draft Beer (5.0% ABV) – $4.50

According to Kirin Ichiban, their beer boasts an “all malt formula using only the finest two-row barley malt. European noble hops. A distinctively rich flavor, smooth finish, no bitter aftertaste.”

*NEW* Sayuri “Little Lilly” Nigori Sake ($15/bottle) – $7.50

According to True Sake, “this unfiltered sake has a very light nose filled with cream, cherry blossom, and white grape elements. ‘Sayuri’ is a very special Nigori – it is not flashy and not simple – just clean and easy with a semi-sweet appearance and very smooth finish. There is a watery softness that is hard to explain amongst all of the Nigori qualities, but it is not watery! Light and creamy with subtle fruit tones and an overall ‘milkiness.’ If you like it light and easy this brew is for you!”

*NEW* “Ichigo Sun” Strawberry Lemonade Cocktail with Sake, Strawberry Purée and Lemonade – $7.00

“Ichigo Sun” Strawberry Lemonade Cocktail with Sake, Strawberry Purée and Lemonade – $7.00

The thing about this cocktail is, with so many good options out there for the festival, this kind of gets lost in the shuffle. It was fine, and definitely sweet, but still not my thing. I’d pass on this.

Location of Hanami at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Hanami is located adjacent to the Japan pavilion on the World Showcase Promenade.

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Hanami Map

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Jason Diffendal

Jason has been a lifelong fan of the Disney parks since his first visit at age 2. His biennial pilgrimages during his childhood accelerated into semi-annual visits by the year 2000, when he also Joined the Disney Vacation Club. Luckily, Jason’s bride-to-be was also a Disney fan, which allowed his infatuation with the Disney parks to continue, and ultimately culminated in their wedding at Disney's Wedding Pavilion in September 2003. Early in 2007, Jason began his involvement with the planning for what became Celebration 25, the unofficial fan gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Epcot®. Soon thereafter, Jason met Tom Corless at a pin trading meet in New Jersey, and became part of the WDW News Today podcast starting with Episode 17. Jason has been involved with the WDWNT Network ever since, and can't seem to escape no matter how hard he tries.
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