La Isla Fresca – EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival
La Isla Fresca first appeared at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival in 2016, and returns for its seventh appearance. “Nibble on Caribbean-seasoned dishes that’ll send appetites swaying to the island beat!”
This year’s 2022 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival takes place March 2 – July 4, 2022.
Menu for La Isla Fresca at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival
While the menu has gotten a complete makeover this year, several items have appeared at other Outdoor Kitchens and EPCOT festivals. The Coconut Key Lime Ale previously appeared at The Citrus Blossom in 2021, while the arepas topped with queso fresco and shrimp were last seen at Feast of the Three Kings at the 2019 EPCOT International Festival.
Photos of Menu Items from La Isla Fresca at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival
*NEW* Arepas with Egg and Cheese – $5.75
These arepas are much better and fresher than what we had from the normal La Isla Fresca menu. We got the corn taste straight away. It has a standard egg and cheese with queso fresco. This is nothing outstanding but would be a decent snack during the early hours at EPCOT.
*NEW* Arepa with Chorizo, Egg, and Cheese – $6.25
This is also an improvement from the regular options. It’s the same as the basic egg and cheese, but with added chorizo. The chorizo adds a bit more flavor. The basic egg and cheese arepas are only seasoned with salt and pepper. It’s still nothing outstanding but will get the job done if you need a decent grab and go.
*NEW* Arepas topped with Melted Queso Fresco – $5.00
Topped with melted queso fresco, this arepa is very poor and doesn’t even have the elements that the queso fresco-stuffed version has to help it out. Arepas can be amazing – these are, sadly, the opposite of that.
*NEW* Arepa topped with Shrimp, Crushed Avocado Ají and Tomato Sauce – $6.75
Topped with shrimp, crushed avocado aji and tomato sauce, this is better than the one with just queso fresco, but it’s still bland overall as the arepa itself is not good.
*NEW* Arepa topped with Chorizo – $6.25
The arepa itself was really chewy and more like a very hard “cookie.” It didn’t really have a lot of taste either, with a texture similar to a scone. The chorizo was nice and spicy and had a lot of kick. We enjoyed the chorizo, but not the actual arepa.
*NEW* Coconut Tres Leches: Vanilla Cake soaked in Oat Milk, Almond Milk and Coconut Milk with Toasted Coconut – $4.50
This wasn’t bad, but the milk was disproportionately in there. Some parts were denser than others. It wasn’t completely flavorless, but there really weren’t any prominent flavors. The cake was dry and the thing we tasted the most was the vanilla topping. The denser parts of the cake had a strong oat milk taste. If that doesn’t bother you, it might be worth a try.
*NEW* Dulce de Leche Cocoa Coffee – $5.00
This is delicious. You get the notes of cocoa and sweet dulce de leche with a hint of cinnamon, thanks to a cinnamon stick dropped into the drink. We thought it would be cold but it was served hot, which brings out the flavor notes better. You get a good balance of coffee and flavoring. This feels more suitable for winter than summer, but we would get it again.
This was refreshingly sweet. The most prominent flavor comes from the grapefruit. It’s a decent choice if you want something to beat the heat.
Islamorada Beer Company Coconut Key Lime Ale, Islamorada, FL (5.0% ABV) – $5.00 for 6 oz., $9.00 for 12 oz.
From Islamorada Beer Company: “Coconut dominates with a slight zip of lime zest. The smooth creamy mouthfeel and light sweetness make this a dessert that’s light enough to drink all day. Cruisin’ on idle, listening to some tunes, and sipping on this mild Key Lime Coconut ale will get you on Island Time no matter your location.”
From correspondence with Florida Orange Groves Winery: “A secret blending of five of the winery’s most popular tropical wines (mango wine, passion fruit wine, pineapple wine, watermelon wine and key lime wine), Tropical Perception explodes on your palate with citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Uniquely Florida, Tropical Perception is a great tropical companion with any Florida food (especially seafood) and is the winner of a Best of Show award, a Best of Class award and two Double Gold medals in three different international wine competitions.” This wine is exclusive to the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival.