REVIEW: The GOOD, the BAD, and the Chewy (?!) at The Citrus Blossom EPCOT Flower and Garden Booth

We’re back at the 2022 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival and we’ve been eating our way through the booths!

The Citrus Blossom Booth 2022

We’ve seen all of the booths at the festival before, but one booth we’ve seen at MULTIPLE festivals — The Citrus Blossom! This booth has been spotted at EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival and even the Festival of the Holidays, so let’s see what it has to offer this year at Flower and Garden.

Menu

there are TWO new food items on the menu at The Citrus Blossom this year — the Crispy Mojo Marinated Pork Belly and the grapefruit tart.

Citrus Blossom Menu 2022

This booth is also where you can find that ever-so-popular Orange Bird Sipper.

Grab the sipper over here!

Now, let’s try some FOOD!

foods

We ordered ALL of the food items at this booth, along with a whole flight of beer! Here’s a closer look:

Let’s get into it!

We’re ready to EAT

We started with the new Crispy Mojo Marinated Pork Belly, with avocado cream, corn salsa, salsa verde, and plantain chips for $6.25.

Crispy Mojo Marinated Pork Belly

The pork belly has some great flavor in this dish — we got a great tanginess from some lime. Unfortunately, this meat wasn’t very tender. It was really chewy and kind of hard in texture.

there is a slight heat to the salsa, but it’s not too overpowering (it does linger, though!). The avocado cream is refreshing and goes really well with the pork and the corn salsa also gives a nice crunch to the dish.

Give us some melt-in-your-mouth pork belly!

We wish there had been more plantain chips with our pork because they were really delicious! We enjoyed the crunch and flavor they brought to the table. Overall, this is tasty, but we wanted the pork to be more tender.

Crispy Mojo Marinated Pork Belly

Next up, we got the returning Tuna Tataki Bowl with spicy yuzu glaze, mango, avocado, and pappadam crisp for $6.25.

Tuna Tataki Bowl

We tried this back in 2020 and it was a huge hit! But, how is it this year? Well, the tuna is fresh but a little bland if you don’t get any of the sauce with it, so make sure you combine all the elements together to get a good bite!

Close up of that tuna!

The salsa is really spicy, so don’t expect it to be very refreshing! It makes everything in the dish spicy overall. And, the pappadam crisp is very tasty. It’s light and buttery with a pepper aftertaste. It also adds a nice crunch to the otherwise soft textures in the dish.

Eat everything together!

The next new item at this booth is the grapefruit tart It’s made with Grapefruit curd, lychee jam, ginger mousse, and yuzu cream. You can get it for $5.25.

So, how pretty, right?!

This starts what absolutely delicious! The flavors all work really well together. The grapefruit curd is nice and fluffy — almost a pudding texture. It’s light and not too sweet, but still has a lot of flavor.

Definitely a good pic for the ‘gram

The lychee jam poured out of the tart when we cut into it! It was similar to caramel in that it’s sticky and gooey, but with a nice tangy lychee flavor.

A look inside!

The ginger mousse wasn’t too heavy on the ginger and is super light and fluffy! And, the yuzu cream was outstanding — it’s slightly buttery, almost like a whipped icing. The shortbread in this is also buttery but adds a good crunch to the treat, bringing some much needed contrasting texture to the otherwise soft dessert.

beverages

Of course, it wouldn’t be at the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival without an Orange Bird Sippers! He comes with an Orange Lemon Smoothie that’s non-alcoholic. You can get him with the smoothie for $15. This smoothie is literally like drinking an orange sherbet. We loved it!

2021 Orange Bird Sipper and Orange Lemon Smoothie

Also available at this booth is the Islamorada Beer Company Key Lime Hibiscus Alethe Wicked Weed Brewing Orange Peel Aleand the 81Bay Brewing Co. Citrus Honey Cream Ale, which are all $5 for 6 oz. and $9 for 12 oz. each. But, you can also get all 3 beers in one flight for $10! This is what we decided to do so we could try all of them.

Beer Flight at The Citrus Blossom

the Key Lime Hibiscus Ale is really delicious! It has a fruitiness to it that is very welcome in the springtime. But, we didn’t really taste the hibiscus, online the key lime. We were fine with that though, because it was still super tasty!

Moving on to the Orange Peel Ale, we found this one to be nice and light. It has a hint of orange but it does have more of a bitter kick at the end, but it’s not overwhelming. Know that this beer does have some hoppiness to it, though!

3 very different flavors!

the Citrus Honey Cream Ale was our least favorite of the three. It was way too bitter for us! We did taste a slight bit of honey and sweetness, but not enough to cut through that bitterness. It just doesn’t blend together very well. We think this beer was going for an orange creamsicle vibe, but it didn’t achieve that unfortunately.

The Key Lime is our favorite!

If you don’t want beer, there is on Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy for $6 that you can grab instead.

Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy

At last year’s festival, this slushy was $6.75 — so it has actually decreased in price this year!

overalls

Overall, this is a very refreshing booth with fun, fresh flavors that are perfect for the spring! We do think there is some room for improvement in some of these dishes, but we also appreciate the interesting and more unique flavors that are being used. If we were to recommend one thing from here, it would definitely be the Grapefruit Tart!

We’re eating and drinking our way around the world at this year’s festival, so stay tuned to DFB for more updates and food reviews!

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