Bite into savory springtime celebrations of food and libations in Orlando, including the Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World® Resort (pictured; photo by Chloe Rice & © Disney).
Coming to Orlando this spring? Bring your appetite, because some of our most fantastic foodie festivals will be in full bloom. From the theme parks to downtown, get ready for a savory springtime when you visit the country’s No. 1 tourism destination in 2020!
Spring Foodie Events at Orlando Theme Parks
Learn more: Spring Festivals in Orlando
Walt Disney World® Resort
Epcot® at Walt Disney World® Resort kicks off the year with two unique festivals serving fantastic food and beverages. Better still, both are included with park admission! These festivals are also a great time to check out the new cinematic adventures that debuted at Epcot on Jan. 17, including Awesome Planet, Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along, and Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360.
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Epcot® International Festival of the Arts (Through Feb. 24)
It’s not an Epcot festival without incredible food and beverages, and the 4th Epcot International Festival of the Arts is no exception. Feast on artistic recipes with a delicious Disney twist at numerous Food Studios. Or, join the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine: a new technicolor tour where you can enjoy a vibrant array of dishes and even earn a culinary prize!
The culinary arts are but one aspect of this festival, which also spotlights the visual and performing arts. The latter includes acrobatics, Art Defying Gravity shows, Epcot Living Statues and the nightly Disney on Broadway Concert Series at Epcot’s America Gardens Theatre, featuring some of Broadway’s brightest stars performing beloved Disney songs from their award-winning shows. Subject to change, the concert lineup includes:
- Jan. 17, 20-21 & 24: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King)
- Jan. 18-19 & 22-23: Heidi Blickenstaff (The Little Mermaid) and Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins)
- Jan. 25: Simmons, White, Blickenstaff and Lee
- Jan. 26 & 28-29; Feb. 1-2 & 5-6: Kara Lindsay (Newsies) and Kevin Massey (Tarzan)
- Jan. 27 & 30-31; Feb. 3-4 & 7-8: Liana Hunt (Newsies) and Adam Jacobs (Disney’s Aladdin)
- Feb. 9: Lindsay, Massey, Hunt and Jacobs
- Feb. 10, 12-13, 18-19 & 22-24: Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan)
- Feb. 11, 14-17 & 20-21: Syndee Winters (The Lion King) and Michael James Scott (Disney’s Aladdin)
- Feb. 24: Brown, Strickland, Winters and Scott
On the visual arts front, you can become an artist by learning how to draw Disney Characters at the Animation Academy. Or, grab a paintbrush and help bring a giant paint-by-numbers mural to live at World Showcase Plaza. Other salutes to the visual arts include Artful Photo Ops — where you become part of some of the world’s most famous masterpieces — plus galleries, professional workshops, and the chance to purchase artwork and related merchandise at Festival Markets.
Finally, the celebration will also be a blast for kids, thanks to a Hands-On Wall Mural, Figment’s Brush With the Masters Scavenger Hunt, and the Green Landing Family Play Zone featuring Wall-E. This festival is already underway and only available for a limited time, so don’t miss out!
Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival (March 4 – June 1)
Seasonal flavors, sights and sounds designed to delight the whole family will bloom at the 27th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. In keeping with the garden theme, the event’s Outdoor Kitchens will offer a cornucopia of delicious dishes, including many made with onsite raised-bed or in-ground gardens of herbs and produce. You can even learn about growing your own healthful foods at the Outdoor Kitchens and the “How To” garden!
Also for 2020, Epcot’s horticulture team is preparing an all-new Remy topiary — which in turn will be the centerpiece of a new Ratatouille Garden at the France pavilion. Best of all? The garden’s veggies can all be used to make authentic ratatouille!
Returning topiaries are set to include Snow White, Elsa and Anna, Belle and Beast, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Miss Piggy, and Kermit the Frog, among others. At the same time, thousands of bedding plants will bedeck the landscape around Future World and World Showcase with every color of the rainbow, while floating mini-gardens will adorn Future World’s east and west lakes.
The event will also have much for children and their families, including a Play Garden and Family Play Zone. Meanwhile, guests of all ages will adore The Goodness Garden Butterfly House Presented by GoGo squeeZ.
Last but not least, the Garden Rocks Concert Series will serve live music from top artists at the America Gardens Theatre, seven days a week. Subject to change, and with more to be announced, the concert lineup includes:
- March 4-5: Peabo Bryson
- March 6-9: The Orchestra (Starring Former Members of ELO)
- March 10-12: The Guess Who
- March 13-16: Simple Plan
- March 17-19: STARSHIP Featuring Mickey Thomas
- March 20-23: Mark Wills
- March 24-26: The Spinners
- March 27-28: Sister Hazel
- March 29-30: The Pointer Sisters
- March 31 – April 2: Former Journey Lead Vocalist Steve Augeri
- April 3-4: Blood, Sweat & Tears
- April 5-6: Exposé
- April 7-9: Berlin
- April 10-11: A Flock of Seagulls
- April 12-13: [TBA]
- April 14-16: Tony Orlando
- April 17-18: High Valley
- April 19-20: Rick Springfield
- April 21-23: Christopher Cross
- April 24-27: Plain White T’s
- April 28-30: Don Felder (Formerly of The Eagles)
- May 1-2: Don McLean
- May 3-4: Casting Crowns
- May 5-7: Ambrosia With Peter Beckett
- May 8-9: Thelma Houston
- May 10-11: The Allman Betts Band
- May 12-14: Air Supply
- May 15-18: Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone
- May 19-21: Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot
- May 22-23: [TBA]
- May 24-25: Daughtry
- May 26-28: Marshall Tucker Band
- May 29-30: Crowder
- May 31 – June 1: Survivor
Stay tuned for more updates about the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival as they become available.
Mardi Gras (Feb. 1 – April 2)
Held at Universal Studios Florida, Universal Orlando Resort’s annual Mardi Gras is celebrating 25 years of party in 2020, and you’re invited! Foodies will be particularly interested in the festival’s cornucopia of Cajun and Creole dishes available for purchase, including jambalaya, beignets and much more.
And the party doesn’t stop there. Channel your wild side during the nightly parade, which loops through the park with festive floats, stilt walkers, dancers and street performers, while confetti flies through the air and countless beads are tossed to the crowd. You can also unwind Big Easy-style in the French Quarter Courtyard, a faithful reproduction that transforms the park’s New York area into New Orleans.
Of course, you can’t have a world-class celebration without world-class music, and Mardi Gras delivers by hosting some of the biggest names in pop, country, rock, R&B and more on select nights at the Music Plaza stage. You’ll also be able to catch live performances of Louisiana jazz, blues and zydeco bands throughout the festival’s run, including:
- Feb. 1: The Roots
- Feb. 8: Karol G
- Feb. 15: Bell Biv DeVoe
- Feb. 16: +Live+
- Feb. 22: Kool & The Gang
- Feb. 29: TLC
- March 7: REO Speedwagon
- March 8: Dustin Lynch
- March 13: Luis Fonsi
- March 14: The All-American Rejects
- March 15: Diana Ross
- March 20: Chris Young
- March 21: Earth, Wind & Fire
- March 22: Marshmello
- March 28: Why Don't We
- March 29: Gavin DeGraw
Mardi Gras is included with theme park admission, Annual Pass or Seasonal Pass*. Experience the real feel of The Big Easy and let the good times roll!
* Seasonal passholders are blocked out of Universal Studios Florida the entire day on Mardi Gras concert dates.
SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival (Fridays Through Sundays, Feb. 7 – May 3)
At SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival, dive into internationally flavored dishes inspired by popular cuisine from Asia, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and South America, not to mention an ocean of local craft beers, all available for purchase. And for the first time ever, this festival’s bounty of food and beverages will be available on Fridays!
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Every Saturday and Sunday, you can look forward to live concerts from hit-making rock, country and Latin musicians. The following performers have been announced:
- Feb. 8: Maddie & Tae
- Feb. 9: Trace Adkins
- Feb. 15: Pop 2000 Tour, Hosted by Lance Bass of NSYNC With O-Town, Ryan Cabrera & LFO
- Feb. 16: Night Ranger
- Feb. 22: Walk Off the Earth
- Feb. 23: Dennis DeYoung — The Music of Styx
- Feb. 29: Grupo Mania
- March 1: Boyz II Men
- March 7: AJR
- March 8: Dylan Scott
- March 14: Hunter Hayes
- March 15: Joe Nichols
- March 21: YES and Alan Parsons Live Project
- March 22: Edwin McCain
- March 28: Gin Blossoms
- March 29: Village People
- April 4: Jesse McCartney
- April 5: Gretchen Wilson
- April 11: Scotty McCreery
- April 12: Jeremy Camp
- April 18: Everclear
- April 19: Grand Funk Railroad and Blue Öyster Cult
- April 25: Vanilla Ice and C + C Music Factory
- April 26: Chris Janson
- May 2: [TBA]
- May 3: Sean Paul
SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival is included with park admission.
Spring Foodie Events Throughout Orlando
Central Florida Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival (Feb. 9)
Foodies will love the Central Florida Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival for the feast of authentic Asian cuisine that’s available for purchase, but they’ll also want to feast their eyes on the vibrant parade, martial artists, taiko drummers and other entertainment options! Celebrating “The Year of the Rat,” the event is free to attend. It takes place in Orlando’s Mills 50 district, just north of downtown.
Learn more: Multicultural Festivals in Orlando
Downtown Food & Wine Fest (Feb. 22-23)
Held at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando, the 12th annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest gives foodies and wine-lovers the opportunity to experience local cuisine paired with wines from around the world. The two-day event features mouthwatering dishes from 30 of Orlando's top restaurants, domestic and international wines, and live entertainment including local and national performers.
Salsa y Sazón Latin Food and Music Festival (March 22)
Pair Latin cuisine with artisan crafts and live music at Salsa y Sazón Food and Music Festival, which will take place at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts’ outdoor Seneff Arts Plaza in 2020. Don’t worry about burning off the calories, either, as this event is recognized as one of the country’s largest salsa dance festivals!
Beard in Baldwin Food & Wine Festival (March 28)
Benefitting James Beard Foundation scholarships, the one-day, one-of-a-kind Beard in Baldwin Food & Wine Festival is held in beautiful Baldwin Park, about 10 minutes east of downtown Orlando. The intimate evening features dishes from more than 35 of Orlando’s top restaurants, including the creations of several local James Beard Award nominees and winners, paired with fine wines, craft cocktails and local brews. General admission is $110, with VIP admission — which grants earlier entry and a private reception — priced at $225.
Learn more: Orlando’s Top Local Chefs
Florida Puerto Rican Parade & Festival (April 25)
Part of a statewide initiative that promotes simultaneous parades in cities across Florida, Orlando’s Florida Puerto Rican Parade & Festival starts with a vibrant parade through downtown Orlando that culminates at the outdoor Seneff Arts Plaza, which is part of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Once the parade finishes, guests can look forward to Puerto Rican music, arts and crafts, and — most importantly for our purposes — authentic dishes! Admission to this event is free, with food and beverages being available for purchase.
Oneness World Food & Music Festival (April 25)
Held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds just west of downtown Orlando, the Oneness World Food & Music Festival features a “Food Lane” with a wide range of cuisines prepared by local businesses. It will also have live music, an “Art 4 All” exhibit, comedians, dancers and more, including an art experience for children. Admission is $10.
Beer ‘Merica (May 16)
Beer-lovers won’t want to miss Beer ‘Merica, which celebrates American Craft Beer Week by pairing more than 100 craft brews with delicious food and live music. With tickets starting at $25, the event takes place in Gaston Edwards Park, about 10 minutes north of downtown Orlando.
Can’t make it this spring? We have plenty of fall foodie events, too. And no matter when you arrive, you can dig into more than 5,000 restaurants, including celebrity chef eateries and local favorites, ensuring a delicious experience every time you visit Orlando!
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