The 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival officially opened on March 2nd and will go through May 30, 2016. There are new culinary creations at the festival's Outdoor Kitchens that will introduce fresh variety and flavor to the offerings at a record 13 festival kiosks surrounding the World Showcase Promenade. This year, La Isla Fresca will take you to the Caribbean for authentic bites, including Jamaican Braised Beef with Pigeon-Pea Rice and Jerk-Spiced Grouper or Chicken with Mango Salsa. At the new Cider House, a Field Greens salad with greens harvested at The Land pavilion, heirloom apples, Stilton cheese and dried blueberries will pair well with blueberry hard cider from Plant City, Florida.
You will find (for the first time ever) Huey, Dewey and Louie topiaries feature floral interpretations of Donald's mischievous nephews inspired by the 1943 Donald Duck comic book called "The Victory Garden."
A new hands-on Harmony Garden musical playground will debut featuring Disney'[s Fab Five topiaries of "bandleader" Mickey Mouse, as well as Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and donald Duck. With the playground's interactive drums, chimes and xylophones, kids can create their own musical sounds.
As in previous years, each weekend at the Festival Center, guests can dig in for a complimentary hands-on Gardening Seminar experience as they get tips from experts on a broad range of topics.
Garden Rocks Concert Series
The Garden Rocks concert series returns with music spanning four decades. Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice, BRIAN HOWE, former lead singer of Bad Company, Georgia Stellite and Darlene Love make their Festival debut this year. Here's the lineup (subject to change without notice).
March 4-6: The Orchestra starrring former members of ELO "Evil Woman"
March 11-13: Starship starring Mickey Thomas "We Built This City"
March 18-20: Little River Band "Reminiscing"
March 25-27: Village People "YMCA"
April 1-3: Herman's Hermits starring Perter Noone "I'm Henry the VIII, I Am"
April 8-10: The Guess Who "American Woman"
April 15-17: NEW! Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice "Spinning Wheel!"
April 22-24: NEW! BRIAN HOWE, former lead singer of Bad Company "Cant' Get Enough"
April 29-May 1: NEW! Georgia Satellites "Keep Your Hands to Yourself"
May 6-8: Gin Blossoms "Hey Jealous"
May 13-15: NEW! Darlene Love "Wait Til My Bobby Gets Home"
May 20-22: Night Ranger "Sister Christian"
May 27-30: (Monday) The Spinners "Working MY Way Back to You"
All performances are at America Gardens Theater at 5:30pm, 6:45pm and 8:00pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Festival. All concerts and seminars are included in your Epcot general admission ticket.