(ORLANDO, FL) — Epcot’s popular International Flower & Garden Festival at the Walt Disney World Resort has opened and ABC News got a first look at what’s new this year.
Several topiaires made their debut Wednesday. A new Belle topiary is located at the France Pavilion; Figment is located behind Spaceship Earth; Phineas and Ferb near the Odyssey Bridge; and the Three Caballeros at the Mexican Pavilion. A topiary of “Cruz” will make its debut to celebrate the June 2017 release of Disney Pixar’s “Cars 3.”
Food has become a central part of the festival, Eric Darden, horticultural manager for the Flower and Garden Festival, told ABC News, especially for millennials.
“While a 22 -year-old might not be excited about growing a petunia or a pansy, they do want to know where their celery or thyme comes from,” he said.
And one of last year’s most popular dishes is back on the menu again: pan-seared pork tenderloin and spring vegetables in herb-lemon butter and finished with mushroom ragù, courtesy of Julia Thrash, sous chef of Epcot festivals. Check out the video so you can make the tasty dish at home.
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