2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: Fleur de Lys

France is one of the popular kiosks during the Food & Wine Festival in the fall, but during Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, there were only one or two guests in front of us at Fleur de Lys. In the middle of the afternoon. On opening weekend. At least we were able to get our dishes quickly and didn’t have to stake out a table! From the official website:

“Indulge your senses in extravagance at this tasty milieu influenced by the “flower of the lily.” Once a royal emblem used by the French monarchy, the symbol now serves as inspiration for this decadent stop where you can refine your palate with some of the France Pavilion’s most magnificent culinary masterpieces!”

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The menu features two savory dishes and a Macaron a la Fleur d’ Oranger for a sweet selection. While 75 cents less expensive than a macaron from the nearby Boulangerie Patisserie, I didn’t feel the need to spend $5 on one. Instead, Matt and I stuck to the savory dishes.

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Savory dishes served up at the kiosks in France during the festivals are far from attractive, but man, are they delicious!  (Cases in point: Coq au Vin, Boeuf Bourguignon, Ecargot Persillade en Brioche – everything is brown!)

The Confit de Canard with Pommes de Terre Sarladaise (Pulled Duck Confit with Garlic and Parsley Potatoes) was our favorite of the two dishes.

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There was a large portion of rich duck smothered in a thick gravy, served over potatoes. The potatoes helped cut the richness of the duck, but neither of us paid much attention to them. Matt stated that it was like “Duck Pot Roast.” If that tasted like any pot roast I’ve had, I’d probably actually like pot roast!

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We also ordered the Gnocchis Parisienne à la Provençal: Parisian-style Dumpling with Vegetables, Mushrooms, and Goat Cheese. Another large portion with hearty gnochhi, we both liked this dish, but it sort of fell by the wayside of the duck. We ate a few of the dumplings each, by I primarily found myself picking at the the mushrooms, which Matt won’t touch, and the cheese. The other vegetables were overcooked and imparted little flavor to the dish, especially against goat cheese.

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I thought the dish was worth the try nonetheless, but if you’re opting for just one, I’d put my money on the Confit de Canard with Pommes de Terre Sarladaise. However, vegetarians may have more appreciation for the Gnocchi option than us omnivores. 😉

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In all, we liked what we sampled at Fleur de Lys. There’s a very good chance we’ll stop by for the Confit de Canard again later in the festival, and who knows, maybe we’ll even splurge on the Macaron. If we do, we’ll be sure to update this post and let you know!

UPDATE!

Over the weekend, Matt and I took a lap around World Showcase and made a stop at the Fleur de Lys kiosk. I decided to try the Macaron a la Fleur d’ Oranger. The macaron had a strong orange blossom flavor, and the white chocolate ganache was quite sweet. My first bite was probably the best, though, as eating almost the entire thing on my own was a bit too much sweetness for me.

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I thought Matt would enjoy this, but he didn’t like it at all, equating its flavor and texture to what he would imagine decorative hand soaps to be. Yes, the orange blossom flavor does indeed retain that floral note some may find off putting. For me, it was on the cusp of being too strong, but I think the actual orange essence prevailed. I won’t be spending $5 on another, though.

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Since Matt was hungry for real food, he decided to revisit the Confit de Canard. While all the flavor was still there, the portion on this visit was smaller. The gravy has also become thinner and lighter. The garlic and parsley potatoes were relatively bland and just kind of oily, so once again they were eaten, but far from the star of the show.

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Have you visited the Fleur de Lys kiosk at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival? What did you order and what did you think of it?

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4 responses to “2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: Fleur de Lys

  1. We opted for the Gnocchis Parisienne à la Provençal and man were we glad we did! Our helping had a large piece of goat cheese on top and I am a sucker for goat cheese. I thought the gnocchi were perfectly cooked and unlike your portion, I thought the mushrooms and veggies added an “earthy” taste to the dish. I wanted to try the duck, but we only had one day at Epcot so some things had to be skipped unforunately.

  2. We had plenty of mushrooms on ours, which I like, but it was the other veggies that were cooked almost to mush on ours. The gnocchi were indeed nicely cooked and had a bit of tooth to them. Glad to hear you enjoyed the dish, especially with only a little time at the park!

  3. We used to skip France entirely during the festivals and during touring Epcot. That’s slowly changing AND the items at their Outdoor Kitchen this year are really enticing. Thanks for the review, both of the savories are marked in my passport as “must try”

  4. During Food & Wine, the selections can be a bit stagnant in France (but we still always get the escargot!), but they seem to step up their game a bit for Flower & Garden, much like I feel they do for Taste of Marrakesh. Hope you enjoy the two savory selections!