Florida Fresh one of the kiosks that has a solid menu, and has done a nice job of incorporating several beers as of last year’s festival. The only food item that has changed each year since 2013, however, is the dessert option. This year, the kiosk is offering a Florida Blueberry and Lemon Curd Tart ($3.75).
As I’ve mentioned before, such as in our review of Primavera Kitchen, I do tend to lean to dessert that features fruit on the occasions I want something sweet. I like the use of lemon for its tartness, and I love blueberries, so I had a good feeling about this one, especially over last year’s too-sweet Florida Kumquat Pie.
For the price, I thought the portion size was fair. The tart features a blueberry filling underneath the lemon curd, and its topped with fresh blueberries and a blueberry foam.
The sweetness wasn’t overpowering, and was nicely balanced by the tart flavors going on. I really enjoyed the combination of the blueberries and lemon, much like I did the raspberries and lemon with the Limoncello Panna Cotta at Primavera Kitchen. If you like blueberries and lemon, think the Florida Blueberry and Lemon Curd Tart is a solid choice, and probably the best dessert we’ve seen thus far from Florida Fresh.
I also tried the Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale from the Florida Beer Company out of Cape Canaveral, FL. I had skipped it last year. I’m not a beer reviewer, but I did like this one. I’d probably order a larger one it offered, but I wouldn’t necessarily hop in line for it alone.
The Watermelon Salad ($3.50, gluten-free) featuring Pickled Onions, B&W Farms Baby Arugula, Feta, and a Balsamic Reduction is one of the fan favorites at the festival. This light, refreshing salad packs a lot of flavor and is offered at a great price. We have yet to order it this year, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen!
The Shrimp and Stone-Ground Grits ($6.00, gluten-free) features Andouille Sausage, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes and Cilantro. This is another we haven’t ordered yet this year, but we’ve known it to have a bit of spicy heat, and Matt lets me enjoy all the shrimp as long as I share the sausage, vegetables and grits.
Overall, Florida Fresh has a solid menu across the board when it comes to the food items. The bright flavors of the salad is refreshing in the Florida heat, while the Shrimp and Grits makes for a heartier, but still light, dish. Likewise, the Florida Blueberry and Lemon Curd Tart provides something sweet without leaving you feeling heavy. I think you’d be hard-pressed to order something wrong here.
Have you stopped by Florida Fresh? What is your favorite item?