Next on our tour of the Flower & Garden Festival is the Japan Pavilion. I was excited to try the Frushi that I had been hearing so many good things about. And we loved seeing the Bonsai in 2010 we were excited to see them again.
Hanami is the Outdoor Kitchen located in the Japan Pavilion for the festival. Since it was the third stop on our tour we decided to get the frushi and dessert.
Frushi is fresh pineapple, strawberries and melon, rolled with coconut rice, topped with raspberry sauce, sprinkled with toasted coconut, in a fruit wrap, and served with whipped cream on the side. I had heard so many good things about that I was afraid I was going to be disappointed but I wasn’t. It was really, really good! The rice was cooked perfectly and it was sweet but not too sweet. I really wish it was available all the time!
We also tried the Japanese puffed rice cakes with green tea whipped cream, sweet Azuki red bean, white chocolate, and raspberry sauce. This was another hit! While I really couldn’t taste the green tea flavor the whipped cream was light and creamy and the Azuki on top was delicious. It’s not often that Drew and I fight over who is going to finish what but we did with these two dishes.
Each Bonsai is from a member of the Bonsai Societies of Florida and I am in awe of the skill the possess and the time they take to make these beautiful creations. Each Bonsai displayed lists how old the plant is and the member it belongs to. Thank you so much for sharing these with us! These are just a few of them.
Make sure you spend some time in the Japan Pavilion during the Flower & Garden Festival. You won’t regret it. For more festival fun you can check out our overview of the United Kingdom Pavilion here.