Foods to Try at Mardi Gras 2022

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Let the good times roll! Mardi Gras 2022 has officially begun at Universal Orlando Resort and we put together a list of foods you must tryWith that brings an incredible parade, free live concerts, and some delish menu items you don’t want to miss!

With 15 food kiosks, two bar carts, and eight regions represented, there is something to satisfy the foodie in all of us. Take a look at our top picks from this years event!

BRAZIL

Chicken Coxinha (pronounced ko-sheen-yuh)

This popular street food from Brazil is returning from last year. It’s a crispy, teardrop-shaped fritter filled with shredded chicken. These bite-sized goodies come in a paper cone making it easy for on-the-go snacking.

Foodie Tip: There are two ways to enjoy your coxinha: either by biting the crunchy tip first or by holding the tip and starting from the bottom. There’s really no right way to do it, although different regions of the country will strongly argue that their way is the best.

Beef Rissole

The beef rissole is a slight variation from the chicken ones. These savory bites are filled with tender, ground beef and coated in a croquet batter. I really enjoyed these and would recommend trying both the chicken coxinhas and beef rissoles.

Romeo and Juliet Coxinha

You can not go wrong with fried dough desserts. These light, airy, and aptly-named coxinhas offer me both with their warm guava and cream cheese filling, rolled in a granulated sugar coating for a touch of added sweetness. Perfect for sharing (or not).

Coxinha Allergen info: Safe for Peanut, Tree Nut, Fish, Shellfish, and Sesame allergies

INDIA (FLORAL PLANET)

Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Vindaloo

Vindaloo — Inspired by the Goa region of India, this spicy vegan dish features Romanesco cauliflower, sweet potatoes, peppers, sliced red onions, red and yellow tomatoes over a bed of basmati rice adorned with micro marigolds and a slice of grilled naan bread.

Foodie Tip: You can find this dish in the Animal Actors Courtyard, where all items are plant-based.

Vegan Golden Chai White Chocolate Blondies

Blondies have more fun! This vegan dessert is a lighter version of the traditional golden brownie treat with applesauce instead of eggs, vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips, and an overall brightness from cardamom spice and chai tea topped with white icing and festive sugar leaves.

SOUTHEAST ASIA (VOLCANO PLANET)

Coconut Curry Shrimp Laksa

Chef Christian Markussen recently returned to the States after helping Universal Beijing Resort open its doors in the fall of 2021. That experience opened his palette to new ingredients and dishes which served as the inspiration for the Coconut Curry Shrimp Laksa.

This coconut curry dish is exploding with flavor and texture — sautéed shrimp, pulled chicken, cucumber, and ramen noodles served in a spicy coconut curry broth. Topped with sambal chili paste, bean sprouts, cilantro, scallions, a sliced hard-boiled egg, and a piece of fried tofu battered in rice flour.

NEW ORLEANS (PLANET MARDI GRAS)

Crawfish Boil

Nothing says Mardi Gras like the New Orleans classics that return year after year. This classic dish of crawfish, andouille sausage, red potatoes, and corn cooked in a Cajun-spiced broth was a true comfort meal and one of my must-haves during Mardi Gras.

Other returning favorites include Chicken & Andouille Sausage Jambalaya, Blackened Shrimp Po’ Boy, Shrimp Gumbo, Crab Etouffee, and Muffuletta.

Beignets

Yes, they are back and always a good decision. Light, airy, fried dough pockets covered with a healthy dose of powdered sugar. What’s not to love?

Mardi Gras Marshmallow Pie

This exquisite chocolate marshmallow dream of a dessert will make you forget everything you remember about grocery store marshmallow pies. Pastry Chef Cheryl Figueroa Rivera uses her culinary magic to create these chocolate-dipped delights with homemade graham cracker crusts and marshmallow filling. Then she dusts the chocolate shell with edible gold and sugar Mardi Gras crowns and sprinkles. It’s love at first bite.

Allergen info: Safe for Peanut, Tree Nut, Fish, Shellfish, and Sesame Allergies

New this year at Universal Orlando Resort, a new Mardi Gras food and beverage gift card and lanyard!

New this year for Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort, there will be a new food and beverage gift card and lanyard that replaces the tasting lanyard from prior Mardi Gras events. You can see the pricing below:
  • Pay $65 for a $75 Food & Beverage Card and Lanyard
  • Pay $120 for a $150 Food & Beverage Card and Lanyard

Facts about the lanyard:

There will be two (2) Universal Orlando Resort Food & Beverage Card and Lanyard options for our guests based on the dollar amount of food or beverage options they would like to purchase:
  • Pay $65 for a $75 Universal Orlando Resort Food and Beverage Card
  • Pay $120 for a $150 Universal Orlando Resort Food and Beverage Card
Preferred Annual Pass Holders and Premier Annual Pass Holders will receive their respective discounts on food and beverage (excluding alcohol) when paying with their Universal Orlando Resort Food & Beverage Card and Lanyard.
No limit on the quantity each guest can purchase.
The Universal Orlando Resort Food & Beverage Card and Lanyard does not expire.
Cards are available for purchase from February 5 – April 24, 2022 at the following locations:
  • USF Reservation Cart (near TODAY Café)
  • USF Front Gate
  • Mel’s Drive-In
  • Louie’s Italian Restaurant
  • Richter’s Burger Co.
  • Universal Studios’ Classic Monsters Cafe
  • Cape Carnival Kiosk 1 (Floribbean)
  • Cape Carnival Kiosk 2 (Floribbean)
  • Volcano Planet Kiosk 1 (Southeast Asia)
  • Volcano Planet Kiosk 2 (Southeast Asia)
  • Floral Planet Kiosk (India)
  • Machine Planet Kiosk (Fusion)
  • Comet Cruising Kiosk (Central America)
  • Planet Mardi Gras Kiosk 1 (New Orleans)
  • Planet Mardi Gras Kiosk 2 (New Orleans)
  • Planet Mardi Gras Kiosk 3 (New Orleans)
  • Planet Mardi Gras Kiosk 4 (New Orleans)
  • Italy Kiosk
  • Brazil Kiosk
Redemption Locations:
Guests will be able to redeem their activated Universal Orlando Resort Food & Beverage Card and Lanyard at any food and beverage locations in Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay, and Citywalk.
This new lanyard can be used at any food & beverage location around the park during the Mardi Gras Festival!

Both card types are available to all guests
Preferred Annual Pass Holders, Premier Annual Pass Holders, and Team Members will receive their respective discounts with valid UO Team Member ID or Annual Pass on food and beverage (excluding alcohol) when paying with their Universal Orlando Resort Food and Beverage Card.

This year, Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando starts on February 5, 2022 and runs through April 24, 2022. There is so much to see and do at this festival. You do not want to miss it! The best part is, Mardi Gras is included with your theme park ticket purchase.

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