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Take a Mardi Gras Foodie Adventure At Universal Orlando

The good times keep on rolling at Universal Studios Florida theme park, with the Mardi Gras celebrations continuing until 24 April, 2022.

We love Mardi Gras at Universal, so many highlights, the live concerts, the parade, the beads, the tribute store, and of course, the now legendary food and drink offerings.

This year is no exception at Universal Orlando, with foodie inspiration from New Orleans, and from around the world.

You'll discover 15 food kiosks, two bar carts, and eight regions of the world represented, all offering a diverse selection of food to satisfy the foodie in all of us.

So grab your foodie passport and join us on this Mardi Gras culinary adventure, right here in Orlando.


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.

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

We're in love with these 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).


Cauliflower and Sweet Potato 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.

Vegan Golden Chai White Chocolate Blondies

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.


Coconut Curry Shrimp Laksa

The Coconut Curry Shrimp Laksa 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.


Crawfish Boil

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.


Light, airy, fried dough pockets covered with a healthy dose of powdered sugar. What’s not to love?

Bloody Mary (Premium)

This premium Bloody Mary is an iced blend of tomato juice, vodka, and Worcestershire sauce, garnished with a plethora of accouterments including a grilled chicken wing seasoned with a housemade hot wing sauce, hush puppy, pickled green bean straws, jerky meat straw, poached shrimp, celery, olive, and sweet Italian chili pepper.

Mardi Gras Marshmallow Pie

A chocolate dipped marshmallow dessert with homemade graham cracker crusts and marshmallow filling, dusted with edible gold and sugar Mardi Gras crowns and sprinkles.

For more information on Mardi Gras offerings at the Universal theme parks and hotels

Must be 21 years and older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages.


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