Universal Orlando is getting ready to celebrate their annual Mardi Gras celebration! They continue to reimagine the event experience by creating new, immersive themes that thread through every element — from the parade floats and entertainment to the merchandise and of course, the food and drink offerings. This year is no exception with inspiration coming from around the world.

Let’s take a look at what is coming to Universal Orlando!

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Chicken Coxinha 

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. We recommend trying both the chicken coxinhas and beef rissoles.

Romeo and Juliet Coxinha

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).

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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.

Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Vindaloo

Vindaloo — what a fun word to say! When both Chefs Christian Markussen and Chris Colón raved about this dish, I couldn’t wait to try it. 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.

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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? 

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Crawfish Boil

Nothing says Mardi Gras like the New Orleans classics that return year after year.

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

While you can find a standard Bloody Mary at the event as well, you have to try the Premium version. It is so much more than a drink. It’s like having a charcuterie board in a glass. The iced blend of tomato juice, vodka, and Worcestershire sauce is 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.

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