Tasting Menus Revealed for Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval at Universal Studios Florida

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Mardi Gras is hitting the French Quarter and beyond at Universal Studios Florida, creating a global party called Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval, running from February 6th through March 28th.


Included are tasting menus featuring festive flavors from around the world. A tasting lanyard will also be available, including one exclusively for Universal Orlando Annual Passholders. Let’s take a look at what tantalizing options will be featured!


Tasting Menu
Jerk Chicken: Jerked marinated chicken, rice & peas, scotch bonnet salsa
Jerk Jackfruit: Jerked marinated jack fruit, rice & peas, scotch bonnet salsa

Drink Menu
Goombay Smash: Bahamian rum punch
Carib Lager: International pilsner


Tasting Menu
Belgium Liege Waffles: Sweet liege waffles with strawberries, whipped cream, chocolate
Brussels Frites with Roasted Garlic Veganaise: Crispy seasoned fries with choice of dipping sauce: garlic mayonnaise, andalouse, or joppieaus

Drink Menu
Hoegaarden Witbier: Belgian wheat beer
St. Bernardus Abt. 12: Belgian quadruple, Abbey ale
Lindemans Strawberry Lambic: Fruited sweet and sour ale


Tasting Menu
Moqueca de Camarao with Rice: Shrimp coconut cream stew, white rice, sweet potato curls
Brigadeiros: Brazilian classic with condensed milk, cocoa powder, chocolate sprinkles, toasted peanuts
Stuffed Coxinha: Crispy pulled chicken tear drop fritters

Drink Menu
Pineapple Caipirinha Punch: Cachaça and pineapple flavors
Strawberry Caipirinha Punch: Cachaça and strawberry flavors
Mixed Caipirinha: A blend of pineapple and strawberry caipirinhas


Tasting Menu
Beef Short Rib Poutine: Crispy fries with short rib, cheese curds, demi glaze
Nutella Canadian Doughnut: Fried sweetened dough, Nutella, sugar, chopped hazelnuts
Maple Canadian Doughnut: Fried sweetened dough, cinnamon sugar, maple syrup

Drink Menu
Sugar Shack Springtime Punch: A complex Canadian whiskey punch with a base of pear juice
Labatt Blue: International pilsner


Tasting Menu
Carnitas Arepas: Corn meal cake pocket filled with avocado, carnitas, mayonnaise, ketchup, culantro

Drink Menu
Limonada de Coco: Limeade sweetened with coconut cream (non-alcoholic)
Coco Loco: Limonada de Coco spiked with rum and tequila


Tasting Menu
Cuban Sandwich: Roasted pork, Serrano ham, Swiss cheese, mustard, pickles on Cuban bread served with plantain chips
Cuban Flan: Baked vanilla custard, dark caramel

Drink Menu
Cuba Libre: Choice of Bacardí Light, Bacardí 4 Year or Bacardí 8 Year


Tasting Menu
Poached Pear Crème Brulee Crepe: Red wine poached pear, vanilla pastry cream, toasted almonds, caramel, crispy sugar topping

Drink Menu
Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Blanc: White wine
Notorious Pink: Slightly sweet rosé wine
Vieux Chateau Lamothe Bordeaux Rouge: Red wine
Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Rouge: Red wine


Tasting Menu
Pork Schnitzel Slider: Fried pork cutlet, spicy mustard, red braised cabbage, gruyere cheese
Vegan Bratwurst with Beer Braised Onions: Vegan bratwurst, beer braised onions, spicy mustard, French quarter baguette
Bavarian Pretzel: Warm pretzel, spicy mustard cheese sauce

Drink Menu
Weihenstephaner Kristalweissbier: Clarified wheat beer
Weihenstephaner Vitus: Strong wheat, bock hybrid lager
Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen Rauchbier: Smoked Märzen Oktoberfest-style lager
T Schmitt Riesling Kabinett, Estate: Sweet white wine


Tasting Menu
Italian Rainbow Cookie: Colorful layers of almond cake sandwiched with raspberry jam and coated in chocolate
Cannoli: Italian pastry shell, chocolate chip cannoli cream, chocolate shavings
Arancini: Fried risotto, wild mushrooms, truffle, parmesan cheese
Affogato: Vanilla gelato served with a double shot of espresso

Drink Menu
Fantinel: Prosecco
Vietti Moscato d’Asti: Slightly sparkling sweet white wine
Querceto Chianti: Red wine
Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo: Red wine

New Orleans

Tasting Menu
Crawfish Boil: Mixed bag of crawfish, shrimp, andouille, red bliss, corn on the cob
Jambalaya: Mixed rice with andouille, shrimp, chicken, peppers, tomatoes
Muffuletta Sandwich: Mortadella, salami, ham, mozzarella cheese, olive relish on a toasted bun
Beignets: Sweet fried pastry with powdered sugar
Andouille Twisted Tater: Stuffed Cajun twisted tater, sausage (Add andouille queso for an additional charge)
Twisted Tater: Flavored with Cajun spices

Drink Menu
Abita Purple Haze: Raspberry fruited lager
Tropical Storm Punch: A traditional Mardi Gras cocktail incorporating rum, orange and passionfruit flavors
King Cake Milk Punch: A bourbon milk punch using our house-made King Cake syrup

Puerto Rico

Tasting Menu
Pernil & Mofongo: Roasted pork, smashed plantains, onion mojo
Picadillo Empanada: Picadillo beef filled fried pastry dough
Quesito: Gauva and cream cheese filled fried pastry

Drink Menu
Piña Verde: A twist on the classic piña colada incorporating green chartreuse


Tasting Menu
Paella Mixta: Saffron yellow rice, chorizo, squid, mussels, shrimp
Charcuterie Plate: A traditional platter of Spanish meats and cheese, olives, grapes, lavosh
Leche Frita: Crispy fried with condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon

Drink Menu
Pinord “La Dama” Cava: Sparkling wine
Don Olegurio Albarino: White wine
Hacienda de Arinzano Rosé: Tempranillo-based rosé wine
Hazaña “Viñas Viejas” Rioja: Red wine

Trinidad and Tobago

Tasting Menu
Pholourie: Deep fried spicy split pea dough with turmeric, curry powder and a side of tamarind chutney or powdered sugar
Pineapple Trini-Chow: Grilled pineapple skewers, spices, micro cilantro

Drink Menu
Queen’s Park Swizzle: National cocktail of Trinidad and Tobago; minted dark-rum grog with a light float of Angostura bitters
Carib Lager: International pilsner

What are you looking forward to try? Share your thoughts in the comments!