First look at Cajun dishes coming to Mardi Gras 2019 at Universal Orlando

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Mardi Gras 2019

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Update 2/15/19:

Universal Orlando Resort revealed all-new add-on experiences for this year’s Mardi Gras celebrations:

Bayou Boil – An Exclusive Mardi Gras Experience ($59.99 per adult plus tax and $39.99 per child plus tax)

On select nights, guests can enjoy an all-you-can-enjoy Louisiana-style boil featuring crawfish, shrimp, potatoes and corn-on-the-cob and, upon request, chicken and andouille sausage jambalaya. After, guests will get an exclusive viewing area for the Mardi Gras parade with king cake, beignets, sparkling wine, and assorted non-alcoholic beverages to indulge in. The first Bayou Boil will start on February 16 and continue select weekend nights through March 31.

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Mardi Gras Parade, Desserts and Cinematic Viewing Experience ($49.99 per adult plus tax and $29.99 per child plus tax)

Available on select nights from March 13 – April 4, guests can get the best view of the Mardi Gras parade while enjoying an assortment of non-alcoholic drinks. But the party doesn’t stop there – guests will be able to sample specialty desserts, sparkling wine and more in an exclusive viewing area for Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration.

For more information and to book an add-on experience at this year’s Mardi Gras celebration, click here.

In addition, guests can also enjoy a variety of classic New Orleans dishes with the Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard, allowing them to sample multiple dishes and beverages for one price. Whether guests are looking to enjoy all of this year’s food and beverage items, or sample just a few of the bold new additions, there are a variety of Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard options to choose from starting at $30 plus tax. Among these options is an exclusive Passholder Tasting Lanyard, which includes 15 sample dishes for $60 plus tax. Each Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard can only be purchased in the park at the French Quarter Courtyard, Monster’s Cafe, Bone Chill, and the Universal Studios Florida Reservation Cart.

Original Story 1/30/19:

Universal Orlando Resort is getting ready to kick off this year’s Mardi Gras celebrations, and today they shared a look at the new and returning Cajun dishes coming to the festival.

As previously reported, this year’s dishes will all be served in tasting sizes, which means you’ll have room to sample even more Mardi Gras offerings. These dishes can be enjoyed daily starting at 4:00 PM from February 9 – April 4 in the French Quarter Courtyard at Universal Studios Florida.

Below, take a peek at what’s on the menu at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2019.

Crab Etouffee – the classic dish with rice and crab, smothered in a savory sauce.

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Catfish Po Boy – Fried catfish po boy with a crisp slaw and hot sauce, served with kettle chips.

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Also new this year: the Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Po Boy and Chicken Po Boy.

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Don’t forget to try the traditional King Cake, which is an important part of Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans.

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Returning favorites this year include gumbo, jambalaya (available without shrimp), red beans and rice (available without shrimp), and beignets. Plus, you can get twisted taters with a new Cajun seasoning twist.

Mardi Gras 2019
Gumbo (Credit: Universal Orlando)
A plate of food on a table
Jambalaya (Credit: Universal Orlando)
A plate of food with stew
Red Beans and Rice with Shrimp (Credit: Universal Orlando)
Desserts sitting on top of a wooden table
Beignets (Credit: Universal Orlando)

Mardi Gras celebrations call for fun drinks, and there are a few new specialty cocktails in store this year. Look for the Carnival Cocktail, Ragin’ Rumbalaya, and Vicious Voodoo (a combination of the first two drinks).

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Also new this year: a Mimosa Bar with unique flavors like caramel apple, raspberry rosemary, mojito mint and more. In addition, there’s a wide variety of craft beer selections.

For a non-alcoholic option, try the Bayou Bog Water with gummy worms and fish, blueberry boba beads, and a lemonade and ginger ale mix.

In addition to the tasty food and drinks, guests at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras can enjoy live performances from artists like Macklemore, BUSH, Pitbull, and more. For more information on the New Orleans-inspired party at Universal Orlando, head over to their website.

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