From January 29 to February 18, 2024, indulge in a limited-time menu crafted by Head Chef Kristoffer Anderson, highlighting the luscious locally grown strawberries.
Culinary Delights and Festive Offerings
The festival promises a delightful experience with six mouthwatering dishes that showcase the versatility of strawberries. Diners can savor the freshness of bright strawberry gazpacho, indulge in scallop crudo accented with sweet berries, or treat their taste buds to a unique strawberries and cream dessert. Each dish is a testament to the creativity and culinary expertise of Chef Kristoffer Anderson.
Exclusive U-Pick Strawberries Offer
As part of the Festival de Fresas celebration, guests at Jaleo Disney Springs will receive an exclusive offer for U-Pick Strawberries at Southern Hill Farms. This adds an exciting interactive element, allowing visitors to extend their experience beyond the restaurant and immerse themselves in the strawberry-picking adventure.
Strawberry U-Pick Info: https://southernhillfarms.com/strawberry-u-pick-info/
History of Collaboration and Anticipation for the Future
Lisa and David Hill, owners of Southern Hill Farms, entering its second year, the Strawberry Festival at Jaleo Disney Springs has been nothing short of incredible.
The overwhelming positive response from patrons has ignited a desire for continued collaboration, a testament to the harmonious relationship between the restaurant and Southern Hill Farms.
David, speaking about the restaurant’s aspirations, expressed hope that the collaboration with Southern Hill Farms would elevate Jaleo Disney Springs to a preferred dining destination. The sincerity of the partnership is evident in its incorporation into the menu, emphasizing the seriousness of the commitment.
Lisa highlighted that Southern Hill Farms is not just about strawberries; it’s an immersive experience. Every Thursday through Sunday, farm transforms into a weekend wonderland. highlighted the diverse offerings at the farm. Visitors can enjoy not only the strawberry-themed dishes but also special events every weekend, live music, food trucks, and a bakery producing delightful treats like strawberry doughnuts.
The air is filled with live music, the aroma of delectable offerings from food trucks, and the refreshing sip of their homemade blueberry lemonade and a bakery crafting delightful treats. Visitors can immerse themselves in a myriad of activities, from strawberry picking at $4.00 per pound, exciting rides for children to the opportunity to pick sunflowers and select fresh vegetables, the festival extends beyond culinary delights.
The festival season kicks off with strawberries in December, extending until the end of March, seamlessly transitioning into blueberry season from March to May. Blackberries are set to make their debut in 2025, ensuring a continuous rotation of fresh produce.
Jaleo Disney Springs Festival de Fresas a celebration of flavors and collaboration
Jaleo Disney Springs Festival de Fresas is not just a celebration of flavors; it’s a harmonious collaboration that brings together culinary expertise and local agriculture. With a commitment to freshness, creativity, and community, Jaleo invites you to savor the essence of the Strawberry Festival, where each bite tells a story of dedication and passion.
Chef Kristoffer shares his passion for crafting memorable experiences. He highlights his gratification in dealing with high-quality ingredients, a bounty available in Florida. Collaborating with local farms, he brings a unique seasonal variety to Jaleo’s offerings.
While David sheds light on the collaborative efforts of the Jaleo team, expressing gratitude through their culinary creations.
From de farm to the table. “Recently, the chef of Jaleo, personally handles the strawberries and brings them here”, said David.
Chef José Andrés: A Visionary and Down-to-Earth Leader
Chef Kristoffer remembered his initial encounter with Chef José Andrés was more than a meeting; it was a shared moment on the back patio, discussing menus and adjusting. Despite being a big celebrity, Chef José Andrés remains down-to-earth, showing genuine interest in the team, dishes, and menu changes.
As Jaleo Disney Springs continues to redefine culinary experiences, it beckons patrons to join them on a journey beyond strawberries, where each dish is a story, and every bite is a celebration of passion, collaboration, and the vibrant flavors of Florida.
“The Strawberry Festival has been a part of the company for a long time, and in the last two years, we decided to collaborate with a local farm. This initiative turned out well, especially with the local strawberries being of exceptional quality. We’re now in our second year of collaboration, and we look forward to utilizing other fantastic products from the farm in the future.”, said Chef Kristoffer and give some recommendation for those attending the Strawberry Festival includes the Cono de Fresa y Queso Mamá Marisa, or the Pintxo de Fresas, each dish contributing its unique story to the overall experience. The call is to savor local produce while supporting farmers, an opportunity to relish the best of both worlds.
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Una version en español se puede encontrar aquí: Festival de Fresas de Jaleo, una celebración culinaria del sabor local