A Complete Food Guide to Universal’s Mardi Gras

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Another foodie guide coming your way, this time diving taste buds into all the Cajun dishes and signature drinks from Universal’s Mardi Gras.

You’ll be able to enjoy new and returning favorites daily in the French Quarter Courtyard located in the New York area in Universal Studios Florida starting at 4 p.m. from Feb. 9 – April 4. New this year, all food and drink items will be served in tasting sizes. You know what that means – more opportunity to indulge in EVERYTHING.

Crab Etouffee

Universal's Mardi Gras - Crab Etouffee

Your classic etouffee dish with rice and crab smothered in a savory sauce.

Catfish Po Boy

Universal's Mardi Gras - Catfish Po Boy

Fried catfish po boy with a crisp slaw and hot sauce, served with kettle chips. Also new is the shrimp and andouille sausage po boy and chicken po boy.

King Cake

Universal's Mardi Gras - King Cake

Returning this year are the authentic classics you know and love: Gumbo, jambalaya (available without shrimp), red beans and rice (available without shrimp) and beignets. You’ll also be able to get twisted taters but with a new Cajun seasoning twist!

There are also new drinks to quench your thirst in-between bites…

Specialty Drinks

Universal's Mardi Gras - Signature Drink Concepts

There are are a variety of new specialty cocktails you can try in the French Quarter:

Mimosa Bar: Also new to this year is a bar dedicated to Mimosas. You read that right. You’ll get to try unique flavors like caramel apple, raspberry rosemary, mojito mint and more.

Signature Drink: If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic option, check out the Bayou Bog Water – complete with gummy worms and fish, blueberry boba beads and a lemonade and ginger ale mix.

Other specialty drinks include:

  • Carnival Cocktail
  • Ragin’ Rumbalaya
  • Vicious Voodoo (a combo of the two above!)
  • And a wide variety of craft beer selections


Universal's Mardi Gras Food Feature

One of the big new additions to Mardi Gras this year is the Bayou Boil – An Exclusive Mardi Gras Dining Experience. On select nights, you can enjoy the delicious fun of a traditional crawfish boil, chicken and andouille sausage jambalaya (available on request). Then you head over to your exclusive parade viewing area with endless king cake, complimentary sparkling wine and non-alcoholic beverages. This experience can be purchased for $59.99 per adult and $39.99 per child plus tax. Plus, Premier, Preferred and Power Passholders get a 20% discount. Click here for more details.

Also on select nights, you can get a special Mardi Gras and Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration dining experience. Enjoy exclusive viewing areas for both the Mardi Gras parade and Cinematic Celebration nighttime show. Plus, a dessert bar, sparkling wine, sparkling cider and other non-alcoholic beverages before the lagoon show to end the night on a sweet note. Click here for pricing and details, including a 20% discount for all Passholders.

Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard 

A great new perk for this year’s event is the Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard. These sampling lanyards give you the option to try your favorite tasting dishes for one price. They can be used on all nights of Mardi Gras, so you can come back and use them again for another night if you have leftovers. Here’s a breakdown on options and pricing:

  • 5 items lanyard for $30
  • 10 items lanyard for $50
  • 15 items lanyard for $60 – Passholder Exclusive!

Beignet Voodoo Doughnut

Mardi Gras Beignet Doughnut from Voodoo Doughnut

You can also swing by Voodoo Doughnut in Universal CityWalk and pick up the new Mardi Gras themed doughnut. The Beignet is a yeast raised doughnut half dipped in vanilla, half dipped in sugar, filled with Bavarian Hickory and topped with Mardi Gras sprinkles. This doughnut is available for a limited time, so make sure you grab one now.

Catch all the festivities daily starting Feb. 9 – April 4. Don’t forget to share your foodie adventures using #UniversalMardiGras on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You can get 3 days of Mardi Gras and all the thrills of Universal Orlando Resort for just $159.99 with the purchase of a Coca-Cola or Coke Zero Sugar now – April 4. Click here for details. OR you can upgrade to an Annual Pass* and get up to six months free with the purchase of any pass. Click here for details.

Must be 21 years and older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages.
*Blockout dates apply for Seasonal Passholders on all concert event nights at Universal Studios Florida. You will still receive access to Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
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