An Insider’s Look at Universal’s Mardi Gras French Quarter Food and Drink

An Insider’s Look at Universal’s Mardi Gras French Quarter Food and Drink

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Each spring, guests can experience the many great sights and sounds of Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration, from special guest musical performances to the big Mardi Gras Parade with stunning floats and beads. And you can’t miss the tastes of Mardi Gras at the French Quarter Courtyard.

Arrive a little before sunset to Universal Studios Florida, and stroll around the French Quarter Courtyard. Here you can pick up some delicious N’awlins-style Cajun and Creole bites inspired by the big flavors of the Big Easy, all paired well with New Orleans inspired drinks and cocktails.

Enjoy authentic New Orleans food and music throughout the French Quarter Courtyard at Universal's Mardi Gras.

Louisiana’s diverse history brings together flavors from French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and African cultures into a beautiful, rustic spicy stew known as Cajun cuisine. Much of the cuisine is characterized by steaming pots of rice, spicy Andouille sausages, juicy shrimp and seafood, tomatoes, and the holy trinity of green bell peppers, onions, and celery.

At Universal’s Mardi Gras, you can feast on dishes like spicy jambalaya, shrimp gumbo, red beans and rice with andouille sausage. Then finish it off with a sugar-powdered fried beignet doughnut or a slice of king cake.

Here are some of my favorite food and drink choices from the French Quarter Courtyard at Universal’s Mardi Gras:

Enjoy delicious Cajun cuisine during Universal's Mardi Gras - Cajun Sampler.

Cajun Sampler – featuring Jambalaya, Shrimp Gumbo, and Andouille Sausage

Enjoy delicious Cajun cuisine during Universal's Mardi Gras - Andouille Sausage Po’ Boy Sandwich.

Red Beans and Rice and the Andouille Sausage Po’ Boy Sandwich

Enjoy delicious Cajun cuisine during Universal's Mardi Gras - Chicken Muffeletta Sandwich.

Chicken Muffeletta Sandwich

Enjoy delicious Cajun cuisine during Universal's Mardi Gras - Shrimp Po’ Boy Sandwich.

Shrimp Po’ Boy Sandwich

Enjoy delicious Cajun cuisine during Universal's Mardi Gras - Fried Beignets.

Fried Beignet Doughnuts

Enjoy delicious Cajun cuisine during Universal's Mardi Gras - King Cake.

Cinnamon King Cake

New this year are fried funnel puffs topped with fruit or chocolate.

Enjoy delicious Cajun cuisine during Universal's Mardi Gras - Strawberry Funnel Puffs.

Strawberry Funnel Puffs

Enjoy delicious Cajun cuisine during Universal's Mardi Gras - Banana Foster Crepes.

Bananas Foster Crepes

Also new in the drink department are Mardi Gras frozen and specialty beverages, including the Ragin’ Rumbalaya, Carnival Cocktail, Masquerade Madness, and Berry Vicious Voodoo.

Enjoy delicious Cajun cuisine during Universal's Mardi Gras - Masquerade Madness Cocktail.

The Masquerade Madness Cocktail – a mixture of the delicious Ragin’ Rumbalaya and Carnival Cocktail in a Mardi Gras souvenir cup.

Grab an Andouille Sausage Po’ Boy sandwich and a Ragin’ Rumbalaya cocktail before heading on over to watch the Mardi Gras parade, all while the confetti and beaded necklaces fly.

Universal's Mardi Gras Parade - King Gator Float

We had an awesome night at Mardi Gras, with special thanks to my wife May Ly for taking the photos while I chowed down!

Universal’s Mardi Gras runs from Feb. 4–March 25 with parades and French Quarter celebrations happening every night, for 50 nights straight. Choose a night, grab your tickets and come join Florida’s biggest party!

Must be 21 years and older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages.

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