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Insider’s Guide to Mardi Gras 2022’s Exclusive Food and Drinks

The details of Mardi Gras 2023 have yet to be announced. Until then, enjoy 2022’s information!

Mardi Gras 2022

It isn’t a party unless there’s tons of food (and drinks!), and it isn’t a Mardi Gras party unless there’s a plethora of “N’awlins-style food and spirits.” That’s why Universal has been steadily increasing the size, scope, and quality of its annual bayou bash’s offerings – yes, even with the onset of COVID-19.

Actually, because of the pandemic’s lingering presence, the company has gone ahead and put food at the front and center of this year’s experience, even going so far in 2021 as to rename it Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval. This means, essentially, that last year’s first-ever Carnival around the Universe tasting tent, which brought together delicacies from carnavals all over the globe, has been expanded to cover pretty much the entire event (and many more countries from the entire world), which we’ll get into in-depth down below.

(Before we do, however, you may want to spend just a quick moment reading our review of the various food and drink offerings or checking out all the other modifications that were made to the festivities due to the coronavirus.)

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Mardi Gras 2022 – the food and drink booths

Traditionally, a series of food and drink tents located in the New York backlot’s French Quarter Courtyard comprised the bulk of Mardi Gras’s culinary offerings, and while those food and drink tents are integral to the Mardi Gras experience, the food and beverage lineup has been expanded to include the entire theme park, part of Universal’s new International Flavors of Carnaval focus.

As noted above, the international practice got its start at Mardi Gras 2020, when the Carnival around the Universe tasting tent rotated its menu every two weeks or so between four different countries or cities: Trinidad and Tobago, New Orleans, Brazil, and Germany. For 2021, the new international destinations include Puerto Rico, Spain, Belgium, the Bahamas, Cuba, Canada, Italy, Colombia, and France. 2022 added a different spin on their food booths, taking inspiration from the Planet Mardi Gras theme and giving each booth a “far-out” name (although for the most part, this theme was very much on the back-burner and the international theme was more prominent).

Before we dive into the international waters, however, first we have a few quick notes to go over:

  • Each food kiosk, no matter its location in the park, is open from 11:00 or 11:30 am daily.
  • For each alcohol transaction, there is only one drink per person per ID.
  • Many of the drink tents serve bottled water for $5.00 and bottled soda (Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, and Sprite) for $4.69.
  • Finally, if you’re an annual passholder, be sure to use your pass for a discount off of your purchase (during certain times of the day, at least).
Abita Purple Haze in a Souvenir Cup, Mardi Gras 2022 at Universal Studios Florida

Bar, New York

Category 5 Punch – $7.00 (9oz), $13.00 (12oz souvenir), $8.00 (refill)
Myers’ Dark Rum, Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, passion fruit puree, orange and lime juice, grenadine, agave nectar

Pina Verde – $8.00 (9oz), $13.00 (12oz souvenir), $8.00 (refill)
Bacardi Superior Rum, Chartreuse Green Liqueur, Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut, pineapple and lime juice, fresh mint

Abita Purple Haze – $6.00 (9oz), $11.00 (12oz souvenir), $8.00 (refill)
Raspberry lager draft beer

Allagash White – $6.50 (9oz), $11.50 (12oz souvenir), $8.50 (refill)
Belgian-Style Witbier, Draft

Canned Beer – $10.00
Ommegang Neon Rainbows, Stiegl Radler Zitrone, Heineken, White Claw

Bud Light – $9.00

Sauvion Vouvray – $5.50
Slightly sweet white wine

Querceto Chianti – $5.50
Dry red wine

Blackened Chicken Po-Boy in the French Quarter, Mardi Gras 2022 at Universal Studios Florida

French Quarter, New York

The French Quarter has a selection of food booths to choose from. Here, guests can make their way through the booths, pick up the items that sound appetizing, and have a number of places to sit or stand and enjoy their selections.

FOOD

Cajun Twisted Frank with Chorizo Queso – $14.99
Flash fried ribbon potato thinly sliced, skewered and stuffed with a Nathan’s Famous foot long hot dog

Cajun Twisted Frank – $12.49

Cajun Twisted Tater – $8.49

Muffaletta – $7.99
Mortadella, salami, ham, mozzarella and provolone cheese, olive relish on a toasted sesame seed bun

Chicken & Andouille Sausage Jambalaya – $6.49
Mixed rice with andouille sausage, chicken, shrimp, peppers, tomatoes, finished with a spiced crawfish

Blackened Chicken Po’Boy – $7.99
Blackened chicken thigh, Cajun mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickle, served on a French Quarter baguette

Shrimp Gumbo with Rice – $5.99
New Orleans style gumbo with gulf shrimp, bacon, andouille sausage, okra, bell peppers, served over white rice

Carnitas Arepas – $9.49
Cornmeal cake filled with roasted pork shoulder, mayo ketchup, cojita cheese, micro cilantro

Picadillo Arepas – $9.49
Cornmeal cake filled with picadillo beef, mayo-ketchup, cojita cheese, micro cilanto

Mozzarella Arepas – $8.49
Cornmeal cake filled with shredded mozzarella

Yucca Fries with Chimichurri – $3.99

King Cake – $12.99
Traditional King Cake with cinnamon swirl icing and colored sanding sugar

Beignets – $5.99
Sweet fried pastry with powdered sugar

Mardi Gras Marshmallow Pie – $5.49
Fresh made marshmallow, graham cracker cookies, chocolate, Mardi Gras sprinkles

BEVERAGES

A New Twist on Taters – $6.00 (9oz), $13.00 (12oz souvenir), $8.00 (refill)
Old Forester Bourbon, Gran Gala Orange Liqueur, brown sugar sweet potato syrup, Mexican Chocolate Bitters, and lemon juice

Category 5 Punch – $7.00 (9oz), $13.00 (12oz souvenir), $8.00 (refill)
Myers’ Dark Rum, Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, passion fruit puree, orange and lime juice, grenadine, agave nectar

Pina Verde – $8.00 (9oz), $13.00 (12oz souvenir), $8.00 (refill)
Bacardi Superior Rum, Chartreuse Green Liqueur, Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut, pineapple and lime juice, fresh mint

Abita Purple Haze – $6.00 (9oz), $11.00 (12oz souvenir), $8.00 (refill)
Raspberry lager draft beer

North Coast Brewing Co. Pranqster – $6.50 (9oz), $11.50 (12oz souvenir), $8.50 (refill)

Canned Beer – $10.00
Heineken, White Claw, Ommegang Neon Rainbows IPA, Bud Light ($9)

Bottled Soda – $4.69
Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero Sugar, Sprite

Premium Bottled Water – $5.00

Tomato Basil Arancini, Mardi Gras 2022 at Universal Studios Florida

Italy, New York

Tomato Basil Arancini – $5.99
Fried risotto filled with tomato basil mascarpone with a spicy arrabiata sauce

Meatball Garlic Bread Pressed Slider – $7.99
Italian meatballs topped with mozzarella cheese stuffed between two slices of Texas Garlic Toast

Orange Dream Spiked Float – $14.50
New Amsterdam Vodka, Gran Gala Orange Liqueur, vanilla gelato and Orange Fanta

Vanilla-Amaretto Rum Gelato Float – $14.50
Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, Disaronno Amaretto, vanilla gelato, Coca-Cola

Triple-Raspberry Gelato Float – $14.50
360 Raspberry Vodka, raspberry puree, raspberry gelato and Sprite

Vietti Moscato – $5.50
Sweet sparkling white wine

Truffle Hunter Barbaresco – $5.50
Dry red wine

Querceto Chianti – $5.50
Dry red wine

Wild Bloody Mary from New Orleans at Mardi Gras 2021
Wild Bloody Mary from New Orleans at Mardi Gras 2021

Bloody Mary, San Francisco

Bloody Mary – $8.00 (9oz), $14.00 (12oz souvenir), $9.00 (refill), $18.00 (24oz)
Traditional Bloody Mary, spiked with New Amsterdam Vodka. Your choice of traditional MILD or WILD version with Louisiana hot sauce and Sriracha hot chili sauce

Chicken Biscuit with Red-Eye Gravy, Mardi Gras 2022 at Universal Studios Florida

Nashville Chicken, San Francisco

Nashville Hot Chicken Mac & Cheese – $10.99
Creamy white cheddar mac & cheese topped with crispy chicken bites tossed in Nashville hot sauce and green onions. Substitute sauces: hot honey, Golden BBQ.

Chicken Biscuit with Red-Eye Gravy – $12.99
Crispy chicken thigh, red-eye gravy, garlic pickles on a warm buttermilk biscuit with a side of apple cider slaw.

Canned Beer – $9.00 – $11.00
Ommegang Neon Rainbows IPA, White Claw, Hazy Little Thing IPA, Heineken, Bud Light

Bottled Soda – $4.69
Coke, Coke Zero Sugar, Diet Coke, Sprite

Crawfish and Shrimp Boil, Mardi Gras 2022 at Universal Studios Florida

New Orleans, Battery Park

FOOD

Crawfish & Shrimp Boil – $13.49
Mixed bag of crawfish, shrimp, andouille sausage, red bliss potatoes, corn on the cob

Crawfish Boil – $11.49
Mixed bag of crawfish, andouille sausage, red bliss potatoes, corn on the cob

Shrimp Boil – $11.49
Mixed bag of shrimp, andouille sausage, red bliss potatoes, corn on the cob

King Cake – $12.99
Traditional King Cake with cinnamon swirl icing and colored sanding sugar

Beignets – $5.99
Sweet fried pastry with powdered sugar

Mardi Gras Marshmallow Pie – $5.49
Fresh made marshmallow, graham cracker cookies, chocolate, Mardi Gras sprinkles

BEVERAGES

Category 5 Punch – $7.00 (9oz), $13.00 (12oz souvenir), $8.00 (refill)
Myers’ Dark Rum, Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, passion fruit puree, orange and lime juice, grenadine, agave nectar

Pina Verde – $8.00 (9oz), $13.00 (12oz souvenir), $8.00 (refill)
Bacardi Superior Rum, Chartreuse Green Liqueur, Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut, pineapple and lime juice, fresh mint

Abita Purple Haze – $6.00 (9oz), $11.00 (12oz souvenir), $8.00 (refill)
Raspberry Lager, Draft

North Coast Brewing Co. Pranqster – $6.50 (9oz), $11.50 (12oz souvenir), $8.50 (refill)
Belgian-style Golden Ale

Conch Fritters, Mardi Gras 2022 at Universal Studios Florida

Food Trucks, San Francisco

FOOD

Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche – $8.99
Poached shrimp, marinated radish, blood orange sorbet

Conch Fritters – $8.99
Flash fried conch served with grilled pineapple and a pineapple remoulade

Buttermilk Strawberry Pancakes – $4.99
Marinated strawberries, basil mascarpone cream, orange blossom honey on a buttermilk biscuit

Buttermilk Lemon Blueberry Shortcakes – $4.99
Blueberry compote, basil mascarpone cream, orange blossom honey on a buttermilk biscuit

Sweet Corn Johnny Cake – $6.99
Pulled jerk jackfruit, blood orange crema, avocado, yellow mole sauce

BEVERAGES

Cape Guayaba – $6.00 (9oz), $13.00 (12oz souvenir), $8.00 (refill)
New Amsterdam Vodka, guava and lime juice, agave nectar, fresh mint

Goombay Smash – $8.00 (9oz), $13.00 (12oz souvenir), $8.00 (refill)
Cruzan Dark Aged Rum, Don Q Coco Rum, Grand Marnier, Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut, pineapple, orange and lime juice

Tampa Bay Old Elephant Foot – $10.00
IPA, Canned

Swamp Head Wild Night – $6.00 (9oz), $11.00 (12oz souvenir), $8.00 (refill)
Honey Cream Ale, Draft

Mohua Sauvignon Blanc – $5.50
Dry white wine

Creole Crab Beignets, Mardi Gras 2022 at Universal Studios Florida

Fusion Food Truck, London

Creole Crab Beignets – $9.99
Cajun brown sugar dusted beignets, stuffed with creamy crab dip and scallions

Ube Ice Cream Bubble Waffle – $8.99
Purple sweet potato ice cream in a matcha green tea bubble waffle, topped with marshmallows, toasted coconut, strawberry pocky sticks, and popping candies

Mardi Gras Bubble Waffle – $8.99
Ube and matcha swirl soft serve ice cream in a Belgian bubble waffle, topped with Mardi Gras sprinkles and sweet corn pocky sticks

Carrot Cake Concoction (Non-alcoholic)- $5.50
Frozen carrot cake slush topped with purple ube ice cream

Junk Barge Fuel – $8.00 (9oz), $13.00 (12oz souvenir), $8.00 (refill)
Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, Kahlua, Monin caramel, Mexican Chocolate Bitters, agave nectar, iced coffee

Duclaw Sweet Baby Java – $6.00 (9oz), $11.00 (12oz souvenir), $8.00 (refill)
Espresso bean infused chocolate peanut butter Porter

Fonesca Ruby Port – $6.50
Sweet red fortified wine

Fonesca Tawny Port – $7.50
Sweet dark fortified wine

Croft Pink Port – $7.50
Sweet rose fortified wine

Chana Masala, Mardi Gras 2022 at Universal Studios Florida

Plant-Based Food Truck, Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone

Vegetable Vindaloo – $9.99
Romanesco cauliflower florets and sweet potatoes, braised in a hot and sour broth, served with basmati rice

Chana Masala – $9.99
Spiced chickpea curry, served with tomato and onion salad, basmati rice, naan bread

Potato, Pea, and Carrot Samosas – $8.99
Potato, pea, and carrot samosas, served with green chutney

Vegan Golden Chai Chocolate Blondies – $4.99
Chai spiced vegan dessert bar with dark and white vegan chocolates

Emerald Mojito – $8.00 (9oz), $13.00 (12oz souvenir), $8.00 (refill)
Bacardi Superior Rum, agave nectar, lime juice, tropical green tea, and fresh mint

Gaea Smash – $8.00 (9oz), $13.00 (12oz souvenir), $8.00 (refill)
New Amsterdam Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, sparkling mineral water, and fresh purple opal basil

Allagash White – $6.50 (9oz), $11.50 (12oz souvenir), $8.50 (refill)
Belgian-Style Witbier, Draft

New Belgium Dominiga Mimosa Sour – $9.50
Wood-aged, Orange-Flavored Sour Wheat Ale

Raventos I Blanc Cava – $7.50
Dry sparkling white wine

Papas Bravas, Mardi Gras 2022 at Universal Studios Florida

Central America Food Truck, Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone

Papas Bravas – $7.99
Crispy roasted potatoes, salsa bravas, garlic aioli, parsley

Savory Sopaipilla – $5.49
Roasted butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, pebre salsa, cilantro

Cosmic Cornucopia – $6.00 (9oz), $13.00 (12oz souvenir), $8.00 (refill)
New Amsterdam Gin, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Owen’s Cucumber, Lime, and Mint Craft Mixer, honeydew melon balls

Stiegl Radler Zitrone – $10.00
Lemon Radler, Canned

Sauvion Vouvray – $5.50
Slightly sweet white wine

Shrimp Laksa, Mardi Gras 2022 at Universal Studios Florida

Southeast Asia Food Truck, Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone

Shrimp Laksa – $9.99
Shrimp, tofu, chicken, hard boiled eggs, Asian noodles in a spicy coconut curry broth

Rou Jia Mo – $8.99
Braised pork, Thai chili peppers, mustard greens, cilantro in a soft griddled bun

Cosmic Mangonada (non-alcoholic) – $5.50
Frozen purple mango slush layered with Tajin seasoning and Chamoy sauce

Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze – $6.50 (9oz), $11.50 (12oz souvenir), $8.50 (refill)
Draft beer

Steigl Radler Zitrone – $10.00
Lemon radler, canned

Sauvion Vouvray – $5.50
Slightly sweet white wine

Romeo & Juliet Coxinha, Mardi Gras 2022 at Universal Studios Florida

Brazil, Cafe La Bomba

Chicken Coxinha  – $5.49
Crispy pulled chicken tear drop fritters

Romeo & Juliet Coxinha – $5.49
Guava and cheese filled pastry bites

Beef Rissole – $5.49
Tender beef filled crispy rissoleMardi Gras Cocktails

Strawberry Caipirinha Punch – $8.00 (9oz), $13.00 (12oz souvenir), $8.00 (refill)
Leblon Cachaça, agave nectar, strawberry purée, lime juice

Pineapple Caipirinha Punch – $8.00 (9oz), $13.00 (12oz souvenir), $8.00 (refill)
Leblon Cachaça, agave nectar, pineapple and lime juice

Mardi Gras 2022 – Food and Beverage Gift Card

Mardi Gras 2022 Food & Beverage Gift Card at Universal Studios Florida

In previous years, guests have been able to purchase a “tasting” lanyards to sample food and drink items throughout the festival. This year, the “sample” sized options have been removed from menus, and guests are invited to purchase Food & Beverage Gift Cards to use on tasty Mardi Gras items.

Here’s the pricing for the Food & Beverage Card and Lanyard:

  • Pay $65 for a $75 Universal Orlando Resort Food & Beverage Card and Lanyard
  • Pay $120 for a $150 Universal Orlando Resort Food & Beverage Card and Lanyard
  • No limit on the quantity for purchase
  • No expiration date

If you don’t use up your remaining balance by the end of the day, worry not – they don’t expire, although, obviously, Mardi Gras comes to an end on April 24, and you would then be forced to use your lanyard only on the regular theme-park snacks. 

Mardi Gras 2022 – the Tribute Store

Much like the Halloween and Holiday Tribute Stores from 2020, Mardi Gras’s rendition of the fabled shopping experience this year features a room that has a number of baked goods on hand.

What’s available to eat and drink outside of the theme park?

Mardi Gras Rhythm and Shake Milkshake at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium

It’s not enough to celebrate the bayou bash only in Universal Studios Florida, right? For 2022, a number of establishments in CityWalk and Universal Orlando’s hotels are getting in on the festivities, too.

CityWalk

If you haven’t gotten enough sweets in the park, there are two Mardi Gras offerings for you in CityWalk. The Toothsome Milkshake is decidedly more impressive, incorporating the Ube Ice Cream that is also featured inside the park itself.

  • Voodoo Doughnut – Mardi Gras Doughnut (raised yeast doughnut with bananas foster Bavarian filling and vanilla frosting)
Mardi Gras drink kiosk at CityWalk
Mardi Gras drink kiosk at CityWalk

In addition, one of the kiosks set up near the waterfront in CityWalk has been outfitted with a small selection of Mardi Gras beverages, offering some choice items from New Orleans, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Belgium, and Germany (just like over in Universal Studios Florida’s New York backlot).

Universal Orlando’s hotels

Mardi Gras 2022 Hotel Offerings

Just as if you were in New Orleans itself, one of the best ways to get a taste of Mardi Gras is through the hotels. Universal Orlando Resort hotels provide a number of specialty menu items during the Mardi Gras season.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Mardi Gras 2022 Offerings

Trattoria del Porto

  • Creamy Polenta Shrimp – Jumbo shrimp, chorizo sausage, Cajun sauce, creamy polenta
  • Masquerade Cannoli – Mixed berry insalada

The Thirsty Fish

  • Magari – Aviation Gin, limoncello, Limone Di Genoa Cider, fresh basil

Splendido Bar & Grill

  • Mojito Lampone – Aviation Gin, limoncello, Limone Di Genoa Cider, fresh basil

Hard Rock Hotel Mardi Gras 2022 Offerings

Velvet Bar

  • Abita Amber Ale Shrimp – Gulf shrimp lightly sautéed in creole garlic butter and Abita Amber Ale, served with sliced French bread

The Kitchen

  • N’awlins Po’Boy ’ – A classic, piled high with crispy fried shrimp, lettuce, tomatoes, pickle, and creole mayo, served on New Orleans very own Leidenheimer bread

beachclub

  • Muffuletta Sliders – Central Grocery’s spicy olive salad topped with mortadella, ham, salami and provolone cheese, all on classic Sicilian sesame slider rolls

Loews Royal Pacific Resort Mardi Gras 2022 Offerings

Islands Dining Room

  • King Cake Pancakes – Lemon and powdered sugar glaze, spiced walnuts

Orchid Court Lounge & Sushi Bar

  • Orchid – Roku Gin, sweet potato shochu, mint, cucumber, absinthe

Tuk Tuk Market

  • Chocolate Bomb – choose from: chocolate and caramel with spiced pecan with Mardi Gras decor, s’mores, or cookies & cream

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Mardi Gras 2022 Offerings

Andouille Sausage at Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

Amatista Cookhouse

  • Andouille Sausage & Pulled Chicken – with queso fresco empanada, Cajun aioli

Strong Water Tavern

  • Cucumber Hurricane Twist – Light rum, lime juice, Midori, sliced cucumber

New Dutch Trading Co.

  • Traditional King Cake

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort Mardi Gras 2022 Offerings

Shrimp Po’Boy at Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

Galaxy Bowl Restaurant

  • Shrimp Po’Boy – with queso fresco empanada, Cajun aioli
  • Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler Hurricane – Bacardi Light Rum, Cruzan 12 Year Single Barrel Rum, passionfruit purée, orange juice and grenadine served in a 32-ounce souvenir Galaxy Bowl cup

Universal’s Aventura Hotel Mardi Gras 2022 Offerings

Bar 17 Bistro

  • Chicken, Andouille & Shrimp Jambalaya
  • Mini King Cake
  • Hurricane – Bacardi Superior Rum, Myers’s Original Dark Rum, passionfruit, tropical juices
  • Sazerac – Rye, Whiskey, absinthe, simple syrup, Peychaud’s Bitters

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites Mardi Gras 2022 Offerings

Beach Break Cafe

  • New Orleans BBQ Shrimp & Dirty Rice
  • Dockside Beignets – Sweet fried pastry with a bourbon caramel sauce and topped with powdered sugar

The Oasis Beach Bar & The Sunset Lounge

  • The Endless Carnival – Castillo Silver Rum, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Chinola Passionfruit Liqueur, pineapple juice, orange juice, a pinch of dried blackberries, pineapple wedge and a green sugar rim

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites Mardi Gras 2022 Offerings

Dockside Pier 8 Market

  • New Orleans BBQ Shrimp & Dirty Rice
  • Dockside Beignets – Sweet fried pastry with a bourbon caramel sauce and topped with powdered sugar

The Oasis Beach Bar & The Sunset Lounge

  • The Endless Carnival – Castillo Silver Rum, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Chinola Passionfruit Liqueur, pineapple juice, orange juice, a pinch of dried blackberries, pineapple wedge and a green sugar rim

That’s all we got for our Mardi Gras 2021 guide to food and drinks. Please keep in mind this is only one page in our Mardi Gras insider’s guide – for the most effective planning, please be sure to read through all of our pages, which you can access at any time using the navigation links at the top and bottom.

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