The second annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts kicked off TODAY!
This still-new Festival debuted in 2017, celebrating the Culinary, Visual, and Performing Arts. And you can enjoy it in Epcot every day now through February 19th!
The Culinary Arts are primarily celebrated through the event’s Food Booths. Like the Marketplace Booths for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Food Studios bring enhanced food offerings to Festival guests, but with a unique focus on presentation for the dishes. And today we’ve got our Best of the Fest!
Click over to our Food Studios Page to see pictures of every single dish at the Festival of the Arts!
The list of ways to enjoy the Festival is expansive, including — but not limited to — catching the Disney on Broadway Concert Series, checking out art exhibits, and channeling your own inner artist at a Workshop or Seminar. The opportunities are numerous and varied, so you’ll want to explore all that the Festival has to offer in advance.
The Food Studios have greatly expanded this year, with many more in addition to the original eight from 2017. You can see all the menus, prices, and food pictures here, but in the meantime we’re letting you know the very best tastes of the Festival of the Arts!
What to Eat at the 2018 Epcot Festival of the Arts
We ate it ALL, and these were our favorites from the day!! Enjoy!
BLT at Deconstructed Dish
with Crispy Pork Belly, Tomato Jam, and Soft Poached Egg
Sous Vide Poulet Rouge at Pop Eats
Pop Eats! has a new selection that makes our Best of the Fest list. The Sous Vide Poulet Rouge Chicken Roulade with Apples and Sage.
Served with Warm Brie Fondue, Blueberry Meringue, and Beet Gel and garnished with Apple and Beet Chips.
Tacos de Puerco at El Artista Hambriento
The returning El Arista Hambriento (The Hungry Artist) in the Mexico Pavilion is home to Tacos de Puerco.
Two Corn Tortillas with Slow-roasted Pork Shoulder marinated in Ancho Paste, served with Sweet Plantain Purée and garnished with Pea Tendrils.
Crispy Fried Shrimp in a Wonton Chip Lotus Flower at Painted Panda
In China, The Painted Panda is serving a Crispy Fried Shrimp in a Wonton Chip Lotus Flower.
There’s a spicy sauce on this one that reminds me of firecracker shrimp!
Braised Short Rib at Cuisine Classique
A favorite returning item is the Red Wine Braised Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic at Cuisine Classique.
The balsamic is a little heavy on this one, but it’s still a great dish.
Crema Fitta at L’Arte di Mangiare
The Crema Fitta, Pesche e Rucola Pesto, Ciliege di Amarasca is in Italy at L’Arte di Mangiare.
These are fried Cream Fritters, with Peach and Arugula Pesto and Amarena Cherries. Usually Italy doesn’t really deliver at these festivals, but I was happily surprised by this one, and would greatly recommend!!
Callebaut Belgian Sipping Chocolate Flight at The Artist’s Table
It’s back! Don’t pass up the Callebaut Belgian Sipping Chocolate Flight at The Artist’s Table.
Thick. Decadent. Basically, take three chocolate bars — White, Milk, and Dark — and melt them down. Then drink them.
They are so rich that they are shareable!
Hummus Trifle at Mosaic Canteen
In Morocco, the Mosaic Canteen serves a Hummus Trifle! This was one DFB reviewers FAVORITE of the day.
This layered Hummus topped with Spiced Beef, Pine Nuts and Dry Cherries, and served with Pita Chips is a great value for your Disney Dining Plan snack credit, too.
Saumon en Croute Façon Paul Bocuse at L’Art du Cuisine Francaise
In France, Saumon en Croute Façon Paul Bocuse is featured at L’Art du Cuisine Francaise.
This salmon in a Puff Pastry Crust, Paul Bocuse-style, with Spinach and Beurre Blanc Sauce was extremely flavorful, super adorable, and straight up delicious. I don’t even LIKE salmon!
Wild Mushroom Risotto at Masterpiece Kitchen
One of our favorite returning dishes at Masterpiece Kitchen is the Wild Mushroom Risotto with Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings, and Zinfandel Reduction.
This is basically Le Cellier’s mushroom risotto, I think, so it’s classic.
Calpico Yogurt Strawberry Swirl Sake at Takumi Table
Takumi Table features the Calpico Yogurt Strawberry Swirl Sake. This was one of our favorite cocktails of the day! Beautiful and delicious.
Beer Flight at Decadent Delights
Our favorite beer flight — the Neapolitan beer at Decadent Delights. This was a great variation in styles, which I think is critical in a flight. Moves from a heavy stout to a light strawberry blonde.
Cloudem Sparkling Wine at Pop Eats
The Cloudem wine at Pop Eats this year is a fruity variety. But it still has that amazing glitter action ;-D I really did enjoy the flavors here.
Frosé at L’Art du Cuisine Francaise
France throws its hat into the Frosé ring at L’Art du Cuisine Francaise. The Frozen Côtes de Provence Rosé Wine with Grey Goose Vodka and Peach Purée is a winner. But we’d expect nothing less from the resident France festival slush.
Mediterranean Flat Bread at Mosaic Canteen
Mosaic Canteen in Morocco showcases a Mediterranean Flat Bread with Zaatar, Olive Oil Artichoke, Olives, Mozzarella and Feta Cheese. This was a winner for taste and value.
Popcorn Pairing Flight at The Painter’s Palate
Because popcorn. And Beer. The Popcorn Pairing Flight at The Painter’s Palate is simple but creative.
Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts at The Painter’s Palate
At The Painter’s Palate, the trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts includes: Whipped Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese with Fresh Herbs, Chicken Salad with Shaved Fennel and Fresh Herbs, Spicy Tuna with Wasabi and Seaweed Salad
Chocolate Easels at The Painter’s Palate
Epcot takes Art as Food the extra step in chocolate paintings. You’ll want to check out the Chocolate easels at The Painter’s Palate.
This year, choose between the White Chocolate Figment Puzzle on an Artist Palette, Mickey and Pluto White Chocolate Painting with Chocolate Easel (pictured), and the Festival of the Arts White Chocolate Painting with Chocolate Easel.
The Frida Guava Margarita and Diego Passion Margarita at El Artista Hambriento
El Arista Hambriento (The Hungry Artist) in the Mexico Pavilion features two tasty adult beverages.
It’s no secret how much we love margaritas and we found two tasty versions at the Festival. The Frida Guava Margarita and Diego Passion Margarita on the rocks. Cheers!
And THAT’S the Best of the Festival of the Arts! But remember, the fun doesn’t stop here. Experiences at the Festival of the Arts include live entertainment throughout Epcot (including the Disney on Broadway Concert Series), art exhibits, complimentary seminars, hands-on workshops, and even more Festival Fun.
We’ll see you from the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts again soon!
Are you planning to attend the Festival of the Arts this year? Please let us know with a comment!