Best of the Fest: What to Eat at the 2018 Epcot Festival of the Arts!

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!

2018 Festival of the Arts

2018 Festival of the Arts

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.

Check out all of the info for the Festival of the Arts here!

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

The Deconstructed Dish is a new Studio for 2018; however, it features deconstructed dishes similar to those found at last year’s E=AT², such as the Deconstructed BLT.

Deconstructed BLT

Deconstructed BLT

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.

Sous Vide Poulet Rouge Chicken Roulade

Sous Vide Poulet Rouge Chicken Roulade

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.

Tacos de Puerco

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.

Crispy Fried Shrimp in a Wonton Chip Lotus Flower

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.

Braised Beef Short Rib

Braised Beef Short Rib

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.

Crema Fitta, Pesche e Rucola Pesto, Ciliege di Amarasca: Cream Fritters, Peach and Arugula Pesto and Amarena Cherries

Crema Fitta, Pesche e Rucola Pesto, Ciliege di Amarasca: Cream Fritters, Peach and Arugula Pesto and Amarena Cherries

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.

Callebaut Belgian Sipping Chocolate Flight

Callebaut Belgian Sipping Chocolate Flight

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.

Hummus Trifle

Hummus Trifle

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.

Saumon en Croute Façon Paul Bocuse

Saumon en Croute Façon Paul Bocuse

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.

2017 Epcot International Festival of the Arts The Masterpiece Kitchen Food Studio Wild Mushroom Risotto 3

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.

Calpico Yogurt Strawberry Swirl Sake

Calpico Yogurt Strawberry Swirl Sake

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.

Beer Flight

Beer Flight

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.

Cloudem Sparkling Wine

Cloudem Sparkling Wine

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.

Frosé

Frosé

Honorable Mentions

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.

Mediterranean Flat Bread with Zaatar, Olive Oil Artichoke, Olives, Mozzarella and Feta Cheese

Mediterranean Flat Bread with Zaatar, Olive Oil Artichoke, Olives, Mozzarella and Feta Cheese

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.

Popcorn Pairing Flight

Popcorn Pairing Flight

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

Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts

Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts

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.

Mickey White Chocolate Painting

Mickey White Chocolate Painting

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.

Frida Guava Margarita

Frida Guava Margarita

Diego Passion Margarita

Diego Passion Margarita

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.

Check out all of the information for the Festival of the Arts here!

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!

Comments

  1. Erica says

    The food at this festival is pretty disappointing for the vegetarian crowd. Only 1 savory dish listed as vegetarian (the risotto) and about 75% of the desserts say they are not… including random things like “chocolate chip cookies”. How could that not be vegetarian???

  2. Heather says

    What a fun posting!
    Headed to Disney in a week, but the festival is new to us. Are so many of these ~really~ on the DDP as snack credits? (Hmm…might have to rethink our dining strategy!)

  3. Monica says

    This article has pictures of last year’s food in some cases, as in the trio of savory croissant donuts. There are others who have better and accurate reviews of the festival and booths that are not self proclaimed food blogs. This article is a disappointing miss.

  4. says

    Hi Monica! Thanks for your comment. :-) This is a great question and a good opportunity to share our philosophy here at DFB. It is our goal to comprehensively show our readers every single food item at the festival via our photos and menu pages. We’ve done this since 2010 for all Epcot festivals — and we did it long before any other websites chose to do the same. If we do use photos from a previous year, it’s only after we’ve checked and double checked personally that the food item looks the same this year as it did the previous year. While we are ALWYAS comprehensive, we also still manage our budget since we pay for every item ourselves and want to be sure to save as much money as possible to show our readers what is truly NEW on Disney World’s menus. Also, we also like to waste as little food as possible when we do our coverage, and purchasing an item that looks and tastes the same as it did last year doesn’t make sense from that perspective.

    Note that occasionally Disney will switch up the plating, or even change the entire menu item after the festival has begun. This happens rarely, but Disney does still play with the booth menus and update plating throughout their festivals. So, to speak to your comment, we do purchase every single new menu item, every single menu item that has had a plating or ingredient change, and every single item that doesn’t look the same as it did the previous year. We’re not perfect, but we do our best to be absolutely comprehensive for our readers. And if there’s a plating change or an updated look to an item from last year that we missed, we always appreciate feedback from our readers and followers so that we can update that on our pages.

    Thanks, Monica! I love being able to share how and why we do what we do, and how much we want to add true value for our readers as they plan their trips!

  5. says

    CJ — The pricing is listed on our individual pages for each booth — just click through the link on the booth name and you can see the price :-D

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