Festival of the Arts opened Friday January 18th for its 3rd year and I was so excited to finally check it out! I had around 6 hours to do as much as possible. Eat all the food, drink all the drinks, and see all the art. I couldn’t do it all but I’m sharing some of my favorites I did get to do here! I can’t wait to get a few more days in at the end of the festival to take in even more. One of the first things to do upon arrival is to pick up your Festival Passport!
I didn’t get to hit them all and there are quite a few but I loved all the fun photo ops at this festival. The Living Art that you get to be a part of are not to miss spots for sure!
Art and Meet the Artist
Booths with tons of art and even some of the artist doing live work fill the walkway to the World Showcase, the World Showcase Plaza and World Showcase it self. There are even opportunities to meet artist and have them sign their work. I snagged a piece of art from Ashley Taylor that I’ve been eyeing, then I got to meet her and have her sign my piece. Check the times guide for various opportunities
Food & Drinks at Festival Booths
I tried as much Food and Beverages as I could in the time I was there. One thing I loved was the beer pairing options. They were different and unique and not something other festivals have had. Below is a review of all the Items I tried and what’s on my list when I return!
Taste Track – Future World East Near Test Track
Here I tried the Lobster Bacon Mac and Cheese served in a warm bread cone and the Paintbrush Churros.
The lobster bacon Mac is quite possibly the second best thing I had at the festival. It had big chunks of lobster and the cone was soft and paired very well. For $8.00 it’s a great option especially if your using the dining plan and can use a snack.
The Churros are probably one of the most Instagramable food items at the festival. They were good and I would get them again the dipped chocolate definitely makes them pretty sweet. At $6.25 it’s about the equivalent of one or two regular size Churros.
The Painter Palette – Odyssey Building
This is also the festival center and it has the widest range of options. Here we tried the Beer and Popcorn pairing and the White Chocolate Figment puzzle on an artist palette.
This was probably my favorite of the two beer pairings. Some of the popcorn was iffy on flavor but definitely tasted better with the beer. The Ranch one however didn’t really taste like ranch to me at all.
The Figment Puzzle that can be painted is the perfect thing to get for a kid! But I’ll be honest is adults had fun too!
Refreshment Port – Showcase Plaza
I didn’t make it to try the Lobster Chips here but they are high on my priority list for February. I also have a feeling my husband might be trying the Glazed Pork Belly Bloody Mary but that’s not my thing.
The Deconstructed Dish – Showcase Plaza
The art of all the food looked so amazing here. I tried the Deconstructed BLT and it was good but I’m not sure I would get it again. It wasn’t my favorite by any means.
On my try list for February is the Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake, and possibly the Deconstructed Breakfast beverage.
Decadent Delights – Showcase Plaza
I somehow missed this booth all together apparently. This is one of many booths where you can grab the Artist Palette Jumbo Cookie. But I want to try all of these desserts here! White Chocolate and Purple Sweet Potato Mousee, Chocolate Peanut Butter and pretzel Crunch, Lemon Blood Orange Tart. I’m not sure how I’ll ever choose. I would also love the Old Fashion Coffee Cocktail and the Neapolitan Beer Flight so I’ll definitely be paying Decadent Delights a visit
Pop Eats – Showcase Plaza
I’m kicking myself as this was my last stop and I was kind of in a rush and I grabbed a Pop’t Art instead of the Almond Frangipane Cake so that’s so happening next time. The Pop’t Art is a super sweet sugar cookie like Pop Tart with strawberry filling. I didn’t even eat it that night I brought it home for my daughter and husband. It was ok just way to sweet for me. I did grab the #rainbowsherbertglitterdreamale and I’ll be getting that one again in the sunlight so I can see the glitter better but I also really enjoyed the ale!
El Artista Hambriento – Mexico
Here I had the Sopes De Chilorio and it was hands down one of the best dishes I had at the festival and I’ll be getting it again. I didn’t try any drinks here but I’ve heard they were both pretty bad so not sure I will.
Painted Panda – China
I skipped here because I was pretty full and just didn’t want any more food. I’m bummed I did but I’ll be back for the Dragon and Phoenix the Spivey Sautéed Shrimp with Spinach noodles, and maybe a Bubble tea too.
Cuisine Classic – Germany
The Red Wine Beef Short Rib with Parsnip Puree is so close to being my top dish from Festival of the Arts but I still think the Sopas De Chillaro won. This however is another dish you shouldn’t miss out on. Also grab some Frosè and a Rosè Ale or the Rosè flight while your at it! I loved the Frosè here!
L’ Arte Di Mangiare – Italy
This is another one I missed but I’ll be making sure to hit up next month. Top of my list here is the Roasted Candied Beet Salad with Goat Cheese Fritters. Yes please! Honestly non of the dishes here sound bad. The Vodka Rossini sounds pretty tasty too!
Some of the regular stands around the American Pavillon like Fife and Drum, Block and Hans and the Funnel Cake Stand have a few special items for the festival as well. So make sure to check them out. The Musical Float would be fun for the kids!
The Artist Table – American Adventure
This is another stop you can grab that Jumbo Painters Palette Cookie. Here is tried a Chocolate and Beer Pairing. Beef Wellington and Seared Scallop are the other two options and are not my thing. They also have some sipping chocolate and Symphony in Chocolate Flight which is cream liquors with sipping chocolate and I might just have to give that a try next time. I would recommend the Beer Flight I enjoyed it, and chocolate paired well with each beer.
Takumi Table- Japan
Hello sushi donut! Another top favorite andnif you like sushi you should try this! They are making them fresh right in the booth with Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, Avocado (I swear mine had no avocado) Massago accented with citrus soy Gelèe and Wasabi on the side. I’ll definitely be having this again, I will say however there is a lot to sushi rice. It’s a grey bang for your buck at $7.50!
Mosaic Canteen – Morocco
My belly was so full after that Sushi Donut that I couldn’t even stop here. I want to go back for that Mediterranean Flat Bread though!
L’Art De La Cuisine Francaise – France
Here is grabbed the ever so popular Frosè. This drink was very strong which I like, but also kind of sweet with the addition of peach to the Rosè and Vodka. I’m still quite unsure which Frosè I liked more. I really wanted the Cremè de Brie en Petit Pain but they were out, so I can’t wait to have a bowl of creamy cheese soon.
The Masterpiece Kitchen
I decided to go meet Ashley Taylor instead of stop here and I’m totally ok with that decision. I will be back for some Brut Rosè and Charcuterie though. I’m also pretty sure my husband will have to try their wild mushroom risotto and I’ve heard great things about it!
Don’t forget you can also stop at the Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea locations through the park and they each have a speciality drink for the festival. I’m definitely going to give one of these a try next time because Joffrey’s is one of my favorite coffees and I always skip stopping for their festival drinks. I’ve also heard the one in Future World east is stamping the top with the Festival logo.
Disney on Broadway Concert Series
In the past this has only been offered on the weekends but this year it is offered every day of festival! I can’t wait to see one of the shows offered. You can also book dining packages to get better seating like what is available at Epcot’s other festivals.
Immerse Yourself in the Arts
From creative workshops, stimulating seminars, Performing Arts like living statues. There are so many opportunities. Check out www.disney.com for more details on daily happenings.
Fun for the Kids
From a Ralph Breaks the Internet Play Zone, Kidcot, fun eats, and so much more there is so much fun for everyone! Figments Brush with the Master’s is a great little scavenger hunt for the kids around the World Showcase. Oh and don’t forget the paint by number mural!
On top of Art to buy, there is also festival specific merchandise. One of my favorite things is in the Festival Center where you can design your own Festival of the Arts T-shirt and they screen print them right there. There is also of course mugs, Spirit Jerseys, Pins, Passholder Exclusive Items and more.
There is something fun for everyone so make sure to check out Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts now through February 25th. I am so excited to go back!
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