Epcot's most artistic festival of the year just wrapped up and I couldn't wait to check out the last week of things to get my fill. As usual, I'm here for the food which has more cold weather vibes than other festivals I've attended, but there's also fun merchandise around every corner, beautiful flowers in bloom, and artistic photo opportunities to be found. Whether you attended this festival and want to reminisce with me or you didn't get a chance and want a recap, you have come to the right place!
Let's start with the general vibe of the festival. It is colorful and casual, it really did feel like we were walking around a local arts festival at times (just with a lot more Mickey Mouse in the artwork.) There were a few topiaries up but not anything like Flower and Garden, and of course the food booths were around but not as many as Food and Wine, it actually felt a lot more manageable. The food is all inspired by art in some way so even though it's around the World Showcase, it isn't all exactly tied to the countries nearby. There were of course the typical Epcot rides and a few fun character appearances we spotted as well. And with the festival occurring in January and February, the weather was close to perfection for us which was so nice.
The Deconstructed Dish
Of course what makes this festival stand out is the art itself. You can create your own art, be a part of the art, watch masters at work and purchase art to take home of many different types and styles. There were so many gorgeous options to choose from, but I didn't think photos of the art would really do it any justice so you'll have to visit for yourself to see the art for purchase. In the World Showplace throughout the day, you can even catch an artist creating a masterpiece on stage while you dine on some festival favorites!
|Create your own Spin Art|
|Be a part of famous masterpieces|
Now let's talk about the food. I was constantly WOWed by the dishes we tried at this festival. It took us three days to try all these delights but we didn't stay all day/night so I think it could be done in a day in a half if you were really motivated. This was easily some of my favorite festival food from Epcot.
Goshiki — Japan
|Vegetable Gyoza: Vegetable-filled Spinach Gyoza with Tofu atop Mashed Potatoes with a Kamaboko Fish Cake, Pepper Strings and Tonkatsu Teriyaki Sauce & Pink Snow: Sake, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry Juice, and Calpico dusted with Snowflake Confetti|
What can I say? The booth outside France just never disappoints at a food festival in Epcot and this was no different. The portions were surprisingly large and everything was decadent and delicious.
El Artista Hambriento (The Hungry Artist)
|Frida Carrot Margarita: Casa Noble Blanco Tequila, Carrot Juice, Ginger Cordial, Lime Juice, and Agave Nectar |
|Chile Relleno: Fried Poblano Pepper filled with Flank Steak, Black Beans and Tomatoes drizzled with a Poblano Cream Sauce & Taco de Chocolate: Chocolate Candy Shell filled with Mexican Chocolate Mousse with a touch of Chile topped with Tropical Fruit |
Living in Texas, I'm always a bit skeptical of Mexican-inspired food elsewhere, but I was once again impressed here! The margarita was unique and refreshing with the carrot juice and the chile relleno was another large portion and delicious with the chocolate taco being such a fun little treat to round it all out!
The Masterpiece Kitchen
|Vanilla, Rose Water and Pistachio Panna Cotta (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Pink)|
|Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel Reduction|
These two dishes were definitely masterpieces. The risotto was warm and comforting while the panna cotta was almost too pretty to eat. I didn't think something so pretty could also be so tasty, but my oh my it was so good as well!
|Remy’s Ratatouille with Eggplant, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Tomatoes and Red Pepper Piperade (Plant-based) (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Red)|
|Prime Steak Tartare with Pickled Vegetables, Parsley Salad, Béarnaise Anglaise and Sous Vide Quail Egg|
|Pistachio Cake with Cherry Mousse and Morello Cherries (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Green)|Mosaic Canteen
|Mouskoutchou: Orange Cake with Cinnamon-Chocolate Mousse (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine – Orange)|
This dessert was one of my favorite bites of the whole festival. I loved the hidden surprise of chocolate under the bright orange and the flavor combination of orange, chocolate and cinnamon just sang together. Yum!
L’Arte di Mangiare — Italy
The Painted Panda
|Old Shanghai Shi Zi Tou: Pork and Water Chestnut Meatballs served with Taro Root & Sea Butterfly: Butterfly Pea Flower infused Cocktail with Lychee Syrup, Vodka, Light Rum and Magic Boba Pearls |
This meatball was huge and another favorite of mine. I'm a meatball fan in general, and this was such a unique twist on them! Everyone was asking about this drink too, it was fruity but not too sweet and definitely had a bit of a punch to it - a definite winner for me!Cuisine Classique
The Artist's Table
|Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic & Opera Cake: Almond Joconde, Coffee Buttercream and Chocolate Ganache |
|Beef Wellington: Mushroom Duxelle, Prosciutto, and Puff Pastry with Red Wine Demi-Glace and Fennel Cream|
What dish looks best to you? Let us know in the comments below!
Maci is an avid foodie and loves trying out new restaurants and seasonal food offerings in the parks. You can email Maci at email@example.com
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