Epcot International Festival of the Arts: What’s New?

Epcot International Festival of the Arts: What’s New?

Every January Walt Disney World welcomes artists and artisans to the International Festival of the Arts at Epcot. For 2020 we’ll see new foods, new artists and a daily concert series. Since January weather in Florida is usually mild, if you’re looking for an easy breezy Disney vacation, this may be it! The Epcot International Festival of the Arts runs January 17- February 24, 2020 and here’s everything you have to look forward to.

The International Festival of Arts returns to Epcot at Walt Disney World in from Jan 18- Feb 25th, 2019. Thirty nine days of art, food, workshops and Broadway music. 

International Festival of the Arts Elements

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A smaller festival, you can fit The International Festival of the Arts into a one-day Epcot visit, but we’d recommend spreading it over 2 days to really experience all the things offered. There are 7 main components to the festival that should be included in your itinerary. 
  • Artists and Galleries
  • 13 Food Studios; Open 11am- 9pm
  • The Broadway Concert Series
  • Complimentary Seminars & Workshops
  • The Figment Scavenger Hunt Game
  • Special Event Merchandise
  • Unique Photo Ops

See the Art

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The International Festival of the Arts includes artists of all kinds! From fine art in the gallery spaces, to chalk drawings on the sidewalks, you are sure to see something that inspires you. This festival combines art from the culinary arts, the visual arts and the performing arts. Seeing a gold sculpture come to life, or dancers in the midway are part of the everyday experiences during this festival.
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New this year to the festival we found little characters painted all over the buildings throughout the world showcase. There’s a special character in every country so keep an eye out!
 
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Try the Food

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Get ready to feast your eyes on the most beautiful culinary creations. From painted pop tarts to crystal mooncakes these pieces of edible art take a little bit longer to create than your regular Disney snacks. The festival includes 13 Food Studios in the World Showcase. Some studios are specific to each country while others are found throughout Epcot. No matter what your tastes you’re sure to find something delicious and beautiful. 
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Listen to the Music or See a Performance

In addition to the performers that will be out and about in the World Showcase, you can also head over to the American Gardens Theater to see the Broadway Concert Series. New for 2019, this concert series is offered daily at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm and 8 pm. Sing along to songs from Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King and more. See the festival site for a full lineup of performers. For an extra special night out you can grab the Broadway Concert Series Dining package, ensuring you’ll have the best seats in the house. With performers on grounds tackling all sorts of performance art you’ll be amazed at what you can see!
 
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Take a Class

If you’re ready to get creative, you can attend a complimentary seminar or sign up for a workshop. These extra special classes run daily from 11:30 am-12 pm and are worth a look. Reservations are available the day of at the Odyssey Festival Showplace. Check out the seminar lineup and schedule  to learn more.
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Find Figment

Are you ready to find Figment? Our favorite mascot of imagination, Figment the dragon, is hidden in art works of all kinds around the World Showcase. Some are easy to find, and some are not. Figment’s Brush with the Masters scavenger hunt includes a game board, stickers and when you complete the game, a prize! We love all the Epcot festival scavenger hunts and always make sure to take time to play. It’s a great way to have some fun and get a budget-friendly souvenir.
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Check out the Merchandise

Every year Disney reveals special themed merchandise, made specifically for the festival, with many items only available in the parks. We always spend some time browsing the shops and festival kiosks to see all the new items made specifically for the event. You can get themed gift cards, pins, apparel, accessories, and more. 

Take an Artistic Photo

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Are you ready to become part of an art piece? With fun photo ops that put you inside the art, the backdrops at the festival are sure to be hit for your next Instagram post or family photo. You can find these unique backdrops throughout the World Showcase during the festival.
We’re also super excited about the Community Mural! Be sure to stop by and take your place as Disney’s next artist! 

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Epcot Festival of the Arts Tips

For such a new festival we have not perfected this strategy yet! But this is what we know so far. 

    • Visit on Weekdays. As with all Epcot Festivals they get crazy crowded on the weekends, so save yourself the stress and go during the week. 
    • Set aside 2 days for this festival. While this festival is by no means as big as Food and Wine or Flower and Garden, there is a lot to do. And with pop up events and artists on sporadic schedules it’s best to stretch it across two days if you can spare them.
    • Grab a Times Guide and Entertainment Schedule. This will be your best bet for making sure you don’t miss anything.
    • With pricier foods at the Food Studios than the other festivals, if you have the Disney Dining Plan and snacks to use, use them where you can.
    • STOP! And watch the artists work. This is by far the coolest part of the festival. Be sure to see it all!

 

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Food at Disney's Festival of the Arts at Epcot

Epcot Festival of the Arts Food Studios and Menus 2019

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While the food at this festival is not the main attraction, we still can’t help adding the menu lineup. Foods are crafted like works of art and will take some time to make at the Food Studios. The food is worth the wait! Check out the 13 Food Studios below. And you can find more options at pop up carts and Joffreys locations through the link at the end of the post. 

The Artist’s Table

Food:

  • Beef Wellington with Mushroom Bordelaise, Fennel Cream, and Roasted Baby Vegetables
  • Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and a Parmesan Crisp (GF)
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

Beverages:

  • Sipping Chocolate Flight: White, Milk and Dark (non-alcoholic)
  • Saugatuck Brewing Co. Neapolitan Milk Stout, Douglas, MI
  • Lexington Brewing Company Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale, Lexington, KY
  • Lindemans Framboise Lambic, Belgium
  • Barrymore Rosé, Monterey County, CA
  • Carmel Road Drew’s Blend Pinot Noir, Monterey County, CA
  • Symphony in Chocolate Flight: Mozart Cream Liqueurs paired with Sipping Chocolates
  • Chocolate and Beer Pairing Flight

The Deconstructed Dish

Food:

  • Deconstructed BLT with Crispy Pork Belly, Tomato Jam and Soft Poached Egg
  • Deconstructed Reuben with Shredded Corned Beef, Thousand Island Dressing, Pickled Red Cabbage and a Rye Curl
  • Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake: Whipped, New York Style Cheesecake with Fresh Florida Strawberries and Sugar Cookies with Micro-basil

Beverages:

  • Pop-Artsicle: Red, White and Blue Frozen Slushy (non-alcoholic)
  • Deconstructed Breakfast (non-alcoholic)
  • Imagery Sauvignon Blanc, California
  • Mad Genius Red Blend, California
  • Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings® Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake with Cream Bourbon, garnished with a Waffle Crisp and Candied Bacon

Cuisine Classique

Food:

  • Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic
  • Seared Corvina with braised Ratatouille and Lemon-Thyme Beurre Blanc (GF)
  • Saint-Honoré Tart: Caramel Cream Tart with Caramel Glaze topped with Cream Puffs
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

Beverages:

  • Angry Orchard Rosé Hard Cider, Walden, NY
  • Concrete Beach Brewery Rosé Ale, Miami, FL
  • Frosé
  • Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva Art Series, Logrono, Spain
  • Domaine Savary Chablis, Burgundy
  • A Play on Rosé Flight

The Painter’s Palate

Food:

  • Smoked Salmon and Cream Gâteau with Egg Yolk Cream, Paddlefish Caviar, and Micro-herbs
  • Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts
  • Whipped Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese with Fresh Herbs (V)
  • Chicken Salad with Shaved Fennel and Fresh Herbs
  • Spicy Tuna with Wasabi and Seaweed Salad
  • Gallery Bites: A Trio of Hors d’Oeuvres
  • Chilled Shrimp with Cucumber Cream Cheese on a Crostini
  • Traditional Deviled Egg with Candied Bacon
  • Crispy Truffled Risotto Ball with Truffle Aïoli (V)
  • Pop’t Art: Abstract Designed Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling (V)
  • White Chocolate Figment Puzzle on an Artist Palette
  • Mickey and Pluto White Chocolate Painting with Chocolate Easel (GF) (V)
  • Festival of the Arts White Chocolate Painting with Chocolate Easel (GF) (V)

Beverages:

  • North Coast Brewing Co. Scrimshaw Pilsner Style Beer, Fort Bragg, CA
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Jazz IPA, Doral, FL
  • Central 28 Beer Company Miss Mary Brown Oatmeal Brown Ale, DeBary, FL
  • Popcorn Pairing Flight

Pop Eats!

Food:

  • Sous Vide Poulet Rouge Chicken Roulade with Apples and Sage served with Warm Brie Fondue, Blueberry and Beet Gel and garnished with Apple and Beet Chips (GF)
  • Shrimp Ceviche with Lime Mint Foam (GF)
  • Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Callebaut Belgian Chocolate (V)
  • Pop’t Art: Modern-design Sugar Cookie with Strawberry Filling (V)

Beverages:

  • Blue Sky Black Cherry Boba Freeze (non-alcoholic)
  • #RainbowSherbertGlitterDreamAle by Playalinda Brewing Co., Titusville, FL
  • Popping Bubbles Cocktail

 

Decadent Delights

Food:

  • White Chocolate and Purple Sweet Potato Mousse, Caramel, Coconut and Maple Meringue
  • Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Pretzel Crunch
  • Lemon and Blood Orange Tart
  • Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

Beverages:

  • 3 Daughters Strawberry Blonde Nitro, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Breckenridge Nitro Vanilla Porter, Breckenridge, CO
  • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, England
  • Biagio Moscato d’Asti, Piedmont
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Black and Blue Port, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Cold Fashioned Coffee Cocktail
  • Neapolitan Beer Flight

The Masterpiece Kitchen

Food:

  • Charcuterie Palette with Artisan Cured Meats and Cheeses featuring Nueske’s ® Applewood Smoked Beef
  • Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel Reduction (V)
  • Vanilla, Rose Water and Pistachio Panna Cotta

Beverages:

  • Weihenstephaner Original Lager, Freising, Germany
  • Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Brut Champagne
  • The Meeker Vineyard Winemakers’ Handprint Merlot, Sonoma County, CA
  • Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut, Spain
  • Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut Rosé, Spain
  • Classic Sidecar with a Chocolate Twist

El Artista Hambriento (The Hungry Artist) | Mexico

Food:

  • Sopes de Chilorio: Slow-braised Pork marinated in Ancho Chili Paste served on Fried Corn Dough with Black Beans, Queso Oaxaca, Crema Mexicana and Salsa Verde
  • Callo de Hacha en Salsa de Jengibre y Habanero: Two Seared Scallops with Ginger-habanero Sauce atop Yucca Purée
  • Chocoflan: Creamy Mexican Custard and Chocolate Sponge Cake topped with Cajeta and Hazelnuts

Beverages:

  • Allende Mexican Craft Beer
  • Frida Lychee Margarita: El Velo Blanco Tequila, Lychee Purée, Botran Rum, and Fresh Lime Juice
  • Diego Dragon Fruit Margarita: Bruxo Mezcal, Dragon Fruit Purée, Ginger Cordial, and Guanábana Liqueur

L’Arte di Mangiare | Italy

Food:

  • Barbabietole Dolci, Caprino Fritto: Roasted Candied Beet Salad with Goat Cheese Fritters
  • Costine di Maiale Aceto Balsamico: Sweet & Sour Balsamic-glazed Pork Ribs
  • Spuma al Miele d’Arancio: Orange Honey Mousse with Peaches and Mint Marjoram Cream

Beverages:

  • Moretti Lager
  • Moretti La Rossa Double Malt Beer
  • Prosecco, Villa Sandi
  • Moscato Fior d’Arancio, Montegrande
  • Corbinello, Montegrande
  • Pinot Grigio, Bosco del Merlo
  • Merlot, Montegrande
  • Amaretto Bellini: Amaretto, White Peach Purée and Prosecco
  • Vodka Rossini: Vodka, Strawberry Purée and Prosecco

Takumi Table | Japan 

Food:

  • Taiyaki: Fish-shaped Japanese Sweet Stuffed Pastry with Red Bean Paste and topped with Whipped Cream and Sesame Custard
  • Sushi Donut: Donut-shaped Sushi featuring Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, Avocado and Masago accented with Citrus-soy Gelée and Wasabi on the side

Beverages:

  • Sapporo Draft Beer
  • Masu Sake in a Traditional Personalized Wooden Cup
  • Melting Snow Cocktail: Sake, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry Juice, and Japanese Calpico

The Painted Panda | China

Food:

  • Crystal Mooncake with Fruit Filling and garnished with Toasted Coconut
  • Dragon and Phoenix: Spicy Sautéed Shrimp with Spinach Noodles
  • Plum Infused Cherry Tomatoes

Beverages:

  • “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls (non-alcoholic)
  • Jasmine Draft Beer
  • Fortune Cookie: ByeJoe Spirit, Amaretto, Coconut and Pineapple
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec
  • Tomato Plum Cocktail: Plum Wine with Plum Infused Tomatoes

L’Art du Cuisine Francaise | France

Food:

  • Crème de Brie en Petit Pain: Warm Creamy Brie in a House-made Bread Bowl
  • Dariole de Saumon à la Provencale, Sauce Beurre Blanc, Fleuron: Salmon Terrine with Zucchini and Tomato, Beurre Blanc Sauce, Puff Pastry Fleuron
  • Moelleux Aux Chocolats Valrhona: Molten Chocolate Cake with Pure Origin Valrhona Chocolates

Beverages:

  • Frosé: Frozen Côtes de Provence Rosé Wine with Grey Goose Vodka and Peach Purée
  • Crémant de Bourgogne Veuve d’Ambal Expression: French Sparkling Burgundy Wine
  • Alsace, Riesling Reserve Willm
  • Bordeaux, Château Prignac, Medoc, 2014

Mosaic Canteen | Morocco

Food:

  • Spiced Beef with Pine Nuts and Dried Cherries, Hummus and Pita Chips
  • Mediterranean Flatbread with Zaatar, Olive Oil Artichoke, Olives, Mozzarella and Feta Cheese
  • Chebbakia: Hand-twisted Strips of Fried Dough coated with Honey, Rosewater and Sesame Seeds

Beverages:

  • Casa Beer
  • Bonassia Red, Meknès, Morocco
  • Embrace the Arak: Massaya Arak, Grapefruit Juice and Grenadine

Check out the rest of the food studios at Festival of the Arts 2019.

Walt Disney World Festival of the Arts 2019 at Epcot

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If you’re looking for a great way to take advantage of Florida’s mild winter months, then visiting Walt Disney World in January or February should be part of your travel plans. The Walt Disney World Parks during the early part of the year have lower crowds, better weather and amazing events like the International Festival of the Arts to help keep everyone entertained. It’s a perfect event for couples, families, kids, everyone! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. 

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