If there’s one thing we love to write about, it’s food. And even though the Epcot International Festival of the Arts is more about art and less about food, let’s be honest. The food is still a pretty big deal for us. We love seeing all of the new Festival of the Arts foods each year as they always get better! With Disney Festival of the Arts Foods almost too pretty to eat-emphasis on almost- the food at this festival still knows how to contend with the best of them.
International Festival of the Arts Foods We Love
The festival has come a long way since its inaugural year and is a lot more crowded, but we were happy to see that everything is still as beautiful and bright as we remember. Every dish at the International Festival of the Arts is a work of art in itself. That being said, the food has to be more than just a pretty plate. So we ate our way around the world showcase-you’re welcome-to find not only the prettiest dishes but also the most delicious ones. Check out the Festival of the Arts Menus for all the foods we had to pick from!
The Artist’s Table | Beef Wellington
Another classic meal, this Beef Wellington at Disney was perfect. With flaky pastry and veggies. Perfectly tender. A great little meal all in itself. This dish includes a Mushroom Duxelle, Prosciutto and Puff Pastry with Red Wine Demi-Glace and Baby Vegetables. Yum!
Deco Delights | Dulce Chocolate Mousse
Frankly, everything at Deco Delights was delicious. This is a Dulce Chocolate Mousse with Chocolate Crémeux and Dark Chocolate Truffle.
Deco Delights | Decadent Valrhona Chocolate
This is a Decadent Valrhona Chocolate with Dark Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Brownie, and Cassis Mousse. Stacked inside a purple triangle, the brownie, and mousse meld together perfectly.
Deco Delights |Orange Mousse with Lemon Cake
This dish was fresh and fruity with Orange Mousse, Lemon Cake, and Raspberry Meringues. The only complaint here was that the meringues were overcooked. But the little lemon cupcake was light and flavorful and the flavors in the orange mousse made up for it.
The Donut Box | Vanilla Donut
We went into this booth, figuring the bavarian donut would be a favorite, but the flavors of the Vanilla Donut won the day here. This is a small Vanilla Donut with Strawberry Sugar lace, Strawberry Ice Cream, Fresh Strawberries, and Strawberry Gele (Color Stroll item). The combination of each part of this dish eaten as one bite really is to die for and is highly recommended.
Goshiki | Chicken Kushiage
This dish is Breaded and Fried Chicken with Yum Yum Sauce and Vegetables. Very simple and very good if you’re looking for lunch.
L’Art De La Cuisine Française | Moelleux aux Noisettes et Chocolats Valrhona
Do you love chocolate? Is that even a real question? If you love decadent, rich, chocolate, then this dessert is for you. Moelleux aux Noisettes et Chocolats Valrhona is a Molten Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake with Pure Origin Valrhona Chocolates. Beautifully soft, chocolate cake on the outside and rich, warm Pure Origin Valrhona chocolate on the inside, that just flows out of the center of the cake when you cut it. It’s basically like a lava cake, but better. By far one of the Best Foods at the EPCOT Festival of the Arts.
The Painted Panda | General Tso’s Chicken Shumai
If you love your food to have a little bit of a kick, then you’ll love the spicy chicken shumai from The Painted Panda in China. This was one of our favorite Festival of the Arts foods this year! It’s full of flavor and we love that the spicy sauce is so well complimented by the coolness of the cucumber.
The Painted Panda | Char Siu Pork Bun
Another favorite, this dish was perfectly cooked with the pork done just right. The soft bun, sauce, and presentation here are impeccable. And it’s a decent portion size too.
Pastoral Palate | Red Wine-Braised Beef Short Rib
This returning delicious dish is a wonderful combo of flavors. Red Wine-Braised Beef Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes, and Aged Balsamic meld together for a rich snack.
Pastoral Palate | Opera Cake
This multi-layered wonder includes Almond Joconde, Coffee Buttercream, and Chocolate Ganache. Like a layered cake, this is delicate, sweet, and with a variety of textures. It is one of our favorite things at the festival to be sure.
Pop Eats | Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese
A large enough portion for a mini lunch, this dish includes a soft mini grilled cheese and luxe tomato soup served in a cute “soup can.” Perfect for kids and grown-ups and a great value.
Vibrante & Vívido: Encanto Cocina | House-Made Chorizo
House-Made Chorizo and Potato Empanada with Turmeric Aïoli and Annatto Aïoli. This was an amazing dish, flavorful and flaky.
Vibrante & Vívido: Encanto Cocina | Spicy Ajiaco Soup
This soup was large in portion size, with a quarter piece of corn. Could have been a full lunch for sure. Spicy Ajiaco Soup with Guajillo and Árbol Chili-Spiced Chicken, Potato, Avocado, Corn, and Crème Fraîche (gluten/wheat-friendly)
Disney Festival of the Arts Foods
So there you have it! Our top picks for the International Festival of the Arts! Have you been to the festival? We’ll be adding more of our favorites as we discover them! Let us know your favorite Festival of the Arts Foods!