If there’s one thing we love to write about, it’s food. And even though the 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 dishes almost too pretty to eat-emphasis on almost- the food at this festival still knows how to contend with the best of them. The Epcot International Festival of the Arts runs January 17- February 24, 2020. We’ll be updating this post with new favorites so stay tuned!!!
International Festival of the Arts Foods We Love
The festival has come a long way since its inaugural year, and 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. After a couple of days of eating until we needed a nap, here are our top picks from the 2020 International Festival of the Arts at Epcot.
We’d love to know what foods from Festival of the Arts you guys are loving this year too!
Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake from The Deconstructed Dish
This deconstructed version of a favorite classic was everything a good cheesecake should be. Creamy, just sweet enough and full of strawberry flavor, we could have eaten this one all day. The deconstructed nature of this made it super fun to eat too!
Deconstructed Reuben from The Deconstructed Dish
Although this reuben did get a makeover since last year, we still love it all the same. The corned beef is tender, the rye crusted sauerkraut was delicious and all of the flavors just worked. I am personally not even a huge fan of reubens and I thought this was really tasty.
Deconstructed Breakfast from The Deconstruction Dish
We are always a fan of the Twinings Shakes that we see at the festivals and this one from Festival of the Arts has all the makings of any breakfast we’d love to try. A Spiced Apple Chai Tea Shake with maple syrup, a waffle crisp and candied bacon, this one can be served up as non-alcoholic or with a splash of cream bourbon.
White Chocolate and Purple Sweet Potato Mousse from Decadent Delights
One of the more unique flavors of the festival, this sweet potato mousse exceeded our expectations in every way. It was light, bright and the flavors of the sweet potato were definitely present but not overpowering. Add in coconut and salted caramel and this was one we would definitely go back for seconds. $6.50 and DDP snack credit eligible
Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Pretzel Crunch from Decadent Delights
We can’t say no to the peanut butter, chocolate and pretzel combination, pretty much ever. It’s one of our favorite flavor combinations. So we knew right away this was a must try for us. It’s a pretty rich dish, so you might want to think about sharing it, or not…. It has a ton of chocolate flavor, a light airy texture with a bit of crunch from the pretzels, and the strawberry is a perfect compliment. $6.50 and DDP snack credit eligible
Lemon Blood Orange Tart from Decadent Delights
This lemon tart was not only stunning(seriously LOOK at this thing) but the flavor was amazing. If you like citrus, you will love this. And even if you don’t like citrus, you still might like this! The balance of sweet and tart is perfect and the addition of the blueberry really takes it to another level. $6.50 and DDP snack credit eligible
Sopes De Chilorio from El Artista Hambriento
One of our absolute favorites from the International Festival of the Arts this year, this dish is full of flavor. The pork is perfectly tender and the flavors are bold and delicious. Served on fried corn dough and black beans, this was a fun portable dish and we loved it! $6.95 and DDP snack credit eligible
Red Wine-Braised Beef Short Rib from Cuisine Classique
With beef tender enough for a plastic fork, this dish is a real treat at the International Festival of the Arts. Complete with broccolini and baby tomatoes on a bed of parsnip puree, this could easily count as part of a meal or be shared with two people. This actually tasted like something you’d get from a restaurant in the world showcase, not just from a festival booth! $8.00 and DDP snack credit eligible.
Beef Wellington from The Artist’s Table
Another savory little snack, this beef wellington was tender, flaky and the addition of the vegetables makes it a delicious mini meal. $8.00 and DDP snack credit eligible
Peanut Butter Cake from Sunshine Seasons
This is a true hidden gem of the festival and was actually one that we almost missed! This cake is a true work of art on the outside, but once cut open, you’ll see it’s filled with rainbow layers! Not only is it just gorgeous, but the cake is light and the frosting is peanut butter, and some of the best peanut butter frosting we’ve ever had! This is not to be missed and can be found at Sunshine Seasons in the bakery case. $5.99 and DDP snack credit eligible.
Moelleux Aux Chocolats Valrhona from L’Art De La Cuisine Française
Do you love chocolate? Is that even a real question? If you love decadent, rich, chocolate, then this dessert is for you. 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. $6.75 and DDP snack credit eligible
Taiyaki from Goshiki in Japan
This red bean cake shaped like a fish just may have landed in one of our tops pots for the festival. It’s served warm and is slightly sweet, but not too overpowering. Find this one in Japan!
Vegetable Gyoza from Goshiki in Japan
Another favorite from Japan this year, we could have ordered a whole plate of this! These gyoza are filled with veggies and edamame, and come with truffle mashed potatoes. Need we say more?
Spicy Beef Shumai from The Painted Panda
If you love your food to have a little bit of a kick, then you’ll love the spicy beef 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.
So there you have it! Our top picks for the International Festival of the Arts! Have you been to the festival? Tell your favorite Festival of the Arts Foods!
Check out all our Festival of the Arts posts!
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- Epcot International Festival of the Arts: What’s New?
- Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts: 5 Reasons You Should Visit
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- Festival of the Arts at Epcot with Kids
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- Our Top 10 tips for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts
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