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. 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 Culinary Arts at the International Festival of the Arts
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 for this year’s International Festival of the Arts at Epcot!
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 a little difficult to get full Reuben flavor in one bite, everything about this was good, whether you eat the elements together or separately. The corned beef was tender, the rye pastry was delicious and all of the flavors just worked. I am personally not even a fan of reubens and I thought this was really tasty.
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
So there you have it! Our top picks for the International Festival of the Arts! Have you been to the festival? What’s at the top of your list? We’d love to know!
Check out all our Festival of the Arts posts!
- Epcot International Festival of the Arts Foods We Loved
- Epcot International Festival of the Arts: A Guide
- Epcot International Festival of the Arts: A Quick Guide
- Epcot International Festival of the Arts: What’s New?
- Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts: 5 Reasons You Should Visit