The Epcot International Festival of the Arts began drawing the crowds this morning for the season’s celebration of visual, performing, and culinary arts!
In 2020, the Festival of the Arts offers more to do than ever before, including Interactive Art Experiences and Artful Photo Ops that let you get in on the creativity. Performing arts displays range from acrobats in Art Defying Gravity to Disney on Broadway performances.
Check out our full preview of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts here!
To complement all of the originality and beauty of the visual and performing arts, Food Studios (commonly known as food booths) will serve a wide range of creative and inspired dishes — many almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
Scroll through this year’s Festival of the Arts menus here.
We are celebrating the culinary arts with this gallery of highlights of the year’s brand new food and drink. Let us paint you a picture of culinary creations.
The Deconstructed Dish — Rainboba
Deconstructed Dish takes familiar food items and reinvents the parts of the whole. Rainboba is a playful, rainbow-inspired drink consisting of sparkling water and fruit boba and topped with an edible Foam Cloud. Indeed, this is a drink for the kids, and the kids at heart.
Note: When the Festival opened on 1/17, Deconstructed Dish wasn’t able to open. The photo above is from the media preview earlier in the week. We will update when we have a booth photo.
Pop Eats — Sous Vide Chicken Roulade with Apples and Sage
Pop Eats brings a modern art touch to the items on its menu, including the Sous Vide Chicken Roulade which is served with bright splatters of sauce that add both visual and flavor components to the savory roulade.
Note that when the Festival opened this morning, Pop Eats was having “technical difficulties.” The image below is from the media preview earlier this week. We’ll update when the booth opens!
El Artista Hambriento — Agave Pork Belly
El Artista Hambriento offers a full menu of new items, but the Agave Pork Belly with Pumpkin Seed Pesto Lentil Salad is a particularly impressive play on flavors.
El Artista Hambriento — Diego Blackberry Margarita
Meanwhile the Diego Blackberry Margarita — which is named for the husband of the dynamic artist Frida Kahlo — invites the guest to tap into his or her adventurous side with fresh jalapeno-lime juice and an ant salt rim.
L’Arte di Mangiare — Pollo alla Pirandello
Pollo alla Pirandello is L’Arte di Mangiare’s take on a chicken drumstick. In this case, the leg is stuffed with ricotta cheese and is served on a shock of red pomodoro sauce. Young artists may appreciate the relatively familiar flavors and the innovative presentation of this dish.
Note: On day one of the Festival, L’Arte di Mangiare ran out of ricotta at one point, resulting in an hour+ wait for the Pollo alla Pirandello.
Goshiki — Sushi Donut
At Goshiki, sushi takes on a reinvented form: as a Sushi Donut. The donut is covered in vibrant slices of salmon, tuna, and shrimp and comes with a colorful plate of accompaniments: wasabi aioli, sriracha, and eel sauce.
The Painted Panda — Sea Butterfly
At The Painted Panda, the purple-hued Sea Butterfly gets its stunning color thanks to butterfly pea flower (usually used to create edible color-changing effects). Lychee syrup is the dominant flavor, and light rum and boba pearls complete the innovative cocktail.
L’Art du Cuisine Francaise — Tomate Farcie Faҫon Paul Bocuse
France is known the world over for its contributions to the culinary arts, and one of the biggest names in the country’s culinary history is Paul Bocuse.
Tomate Farcie Facon Paul Bocuse pays homage to the master with a tomato stuffed with braised ribs.
L’Art du Cuisine Francaise — Frozen French Martini
Also at L’Art du Cuisine Francaise, the Frozen French Martini gets a creative twist from lemon-lime foam and the flavors of pineapple, orange, and grape juices.
Funnel Cakes — Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Funnel Cake
The culinary art at Funnel Cakes in the American Adventure pavilion is fun: a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich where funnel cakes are the bread, the ice cream is infused with peanut butter, and marshmallow and raspberry drizzles add a burst of flavor and additional sweetness.
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company, Canada — Impressionism Pairing
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company is making drinkable and edible art across the Park, including the Impressionism Pairing of a blackberry iced latte and a blueberry donut with sweet whipped cream.
Refreshment Outpost — Plant-based Bratwurst with Spicy Turmeric Aïoli, Coffee Barbecue Jackfruit and Slaw
Refreshment Outpost offers a dynamic Plant-based Bratwurst with spicy tumeric aioli, coffee barbecue jackfruit, and slaw. This work of plant-based art brings the spirit of innovation to a traditional form: the dog in a bun.