We’ve been tasting our way around the 15 food booths that opened last week (plus a few extras) and we’ve narrowed down the menus to our favorite eats, treats, and drinks! So, if you only have time to grab a few items (or you just want to try out some of the best), here are our top picks!
Here are our TOP 12 eats, treats, and drinks from the 2022 EPCOT Festival of the Arts!
Crème de Brie en Petit Pain
There are a lot of great savory dishes available at the Festival of the Arts this year, and topping out our list (along with five other items) is the returning Crème de Brie en Petit Pain! This dish can be found at the L’Art de la Cuisine Francaise booth in the France Pavilion and is warm creamy brie served in a house-made bread bowl for $8.50.
Now, this is a BIG bowl of cheese if you’ve been eating your way around World Showcase, so we suggest that you save some room or share with a friend. But, we think that passing on some of the other eats (or having to share) is well worth it to enjoy the perfectly melty cheese (which isn’t too soupy or too thick) and carbs.
Char Siu Pork Bun
Another returning favorite to the festival this year is the Char Siu Pork Bun from The Painted Panda booth in the China Pavilion. This dish is pretty straightforward but provides a satisfying (and filling) bite for $8.50.
The flavors from the tender pork (which we had THREE pieces of in ours) combine well with the sweet flavors of the bun and the sauce to create a dish that is sure to please those who are looking for something more unique on their walk around World Showcase.
Tomato Soup with Bacon, Apple, and Brie Grilled Cheese
Over near Port of Entry, the returning Pop Eats booth has received a lot of attention this year thanks to the new Figment Popcorn Bucket (more on that later). But, there’s more than one reason to wait in the LONG line at this booth — the NEW Tomato Soup with Bacon, Apple, and Brie Grilled Cheese.
This dish is an elevated version of the Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese that could be found here last year (and again this year), and, when we say elevated, we mean it! Between the buttery crusted bread, the nutty brie, the salty bacon, and the tart apple, it is definitely worth the wait. You can give it a try for $6.25.
Another must-try dish this year is the Carne Asada at the El Artista Hambriento booth in the Mexico Pavilion. New to the Festival of the Arts this year, this one is made with seared beef tenderloin, grilled queso fresco, refried beans, scallion, and ranchera salsa and costs $9.50.
The whole dish was cooked well and we really enjoyed the slight heat that the salsa added to the dish.
Looking for something that is both delicious and eye-catching? The Goshiki booth in the Japan Pavilion has you covered with the Chicken Kushiage! It features breaded and fried chicken with yum yum sauce and vegetables for $8.50.
There are a lot of small pieces to this new dish, but each one is tasty in its own way. The chicken is tender and fresh, the vegetables have a nice crunch, and the yum yum sauce makes it all taste even better than it would on its own.
Wild Mushroom Risotto
And, lastly, at the Gourmet Landscapes in the Canada Pavilion, we found our last must-have dish — the Wild Mushroom Risotto. The hearty portion costs $9.25 and is made with aged parmesan, truffle shavings, and Zinfandel reduction.
We’ve loved this dish before and we love it again thanks to the generous portion of mushrooms and nutty cheese that pairs perfectly with the truffle flavor.
Deconstructed Key Lime Pie
Of course, the Festival of the Arts isn’t just about savory dishes — there are also plenty of sweet ones! But, one of our favorites this year has to be the Deconstructed Key Lime Pie from The Deconstructed Dish booth which can be found near Port of Entry.
Much like the name suggests, this is a key lime pie broken down into all its separate pieces (though we’d still suggest trying them all together). For $4.75 it includes flexible Key lime curd, “Key lime” mousse, graham cracker cake, and meringues.
We love it because it has all the tart, refreshing, and tasty flavors that you might expect in a key lime pie presented in a fun way. Plus, it’s part of the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine food “challenge,” so you’ll be 1/5th of the way to earning a free cookie when you order it!
And, we couldn’t choose just one favorite treat! We also really enjoyed the Orange Mousse with lemon cake and raspberry meringues from Deco Delights (which can be found to the right of the entrance of World Showcase).
This gorgeous-looking dessert is one of the more reasonably priced dishes at the Festival of the Arts, costing $4.50 and it tastes just as good as it looks! It has lots of fruity flavors, which gives it a fresh taste and makes it great for a warmer Florida day.
Of course, we also had to try all the new (and returning) drinks at the festival this year and walked away with THREE favorites!
Cold Fashion Coffee Cocktail
First up is the brand new Cold Fashion Coffee Cocktail from The Donut Box booth (which is located near Test Track). As the name suggests, this cocktail is a Coffee-infused Old Fashioned and it delivers on its promise for all you old fashioned and coffee fans.
With every sip, you will get flavors of both the coffee and the bourbon (even on a warm day where the ice melts fast) with just a hint of sweetness. So, if you fancy yourself a stiff drink during your day at EPCOT, you can give this one a try for $10.50.
Also at the festival this year is the new Instagram-worthy margarita called The Lily. This one can be found at the El Artista Hambriento booth in the Mexico Pavilion for $16 and was designed by Lily Aldridge (who you might recognize as the mind behind one of our favorite pair of designer Minnie Ears).
It is made with Blanco tequila, violet essence infusion, rose petal liqueur, cranberry, and lime juice. And, aside from being SUPER pretty, it offers up a tart and sweet sip thanks to the high-quality tequila and subtle rose flavors.
A Play on Rosé Flight
And, for those looking for something even sweeter, the A Play on Rosé Flight from the Pastoral Palate booth in the Germany Pavilion has three drinks that you’ll want to check out!
The flight costs $10.50 and features 3 Daughters Brewing Rosé Hard Cider, the 81Bay Brewing Rosé Blonde Ale, and Frozen Rosé.
Best of the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine
House-made Chorizo and Potato Empanada
If you’re not sure exactly what to order on your way around World Showcase, the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine activity can be a great way to sample some of the best (and colorful) dishes at the festival. We already mentioned one of our favorites (the Deconstructed Key Lime Pie), but we also had to mention the House-made Chorizo and Potato Empanada!
This dish can be found at the Vibrante & Vívido: Encanto Cocina booth (located between Morocco & France) and is served with turmeric aïoli and annatto aïoli.
For $6.50, this dish is a steal because the serving size is HUGE. Plus, inside you’ll find that it is packed with potatoes, and fans of spicier dishes are sure to enjoy the chorizo and the aioli.
Is a Free Dessert WORTH Eating These 5 Dishes in EPCOT? Learn More About the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine HERE!
Figment Premium Popcorn Bucket with Rainbow Popcorn
Now, we couldn’t create a list of the top menu items at the Festival of the Arts without mentioning the hottest item on the market — the Figment Premium Popcorn Bucket with Rainbow Popcorn from the Pop Eats booth.
This specialty popcorn bucket costs $25 and has had fans lining up for HOURS since it debuted. And, while the main draw seems to be Figment (he is pretty cute, after all), it does come with pre-packaged rainbow popcorn — though, it is basically your normal sugar-coated popcorn that tastes like fruity cereal.
You can grab all these items and MUCH more at the EPCOT Festival of the Arts now through February 21st. And, we’ll continue to give you a look at everything else happening at the festival this year so stay tuned to AllEars!
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