While there is so much on offer at the Festival of the Arts, it wouldn’t be an Epcot festival without food. Yesterday, we took a look at the different Food Studios in the morning, and then made it back in the afternoon to try out a few dishes. We’ll be back throughout the festival to fill out the review with more dishes. Here’s our review of the Epcot Festival of the Arts Food.
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- Pop Eats!
- Decadent Delights
- Masterpiece Kitchen
- The Artist’s Table
- Cuisine Classique
- El Aritsta Hambriento
- E = AT²
- The Painter’s Palate
Pop Eats! is located in the Showcase Plaza just to the right as you enter World Showcase.
Unearth the tasty treasures and tantalizing textures of modern art-inspired eats!
Favorite dish we’ve tried: Shrimp Ceviche
Shrimp Ceviche with Lime Mint Foam (gluten/wheat-friendly) – $6.00
We loved this dish! It’s loaded with shrimp with some heat. In it, you’ll find red and green peppers along with onion. This, combined with the lime mint foam, gives you an impressive amount of flavor in each bite.
Almond Frangipane Cake layered with Raspberry Jam and Chocolate (vegetarian) – $4.25
This cake is probably what you’re looking forward to the most based on preview pictures of the festival. Unfortunately, it didn’t hit the mark for us. It was a lot more chewy than we had expected and the flavor was a bit varied. There was some jam in between the layers and the chocolate frosting was nice, but the bites in between just didn’t do it. It’s nothing like the sponge cake texture we had expected from simply looking at photos.
Pop’t Art: Modern-design Sugar Cookie with Chocolate Hazelnut Filling (vegetarian) – $4.00
Don’t call it a Pop-Tart, it’s pop’t art! Similar to a pop-tart in look, this version doesn’t have a filled center, but rather an enjoyable frosting layer on top. Let’s be honest, you’re buying this for the name and a quick picture, but it’s also a nice treat.
Popping Bubbles Cocktail – $9.50
We love this cocktail. It’s fun and flavorful, pretty much everything a drink at Disney should be. Cranberries are presented using a technique called Spherification, that is making the juice into small little balls that pop with flavor when you bite them. You’re given a straw wide enough in circumference to suck the balls up along with plenty of champagne.
Located in front of Port of Entry, Decadent delights has something for your sweet tooth.
Indulge in a gallery of divine delectables that transform dessert into a fine art!
Favorite dish we tried: Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie
Dark Chocolate S’mores: Homemade Graham Cracker, Vanilla Kisses and White Chocolate “Fire” – $6.50
A different take on s’mores, this dish was high on chocolate, but a bit low on the traditional s’mores flavor. We enjoyed it, don’t get me wrong, but despite the extra graham cracker crumbles, we couldn’t find the right balance to hit the mark on taste. That said, if you love chocolate and marshmallow, this may just be a dish you put on your list.
Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie – $5.50
When they say jumbo, they mean JUMBO. This cookie can easily feed four. Naturally, we split it between two of us and ate it early on in our culinary tour around World Showcase. This meant that we were properly full 5 minutes into our walk and had to pace ourselves the rest of the way. I was pleasantly surprised with the taste of the cookie. It only very slightly varied from crispy on the edges to soft in the center. It was also well prepared, like most foods, by the chef with care being put into placing the liquid colors.
Located in Canada, this Food Studio offers some plates with substance.
Raise your glass and celebrate this fabulous fusion of food and wine—cheers!
Favorite dish we tried: Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel Reduction
Charcuterie Palette with Artisan Cured Meats, Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Duck Breast and Cheese – $14.00
This was probably a bit overpriced. You do get some delicious meats and the cheese is good, but this didn’t blow us away for $14.00.
Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel Reduction (vegetarian) – $9.00
This was by far our favorite at Masterpiece Kitchen. If you’ve ever been to Le Cellier Steakhouse in Canada and ordered the Filet Mignon, this mushroom risotto will be very familiar. If you haven’t been, a bite of this dish might make you book a reservation. A warm dish with plenty of flavor, the mushroom risotto was as close to perfection as we’ve tasted at Disney.
The Artist’s Table
Located in the American Adventure, you’ll find some savory dishes at this location.
Satisfy hunger with these savory plates—all prepared using oven and stove-top techniques!
Favorite dish we’ve tried: Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and a Parmesan Crisp
Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and a Parmesan Crisp (gluten/wheat-friendly) – $6.25
A well cooked, two-bite scallop is paired with a little bit of kick in the Roasted Red Pepper Coulis. Don’t let that scare you away though. We found ourselves with extra sauce after the small portion of scallop, but the sauce was so good we just scooped it up with the parmesan crisp.
This Food Studio is located between Germany and Italy.
Prepare to be amazed with these hearty braised bites and traditional Old World delights!
Favorite dish we’ve tried: Seared Red Snapper with braised Ratatouille and Lemon-Thyme Beurre Blanc
Braised Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic – $7.50
This short rib was as soft as it is flavorful. Maybe a bit bigger than the photo depicts, you’ll be able to get 6 or more bites out of this dish. Also of interest is the parsnip puree, it was delicious. This is a solid plate and worth the $7.50.
Seared Red Snapper with braised Ratatouille and Lemon-Thyme Beurre Blanc (gluten/wheat-friendly) – $7.50
Another very solid dish from Cuisine Classique, this snapper is packed with flavor. Whether you prefer some ratatouille, or a lighter lemon-thyme beurre, there is nothing but amazing flavor in every bite. Also, if you’re not a fan of fish flavor, you’ll be happy to know that there isn’t a strong fishy taste to this at all.
El Artista Hambriento
This food studio is located in Mexico.
Favorite dish we’ve tried: Flank Steak Guarache served with Black Beans, Salsa de Chile de Arbol, Frisee Lettuce, Queso Fresco, Red Cabbage, Shredded Carrots and Chipotle Mayo
Choriqueso Taco served with Chihuahua Cheese, Red and Green Peppers over a Corn Tortilla and garnished with Poblano Peppers and Micro Cilantro – $6.95
We didn’t care for either of the offerings we tried, but liked this one the least. The corn tortilla was hard and rubbery. There was a nice flavor to the choriqueso, which is a mexican take on chorizo, but paired with cheese. We heard that our experience here was different to the norm, so we’ll give this one another try later in the festival.
Flank Steak Guarache served with Black Beans, Salsa de Chile de Arbol, Frisee Lettuce, Queso Fresco, Red Cabbage, Shredded Carrots and Chipotle Mayo – $8.00
Again, we didn’t particularly care for this Food Studio, but this was the better of the two dishes we tried. The grilled corn dough base was firm, but that was ok given that we ate it like you would eat a pizza. Roughly every other bite would present a nice flavor, but the other bites were bland. Like the choriqueso, we’ll give this one another try later in the festival.
E = AT²
Located across from El Arista Hambriento in between Mexico and Disney Traders.
Embark on an edible adventure with delicious dishes that dazzle!
Favorite dish we tried: White Chocolate Mickey Puzzle with Artist Palette
Figment White Chocolate Art Painting with Chocolate Easel (gluten/wheat-friendly) (vegetarian) – $7.00
A bit pricy for what it boils down to, I would still say it’s a fun purchase for fans of Figment.
White Chocolate Mickey Puzzle with Artist Palette (gluten/wheat-friendly) (vegetarian) – $6.50
You get to finally play with your food! The puzzle comes unsolved and requires a little bit of thinking and a whole lot of fun as you piece it together. Once you’ve pieced the puzzle together, you’ve been given a proper paint brush and some colored liquid to paint it before enjoying the chocolate overload.
The Painter’s Palate
Located inside the Odyssey pavilion which is serving as the Festival Showcase.
Sample this palatable palette of delicacies that looks as good as it tastes… mangiare!
Favorite dish: Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts
Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts – $9.50
Another dish that might catch your eye when looking at the Disney Parks Blog preview, this dish takes you on a journey of flavor and doesn’t disappoint. You get three different doughnuts:
- Whipped Herb Cream Cheese with Sea Salt (vegetarian) – The herb cream cheese on this was amazing. An infusion of flavor in every bite. Unfortunately, it can be overwhelmed by the sea salt. I would recommend removing the salt altogether.
- Chicken Mousse with Fresh Herbs & Everything Bagel Seasoning – The chicken mouse on this is amazing. It was between this mouse and the herb cream cheese as my favorite filling, but this one gets the nod.
- Spicy Tuna with Sriracha Mayonnaise and Sesame Seeds – Another solid doughnut. While not as spicy as other spicy tuna offerings I’ve had, it was still wonderful nonetheless.
Mary Blair White Chocolate Art Painting with Chocolate Easel (gluten/wheat-friendly) (vegetarian) – $7.00
Another overpriced easel that is wonderful to look at.
Neapolitan Beer Flight – $9.00
We’re not beer connoisseurs unlike some of the Disney social media universe, so suffice it to say that we enjoyed this flight with the chocolate being the most flavorful.
- Breckenridge Nitro Vanilla Porter
- Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
- 3 Daughters Queens Court Strawberry Blonde Nitro