It’s festival season again at Epcot which means more food for us to try. The first festival of the year is Epcot’s Festival of the Arts.
Festival of the Arts is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a festival highlighting the artistry around Disney. The food is extremely creative at this festival and sometimes that’s really awesome and sometimes it’s really not when you’re a picky eater like me.
BUT to my surprise everything we got at during our trip was so stinking good. I have only one complaint about one dish we ate but I will get to that.
One of the really cool things about this festival is all the artists that set up tents around the World Showcase. There are so many different art styles to look at and it is really interesting. It’s hard not to walk out of the place purchasing multiple prints.
There are so many things we need to go back and try so this won’t be the last trip for us. I will note which dishes will be repeat offenders for us whenever we make it back below!
On to the food!
The first dish we tried was A Trio of Hors d’Oeuvres ($7.50) found at Gallery Bites which is located in the Odyssey building at the walkway that goes over the water connecting Mexico and Test Track. This dish included: Chilled Shrimp with Cucumber Cream Cheese on a Crostini; Traditional Deviled Egg with Candied Bacon; and Crispy Truffled Risotto Ball with Truffle Aïoli.
Everything on this plate was delicious. Our least favorite was the shrimp but it was still pretty good. Our favorite was the Risotto Ball. We both said we could eat 10 more of those and not get sick of them. The deviled egg was delicious as well but nothing really all that special.
Next up were the Paintbrush Churros ($6.25) located at the Taste Track truck which is located outside of Test Track. This dish included: cinnamon sugar churros dipped in colorful white chocolate.
These were ok. I didn’t care for the white chocolate at all. The churro itself was good though. If you like sweet things this is all you. They were dipped in so much chocolate that it was waaayyy to sweet for me to eat.
Up next and also found at the Taste Track truck was the Lobster Bacon Macaroni & Cheese served in a Warm Bread Cone ($8.00). Holy heck was this thing good. For $8 this cone is so worth it. They do not skimp on the lobster that is for sure and it’s large chunks of it also. I am not a seafood eater by any means. I occasionally eat shrimp, but I have found myself always loving lobster mac n cheese. I really think it’s because of the mac n cheese if I’m being completely honest.
Because of this dish the Taste Track truck has a huge line and I suspect it will be that way through the entire event so just beware and know it’s worth the wait!
Next up, we tried the Chocolate Beer Pairing Flight ($12.00) found at the Artist Table in the American Pavilion. This was pretty good. The main reason we got it was because it has one of Mike’s favorite beers. The beers included in this flight are: Lexington Brewing Company Kentucky Vanilla Barrel (Mike’s favorite), Lindemans Framboise Lambic and the Saugatuck Brewing Co. Neapolitan Milk Stout.
I liked two of the three beers in this flight, mainly because I don’t care for stouts. The Framboise Lambic was my favorite out of the three. The chocolates that came with the beers were also good except for the middle one. That one, not so much.
While we were at the American Pavilion, our friends that we were with ordered some things also. We tried one of them, not the other.
First up was the Symphony of Chocolate Flight: Mozart Cream Liqueurs paired with sipping chocolates ($12.50). Now our friends got this by mistake but it turned out being a great mistake. The CM taking their order misheard them when they asked for the beer flight so they ended up with this. When it says sipping chocolates just be prepared to literally sip melted chocolate. It’s thick and creamy and the liquor added a kick but they were all so good.
They also orderd the Beef Wellington with Mushroom Bordelaise, Fennel Cream and Roasted Baby Vegetables ($8.00). We did not try this but it looked really good. Our friend said it tasted really good and I trust his opinion and you should also.
The last thing we all tried was the Crème de Brie en Petit Pain aka Warm Creamy Brie in a House-made Bread Bowl ($7.75). *Drool* This was so dang good. I was hesitant at first ordering this because it didn’t look that great. I’m really happy we ended up getting it because it was delicious. It also helped that it was frigid outside when we were at the festival so this warm cheese-filled bread was so very welcome.
The brie was deliciously creamy and perfectly melted and the bread was so fresh and flavorful. I expected nothing less from the bread considering my favorite snack to get in Epcot is the half baguette from Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie in the France pavilion.
As you can probably tell, this was my favorite thing I ate.
I can’t wait to head back to Epcot and try more food and drinks. There is a glitter beer called #RainbowSherbertGlitterDreamAle calling my name.
You can check out the Festival of the Arts at Epcot until February 25th.