Epcot’s 2019 Festival of the Arts: What food is a must eat?


Epcot’s 2019 Festival of the Arts is quickly approaching. Could these foodie influenced menus have more appeal than the annual Food and Wine festival?

2019 Festival of the Arts at Epcot begins on January 18 and runs through February 25, 2019. The celebration of all the arts, including the culinary arts, has quickly become a favorite with foodies. Many of the food options are as creative as they are tasty. While some of the menu items are returning favorites, a few foods are definitely must eats.

Although the annual Epcot Food and Wine Festival draws huge crowds for all the delectable delights, the annual Festival of the Arts seems to push the foodie envelope. The dishes are more culinary forward in both flavor and plating. Although it might take a little longer for service, the dishes are definitely worth it.

Another reason why this Epcot festival is a favorite for foodies is the lack of crowds. The cooler weather and slower season mean that foodies can spend multiple days hitting all 13 food marketplaces throughout the festival run.

While all the dished for this year’s festival sound amazing, here are FoodSided’s recommendations for must eat food at Epcot’s 2019 Festival of the Arts.

Deconstructed Dish

Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake: Whipped, New York Style Cheesecake with Fresh Florida Strawberries and Sugar Cookies with Micro-basil: This dessert is delicious because you control how it is eaten. Plus, the micro-basil adds a depth of flavor and keeps it from becoming too sweet.

Cuisine Classique

Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic: This dish is definitely a full meal. The depth of flavors is amazing and worth every calorie.

A Play on Rosé Flight: Who doesn’t love rosé? While this beverage option isn’t defined, can anyone really pass up a rosé flight?

The Artist Table

Beef Wellington with Mushroom Bordelaise, Fennel Cream, and Roasted Baby Vegetables: A good Beef Wellington can be hard to find. This Epcot version should definitely be tasty. Plus, the fennel cream is a nice alternative to the traditional horseradish cream.

Chocolate and Beer Pairing Flight: Chocolate and beer is always a great combination. While the exact pairing isn’t defined, don’t overlook this pairing flight.

The Painters Palate

Smoked Salmon and Cream Gâteau with Egg Yolk Cream, Paddlefish Caviar, and Micro-herbs: Caviar is always a must try. This dish sounds quite decadent.

Popcorn Pairing Flight: Again, another pairing flight tempts the taste buds. It will be interesting to see how this beverage and popcorn pairing is served.

Decadent Delights

Lemon and Blood Orange Tart: A great fruit tart takes a deft hand. This combination of flavors sounds tempting. The tartness from the lemon and the sweetness from the orange should make the dessert quite tasty.

The Masterpiece Kitchen

Vanilla, Rose Water and Pistachio Panna Cotta: Rose water can be a tricky ingredient. It will be interesting to see how the Disney chefs balance this flavor.

Taste Track – Future World East

Lobster Bacon Macaroni & Cheese served in a Warm Bread Cone: Is there anything more comforting than mac and cheese? Hopefully, this dish will come on a plate so that you can eat the bread cone after the mac and cheese is gone. Keto eaters can pass on this option.

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Takumi Table

Fish-shaped Japanese Sweet Stuffed Pastry with Red Bean Paste and topped with Whipped Cream and Sesame Custard: This dish might become the must Instagram dish of the festival. While classic Japanese flavors, the dish might be a little adventurous for the non-foodie.

El Arista Hambriento

Callo de Hacha en Salsa de Jengibre y Habanero: Two Seared Scallops with Ginger-habanero Sauce atop Yucca Purée: This dish is intriguing because of the ginger-habanero sauce. The heat level on this dish should be balanced by a luscious yucca.

Refreshment Port – Showcase Plaza

Lobster Chips: Lobster-topped House-made Chips with Bisque Cheese Sauce, Pickled Jalapeños and Citrus Cream: The bisque cheese sauce could make this menu choice. Overall, this dish sounds like the most elevated nachos ever.

L’Art du Cuisine Francaise

Moelleux Aux Chocolats Valrhona: Molten Chocolate Cake with Pure Origin Valrhona Chocolates: The chocolate in this dessert should make everyone stop and take notice. Every single bite will be worth all the extra calories.

L’Arte di Mangiare – Italy

Spuma al Miele d’Arancio: Orange Honey Mousse with Peaches and Mint Marjoram Cream: Peach and mint make for a great pairing. This dessert is a great option for someone who doesn’t want to eat anything too sweet.

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These dishes are just a few of the many offerings during Epcot’s Festival of the Arts. The complete list of menu items and marketplaces can be found on the Disney website.

Will you be going to Epcot’s 2019 Festival of the Arts? What food are you most excited to try?