Running now until February 24th, the 2020 Festival of the Arts in Disney World’s Epcot offers all things art, including the food. Not only is the food during this festival delicious, it looks amazing too! There are numerous food booths throughout World Showcase that offer some rather impressive dishes.
While you could spend days trying all of the delicious food available during the festival, there’s a handful of standout dishes.
The Artist’s Table
Located in the American Pavilion, The Artist’s Table offers a Beef Wellington with Mushroom Bordelaise, Fennel Cream, and Roasted Baby Vegetables ($8.25). While I would have preferred the meat be cooked a little less, I understand the booth needs to cater to a wide number of people. Still, for being pretty much cooked well done, the beef still tasted great, especially with the sauce.
This booth in the Germany Pavilion has perhaps the best dish at the Festival of the Arts: the Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic ($8.00). The short rib was incredibly tender and just falls apart.
I also tried the Saint-Honoré Tart, which is a Caramel Cream Tart with Caramel Glaze topped with Cream Puffs ($6.00). While this dessert tasted great, and I would still recommend it, if you’re only getting one dish from here, go with the short rib.
The Painted Panda
First off at The Painted Panda booth in the China Pavilion are the Spicy Beef Shumai ($10.50). These dumplings provide just the right punch of flavor and heat. They’re served on pickle slices, but I think they taste amazing without them. (I don’t like pickles.)
While not as good as the Spicy Beef Shumai, in my opinion at least, the Char Siu Pork Bun is still delicious. For those who prefer sweet over spicy, this may be the better option.
Located in the Japan Pavilion, you can’t really go wrong with any of the food at the Goshiki food booth. (Unless you don’t like sushi.) The Taiyaki (Fish-shaped Cake stuffed with a Sweet Red Bean Filling served with Green Tea Chocolate and Whipped Cream Cheese for $5.75) is a unique pastry. If you don’t like beans (like me), don’t let the red bean filling turn you away.
The Sushi Donut featuring Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, Cucumber and Sesame Seed over a decorated plate of Wasabi Aïoli, Sriracha and Eel Sauce ($8.00) is a must at the 2020 Epcot Festival of the Arts for anyone who loves sushi.
L’Art de la Cuisine Francaise
France Pavilion Moelleux Aux Chocolats Valrhona: Molten Chocolate Cake with Pure Origin Valrhona Chocolates (KA) – $7.00
Not only is the Lemon and Blood Orange Tart ($6.50) a work of art itself, it’s one of the best desserts at the Festival of the Arts by far. You get both tart and sweet flavors with a creamy, smooth texture. You can get this cute little tart at the Decadent Delights booth near the entrance to World Showcase.
Other Festival Highlights
In addition to the food, the Festival of the Arts includes a variety of performances, including the Disney on Broadway Concert Series. (A must for any fan of Disney music.)
There’s also plenty of artwork to explore (and buy) throughout the park. Just try to get through the day without feeling the urge to take home one of the amazing works of art. You can even meet several of the artists during the festival.
Other highlights of the 2020 Festival of the Arts include the Paint-by-Number mural that guests can help create, Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt, the Animation Academy, numerous photo ops, and professional workshops.