This post is about EPCOT’s Festival of the Arts in 2022 at Walt Disney World Resort.
It’s the first festival of 2022 at EPCOT! The International Festival of the Arts is back with amazing exhibits, delicious foods, and drinks to taste as well as the return of the concert series, Disney on Broadway. The festival’s opening day was on January 14th, 2022, and ends on February 21st, 2022. Here in this post, I’ll share all the best foods we loved, their prices, plus I’ll let you know if I was able to snag that Figment Popcorn Bucket everyone’s been talking about down below!
Read more to find out the best and worst foods we tried at this year’s festival!
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This year, they have included 15 Food Studios with incredible art-like food items! We can’t wait to share with you our favorite new and returned bites from the festival!
Pastoral Palate (Germany)
Red wine-braised Beef Short Rib with parsnip purée, broccolini, baby tomatoes, and aged balsamic
I want to start off these ratings with the #1 dish of the night which is this red wine beef short rib. Visually, it’s gorgeous, so many colors but the flavors were amazing. The sweetness and sourness of the balsamic vinegar paired with the beef short rib, which itself was cooked perfectly. I would try to recreate this at home, it’s that good! I want It again and again!
El Artista Hambriento (Mexico)
$9.50 – Carne Asada: Seared Beef Tenderloin, Grilled Queso Fresco, Refried Beans Scallion and Ranchera Salsa
$16 – The Lily: Casa Dragones Blanco Tequila, Violet Essence Infusion, Rose Petal Liqueur, Cranberry, and Lime Juice
These are the first Food Studio (or the last depending if you are entering on the Canada side) that you’ll try when you get to the world showcase. The Carne Asada has been raved about online but unfortunately, my dish came out underwhelming. The beef tenderloins were thin and cold, and the salsa was too sweet. The best part is the beans, but they weren’t the best beans I’ve ever had.
So I give this dish a 1/5. I am planning on visiting Disney again in a few weeks so I may give this another try!
As for the cocktail, I loved the taste of the high-quality tequila and all the flavors in this margarita. My boyfriend thought there were too many flavors going on because it is floral, sweet yet very tart. But personality, I loved it and I would order the drink again! So I rated this a 4/5!
This booth had a long wait and I’m so happy that we stuck it out and waited. The Goshiki Food Studio featured the give colors of Japanese Cuisine. As you can see from the photos, these are gorgeous dishes.
$8.50 – Sushi Donut: Donut-shaped Sushi featuring Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, Cucumber and Sesame Seed over a decorated plate of Wasabi Aïoli, Sriracha and Eel Sauce
While stunning, this sushi donut wasn’t my favorite meal of the day. It was pretty basic sushi with not much flavor. Would be nice if the sauces were actually on the donut because once you picked the donut up, it broke apart.
I give this a 3/5 because I’m a sushi fan but I wouldn’t order this again, I would go get a roll from one of the sit-down restaurants in the Japan Pavillion.
Chicken Kushiage: Breaded and Fried Chicken with Yum Yum Sauce and Vegetables
This dish was amazing. I wish there were more pieces of fried chicken because they were so tasty! This gets a 5/5 from me!
The Deconstructed Dish (Near Port of Entry)
$7 Deconstructed French Onion Soup: Beef Broth Ravioli, Gruyere Espuma, Onion Bread Pudding, and Onion Textures
This was one of the best dishes of the night! It is a unique take on the french onion soup, filling, and full of flavor. I would absolutely get this again. I may even say it’s better than regular French Onion Soup! 5/5
Vibrante & Vívido: Encanto Cocina (Between Morocco and France)
$6.50 – House-Made Chorizo and Potato Empanada with Turmeric Aïoli and Annatto Aïoli (Color Stroll item)
This was a hyped food item of the festival and was one of the foods to order for a stamp on the back of the passport. Along with the pan-seared scallops, the vanilla donut, the beet carpaccio, and the deconstructed key lime pie. We were really excited for this empanada but the yellow mustard “aioli” was very overpowering although the filling was good.
Soup Ajiaco Soup with Guajillo and Árbol Chili-spiced Chicken, Potato, Avocado, Corn, and Crème Fraîche
Visually this dish is stunning! But sadly it didn’t have much flavor to it. The soup nor the chicken were spicy. I loved the avocado and the capers but I think this soup could’ve been better. I wouldn’t order again. 3/5
$6.25 – Tomato Soup with Bacon, Apple, and Brie Grilled Cheese
$14 – Tomato Soup Can Bloody Mary
This was the first food studio we visited during our trip and I will say this was pretty tasty. The line wasn’t too long and there were plenty of places to sit. The bloody mary was spicy and full of flavor and I loved the grilled cheese. the Tomato soup also had a nice consistency. Not too runny. And personally, I think it’s better than Campbells. Overall everything was pretty delicious plus I got a souvenir out of it!
Performances to Check out
Disney On Broadway at the America Gardens Theatre
Enjoy live concert performances from Disney on Broadway stars. Sadly, I didn’t get a chance to check it out but I would love to next visit!
Here are the times of the performances just in case you want to check them out!
Animation Academy Classes
Also, did I get that controversial Figment popcorn bucket? Ha. No. 😳
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