Today was the first day of the 2nd Annual Epcot International Festival of the Arts. The Epcot International Festival of the Arts combines art gallery tents, food studio kiosks, live performances, and much more!
Going into the event I set very high expectations, and right off the bat I can tell you I have mixed emotions with the festival this year. I will go into specific details, but there were things I thought for sure they were going to improve on and didn’t, and other areas that they went above and beyond in improving.
Much like last year, I was generally disappointed with the food at the festival. While it may have improved slightly, the lines were very slow due to the long preparation times. The cast members and chefs take much longer than at the regular festival to make the dishes look prettier. The taste of the dishes left something to be desired. At the end of the day I care about how my food tastes than how it looks. One exception, and the dish I enjoyed the most from the festival, was the Roasted Pork Roulade with butternut squash purée, marble potatoes and baby carrots, with a red wine sauce, which can be found at The Artist’s Table for $6.25. The pork melted in my mouth and the combination of flavors in the dish worked perfectly together.
I was disappointed with the Panda Coconut Rice Cake ($5.00) and the Sformato di Melanzane e Pomodori, Mozzarella Fior di Latte ($9.00), which is a tomato and eggplant dish. Both focused way too much of presentation and very little on flavor. While I didn’t try every dish that was my overall consensus of the food so far.
One of the biggest improvements in the Festival of the Arts as compared to last year, was the influx of Disney art featured at the art gallery tents. I vented my frustration last year saying that they needed more Disney art, and they exceeded my expectations by having several tents full of it. Of course, they still had non-Disney art and jewelry, but I was pleased that the variety between the two was split fairly evenly. There were a couple pieces that I may have go back to buy the print versions of.
I was largely impressed with the entertainment in Future World. There is a paint by the numbers portrait that I couldn’t help myself by partaking in, a live jazz band, living statues, artist drawing professional chalk art, Stephen Fishwick was performing the creation of his art, and more! Everywhere I turned it seemed like there was something else going on in Future World.
Around World Showcase they brought back the photo opportunities in which guests could “step in” classic paintings like The Scream and the Mona Lisa. These are quite popular, and typically have a PhotoPass cast member available to take your picture.
I still think that the Festival of the Arts still has a lot to improve on. I’m hoping in the future that they can improve the food, but overall it still a wonderful event, and I can’t wait to go back!