The Best Way to Spend $50 at EPCOT’s 2023 Festival of the Arts
You’ve got $50 and a single afternoon to spend at Festival of the Arts. What should you eat to get the best bang for your buck? This is one of our most favorite EPCOT Festivals, and here is how you can get our favorite bites while only spending $49.50.
Cozy Food Course
Tomato Soup with Pimento Cheese, Bacon, and Fried Green Tomato Grilled Cheese from Pop Eats, $6.50
Is it an appetizer? Is it the best eats for lunch on a snowy day? (That’s a trick question, there’s no snow in Florida.) Whatever, this one wins “Best Comfort Food” of the entire festival. It gives you faking sick and watching Price is Right with Grandma vibes. It gets no better.
Cast Iron-roasted P.E.I. Mussels from Craftsman’s Courtyard, $7.50
These mussels with sauteed tomatoes, garlic, and herbs were one of our new favorites last year. On repeat, the serving is just as bountiful and it’s the exact same price. Seafood this good at this price point is not to be missed! Save the toasty grilled bread to scoop up every bit of the herb-spiked brew at the bottom of the bowl.
Angry Crab from Moderne, $7.25
This is a hefty serving for the price, but it’s the crunchy coating, sweet soft-shell crab, and perfect sauce that landed it on this list. Definitely worth snagging on your way past this booth.
Carne Asada from El Artista Hambriento, $10.00
With only $50 to spread around, we typically reject any item above $9.00 for this list. We’re making an exception for this dish. The sirloin is so beautifully marinated and the flavor is mmmm: chef’s kiss. This dish tastes like the beefy bits at the bottom of the roast pan on a Sunday afternoon. Just splendid!
Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib from Pastoral Palate, $8.50
This dish had us researching parsnip purée recipes! The Germany Pavilion does a wine reduction like no other team, and this is no exception. The beef is spoon tender and the veg is wonderful.
Decadent Valrhona Chocolate from Deco Delights, $5.00
We loved this last year and our love remains. With the $5.00 price unchanged, we absolutely had to put this on our list again.
House-made Crispy Almond Phyllo Pockets from Tangerine Cafe, $4.75
The best endorsement of this sweet, flaky pastry is that our very own Len Testa devoured the entire thing on the first day of the Festival without sharing … and came back to do the same thing again on Day Two. Reasonably priced, and if you ever need to bribe Len this is the right currency.
The dishes above will bring you in under the $50 marker, but if you have a little extra scratch to spread around, there’s one additional Food Studio we think you should visit.
The entire Deconstructed Dish booth
- Deconstructed BLT – $7.00
– Pork Belly, Soft-Poached Egg, Onion Bread Pudding, Watercress Espuma and Tomato Jam
- Deconstructed French Onion Soup – $6.50
– Beef Broth Ravioli, Gruyère Cream, Onion Bread Pudding and Onion Textures
- Deconstructed Key Lime Pie – $6.25
– Flexible Key Lime Curd, “Key Lime” Mousse, Graham Cracker Cake and Meringues
How do we get the Onion Bread Pudding from the BLT, the Beef Broth Ravioli, and the Key Lime Curd on a permanent menu?!?
The Deconstructed Dish booth is one-stop-shopping that’s worth the trip to the Festival all on its own.
Have you been to this year’s Festival? If you could only pick a few dishes, what would make your list? Let us know in the comments!