Epcot 2022 Festival of the Arts Review: New Favorites & Best Values

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EPCOT’s 2022 Festival of the Arts officially kicked off on January 14 offering limited-time entertainment and activities, a variety of new kitchens, and, of course, art!

While much of the buzz surrounding the festival has centered on Spaceship Earth’s new Muppets-themed “Rainbow Connection” nighttime tag  – and the notoriously long lines for Figment popcorn buckets – we’re all about the food.

After all, it’s just not an EPCOT festival if we’re not eating our weight around the world; and for this particular event, the food and drinks are meant to look as good as they taste.

With that being said, our park reporter Chrissy and our team have visited EPCOT several times since the Festival of the Arts began to discover the best (and worst!) of the fest.

If you’re curious about what to try or skip between now and February 21, here’s an overview of what we’ve sampled so far and our reviews.

Deco Delights

This particular booth is a huge win. All three dishes we’ve tried from here have been yummy, and the serving sizes are well worth the price!
Chocolate Mousse – $5.25
For starters, this mousse isn’t just beautiful, but rich, delicious, and an absolute work of art in every way. Chrissy actually ordered this one more than once during her festival visits, and her first impression was no fluke. If you’re bringing first-timers to the Festival of the Arts, this mousse is sure to convert them.
Valrhona Chocolate – $5.00
So this gorgeous treat is actually Chrissy’s favorite dessert of the entire festival! Despite the fact it has the same soggy, wobbly texture as a dome cake – it 100% isn’t.
Orange Mousse – $4.50
Even though the kitchen was missing the raspberry meringue on the second day of the festival, this orange confection was still so good! The exterior of the mousse has a lovely, firm-ish texture and the orange flavor isn’t fake at all.

Deconstructed Dish

FYI: Be prepared to wait a little longer at this kitchen than the others because everything is complicated to plate.
BLT – $7.00
So both the pork belly and the egg were overdone when we tried this dish. Even though that was a bummer, the flavors were nice. It’s worth noting that our complaints could’ve been due to opening weekend woes and crazy crowds. Maybe give it a try if the line is short?

French Onion Soup – $6.50

It was delicious, but it would’ve been better if it wasn’t cold.

Key Lime Pie – $6.25

Pretty, tasty, and not a bad value either.

Apple Pie a la Mode – $4.50

Chrissy was shocked that she liked this one. It wasn’t as cloying and heavy as you’d think by the description. Plus, it comes in a keepsake cup!

Craftsman’s Courtyard

When it comes to visiting this booth, there are a few things to know. First of all, two of the three items are cast iron-roasted or seared, and you as a guest may pay the price for that while waiting in line.

For example, after Chrissy received her Pâté and the mussels, she was told the trout would be 2 minutes. However, it was more like 9. This meant that her mussels were ice cold when she finally received the trout. It’s just something you may want to plan for to fully enjoy your experience.

Pâté de Campagne – $6.75

While the garnish was gorgeous, Chrissy admits that she just couldn’t manage to eat gray fat-wrapped anything.

Iron-roasted P.E.I. Mussels – $7.50

This giant bowl of freshly grilled mussels covered in light garlic and herbed tomato sauce was a big favorite and a great value.

Cast Iron-seared Steelhead Trout – $6.75

Tiny, tasty, and probably less lovely because of the wait.

Donut Box

Vanilla Donut – $5.50

This one was pretty, but maybe a bit overcooked?

Inside Out Donut – $5.00

We loved this one! It’s so different and lovely, and the cream was hiding just under a firm layer of icing.

Chocolate-dipped Donut – $5.00

Another pretty option, but also a bit overcooked.

L’Art de la Cuisine Francaise (France)

Sadly, Chrissy and our team didn’t enjoy any of the items at this booth. They were just too small and expensive.

Brie – $8.50

So it looks like the serving size of this one shrunk? This year, it’s basically a tiny roll with a dollop of melted cheese; and while it was good, it’s just not worth $8.50.

Truffle Croissant – $8.00

This item had a deep, musky flavor. While that may not be the best word to describe it, that’s all we’ve got. Also, not our favorite at the $8.00 price point.

Lobster Mousse – $10.50

This dish quickly found its way on Chrissy’s “avoid at all cost” list. The gelatinous texture felt like something out of a 1960’s cookbook.

Chocolate Cake – $7.75

Just too expensive, too small, and too plain compared to other items the festival has to offer.

Gourmet Landscapes (Canada)

Blood Orange-braised Beet – $5.50

If you like beets, you’ll find this colorful display delicious.

Bone Marrow – $10.50 

If you don’t want the fuss of preparing bone marrow – or the expense you’ll encounter in a sit-down restaurant – this item is worth considering. It’s also just impressive looking in a Fred Flinstone kind of way. Be aware that bone marrow is a bit of an acquired taste, and whether the $10.50 price tag is a value or not likely depends on the consumer.

Risotto – $9.25
With deep flavors and just enough to share, the risotto is amazing. However, the $9.25 price tag stung a little.

Vibrante & Vivido: Encanto Cocina

Now, we don’t talk about Bruno, but we do have to talk about the Festival’s Encanto-inspired kitchen! Ever since this film arrived on Disney+, it’s been having a bit of a moment; and we love that we can relish the hype at this festival and with its yummy food! Seriously, this might be our favorite booth of the entire event.

House-Made Empanada – $6.50 

This empanada features spicy filling inside a giant, buttery, flaky pastry. It’s special. It’s delicious. Add it to your list.

Spicy Ajiaco Soup – $6.25
So delicious and original! Expect a huge serving and spicy flavors with this one.
Passion Fruit Mousse – $5.00
This was an excellent value and paired wonderfully with the spiciness of the kitchen’s other dishes.
Coconut and Passion Fruit Smoothie – $4.75
This smoothie is the perfect complement to the booth’s other fiery flavors. Plus, you get to keep the souvenir cup!

Refreshment Port

Gnocchi Poutine – $9.00
This is tender, deeply flavored beef atop wonderfully toasted gnocchi and crowned with a dollop of soft burrata. Also, the serving is large enough to share or could work as an entire meal all on its own! Great value and an outstanding option.

Goshiki (Japan)

Sushi Donut – $8.50
The best sushi flavors in a pretty package and much larger than it appears in photos. Fresh & wonderful.
Chicken Kushiage – $8.50
Chrissy considers this one as one of the worst values. It’s as if someone plated some Chick-fil-A nuggets to make them pretty? Not worth the $8.50 price point.

Artist’s Table (American Adventure)

Beef Wellington – $8.50
So $4.25 per bite of beef is never going to be a good deal no matter how tasty it is. Yes, it’s good, but we just can’t move past that tiny portion size.
Scallops – $7.00
The lime foam is fun and different, but let’s face it – this isn’t a good value. Also, while the scallops were fine, the kitchen actually ran out of them twice on opening day leading to lengthy lines spanning 50 to 60 minutes.
Pistachio Cake – $4.75
Outstanding! This cake was a wonderful value and beautifully presented, and we loved how they found a way to offer familiar flavors in a new, fancy way.

El Artista Hambriento (Mexico)

Huarache Verde – $7.50

You must love cilantro to love this one. Unfortunately, we did not.

Carne Asada – $9.50

While yummy, it might be a little too pricey for what you’re getting.

Chocolate Taco – $6.50

Chrissy was stunned that she would get this one again, especially considering its tiny size and the $6.50 price tag, but it was so neatly prepared and tasty!

Lily – $16.00

So strong and so small, but the Lily is super good and not too sweet. However, at $16.00, it’s also expensive.

Pastoral Palette (Germany)

Beef Short Rib – $8.25
Even the fussiest eaters will devour this one. It’s not pretentious or too unusual, just really great.
What items do you want to try at Epcot’s Festival of the Arts? Let us know in the comments!

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Savannah Sanders

Savannah has been visiting Disney World since she was a year old and has gone back almost every year since. In the real world, she teaches high school history and government and enjoys writing about all things Disney. Savannah can be reached on Twitter @DisneyParkSavvy.

2 thoughts on “Epcot 2022 Festival of the Arts Review: New Favorites & Best Values

  • January 27, 2022 at 12:57 pm
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    We want to try something in each country in Epcot so small portions or sharing a large portion will be the order of the day. We’ve tried this before and I was really struggling to eat any more by the time we got to the 10th country! We really enjoyed it though and everything is so beautifully presented.

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  • January 29, 2022 at 9:31 am
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    I understand you’re trying to be honest, I guess. But this was the biggest bummer of a review. Long wait, complain, small portion, complain, expensive, complain…oh, this was good…complain, complain, complain. Did you realize you were going to Disney World?

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