Epcot International Festival of the Arts Preview – The Food and Art at Disney

We got a sneak peek of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, a brand new event starting at Walt Disney World January 13, 2017 through February 20, 2017.

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is the first year this event will be held. Celebrating visual, performing and culinary arts, this new festival will immerse guests in artistic experiences.

This brand new festival will be held Friday through Monday (a 4-day weekend) each week for six weeks.

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

During a media preview, we discovered how many fun and unique experiences guests will be able to enjoy during this winter time festival.

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

First, the food. Disney guests are accustomed to specialty foods during Epcot’s two major festivals, the Flower and Garden Festival and the Food and Wine Festival. This new festival at Epcot won’t disappoint foodies, either.

Dramatic displays of food art will tempt not only the taste buds, but also your other senses. The care and detail that the Epcot culinary team is putting into each of the specialty dishes created specifically for this event is astounding.

We tasted every single dish that the Epcot International Festival of the Arts will have. Here is what to expect:

The Painter’s Palate

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts:
~Whipped Herb Cream Cheese with Sea Salt
~ Chicken Mousse with Fresh Herbs and Everything Bagel Seasoning
~ Spicy Tuna with Sriracha Mayonnaise and Sesame Seeds

Pop Eats

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!
Shrimp Ceviche with Lime Mint Foam

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

Pop’t Art: Modern-designed Sugar Cookie with Chocolate Hazelnut Filling

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

Cloudem Silver Sparkling Wine

Decadent Delights

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!
Crisp Caramel Chocolate Mousse Bar, Flavored Merengue Kisses and Passion Fruit Sauce

Masterpiece Kitchen

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

Triple Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Sauce and Gold Leaf

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!
Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel Reduction

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First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

Classic Reuben with Shredded Corned Beef, Thousand Island Dressing, Pickled Red Cabbage and a Rye Curl

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!
Figment Art Painting with Chocolate Easel

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

Deconstructed Breakfast: Twinings® Apple Chai Tea Shake with Cream Bourbon garnished with a Waffle Crips and Candied Bacon

The Artist Table

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and a Parmesan Crisp

Cuisine Classique

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

Braised Beef Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic

Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva Art Series

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Okay, so there are plenty of other art offerings during the Epcot International Festival of the Arts 😉

I’m super excited about the art of Mary Blair and Herb Ryman – two very famous Disney artists over the years – being on display. Current Disney artists Joe Kaminski and Costa Alavezos will also be creating art live on Saturday nights from 7 – 9 p.m.

See our video:

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

We got the chance to watch Joe Kaminski create Disney art right before our eyes. As he huddled over large canvases popping with Disney characters, Joe applied paint drops out of colorful bottles as his kids sat nearby helping out their Dad. Joe is an amazingly awesome person to talk to – so generous and nice – and the chance to interact with him live for two hours on Saturday nights is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

Speaking of experiences, can you believe the chance to walk through Epcot with a Disney Imagineer artist? I know – it’s going to be great!

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

In the inaugural year of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, a collaboration with Disney Theatrical will bring an exciting new showcase of favorite music and Broadway talent to the America Gardens Theatre stage. Guests will enjoy different pairings of phenomenal Broadway talent in concert, performing songs from some of Disney on Broadway’s award-winning shows, including ‪The Lion King‪, Newsies, and Aladdin, in addition to others.

The Orlando Sentinel just shared the lineup, which is:

Jan 13-16 and 20-23: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland. They will perform songs from: “Beauty and the Beast,” “Tarzan,” “Mary Poppins” and “The Little Mermaid.” Strickland originated the role of Tarzan in the Broadway production of the same name back in 2006.

Jan. 27-30 and Feb. 3-6: Kerry Butler and Kevin Massey (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Tarzan,” “Newsies” and “Aladdin”).

Feb. 10-13 and 17-20: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King,” “Aida,” “Aladdin” and “The Little Mermaid”).

Performances will all take place at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. on each evening of the festival.

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

Epcot Living Statues will be roaming as well.

And lots of local talent will be performing, too, from marching bands to college and university acts and high school choirs.

Chalk artists will be creating masterpieces on the sidewalks and on canvases.

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt will have you hunting each country in the World Showcase and collecting stickers to redeem for a surprise.

First ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be January - February 2017! We got a sneak peek of the food and performances. This new event is a winner for Disney World guests! Make plans to see the Orlando event this winter for the first time!

Artsy photo opportunities will be available, as your family can be part of a famous piece of art.

And……. as if that’s not enough ……… there will also be creative workshops, such as animation or cake decorating.

 

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    says

    Wow. I have been so out of the loop (and haven’t gotten an AP magazine), I had no idea they were doing this. It looks awesome. Hope we can get down there soon to see some of this.

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