For most of my kid life, I thought Epcot was for grownups. I mean, you can see why this is a valid thought, right? Yep, Epcot has a few rides but in my kiddie eyes, it wasn’t Magic Kingdom. There was no castle and the castle was (and still is!) everything to me.
I rediscovered Epcot a few years ago for the Food & Wine Festival and the park really has a special place in my heart because it was where Esposo and I spent the most time the day after we got married.
So I guess Epcot IS for grownups. Keep thinking this, kids so we can keep this park to ourselves. Hehe.
Keep thinking this, kids so we can keep this park to ourselves. Hehe.
I was invited to Epcot International’s First Annual Festival of the Arts and I didn’t even have to thoroughly read the email before I got all kinds of excited. With a stunning combination of visual, culinary and performing arts highlighting cultures around the world, you’re left with the kind of experience that you wish could replay over and over again.
Can you imagine? Beautiful food. Beautiful art. Yes, y’all. Yes. This Festival will last for just a little over a month but I’m thinking of making this a tradition just to see how things change year after year. There were several pavilions and booths set up displaying art and food but it was mostly the food that caught my eye.
Okay, vegan friends…look away. ? This Sous Vide Venison with Butternut Squash Puree was such a work of art. That white dust on the side? That’s Juniper Berry Powder and it was delicious!
I’m far from a meat and cheese girl but this Charcuterie Palette was a stunner and could not have been displayed more beautifully.
One of the biggest hits (at least for my palate) was the Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts. I’ve never even had Croissant Doughnuts but whoever thought to make them savory is a genius.
Okay, let’s face it. I’ve got an insane sweet tooth. I’m not ashamed. Can we talk about the beauty that was this Deconstructed Purple Sweet Potato Pie?
I’ve never had anything so incredibly pillowy, decadent and…purple. This was a winner! Followed by a delicious Crisp Caramel Chocolate Mousse Bar.
Mind you…I’m not even a chocolate person. I think my favorite thing about all of the desserts that I photographed and tasted was just how beautiful they were. You almost didn’t want to eat them because seriously little mousse bar? Can I just stare at you for the rest of my life?
Actually no, the mousse bar was presh but this Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie?
Decadent, chunky and the perfect ratio of cookie to chips, I can’t begin to tell you how much this was loved. I ended up sharing it with a complete stranger because at the point I snagged this lovely, I was on a bit of a sugar high. But not before this was introduced to my life…
How gorgeous is that Almond Frangipane Cake? I didn’t get a chance to taste it as I only purchased it to take pictures. Before you start judging me on how wasteful I am, do know that I gave it away to a very happy stranger.
As for the arts?
Basically my face while walking past all of the spectacular pieces. I didn’t photograph them like I wanted to as I’m very careful about posting visual pieces that I didn’t create.
Unless of course, I’m able to source them respectfully.
Epcot International Festival of the Arts is for you if…
- You REALLY like the Food & Wine Festival.
- You enjoy trying different foods that are plated beautifully.
- Are an artist, know an artist or appreciate art.
- You want to get up close and personal with artists, chefs AND participate in a park-wide art project.
Excuse me while I go blow up an image of one of those desserts to plaster on my wall.
For more information on the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, visit here.
FTC Disclosure: I received a press ticket and gift card to attend this event but all thoughts and opinions are my own.