Fortunately, my last trip to Walt Disney World in Florida coincided with the start of the last EPCOT celebration, the Festival of the Arts. These all-encompassing events have thankfully become the norm in EPCOT, and while they share some similarities, thankfully they are all very unique. For many, the Festival of the Arts is a favorite as it combines fantastic food with incredible artwork in all shapes, creating a fun day (or days) exploring EPCOT.
The Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts runs until February 22, 2021 and features not only great canvases but also incredible edible works of art. Over 15 food stations are set up in EPCOT and offer art-inspired food and drink as well as clever culinary creations.
2021 EPCOT Festival of the Arts
For me, eating is always the focus of fun at EPCOT festivals. I love trying all the small bites and sips and enjoying the scenery as I move on. It’s a really fun way to have a meal or two and try some dishes that you might not otherwise try. Some of my favorites this year are:
- Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese at Pop Eats!
- Orange cream shake in a souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup
- Deconstructed Ruben at the deconstructed court
- Frida carrot margarita at El Artista Hambriento
- Artist’s Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie
- Saugatauck Brewing Co. Neapolitan milk stout at the artist’s table
- And so much more
The focus of the festival is of course the art, which is demonstrated in EPCOT in a variety of ways. More than 100 talented artists will visit the park during the 46-day event and special tents have been set up to sell some of their fun works of art. I had an amazing time reading the listings and yes I went away with my own artwork to take home with me.
In addition to the professional artists, the festival gives visitors the opportunity to express their own creative side, including:
- Lessons on how to draw Disney characters.
- A huge paint-by-number mural that anyone can add to
- Special photo installations with photo opportunities around the World Showcase
- Instagram worthy art walls for everyone and much more.
Of course, all of this happens during the time of COVID. So, if you’ve attended previous festivals, you’ll notice some differences in terms of health and safety. But as with my other Disney experiences during COVID, none of it was stressful and everything felt safe and only enhanced my personal experience.
It was my first time at the Festival of the Arts, but I’ve had such a good time that I know it won’t be my last.