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2021 Festival Of The Arts Menu Items That Are Hits & Misses

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Last Updated on March 25, 2021 by Allyson

This year’s Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts started on Jan. 8 and I was lucky enough to attend the festival in mid-January. As it usually goes with any EPCOT festival, there are so many 2021 Festival of the Arts menu items to try with some being hits and others being misses.

If you’re thinking about visiting the festival this year, I wanted to share a roundup of food and drinks I tried at the Festival of the Arts, which celebrates culinary, performing, and visual arts.

The modified festival features 16 food studios with many options. Below you’ll find the names of each dish and drink I tried, along with locations, prices, and honest reviews.

In my opinion, this is one of the better festivals when it comes to menu offerings. Pricing is about the same when you compare it to other festivals, but, as always, there are select items that are way overpriced for the portion you get and when it comes to taste.

But, overall, Festival of the Arts has quite a few choices that are worthy of your money and that will make your taste buds and stomach happy.

Let’s take a look at what I tried.

Rosé Hard Cider

rose hard cider at 2021 festival of the arts

  • WHAT: 3 Daughters Brewing Rosé Hard Cider
  • PRICE: 6 oz. $4.50, 12 oz. $8.50
  • WHERE: Cuisine Classique in the Germany Pavilion

I’m a big beer fan and I don’t normally drink ciders, but this Rosé Hard Cider from 3 Daughters Brewing is a must, not to mention one of my favorite drinks that I had at the festival. It was refreshing and had amazing flavors. I highly recommend.

Vegetable Gyoza

vegetable gyoza at 2021 festival of the arts

  • WHAT: Vegetable Gyoza
  • PRICE: $6
  • WHERE: Goshiki in the Japan Pavilion

This vegetable-filled spinach gyoza with tofu sat on top of mashed potatoes with pepper strings and teriyaki sauce was very good! It comes with a fish cake, but since I don’t eat seafood, I asked to have it without, which they gladly accommodated.

Warm Brie In A Bread Bowl

warm brie in a bread bowl at 2021 festival of the arts

  • WHAT: Crème de Brie en Petit Pain
  • PRICE: $8
  • WHERE: L’Art de la Cuisine Francaise in the France Pavilion

Let’s face it, pretty much every festival booth in the France pavilion is the best, but even more so the studio during Festival of the Arts. As for this warm brie in a bread bowl, well, it’s as fabulous as it sounds. What’s not to love between cheese and bread?

Frozen French Martini

frozen french martini at 2021 festival of the arts

  • WHAT: Frozen French Martini
  • PRICE: $14.50
  • WHERE: L’Art de la Cuisine Francaise in the France Pavilion

This frozen martini definitely runs on the more expensive side. The drink contains Grey Goose Vodka, Chambord Liqueur, Pineapple, Orange, and Grape Juice with Lemon-Lime foam. The latter is actually the best part. You wouldn’t think a lemon-lime foam would be spectacular, but it is.

This is similar to La Vie en Rose that’s normally available during the Food & Wine Festival, but the foam transforms this particular beverage in an unbeatable way.

Strawberry Cheesecake

deconstructed strawberry cheesecake at 2021 festival of the arts

  • WHAT: Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake
  • PRICE: $6.25
  • WHERE: The Deconstructed Dish (across from Starbucks as you enter World Showcase)

If you love cheesecake, get this! The dessert features a whipped New York-style cheesecake with fresh Florida strawberries and sugar cookies. It is absolutely delicious and one of my favorite dishes I purchased.

Ratatouille & Strawberry Blonde Nitro

remy's ratatouille at 2021 festival of the arts

  • WHAT: Remy’s Ratatouille (plant-based) and 3 Daughters Brewing Strawberry Blonde Nitro
  • PRICE: $5, 6 oz. for $4.50 or 12 oz. for $8.50
  • WHERE: Festival Favorites inside World Showplace (between the Canada and U.K. pavilions)

With zucchini, eggplant, yellow squash, tomatoes, and red pepper piperade, this dish is obviously vegetable heavy. It’s super pretty, but I wasn’t wowed, even as a vegetarian. It’s basically just veggies with red sauce. As for the beer, it was just all right and had a bit of a hop to it, which I’m not super into.

Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

tomato soup with grilled cheese at festival of the arts

  • WHAT: Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese
  • PRICE: $5
  • WHERE: Pop Eats in Showcase Plaza (towards the Mexico Pavilion when you first enter World Showcase)

The grilled cheese and tomato soup were both good and a great deal for $5, but I wish they had been warmer. Be aware that the dishes sit under heat lamps and sometimes aren’t served as hot I personally would prefer.

FYI: You can also get the grilled cheese with onion and bacon. The tomato soup is also sometimes served in a cute festival-themed paint can, but, sadly, I didn’t get that option.

Italian Doughnuts

italian doughnuts at 2021 festival of the arts

  • WHAT: Bomboloni
  • PRICE: $11
  • WHERE: L’Arte de Mangiare in the Italy Pavilion

Admittedly, my friend purchased these and I only tasted one of the doughnuts. We both agreed that these cream-filled doughnuts with raspberry sauce and powdered sugar aren’t worth the steep buck. They were hard and nothing unique.

Fruit Smoothie

fruit smoothie at 2021 festival of the arts

  • WHAT: Coconut and Passion Fruit Smoothie (non-alcoholic)
  • PRICE: $4.50
  • WHERE: Vibrante & Vívido (the NEW booth between the France and Morocco pavilions)

My friend also purchased this item and after tasting it, well, I was a quick fan. If you like fruity and sweet, this is for you. It’s very refreshing! Plus, you get this cute souvenir cup — and all for an awesome price!

Beet Tartare

beet tartare at 2021 festival of the arts

  • WHAT: Salt-Roasted Beet Tartare (plant-based)
  • PRICE: $6.50
  • WHERE: Painter’s Palate inside World Showplace (between Canada and the U.K. pavilions)

If you like a cold dish with pickled vegetables, parsley salad and an aioli, then this is for you. It’s also served with two pieces of bread. This was definitely different than anything I’ve had before, but I liked it. Everything was flavored well.

Pomegranate Margarita

pomegranate margarita at 2021 festival of the arts

  • WHAT: Diego Pomegranate Margarita
  • PRICE: $14.25
  • WHERE: El Artista Hambriento in the Mexico Pavilion

This margarita was very sweet, but super refreshing and went down quite easy (probably too easy). The beverage has Ojo de Tigre Mezcal, pomegranate-prickly pear kuice, Blackcurrant Liqueur, and Rose Petal Liqueur with a Hibiscus Salt Rim. The only thing I didn’t like was the salt rim. If you aren’t a salt fan, then I recommend getting the drink without.

Opera Cake

opera cake at 2021 festival of the arts

  • WHAT: Opera Cake
  • PRICE: $4.50
  • WHERE: Cuisine Classique in the Germany Pavilion

This was definitely worth the price and you get a lot for only $4.50. The cake contains almond joconde, coffee buttercream, and chocolate ganache. This is perfect for those who don’t like overly sweet or rich desserts. Also, the coffee flavor isn’t overwhelming. All of the ingredients blend well.

Wild Mushroom Risotto

wild mushroom risotto at festival of the arts 2021

  • WHAT: Wild Mushroom Risotto
  • PRICE: $9.25
  • WHERE: The Masterpiece Kitchen (right before you enter the Canada pavilion)

I cannot recommend this dish enough. This was so good I got it twice. I’m a huge mushroom fan, so this was on the top of my list to try and I’m so glad I did. The flavors are amazing and talk about cheesy goodness (the aged parmesan and truffles shavings were fantastic)! If you don’t like mushrooms, this doesn’t have a strong mushroom taste, so that’s something to keep in mind.

Moroccan Flatbread

moroccan flatbread at festival of arts 2021

  • WHAT: Mediterranean Flatbread
  • PRICE: $5.75
  • WHERE: Mosaic Canteen in the Morocco pavilion

First of all, this was another one of my favorite dishes I tried at this year’s festival. Not only is the flatbread a decent size (definitely shareable or perfect for a meal), but it only costs $5.75. Between the za’atar pesto, artichokes, roasted peppers, sundried tomatoes, and fennel cream, I couldn’t find anything wrong with this flatbread.

Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

giant chocolate chip art cookie at 2021 festival of the arts

  • WHAT: Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • PRICE: $5.50
  • WHERE: Cuisine Classique in the Germany Pavilion, Festival Favorites (inside World Showplace, between the Canada and U.K. pavilions), The Artist’s Table in the American Adventure

Not only is this a fun treat (you can paint with the frosting!), but it really is a “jumbo” cookie and perfect for sharing. Now, the cookie isn’t out of this world, but just your standard Disney chocolate chip cookie. That said, it still tastes pretty darn good.

Sea Butterfly Drink

sea butterfly drink at festival of the arts 2021

  • WHAT: Sea Butterfly
  • PRICE: $12.50
  • WHERE: The Painted Panda in the China Pavilion

This drink has butterfly pea flower infused with lychee syrup, vodka, light rum, and magic boba pearls. Is it pretty? You bet. Does it taste good? It does not. It has a very specific flavor that I can’t even describe and one that I don’t think everyone will love. I only drank half and will never get it again.

Plant-Based Bratwurst

plant based bratwurst at festival of the arts 2021

  • WHAT: Plant-Based Bratwurst
  • PRICE: $9.50
  • WHERE: Refreshment Outpost (between the Germany and China pavilions)

As someone who doesn’t eat meat, Disney does a great job of offering plant-based options, including this amazing bratwurst that contained spicy turmeric aioli, coffee barbecue jackfruit, and slaw. The bratwurst and toppings had a great combination of both spicy and sweet. I highly recommend this.

I’ve only attended Festival of the Arts two years in a row and both times I’ve had overall success with the food studios. The offerings are usually really good and mostly worth your money. If you’ve been to this year’s festival, what was your favorite dish and/or drink you tried?

Note: You can browse the full menus online or in the My Disney Experience app. The festival ends Feb. 22.

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