Walt Disney World has released food booth menus for the 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, our favorite event of the year! This post previews new & returning savory snacks and decadent desserts, along with a look at all things Figment that’ll be returning or debuting during Artful EPCOT.
For starters, the 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts runs from January 13 through February 20, 2023. The Food Studios are all located throughout the World Showcase pavilions and portions of the new neighborhoods of Future World, just like the Holiday Kitchens and Global Marketplaces before them.
Like its Christmas-time counterpart, the 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts uses a smaller slate of food booths than the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival, which the park’s “flagship” fall foodie event. However, it’s actually a good thing for guests that the 2023 EPCOT Festival of Arts doesn’t focus as much on food.
For one thing, the decreased emphasis on the culinary arts allows other things to shine at the 2023 EPCOT Festival of the Arts. As we’ve pointed out time and time again, food is the least important element of the festival. We want to underscore this up front: buying food is not essential to enjoying the 2023 EPCOT Festival of the Arts. Sure, food is great and snacking around these booths is fun. However, prices border on obscene and portions are small.
Moreover, there’s so much substance to this event beyond food…and it is totally FREE! You can watch artists create art right in front of you, peruse booths and galleries, attend free seminars, participate in the creation of art, and so much more. Festival of the Arts is great in spite of the food, not because of it. If you’re interested in knowing what not to miss in terms of non-food offerings, read our Guide to the 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts.
The other “lowkey” reason why it’s a net positive that cuisine is not cornerstone to the 2023 EPCOT Festival of the Arts is because it relieves pressure on the Food Studios. Lines are shorter and there’s less demand than at Food & Wine, so the booth menus can be a bit more ambitious and artful with their presentation. Food & Wine Festival is a bit like event catering but with its own twists–efficiency and ease are paramount to get through backlogs of guests.
Admittedly, this is less true with EPCOT’s Festival of the Arts with each passing year. Last year, many lines got pretty bad (even outside of Figment), particularly on peak weekends. Still, you’ll see dozens of items on the menus and food photos below that have beautiful presentation and exceptional attention to detail. The same ambitious dishes simply wouldn’t be possible during the more popular Food & Wine Festival, ironically enough.
On that note, let’s take a look at the food & drink menus for the 15 Food Studios that showcase the best in culinary art, blending colorful ingredients, unique cooking techniques, and imaginative presentations to create edible masterpieces…
Pop Eats (Near Port of Entry)
Tomato Soup with grilled cheese
Tomato Soup with pimento cheese, bacon, and fried green tomato grilled cheese (New)
Almond Frangipane Cake layered with raspberry jam and Belgian chocolate (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Item)
Brooklyn Brewery Pulp Art Hazy IPA
Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuveé Mousseux with boba pearls
The Deconstructed Dish (Near Port of Entry)
Deconstructed BLT: Pork belly, soft-poached egg, onion bread pudding, watercress espuma, and tomato jam
Deconstructed French Onion Soup: Beef broth ravioli, gruyère cream, onion bread pudding, and onion textures
Deconstructed Key Lime Pie: Flexible Key lime curd, “Key lime” mousse, graham cracker cake, and meringues (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Item)
Deconstructed Apple Pie à la Mode: Apple-cinnamon gelato, cinnamon apple cider, apple pie filling, and streusel (Non-alcoholic)
Wicked Weed Brewing Blank Canvas Belgian Blonde Witbier
Deco Delights (Near Port of Entry)
Dulce Chocolate Mousse with chocolate crémeux and dark chocolate truffle
Decadent Valrhona Chocolate with dark chocolate mousse, chocolate brownie, and cassis mousse
Orange Mousse with Lemon Cake and Raspberry Meringues (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Item)
3 Daughters Brewing Strawberry Blonde Nitro
81Bay Brewing Co. Vanilla Porter
Playalinda Brewing Co. Milk Stout
Espresso Martini featuring Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka (New)
Neapolitan Beer Flight
The Craftsman’s Courtyard (Near Creations Shop)
Beef Wellington: Mushroom duxelles, prosciutto, and puff pastry with red wine demi-glace and baby vegetables
Cast Iron-roasted P.E.I. Mussels with sautéed tomatoes, garlic, and fresh herbs
BrewDog Jet Black Heart Nitro Oatmeal Stout (New)
Cold Fashion Coffee Cocktail
Pastoral Palate (Germany)
Red Wine-braised Beef Short Rib with parsnip purée, broccolini, baby tomatoes, and aged balsamic
Wild Boar Cassoulet with duck confit, ham hock, and wild boar sausage
Black Forest Cake: Chocolate Mousse with morello cherries and Chantilly cream (New)
3 Daughters Brewing Rosé Hard Cider
81Bay Brewing Co. Rosé Blonde Ale
A Play on Rosé Flight
Marietta Old Vine Rosé
The Artist’s Table (The American Adventure)
Three-Meat Meatloaf with “Peas and Carrots”: Green pea pudding, carrot ketchup, shaved carrot salad, and snap peas (New)
Duck and Dumplings: Smoked duck breast, ricotta dumplings, petite vegetables, and duck jus (New)
Hummingbird Cake: Banana cake with pineapple, coconut, pecans, and cream cheese frosting with banana sorbet (New)
Sipping Chocolate Flight: White, milk, and dark chocolates (Non-alcoholic)
Boulevard Brewing Co. Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale (New)
Parish Brewing Co. South Coast Session Amber Ale (New)
Brewery Ommegang Three Philosophers Belgian Quad (New)
Lange Estate Winery Pinot Noir
Symphony in Chocolate Flight: Mozart Chocolate Liqueurs paired with sipping chocolates
Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina (Morocco)
Carrots Three Ways: Chermoula-spiced grilled carrots, pickled carrots, and carrot ginger purée (Plant-based item) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)
House-made Crispy Almond Phyllo Pockets with white chocolate pomegranate and milk chocolate orange
Chai Tea Mint Sparkler featuring Twinings Chai Tea with Sprite (Non-alcoholic)
Stem Ciders Flockstar Hard Cider
Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Mule de Pomme: Pomegranate, ginger, and lime hard cider
3 Daughters Brewing Chai Hard Cider
Chai Tea Mint Mimosa featuring Twinings Chai Tea with Key lime sparkling wine and mint
Masu Sake in a traditional personalized wooden cup
Purple Yuzu Sake Lemonade: Sake cocktail infused with butterfly pea flower and yuzu lemonade (New)
The Painted Panda (China)
General Tso’s Chicken Shumai
Char Siu Pork Bun
“Panda” Bubble Milk Tea with black tea, milk, chocolate, and tapioca boba pearls (Non-alcoholic)
Lucky Foo Pale Ale
Silk Road Hard Lemonade with Smirnoff Vodka, lavender-coconut syrup, and lemonade (New)
Sea Butterfly: Butterfly Pea Flower-infused cocktail with Smirnoff Vodka, light rum, lychee syrup, and magic boba pearls
L’Arte di Mangiare (Italy)
Mozzarella Fritta: Flash-fried breaded fresh mozzarella with artist palette condiments (New)
Ravioli ai Funghi, Perle Tartufate: Wild mushroom-stuffed pasta with truffle butter and truffle pearls (New)
Budino al Cioccolato: Chocolate pudding with colorful chocolate décor (New)
Italian Sangria Red or White
Italian Margarita with tequila and limoncello
Amaretto Bellini: DISARONNO Originale Liqueur, white peach purée, and prosecco
Mocha Funnel Cake: Mini Funnel Cake with cappuccino ice cream topped with chocolate whipped cream and M&M’S chocolate candies (New)
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
World Discovery (Near Mission: SPACE)
Amber Frost: An artistic blend of frozen lemon ice, a splash of Minute Maid Premium Lemonade, blood orange, and orange popping boba pearls (New)(Alcoholic version available with Grey Goose Vodka)
Magenta Frost: An artistic blend of frozen lemon ice, a splash of Minute Maid Premium Lemonade, dragon fruit, and dragon fruit popping boba pearls (New) (Alcoholic version available with Grey Goose Vodka)
Showcase Plaza (Near Disney Traders)
Jade Frost: An artistic blend of frozen lemon ice, a splash of Minute Maid Premium Lemonade, green apple, and green apple popping boba pearls (New)(Alcoholic version available with Grey Goose Vodka)
The American Adventure
Cerulean Frost: An artistic blend of frozen lemon ice, a splash of Minute Maid Premium Lemonade, blue raspberry, and blueberry popping boba pearls 6.39 (New)(Alcoholic version available with Grey Goose Vodka)
Plant-based Bratwurst with spicy turmeric aïoli, coffee barbecue jackfruit, and slaw (Plant-based item)
Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie
Soft-serve Waffle Cone: DOLE Whip, salted-caramel soft-serve, or swirl
Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co. Berries & Cream Sour Berliner (New)
Left Hand Brewing Co. Wook Bait IPA (New)
Central 28 Beer Company Wall Art Brown Ale
Finally, guess who’s back? FIGMENT’S BAAAACK. The 2023 EPCOT Festival of the Arts is getting more imaginative, with Figment’s Inspiration Station at the Odyssey: Art, Food, and Little Sparks of Magic. Not only that, but you can bring home Figment with the brand-new Fruity Fig Bar Figment Disney Munchling. This limited-edition Disney Munchling features the sweet smell of berries and can be found both at the merchandise locations at the festival and on shopDisney.
Additionally, the Figment Premium Popcorn Bucket makes its return, but this year with a new EPCOT 40th Anniversary strap. Last year, Festival of the Arts was dominated by headlines that EPCOT’s Longest Line Is For Figment Popcorn Buckets. It took a while, but Walt Disney World eventually solved that problem by streamlining the process with Mobile Order. It’ll be interesting to see if that simple fix returns at the outset of the 2023 EPCOT Festival of the Arts, or if Disney wants the lines and accompanying headlines.
As much as I love Figment, I’m admittedly a bit disappointed. Part of that is probably my complete disinterest in Munchkins. I know those things are super popular, but I don’t get the hype. (To each their own on that–no judgment from me!) I wish there were a new Figment sipper or a different popcorn bucket design.
While those things also don’t do a ton for me, personally, at least they have a wider resonance in the fan community. It was really cool to walk around EPCOT last January and February and see a high percentage of guests carrying a Figment popcorn bucket or two (but not 5 or more–the eBay pirates are very uncool!). I could be wrong, but I don’t think the same popcorn bucket but with a different strap is going to hit the same.
Will you be buying the Figment popcorn bucket with the new EPCOT 40th Anniversary strap? If so, do you already have one or not? Think the line for that will once again be multiple hours long, or will Walt Disney World bring back the streamlined Mobile Order process? Do you have any favorite savory snacks or decadent desserts from the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts? Any least favorite items? Do you think the food is worth the high price tags given the attention to detail, or is it all still overpriced? What are you looking forward to trying at the Food Studio booths? Any questions? Hearing from you is half the fun, so please share your thoughts in the comments!