The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts presented by AT&T is one of my favorite things to do with mi familia. It is colorful, interactive and has delicious food inspired by Latin flavors.
Can I tell you how excited I am that the Vibrante & Vívido: Encanto Cocina Food Studio is back? With lively, rich and colorful dishes full of flavors, this is the place to experience different cuisines inspired by South America and the Disney animated film “Encanto.”
Located between Morocco & France, this Food Studio features a chorizo and potato empanada with turmeric and annatto aïoli; a spicy ajiaco soup with guajillo and árbol chili-spiced chicken, potato, avocado, corn and crème fraîche (gluten/wheat-friendly). For dessert, there’s a passion fruit mousse with dragon fruit jam. Yum! In addition, you can find beverages like a coconut and passion fruit smoothie (non-alcoholic), a frozen piña colada and a passion fruit daiquiri.
Another favorite Food Studio is El Artista Hambriento near the Mexico pavilion. It’s a fiesta of flavors and features one of my favorite desserts: coconut flan! You can also enjoy dishes like carne asada with chipotle-marinated beef sirloin, sweet potato purée and crispy-fried onion; huarache de champiñones made with guajillo chile and corn masa huarache with pinto beans, oyster mushrooms, nopales, queso fresco and pea tendrils; and of course, my favorite, the flan de coco with guava sauce and whipped cream.
To drink, you have great options like Cielito Lindo artisanal Mexican craft beer; the Bombon Margarita “Marshmallow” with Ilegal Mezcal Reposado, marshmallow cordial, lime juice, agave nectar and a hint of coffee and elderflower served with a toasted marshmallow; and Las Californias, made with Tromba Blanco tequila, strawberry-lime purée and Las Californias Citrus Mexican Gin.
Besides the culinary arts, the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts also showcases the performing arts. On select dates, you can catch performances by Mexican-American Broadway star Mandy González (“Aida”) and L. Steven Taylor (“The Lion King”) as part of the amazing DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series. In addition, Peruvian harpist Victor Espinola performs at the festival. Check the My Disney Experience app for daily show times.
The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is included with valid theme park admission and a park reservation for the same date. And remember, there’s still time to enjoy the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary celebration now through Mar. 31, 2023. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more news as we continue to share more of what the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts has to offer.
This year’s festival runs now through Feb. 20. For more information, visit ArtfulEPCOT.com.