When the Epcot International Festival of the Arts kicks off for the first time ever on January 13, it won’t be limited to visual and performance art. The chefs at Walt Disney World have been busy whipping up their own masterpieces, with food as their medium and blank plates as their palettes. What they’ve come up with will please your palate, as you’ll see in the photos accompanying this article.

Good eating at Walt Disney World event

Items slated to be served at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts include the following:

  • A Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts that includes these three varieties: whipped herb cream cheese with sea salt, which will delight any cheese lover; chicken mousse with fresh herbs; and spicy tuna with sriracha mayo, which has a nice little bite, but not enough to scare off most people.
  • Abstract-designed Sugar Cookie with Chocolate Hazelnut Filling, which is colorful enough to delight the kids and tasty enough to draw in dessert lovers of all ages.
  • Shrimp Ceviche with Lime Mint Foam, a light and refreshing dish.
  • Crisp Caramel Chocolate Mousse Bar, Flavored Merengue Kisses and Passion Fruit Sauce and Triple Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Sauce and Gold Leaf, both of which are perfect options for chocolate lovers.
  • Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel Reduction, a dish that will likely be the highlight of this new Walt Disney World festival with its amazing balance of flavors and the hint of truffle.
  • Classic Reuben with Shredded Corned Beef, Thousand Island Dressing, Pickled Red Cabbage and a Rye Curl, an artistic take on the classic sandwich that’s almost too lovely to eat.
  • Pan-Seared Scallop with Chorizo, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and a Parmesan Crisp, a dish aimed directly at seafood lovers.
  • Braised Beef Short Rib with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes and Aged Balsamic, featuring tender, melt in your mouth meat.

Disney chef shares the details

Those are just a few of the delights you can taste at the Epcot International Art Festival, which runs every Friday through Monday from January 13 to February 20.

The portions are tapas size, which allows you to graze throughout the day if you spend all day at this event. If you'd like to learn more about the food, Chef Greg Hannon has all the details in this video:

Plan a full day at Epcot

There’s so much going on that you’ll need to arrive at opening time and stay until the last Illuminations explosion echoes through the air. If you’re a local or you’re spending multiple days at Walt Disney World during this event, it’s worth more than one visit to take everything in.

The festival is included with your Epcot admission ticket, but the food is an extra cost item sold at kiosks around the park. You can buy a handy rechargeable wrist card for ease of paying as you dine your way around the world while admiring the various forms of art that Walt Disney World is bringing to life this winter in this all-new event.