As of today, there are just two weeks left of this year’s Epcot International Festival of the Arts! *internal panic* The festival officially ends on February 22nd, and thankfully Flower and Garden Festival season will be upon us shortly after on March 3rd. But in case you’re wondering if you missed out on any must-eats from the current festival, we’ve got you covered. Here are 4 of our favorite dishes and drinks from the 2021 Epcot International Festival of the Arts.
- Remy’s Ratatouille
Ringing up at just $5.00, Remy’s ratatouille with eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, and red pepper piperade is on the cheaper side of Epcot festival foods, and yet does not sacrifice aesthetic or taste. It can be found at Festival Favorites in the World Showplace building between the United Kingdom and Canada pavilions near Joffrey’s Coffee.
This plant-based dish is light and everything I imagined Remy’s acclaimed ratatouille from the movie to taste like. It was pretty heavy on the tomato flavor, but as someone who has never been a tomato fan, I still very much enjoyed this iconic festival fare. I felt that I was making a conscious healthy choice by selecting this dish, which is of course all the more crucial when spending a day at a theme park.
Factoring in price, cinematic similarity, and of course overall flavor, Remy’s ratatouille might take the cake as my personal favorite festival dish this year.
2. Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate-Chip Cookie
Located at the same festival booth as Remy’s ratatouille, this giant chocolate chip cookie is definitely a new favorite sweet tooth of ours. It’s just slightly more expensive than the ratatouille at $5.50 (or even less Monday thru Thursday if you’re a Disney cast member) but still very reasonably priced for Epcot festival food.
Have you ever had a cookie cake decorated with frosting from the mall or grocery store? Well this is not much different than those. The only real difference would be the aesthetically pleasing presentation, but it has the same great classic taste. It was the perfect size for 3 of us to share, and it’s a fantastic sweet treat to balance the savory qualities of the heartier festival dishes.
3. Coconut and Passion Fruit Smoothie
This coconut heavy non-alcoholic smoothie is ridiculously refreshing, and it even comes with this fun reusable Festival of the Arts cup! This drink is $4.50 at the Vibrante & Vívido festival stand located between the France and Morocco pavilions.
It was a great beverage to taste test and share between 3 people, but after a few sips, it began to be a tad too tart for me. The passion fruit really started to kick in, but even so, it was still a great drink to try. Also a quick word of caution, the cup is NOT dishwasher safe. I guess we’ll just have to go back and get another – twist my arm!
4. Chilled Seafood Cocktail
The chilled seafood cocktail with octopus, scallops, shrimp, black garlic aïoli, tomato-coconut sauce, and serrano-lime oil honestly sounded way out of my league at first. I’m someone who is perfectly content with a bowl of ramen with maybe a dash of hot sauce for flavor, so this dish was way outside of my comfort level. In the end, I couldn’t be happier that I decided to give it a try.
This seafood plate is $8.50 at the Vibrante & Vívido stand, and it was worth every penny. Though my initial thought was that it would be much tastier served warm and with a side of melted butter, my overall opinion was that it was very aesthetically pleasing and delicious. Plus, I got to try octopus for the first time! There were large chunks of scallops and octopus, plus a few shrimp, so you definitely got your money’s worth. We split it 3 ways and were all very satisfied.