Festival of the Arts 
by Mike DeBonis
     Epcot no matter when you visit usually has a festival going on. Whether it be the Food and Wine Festival, Flower and Garden or going on right now the Festival of the Arts. This festival is a celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts. Epcot features live entertainment, festival kitchens, Visual Arts showcase and offers workshops and seminars that you can participate in. This festival runs from January 18 – February 25, 2019 and features individual kiosks setup around World Showcase. Here you can find individual dishes and drinks the celebrate cuisine for both flavor and visual appeal. 
     At this festival you can witness artists working on pieces right in front of your eyes. You can see artists painting on canvases, on the walkways with chalk and there are hidden paintings that are placed around the showcase on walls, buildings and more. You can also partake in being apart of helping create a massive mural that you can paint in separate sections that creates a massive image that has been created by EPCOT guests. As well as being apart of the art, you can buy amazing pieces that you will find throughout your journey around World Showcase. 
     While the festival is going on, you will be able to find paintings in  which you can be the main focal point for a picture opportunity. One of these is a photo op that you can insert into a scene where George Washington is crossing the Delaware River. To take it even further, the festival features free drawing classes where an instructor will help you draw your own masterpiece. This is a cool opportunity for you to be apart of the magic! During the Festival of the Arts you will be able to see and hear live entertainment throughout the festival. You will be able to see performances from Broadway productions and as well as live music that get your feet moving.
     Lastly, another key focal point to any EPCOT festival are the food and drinks. During the Festival of the Arts the food and beverages are not just served up in any ordinary way, Disney culinary artists put their own twists on different foods and specialty drinks. Some great places and dishes you can find during your visit are at:
The Artists Table :  Beef Wellington and Chocolate and beer pairing flight.
The Deconstructed Dish: BLT with Crispy Pork Belly and the Pop-Artsicle
Cuisine Classique: Red Wine braised Beef Short Rib and A Play on Rose Flight
Painters Palate: Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts and Popcorn pairing Flight
Pop Eats: Shrimp Ceviche and Lime Mint Foam and #RainbowSherbertGlitterDreamAle
     These are just a few of the must try eateries you can sample and experience during your time at the festival. This is the shortest festival EPCOT has to offer but also one of the most unique. You can gaze at all the different art pieces that are located around the Showcase and indulge in some of the finest and most creative dishes and beverages around. The Festival of the Arts is a must do in my opinion and will make your stay at Disney that much more enjoyable. If you are interested in attending Disney or any of Epcots famous festivals contact us at Castle Vacations today!