Epcot Art Festival: Down and Dirty Drinks

Epcot Art Festival: Down and Dirty Drinks

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Are you ready for the Epcot Art Festival? Check out these not to miss drinks at Epcot International Festival of the Arts in Walt Disney World Florida.

If you follow me on Instagram or across any of my social media channels, you are probably wondering how we are Disney passholders.  Crowds and tourists can be like the monkeys in the Ubud Sanctuary in Bali. Terrifying, hungry, and plentiful. 

One word sums up our Disney addiction, though: Epcot.  Well, actually a string of tipsy words: Epcot Art Festival, Flower and Garden, Festival of the Holidays, and Epcot Food and Wine.  Drinking around the [Disney] world, anyone?  These festivals are the only reason that I am still a Florida resident.

Florida residents get great deals, and yes, you can just purchase an Epcot after 4 PM pass.  However, if you are going to go big, you might as well enjoy the four parks since they ALL HAVE BOOZE these days.

This gluttonous blogger is biased, though, and Epcot’s festival drinks beckon to me every year.  I’d be a failed blogger if I didn’t go at least 5 times to each seasonal festival, right?  Right?!  The temptation of plum-infused cherry tomatoes and an Amaretto Bellini is too great.

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Epcot Art Festival: The Basics

From January 15th to February 25th, 2019 don’t miss out on the Epcot Art Festival.   Typically in February, Epcot is open from 9 am to 9 pm, but be sure to check your Disney app or Disney’s site for park and Festival of the Arts hours.  Epcot World Showcase tends to open later at 11 am.

Like all of Epcot’s Festivals, grab a passport upon entrance and drink your way around the world.

Disney goers will also find the usual seminars, concerts, workshops, and kid stations.  There are fun photo opportunities, foodie kiosks, rides, and country attractions.

Brunette girl holding a champagne flute in a photo booth at Epcot Art Festival

Renaissance Fine Art included portraits of bloggers drinking wine, right?!

The Epcot Art Festival has cheesy Disney art, a giant group mural to paint, and endless sugary treats in the shape of adorable paintbrushes.

Don’t attend expecting to buy decent art. Sorry not sorry, Disney.  No one needs a 10-foot portrait of Simba being held up over the canyon for a few thousand dollars.  Picture the money flying away emoji next to 10 wines glasses.

Although the actual artwork is blatantly gaudy (my husband wouldn’t let me take a picture), we do love some of the smaller artists and fun seminars, perfect for families.  There are talented artists here. Don’t hate troll me.

Be sure not to miss the chalk artists that line the path from the Odessey Center to the World Showcase.  They are out there drawing away until the next rain shower on kneepads.

Epcot Art Festival Chalk artists drawing murals with chalk on the ground

P.S. If you landed on this post hoping for all of the Epcot Art secret details, I’m sorry to disappoint.  I also have few passholder tips for free stuff.  So not my jam although people will fight to the death for a cutting board.  Fair warning: I am merely a boozy blogger.

4 Epcot Art Festival 2019 Drinks

There are endless flights and delicious cocktails spread throughout the Epcot Art Festival 2019.  These are just four of my favorite boozy drinks listed counterclockwise as you enter the World Showcase.  Have fun drinking around the world!

Let me know if you try any of these cocktails and what you think in the comments.

1. French Sparkling Burgundy Wine in France

Champagne flute with bubbly burgundy wine and flowers in the background

France is always our go-to country for a glass of sparkling wine.  Although we’ve wine tasted in the real Paris, our knowledge of French wines is amateur at best.  We headed straight to France after munching on Nemo at the Coral Reef restaurant in search of this burgundy bubbly.

If you are passport checking me, look for the Cremant de Bourgogne Veuve d’Ambal Expression. A little sweeter than expected, who can resist a flute of French wine while watching kids maul Sleeping Beauty?

2. El Massaya Arak in Morocco

Champagne flute with yellow and orange arak next to a small red glass of wine

Full disclosure here: I thought arak would be like Indonesian arak.  You know, that stuff that sometimes blinds ya when made wrong?! Moonshine.  Although Morocco’s arak is not the same tipsy gold, you basically get to drink anise.  Be still my Italian heart.

On your passport, this libation is listed as Embrace the Arak: El Massaya Arak, Grapefruit Juice, and Grenadine.  This beauty looked so good that Disney Art Festival goers stopped us to see what we were drinking.  They immediately proceeded to Morocco’s kiosk.  A tad sweet, I’ll drink a Pizzelle anytime.

That’s a Moroccan Bonassia red next door, but what fun is that?

3. Amaretto Bellini in Italy

Champagne flute with orange Bellini held in front of Epcot International's Italy showcase

Does anyone else feel like our pictures are getting a little more crooked?  Hmmm… P.S. I don’t even like sweet drinks, but somehow I kept gravitating toward them.  Who can say no to Amaretto?  Head down; not me.

I will say that as two lactose intolerant travelers, one with Celiacs, there were not a ton of food options at the Epcot Art Festival.  I digress…

In Italy, I usually love limoncello dropped into a Prosecco.  However, this Amaretto Bellini with white peach puree and Prosecco did not disappoint.  Peach, like lychee, is one of those sweet additives that I just cannot resist.

4. Tomato Plum Cocktail in China

Tomato Plum Cocktail held in front of Epcot's China Showcase

Traveling is all about the learning experience.  Today, I learned that plum wine soaked cherry tomatoes taste like candy.  These are tomatoes so they have to be healthy and good for you…

If this boozy cocktail is too sweet for you, know that you can order just the soaked tomatoes as a snack.  The Fortune Cookie with amaretto and coconut or Kung Fu Punch with Triple Sec and vodka sounded equally amazing.

AND, WTF is up with the stereotypical, somewhat culturally inappropriate names?  Don’t get me wrong: the cultural appropriation at Mexico and China, especially, is always blatantly there, but Kung Fu Punch? The Painted Panda? I dunno, Disney… Let me just go buy that traditional conical rice hat first…

A Few Other Noteworthy Epcot Art Festival Drinks:

A girl has to call it a day sometimes…

Other drinks that you might want to look for:

  • Over at Decadent Delights try the Neopolitian Beer Flight.  3 Daughters is a local Florida Brewery in St. Pete. You get a Nitro, Porter, and a Stout.
  • Margaritas in Mexico.  Did you even go to Epcot if you didn’t have a margarita?  No.  No, you didn’t.  Frida and Diego specialties are back this year.
  • Germany has a Rose-like flight, including a slushie and cider.
  • Block and Hans over at The American Adventure is featuring a Kolsch-style beer.

Enjoy Drinking Around the World

I always have mixed feelings about Epcot.  I do appreciate the opportunity to try food and wine from around the world when we cannot travel across the globe.

The Epcot Festival of the Arts is not as flashy as Food and Wine but go for the cooler weather, sweet drinks, and smaller crowds.  Paint on the group mural, make lunch reservations in advance and get your fast pass for Frozen a month out, at least.

Don’t forget a cronut by Test Track too.

Cheers in my honor, and always drink responsibly.

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13 Comments

  1. February 4, 2019 / 10:50 am

    So all I really know about Epcot comes from the Babysitter’s Club books I used to read as a kid in Australia. I know, I am a very well-rounded person who knows culture 😉
    Anyway, the art festival sounds awesome, and maybe if I had thousands of dollars to throw around, I would spend it on a huge portrait of Simba being held up over the crowd… LOL. But probably not.

    • Christine
      Author
      February 6, 2019 / 9:09 pm

      I love Ann Martin’s Babysitter Club books. She is a Smithie like me too! I don’t remember the Epcot reference, but that’s hilarious and great. I have to research this.

      I mean…you might needthat Simba painting after 4 glasses of wine?!

      • February 6, 2019 / 9:37 pm

        It would seem more like something I couldn’t live without after 4 glasses of wine 😉

        • Christine
          Author
          February 6, 2019 / 9:40 pm

          Full disclosure: at Food and Wine my husband and I bought pictures that looked like our cats next to bottles of booze and glasses of wine. We had 5 cats at the time… I love the cute boozy pictures in my kitchen but 🍷🐱🍷🐱🍷🐱🍷🐱

  2. February 5, 2019 / 12:51 pm

    I’ll take an Amaretto Bellini and a Tomato Plum cocktail, please! And a cronut.
    This is probably the first time that I’m thirsty for an actual ‘drink’ at 10 am then the coffee I have waiting for me. I’m seriously missing out on the Disney World food and drink options. We have a foodie festival here at Disney and they’ll have different stands from around the world, but the food was always disappointing. Perhaps we weren’t trying the right things?

    Wonderful post and I love the last pin!

    • Christine
      Author
      February 6, 2019 / 9:14 pm

      Thank you!

      Those cherry tomatoes were truly delicious! I think I liked the anise arak the most.

      I think sometimes the Disney festival food is disappointing and overpriced. Other times, the treats are amazing. For this Arts Festival, I couldn’t eat a lot, which was disappointing. Their holiday festival wasn’t very food allergy friendly, either. It’s nice that they label gf on the passports–love that! Wish lactose-free was on there too with more options. But, I can’t complain at all. They kept me well hydrated. Hehe

      I’d love to see Disneyland and all that they have to offer.

  3. February 6, 2019 / 12:18 am

    Literally consider moving to FL just to go to Disney all the time at least once a week. I love the idea of the Epcot after 4 pass but I’d have to go all out. We’ve never done this festival but I’ve done food and wine a bunch of times and it’s my favorite time to go! I think about bringing my kids all the time but also about the amazing drinks 😜

    • Christine
      Author
      February 6, 2019 / 9:17 pm

      You would definitely become an annual passholder! We go out all out–and I couldn’t imagine it any other way.

      Food and Wine is definitely my favorite Epcot festival too. I hope you guys make it back there soon, post new baby. Great reason to celebrate, right?

  4. February 6, 2019 / 5:01 pm

    I haven’t been to Disney since I was a small child, and now as an adult, the only reason I want to go back is Epcot. I am not a big ride person, but I love a good around the world festival! I am intrigued by those plum-infused cherry tomatoes. They sound delicious!

    I will keep in mind the Neopolitan flight at Decadent Delights. Dark beers are my jam. I am impressed by your ability to remember to take pictures at a drinking event! I am going to a winter beer festival this weekend and I would like to write about it, but I don’t trust my beer-addled self to take good pictures. Only time will tell I suppose!

    • Christine
      Author
      February 6, 2019 / 9:27 pm

      I am not a big ride person, either. The lines can get soooo long…but some of the rides are worth it. My husband and I still need to try the new Pandora rides. We can never get fast passes in time, and the lines are still SO long.

      Those tomatoes…so good! I don’t remember seeing that specific cocktail on last year’s menu (so it might be new this year), but I might have missed it. I hope it’s back next year too! “Dear Disney…” Japan has this great sake served in a wooden bowl. Too much fun!

      I love dark beers too. Ambers and stouts. I am not a hoppy, IPA beer person. You can totally manage pictures. I had help: I told my husband to make sure that I don’t drink everything before snapping a picture. I was on a mission. lol I did down a beer not pictured here…because it just went down…my mouth…immediately before lunch…oops.

      Let me know if you ever come to Disney! Boozy bookish fun will ensue!

      Can’t wait to see if you blogged about the beer festival. I’ve been scanning your blog tweets on Twitter and have to head over that way.

  5. February 7, 2019 / 12:17 am

    Hahahaha love how the pictures got a little bit more crooked. I would love to try that Amarretto – I think thats the drink I like! If it is almondy. Looks like a cool event! I am not much of a drinker because anything that has the slightest hint of alcohol taste in it makes me flee! If it’s an overpriced cocktail that tastes of juice and makes my feet feel numb I am all over that, haha!

  6. February 10, 2019 / 11:13 am

    So intrigued by the tomato plum cocktail!

    • Christine
      Author
      February 10, 2019 / 6:28 pm

      It sounds horrendous, but it was fun. 😂

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