Epcot's International Festival of the Arts / by Louis Holstein

The Holstein Family headed over to Epcot this past weekend to soak in the 2nd year of Epcot's International Festival of the Arts. We were not able to see last year's festival, and we didn't hear stellar reviews from it, so our expectations going into it were not very high. However, we were plesently surprised to find that it was a very enjoyable festival, and for me personally, my favorite out of all of Epcot's festivals! Without further ado, I'm going to break down why it is my favorite festival to date!

The first surprise, was the amount of free interactive offerings they had available. The above images are from the community mural. I always have loved community murals, but perhaps I forgot at how invigorating it is to be a part of one! People were crowding the space looking for their assigned number (it was a paint by number mural) and we had a blast. 

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Then came the photo-spots. I really loved these. They took famous art works, and created truly fun photo-ops all around the World Showcase. Each photo-op was located in the country of its orgin, and boy did we get a kick out of these. Some pics turned out better than others, but either way it was a fun. You can click on the images below to see the full pics. Kuddos to the Creative Team who came up with the community mural, and photo-ops. Super low cost to them, and super fun for us. 

Epcot can not have a festival without FOOD! I personally am not huge on the food offerings at any Epcot Festivals, just because it's so pricy for what it is, but not with this festival! The price points actually made sense! Not only was the price reasonable, but the food was really good, AND it was a work of art! I loved the continuity with the theme of the fesitival! 

Roasted Pork Roulade with Butternut Squash Purée, Marble Potatoes and Baby Carrots with a Red Wine Sauce featuring Melissa’s Produce

Roasted Pork Roulade with Butternut Squash Purée, Marble Potatoes and Baby Carrots with a Red Wine Sauce featuring Melissa’s Produce

Artist Palette Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie

In addition to the interactive fun, and great food, Epcot also literally had an Art Festival! There were art booths GALORE with various artists, mediums, and styles. Some where Disney inspired, but there was plenty for those who despise Disney art. We saw several of the featured artists talking with guests and signing art work. It was too cool. As amateur art collectors, there were a couple of pieces that even caught our eye. 

Overall I give Epcot's International Festival of the Arts an A+! I highly recommend it for everyone to check out, especially if you have an annual pass, it's worth checking out. As a lover of the arts, it just made me fall in love all over again. Below is the completed mural. Another example of the beauty that comes from community, but that's for another post. 

-Louis