Everyone Is Talking About Epcot’s 2nd International Festival of the Arts

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Beginning January 12th artists, performers and chefs gathered to celebrate Epcot’s 2nd International Festival of Arts at the Walt Disney World Resort. Each day offered the opportunity for guests to explore the arts through musical performances, art demonstrations, sampling the culinary arts and even participating in interactive workshops.

Live entertainment included performances by Broadway stars such as Kevin Massey and Jennifer Gambatese. “I would describe it as 28 minutes of pure delight!” said Gambatese of the half-hour shows based on Broadway favorites such as Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. Massey, who performed alongside her, felt after a long day in the park it was the perfect chance for guests to sit back, relax and enjoy some familiar and some new tunes.

And what would a festival at Epcot be without a plethora of tasty treats? Most of the cuisine at all 13 “Food Studios” looks too good to eat, but surely that doesn’t stop anyone! Epcot’s Culinary Director Gregg Hannon stated, “For this festival, we have redesigned our presentation to make them more-picturesque, more sophisticated, so that when you get your dish, it will be something that you would want to take a picture of, like a piece of art.”

Leaders were thrilled with the growth Epcot’s International Festival of Arts has taken on this year. Melissa Valiquette, Epcot Vice President, stated, “It’s bigger, brighter and better than ever!”and General Manager, Dave Kesting was quoted saying, “This year is all about more- more days, more artists, more food . . . . There’s so much for everybody this year; it’s a festival for guests of all ages.”

The festival runs until February 19th, so be sure to check it out before it’s too late.

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