5 artsy dishes to try at Disney’s upcoming Festival of the Arts

With the end of the Festival of the Holidays, the countdown has started for Epcot’s next event: the Festival of the Arts.

This festival celebrates visual, performing and, of course, culinary arts. Starting Jan. 18, visitors to the Disney theme park can try some eye-catching eats at special marketplaces scattered throughout the park or at additional festival locations at the pavilions.

Disney chefs show off their skills at the Festival of the Arts with complex, interesting dish presentations. Diners may experience lengthier wait-times because of the detailed fare — but it’s usually worth the delay for the quirky plate.

Interest piqued? Mine too. I spotted a few appealing dishes during a scroll through the festival’s website. Read on for some suggestions:

Crystal Mooncake

This sparkly dessert is filled with a fruit spread and sprinkled with toasted coconut at The Painted Panda, a booth in the China pavilion.

Lobster Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

What’s not to love about this dish? (Don’t answer that). It’s even served inside of a bread cone at the Taste Track booth near Test Track.

Smoked Salmon and Cream Gâteau

I’m picturing layers of smoked salmon and egg yolk cream, garnished with Paddlefish caviar and micro-herbs. I look forward to seeing if my imagination lives up to reality when I try this dish at The Painter’s Palate marketplace.

Sous Vide Poulet Rouge Chicken Roulade

Sous vide is a method of cooking ingredients in a vacuum-sealed bag placed in water bath. It usually results in perfectly cooked foods that retain their juiciness. This chicken will be wrapped around apples and sage and served with a brie fondue, blueberry and beet gel and garnished with apple and beet chips. It’s a gluten-friendly dish that will be served at the Pop Eats! marketplace.

Taiyaki

This crisp fish-shaped Japanese pastry is stuffed with red bean paste and topped with whipped cream and sesame custard. Find it — along with a sushi doughnut — at Takumi Table in the Japan pavilion.

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Email Lauren at ldelgado@orlandosentinel.com. Follow her on Twitter at OS_LaurenD or on Instagram at orlando.foodie.