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REVIEW: Pork Belly Pastor, Chocolate Tacos, a Terrible Carrot Margarita, and More at El Artista Hambriento for the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

Back for another year at the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, El Artista Hambriento has been a part of this festival since its inception in 2017. Last year, the booth debuted an entirely new menu, so let’s see what’s returned from last year and what’s new this year!

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Menu for El Artista Hambriento at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

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Food:

  • 🆕 Chile Relleno: Fried Poblano Pepper filled with Flank Steak, Black Beans, and Tomatoes drizzled with a Poblano Cream Sauce (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) – $7.25
  • 🆕 Pork Belly Pastor: Pastor-marinated Pork Belly atop Boniato Purée with Charred Pineapple and Crispy Cilantro (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) – $7.50
  • 🆕 Taco de Chocolate: Chocolate Candy Shell filled with Mexican Chocolate Mousse with a touch of Chile topped with Tropical Fruit (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) – $6.00

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Mexican Craft Beer: Tulum Artisanal Lager (4.0% ABV) crafted with Citrus notes and made with Mexican Caribbean Seawater – $5.00 (6oz) / $9.50 (12oz)
  • 🆕 Diego Pomegranate Margarita: Ojo de Tigre Mezcal, Pomegranate-Prickly Pear Juice, Blackcurrant Liqueur, and Rose Petal Liqueur with a Hibiscus Salt Rim – $14.25
  • 🆕 Frida Carrot Margarita: Casa Noble Blanco Tequila, Carrot Juice, Ginger Cordial, Lime Juice, and Agave Nectar – $14.50

The Mexican Craft Beer previously appeared at the Mexico Marketplace as part of the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival.

Photos of Menu Items from El Artista Hambriento at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

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*NEW* Chile Relleno: Fried Poblano Pepper filled with Flank Steak, Black Beans, and Tomatoes drizzled with a Poblano Cream Sauce (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) – $7.25

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This was fantastic. It was a good size, well-cooked, and very spicy. The flank steak is tender and juicy. The pepper is thick and complements it well. We highly recommend this dish.

*NEW* Pork Belly Pastor: Pastor-marinated Pork Belly atop Boniato Purée with Charred Pineapple and Crispy Cilantro (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) – $7.50

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The pork belly was delicious and cooked properly. The addition of the boniato puree adds a greater depth of flavor, which compliments the pork belly beautifully.

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The charred pineapple in the corner of the plate is a sweet bite to contrast the heavily savory flavor of the puree. There wasn’t much crispy cilantro, but overall, this is a rather good dish.

*NEW* Taco de Chocolate: Chocolate Candy Shell filled with Mexican Chocolate Mousse with a touch of Chile topped with Tropical Fruit (Gluten/Wheat Friendly) – $6.00

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This was sadly forgettable. The generic chocolate cream was covered with a fine chocolate shell. It tasted like something out of a box in your grocer’s freezer. And for the price, you’re probably better off shopping for it there.

*NEW* Mexican Craft Beer: Tulum Artisanal Lager (4.0% ABV) crafted with Citrus notes and made with Mexican Caribbean Seawater – $5.00/$9.50

If there was a cheap ripoff of Sol, which is a cheap ripoff of Corona, then this beer would be it.

*NEW* Diego Pomegranate Margarita: Ojo de Tigre Mezcal, Pomegranate-Prickly Pear Juice, Blackcurrant Liqueur, and Rose Petal Liqueur with a Hibiscus Salt Rim – $14.25

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Strong and flavorful, this comes exactly as advertised. That said, at nearly fifteen dollars, you can do better for the price at EPCOT.

*NEW* Frida Carrot Margarita: Casa Noble Blanco Tequila, Carrot Juice, Ginger Cordial, Lime Juice, and Agave Nectar – $14.50

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Our first impression of this was, “Why? Why would they do this?” This is a very strange concoction that nobody asked for. It’s terrible, and frankly, there’s no reason for it to exist. Trust us, don’t get this. You don’t want it. Frida Kahlo deserves better.

Location of El Artista Hambriento at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

El Artista Hambriento is conveniently located on the waterside of the World Showcase Promenade adjacent to La Cantina de San Angel. You can find it at number 5 on the map below.

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Did any of your favorite items from El Artista Hambriento return this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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