The Painted Panda – Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Painted Panda
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Epcot International Festival of the Arts - Painted Panda

The Painted Panda, which debuted in 2018, returns for the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts, taking place January 18 – February 25, 2019. The Food Studio offers “cuisine inspired by the majesty of Chinese art and culture.”

Menu for The Painted Panda at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Food:

  • Crystal Mooncake with Fruit Filling and garnished with Toasted Coconut – $9.75
  • 🆕 Dragon and Phoenix: Spicy SautĂ©ed Shrimp with Spinach Noodles – $10.50
  • 🆕 Plum Infused Cherry Tomatoes – $7.50
  • 🆕 Sugar Painting (Limited Availability) – $15.00

Beverages:

  • 🆕 “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls (Non-Alcoholic) – $6.95
  • Jasmine Draft Beer – $5.00
  • Fortune Cookie: ByeJoe Spirit, Amaretto, Coconut and Pineapple – $10.50
  • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec – $9.00
  • 🆕 Tomato Plum Cocktail: Plum Wine with Plum Infused Tomatoes – $12.50

The Crystal Mooncake and Fortune Cookie cocktail return from 2018, while the Jasmine Draft Beer and Kung Fu Punch cross over from the China Marketplace at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Offerings from The Painted Panda

Photos of Menu Items from The Painted Panda at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Crystal Mooncake with Fruit Filling and garnished with Toasted Coconut – $9.75

Crystal Mooncake with Fruit Filling, garnished with Toasted Coconut $9.75
Crystal Mooncake with Fruit Filling, garnished with Toasted Coconut – $9.75

As a large group, we were torn about this item. It’s unique, sure, but something is really just different about the overall consistency and taste. We would recommend this if the price tag was $5 lower, but at the current price there’s no way we can recommend or even encourage the adventurous eater. Honestly, stay away.

*NEW* Dragon and Phoenix: Spicy SautĂ©ed Shrimp with Spinach Noodles – $10.50

Festival of the Arts
Dragon and Phoenix: Spicy SautĂ©ed Shrimp with Spinach Noodles – $10.50

As you all probably know, I love spicy food. These noodles are not only spicy, but have a great flavor. While the shrimp are nothing special, the dish as a whole is enjoyable.

*NEW* Plum Infused Cherry Tomatoes – $7.50

Festival of the Arts
Plum Infused Cherry Tomatoes – $7.50

Tomatoes should be stored and served at room temperature. These are served ice cold which ruins the tomato, even if they are plum infused. They were gritty, slimy, devoid of flavor, and just really unpleasant to try and consume.

*NEW* Sugar Painting (Limited Availability) – $15.00

Festival of the Arts
Sugar Painting (Limited Availability) – $15.00

It’s a bit expensive, but you can buy some sugar art here as well. The wonderful part is you can easily stand here and watch the artisan make them, so even if you don’t buy one, it’s a great addition to the event.

Festival of the Arts
Sugar Painting (Limited Availability) – $15.00

*NEW* “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls (Non-Alcoholic) – $6.95

Festival of the Arts
“Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Boba Pearls (Non-Alcoholic) – $6.95

This milk tea is fantastic. It’s sweet, but not overly so, and the boba pearls provide a licorice like flavor to counter the milk. This is a great option to counter the spicy noodle dish.

Jasmine Draft Beer – $5.00

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 – China – Jasmine Draft Beer
Jasmine Draft Beer – $5.00

Surprise! This one’s not brewed in China—or even made there! In fact, it’s brewed locally in Florida with a slapped-on Jasmine name, sort of like how local brewery Crooked Can made a unique draft for Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs. It’s a straightforward, unfiltered wheat beer with a small floral hint. Very drinkable, and we believe this is the only spot to actually get this beer.

Kung Fu Punch: Vodka and Triple Sec – $9.00

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 – China – Kung Fu Punch
Kung Fu Punch: Vodka and Triple Sec, $9.00 (Photo courtesy easywdw.com)

The China pavilion has two things going for it: Nine Dragons, and heavy pours. Whether it’s the drinks from The Joy of Tea booth or their festival booth, the pours are always large and in charge. The Kung Fu Punch highlights and exploits this by being a drink that tastes very alcohol-forward and feels boozy. A $9 proposition to have a solid drink isn’t a horrible deal, especially at Epcot.

Fortune Cookie: ByeJoe Spirit, Amaretto, Coconut and Pineapple – $10.50

Fortune Cookie: ByeJoe Red, Amaretto, Coconut and Pineapple $10.50
Fortune Cookie: ByeJoe Spirit, Amaretto, Coconut and Pineapple

This is one of the most refreshing drinks of the festival, with subtle hints of the featured flavors. Nothing is overpowering, and the alcohol pour is relatively heavy. It’s a solid choice.

*NEW* Tomato Plum Cocktail: Plum Wine with Plum Infused Tomatoes – $12.50

Festival of the Arts
Tomato Plum Cocktail: Plum Wine with Plum Infused Tomatoes – $12.50

We didn’t enjoy the tomatoes, so guess how we felt about this. Luckily I accidentally spilled half of it, so we didn’t have to have much. The plum wine is drinkable, but I don’t know why you would get this when you can have the other beverages at this booth.

Location of The Painted Panda at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The Painted Panda is conveniently located directly across from the China pavilion in the World Showcase Promenade.

Festival of the Arts Painted Panda Map

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Jason Diffendal

Jason has been a lifelong fan of the Disney parks since his first visit at age 2. His biennial pilgrimages during his childhood accelerated into semi-annual visits by the year 2000, when he also Joined the Disney Vacation Club. Luckily, Jason’s bride-to-be was also a Disney fan, which allowed his infatuation with the Disney parks to continue, and ultimately culminated in their wedding at Disney's Wedding Pavilion in September 2003. Early in 2007, Jason began his involvement with the planning for what became Celebration 25, the unofficial fan gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Epcot®. Soon thereafter, Jason met Tom Corless at a pin trading meet in New Jersey, and became part of the WDW News Today podcast starting with Episode 17. Jason has been involved with the WDWNT Network ever since, and can't seem to escape no matter how hard he tries.
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