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Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World Welcomes Candy Artisan Wenbo Zhang

There is definitely an exciting reason to check out this year’s Epcot International Festival of the Arts.  You can check out the amazing candy artisan Chef Wenbo Zhang as he creates various intricate and tasty treats that provide the perfect combination of visual, culinary and performing arts all in one.  We have a look at some of his amazing work below:

Sugar Painting by Candy Artisan Wenbo Zhang at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts

He has come all the way from Henan Province in China to perform exclusively at this year’s Epcot International Festival of the Arts. Chef Zhang is skilled in the traditional Chinese edible folk art of Sugar Painting and handcrafting Dragon’s Beard Candy. Both of these sugar arts date back thousands of years, with the expertise being passed down through apprenticeships from generation to generation.

Sugar Painting by Candy Artisan Wenbo Zhang at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Check out this fun video below:

 

Crafting Dragon’s Beard Candy is a tedious and extensive process where small batches of corn syrup are boiled, cooled, then carefully and slowly stretched creating hundreds of thin threads. The threads are then wrapped around various fillings such as coconut shavings, sesame seeds, chocolate or, as Chef Zhang will be doing for the Festival, crushed peanuts and walnuts.

Here is another great video:

Chef Zhang will be doing demonstrations on select days throughout the Epcot International Festival of the Arts at the China pavilion. The Dragon’s Beard candy is crafted in small batches by Chef Zhang so quantities will be limited. Due to the time-consuming preparation needed for these unique candies, the demonstrations will be on alternating dates. Be sure to check your Festival Times Guide for performance times when you can check out his amazing culinary art.

Dragon’s Beard Candy by Candy Artisan Wenbo Zhang at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts

What do you think of Chef Wenbo Zhang’s work?

Photo and Source Credit:  Disney Parks Blog

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About Christy Caby

I am a long time Disney addict! This love began as a child and stayed with me in my teen years. I completed the Disney College Program, was engaged and honeymooned at Disney, visited WDW while pregnant with each of our two boys, and have brought our boys since they were babies (they are now 5 and 2).