The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival if a foodie’s dream come true. This year’s festival is officially underway and one of the best spots to visit this fall. I had a chance to experience the Food and Wine Festival on opening day and enjoyed so many delicious dishes. Some that were way out of my food comfort zone. Each dish I tried I throughly enjoyed and some I even went back for more when I visited again with my family. Keep reading to see why this year’s Food and Wine Festival might just be the best yet and 7 things your should experience at this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
I was invited to #TasteEpcot and experience #WDWFall as part of the #PTHDisney & Disney Fall FAM tour. All opinions are my own.
The Epcot Food & Wine Festival is one of my favorite events at Epcot. It’s full of fun seminars and demonstrations, festive merchandise and all the delicious food, wine and drinks you could ever want.
TEMPT YOUR TASTEBUDS AT EPCOT’S INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
Come hungry because there is food and lots of it. We’re not just talking any food either. Prepare to feast on some unique and oh so delicious dishes.
There’s something for everyone throughout the World Showcase and your bound to have one (or ten) favorites!
There are over 40 stations located throughout the World Showcase that are serving up delicious global cuisines. These light bites have a delicious drink pairings to go with them and are highlighted on the menu for you.
Step out of your comfort zone and try something new or something you’ve never had before. You might just find a new favorite food.
HOT TIP: PICK UP A EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL PASSPORT UPON ENTERING FROM ANY FOOD KIOSK.
EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL PASSPORT
This little passport fits in your pocket and lists all the food kiosks and their menu and drink options. Best of all it’s FREE. Just pick one up when you enter the Food & Wine Festival from any of the shops or food stands throughout the park.
It definitely helps to figure out your plan of attack when it comes to eating your way around!
There are little passport stickers inside the book you can use to mark off the dishes you’ve tried. It definitely comes in handy when you plan on visiting more than once. This helps you keep track of what you’ve tried and what you want to try next.
Plus it makes a great little souvenir from your trip!
TRY MORE THAN JUST WINE
Of course Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is going to have wine but they have so much more than just wine.
Over in Hawaii you have to try the AULANI Sunrise. Made with vodka, delicious DOLE® Pineapple Juice and grenadine, this was probably my favorite drink from the festival. It even comes in a souvenir cup to remember your visit.
The Appleseed Orchard Cider Bar near Le Cellier Steakhouse has some yummy sounding drinks like Green Apple Ale, Apple Pie Beer and Cherry Apple Hard Cider to name a few.
If wine is your thing (I mean isn’t it everyone’s?!) then you’ll be in a wine lover’s sampling this years offerings. At each food station, you’ll be able to order a variety of different wines to try.
IN JAPAN TRY THE SAKI MIST. WHILE NOT A FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE, IT’S STILL A DELICIOUS DRINK.
ENJOY EMILE’S FROMAGE MONTAGE
Something new this year is Emilie’s Fromage Montage. Join Remy’s brother from the movie Ratatouille and sample a variety of cheeses served in delicious and inventive ways.
Each time you purchase one, you’ll get a stamp in your passport. After you’ve collected five stamps, bring the passport to Shimmering Sips for a complimentary cheesecake that is exclusively offered at the festival.
TAKE IN A CONCERT AT THE EAT TO THE BEAT CONCERT SERIES
Fun fact, I’ve never been to a concert before so it was a treat to enjoy my very first mini concert right at Epcot during the Eat to the Beat Concert Series while I was at the Permission to Hustle Disney trip. (Just search the hashtag #PTHDisney on social media to see all the fun Fall happenings we got to experience at Disney).
Pair a fine dining experience with a guaranteed seat for a show with the Eat to the Beat Concert Series Dining Package.
We enjoyed a concert with the Plain White T’s but you can CLICK HERE to view the entire lineup of musical acts that are scheduled to perform.
BRING HOME SOME CUTE FESTIVAL MERCHANDISE
Always remember your trip with some official Epcot International Food & Wine Festival merchandise. You’ll find commemorative Minnie ear headbands, shirts, accessories for your home and so much more.
There is so much cute stuff, it’s hard not to come home with a few things. I highly recommend the appetizer plate It’s perfect for eating your way around the world and even has a spot for your wine glass!
ENJOY THE SEMINARS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
Enjoy some unique experiences in the World Showcase Events Pavilions with things like beverage seminars, culinary demonstrations, food and beverage pairings and so much more. There’s even a candy sushi making class for kids.
Whatever you decide to do first, rest assured that there will be plenty of fun waiting for your at this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This year’s festival runs through November 19th. So plan a day or week and explore all the tasty offerings waiting for you.