We’ve gone to the Disney World Epcot International Food and Wine Festival the past three years, and for us, it is at the top of our “to-do” list at the parks.
I’ve noticed a huge improvement in the quality and variety of food stations at the Festival, and we look forward to the updates each fall! The Festival runs August 31-November 13 this year, and if you have the chance to check it out, I would wholeheartedly recommend a visit!
After parking and passing through security and ticketing, you are greeted by some amazing topiary art (in the top photo and in the gallery below). I love how they trimmed a little Figment into the bush – so cute! These decorations got me really excited for what was to come.
We passed the classic “Spaceship Earth” ball and went to the Imagination area first. We had just eaten breakfast and didn’t want to overload on food too soon. We rode the Figment ride and strolled around the interactive games before making our way to the food stations.
To be honest, I did not keep track of every station and selections at each station. That would have taken away from the joy of stuffing my face with $5 small plates. So I am hoping to convey a few facts, and an overall sense of how awesome the Festival is.
If you’ve been to Epcot before, you know there are 11 country pavilions ranging from Canada to France to Japan and beyond. Each country typically serves food year-round. But for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, they cram tons of Global Marketplace kiosks in between and around the countries, which allows them to expand on the types of food offered. For example, they served up Brazilian, Hawaiian, African, and Greek food, in addition to the traditional Mexican, German, and Italian fare.
The Festival also offered healthy bites as part of their Earth Eats dishes, craft beers, a wine & dine station, and endless dessert options throughout the marketplace.
I kept my beverages non-alcoholic, since it was so hot outside, so I can’t speak to the quality or variety of adult beverages. I’m sure they were amazing and on point.
Each small plate was only about $4-$8 depending on the ingredients (i.e. seafood seemed to cost more). We probably spent about $50 sampling different delicacies as we perused each country and the park, overall.
In addition to the Global Marketplace, you can also take in some concerts (hello, Boyz II Men!), or try out some of their specialty food and wine seminars. If you like the ABC-TV show The Chew, the co-hosts visit the park one day for a special event. Gourmet VIP star chefs like Cat Cora, Buddy Valastro, Bob Waggoner, and more offer special events throughout the Festival.
I’d definitely give the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Disney World two enthusiastic thumbs up and would recommend it for couples, friends, or families! It’s a very fun and casual way to experience food and drinks from around the world. With the standard high quality of Disney customer service plus the excellent dining and entertainment options, you can’t go wrong with this Festival. You can tell Disney tries hard to improve the experience every year!
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