Disney has invested heavily in Epcot's seasonal festivals, the first one they created was Food & Wine, where the already famous park of the countries combines cultures and gastronomy in a great festival.
Food & Wine doesn't just reveal typical foods and drinks from the countries that are there with their trailers, stalls or bikes, there are a series of activities with chefs, for example.
This event are exclusive tastings, dinners and seminars for the event, but rest assured, that unlike some extra events such as Halloween and Magic Christmas Kingdom, there is no need for a separate ticket to participate in Food & Wine.
Food portions range between $4 and $9 dollars and drinks between 3$ and 7$. We recommend that on the day you go to the park to explore Food & Wine that you do not book a meal to enjoy the event and taste portions from various countries.
It is possible to buy several because the size is small, as if it were a tasting, and visitors can enjoy a chicken here, a churros there and so on.
What's in Epcot's Food & Wine
- Chef seminars and workshops, with free and some paid classes;
- around 30 kiosks from different countries with many dining options;
- Show with several bands and singers
Alcoholic Drinks in Food & Wine!
In the United States, only people over 21 can consume alcoholic beverages, so it is normal to ask anyone, even the elderly, for proof of age. So if you want to drink, don't forget to bring an original ID!
They may accept a photo of your passport or any other document as proof, but the best thing is to take it in hand so as not to be at risk.
Event Map and Times Guide
As much as you already know the Epcot, it is very important to have the event map. As there are trailers, kiosks and exclusive photo spots for the event, visitors end up getting lost and can't find that kiosk they really want to visit and don't participate in Epcot's fixed list of countries.
Then the map it is essential for you to locate yourself.
Not to mention the schedule of seminars that take place during the Food & Wine season and have different times according to the day of the week, so have the Times Guide handy. of the event It is necessary for you to be able to better program your route in the park.
Epcot Food & Wine Passport
In the same place where you will get the map and the Times Guide, you will have the Food & Wine Passport. In it there is a list with all the food and drinks of each kiosk and where they are located.
Throughout the day with consumption, you get a stamp at every kiosk you buy, as if it were a stamp to stick in your passport and fill it out.
The cool thing is that it ends up becoming a gift and is free. People usually have a lot of fun collecting the stamped passport.
Food at Epcot Food & Wine
As there are many options for food (after all, it is a food festival) and it will not always fit everything in the stomach, we recommend analyzing what are the most interesting options so that you do not run out of space for that part of the country that you want to try the food so much.
There are sweet and savory options divided into more than 80 options and over 300 types of drinks.
In Future World there is something more focused on gastronomy in general, with kiosks focused on general sweets such as chocolates.
The Festival Center also takes place with demonstrations, lectures and a workshop.
but no World ShowCase you will also find wonderful delights.
Some of our favorites are:
Costine di Maiale
It is a pork rib with balsamic vinegar and baked in the oven.
It costs US $ 8.00 and is an eligible snack for Disney Dining Plan.
They are found in the Italy Pavilion. Each order comes with three HUGE ribs! They are packed with flavor, thanks to the balsamic glaze.
If you're part of the Disney meal plan, it's a great deal to use a snack credit!
Piri Piri Skewered Shrimp with Citrus-scented Couscous
It is a shrimp on a spit with citrus couscous.
It costs US $ 6.75 and is an eligible snack for the Disney Dining Plan.
At the African stand, we fell headlong into the Shrimp on the Piri Piri Skewer served on a huge bed of couscous! The portion comes with five prawns!
IT'S MUCH MORE shrimp than you'll be served with other festival shrimp offerings, like Sweet and Spicy Grilled Shrimp in Australia or Cold Shrimp and Noodle Salad in Thailand.
However, because of the odd number, you may have that stone, paper and scissors for your friend, for those who keep the last one!
Beef Brisket Poutine
It costs US $ 8.99.
The menu at the Refreshment Port is our daily reminder that most of life's problems can be solved with a huge pile of chips!
If you need something more sticky on the ribs to help you get through the day, get these fries soaked in smoked breast with cheese sauce with beer.
Unfortunately, this snack is not accepted in the Disney Dining Plan, but it is worth trying this delight of the festival!
Shows at Food & Wine
Every year Food & Wine brings to Epcot several bands to party Epcot nights with lots of music and fun. Remembering that the event is free, so everyone can enjoy the show, but there is a reserved seating area for people who buy the Eat to the Beat Dinner Package, which provides a meal at one of Epcot's restaurants and VIP seats for the show. .
The shows are usually very crowded, so if you don't get the VIP package.
It is interesting to arrive early to stay in a nice place to watch the show. They usually take place at 3 different times: 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm and 8:00 pm.
If you don't want to risk missing the show, it's interesting to book the Eat to the Beat Dinner Package, where you are entitled to a meal at one of the participating restaurants and get a reserved seat to watch the show.
There are packages for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with buffet or entree options + main course and dessert, varying from restaurant to restaurant.
No, you won't find current renowned artists like Rihanna or whatever. children are listening these days, but it's a free show on Epcot.
You can find the complete schedule and performance dates on the Disney Eat to the Beat programming.
Packages range from $45 to $75 per adult depending on meal location. Book your package directly on the website of Disney or by the reservations phone.
In addition to the “Eat to the Beat” concert series, there are authentic artists from around the World Showcase, added to help entertain the large crowds that the Food & Wine Festival attracts.
Gift card to consume at the Food & Wine Festival
As portions of food and drinks are served in smaller quantities, the values are low and demand change, so to facilitate consumption without the stress of having to change money, it is interesting to buy a gift card in any store, for example. Being a prepaid card, you carry a dollar amount and go through the kiosks you buy.
Control can be done through the receipt issued with each purchase, with the remaining balance and as it comes with a bracelet-like spring, it gets stuck in your arm without the danger of losing it.
Strategies to Better Enjoy Food & Wine at Epcot
While the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is a fun way to sample (mostly) good food, it is also incredibly popular and expensive (I would say very expensive, but "popular and very expensive" seems a bit of a contradiction).
At noon, some stands at the Food & Wine Festival have long lines of orders and pick-up.
In the late afternoon, the World Showcase is a sea of sweaty humanity, with some rows of stands with waiting times longer than the attractions.
Add to that little shade and some slightly intoxicated guests, and it can be an unpleasant mix.
At night, some areas of the World Showcase look like a light get-together party, with very long lines, especially on weekends.
So below are some tips to make your festival experience more enjoyable ...
Leave the shrimp, get salmon and scallops - With rare exceptions, as shown above, shrimp at Epcot Food & Wine Festival is very expensive, rubbery and generally unattractive.
In all of our years of hosting the event, we have found that one thing is that the culinary teams don't always work.
On the other hand, salmon and scallop dishes are almost always good - better than you'd expect for their price and prepared in small kitchens.
Avoid the hot and the heavy - For an event that starts in August and continues in September and October - two months that are still quite hot and humid in Florida, there are usually many hot and heavy dishes at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.
While many of them are good and worth a try, you may want to space them out so you don't get sick. The ideal is to have them at the beginning of the day or at the end of the afternoon, when the sun goes down.
Visit during the week - As it is a Festival that many locals enjoy going to, it ends up that on weekends it gets much more crowded, so to enjoy it more calmly, it is interesting to reserve a day of the week to visit the Epcot.
Take a break from air conditioning - During the hottest part of the day, taking a break from World Showcase activities and watching movies with air conditioning and at the door (like Impressions de France, which we love!) And other attractions is a good idea.
You can even get free glasses of water at any restaurant with a counter service, so you can drink water and sit in the air conditioning. So you can catch your breath while eating and drinking.
Go early - Just before Food and Wine starts, you must get in line for your first kiosk.
The lines are much shorter at the beginning of the day, but the most important thing is that it is not as hot at 11 am as at 2 pm.
There is very little shade at the stands.
If you've ever waited in line for 30 minutes for some wine and creme brulee in France while your shirt sweats, you know what I'm talking about.
Stay late (or arrive late) - queues for Global Marketplaces typically peak during main meals and decrease around 8 pm, when people often look for somewhere to watch Epcot's fireworks show.
While it is recommended that you do the same and pick up a viewing spot, sending a person to pick up some of the heavier dishes you skipped before to enjoy after the sun has set is also a great idea!
… There is probably more strategy than that, like a scientific approach to which direction of the World Showcase you should take, the ideal time to buy items with maximum freshness, etc., but this is a solid plan that will guarantee you one day much nicer.
If you like food, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival it will be a lot of fun for you.
However, you don't have to be a food fan to have fun, as there is really something for everyone.
The biggest disadvantage of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is that it is almost all outdoors, and in August, September and sometimes October, the heat and humidity make it difficult.
Try to balance your day with lots of alternating current breaks, so it won't be too bad. November is generally much more pleasant.
The Epcot Food and Wine Festival can be a great event and you don't have to spend a lot, but it can also be expensive, crowded, hot and unpleasant.
Planning makes all the difference in the experience you have. If you don't take anything else from this post, remember that.
In addition, there is much to do. Even if you went to Epcot every day at the Food & Wine Festival, you wouldn't be able to experience everything (it's really a lot).
Be careful with the amount of food and drinks: you can spend a ridiculous amount of money without really making a lot of effort. Just stopping at the various stands for an afternoon can cost a lot of money.
But be sure to go if you have the opportunity. It can be a lot of fun if you plan ahead, avoid the crowds of people on the weekend and get lucky with the mild weather.
It is the second best time of the year at Epcot, after the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, in my opinion.
The World Showcase looks like a truly live and breathtaking World Showcase during the festival, with a focus on cooking.
Ahhhh that delights, let's love this festival. And you, what did you think?
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