Every year millions of people flock to Epcot to sample some of the world’s most popular eats, be it street food or fine dining. At first glance, the list of dining opportunities can be overwhelming: from the Kefta Pockets of Morocco to the Lamb Meatballs of New Zealand, they are all mouthwatering picks. Do you sample it all or just pick a few? We can’t make that choice for you, but there are a few tips we can give you to help you decide how best to tackle the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
If you have never been to this particular Disney event, the first things you should know is that the Epcot World Showcase is where it takes place. In addition to the everyday restaurants and snack vendors, there are additional booths set up with dishes you can’t get at the park any other time of the year. It’s a special menu for a special occasion. This year, the event runs from August 30th until November 12th, giving you 75 days of tasting with a few music shows in between as part of their “Eat to the Beat” concert series.
Another thing you should keep in mind is that the tastings are NOT included with park admission. On average, food and beverages at the event stands range from between $3-$13. There are food options for all dietary needs, so everyone can enjoy something.
If you are determined to try it all during your visit, you’ll certainly want to pick up your special event passport. Every year, the menu is handed out in the parks in the form of a passport. You can mark off which countries you’ve dined at and collect stickers from each stop. It’s a great way to keep track and create a cute souvenir of your adventures.
While you’re enjoying the feast, you may want to keep a few important things in mind. The vendors are mostly outside. Because this event takes place partially in August and September (part of Florida’s rainy season), you should be prepared for afternoon showers. There are plenty of fun activities and rides to do indoors at Epcot, so be sure to pick up a map on your way into the park. Moreover, temperatures in the late summer can still reach the upper 90s and humidity can make it feel even hotter. Make sure to drink plenty of water during the day, especially if you’re taking advantage of the amazing selection of wines and beer.
No one wants to suffer long commutes to their hotel after a full day of culinary adventures, so be sure to book your room at the Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, only 15 minutes from Epcot. Save more for your tasting tour by taking advantage of our free shuttle transportation to the Disney parks.
I think we can all agree that vacation never tasted so good.