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Epcot International Food and Wine Festival #DisneyHaunt

 

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Epcot International Food and Wine Festival – how could you not get excited with a title like that?!

Located in Epcot at Walt Disney World, the festival includes cuisines from all over the world. The entire event is kid-friendly, yet keep in mind that this is a great excuse for couples to walk the festival and take in everything it has to offer.

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So what does it entail exactly?

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, which is in it’s 18th year, allows you to sample authentic dishes and great wines from more than 20 regions around the world. The cuisine comes from 270 chefs {including Disney chefs} and culinary stars from across the country. Refreshments come from crafted by brewers and master wine makers.

Yet, food and drink isn’t the only thing on the menu during the festival. There are so many live performances during the festival, both on-stage stars as well as Eat to the Beat concert series. There is also the opportunity to attend culinary demonstrations and seminars by some of the world’s top chefs.

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You get a mini passport booklet at the festival, so you can chronicle your travels and get a stamp from each kiosk that you visit. Literally eat around the world since each dish is served tapas-style, smaller servings for a decent taste yet not so much that it’s a full meal. 

The prices are more than reasonable, about $4-$7 per item. My suggestion is that you graze all day, so that you don’t get stuffed so fast that you can’t sample items anymore. Yeah, there’s a tactic to this! 

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I really liked the Stuffed Green Lip Mussels from the New Zealand kiosk. To some, it may not look appetizing, yet the garlic butter and toasted breadcrumbs paired with the perfect blend of spices – perfection!

It surprised me when my twins wanted to try the mussels. Their very first taste of this particular seafood, and they absolutely loved it!

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I also fell in love with the Italy Kiosk, and the Ravioli di Formaggio all’Emiliana item. Baked cheese ravioli with creamy beef bolognese sauce, parmesean and mozzarella – DIVINE!

I couldn’t help but get a glass of Prosecco with my ravioli, tastebuds in overdrive. That was absolutely delicious!

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I could go on and on over the samplings from all over the world, the variety was abundant. Where else do you get the opportunity to try REAL international cuisine, all at one place. 

Plus, you got the atmosphere of Epcot. For instance, eating my Italian cuisine while in the Italy section of Epcot? The music, the building, the feel of the Italian atmosphere. It’s beautiful. Then, walk some steps to the next country, and be immediately immersed into the culture and cuisine of that region. There’s nothing like it. 

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Epcot International Food and Wine Festival happens for a 46 day span during the Fall season. If you like great food, drink,music and a variety of cultural atmospheres I highly recommend you take in this festival. For more information on the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, head on over to the Walt Disney World website.

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We were guests of Disney Parks Canada for this family travel review. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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73 Comments

  1. I love the Moni passport Booklet. What a Great Idea. I would fill it!

  2. Every time I see you pictures from Disney I want to hope on the next plane and go back for a visit! This sounds like a fun event!

  3. Wow! I would never have thought of Disney having a wine and food festival! What a great way for the parents to also have a more adult experience – and still give the little ones something new to experience and see! πŸ™‚

  4. We were lucky enough to attend this year. My family enjoyed the shrimp at the Australia booth.

  5. When we went to Disney when I was 14, Epcot was my favorite place of all. It felt like a world of travels in one park!

  6. When I think of Disney World, I wouldn’t automatically think of good food and good wine. It all sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing

  7. I didn’t know about this-would be a great enticement to convince my husband to take our boys to Disney World! Thanks!

  8. Oh my goodness, 2 of my favorite things, (besides my kids of course!!), food and wine!!! This is my kind of night out!

  9. Wine, food and Disney..my idea of a fun vacation. I have had the stuffed mussels before and you’re right they are delicious.

  10. My husband and I went to Disney World for our anniversary a couple years before having kids. We absolutely loved everything about Epcot. Can’t wait to go back someday!

  11. My parents took my sister and I to Disney World when I was just a boy. I still remember the trip as being AMAZING.

  12. last week we went and checked out local wineries in our area and I discovered I like some red wines never thought I would find one I liked.

  13. Wow I didn’t know the food samples were that big!! I loved Epcot when we went to Disney. That was ten years ago I imagine things have changed just a bit since then lol

  14. Sounds amazing, I’ve been to Epcot but never during their International Food and Wine Festival. I must try to attend this one day.

  15. I didn’t know they had this-would be a great enticement to get my husband to take our boys to Walt Disney World!

  16. I would love to go to this festival. I had no idea it ran for 46 days. Certainly offers lots of diverse foods and experiences. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Looks like an amazing time, I have been to many food and wine festivals but this one looks like it would be worth the trip.

  18. I’ve been to Epcot but, add in food & drink, now that’s a trip worth making πŸ™‚

  19. I’ve never been to any Disney resort! Maybe it’s time for a visit!!! πŸ˜€

  20. I Love F&W so much, I’m sad we didn’t get to it this year (but we will net year!) Some of my favorite food items are the Cheddar Cheese Sou and LeCellier Filet Mignon (Canada!) The Baileys Warm Chocolate Melting Cake (Ireland), Milk Chocolate Creme Brulee (France), Sushi (California Roll) in Japan, Pierogi and sausage in Poland, Cannoli in Italy, and Empanaga from Argentina! (Can you tell I’ve been there a few times) Love, love love Epcot and F&W!

  21. That’s a great idea, last time we were they didn’t have that. Lots of different foods to try on the cheap……..yeah

  22. I went to this event 6 years ago. What a fabulous time we had, and my son even tried new foods from other countries. I would love to go again.

  23. Wow! This looks so amazing! I never knew Epcot had a foodie program! thanks for the info!

  24. Sounds like a great time at Epcot. Glad you enjoyed all that you sampled, tasted, quaffed.
    Cheers.

  25. Food, wine and Disney? Oh my! I would love to attend this! I’m sure it would be something I would never forget.

  26. This would be most enjoyable to attend one day. My husband would enjoy the food and I would enjoy the wine. πŸ™‚

  27. Sounds like a great event and definitely an experience. The best of both worlds and it’s nice that there is something targeted to adults.

  28. The variety of food and drink sounded like an adult version of Disneyland!!! My kind of magical place πŸ˜‰

  29. If I ever make it to Disney, this would be right up my alley. It would be nice to have a more “adult” day.

  30. I love everything in Walt Disney World, I didnt know about the Epcot International Food Festival :S I love Disney and food so I must try this one day πŸ™‚ Thanks to let me know about this.

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