A trip to Epcot at Walt Disney World is even better when you go during the International Food & Wine Festival. From Friday, September 19th through Monday, November 10th, visitors have the chance to eat and drink around the world.
The Amateur Gastronomer got a peek at what makes the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival so much fun during the first weekend of this year’s event.
Headed there this fall? Check out our tips for what to see and taste.
It’s not just the countries that make up the World Showcase – at the festival you’ll get to sample food and drinks from more than twenty countries and regions. At each marketplace you’ll get to choose among a selection of dishes and beverages.
Patagonia is the newest region to join the festival, offering Chilean and Argentine food and wine. Try the grilled beef skewer with chimichurri and the Terrazas Reserva Malbec.
Other marketplaces offer the opportunity to sample craft beers, coffee, dessert and champagne. New this year is Farm Fresh, which has gluten free dishes that are straight from the farm.
Of course, you’ll want to save room for a Dole Whip. A longtime Disney favorite, the pineapple non-dairy soft serve frozen dessert has a bit of a cult following – and with good reason, as the tasty treat is excellent on a hot day. Normally you’d have to go to Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom to get a Dole Whip but at the festival you’ll find it at the Refreshment Port, next to Canada.
Click here to see a full list of menu offerings at the International Marketplace.
Early in the festival, be sure to take one last ride on Maelstrom, in the Norway pavilion. The ride will close on October 5th to make way for a new Frozen-themed attraction, opening in 2016.
You can also keep an eye out for “Hidden Mickeys.” The iconic shape can be spotted throughout the park, if you look carefully. See if you can find this one in Morocco.
Throughout the festival there are wine, beverage, mixology and cheese seminars, culinary demonstrations and book and bottle signings. Evening Eat to the Beat Concerts feature a variety of popular artists including Air Supply, Hanson, Sugar Ray, Wilson Phillips, Boyz II Men, David Cook and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
Premier festival offerings include new Thursday night after-hours street party Food & Wine Late Nights Live! and the Eat to the Beat Concert Series Dinner Package, which includes a meal at select Epcot restaurants and a guaranteed seat at the concert. Click here for more information.
You’ll want to stay for the fireworks show that caps off every day at Epcot. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth celebrates the spirit of humanity.
Click here for more information on the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
The 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, September 19 through November 10. Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Theme park admission is required for entrance to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Food and drinks at the International Marketplace must be purchased to taste. Some seminars and events are not included with Epcot Admission.