A Treat for the Senses: Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival

Lisa Fritscher August 11, 2014 No Comments


Epcot Food & Wine Festival
photo by Ricky Brigante

Walt Disney World is a fantastic family vacation destination all year long. Yet the resort particularly shines during holidays and special events. Outside of the Christmas season, one of the most beloved events of the year is the annual Food and Wine Festival at Epcot.

About Food and Wine
Established in 1995 as a small local event with some food booths and music, the Food and Wine Festival has grown exponentially every year. For 2014, the festival runs for 53 days, from mid-September through mid-November.

Greece Food Both

Greece is just one the many additional countries that set up booths for Food and Wine.

The main attraction, as you might have guessed, is a culinary world tour. More than 25 countries set up booths around the World Showcase lagoon that highlight the cuisine and adult beverages of that country. The portions are tasting-sized small plates, and are priced accordingly, allowing you to sample numerous items throughout the day.

The Eat to the Beat concert series features a mix of classic and modern performing artists playing throughout each weekend day in the American pavilion’s America Gardens Amphitheatre. If you do not want to stand in the often-long line for seating, you can see fairly well by just walking up and standing behind the back row of seats.

Eat to the Beat

The Eat to the Beat concerts are included with regular Epcot admission.

Admission to Food and Wine, including the concert series, is included with regular Epcot admission. New for 2014, a Back to Basics cooking series provides tips and techniques at no additional charge. The Back to Basics series is presented in the Festival Center, located in the former Wonders of Life pavilion in Future World. The Festival Center also features a vast shopping marketplace.

For guests who want to delve more deeply into the culinary experience, an array of celebrity chef demonstrations, tastings, cooking schools and signature dinners are also available for additional charges. If you only have one day to spend, however, simply enjoying the free activities and sampling the various tasting menus will fill your time.

Tips for Parents
In some circles, Food and Wine is colloquially known as “Drink Around the World.” Small groups, typically consisting of young adults, sometimes make it a mission to have one alcoholic beverage from each country. This can lead to some drunk and disorderly behavior, especially on Saturday nights. As you might imagine, Disney security is quite tight, and we have never seen anything frankly inappropriate. If you have concerns about exposing your kids to possible drunkenness, however, you might plan to visit on a weekday or to leave the park by early evening.

Tasting Event

The separately-priced tasting events are an opportunity to expand your culinary horizons.

Otherwise, there is no reason at all to keep your kids away. The small, reasonably priced tasting portions are a terrific way to help your children expand their palates. Get one portion of an unfamiliar food to split between two or three family members, and allow them to take a “No Thank You” bite. They might just discover a taste for something new.

Likewise, the Eat to the Beat concerts are family-friendly, and can be a great way to expose your kids to some of your own favorite bands. You can pick up a passport at any of several World Showcase locations, and have the kids get it stamped at each location. In addition, all of the regular Epcot rides, shows and attractions are open, allowing your family to spend as much or as little time participating in Festival events as you desire.

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Lisa is a full-time travel writer. She lives in an RV with her disabled father and writes about their experiences. Although she has no children of her own, Lisa loves being an Aunt to her own relatives and the children of all her friends. You can follow her adventures on her blog, Travel Confessions.

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