We received some valuable information that has been Festival-tested! For example, Michelle O. shared a personal experience warning of the dangers of sipping around the world before attending a seminar on The World’s Sharpest Knife. Learn from her experience. Bring first-aid or sip AFTER the knife session!
Here are a few more tried and tested tips…
Tip #1: Share
Facebook Fans Michelle J. and Susan S. advise Festival-goers to share their eats with family and friends. Joline S. agrees: “Share what you buy so you have enough room to try more things.”
Heather P. likes to share too! “If you want to try more than one item at each booth have everyone that is with you order something different so that you all can have a taste.”
Tip #2: Meal Planning and Touring Strategies
Sometimes planning ahead and taking your time while at the festival are the best ways to make sure you’ll be able to sample everything that you want. (Psst… taking a look at our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus and Food Photos will help with the planning ahead!)
Christopher N. has mastered a dining (and grazing!) technique: “We plan a day where our lunch and dinner dining is at the festival booths. We start at one end of World Showcase with a preplanned idea of what items we want to try. We take our time and by the time we get to the end, we turn around and go back to get things we really enjoyed or may have missed.”
Summer T. advises “Split it up into more than one day. This year we’re devoting at least 2 days to the festival during our trip…half of World Showcase on one day and half on the other…so we can really enjoy all the tastings without being so full and miserable trying to cram it all in on one visit.”
Some fans offered touring tips to help aid digestion! “Take your time when going around the World Showcase. Go on rides in between countries. It will give your stomach time to digest. It takes us almost the whole day to make it all the way around.” says Fan Suzanne V.
Michelle B. has perfected a Food and Wine plan! “If going over multiple days, alternate booths on day 1 to not get as full, and then hit the booths you skipped on day 2. Then go back for your favorites on days 3-7!”
Tip #3: Avoid the Crowds
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. It…gets…crowded at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
Fan Theresa S. advises touring midweek “Go during the week because the weekend gets very busy (long lines)!!” and Darkfire W. suggests “Schedule your F&W days for M-Thurs as the weekends get incredibly full.”
Tip #4: Try New-to-You Food
There’s no better place to sample new and interesting food than the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Low risk, high reward! (This is also a great tip for those with kids at the Festival…)
Joline S. advises “be adventurous in your eating/drinking!”. Fan Michelle J. agrees “It’s a great place to try new things. I’m a true lover of escargot now, thanks to the F&W Festival!”
Tip #5: Use Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits
Yep — you should be able to use your Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits again this year to purchase many of the World Showcase Booth Items!
Dana G. has the scoop on snack credits: “If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, save your snack credits for the Festival. Many/most of the items can be purchased by using one snack credit. That’ll save you money when having to purchase the more expensive Festival items like alcohol, etc…”
Tip #5: Register for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon
No better way to assure more space for food than to burn off some energy! Summer T. suggests a way to battle the extra calories: “Go during the weekend of the Wine & Dine 1/2 marathon and register for one of the events…5k, relay or half marathon…then you don’t have to feel guilty about a multi-day indulgence!”
Tip #6: Get a Food and Wine Festival Passport
This little booklet that lists the menu items from the different booths is a great way to tally up what you’ve eaten and what booths you still want to master. Theresa S. explains: “Last year they gave out the passports to get stamped at each booth. That was a lot of fun!”
Passports are free and are available at the Festival Center!
Tip #7: Stay Hydrated
It’s hot in Florida and you’ve got quite a job to do getting around to all of those booths! Lynsie P. shares her hydration tips: “Drink lots of water so you don’t get dehydrated from the heat and the alcohol; and instead of always ordering festival drinks, which are really tiny and expensive, get a full-sized beverage at each main country. I love a good food & wine pairing, but it definitely gets pricey ordering a tiny little cup of wine at each booth.”
Tip #8: Use a Convenient Form of Payment
Visiting 30 booths can be a daunting task when carrying two plates, a wine glass, and your credit card. The Food and Wine Festival planners have dreamed up a fun way to pay!
Michelle B. explains: “Get a wristcard gift card at the guest services, ticket booth, or many merchandise locations so you don’t have to whip out your wallet each time [you purchase a menu item].”
These are also available at the Festival Center and at Festival Merchandise locations.
Tip #9: Take Notes
Turn the festival into a learning experience! Cookie W. has a great research tip: “Use your F&W Passport or print out the list of foods at the food booths. Then mark as you eat and drink. Rate them as to whether or not you would eat/drink them again. This way you have a record of what you ate and drank and whether or not you loved, liked, or disliked them. If you stay long enough or have the opportunity to go back, you then partake of those you especially liked again. This also helps remind you from year to year of those booths that are staples and that do not change menu items from year to year.”
We’d like to thank the Food & Wine Festival Facebook Fans for sharing their Food and Wine Festival Tips. If you have a tip to share — or would like to expound on a tip shared above — please leave us a comment below!