The 2013 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will be here before you know it, and we’ve got some AWESOME insider tips for you today so that your visit can be your best one ever!
Mark your calendars for September 27 – November 11, 2013!
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The festival has become one of the most popular events at Walt Disney World — and it grows a little more every year. You can take advantage of special events, as well as food and beverage demonstrations throughout the festival. Or you can just stroll through World Showcase and sample food, wine, and other beverages from around the world at the myriad of Food and Wine Festival booths.
To help you make the most of this year’s festival, we’ll take a closer look at our very best tips for making the most of your Epcot Food and Wine Festival Visit!
1. Have a Plan in Place
Over its history, the Food and Wine Festival has continued to grow in scope and popularity. That’s why our top tip is to have a plan in place before you arrive for your visit.
In the past, we’ve heard from our readers that the best way to be prepared for the marketplace booths is to know the menus ahead of time. You can even print out a copy of the menus, and prioritize your “must have” choices. Stay tuned to Disney Food Blog, and you’ll have no problem knowing all about the menus. We’ll have them here in plenty of time for all of your pre planning!
You may also want to consider spending more than one day at the Food and Wine Festival, especially if there are special events that you’d like to attend. With more booths than ever, you’ll need to pace yourself to try all of the delicious food and beverages.
This is also the one time that we suggest that you don’t make advance dining reservations — if you’re anything like me, eating your way around the world will easily replace meals.
2. Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations Are a Great VALUE!
One of my favorite events during the Food and Wine Festival are the Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations that take place every year. This year, these will include culinary demonstrations using specific ingredients as well as wine tastings and mixology seminars.
Dates and times for these are usually the last pieces of information we get on the festival, but we do know that Culinary Demos ($14), Mixology Seminars ($15), and Beverage Seminars ($14) will again be offered this year. Stay tuned for more information on our 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page!
The demos are fun, laid back, and usually very informative. In addition to learning something, you also get to sample food or drink — always the best way to learn, in my opinion.
If you are interested in knowing all about the seminars and demonstrations for the 2013 Food and Wine Festival, be sure to check in with us daily! Making this information available to you is our top priority.
Once you have an idea of which events you’d like to attend, take note of the date and time that the phone lines open to book the demos. The most popular ones can go pretty fast. But all is not lost; normally, you can purchase tickets for at least some of the events right up to the start time of the demonstrations by visiting Guest Services in the Festival Center.
3. Escape the Crowds
There are LOTS OF PEOPLE in Epcot during the festival. Let’s just get that out of the way right now. If crowds aren’t your thing, plan your visit to the Food and Wine Festival for a weekday. Locals tend to flock to the park on the weekends, especially during the evening.
Also, take advantage of the festival’s earliest hours. World Showcase typically opens at 11am, as do the booths. Get there at opening time and you’ll enjoy many of the most popular booths before the crowds begin to swell.
4. Be Savvy with Your Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits
One of the greatest perks for the event is that many of the marketplace booth items are available for a Disney Dining Plan snack credit. If you are using the DDP, save your snack credits for your visit to the festival!
This is a great strategy, because many of the items available in the past for snack credits have been terrific bargains.
5. Bring the Kids Along
Make it fun for the whole family by bringing the kids with you.
Last year’s festival included lots of additions for the smaller members of your family, like smoothies and Honest Kids juices. And many of the foods from past menus are kid-friendly as well, like the Beef Empanada at the Argentina Booth.
Already, we know that the family favorite Kalua Pork Slider is returning to the Hawaii Booth. And we’re betting that the brand new Florida Grass Fed Beef Slider with White Cheddar and Sweet & Hot Pickles at the Florida Fresh Booth will be an awesome addition as well!
Involving the kiddos in your eating around the world adventure is a great way to pique their interest in new flavors without worrying about wasting a whole meal.
Want More Details About the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival?
We work hard to keep you in the know about everything Food and Wine Festival related! Be sure to join our Disney Food Blog Newsletter for the latest information and details. And keep an eye on our 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page for updates.
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Are you headed to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival this year? What are YOUR top tips? Let us know in the comments below!