Tips from the DFB Guide: 3 Reasons to Bring Your Kids to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

You may think that you couldn’t possibly enjoy the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with kiddos along for the ride. But we think you totally can!

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While the festival is certainly a food lover’s paradise, there’s no reason that you can’t enjoy a day there with the younger set, too. After all, Epcot is first and foremost a theme park, so even during the Food and Wine Festival, you’ll find plenty of exhibits and entertainment geared toward the small fry.

We love coming up with strategies that help you to enjoy eating your way through Walt Disney World, no matter who’s along for the ride. So if you like what you see here, be sure to check out our 2016 DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival for even more great tips on managing the event with kids along.

In the meantime, check out these suggestions for making the festival fun for everyone in your party!

Attend a Culinary Demonstration or Other Special Event

If you have kids that are interested in what happens in the kitchen, consider checking out what Culinary Demonstrations are available at the Festival Center for the day. Kids are permitted to attend these events with a ticket (but aren’t served alcohol, obviously). We think it’s great fun, especially for older kiddos in your party. Who knows? A future chef may be born!

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Culinary Demo Featuring Chef Kevin Dundon

If your budget allows, you may even want to check out the brand new Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Hands On Workshops. New in 2016, these events take place once a day, and offer guests the chance to get in on the action of exploring and creating.

Cheese Seminar

Interactive Workshops Will Take Place in the Chef’s Showcase at Festival Center

While some of the events are decidedly adult-oriented, there are some fun options that are family friendly, like Sushi 101, making Chocolate Ganache Kisses, and Pasta Making.

Hit Up the Marketplace Booths and Taste Your Way Around the World

Hungry kids means that nobody’s gonna have a good time. So we suggest lunching your way Around the World as soon as the World Showcase Marketplace Booths open!

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Stop by the Brazil Booth for Escondidinho de Carne — Layered Meat Pie with Mashed Yucca!

If your pack includes adventurous eaters, they’ll have fun getting to participate in choosing items for the whole group to enjoy. And if you have pickier eaters, no worries — there are plenty of crowd pleasing favorites, like the Schinkennudeln (Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese) at the Germany Booth.

Schinken Nudel (Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese)

Schinkennudeln (Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese)

Italy Booth options, like Pennete alla Parmigiana (Baked Ziti and Chicken Parmigiana, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese) are always kid pleasing as well.

Engage in Remy’s Hide and Squeak Scavenger Hunt

What happens when you are still enjoying the Booths, but the kids are kinda over it? It’s the perfect time to enjoy Remy’s Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt!

Remy Scavenger Hunt Maps

Remy Scavenger Hunt Maps

Introduced in 2015, the game follows our favorite little chef in a massive scavenger hunt. And the best part? The adventure takes place all over the World Showcase, so Mom and Dad will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy all the dishes and drinks along the way!

Want even more great tips and touring strategies?

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This 250+-page guide to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever.

Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist to carry with you as you Eat around the World!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a 20% discount!

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Index

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth and Menu Index
2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events
2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations
2016 Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fans Facebook Page
2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Wine and Dine Half Marathon
2016 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic
Food and Wine Festival 101
2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus and FOOD PHOTOS
2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Gluten Free Items

How to Book Epcot Food & Wine Festival Events

To book all special events and demonstrations, call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Join the Disney Food Blog Newsletter for upcoming details! Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars and general admission for some special events may be bookable online at www.epcotfoodfestival.com as well as by phone.

Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Golden Oak Residents will be eligible for a $2 discount (per person, per event) for beverage and seminars and culinary demos taking place Mon-Thurs during the festival. Discounts are by phone only at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Stay tuned to DisneyFoodBlog.com and the Disney Food Blog Newsletter for details.

Now we’d love to hear from all of you! What are your best tips and strategies for enjoying the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with kids along for the ride? Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

Comments

  1. Kristen says

    My husband and I head down to Disney from New York every year for the Food and Wine festival with our kids in tow. We have a
    3 year old son and an 11 month old daughter. They will be 4 and 1, respectively, on our next trip this October. We even went last year whem our daughter was only 6 weeks old. We have loved it more and more every time!

  2. Mike says

    Help!! Not sure if this was true but we heard that we can no longer use the QS dining plan meals as 3 snacks like we had in past!! Is this true? Anyone have a link???

    Thanks Mike

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