Dos (and a Few Don’ts) for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

We wait all year for the start of it. Yep — the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is underway!

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If you haven’t been, be sure to put the event on your Disney Bucket List. At this time of year, Epcot is transformed into a food lover’s paradise. With Festival Marketplace Booths throughout both Future World and World Showcase, the opportunity to Eat Your Way Around the World(s) is even more exciting!

But then there are also so many events to attend. From free options like book signings and Back to Basics Seminars, to Low Cost Seminars and Demonstrations, there are lots of less expensive options.

But there are also some choices if you’d like to splurge a little. Party for the Senses draws big crowds every year, as do pairing events and signature dining options at restaurants throughout the resort.

Booths Are Going Up!

Booths Are Going Up! It’s Almost Time!

It’s a lot to plan for! So we’d love to offer you advice on a few Dos and Don’ts for navigating the Epcot Food and Wine Festival like a pro. Consider these pointers as you make plans to attend this year’s event.

DO Consider Attending a Special Event.

Special Events take place throughout the festival and offer guests opportunities to get up close and personal with chefs, sample a multitude of dishes and sips, or learn more about food and beverage pairings. While they can be pricey, they represent some of the most wonderful opportunities to enjoy yourself at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

While many of the events take place at Epcot, there are several that are held at resorts throughout Walt Disney World. One of our favorites is Behind the Scenes at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.

Deconstructed Shrimp with Drinks

Deconstructed Shrimp Dish and  Drinks at Behind the Scenes at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

Get a peek behind the curtain of all the curious magic that makes Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto one of the most intriguing spots in all of Disney. And with samples of both dishes and drinks along the way, you get a great idea of fun food options here, too.

But if tikis aren’t your thing, consider a Cheese Seminar and learn to pair the world’s best cheeses with beverages like an expert. Fancy a trip to France? Indulge in the Parisian Breakfast, one of the festival’s best events (and a terrific bargain as well!), or take in a leisurely lunch during French Family Traditions.

Parisian Breakfast

Parisian Breakfast

If grand tastings + partying the night away are more your style, then check out Party for the Senses, held select Saturdays throughout the festival.

FOOD AND WINE BOOTHS AND MENUS

DO Eat Good Stuff.

I mean, after all, this is why we’re here, right? You must seek out old favorites, and try some delicious new drinks and dishes. This year, we’re psysched to see some really inventive and fun new items at the booths — 35 in all! Wait until you get the chance to try the Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers and Onions, and Spicy Mayonnaise from Hawai’i.

Hawaii Teriyaki glazed SPAM Hash 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Media Preview (1)

Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers and Onions, and Spicy Mayonnaise

And there’s so much goodness coming! Returning favorites like the Escondidinho de Carne in Brazil and the Loaded Mac and Cheese at Active Eats are both on our short list, too. Be sure to check out all 12 of the things that you must eat (and drink) at this year’s festival for even more recommendations.

DO Go at the Right Time.

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival has grown like crazy, and that means that it can be quite busy at times. You’ll want to plan ahead to miss the biggest crowds. Because I don’t know about you, but standing in long lines for food doesn’t rate among my favorite things to do.

Start Your Planning NOW!

News! The DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available to order!

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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.

We cover every single World Showcase Booth, and include full-color photos for most of the food items being offered at this year’s festival!

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!

Be sure to stay tuned to Disney Food Blog for all of the latest coverage about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We’ll have the details FIRST!

Crowds swell especially on the weeekends and in the evenings so, if at all possible, plan your visit for a weekday, and try to get there earlier in the day. Also, avoid the beginning and ending weekends of the festival, which are both typically very busy times as well.

Avoid Lines By Planning Ahead

Lines. Yeah. No.

For some other suggestions on how to make the most of your visit, check out our Top Tips for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

On the other hand, here are a few definite DON’Ts…

Don’t wait until the last minute. Special Events, Demonstrations, and Seminars tend to sell out quickly. You don’t want to wait until you arrive for the festival to make your arrangements. Be sure to check out our dedicated Epcot Food and Wine Festival pages in order to make your arrangements now. We loved this Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Workshop learning about wine, chocolate, and cheese pairing. You should check it out! Find links for schedules of ALL the culinary demonstrations, beverage seminars, and hands-on workshops on our Low-Cost Event main page.

Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It: Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Paired Perfectly

Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It: Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Paired Perfectly

Likewise, you want to review those Booth Menus and Photos before you arrive. Trust me when I say that trying to tackle 35 booths without a plan isn’t going to work well for you. Research your options ahead and time, and know what you would like to try the most before you hit the turnstiles.

Schofferhofer Hefeweizen Pomegranate Beer

Don’t Miss Festival Exclusive Schofferhofer Hefeweizen Pomegranate Beer at

Also, don’t skip the festival because you’re short on time or you have kids in tow. Even if you have only one day, with our tips and strategies, you can still see and do a lot at the festival! As for the kiddos, getting them involved by choosing dishes to try is the perfect way to engage them. Also, check out Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt, a fun experience for kids of all ages!

For even more Don’ts, be sure to check out our post, What NOT to Do at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

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How to Book Epcot Food & Wine Festival Events

To book all special events and demonstrations, call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378) starting July 20 at 7:00AM ET. 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 are eligible for a $2 discount (per person, per event) for beverage and seminars and culinary demos taking place Mon-Thurs during the festival. Members of these groups can also book all Special Events early on July 18th beginning at 9:00AM ET. Discounts are by phone only at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Stay tuned to DisneyFoodBlog.com and the Disney Food Blog Newsletter for details.

Chase Disney Visa Cardholders will not have early access to booking.

Now we wanna here from you! What are your tried and true Dos and Don’ts for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival? Leave a comment and share your tips with us!

Comments

  1. Mark says

    Here’s our do’s so far:
    Piggy Wings At Flavors from Fire
    Stroganoff and Cheese Tart at Cheese Studio
    Raspberry Torte at Chocolate Studio
    Loaded Greek Nachos (it’s a full meal)
    Chicken Korma at India
    Lobster Roll at Hops and Barley
    Disappointments so far:
    Humus Fries at Morroco. Only 2. Go to Spice Road Table instead.
    Lump Crab Cake at Coastal Eats. Nothing special as crab cakes go.
    Smoked Corn Beef at Flavors from Fire. Tasty but very greasy.

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