TODAY is the opening day of the 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!
Several Marketplace Booths for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival started popping up around World Showcase late last month. And while it was exciting to see things starting to get set up in anticipation of the Festival, they were Booths that we’ve become well acquainted with over the years.
But NOW the landscape at Epcot is really starting to change in this FINAL WEEK prior to the Festival’s kickoff. Because all over World Showcase, we’re seeing several of this year’s BRAND NEW BOOTHS!!
If you’ve been hanging around here much at all, then you know that we love the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
With 20 years of Food and Wine Festival experience under our belts, we think we know a thing or two about having a good time at F&W. 😉 So today, allow us to share our list for the Mistakes We’d Like to Help You to Avoid as you plan your visit to this year’s Festival!
Put on your stretchy pants and comfy shoes, and get your DFB Food and Wine Tray ready. Time to head in!
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute to Book Events
There’s a reason that we tell you to be on the phone first thing bright and early on the day that Special Events, including Seminars and Demonstrations, open. These events sell out quickly — especially the ones featuring celebrity chefs.
All isn’t lost, though, if you didn’t book the second the phone lines opened. You will be able to book some events, especially the Low-Cost daily seminars and demos, right up to the time of the event.
Still, it’s best to plan ahead. So if you haven’t already done so, call now and square away those reservations. It’s one less thing you’ll need to worry about when you arrive. [Read more…]
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!
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!
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. [Read more…]
It’s time for more 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival booth food pictures! Let’s head over to two booths that are perfect for Friday evening Happy Hour: Germany and Brewer’s Collection!
As always, if you want to see full coverage of each booth, check out our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Pages! Click on any booth or country name for detailed information, menus, photos, and prices.
Germany comes back strong once again this year! We love how they’ve moved the location of the booth back next to the Brewer’s Collection booth! They’ve placed a little biergarten between the two! Perfect!
The new item on Germany’s menu this year is the Goulash Suppe. We really enjoyed the subtle spiciness of this dish. I think this will be a winner if the days get any chillier in Orlando in November! 😉
Of course, the Sausage in a Pretzel Roll remains my favorite at this booth. The slightly spicy sausage and the saltiness of the roll make an ideal pairing.
But that strudel is delicious as well! This is quite the dessert! Luckily, you can get it [Read more…]
Thanks to Stitch Kingdom for tipping me off to some very cool news for my fellow Epcot Food & Wine Festival fans! This year, Disney’s created videos giving sneak peeks of seven of the World Showcase booth menu items — including two brand new-to-the-festival items!
Jamaican Jerk Chicken
This is a brand new dish at the festival, and you’ll find it at the new Caribbean Booth! See the rest of the Caribbean Booth Menu items here as well as a picture of the new Caribbean booth that was just constructed in [Read more…]
Here we go with another fun Countdown to Food and Wine post! The Epcot Food and Wine Festival will begin in just a couple of days, and I’ve decided to share my excitement by counting down to the Festival with a look at the International Marketplace booths that will be located around the World Showcase Lagoon!
For those who haven’t had the chance to go to the Festival, one of my favorite parts are the dozens of International Marketplaces — little booths, or kiosks, set up that represent a specific country or region. Each booth offers a short menu of tasting plates and drinks from the country or region represented. These tasting items cost anywhere from $2-$7, so they’re a great way to enjoy the Festival without breaking the bank.
This year, Belgium is a brand new addition to the World Showcase Promenade! Exciting options on the menu will include a Belgian waffle, of course, and mussels! Here’s the full menu for Belgium:
- Steamed Mussels with Roasted Garlic Cream
- Freshly Baked Waffles with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream
- Stella Artois
- Godiva Chocolate Iced Coffee (photo below from Tables in Wonderland 2010 Food and Wine Festival Preview)
I can’t wait to try that delicious waffle!
The Belgium booth will be located [Read more…]