Disney World’s Epcot hosts a few festivals throughout the year: International Festival of the Holidays, International Flower & Garden Festival, International Festival of the Arts and the Food & Wine Festival. The Food & Wine Festival is currently on at Disney World’s Epcot and runs until November 19th. How does this festival factor into your day at Disney’s Epcot? Here are the 5 things you’ll want to add into your itinerary.
With over 30 kiosks offering food samplings, this is a major part of the festival. Be sure to plan on grazing your way through Epcot during your day there. Most of these kiosks are found around World Showcase, but a few of the other dining locations serve special items created specifically for the festival. When arriving at Epcot, be sure to grab a map and a guide. These will give you all the information you need to know about which kiosks you want to stop at and which you want to skip. Head over to the Disney World website and explore the offerings so you can plan ahead. The appropriate link is right here.
Each festival has its own set of merchandise. This merchandise is unique and created specifically for this event. There’s special apparel, dishes, souvenirs and more. You’ll want to look through the festival stores for the items you’ll want to bring home to add to your Disney World collection.
Being the food and wine festival, you know there is more to enjoy than food. The kiosks offering special festival food offerings also have drinks. Now don’t be deceived by the festival’s name, there are more drinks available than wine. The several Joffrey’s locations are serving festival specific brews. The festival kiosks serve cocktails and beer. The majority of the drinks available are alcoholic though.
During the International Food & Wine Festival, there are a variety of musicians who take the stage located in the American pavilion. On Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, guests can enjoy famous bands performing their most popular tunes. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, guests can enjoy some local musicians on the stage. You can check out the list of acts by clicking here. You can ensure a good seat for the concert by purchasing an Eat to the Beat Dining Package. By purchasing this package guests enjoy a meal at one of the selected restaurants and then get reserved seating for that evening’s show.
During the festival, there is a special scavenger hunt that guests can participate in. While travelling through World Showcase search for statues of Remi, the rat from Ratatouille, hidden around the grounds. Guests can take this activity even farther by purchasing a map with stickers. When each statue is found, place the sticker on the appropriate spot. When all statues are found, turn the map into Disney Traders or World International for a prize. A similar hunt will occur during October, but with pumpkins. Maps can also be purchased for this seasonal hunt.
There is plenty to do at Epcot beyond what’s happening at the festival. Do not have this festival add too much to an already full day. But this can make Epcot’s World Showcase more exciting for those that find it’s a little less appealing than the other parts the park. For more tips for your day at Disney’s Epcot, take a look at these previous posts: