Epcot's Food & Wine Festival officially starts tomorrow
The annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
starts tomorrow, September 27. We'll welcome trip reports, including photos and food descriptions, from any Theme Park Insider readers attending this year's event. (Just post here
if you're a registered member of the site, or email your report to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Disney's promoting some of this year's featured specialities with YouTube videos. The videos don't include specific ingredient measurements (ugh!), but perhaps they might inspire your kitchen creativity, even if you're not attending.
Australia: Grilled Lamb Chops (Yes, the Festival includes cuisine from nations not included in World Showcase)
Germany: Apple Strudel
Japan: Sushi California Roll
Mexico: Shrimp Tacos
Have you attended the Food & Wine Festival? Got some advice for first-timers? Please share your tips in the comments.
To a 1st timer I would say do your research and determine which countries interest you the most. To do all the countries takes multiple days. Don't use cash, put the money you will use to purchase food and beverage onto a gift card, it makes it fast and easy to get through the lines. Remember, you are there to enjoy yourself.
How does using a gift card expedite the transaction more than cash? That makes no sense. Gift cards must be swiped and most often are processed like a credit card transaction which is frequently slower than cash. I understand why Disney pitches gift cards because there is no refund on the unused amount.
I have tried Australia's lamb chops, and they are delicious. Argentina is always my favorite; great beef, great empanada, and great red wine.
A lot of fun you get to try a lot of different foods I would recommend Mexico and Australia.
I will send over a trip report for sure!
In the early days, samples were all even amounts, $1.00 - $3.00 and all seemed to include tax so there were no coins given in change.
I agree with Eric G to an extent. I love Epcot and I love the F&WF, but over the years for me it has lost its organic feel because it has grown so large. When we first attended in 2000 you could walk right up to watch the Eat to the Beat band's show right as it was getting ready to start and get a seat. Now you see people lining up 2 hours or more before the show starts. Insane!
Went yesterday, visited a few of the countries after walking around the entire World Showcase 2 1/2 times as booths were opening at random times after 11:30 am.
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