The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is one of my family’s favorite Disney events! Outdoor kitchens with specialty food and beverages from all over the world are set up around the World Showcase. This year’s event runs through November 23 and is the longest to date.
We love to pick up a Passport on our way in the park. We usually start Future World and wrap around the World Showcase starting in Mexico. Since there are four of us eating, we get to try a bunch of things.
The view from the monorail coming into the park is the best. There are tons of construction walls up as Epcot begins a multi-year reimagining. It is going to be a beautiful park if the renderings are even close to reality.
2019 Food & Wine Festival: Hits and Misses
Here’s a summary of our favorites from this year. We usually don’t get two of anything, and each just take a sample bite of everything so that we don’t fill up! Items from the Food & Wine Festival are a great use of snack credits on the Disney Dining Plan as well.
Flavors From Fire: Smoked Corned Beef – 5 Stars
Coastal Eats: Mule Beer – 5 Stars
Earth Eats: Impossible Burger – 3 Stars
Active Eats: Loaded Mac & Cheese – 4 Stars
Mexico: Smokey Margarita – 5 Stars
The Alps: Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese – 1 Star
China: Black Pepper Shrimp – 5 Stars
Japan: Frothy Ramen – 3 Stars
Morocco: NY Strip Steak – 5 Stars
Belgium: Leffe Blonde – 4 Stars; Beer Braised Beef – 4 Stars; Belgian Waffle – 5 Stars
Brazil: Pao de Queijo – 5 Stars
France: La Passion Martini Slushy – 4 Stars
Some of our favorites appear every year and are a must-eat for us! Here’s a recap of our yearly 5 stars…
- Canada – Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Soup served with a Pretzel Roll
- Ireland – Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread AND Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard
- Hawaii – Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet-and-Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and spicy Mayonnaise
We found absolutely perfect weather and low crowds the first few days in Epcot. By the time the weekend came, it was slammed with people (Illuminations show farewell) and blistering hot. If you catch it on a day like this, divide and conquer the lines and take time to slip into the attractions and exhibits in each country. If you have kids in tow, the Hide and Squeak activity and KidCot Stops will help keep them engaged.
As always, I am happy to answer your questions about Epcot, the Food and Wine Festival or Disney in general!! And, I’d love to help you plan your next family vacation!
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