If you’re a foodie you’re in for some treats at Epcot over the next few weeks. The International Food and Wine Festival starts today and goes on until November 12th. If you’re heading for Florida, don’t miss visiting. Stay in a luxury Orlando villa to be close to the DisneyWorld theme parks and this food heaven will only be minutes away.
What’s at the festival?
It’s an extravaganza of food. There are demonstrations with tastings of course, wine seminars and mixology seminars. The schedules that Disney publishes tell you what’s available on a particular day.
There are ‘Eat to the Beat’ concerts nightly for food and music lovers. There are also some signature dining experiences to enjoy. Party of the Senses which is scheduled for selected dates has a host of popular chefs cooking food to evoke all your senses and a list of round the world wines to try. You get a seat at the Eat to the Beat concert thrown in with this one but it all comes at a hefty price of $145 on top of your entrance ticket.
Other special treats are Chef’s Table and Chef’s Menu opportunities at several of the restaurants too.
Just as interesting and not so expensive are the food booths at all the country pavilions. At these you can sample delicacies from the different countries for a much more meagre outlay. Most dishes at the 25 booths will charge between $3 and $5 a plate. Here you’ll find as big a variety as you would in the actual countries. Try a Parisien Cosmo Slush and a Milk Chocolate Crème Brulee at the France booth. Get a meaty delight at the Japan booth with a Sukiyaki Beef Pan – pulled beef roll with Teriyaki sauce – delicious.
Just for adults
Sample some great beverages at the booths, for instance at Mexico you can try a Tequila Flights to sample 3 types of tequila and set you back $12.50. Best leave this one till last too! Maybe a cocktail with a Mexican twist? A lime strawberry Margarita on the rocks should do the trick for a mere $7.50.
Something for the kids
The kids will love the fresh Florida orange juice, the cheddar cheese soup from the Canada booth and the desserts.
Things to know
- You can pay by many methods – cash, credit card and you can use the snack credits on your Disney Dining Plan.
- Book ahead for signature dining or Chef’s Table or Menus.