If you are looking for a great adult vacation at Disney, check out Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival. This festival runs from September through November. It has everything you might like, great food, excellent music, and beverages aplenty. My sister and I came down here for a girls weekend and to celebrate my birthday.
We walked into Epcot and headed straight to the World Showcase. The most obvious direction that everyone takes is to start at Mexico and go around the lagoon clockwise. I tend not to follow the obvious so; we trekked it over to Canada.
One thing about the Food & Wine Festival is to be prepared to eat lots of good food!
Don’t forget to pick up you Discovery Passport at the entrance. The passport has a list of each food & wine per country. When you go up to order and pay, make sure to get a stamp for your passport. If you collect all stamps, you can get the stamp of completion for your passport. I was only able to get through 12 stamps out of the 36 offered. We were full after 5 or 6 choices so; it took us two days to finish what we did. Since there were two of us, we were able to try a couple of options at each stop and share with each other. Plus, it was super helpful that my sister is going to culinary school and was able to answer all my stupid questions. What is in this? What is that? Is that going to be spicy? She probably was sick of me by the end but, I appreciated all her knowledge!
One of the neatest things to see is that each booth is designed with the country in mind. You could spend lots of camera photos on all the interesting displays all around Epcot during this festival. These are some of the pictures of what we sampled. What was hard to do was to figure out do we eat all the main foods first then deserts or do we just eat what was in the next booth? Most of all the food & wine items cost anywhere between $3 and $10. You can get a festival-themed gift card that hangs around your wrist to pay for all your samples chosen.
My absolute favorite was the Pavlova from the Australian booth. A Crispy Meringue Shell with Fresh Berries and Vanilla Custard, I could have eaten this all night or at least until my sweet tooth was satisfied!
Besides all the food choices there are even more beverage options. When my sister’s family comes, my brother-in-law loves to try all the different wines. My personal favorite this year is Aulani Sunset from the Hawaii booth. This drink is a definite must, and it is great to walk around the lagoon and sip it while people are watching.
And in case you do have kids with you, there are activities at each major country, Kid Cot stations, and even Perry the Platypus missions for the older kids. In addition to all the good food, there is music to listen to at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. When I was there, Hanson was playing that weekend. I was surprised at all the girls waiting hours in line to get seats when you can stroll right by and hear the music without waiting in lines.
Plus, don’t forget to stick around to see Illuminations, Epcot’s fireworks display in the evening. The Food & Wine Festival is one of the Disney events I plan to come to year after year. Check it out and you might become a frequent visitor like me!