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8 Reasons Why We Love the Epcot Food & Wine Festival

When we see the month of August appear on the calendar it’s not because of our anniversary, birthdays, or any other big family celebration… it’s simply because that means it’s time for Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! Countdown with us for our top 8 reasons why we love the Epcot Food and Wine Festival and why we are sure you will too!





 

8 – More Time Than Ever to Enjoy the Festival

This year is another record-setting year, with the festival taking place from July 15-November 20. That’s a total of 129 days of foodie fun, including a menu of new flavors and sips along with live entertainment, family activities, and more. And if you visit the festival in October-November, you’ll be able to enjoy the most amazing time of year – the Florida fall season. This fall time really is perfect because it’s not chilly but it’s not typically steaming hot, especially in late October and November festival days. Yay for enjoying the festivities without melting!

7 – Beautiful Scenery

Other than Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival, the Food and Wine Festival is one of our favorite times to catch Epcot’s scenery at its’ best. Among the specially shaped shrubs, romantic lighting, and unique artworks displayed, we also enjoy that there are so many more countries represented. As you travel around the World Showcase, you’ll spot the usual eleven countries – but take a look at the special kiosks that represent diverse countries from all around the world. Get that camera ready to snap photos!

6 – Special Merchandise

Let’s go shopping! Food and Wine Festival merchandise is available throughout many of the typical Epcot gift shops, especially around the World Showcase. They have many more unique items to select from including specialty gift shops such as the Wine Shop and the Stockpot Shop. Maybe it’s a good thing they don’t have shopping carts!

 

5 – Emile’s Fromage Montage

Love cheese? Families can take part in Emile’s Fromage Montage, where they purchase five participating cheese dishes from select Global Marketplaces. Those who collect all five stamps – including a passionfruit cheesecake with toasted macadamia nuts – can scurry back to Shimmering Sips to claim a prize.

4 – Scavenger Hunt

The inner child in us has a great love for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Passport. This baby gives you the location of where all the different kiosks are and provides you with the ability to sort of “check off” where you’ve been. It’s a fun way to be sure you are hitting all the booths you want to and to look back a few months down the road and retrace your steps down memory lane. Kids in tow? Get them involved! Better yet – check out Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak. Purchase a special map and stickers and let the scavenger hunt begin.


 

3 – Live Music

Live music fills the air during this year’s festival. At the America Gardens Bandstand presented by Florida Blue Medicare, local bands from across Central Florida play popular songs of yesterday and today, Friday through Monday, at the America Gardens Theatre. Live acts performing daily include Voices of Liberty, Mariachi Cobre, and the Jammin’ Chefs.

2 – More Bang for Your Buck

So, you’ve always wanted to visit Epcot but you think the park admission might be a little steep? The Food and Wine Festival is the perfect way to get more bang for your buck. Most of the festival activities are included in your park ticket. Plus, you have to eat anyway – so why not pick and choose what you’d like to eat around the World Showcase? Make it easy on yourself and purchase a gift card upon arrival so you can go around the world cash-free! Visiting Epcot during the Food and Wine Festival is the perfect way to get more of an “experience” out of your park admission.

1 – FOOD and WINE

Well of course – one of our favorite reasons why we love the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is because of just that – the food and the wine! The FOOD… oh my goodness, the food is unbelievable. Known as the “celebration of global cuisines” it’s hard not to try a little bit of something from as more than 20 kiosks as possible. The different flavors of wine are out of this world and fun to delight in the small (or large) tastings. It’s ok, you’re at a festival – have another!

These are our top 8 reasons why we love the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Why do you love this incredible festival? We’d love to hear from you!

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Mike & Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with being Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and RunDisney participants. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire as many MagicBands as possible while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 13 years and are blessed with two children - our 8-year-old daughter and soon to be 2-year-old son. As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.
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