15 Easy Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips (2019)

Do you know the top Epcot Food and Wine Festival tips to make the most of your time and save?

If not, then today I have a real treat for you— we are going to go over everything you need to know about doing the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2019 Theme Park Alone
Epcot Food and Wine Festival

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The Epcot Food and Wine Festival will feature more than 30 global marketplaces with dates from August 29th through November 23rd 2019.

You can read the complete guide to Epcot International Food and Wine Festival here!

1 – Get to Epcot Food and Wine Festival Early

Coming early to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival will give you a chance to pace yourself.

You will be able to enjoy not only the amazing food that’s being offered, but you’ll also get to experience the attractions in both Future World and World Showcase.

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2 – Map Out Your Day

This is another classic tip for any avid Disney traveler. Mapping out your day will save you the headache of missing out on any of your must do items, especially if you’re only able to visit once.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Map 2019
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Map 2019

This tip is very important, because it will help guide you on:

  • Where to find each marketplace
  • What time seminars/events will occur
  • Any information regarding speakers, performers, and other special Disney guests

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3 – Get a Festival Passport

Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Potato hash with creamy cheese and jalapeno peppers on top.
Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Festival Passports are free and available all over Epcot.

The passport is a booklet that allows you to personalize it with your name, country, date issued, and date of completion.

It also includes the locations of  marketplaces, a detailed list of the dishes, merchandising options, and concert information.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Passport 2019
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Passport 2019

Stickers are also included for you to mark off which food booth you’ve visited.

4 – Start in the Festival Center 

Starting here is a must!

It opens two hours before World Showcase and it is a good way to enjoy a few seminars and chat with the Cast Members, possibly gaining some insider tips.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Center with wine bottles everywhere.
Festival Center Wine Shop

Inside the Festival Center you find:

  • Passports to start your world adventure
  • The wine shop
  • Intermissions Café
  • The Chocolate Experience
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak
  • Bottles and Book Signings
  • wine making film
  • Seminar stages

Please Note that you can temporary experience these events mainly in the Land Pavilion and throughout Epcot. The previous location of the Festival Center is making way for a brand new Epcot Pavilion.

5 – Go During the Weekdays

For the best time I recommend attending the festival during the weekdays (Monday through Thursday). These days tend to be the least crowded days at Epcot.

This will help you be able to make the most of your time at the festival.

6 – Plan to Visit Multiple Times 

The Epcot International Food and Wine festival is like no other festival out there. That’s why I recommend visiting on multiple occasions throughout the season.

You will need a trip to try it all, a trip for seminars, and a trip to retry your favorites.

 

7 – Attend the Food and Wine Festival Seminars

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Seminar with Murphy-Goode Winery and wine sampling glasses.
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Seminar with Murphy-Goode Winery

There’s no better way to enjoy the event than attending the amazing variety of classes.

The prices range from a luxurious all-encompassing experience to budget friendly 45-minute presentation.

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A plus is that you will get to meet many of your favorite chefs and try the dishes and drinks in your class.

The sessions are done very well and are lots of fun!

 

8 – Put Money on a Disney Wristlet Gift Card

Festival Wristlet Smoked Beef Brisket with Collard Greens and Jalapeno Corn Bread Gluten 
Festival Wristlet Smoked Beef Brisket with Collard Greens and Jalapeno Corn Bread Gluten 

Tasting the many samples without a set budget could turn a fun trip into one of financial regret…

…trust me, I’ve made this mistake a few times. Be sure to put “get a Disney wristlet gift card” at the top of your priority list.

9 – Budget for Your Day

Epcot Food and Wine Charcuterie in a Cone in Spain
Charcuterie in a Cone in Spain

Believe it or not, $3 here or $5 there adds up quickly. I recommend budgeting $35-$45 for each person in your party.

And that’s just a budget for food!

Beer and wine samples are poured at about 3 ounces for wine and 6 ounces for beer or cocktails.

Appleseed Orchard Cider Bar in Canada at Epcot Frozen Apple Pie
Frozen Apple Pie at Appleseed Orchard Cider Bar in Canada at Epcot

On average, adult beverage samples usually cost between $3-$9 with cocktails around $9.50.

 

10 – Split the Cost

Going with a friend or two or three lowers your budget and makes the event memorable. You can share multiple dishes without leaving Epcot broke.

Hipster Power Tip: Share a beer or wine flight with a friend. Each flight contains 3 to 4 samples.

 

11 – Share Your Table with Others

It’s Epcot and it’s your home, so why not make new friends by sharing your table. On busy festival days, finding a table can be hard.

If your group is small and you have an extra spot, why not invite someone over who you see searching the area for a place to enjoy their fabulous dish.

Pacifico True Striped Bass Tostada Coastal Eats Epcot Food and Wine
Pacifico True Striped Bass Tostada Coastal Eats Epcot Food and Wine

12 – Plan for A Cab or Have A Designated Driver in The Group 

Previewing the festival’s menu gives you an idea of what delicious treats can be expected.

There are lots of drinks (mostly adult inspired) that will hopefully leave you balanced and able to walk out.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Beverage Seminar Schedule with juicy sausage and mushrooms on the side.
Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Be sure to have a plan for this kind of indulgence, it makes for a safe and fun experience at Epcot.

Hipster Power Tip: Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and taking frequent breaks in the air conditioned buildings.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Canada Pavilion Appleseed Orchard Cider Bar
Canada Pavilion Appleseed Orchard Cider Bar

13 – Book Your Reservations Early

Reservations are your friend!

Most Epcot Food and Wine Festival fans know that the small spots for the great classes fill up fast.

I highly recommended to reserve the seminar or special event you’re the most excited to attend right away.

Reservations can be made by calling 407/WDW-FEST (407-939-3378) or online. Remember to book quickly to guarantee a spot.

 

14 – Try New Things

Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a smoked corn cake with pickled vegetable slaw and cilantro aioli at Flavors from Fire Epcot
Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a smoked corn cake with pickled vegetable slaw and cilantro aioli at Flavors from Fire Epcot

It’s easy to stick with the things most familiar to you, but that’s not what Epcot Food and Wine Festival is all about!

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Since the portions are smaller, it’s a great way to try something at least once…or twice as Andrew Zimmern states.

It is at the festival that I learned the art of eating escargot. Maybe due to the dish being smothered in butter and garlic!

Epcot chefs definitely understand how to ease guests, like you and me, into exploring new cultural cuisines.

15 – Have Fun! 

African Wine at Epcot Food and Wine Festival
African Wine at Epcot Food and Wine Festival

You’re really going to have a great time, so try not to stress too much if you find yourself spending too much time at the marketplaces or in the seminars.

There’s always something going on in the park that will allow you to have the best time ever!

Have fun, learn something, eat well, and drink up!

What to Know Before You Go

How much does Epcot cost?

A one-day REGULAR season Epcot ticket starts at $109* (prices do fluctuate based on the season).

What are the Best Rides at Epcot for Adults

  • Soarin Around the World
  • Living with the Land
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • Mission Space
  • Frozen Ever After

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How many countries does Epcot have?

There are 11 (eleven) countries in Epcot.

What are the countries in Epcot?

  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • China
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • America (United States)
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
Appleseed Orchard Cider Bar in Canada at Epcot Ciderboys Lemon Cello Hard Cider
Appleseed Orchard Cider Bar in Canada at Epcot Ciderboys Lemon Cello Hard Cider

Do you need a separate ticket for Epcot Food and Wine?

You do not need an additional ticket to participate in the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

If you plan on doing any of the special dining experiences, then you will have to pay additional fee.

All New Mid-Day Magic Tickets

New this year at Walt Disney World are the Mid-Day Magic Tickets which are valid for admission after 12 p.m. The Mid-Day Magic Tickets may be used at any of the four theme parks at Disney World.

Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado-Lemongrass Cream Coastal Eats Epcot
Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado-Lemongrass Cream Coastal Eats Epcot
How much are Mid-Day Magic Tickets at Walt Disney World?

You can currently purchase the 2-, 3- and 4-Day Mid-Day Magic Tickets to be used on or before Dec. 15, 2019:

  • Two-day ticket from $88 a day, plus tax (from $176 total, plus tax)
  • Three-day ticket from $84 a day, plus tax (from $252 total, plus tax)
  • Four-day ticket from $79 a day, plus tax (from $316 total, plus tax)

According to Disney, tickets are valid for one theme park per day. Prices are for ages 10 and older.

Things to Remember When Using Your Mid-Day Magic Ticket

  • Two-day ticket expires four days after the selected start date
  • Three-day ticket expires five days after the selected start date
  • Four-day ticket expires seven days after the selected start date
Steakhouse Blended Burger with blended beef and Mushroom Slider with brie cheese fondue, arugula, and a truffle and blue cheese potato chip on a brioche bun at Flavors from Fire Epcot
Steakhouse Blended Burger with blended beef and Mushroom Slider with brie cheese fondue, arugula, and a truffle and blue cheese potato chip on a brioche bun at Flavors from Fire Epcot

Can you use snack credits at Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

You sure can!

The snack credit can be used for most food items under $5.49. Simple snacks include pastries, ice cream bars, water bottles and soda.

Learn more ways on how to maximize your Disney Dining Plan here!

Mediterranean Journey at Epcot
Mediterranean Journey at Epcot’s Spice Road Table

Where are the best places to have a drink Epcot?

Like everywhere in the park and I mean that.

Nothing else needs to follow…

I will say that Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in the Italy Pavilion and La Cava Del Tequila in the Mexico Pavilion are the absolute best places to chill and enjoy a drink.

If it’s not too crowded.

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What are the best drinks at Epcot?

My top 5 must have alcoholic beverages are:

  1. Avocado Margarita from La Cava del Tequila in Mexico
  2. Mediterranean Journey for Spice Road Table in Morocco
  3. Leaping Leprechaun from Rose & Crown Pub in United Kingdom
  4. Apple Ice Wine from the Trading Post in Canada
  5. Tokyo Sunset from Kabuki Cafe in Japan

You can read more of the best drinks at Epcot here!

Final Thoughts

I hope this post helped guide you towards a great experience at the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

Don’t worry if you’re not able to see and do everything. I just want you to have fun and enjoy exploring all the different countries.

What Epcot Food and Wine Festival tips do you think is the most helpful for making the most of your time? Leave your comment below!

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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

NikkyJ

(Original Article Date July 27, 2018/Updated September 5, 2019)

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