We went to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in Walt Disney World last week. We tried a taste at almost every booth, so I could share with you what we liked the best and what you should skip when you visit the festival!
We’re annual pass holders to Walt Disney World, and we go quite a bit. The Epcot Food and Wine Festival is by far our favorite event to attend each year. If you get a chance to go, I definitely recommend it. You eat and drink your way around the world, and you don’t even have to get on a plane. We’ve gone the past five years, and I’ve noticed that every year they bring back the most popular food tastes, but they do have some new tastes too. Every time we go, it’s different.
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Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips
Good news, we went to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival THREE DAYS, so we could try a bunch of different tastes and report back to you! We conquered the festival, so now I can share with you what were our favorite samples, the best values, our favorite drinks, and a few tips and tricks. All you have to do it read this list and go to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
I’m going to give you all the deets, are you ready? Let’s go!
When you get to Epcot, make sure you pick up your festival passport. It lists all the different booths and what food they offer. It also has a little square for the booth to stamp after you get your taste. You can also check off what you’ve tried so far.
If you’re an annual pass holder, make sure you visit the Innoventions East in Future World to get your passport stamped 3 times on 3 separate days. Once you get 3 stamps, you get a free Epcot Food and Wine Festival 20th anniversary port wine glass. They require your driver’s license and annual pass holder each time you visit, so make sure you bring it. The glasses are really cute!
Tip – If you’re only going to Epcot for one day, get there at 9am, and knock out a few rides before the food booths open at 11am. Go to Soarin first, that ride will have a 2-hour wait by noon. After Soarin, get in the single riders line for Test Track. It’s much shorter wait than the regular line, and we usually end up in the same car together anyways.
Check out the cranberry bog on your way into the showcase, it’s a real bog with real cranberries floating in it! Make sure you also get your complimentary bag of craisins at the counter to the left of the bog. The bog didn’t come back last year, so I was really excited to see it this year! It’s a great place to take a few pictures too, they have a photo pass person standing there with props you can use.
Food Booths at Epcot Food and Wine Festival
When you’re done taking pictures of the blog, hang a right, and walk up the path to The Chew booths. The Chew booths setup are where the butterfly garden is during the Flower and Garden festival. They have two booths, Sustainable Chew and The Chew Lab. We only ate at the Sustainable Chew booth, because the portions looked tiny and were expensive at The Chew lab.
Tip – If you’re unsure about trying something, go stand at the counter where they pass out the food and look at it. If it doesn’t look good to you, don’t get it. You don’t have to buy it first to be able to go up to the counter. Look before you buy!
Sustainable Chew –
- Pork Spareribs with red wine, fennel, and cheesy mascarpone grits – $5.50
- Ricotta & zucchini ravioli with rustic tomato sauce – $4.75
- Beso Del Sol White Sangria – $3.50
This was the first booth we stopped at, so I was very excited! The pork spareribs had good flavor, but we had a lot of bones with only a little meat. I think we just got a bad plate, but I would try it again. The zucchini ravioli was tasty, and it was a large portion but I don’t think I would get it a second time. If you’re looking for a vegetarian option, this is a good choice. The sangria was good, it was refreshing and sweet. The cup was pretty small though, like most of the drinks at the festival.
Turn right out of The Chew booth area, and stay on the path. You will run right into the cheese and wine booth. We didn’t get anything here but I thought was worth mentioning because they have a large, really pretty lit area with lots of tables. If you’re looking for a place to take a small break, go here.
Keep walking past the cheese and wine booth, and you’ll run right into the Dominican Republic booth.
Dominican Republic –
- Lechón asado: Roasted pork with mangú, pickled red onions and avocado – $4.50
The pork was very tender but a little bland. What I really loved was the picked red onions, they were delicious! I would have ordered a sample just of the onions if I could have!
After the Dominican Republic booth, the path empties out into the World Showcase loop. The first stop on our world tour is Scotland.
- Seared sea scallop with spinach-cheddar gratin and crispy bacon – $4.75
- Citrus Thistle featuring Hendrick’s Gin – $9.00
We forgot to take a picture of the scallop, but it was delicious and cooked perfectly. The spinach cheddar gratin was a perfect side dish. The citrus thistle was just okay, not much of a kick for $9. We found better drink options later in the day.
- Kalua pork slider with sweet and sour Dole Pineapple chutney and spicy mayonnaise – $4.00
The sliders were delicious! They’ve had them the last few years, and we get them every time we go. The meat is tender, the roll is sweet, I love the pineapple chutney and the spicy mayo is the perfect sauce. I would definitely recommend this taste.
- Spanakopita – $4.25
- Chicken gyro with tzatziki sauce – $4.25
The spanakopita was hot, crispy, and delicious. We also tried the chicken gyro, but someone inhaled it before I could take a picture of it. He said it was very tasty, and the tzatziki seemed authentic.
Tip – Share the tastes! You don’t have to buy multiples of everything. Try one first to see of you love it, then get a second sample. Most tastes are big enough to share, and you can try more tastes this way!
On our way to Canada, we had to stop at the Refreshment Port, and get a pineapple dole whip! It’s Travis’ favorite treat at the Magic Kingdom, and it was really hot, we needed it! It’s a little smaller than the one at Magic Kingdom, and it’s the same price, but boy, was it delicious! They also have the option to get it with rum. We’ve had it with the rum before, it’s a delicious flavor combo.
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- “Le Cellier” wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle butter sauce – $7.50
Oh, Canada! The mushroom filet was my favorite taste of the whole festival, we got it 3 times! The best part is that you can ask to have it cooked any way you like, and you can request extra truffle butter sauce and extra mushrooms! The filet literally melts in your mouth and the mushrooms are seasoned and cooked perfectly.
Take a big bite of the filet, mushrooms, and truffle butter sauce =====> heaven. If you only get one taste at the festival, try this!!!
- Lobster and seafood fisherman’s pie – $6.50
This has been at the festival for the last 5 years that we’ve gone, and for good reason. It’s delicious! It’s a decent portion, it’s always hot and fresh, and every bite has a piece of seafood in it. We get this every year, it’s one of Travis’ favorite tastes.
We went into the pub next to the booth to get Travis a regular size beer. The tiny pours from the booths just weren’t cutting it. The bar was packed, and loud and felt like an authentic Irish pub, not that I would know, I’ve never been to Ireland but we liked it.
Tip – There is a shaded courtyard right in between the Ireland booth and the pub, that overlooks the water. We brought our fisherman’s pie and drinks over there to sit and enjoy the breeze for a bit. Definitely take a few breaks throughout the day to relax. It can be really hot, and it’s a lot of walking.
- Boeuf bourguignon: Braised short ribs in cabernet with mashed potatoes – $5.95
These short ribs were my 3rd favorite taste! Super, tender beef, flavorful sauce, and the mashed potatoes were really creamy. It was very hot and fresh, and a big portion. We shared it and it was plenty for both of use to each have a few big bites. They definitely didn’t skimp on the meat or sauce, this was a great value compared to other tastes.
- Crispy pork belly with black beans and tomato – $5.50
This was our 2nd favorite taste! They had it last year at the festival, but I remember thinking “Eww, pork belly? Gross, no way am I eating pork belly.” I was so so wrong! It’s like a really thick, meaty, hot and crispy piece of bacon. Doesn’t that sound amazing? It was seriously delicious, we tried it 3 times! Each time it was perfect. Definitely, give this a try, don’t let the name turn you off.
They have a really nice courtyard right next to the Brazil booth, tucked away behind the bushes. Grab a pork belly, and take a load off! It’s shaded and a great spot to cool off.
- Spicy hand roll: Tuna and salmon with Kazan Volcano sauce – $5.50
The tuna roll was very fresh and tasty, we really enjoyed the sauce. If you’re looking for sushi, I would recommend it.
We had tried a few drinks on the way to America, but everything was really expensive and super tiny. We ended up asking the ounces of the small beers and found hat the flights were the best value. We also like that you could swap out beers if you knew you didn’t like certain ones.
Hops & Barley –
- Beer Flight (4) 3 oz pours – $10.25
My fiancé liked the Dogfish Head sixty-one IPA, he said it had a good hoppy flavor.
By this time were feeling a little full, so we didn’t get any food at this booth. We’ve tried the lobster roll last year, and it was delicious, so if you’re on the fence, I would definitely give it a try.
Travis starts off the festival with a triple layer frozen margarita in Mexico, but after that he switches to beer. The beers at each of the booths are only 4 oz pours for around $4 each. The beer flights are definitely the best value at the booths. If you want a regular sized beer, the best value we found is at the Fife & Drum booth that’s at Epcot all year.
I don’t like beer, I prefer wine. Most of the wine samples at the booths are only 3 oz pours, which is tiny! Some wine tastes run from $3.50 – $9. The best value wine that I really liked was from a stand in Italy, right across from the Italy booth.
I really liked the Sogno D’Italia Chianti, a 4 oz pour for $6. It was smooth and sweet, and I liked that it was made especially for Disney.
The pour was right up to the top but I forgot to take a picture before I started drinking it. Oops! Aren’t the little cups cute? I don’t know how it happened, but somehow, Travis ended up being in charge of taking the pictures. So, this is what we ended up with. This is what happens when you let someone who doesn’t care about pictures, take the pictures….yikes!
- Ravioli alla caprese: Cheese ravioli, tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, and basil – $6.00
- Filetto di pollo, con funghi al marsala: Chicken tenderloin, cremini mushrooms, marsala sauce and ciabatta bread – $6.00
I thought the ravioli’s were tasty but just a regular ravioli. It’s a large portion, so it’s a better value than the ravioli from The Chew booth we started at. The chicken marsala was not good at all. The chicken was rubbery and dry, and the bread was stale. I had this last year and felt the same way. I was hoping that I just got a bad sample last year but I don’t think so. I wouldn’t waste the money on trying the chicken marsala again.
Tip – Take your time, don’t rush through it. This is definitely a full day event! Take lots of breaks, sit down and enjoy the scenery in each country! Epcot’s open till 9pm!
- Schinkennudeln: Pasta gratin with ham and cheese – $3.50
- Roast bratwurst in a pretzel roll – $5.00
The pasta gratin was another one of my favorites. I love macaroni and cheese, and it tasted a lot like a macaroni and cheese egg casserole. I think it’s the same dish they serve in the Biergarten restaurant. I definitely had a few Schinkennudeln’s!
Travis tried the Roast bratwurst in a pretzel roll, but he said it was just okay. The only positive, it was a pretty big portion.
Germany also has a drink booth right next to the food booth, it’s called the Brewer’s Collection. Travis tried the beer flight they had, but he only liked one of the beers.
The Shöfferhofer Zitrone Weizen-Mix was his favorite from the Brewer’s Collection. It had a touch of lemon, it was really tangy and refreshing. I don’t like beer and I thought it was great!
- Buttered chicken with micro cilantro and naan bread – $5.00
The butter chicken was very good, I liked it a lot. The portion was a little small, and the naan bread was slightly stale, but the chicken itself was very tender and the sauce tasted just like the butter chicken I had at Sanaa at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I would have liked it more if they put it over basmati rice, instead of the naan bread.
South Korea –
- Korean Barbecue Short Rib with Steamed Rice and Cucumber Kimchi – $5.00
- Roasted pork lettuce wrap with kimchi slaw – $3.75
The lettuce wrap is always one of our favorite tastes. They have had it every year we’ve been to the festival, so it must be popular! The pork is well seasoned and super tender, the kimchi slaw is packed with flavor and it’s all wrapped up in a lettuce leaf. It’s messy but so worth it. It’s a pretty decent portion for only $3.75!
The Korean short rib was AWFUL, the worst taste we had all day! The meat was really thin and tough, I could barely cut it with a knife. I felt like I was sawing forever to cut it apart. Not good. Don’t get this!
Seriously, don’t do it. Get two lettuce wraps instead, you can thank me later.
- Black pepper shrimp with Sichuan noodles – $5.50
- Chicken pot stickers – $4.00
As much as I love dumplings, these were tasty but they are very similar to the ones I get at Costco. So, I didn’t feel like I was eating something authentic, ya know?
The portion was big, you get a pile of noodles, but the shrimp were under seasoned. So, it was just ehhh, okay.
- Grilled sweet and spicy bush berry shrimp with pineapple, peppers, onions, and snap peas – $4.75
I don’t eat shrimp, so I didn’t try this one but Travis really enjoyed it. It was really fresh, we watched them grill the shrimp while we were waiting in line!
Farm Fresh –
- Loaded mac n’ cheese with Nueske’s® pepper bacon, cheddar cheese, peppers and green onions – $4.25
- Hard cider flight: $10.25
I like to consider myself a mac n’ cheese aficionado, I love all kinds of cheesy pasta. This one is at the top of my list. Super cheesy, spicy, and topped with crispy bacon and green onions. Absolutely delicious. This was definitely one of our favorites!
Travis really loved the cider flight, all four were delicious. The elderberry was sweet, the pear was dry and crisp, the pumpkin had hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. We were surprised that the raspberry beer was white but still tasty.
Well, that’s it, guys! That was the last booth for us, see ya next year Food and Wine Festival! We’ll definitely be back for more food and fun!
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Let me leave you with 2 last tips!
Grab one of these super handy wristlet gift cards before you start getting tastes. It’s so much easier to just have this on your wrist instead of digging for your money at every booth. They are available at most gift shops in Epcot.
Most people don’t know this, but Disney will give you FREE water! Yes, free! You just have to ask for it! Don’t lug around your own water bottles all day, and definitely don’t spend $4 on a Disney water bottle. Get a free ice water at any stand that sells soda from a tap. Stay hydrated, especially if you’re drinking throughout the day, the Florida sun is intense!
Okay, that’s it. I told you everything I know. Now, go to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, and have a great time!
Have you been to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival before? Are you planning on going this year? What was your favorite taste? Let me know in the comments!
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