I just got back from the most amazing trip to Orlando, FL! My husband, MIL, and I went to Orlando to enjoy Disney World (our annual passes are still going strong), pool time, shopping and eating out, and Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios (get ready for a post on that coming soon!) I wanted to share some of my tips from my experiences at one of my favorite Disney events, the International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot.
This event happens annually from late Sept- mid November at Epcot in Walt Disney World. It features food, wine, beer, and other various drinks from around the world. This event is almost so overwhelming that it would take weeks to experience all that is available to taste, see, learn, etc. I am by no means an expert on this event, but for the casual traveler, here are my tips if you want to try it out!
Never go when the temperature is above 81 degrees
This rule is one that I always use when visiting theme parks, festivals, etc. It is my primary Disney rule, actually! If your weather app says it’s 81, it will be much hotter once you come into contact with large crowds and lots of pavement. I ignored this rule for one day of our trip and I really regretted it as I completely sweat through my shirt.
(The best time to go if it is hot out is in the evening–the temps drop and then you can stay until the fireworks!)
Buy an Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Tray
Not only is this a nice souvenir from your time at the festival, but it also is great for holding your food and drink(s) while you walk through the festival. I didn’t have this little gem last year and it was an awesome addition this year.
Pick up a Passport at your first food booth
This is such a fun way to keep track of everything that you try at the festival. Each country/booth has a place in the passport and as you navigate through Epcot, they will stamp your passport as you try the different food and wine. It makes a great souvenir when you return home and it also a fun activity while you taste all the delicious food and wine from the booths set up throughout the park.
Orlando tends to be a bit warm (hot) and humid (swampy). Between the weather and the high amount of walking, it is just easiest to dress in loose fitting clothes and comfortable shoes. A blister will destroy your trip.
Obviously Disney can be crowded and busy but they do a great job of keeping everything so clean and well run that if you go with the flow and quit worrying about the large groups of people, you will have an absolute blast!
Here are a few of the highlights of my trip to the Food and Wine Fest this year:
Favorite booths–Brazil (pork belly was amazing), France (Boeuf Bourguignon was so delicious), Italy (Cannoli was some of the best I’ve ever eaten), and Hops and Barley (lobster roll was so delicious).
Best beer–Swamp Head Wild Night Honey Cream Ale, Gainsville, FL
Best Activity—The American Adventure show –this show is such a feel-good break from the festival. It is my absolute favorite show at Epcot and runs year round. The a cappella group, The Voices of Liberty, sing before many of the performances. They are truly incredible and make the show even more special.
Best Impulse Buy–Definitely a toss up on this one–I love my Mouse and Magic custom mouse ears from Etsy but they were especially great when layered with my tiara from the Germany store in Epcot!
Have any of you visited the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot? If so, what were your favorite things, foods, experiences, etc? Please comment below.
I hope you all are having a great week!