Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tips For Getting The Most out of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival



Right now, as we speak, I am getting ready to go to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.  It really is my favorite time of year to visit Walt Disney World.

Today, I thought I'd share a few tips with you on how to best enjoy the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
  • To avoid large, visit during the weekdays.  The weekends are crazy crowded with locals!  Monday - Thursday are your friends!  Keep in mind that as they day drags on, the crowds get bigger. 
  • Start visiting he booths at 11 am when they first open.   
  • Don't eat everything in one day as it's a lot of food that's offered up at the Marketplaces.  Spend a couple of days at the event or share dishes amongst the group. 
  • Pick up a Marketplace Passport souvenir book, which can be stamped at each booth.  Each booth has it's own unique stamp.
  • Consider getting a Festival gift card.  Put a set amount of money on it from your budget. The card can be reloaded and used throughout the resort, if you don't spend it all.  Plus, it has a bungee cord attached so you can wear it on your wrist. 
  • Use your Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits on the many options at the Festival.  It's a great use of credits, so look for the Disney Dining Plan logo.  
  • Seriously, check out the menus ahead of time and get a game plan.  It will give you a general idea of what items you want to try.
  • Tables tend to be few and far between.  Stake out areas that have areas to sit and don't pass up that trash can as a table, while gross, it works.  And bring a tray to carry your food around, so when you are looking for a spot to dine, you can carry your food a bit easier.
  • Make sure to hydrate when walking around the promenade. You can easily overheat while strolling and eating.  It's still super hot in Florida in the Fall.
  • Try new things.  You never know what you're gonna actually really love. 
  • Try things that are more unique.  I can get Belgium waffles anywhere...but there are certain things I can't get.  I tend to try those items.  
  • Pick up the Disney Food Blog Guide to the 2013 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.  It will help with the planning!  (Note...you clicking on that link supports this blog.)
These are just a few tips that I think can help people who are experiencing the Festival.  If you have other ideas, let me know on the Facebook page or in the comments section.  

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3 comments:

Shawn said...

I've never been during the F&W festival but hope to get there next fall. Thanks for the info.

jb said...

Hey, Rikki
I visited F&W for the first time this past weekend. Loved it! But when it comes to food, I am risk averse. I would've eaten chicken strips at every kiosk if they were available with a different sauce. I had to stop at New Zealand just to see what the lip mussels looked like . . . and I was not surprised that I felt a little nauseous just looking. The most exotic item that I tried was the Teriyaki Chicken Roll in Japan and I threw away the seaweed wrap. But my question to you is what new foods have you tried at F&W that you loved . . . and hated? BTW, the one item I was most excited about (the frozen smores drink) was a huge letdown.

Peace.

Rikki Niblett said...

So, JB, as you may have seen with my last Food and Wine post, I'm kind of a picky eater too. (The mussels would have made me nauseous too and don't even get me started on the escargot.

I actually tried a TON of things this trip...some that I meant to and some that I didn't but in the moment decided to go with. Most things, overall, I enjoyed.

I hate pickles, but thought the Florida slider was quite good and not scary, after I picked the pickles off. I also had the mayo left off the Hawaiian pork slider and loved it.

I tried the mango silky spun ice, which I never would have gotten myself, but a friend did (I even got in line, but when I found out they didn't have the chocolate version, I left.) But, I ended up loving the mango version. It tasted like peaches in a way.

I like you thought the frozen smores was overrated...having a much better version at Steak n Shake for almost cheaper...and certainly bigger. But I did think the hazlenut chocolate cheesecake was a winner. And I loved the Banoffee Tart from Scotland, even though the sound of it make me a little leery. It tasted so good. Like bananas!

I thought the lobster tail was the biggest waste of my money. While good, it wasn't nearly big enough for the cost.

This time, I really let myself open up and try more (partially because my husband was with me, so we shared a lot) and overall, I really liked what I tried. I made things as less scary as possible, when I could and I didn't try the really scary things. There were so many other delicious things that I did end up loving that I didn't need to.

God...this was almost a blog post in itself! haha! I hope this shed a little light on what I actually enjoyed. And surprisingly, it was a lot of it. Even though I took am sometimes food adverse. :)