Making Our Way Around Epcot's Food & Wine Festival

I've been living in Florida for 13 years and this was the first year I made it to Epcot's Food & Wine Festival and we had a blast. My only complaint is that it gets very crowded but otherwise the food and drink samples are excellent and worth every calorie.

The Food & Wine Festival was a huge part of why we purchased annual passes in the first place. Sadly our passes just expired over Thanksgiving weekend but we definitely made good use of them over the year especially at Epcot since it's more adult-friendly and our favorite park because of the amazing food and drink options. Unfortunately I didn't get to try every marketplace at the festival but everything we did try was nothing short of amazing.

The Ocean Spray cranberry grower's display as you walk into the world showcase shares the history of cranberries, how they are grown and harvested and why cranberries are excellent for a healthy lifestyle. Not the most interesting showcase but nevertheless it shared some interesting facts.

We had some wine and an assorted cheese platter at the Wine & Cheese Studios. I forgot to snap a photo but the trio artisan cheese platter included:
- Karst cave-aged cheese served with honey
- La Bonne Vie goat cheese served with Craisin bread
- Rogue Creamer Oregan Blue Cheese with berry port compote

Food: Chicken gyro with tzatziki sauce
Drink: Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko Athiri

Drink: Kaiser Brewery Xinghu Black Beer
Food: Escondidinho de carne (layered meat pie with mashed yucca)

Craft Beer:
Flight #2: Craft Beer Lovers
- 3 Daughter St Pete Beach Blonde Ale
- Florida Beer Company Passport
- Funky Buddha Vanilla Espresso Porter
- Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Eat To The Beat Concert:
The performers change from week to week (2015 schedule) but we happened to catch Starship in concert back in October and they were amazing live. There are usually three show times per day and the concerts only last 35 minutes so it's not a long show and you can move on to exploring the rest of Epcot.

Drink: Snakebite (equal parts larger and cider).
You can get this all year long at the Rose & Crown Pub.

New Zealand:
Food: Lamb meatball with spicy tomato chutney
Drink: Kim Crawford Pinot Gris

Photo credit

Farm Fresh:
Drink: Florida Orange Groves, Key limen wine
Food: Loaded mac 'n' cheese topped with Nueske's pepper bacon, cheddar cheddar cheese, peppers and green onions.

Food: Buttered chicken with micro cilantro and naan bread
Drink: Indaba Chenin Blanc

For anyone that has visited the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot, what's your favorite food or drink to sample?


  1. You know this sounds like my kind of festival! I love your pictures and how you took us on a little food tour around the world! So sorry your passes expired but good to know that you got good use out of them. I'm sure if we live there we be going to a car all the time! I hope you have a terrific Tuesday gorgeous!

  2. this sounds awesome! A friend of mine actually just went to this! I have only been to Disney once and it was amazing, I want to go back so bad! xx, kenz http://sincerelykenz

  3. you made me all hungry now haha. i want that farm fresh stand and the africa stand to be there permanently! that mac and cheese and butter chicken - the best! great recap girly :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

  4. One of my friends went down for the festival this year and I was so jealous! Now I'm even more jealous after seeing so many pictures, haha, it looks like it would be so much fun!

  5. This is definitely one of those things I wish I had done when I lived in florida!! It looks like so much fun and so much good food and wine!!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  6. You're making me sad Food & Wine is over. So glad I purchased passes to go this year and will get to go at least once next year before my passes are up! Such a fun experience and the food is amazing! The Key Limen wine was definitely my fav! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  7. I've heard amazing things about this festival and your post makes me want to go even more. All of the food looks so delicious.

  8. Now I'm so hungry! I love with your season pass that you guys got to experience so much more than just a normal Disney vacation!

  9. That's so amazing--did you get all of the included with your season pass, or did you have to pay extra? I love a good food and wine festival :)

  10. This sounds like such an amazing event!!! I want that cheese plate and loaded mac n cheese right meow!!!!

  11. this is sooooooo up my alley and looks like a ton of fun!! How cool to do that at a Disney location. I seriously love food and drink festivals.

  12. That is my kind of festival. I would be all over the Greece and UK spots. Though the farm fresh mac and cheese sounds heavenly.

  13. Such an awesome festival, there's nothing better than sampling yummy food and drinks and catching a great concert! And I love the cranberry bog near the entrance to the world showcase!

    Green Fashionista

  14. I love all of the little food stops around the world to go with the drinks! My favorites were Italy and France when we went a couple years ago. I love the cranberry bog, too!

  15. All this food looks amazing! I would love the cheese and wine samplings! One of these days, I will make it to this festival!

  16. Hi definitely need a warning to go along with this post to not read when hungry because now I'm starved! All of that food looks so delicious! I can't wait to visit the food and wine festival!

  17. This looks like such a good time! My husband and I had the chance to go last year and we skipped I'm wishing we had gone!

  18. SO SO SO jealous. Epcot is my favorite Disney park for sure... and adding all that food and booze?! WINNING!

  19. Oh girl it all looks sooooo good, YUM! Glad you got to enjoy it!

  20. what a fabulous post! i have been 3 times and never tried this much food lol. next time i go, i will for sure have to actually eat my way around the world and not just at the australia tent / cart.

  21. That looks fabulous. So how does it work - you buy the ticket and the samples are included or tickets and then samples on top of it?

  22. One day, one day I will get to Epcot. Seriously it all looks so good. Im as curious as Steph though, are those samples? I feel like anything larger than a sample will have me full after one stop lol