The Food and Wine Festival is one of THE TOP festivals in Walt Disney World! Starting the end of August and going through late November, Epcot features food and beverages from existing and new booths from countries all over the world.
For many years my husband and I never got past two booths with the kids. We planned a date night this trip, but due to plan changes, date night fizzled and we were back to life, with the kids in tow. This time, I did what you shouldn’t do. I handed my 6-year-old an iPad, let him sit in a stroller and said, ‘it’s date night, sit back and relax while we strap on our feed bags’. Okay, it wasn’t that dramatic. Plus, my 9-year-old was actually excited about the plan and was happy to try food alongside us!
To plan our night, here are 6 strategy tips:
- Make a plan for the kids: Hire an onsite babysitter? Have them stay with others traveling with you? Or have them tag along? To appease my kids for the night ahead, we fed them dinner at Sunshine Seasons, rode a couple rides, and did character meet and greets.
- Pick a night to enjoy and do NOT plan a sit-down meal: If you eat dinner, you’ll be too full. Plan a breakfast and/or skip or have a light lunch. Some guests enjoy going mid-day. Just remember, in the heat of the sun, yummy foods can be a harder to enjoy.
- Avoid Weekends: Weekends are busy because with locals, so plan for mid-week.
- Review a Food and Wine Booklet: Get one from your resort or Epcot to review and pick food favorites. With so many choices, you don’t want to be disappointed if you miss a must do because of poor planning.
- Save Up Snack Credits: Many food options can be purchased with dining plan snacks. If you’re looking to save money, snack credits are key. Snacks have the purple DDP symbol on menus.
- Bring Cash: Alcohol and other featured drinks are NOT for purchase with the dining plan.
Here are a list of the offerings we enjoyed (in one night!).
- Chocolate Studio: Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel
- Hawaii: Passion Fruit Cheesecake, Grilled Tuna Tataki, Kalua Pork Slider
- Belgium: Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
- Hops and Barley: Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing
- Italy: Ravioli Carbonara, Crispy Chicken with Marinara
- Spain: Spanish-style Paella with Botifarra and Roasted Chicken
- China: Chicken Dumplings with Chinese Slaw
- Thailand: Marinated Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Stir-fried Vegetables
- Refreshment Port: Traditional Poutine, Dragon Berry Refresher featuring Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum
- Flavors from Fire: Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw, Smoked Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes, Cheese Curds, Pickled Onions and Beer-Cheese Fondue
This year’s Food and Wine Festival runs through November 23rd. If you’re planning a trip before then, make the Food and Wine Festival a part of your visit! If you’re looking to travel next year, make it part of your itinerary for a night out at the festival. Have your Me and The Mouse Travel Specialist add it to your itinerary!