Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Some people might think that it would take a lifetime of travel to taste your way around the world. But what if you could attend a festival that brought flavors from six continents all to one place? That's the question that resulted in the conception of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in the Disney area. The Epcot theme park is known for its many rides and films that feature countries from around the globe, but every year during September, October, and November, the concept is taken one step further with the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

epcot food and wine festivalThe 2011 Festival

We all know that kids love everything about Disney World, and for the most part, parents do too. But if there's one thing that could make the theme park experience even more interesting is having cuisine and fine wines from around the globe, all right at your fingertips. In 2011 the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is taking place from September 30 through November 13 . During this time, visitors will have the chance to not only to ride the rides and watch the movies, but also learn about different cultures by tasting authentic foods and sipping on wines.

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Many travelers are intrigued by the idea of this food and wine festival, but wonder exactly what they will find when they arrive. The answer is a great deal of variety. This festival features everything from celebrity chef demonstrations to rock star performances. Upon arrival at the Epcot theme park, it pays to organize your day. Stop first at the Festival Welcome Center to pick up your Marketplace Discovery Passport . This will help you narrow down your options, from tasty tapas to wonderful wines. Once you've selected your top choices, you can begin to dine around the world.

The Fine Print

In order to attend the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, you must first purchase tickets to enter the Epcot theme park. Upon entering, the food and drink vendors are the same as any other vendors in the park: you pay for each thing you order. The one difference between this festival and the regular restaurants in the park is that everything is served in small, tasting portions. It will definitely make your experience more fun if you arrive with a substantial budget to taste, sip, and then taste, and sip some more. Instead of sitting down to a big meal, you will taste lots of different flavors from around the globe.

Special Events

There are also special events that are part of the Epcot food festival that can be reserved in advance. If you're planning on attending this festival, check the schedule for special events such as 3D Disney's Dessert Discovery , Mixology Seminars , Wine/Beverage Seminars , and "Party for the Senses." These seminars and events will elevate your experience at the festival even further.


There is always a reason to plan a trip to Orlando, and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is one of the best. After deciding to attend, the next most important decision to make is about accommodations. The best accommodation in Orlando is the one where you can relax, spread out, and enjoy every minute of your vacation. The accommodation that fits this description is a Disney Area vacation rental. Your family will love the space, privacy, and convenience that a rental provides. Skip generic hotels in favor of a relaxing rental.

While here, check out our guide to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.


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