Tuesday, November 5, 2013

EPCOT’s 2013 Food & Wine Festival

On our recent quick weekend trip to Disney World, Jason and I experienced EPCOT’s International Food & Wine Festival for (somewhat) the first time.  Our first “true” time at Food & Wine was after the Inaugural Wine & Dine Half Marathon and EPCOT was a madhouse. We stayed long enough to use our food/drink coupons, then we left. I was hoping for a better experience this time around and I definitely got it – we had a BLAST!

(Please note: My issues with Wine & Dine’s post-race party happened during the race’s inaugural year. I haven’t run this race since, but I’ve heard reports that the post-race party has improved since it’s first year.)

Food and Wine Festival 1

As we entered World Showcase, we first stopped to pick up a Festival Passport.

Food and Wine Festival Passport

If you are planning on attending the festival, a passport is a must-do!  Its free of charge and serves as a menu of sorts (minus the prices) – we used it to determine our food/beverage selections at each country.

Food and Wine Festival Passport 3

Stamps are also available at each booth. We enjoyed having our passport stamped each time we purchased an item. It was fun to see which countries we “visited” by the end of the night!

Food and Wine Festival Passport 2

Our festival journey began in Scotland (Canada side) and continued all the way around World Showcase.

Here’s a glimpse at a few booths we visited during our time at the Food & Wine Festival.

Food and Wine Festival Greece

Greece was our first stop.

Food and Wine Festival Greece 2

I had the Spanakopita – a flaky outer shell filled with spinach and feta cheese…delicious!

We also really enjoyed the Pork Sliders from Hawaii.

Food and Wine Festival Crowds

Despite major crowds, the booth lines were quick – we never stood in line longer than 10 minutes.

Food and Wine Festival Belgium

In Belgium, we had….

Food and Wine Festival Belgium 3

…Belgium waffles! Get outta town…

Food and Wine Festival Japan

Jason really enjoyed Sushi in Japan.

Food and Wine Festival Japan 2

Werther's Germany Epcot

As we passed through Germany, this window display really caught my eye. I love caramel apples (this display is the reason I tried my hand at them last week…the disaster also known as caramel apple making…)

Epcot Germany

Speaking of Germany, I had Jason take this super dark picture of me in my usual spot at the fountain of the Germany Pavilion. This location is sort of a “tradition” for me…I have a photo at this very spot from almost every EPCOT trip I’ve been on since 1999. Any guess why? It goes all the way back to a favorite boy band of mine…yes, NSYNC once sat in this very spot while filming for their Disney Channel Christmas Concert. Yes, I’m a nerd. Thank you. :0)

What were we talking about? Oh yeah, Food & Wine Festival….

Food and Wine Festival China

Our final stop was China where we enjoyed these pot stickers (they were VERY tasty)!

Food and Wine Festival China 2

In all, we spent about 3 hours walking around the festival. Perfect timing, we reached the final booth past Mexico just as the Festival was closing for the night.

On our way out, I just HAD to stop by the Leave a Legacy wall to track down a few familiar faces…

Epcot Leave a Legacy NSYNC

After a small internet search, I found them! NSYNC is on EPCOT’s Leave a Legacy wall!

West 6 F 4.

When you enter the park, these guys are located on the first row of legacies, all the way to the right (at the very end of the row). They were super easy to find!

Epcot at night

In all, we really enjoyed visiting the Food & Wine Festival and would go again in a heartbeat. I can’t wait for next time! :0)

If you are running the Wine & Dine Half Marathon this weekend, I hope you take time to visit the festival – it’s well worth your time!

Have you visited the Food & Wine Festival in the past? What’s your favorite menu item from the festival?


  1. I have always wanted to spend some time at Epcot during the Food and Wine festival. I'm hoping that post race isn't too crazy and I get to enjoy a bit!
    Karen @karenlovestorun

    1. I've heard they made improvements over the first year...it can only be better! I'm crossing my fingers for you! :0) Have SO much fun!

  2. That looks like so much fun! I love that they give you a passport and sign it! Lol! Too funny about NSYNC! ;-)

  3. I really hope that I can make it to the Food and Wine festival next year (and maybe Wine and Dine too!) Looks like so much fun to eat your way around the world in one night :)

    1. Wine & Dine is on my "list" for next year! Crossing my fingers!! :0)

  4. I want to do both the festival and the Half. It's the Disney race I want to run the most. (After the Marathon in January, hopefully)

  5. The belgian waffle is great! I wish we went this year so I could have tried the chocolate version!

    1. Loved it...that was one of my favorite items from the evening!

  6. I've been at F&W a couple times, but I wasn't adventurous with my food selections. I went to France and got Boeuf bourguignon, Greece and got Baklava, and Italy and got Gelato. If I were to go back, I'd want to check out many more booths.

    1. Those all sound delicious! So many decisions, it's hard to choose!

  7. I.LOVE.FOOD.AND.WINE. Love it! I'm going to have to find a way to get back, with the trip in Feb. I don't think I'll make it in 2014 either! Wah!!!!!!

    1. Aww bummer! I really enjoyed my first time there...can't wait to do it all again!

  8. I fly out Thursday morning to head down to run the Wine and Dine Half Marathon and spend a week at Disney!


  9. I have never been to food and wine, but would love to. Post marathon a friend and I ate our way around Epcot sharing things in a few locales. My favorite was a little cafe/bakery in France that had a crazy good cheese plate.

    1. Ooh that sounds delicious! I'll have to look for that next time! :0)

  10. Those potstickers do look yum! Must stop there next year.


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