Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing what you need to know to get ready for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
It’s the most wonderful timeeeeee of the yearrrrr… and no, I’m not just singing Christmas carols way too early – it’s Food and Wine Festival season. Anyone who knows me in real life knows this is my Christmas, and I’m so jazzed to be heading back again this October with my College Program friends to eat, drink, and be merry all over again. Because of this, and because of the Blogorail, I’m happy to be kicking off this year’s #BBBFoodandWine Festival coverage.
For those of you who haven’t been to EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival before – here’s what you need to know: the Food and Wine Festival (which from here on out I’m calling F&W) transforms the World Showcase from it’s normal splendor into a World Showcase on steroids. All around the World Show Case Lagoon bonus countries hosts small pop up booths featuring the countries best food, wine, and (if you’re lucky) national alcohol. The booths look something like this:
While some of these booths are expected (all the countries normally in the world show case represent), some are truly extraordinary, and what I dream about when I dream about F&W. While I usually hit up every booth – thanks to my OCD need to complete my F&W Passport, there are some I run into on my first day in the park, and some that I hold off on until I’m too full and tipsy to remember that I ate them. With out further ado, here are my three favorite (and three least favorite) booths from the Food and Wine Festival:
- Australia – The lamb chops in Australia are to die for if you’re a fan of mint and potato chips, which I 10000% am.
- Dessert & Campaign – The title of this booth is pretty self explanatory, so I’ll just tell you a story about how one time I got a glass of campaign from this booth and when I tried to pick it up I dropped it. Because it’s Disney World, they gave me a new one right away. Pro tip: Dessert & Campaign is a great booth to hit up right before Illuminations.
- Canada – While I usually try to avoid the booths that I could regularly access thanks to the World Showcase, Canada has a very important Cheddar Cheese Soup that is to die for. Plus, when else in your life are you going to get filet mignon for $6?
- America – While there’s actually a few stands that take up the ‘America’ pavilion (the Fife & Drum Tavern has a stand, as well as Block & Hans, The Coffee Cart and a special stand called Hops & Barley), I don’t find any of them to be particularly inspired. I know it’s on theme to keep these stands classic ‘American’ food, but that’s not what I find myself craving at EPCOT, especially during Food and Wine.
- The Vegan Stand – While it appears that this year The Vegan stand won’t be in attendance, in the past there has been a booth serving some sort of chicken substitute, and it’s just not my jam. More power to you vegans out there, but I’ll be happily enjoying my Candian steak and Japanese sushi.
- Farm Fresh – Really, the stands I don’t like all share a similar theme: it’s food I could find anywhere else. The Farm Fresh stand is no exception, although they do tend to have good beers.
While this is not the last (or first) food and wine post you’ll see from me, I am by no means the only expert on the Food and Wine festival. If you’re interested in a 20-something perspective, please get in touch! Otherwise, for a more fact based approach I highly recommend you check out WDW Info‘s coverage, the full menus for the each booth via the Disney Food Blog, and of course – the official Walt Disney World website itself.
And for even more information Food & Wine Festival, check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Red | Food & Wine Festival Loop:
- 1st Stop – Magical Memories with the Mouse | Eat to the Beat Concerts
- 2nd Stop – What’s the Point? | Festival Dining & Tasting Events
- 3rd Stop – Bibbidi Bobbidi Booze | Food & Wine Festival Booths
- 4th Stop – Capturing Magical Memories | Tips for Attending with Kids
- 5th Stop – Family Travel Escapades | Tips for Special Diets