Top 5 Things You Can’t-Miss From The 2023 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival!
The time of the year to go on a culinary journey is here! The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is happening now at Walt Disney World, and it will be available until November 18, 2023, so you have plenty of time to plan a visit to the tastiest festival out there.
In the meantime, take a look at these 5 things you can’t miss when you visit Epcot:
MUST HAVE CULINARY CREATIONS
The festival offers more than 25 Global Marketplaces plus four brand new locations! At the four new Global Marketplaces you can delight in savory bites at Char & Chop, pair wine with artisanal cheeses at Wine & Wedge, or snack on champagne and seafood at Bubbles & Brine. Plus, satisfy your sweet tooth at Swirled Showcase, featuring soft-serve ice cream and refreshing sips like the Frozen Apple Pie. All four new Global Marketplaces will open Sept 22 so just in time for a fall vacation!
One of the new items you can’t miss is a non-alcoholic Pickle Milkshake! At the Brew-Wing Lab at the Odyssey also features two plant-based options, the IMPOSSIBLE Buffalo Chicken Tenders and the Buffalo Brussels Sprouts. Plant-based offerings at other Global Marketplaces include the Falafel Pita at Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina, the IMPOSSIBLE Burger Slider with wasabi cream and spicy Asian slaw at Flavors from Fire and the Guava Cake at Shimmering Sips hosted by CORKCICLE.
A MUST DO MUPPET TAKEOVER
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant, Beaker, from Muppet Labs have been hard at work bringing whimsy your way. Their creatively chaotic handiwork is up for taste-testing at Brew-Wing Lab at the Odyssey, for example you can sample a variety of wings, like the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sticky Wings, or enjoy an array of beers and ciders. And while you’re there, try the Frozen Fusion featuring Twinings Pomegranate and Raspberry Herbal Tea infused with orange ice cream molecules.
This Muppet makeover to our iconic Brew-Wing Lab at the Odyssey, a staple for the last several years at the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE, is sure to meep expectations. And after a day of snacking and sipping, there’s a selection of other experiences you can enjoy on a full stomach.
FUN FESTIVAL MERCHANDISE
At the festival you will find plenty of fun merchandise options to remember your time at Epcot, for example you can get the “Choose Your Course” Ear Headband or new Loungefly backpack! There are also plenty of options at the Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Picnic Collection, Encanto Collection or the Figment Annual Passholder Collection will items like a stemless wine cup from Corkcicle, Dooney & Bourke bags and more!
LIVE MUSIC AND LOCAL TALENT
During the festival you can also enjoy local bands and well-known acts like Funkafied, Phillip Phillips, Boyz II Men, Sugar Ray and so many more from July 27 through November 13 during the Eat to the Beat Concert Series presented by Florida Blue Medicare returns with a star-studded lineup of live music!
You’ll have three showtimes each night to catch the performance: 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM. Get to the America Gardens Theatre at the American Adventure Pavilion early to stake out a spot, or guarantee your seating with the Eat to the Beat Dining Package. With this package, Festivalgoers can feast on fine dining at one of our participating restaurants before enjoying the show. Take note – this offering is only available Fridays through Mondays. Tuesdays through Thursdays, you can jam with our local acts!
Looking for more fun for the whole family? Try one of our two festival-inspired scavenger hunts or a third to celebrate the upcoming spooky season!
- Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak: This fun activity takes you on a savory scavenger hunt around the World Showcase to find hidden statuettes of Remy.
- Emile’s Fromage Montage: Sample tasty cheeses from across the globe while collecting stamps on your Festival Passport.
- Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit: In this one Pluto sends you through the park on the lookout for hidden decorative pumpkins themed to Disney characters.
Once you’ve had your fun, each of these scavenger hunts ends with a unique surprise! Check your Festival Passport for details on where to purchase your maps or game boards to kick off these adventures and where to redeem them for your prize. Do take note that Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit runs from Sept. 29 to Oct. 31, while the other two experiences are available from July 27 while supplies last.
Have fun at the Food and Wine Festival this year at Walt Disney World!
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