The month of September marks many new beginnings at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. It’s the time that the heat lowers, crowds dissipate and the food becomes the center of attention!
The 21st Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival begins on Sept. 14 and runs through Nov. 14. Enjoy amazing cuisines, drinks, music and more from around the globe in one place! Entry to the festival is included with regular park admission, making it a great value too. The heart of the festival are the global marketplaces, mostly scattered around the beautiful World Showcase, that offer snack-sized portions of dishes, desserts and drinks for you to savor. Back for another year is ABC’s “The CHEW,” which will be filmed on location from Oct. 5-7. You can pick up some new recipes plus tasteful tips for entertaining.
If you want to do it right, we suggest keeping these Undercover Tourist tips in mind—your inner foodie and wine-o will feel nothing short of enchanted.
- Make a Plan. There is so much to see, do and taste at this festival, so it is easy to get overwhelmed. You can check out the marketplace menu items online or pick up a Food and Wine Passport when you get to the park to take note of a few scrumdiddlyumptious foods and drinks that are on your taste bud bucket list.
- Pace Yourself. When surrounded by lots of delicious smelling food and appetizing drinks, it can be easy to feel tempted to dive into every dish or beverage. But, be cautious and make sure that you pace yourself as you travel around the world.
- Go Left. Most people naturally tend to follow a crowd and head right when entering World Showcase, toward the Canada pavilion. Try taking the road less traveled and head left to avoid crowds, toward the Mexico pavilion.
- Have a Seat. It takes a while to travel around the world, and seating isn’t always as plentiful as you might think. Make sure to take breaks as you make your way around the world trying the different cuisines, especially when you find seats. You’ll find the World Showcase shops, which offer specialty items from the host countries, make great places to cool off.
- Avoid Weekends. Not just tourists visit during this time, the locals love it too! With crowds at their peak on evenings and weekends, it is best to plan for a trip during the week for shorter lines.
- Try New Things. Don’t limit your palette! This festival offers grub from all around the globe, so don’t be bashful. There are sure to be dishes and drinks that you’ve never heard of or tried before. Debuting this year at the festival are the Chocolate Studio, Islands of the Caribbean, Greenhouse Guru, and Wine & Dine Studio marketplaces.
- Budget with a Gift Card. The tempting sights and smells can often tempt visitors to spend more than they had planned on. Budget your bucks by purchasing a gift card and deciding ahead of time how much you would like to spend. The festival gift cards come attached to wristbands, so that visitors don’t have to fidget with wallets throughout the day.
- Always Get Dessert. Delicious dessert variations will include classics such as lemon and raspberry dishes to surprising pairings like strawberry and basil. Take the leap and set your sweet tooth free – a perfect ending to your long day!
If you consider these few tidbits of advice, it’s guaranteed that you and your gang will have an unforgettable experience. Enjoy your visit to the Food and Wine Festival – your taste buds deserve it!
Courtesy of the Undercover Tourist
September 16, 2016