Each fall, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival brings outdoor marketplaces to World Showcase serving small plates and drinks from around the world. The festival also features premium events such as cooking demonstrations and food and wine pairings. The Food and Wine Festival marketplaces are open daily throughout the festival. Access to these marketplaces to purchase food and drinks and access to some events or demonstrations is included in regular park admission (most premium events charge a separate fee).
If you can, try to visit the festival on a week day – the weekends will be more crowded with local visitors, and you will find more manageable lines for the marketplaces during the week. If you really want to experience most of the marketplaces and perhaps a premium event, consider devoting more than one day of your trip to the festival – there is a lot to try!
As with any other daily Walt Disney World plan, do some research before you go. Food and Wine Festival menus are easy to find online, so browse the festival’s offerings before you go and decide which marketplaces you want to visit. With more than two dozen marketplaces, you’ll want to narrow your focus, especially if you’re only visiting for one day. Also note that you shouldn’t make any Advanced Dining Reservations on days you plan to visit the festival. You will be trying lots of delicious dishes throughout the day – you’ll be full at dinnertime!
Keep in mind that World Showcase, and thus the festival marketplaces, do not open until 11am. Either spend the early morning visiting attractions in Future World, or if you’ve already seen Future World, sleep in and arrive later. Even though the official opening is 11am, plan to arrive early to get a head start.
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