Thrifty Thursday: 20th Annual Epcot Food and Wine Festival

12113407_10153226739961234_3741321183463629271_oWhen choosing a favorite time of year to visit Walt Disney World, one event to consider is the Food & Wine Festival that runs from late September to mid November. This is my all-time favorite time to go for an all adult trip. Being the more adventurous eater, that I am, I find the festival great for sampling all those foods that I normally don’t get at home. My husband being the not-so-adventurous eater that he is actually finds the Food and Wine Festival a great place to try some things that he may or may not like, but doesn’t have to dish out the expense of a full meal just to try a bite.

This year is their 20th year, so it proves to be quite the celebration!

Samples can be purchased at the multiple kiosks along World Showcase Promenade. In addition to the 12 countries + Africa represented, there will generally be around 30 countries. Samples can range in price from $3.00 for yellow cake dipped in chocolate to $7.50 for Beef Filet Mignon with truffle butter sauce. Along the way, you will also find wine and beers from all over the world. For those on special diets such as gluten free or vegetarian, there are several things available to satisfy you.

In true Disney style, there are other special ticketed events for you to enjoy. A free concert called Eat to the Beat is back. Seating can be made using FastPAss + Reservations.

For those with more energy there is the Wine and Dine Half Marathon that is run through World Showcase. I have several friends that have done this race and thoroughly enjoyed it, since their group also gets to enjoy World Showcase during the off hours.

We are heading to the Festival early next month, so stay tuned for updates and pictures!

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Debbie and her husband live in Collegedale, TN where her youngest son is going to college. She is a huge Disney fan who dreams of someday retiring and working as a tour guide at Walt Disney World. She has enjoyed many trips to WDW with children, grandchildren and sometimes adults only. It is her ultimate goal to make sure everyone who visits WDW has the same magical time that she enjoys every time she visits.

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