By Todd Barron @ FoodieCuisine.com
I went with my family to the 15th Annual International Food and Wine Festival at Disney World in Florida this past week and had a great time. We went last year and enjoyed it so much that we booked a trip and went again this year. They run it during October and November and showcase food and wine from multiple countries in their Epcot park.
During the event they have tents setup with tapas style food you can order. Each Country represented (over 25 in all!) has at least two food items to choose from plus two wine or drink choices. Each item costs between $3 and $8 but average about $4.50. The drinks are by far the most expensive item but most everything is worth it.
They have free concerts, parades, and seminars running during the event to add to the experience. Last year I really enjoyed the pasta making class held in Italy and this year I enjoyed watching various concerts. There is of course the Illuminations fireworks show held at night in Epcot and plenty of beer and other drinks to be had at the Germany and Irish pavilions.
I saw people with “Drink Around the World” t-shirts on. They were going from Country to Country ordering the various drinks to be had and “trying” to make it around the World of Epcot. I doubt many were successful at drinking from every Country but it was a noble try!
The other nice thing about the event is the lack of too many kids. I realize it’s Disney World and that most people associate Disney with children, but that’s not the case with Epcot and with the Food and Wine Festival. There are more adults than kids, especially at night, and plenty to do if you don’t have kids with you. Given that, our son was with us four of the five nights and loved the food. On the kid-free night my wife and I enjoyed some time at the pastry cafe in the France Pavilion and some beer from the Germany Pavilion. We all had a blast though and want to go again next year.
- Escargots Persillade en Brioche in France
- Crème Brulée au Chocolate au Lait in France
- Taco de Chilorio in Mexico
- Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée in Argentina
- Lettuce Wraps with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw in South Korea
- Coconut-Braised, Beef Rendang with Jasmine Rice in Singapore
- Baked Cheese Ravioli, Creamy Bolognese Sauce, Melted Mozzarella in Italy
- Spanakopita in Greece
Other Noteworthy Places we Visited in Disney World
- Jiko – Best meal I have had in a long time
- Tutto Italia – Great Italian food
For a full listing of the menu items and Countries represnted, take a look at their webpage.