While any day at Walt Disney World is better than a day anywhere else, there are times when WDW is even more awesome than others.
For me and my wife, one best of the best times is during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. Here’s what makes it such a tasty time to visit:
- Great timing: The fest runs through much of the fall, when both crowds and temperatures are much more tolerable.
- Wide selection: About 35 food and wine booths from as many countries. Each offers tapas-sized foods representative of their country as well as small-pour beer, wine and drink tasters.
- Reasonable prices: Prices run from a few dollars to $10 or so — occasionally more for very special items. Epcot admission is still required, but there is no extra cost for the festival.
- Appetizing entertainment: Food and wine demos are offered up daily by celebrity chefs, plus there are concerts from a variety of throwback bands, each performing for just a few days to keep things fresh.
The Food and Wine Fest runs for about two and a half months, from September to November each year. For 2017, the dates are 31 August to 13 November. It is held in Epcot’s World Showcase, with booths set up in the path around the lagoon.
2017 Dates for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival are: 31 August through 13 November 2017
We prefer to go during the first two weeks of November, for the great temperatures. It can sometimes still be very hot in central Florida in October.
I think Epcot is the perfect spot for this event where military families are concerned, as many of the countries represented in the World Showcase are places that we have been stationed or visited.
Last year I went to the Food and Wine Fest with several buddies that I’d been stationed with. My favorite memory from that trip is the eight of us sitting around two tables in the Germany Pavilion’s Platz, eating brats, drinking German beer and telling flying stories.
I highly recommend that you try the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival if the timing works with your leave/vacation schedule.
Be sure to use your Disney Armed Forces Salute ticket and room discounts!
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Learn about the Disney Armed Forces Salute the best military discount that there is for Disney. For where to stay see our Resorts/Hotel Overview Page. Disney doesn’t discount dining for the military, but there are a few places on property that do, see the Dining Overview Page to learn where plus more dining info. You can also learn about Transportation Options. Be sure to check out our Technology Overview to learn about Magic Bands and My Disney Experience to see how they work with military tickets. Walt Disney World visitors might be interested in staying at Shades of Green, WDW’s Military Only Resort.