Those of you fortunate enough to be visiting Disney World over the next few weeks will have an added incentive to head over to Epcot: The International Food and Wine Festival. It's the 16th year of this unique event which offers live entertainment, culinary demonstrations, and food and beverages from six continents. This year's theme, Passport to a World of Flavors, features over 25 kioks representing countries both exotic and familiar. You can literally spend the day grazing the entire 40 acres of the festival, sampling tapas-sized treats as you go.
Servings range in price from $3 to $8. For the sake of convenience, you can purchase a specially-themed Disney gift card just for the festival. You'll load it with as little as $5 so you have easy access when it's time to pay--and you can keep re-loading it if you need more treats! Remember that your snack credits on the Disney Dining Plan can also be used to purchase certain items.
This year sees the additon of three new themes: Portugal, Hawaii, and the Carribbean. The new Hawaii kiosk looks interesting, perhaps a nod to Aulani opening last month? Since it's as close as I'm going to get to Aulani for a while, I think I'm going to give it a try. An old favorite, Scandanavia returns this year and you can expect new menu items at many kiosks. Other highlights include:
- A free marketplace passport that you can have stamped at each kiosk.
- HGTV home seminars from HGTV Design Stars.
- A cranberry bog sponsored by Craisins.
- Party for the Senses, a special ticketed event each Saturday. Call 407-WDW-FEST for more information.
- Eat to the Beat concerts three times daily, with performers such as Taylor Dayne and Sugar Ray.