As the author of “PassPorter’s Festivals and Celebrations at Walt Disney World” (yeah, it’s a mouthful), I love a good party and nothing quite beats the party that Disney puts on during Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival. Today I wanted to take a few moments and share with my Top Five Tips for attending the festival.
5) Plan Ahead – I strongly encourage you to do a little bit of homework ahead of time to see what the booths are offering and what you might enjoy. Make a list of must do’s before you leave and you’ll be better off. Where to get that information? Aside from my book (who says Len Testa is the only one who can get a Ding?), I’d recommend All Ears Net or the Disney Food Blog.
4) Grab a Guide – If you’re a theme park veteran, you’re likely to skip grabbing a map when you walk in. Resist that urge when attending the Festival. Not only will you see where all the booths are located, you’ll also get a spiffy place to take notes on what you liked and didn’t like as you much around the festival.
3) Allocate Time – If you want to eat at every booth, understand that it is a lot of food and will take a lot of time. When we did this back in ’08, we started a little after 11 and we didn’t finish until around 7. Lunch and dinner were at the booths. I know we took our time at a few of the exhibits, but we really didn’t do any other tourning or attractions that day. Don’t think you’ll cruise through in just a few hours and still feel okay afterwards.
2) Group Hug – I can’t stress this one enough. Go with people who aren’t afraid to share with you and share! Get a couple of things from each booth and each take a bite or two. The goal of Food & Wine should be to try new things and with a group, you can try more things without spending a fortune or overeating. We had three of us back in ’08 and it worked likea charm to share.
1) Be Adventerous – At the end of the day, the benefit of the Festival is that you can take a chance on something and not have it ruin your day. Always wanted to try escargot? Do it (and it is dang tasty too!) Even if you don’t care for something, you won’t go hungry because there is a new taste just around the corner. Don’t be afraid to try something new or different: you might be surprised at what you’ll find you like!