The 2014 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
By Dave Shute
DISNEY WORLD’S 2014 INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL AT EPCOT
For 2014, the dates will be September 19 through November 10–starting a week earlier than past years..
There are two components to the festival, one available to all Epcot visitors, and another made up of a bunch of events which have limited capacity and require reservations.
Neither has an extra ticket admission cost–you get to participate by virtue of your theme park ticket–but there are cash costs for the food, wine, and for entry to some special shows and events.
ELEMENTS OF THE 2014 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL OPEN TO ALL
Supplementing the already rich variety of dining and snacking options in the World Showcase, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival adds dozens of stalls highlighting the foods and drinks of various regions of the world.
The food from these stalls is typically available in a snack to half-plate size. Some, but not all, can be purchased using snack credits from the Disney Dining Plan.
Note that the cash price of items available as snack under the dining plan can vary by a factor of 3–don’t use a snack credit until you know that you don’t want to use it on something more expensive.
Wine and other alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase, by the glass or equivalent. Snack credits can’t be used for these!
2014 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL EVENTS WHICH MUST BE RESERVED IN ADVANCE
These will range from wine tastings, to food and wine pairings, to cheese seminars.
These programs are usually announced in the summer, and the more popular sell out very quickly.
See the official Walt Disney World web page for details on the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival as they emerge here.
FIRST TIME VISITORS AND THE 2014 FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
Returning adults often plan their entire trip around the Food and Wine Festival.
For first-time family visitors, with 8 year olds in tow, it is a good bit less relevant.
The booths and such of the festival add a bit to the pageantry of World Showcase, but in general do not increase World Showcase’s appeal to kids.
Because of this, my material on when to go to Walt Disney World ignores the dates of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival as either a positive or a negative influence.
That said, I rank several weeks that happen to occur during this period highly.
Highly ranked 2014 weeks during the festival include the weeks beginning 10/18 and 10/22/2014.
MORE ON WALT DISNEY WORLD DINING FOR FIRST TIME FAMILY VISITORS
- How to Eat
- The Disney Dining Plan
- What if You Can’t do the Dining Plan?
- Where to Eat
- Dining Alternatives
- The Comprehensive Guide to Walt Disney World Dining
- Character Meals and Dinner Shows Ranked in Order
- Table Service Meals at the Parks Ranked in Order
- Table Service Meals at the Resorts Ranked in Order