Best snacks at Epcot during the International Food and Wine Festival
Save your money and your snack credits! Check out the best snacks at Epcot in Walt Disney World, especially snacks available at the International Food and Wine Festival. Miss the festival? No worries. You'll still find out my all-time favorite Epcot snacks!
Disclosure: Participation in the Epcot festival was part of the Permission to Hustle Mastermind Retreat. Disney provided admission and a gift card to facilitate this post.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit Epcot on opening day of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. It was the day before I attended Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and it was the perfect way to kick off the mastermind retreat I was at Disney World for!
This wasn't my first time being in the park during the festival, but this was my first time truly getting the whole experience with the food and the drinks.
About the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival:
The Epcot International Food and Wine festival is an annual food festival at Epcot in the Walt Disney World Resort.
Special kiosks are set up around the park with food and drink that reflect various themes and countries.
If you've been to the festival you already know that it's wonderful. If you've never been…let me tell you, it's a delight! Walking through Epcot is one of my favorite things to do at Disney World on a normal day. Walking through Epcot during the Food and Wine festival takes that pleasure to a whole new level!
Epcot is divided into Future World and the World Showcase. While it may seem like the Food and Wine Festival starts when you get to the World Showcase, it's not true. The special snacks, treats and drinks created exclusively for the festival are stationed all around Epcot.
There is way more delicious food and snacks at Epcot's festival than you can hope to eat in one day. There are also way too many beverages to consume in one visit! So I'm here to tell you the best snacks at Epcot that you can get at the International Food and Wine Festival!
Before I get started on my lists of the best snacks, I have just a few simple tips to make sure you have an excellent experience!
Tips for Attending the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
International Food and Wine Festival Tip 1: Make a Plan
I'm the type of person who seriously enjoys surprises. I don't want to spoil anything beforehand. Sometimes that means not reading book synopses, sometimes it means not looking at a restaurant menu online before I arrive for dinner.
The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is not the time to do that. You will be very unhappy with yourself if you visit each special kiosk, then choose the best snacks, then go back to the selected kiosks to get the food you decide on. Honestly, you could lose friends and your family might disown you if you do that.
If you have the chance, take a look at Disney's page that showcases the food and drink menu for every single food kiosk. There aren't pictures of everything, but the list is comprehensive with names, descriptions and main ingredients for each menu item.
You should also grab a festival passport. These are available when you enter the park and at every kiosk. The passport will tell you the location and menu for the various kiosks.
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International Food and Wine Festival Tip 2: Be prepared to pay
Attending the Food and Wine Festival is included in your Epcot admission, but participating in the snacks and drinks at the festival is as expensive as you want it to be.
Most items cost between $4 and $8 and they are definitely snack size. There generally aren't sides and the portions are small. Think of the selections like tapas. You absolutely need more than one to make a meal, and that meal isn't going to be cheap.
Just like every other dining experience, alcohol also isn't included. Plan on about $10 per alcoholic drink, although prices vary by beverage.
You'll also want to make sure your ordering, payment and pickup process goes smoothly. You may find yourself in line for a few minutes, but everything moves quickly when you place your order.
The easiest way to keep things streamlined is by paying with your Magic Band. You can link a credit card to your band so you can just scan it at the register and key in a pin to pay. Otherwise, you'll be fumbling with a card, cash, change, your wallet and possibly your purse.
The bottom line about paying: try to keep it simple. Keep your money organized, handy and easy to put away.
International Food and Wine Festival Tip 3: Come with an appetite. Or not.
If you're a person who loves small bites and grazing, Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival is going to be your happy place. It's the perfect place to sample all sorts of dishes and get some of the the best snacks at Epcot! There will be plenty of foods to try and enjoy.
If you're the type of person who wants likes real meals and wants a full plate, you're not going to get that at the festival. You'll likely be happier trying one of Epcot's permanent restaurants. But be sure to hit the festival for your appetizer and dessert!
The Best Snacks at Epcot for the International Food and Wine Festival
I was lucky enough to attend the famous Epcot festival and try a big selection of the offerings. Part of that was thanks to a gift card Disney World generously gave me to sample the menu. The other part was thanks to Britni of Play, Party, Plan, who was trying a ton of food for her own post. She graciously shared the food and the photo ops!
Onto the list of the best snacks at Epcot for the Food and Wine festival.
The Best Snacks at Epcot for the Food and Wine Festival
The Pão de Queijo, Brazilian Cheese Bread found at Brazil
This bread is rich, eggy and cheesy. It has a crispy top and a fluffy inside. It's so rich it's almost a meal in itself!
I thought this Brazilian cheese bread was amazing, and I definitely want to try making it at home.
You can find the Brazil kiosk only during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival between Morocco and France within the World Showcase.
Mini Funnel Cake with Ice Cream and Mixed-Berry Sangria Compote found near The American Adventure
I admit, I'm a funnel cake lover. I think it's one of the best snacks at Epcot. Period. But the special funnel cake created especially for the Epcot Food and Wine festival is like my favorite funnel cake turned up to 11.
The dish is a mini funnel cake, which is really just a reasonably-sized snack instead of the usual monster. The funnel cake is topped with a good sized slab of vanilla ice cream and an incredible berry compote that kind of defies description.
The funnel cake stand is where it always is in the World Showcase at Epcot; right by The American Adventure.
Charcuterie in a Cone from Spain
The charcuterie in a cone directly appeals to my love of both tapas and cheese plates. It's a parchment cone filled with imported Spanish meats, cheeses and olives. There's definitely Prosciutto and Manchego cheese, and the whole delicious lot is topped with a light herb vinaigrette.
The charcuterie in a cone is a tasty combination of flavors, and it's a solid source of protein, making it a substantial snack at Epcot.
Find the Spain food stand at the Epcot festival between Germany and Italy in the World Showcase.
Chocolate Hazelnut Cake from Italy
I think this was THE best snack of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. The Chocolate-Hazelnut Cake is vanilla cake and chocolate-hazelnut mascarpone cream dipped in chocolate.
Everything in this treat is perfection. The only tricky part is that it's messy, especially in the Florida heat. That chocolate should harden and remain solid. In normal temperatures. Unfortunately, when it's 90 degrees outside, it hardens, then sort of softens and and melts as it warms up again.
But some messy chocolate is a small price to pay for the deliciousness of this cake. It's definitely a treat to try at Epcot!
Where to find Italy? It's a permanent fixture in the World Showcase, almost directly across the lagoon from the entrance to the world.
The Cheesecake Trio at the Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar
Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts. I always find it hard to decide which variety of cheesecake is my favorite, so a triad of mini cakes is perfect for me!
Bite-size portions of Raspberry, Chocolate and New York-style cheesecake make up the trio. They're the perfect size for eating in hot weather, and they're really a shining example of how cheesecake should be made.
The Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar is located in the World Showcase Promenade. Where is that? It's on the walkway as you approach the World Showcase from Future World.
Creme Brulee with House-made Chocolate Hazelnut Cream from France
Creme brulee is another classic dessert that I'd never say no to, and the creme brûlée at Epcot's Food and Wine Festival is among the best I've had! The brûlée topping is perfectly hard and so satisfying to crack. The creme filling is rich, silky and smooth.
The part that puts France's creme brûlée over the top? The chocolate hazelnut cream. This cream appears underneath the creme brûlée, making it a delicious surprise that adds a new flavor to the classic.
France is another fixture of the World Showcase. Just look for the Eiffel Tower.
The Best Snacks at Epcot during the Food and Wine Festival: Conclusion
In conclusion, if you love food, you're going to have an amazing time at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. Whether you're looking to eat the day away, snack as you take in the park, or grab some treats after a nice dinner, you're going to find something you love!