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It’s time to rejoice! That most hallowed time of year is finally here – the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. This year’s Festival proves to be better than the last with even more sweets, savories, and drinks for palettes to explore. In a few weeks, my family and I will be making the pilgrimage to Epcot to stuff our faces at all the different kiosks.

My mom and I have been fortunate enough to experience the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in days past, however, my dad has yet to experience the gluttonous splendor. If you also have a newbie in your group, here are a few helpful tips to make sure your party gets the most out of the festival.

  • Consider purchasing The Disney Food Blog’s (DFB) e-guide for $14.95. I can not stress enough how indispensable this 250+ paged guide is! It is packed full of information in an easy to read format, taking readers step by step through the Festival and activities. You can purchase the guide by clicking the link: http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2018-epcot-food-and-wine-festival/.

  • Print out a copy of the current food and drink offerings at all the kiosks.  My dad didn’t fully grasp the extent of the gastronomical delights until he saw the pages upon pages upon pages of food and drink alt=items.

  • Highlight the “not to be missed” items on the menu printout. It’s very easy to become overwhelmed in the Festival environment of Epcot, resulting in forgetting to obtain a special treat.

  • Decide ahead of time how you will pay for your treats. It may sound elementary, but it does make a huge difference. It’s extremely difficult to dig for cash and credit cards every time you purchase something (a mistake I made at my first festival). Using the Magic Band technology simplifies the check out process, but you still have to enter your PIN number at every transaction. My preference is purchasing the wearable (bracelet) Food and Wine gift cards available all over Epcot. Not only can you stick more closely to a budget, but using the bracelet gift card makes checking out a breeze.

Are you looking forward to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival?  Share your first-timer tips in the comments below.

 

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(Images from the personal collection of Kathy Wicks.)

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