International getaways are probably not happening for many of us this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go on an epic culinary adventure around the world within a short drive from Tampa Bay.
Look for the #TasteEpcot in our Instagram Highlights for more peeks at what to expect!
EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival is back with NEW sips and tastes and it just so happens to coincide with new experiences in celebration of Magic Kingdom’s 50th anniversary, a resort-wide spectacular! A new fireworks show will also debut at EPCOT on October 1 along with new anniversary themed shows at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.
-Walt Disney World is offering a Florida resident Summer Fun deal right now with tickets as low as $54 per day (plus tax) for a 4-day pass which must be used by September 17.
If you’ve been before, it’s not the same festival you’ve experienced in the past. In fact, 50% of this year’s food and beverage offerings are brand new. This year’s event features 20+ Global Marketplaces with SEVEN new marketplaces to explore:
• The Noodle Exchange (near Traveler’s Café)
• Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
• The Rotunda Bistro (American Adventure Rotunda)
• The Swanky Saucy Swine (near Disney Traders)
• Brew-Wing at the EPCOT Experience
• Lobster Landing (near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1
• Mac & Eats (near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1
While the festival is a fun weekend foodie getaway for the parents, it’s also a great family adventure and wonderful opportunity to allow your child to taste the spices and flavors from countries around the world. We highly recommend sharing each dish so you can sample even more tastes, whether you attend with the kids or not.
Because sometimes you need a cold cocktail on a hot Florida summer day…one of our favorite adult beverages was the Bourbon Bloody Mary from the new Swanky Saucy Swine marketplace near Disney Traders. It has a unique flavor and is served in a cute mason jar cup with bacon. Totally ‘grammable!
If you have a sweet tooth, we also recommend the very shareable Candy Jar Donut from The Donut Box near Test Track which is a short walk away from the Swanky Saucy Swine.
There are also plenty of meatless options too! At Earth Eats near Imagination!, you can nosh on Impossible Burger Sliders and Impossible Three Bean Chili. Another stand out is at the new The Noodle Exchange near Traveler’s Café offers a Tofu Pho with enoki mushrooms and thai basil. There are also a lot of gluten and wheat free options throughout the park too!
We could fill the pages of this entire magazine with all of the options to try, but since no two taste buds are the same we highly recommend perusing through the food guide on the My Disney Experience app or visiting TasteEpcot.com to map out your culinary adventure!
For the Kids and Kids at Heart (yes you, mom and dad)
Make this a learning experience too! Be on the lookout for the Kidcot stops at each of the country pavilions where your child can pick up an info card with fun fact about each country—this is ongoing all year long, but still a must do. They’ll store the cards in a Ziploc suitcase themed bag.
The playground is also back open near Mouse Gear after it was closed for use due to Covid. This is a favorite spot for kids to run and play while parents sit back and relax.
We also love Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt—you can purchase the scavenger hunt card at select merchandise shops, or simply track on your own. He has new hiding spots this year, so don’t look where you found him last year!
Speaking of Ratatouille
Hollywood Studios has been getting a lot of attention over the last couple of years with the additions of Toy Story and Star Wars Galaxy Edge, but you’ll soon see the spotlight shining bright on EPCOT as it undergoes its own epic transformation.
The entire Walt Disney World Resort is celebrating Magic Kingdom’s 50th anniversary with “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” and among the new things to come at EPCOT, they’ll unveil the newly expanded France pavilion where you will step inside Remy’s Paris! In addition to the new ride, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, you’ll also get have the option of a table service or quick service at the new restaurant, La Crêperie de Paris.
The anniversary celebrations are going to be spectacular and we’ll be sharing much more over the coming weeks! In the meantime, check out Mickey’s new party attire!
(Matt Stroshane, photographer)