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Top 5 Tips – Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival 2017

Top 5 Things You Need to Know Before You Head to the 2017 Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival

 

You all know that Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is one of our favorite Casual Adventures, don’t believe us, just go back and check out the Golden Runner Awards.  Go ahead we will give you some time.  Last year we brought you the must dos for the 2016 festival, so this year we thought we would bring you our Top 5 Tips with the festival just a week away.

Make sure you read through some of our previous articles for a more in depth preview of all there is to do at the festival!
Casual Adventure: Remy’s Hide and Squeak

2016:  Festival Must Do’s, Best Desserts, Best Food, Best Drinks, Best Kiosks

So without further ado…

5) Don’t Try to Visit All the Kiosks in One Day

There are so many amazing food and drink options throughout World Showcase it is almost impossible to be able to drink that much in one day! This year Epcot has given the festival an extra two weeks to enjoy the festival than they did in 2016.  We know, we know not everyone is local and you may be only going to Disney for one week to enjoy the festival, that’s okay.  If you only have one day planned for the festival we will give you some tips on how to maximize the day.

One of our favorite kiosks, America – lobster roll, beef brisket, and carrot cake

If you only have one day here are a few tips for you.  Try not to go to Epcot on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  These are the most crowded days and the lines for the kiosks will be long.  Also plan in advance what kiosks interest you.  There are multiple websites online that lists all the menus with pictures included.  Plan what you want to eat throughout the day so you know what all is possible to eat and drink.  One last tip, share!  I know they are small portions but everyone has just a few bites or sips you will get to try so many more wonderful dishes and libations.

Make sure to read what we thought the best kiosks were last year!

4) The Taste Sampler Ticket Booklets

Last year there were ticket booklets made available to purchase that had 8 or 16 tickets in it that you could use for food and wine dishes throughout the festival without having to pull out your wallet.  Last year we invested in two 16 ticket booklets and they worked out great.  You’re probably wondering what the point of these booklets are?  Well, they can save you quite a bit of money.

This year it appears that only 8 ticket booklets will be available for $65 plus tax, they also come with a lanyard and limited-release Epcot Food and Wine Festival Pin.  This isn’t as good of a deal as last year ($59 plus tax) plus last year with the 16 ticket booklet you saved even more money per ticket.  This year it looks like each ticket will be valued at about $8.65, so if you’re going to buy something that costs more than that make sure you use a ticket for it.  This could save you some money on quite a few items, especially drinks that usually run around $11.

These vouchers do not have to be used on the day of purchase and can be used on both food and beverages. There are a few items that the vouchers cannot be used on, so make sure to read the fine print!  Also with your purchase you receive a collectible Food and Wine Festival pin.  There is no passholder discount available for this purchase.  They can be purchased at the following locations: the Festival Center, the Bridge Kiosks, the Festival Shop at the Germany Pavilion, and the Festival Boutique between Morocco and Japan.

Check back on Instagram and we will posts when we visit the festival on September 4th the exact details of this years pricing!

3) Remy’s Hide and Squeak

We are a sucker for any scavenger hunt thru World Showcase; the Easter Eggstravaganza, Figment’s Brush with the Masters, and Remy’s Hide and Squeak which is returning for the 2017 festival, but this time it’s going to be even bigger!  This year they’ve added  three more places to look for the adorable Remy statues.  This year make sure you look for Remy in all of the countries around World Showcase plus; the Art of Pairing, Next Eats, and Flavors from Fire.

This can become very competitive, so make sure you set some ground rules before you start.  Like the winner cannot rub it in, just saying.

2) Changes to the Festival

This year we wanted to point out a couple of changes to the festival.  There will no be Chase Lounge this year at the festival, as they are no longer a sponsor.  If this is something you enjoyed there is a similar option available if you are a DVC member or traveling with one.  Inside the Imagination Pavilion in the upstairs there is a DVC lounge where you can get a refreshing coke product and recharge your electronic devices.

There is also a major change to the Annual Passholder gift this year.  In 2015 Annual Passholders received Port Wine glass then the following year in 2016 they received high baller classes.  Well this year they will be handing out three different buttons with Remy on them.  We will be the first to say we are disappointed in the change as we loved getting the different glasses.

Also if you are a frequent visitor of the Food and Wine Festival make sure you get a map when you visit this year because from visits to Epcot over the past couple of weeks it looks like they’ve changed some of the kiosks locations around.  We wouldn’t want you to be heading to your favorite kiosk only to find out that it has been moved!

1) Eat to the Beat Concert Series

One of the best parts of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival is that there’s a concert every single night of the festival.  Actually take that back, there are three concerts every night of food and wine festival.  Each performer sings nightly at 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00 for two or three nights in a row in the America Gardens Theatre located in the America Pavilion.

New acts this year include; The Hooters, Baha Men, Lauren Alaina, Mark Willis, American Authors, Devon Allman, Postmodern Jukebox, 10,000 Maniacs, Kenny G, Blue October, and Squeeze.  Plus many fan favorites returning such as; Plain White Tees, Hanson, Boyz II Men, and many many more!  I know we have two or three concerts we plan on hitting up.

We hope you have a wonderful time at 2017 Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival and look forward to seeing many of our readers there!  I’m sure we will see lots of our fellow runners at the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Race Weekend.

Check out more coverage of runDisney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon:
2016 Wine and Dine Half Marathon and Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge Race Preview & Tips

Our look at all of the changes and additions to the 2016 event
2013: FULL Wine and Dine Half Marathon Race Review: Part 1 & Part 2
2014: The infamous rain soaked “Splash & Dash” (Race Review: Part 1 & Part 2)
2015: The weather-shortened “half of a half” marathon 
runDisney’s commitment to putting runner safety first and foremost

We answered a reader’s question on whether you should you buy an after party ticket
2016: 10K Race Review, Half Marathon Race Review, Final Thoughts on the 2016 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Race Weekend

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