The 22nd Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is well underway, but no need to rush because this year is the biggest and longest festival ever. With 35 Global Marketplaces and 90 days, there is more than enough time to sample all the fantastic options. Today we start by taking a look at a few of my favorite options from this year’s festival.
To start off this spotlight we start with something new this year is the Light Lab inside Innoventions West. This area is all under blacklight so it is a nice place to relax and enjoy some fun drinks and a fan favorite the Glownut.
At the Farm Fresh Marketplace the Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread and Red Eye Gravy is a great option for some comfort food.
My personal favorite is located in the Epcot Legacy Showplace (The Odyssey) is the return of a classic The Handwich. Also, the only location to have a special stout beer created just for the 35th anniversary of Epcot.
One of the more interesting sweet options new this year has to be the Sweet Avocado Crema from the Active Eats Marketplace. As a Californian, hearing avocado always makes my ears perk up, but as a dessert option, it really made me want to give it a try. While there is a very slight avocado taste, it is not overpowering and adds just the right taste to the other layers to make it a must do for me each visit.
Our last spotlight will be on the Taste of Fire Marketplace.
While the sweet pancake has some great taste, the drink option is by far one of the most unique of the festival. The Swine Brine featuring Evan Williams Bourbon has a piece of pork rib complete with bone floating in it. Those who tried it found it very different with most of the pork rib taste and less of the bourbon flavor.
Now besides the Marketplaces, this year Figment really jumped in as a true mascot for the festival.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Chef Figment, and if you are like me and can’t get enough of the little purple dragon, you may want to cut back on the food options and go right to Festival Center and pick up some of the great themed merchandise for this year’s Festival.
Now, for the little ones that may not care so much about the food, this year we see the return of Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak.
Guest both old and young can purchase a Hide & Squeak map for $5.99 at various locations throughout Epcot to help track the little chef. Once guests have located all the 15 locations around World Showcase, they can redeem for a keychain.
The 22nd Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival runs until November 13th, 2017. For more information on other Global Marketplaces, Culinary Demonstrations, or just about anything else you need to know about your visit head over to WaltDisneyWorld.com.
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