Checking Out Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival for 2023

Checking Out Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival for 2023

It’s still very much summer, but the Fall Food & Wine Festival for Epcot is on. We head over to the park to check out all the latest happenings. We taste test and review a dozen entrees, and we share our thoughts on a number of returning offerings. If you’ve never been to Epcot’s premiere Food & Wine Festival, or if you only come once every couple of years, or if you are an annual pass holder, we have insights for you to help you make the best of this experience. Along with myself, my daughter Madison joins us, as well as David Zanolla of Out the Door Travel and his son Jonah. Join us as we broadcast within Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival for 2023.

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The Tastes of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival

Here are some of the dishes we tasted today at the festival:

Chimichurri Marinated Skirt Steak Taco. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Impossible Buffalo Chicken Tenders and the infamous Pickle Milkshake. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Watermelon and Pineapple Dole Whip at Refreshment Outpost. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Bratwurst on a Pretzel Roll and Apple Strudel. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Pistachio Cake from Morocco. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Beer-braised beef with Gouda mashed potatoes. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
The fork is added to show how small the Belgian waffle is. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake. Photo by Disney

Retail, Scavenger Hunts, Entertainment & More

Some great things–but not so connected with the festival itself. Still, there were these:

Very clever coaster grouping that looks like a cheeseburger. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Impressive Encanto merchandise, but not seemingly unique to Epcot. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Poster board advertising the Remy scavenger hunt. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Remy on top of the Cantina in Mexico. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
The previous Frozen store as you exited the meet ‘n’ greet with Anna and Elsa. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

This same space is now a photo location. Surprising. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Epcot Forever

I think it would be a big miss not to mention the evening fireworks, Epcot Forever. As a fireworks show, it impresses. If you love the music of Epcot, especially with the original Future World, then you don’t want to miss this. I’ve created my own Epcot Forever: A Tribute below. The current show doesn’t employ the kites, but it’s still a fine show, and you should check it out.

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