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3 best things about the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Disney

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Barb Nefer

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is just around the corner at Walt Disney World. It's poised to start on September 19 and run through November 10. The great thing about it is that it has something for everyone. I attend every year, so I'm something of an expert. If you're new to the experience, here are the top three things about the festival that make it the best time of year to Epcot.

You don't have to be a foodie to appreciate it.

Sure, it helps to be a foodie at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, but it's absolutely not necessary. For every fancy dish, there are also meat-and-potatoes favorites like the cheese soup and steak in Canada. Many items with fancy names are very down to earth, too, like the Florida Grass Fed beef Slider With Pimento Cheese. That all sounds very gourmet until you break it down to the two salient words: beef slider. And trust me, it's delicious! Another good item is the Baked Lobster Alfredo, which is the festival's version of the trendy lobster macaroni and cheese dishes. It's among the best of the bunch, with flavorful juicy lobster and a pleasantly crunchy topping.

You can taste a wide variety of items.

I enjoy the Walt Disney World restaurants, but the portions are always large. That means I have to select a single item from the menu, even though there are two, three, or more that I'd love to try, The portions are smaller at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, so I can nosh on several small bits. It works out even better when I've got someone to share them with. I make it through three or four kiosks before my stomach says, “No more!” Better yet, if I come in the morning and do a first round at lunch time, I can return to the kiosks later and try another batch of good food and drink for dinner.

Even vegetarians and vegans can enjoy it.

Yes, most of the festival dishes are a carnivore's dream, but vegetarians and vegans aren't left out in the cold. The Terra kiosk debuted a couple of years back, and its popularity means it's returning yet again for 2014. I highly recommend it whether you're a meat eater or not. Even those who love a good steak or hunk of pork will be pleasantly surprised at how delicious the talented chefs can make a vegan meal taste. You might not even realize that it's totally animal-free.

I've already had a sneak peek of some of the newest items on the festival menu. If you'd like to read about my top favorites among the food, go here. For my favorite drinks, jump here. If you'd like some tips on the most efficient ways to experience the festival, check out this article.

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