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July 22, 2014

Inside Disney: Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival

If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World over the next few weeks, then a day spent at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival is a must. There are so many events taking place each day through Nov. 12, and it’s such a great way to introduce your children to a variety of cultures and cuisines. Here are three stops you must make to get the most out of the International Food & Wine Festival.

Stop #1: Festival Center
Kick-start your adventure at the Festival Center, which can be found in Future World between the Universe of Energy Pavilion and Mission: Space. The Festival Center is the hub where they hold seminars, offer book signings, sell Festival merchandise and so much more.

Children will love the chocolate experience hosted by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. Upon entering, pick up a sample of chocolate, then head over to the chocolate sculptures. Point out to your kids how the chocolate has been used to create beloved Disney characters. Older children, especially ones who are interested in cooking, will enjoy the culinary demonstrations, which are held throughout the day.

Before you leave Festival Center, pick up Marketplace Discovery Passport. Children will be encouraged to try all different foods, and by sampling from each country they will get unique stamps in their passports. Travel the world, and talk as a family about the different foods and places as you sample. After getting a stamp from every location you are entitled to a completion stamp.

Stop #2: Cranberry Bog
You and your kids will be amazed to see an actual Cranberry Bog as you make your way from Future World to the World Showcase where all the countries are located. The Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog is 1300 square feet and is filled with 1500 pounds of cranberries. Definitely not a sight you see every day. Children will be fascinated to learn the process of harvesting cranberries from the cranberry grower or cast member who will be in the Bog stomping away.

Stop #3: Eat to the Beat Concerts
A wonderful way to end the night as a family is to listen to music as part of the Eat to the Beat concert series. Each night of the Festival there is a musical performance by various popular artists, like Survivor, Blues Traveler and Smash Mouth.

Epcot by itself is a wonderful destination sure to spark the imagination and learning of everyone in your family, but Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is a special treat. It’s definitely one you will want to experience as a family.

Have you ever been to this fantastic annual experience at Epcot? Let us know a few of your favorite must-do’s in the comments section below.

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Beth Barbara is a contributing writer who shares tips and tricks that make it easy to plan a trip to Walt Disney World on her blog, Disney with Children


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