It's the most wonderful time of the year! Nope, not with Jolly Old St. Nick (thought I adore the Holiday Season!). I'm talking about music to every foodie DisNerd's heart - the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.
Held each fall and included with the price of your park admission, the Food and Wine Festival has quickly become one of the most popular times to visit. This cooking demos, a special concert series, and more than 30 kiosks set up throughout the park, you could spend days just enjoying the festival alone.
Thankfully, in true awesome Disney style, they have made navigating the festival with special dietary needs much easier. Here are my best tips:
Do a little homework
Each year, Disney publishes each kiosk's menu with descriptions and notations for items that are vegetarian and gluten-friendly. Take a look through each one so you are familiar with your options before you go.
Most items have ingredients listed, so if you need to avoid dairy or other food, you can spot items to avoid.
Grab a passport
Once you arrive, pick up a passport! These are free and are located throughout the park. You'll find descriptions of each kiosk and their menu items, along with the same vegetarian and gluten-friendly notices. You'll also find stickers to help you mark which kiosks you've visited. With so many options, it's easy to lose track!
Because the food and wine offers are individual kiosks throughout the park, the work space for all items on the menu will be shared. If you are curious about how something is prepared and how they are handling cross-contamination, ask. They are always happy to share information and do their best to make sure you are safe. There will not be a dedicated allergy-friendly prep space in any of the kiosks.
All in all, I have always had nothing but wonderful experiences at the Food & Wine Festival. But if you have a severe allergy, use your best judgment and always have your epi-pen and other medication handy.
Was this helpful? If so, I invite you to download my free ULTIMATE Disney Travel Guide for Special Diets here!
Jo is a travel planner who loves all things Disney! She also has food sensitivities and lots of experience with special diets while traveling.
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