I can hardly believe that the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is already nearly upon us! The festival starts August 29 this year and runs through November 23, which will give you plenty of time to indulge in the smells and tastes that the World Showcase has to offer.
I mention this every year, but in case this is your first Food and Wine Festival, have no fear: none of these menu options are huge enough to derail your efforts on Weight Watchers, My Fitness Pal, etc. So while I would not recommend sampling everything, I do always recommend sampling strategically: this way, you can do so without guilt and really enjoy what you want with no regrets.
There are a few new booths this year, so I’m really excited to see what they all have to offer!
The only thing I'm excluding from this list is alcohol, and that's for two reasons...
Please your palate with these healthy, action-packed bites for pure taste bud bliss!
Magically Fit’s pick: I don’t know who told Disney that loaded mac and cheese is healthy… so with that being said, I’d definitely recommend the Spice-Crusted Salmon (especially knowing it’s Uncle Ben’s quinoa - that makes it more trackable!) or, if you’re more in a snacky mood, the Fruit and Nut Energy Snack.
Delve into a delectable menu inspired by countries abundant with history, mystery and cultural diversity.
Explore the delicious tastes of these Swiss-inspired dishes!
Magically Fit’s Pick: I’d enjoy the cheese dish (in case you didn’t know, cornichons are basically just tiny pickles) if it’s too hot for a stew. If you’re looking to indulge in a small dessert, I’d recommend this one since you’ve got berries and the tart is almond based, meaning it will at least pack some protein in there.
Celebrate autumn with sweet and savory apple dishes paired with ciders, beers and wines.
Explore an exotic array of food and drink options from the Land Down Under.
Magically Fit’s Pick: I had the bush berry shrimp a few years ago and it was delicious, so can recommend it as both a healthier option and something tasty!
Australia's Bush Berry Shrimp sampler option at the 2015 Food and Wine Festival
Indulge in dessert-like waffles, savory treats and thirst-quenchers with a kick—courtesy of the Kingdom of Belgium!
Dig into South American cuisine and culture with the Land of the Palms’ finest fare.
Take your taste buds to the Yukon, with delightful dishes, lagers and wines from the Great White North.
The Cheese Studio hosted by Boursin® Cheese
Nibble delish cheesy dishes paired with the perfect vintage for an unforgettable nosh stop!
Introduce your palate to a diverse variety of popular plates and potables from one of the world’s greatest cuisines!
The Chocolate Studio
Sate confectionery cravings with a trip to our one-stop chocolate shop for delectably dark and milky sweet treats!
Savor the ocean’s finest flavors along with wines grown near the Pacific coastline—you can almost feel the sea breeze!
Magically Fit’s Pick: I’d recommend the bass tostada - it looks like the best bang for your caloric buck based on the description.
Earth Eats, Hosted by IMPOSSIBLE™ Foods
Turn your taste buds upside down with a medley of flavors that add a delish twist to healthy, hearty fare!
Flavors from Fire, Hosted by ESPN’s College GameDay
Add some heat to your epicurean adventure with these spicy bites and specialty beverages that pair perfectly!
Select dishes feature Melissa’s Produce.
Magically Fit’s Pick: I’d say the skirt steak may be your best bet due to the lack of cheese.
Fall in ooo-la-la-love with the classic cuisine and finest wines of France--bon appétit!
Embark on an epicurean adventure to Deutschland, home of the heartiest food, drinks and appetites in the world!
Traverse the Pacific for tropical flavors and island faves—sweet or savory, these mouthwatering morsels scream aloha!
Hops & Barley
Stay stateside for all-American craft beer, wines and the hottest tastes from coast-to-coast! Food:
Introduce yourself to new flavors with ancient origins—the smorgasbord of Indian spices will whisk you off to faraway worlds!
Escape to the Emerald Isle for a wee bit o’ ale, wine and authentic Irish fare to warm the cockles of y’er heart!
Islands of the Caribbean
Journey to the islands of the Caribbean, where the fusion of food and cultures create a melody in your mouth!
Mangiare… savor the simple elegance of cucina italiana, with some of the world’s best-loved food and wine.
Delight your appetite with sushi and other delish dishes as well as libations from the Land of the Rising Sun!
Spice up your fiesta-lovin’ palate with some south-of-the-border history, culture and cuisine--olé!
Relish an inspired array of exotic flavors—this north African region is a mecca of intriguing cuisine.
Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar
Get the party started—sample sweet treats and mimosas mixed with the perfect twist!
Travel to España for pleasing cuisine that’s unrivaled—from paella to seafood that’s straight from Basque Country.
Exotic specialties from Southeast Asia await as the Land of Smiles serves up a flavorful foodie phenom!
The Wine & Dine Studio
Sample signature dishes along with an elegant medley of wines hailing from the Golden State’s renowned vineyards.
There you have it! What are you most excited to try at Food and Wine Festival this year, especially with these new options? Japan, The Impossible Burger's, and Thailand’s booths have especially caught my eye! Let’s discuss in the comments!
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Jessica is a huge Disney and Star Wars nerd who channeled that love into motivation to lose 75 lbs.