Book Review: Mini-Guide to Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Are you heading to this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World?  Whether this is your first time or you are a seasoned veteran, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of the Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to the event.  The e-book is loaded with tips, schedules, menus, and more to help you sort out the mammoth 45 day long food extravaganza.  Continue reading for our review of the Disney Food Blog Mini Guide to the 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

Author AJ Wolfe has become one of the leading authorities on dining at Walt Disney World.  She founded the daily Disney Food Blog focused on eating in and around the Disney Parks and Resorts.  AJ and the Disney Food Blog have been featured in The New York Times, Redbook Magazine,, Orlando Sentinel, OC Register, and on National Public Radio.

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is one of the signature events at the Walt Disney World Resort, and also one of the premiere food and wine festivals in the country.  From September 28 – November 12, 2012, the Epcot theme park is transformed into a culinary wonderland with 29 different international food and beverage booths, seminars, demonstrations, special parties, a concert series, TWO signature runDisney races, and dozens of celebrity chefs and HGTV personalities.  [For one example, check out my interview with HGTV Design Star Winner Danielle Colding regarding her appearance at the 2012 Festival.]  Wolfe’s DFB Mini-Guide covers it all, and here’s how this Mini-Guide can help you navigate through the festival.

Beef Filet in Spotlight at Canada Marketplace, photo by Matt Stroshane © Disney Enterprises, Inc.


Each of the nearly 30 different Epcot International Food and Wine Festival marketplaces has a minimum of 4 different items on the menu, yielding well over 100 different food and beverage choices.  Now, if you’re a Food and Wine Festival veteran, attending year after year, you may only be interested in what’s new.  This DFB Mini-Guide has a whole chapter devoted to “What’s New” including special events, booths, menu items, and concert performers.  In addition, AJ Wolfe created a specific touring strategy and “booth crawl” focused entirely on experiencing “just the new stuff.”

From left to right: Dark chocolate mousse with chili and salted caramel; yogurt panna cotta with orange cake, raspberries and pomegranate; and lemon custard verrine with blueberry compote. Photo by Matt Stroshane © Disney Enterprises, Inc.


If this is your first time visiting the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, of course, everything is new to you.  This DFB Mini-Guide not only includes menus and photos of every food booth, but has the entire schedule of each day’s events.  Allowing you to plan ahead and see the offerings for the day(s) you intend to visit.  In addition, AJ Wolfe highlights the most popular food items and events from past years.  This allows you to “get in, get the good stuff, and get out” before lines get too long.  The DFB Mini-Guide offers a number of different plans if you only have one or two days to spend at the festival, would like to stick to a budget, or want to find those times that appeal most to kids.

Neurnberger Sausage in a Pretzel Roll, photo by Matt Stroshane © Disney Enterprises, Inc.


One of my favorite aspects of the Mini-Guide is the “booth crawls” – AJ and her team have come up with 11 different themed strategies to dine around Epcot’s World Showcase while taking in the best in beer, seafood, desserts, etc.  The crawls are a fun way to experience the festival with a group of friends, or if you are in town solo us a crawl as your personal tour guide through the festival.

(l-r) Angela Fry of Las Vegas, NV and Diane York of Irvine, CA, sample the Kalua Pork Slider and beverages from the Hawaii marketplace, photo by Matt Stroshane © Disney Enterprises, Inc.


Like the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival itself, AJ Wolfe’s e-book is comprehensive, but presented in an easy, “digestible” way.  The e-book has a gorgeous compendium of photos, and is a great way to experience and relive the festival once you return.  If you are spending the money to experience the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, I believe the additional $15 for the Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival would be money well spent to get the most out of your vacation.  Plus, AJ Wolfe offers a money-back guarantee; if you are not satisfied with this Mini-Guide, she will refund the purchase price within 30 days.

If you purchase a copy of this DFB Mini-Guide, please let everyone know what you think in the comments below.  And have a great time at the 17th Epcot International Food and Wine Festival too!  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

Disclosure: Adventures by Daddy received an electronic review copy of this DFB Mini-Guide for the purposes of this review, but receives no additional compensation related to any sales of the book.  All opinions expressed are those of the author.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.