Epcot Food & Wine Festival Favorites

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Favorites

Fall at Disney World is such a magical time. There are pumpkins everywhere, the summer crowds have died down and best of all the Epcot Food & Wine Festival is in full swing! This was my first time going to Food & Wine as an adult, so I was finally able to try all the food and drinks.

There are so many amazing items at this year’s festival, but after going twice in the past month I think I’ve narrowed down my list of favorites. Here are my top picks for the best items at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival!

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Everything You Need To Know About Taking An Adult To Disney For The First Time

Everything You Need To Know About Taking An Adult To Disney For The First Time

Watching a child experience Disney World for the first time is nothing short of magical. But how do you inspire that same magical feeling in an adult? Well, it’s pretty easy if you follow these steps and let Disney do the rest!

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How to Enjoy the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival On A Budget

How to Enjoy the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival On A Budget

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is my favorite festival at Epcot! I love the bright flowers, the interactive exhibits and, most of all, the tasty foods and drinks!

But let’s face the facts: dining at Disney can be VERY expensive! That’s no secret. So when my sister and I decided we wanted to explore the Flower and Garden Festival, we knew we had to be smart about what we spent our money on.

With 24 outdoor kitchens offering everything from meat and potatoes to vegan desserts, and beverages ranging from dark beers to light cocktails, there are so many options it’s practically overwhelming. So we knew we had to strategize in order to try the best foods and drinks without spending too much money or missing something we’d want to taste.

Here’s what we did to make sure we had fun and didn’t go broke doing it:

Check Out the Menus Beforehand

We looked online and made a list of everything we wanted to eat and drink at the festival, then went back through it a few times, canceling out items that were similar or that we weren’t in love with until we narrowed it down to only the items we knew we absolutely had to try. It was a bit excessive, but my sister and I are Disney experts (we went every other weekend for the first eight years of our childhood and now we’re both annual passholders), so we knew efficiency was key! That’s how we found our must-try items, like the Frushi (fresh pineapple, strawberry and melon rolled with coconut rice and topped with whipped cream, berry sauce and toasted coconut) from the Hanami booth in Japan ($5.95.)

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“Is It Really Worth It?”

For every item you see and think you want to try, ask yourself, “Is it really worth it?” Remember, eating and drinking at the Flower and Garden Festival is an experience! So, if there’s a pricy drink you would love to try that you can’t get anywhere else, like this Watermelon Cucumber Slushy with Gin from the Florida Fresh Booth ($11.75), then it’s more worth it than a $9 glass of wine that you can buy from the grocery store. If the price doesn’t compare to the quality of the product or the experience that comes with it, cross it off the list.

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Watermelon Cucumber Slushy with Gin

Go With What You Know

I’m all for trying new things, but when it comes to spending money on food I find it best to stick with what you know! Like, if you know you don’t like barbecue, don’t try food at The Smokehouse booth. If you don’t like tequila, don’t try a new margarita. No matter how pretty something looks or how “insta-worthy” it is, it’s not worth wasting you money on something you probably won’t like.

As Italian girls, my sister and I know we love pretty much any form of Italian food, so we made sure to try Primavera Kitchen in Italy. Do yourself a favor: Get the Tri-Colored Cheese Tortellini served with sage butter and chicken veloute ($9) and the Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila ($10) for the best combo ever! The tortellini were probably the best I’ve ever eaten and the margarita was perfect!

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Tri-Colored Cheese Tortellini
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Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila

Find The Best Bang For Your Buck

I always try to scope out the food and drinks before I buy them at Epcot because sometimes the descriptions sound amazing, but the food doesn’t live up to the hype. Sometimes the portions are too small to warrant the price or the food just doesn’t look appealing. For example, my sister really wanted to try the Grilled Street Corn from Trowel & Trellis, but when we walked by and saw it didn’t have a lot of seasoning on it, she decided to pass. The best bang for your buck dish we had was the Potato Pancakes from Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market in Germany. They come with two large potato pancakes with either apple sauce ($4.50) or caramelized ham, onions and sour cream ($4.75). Definitely a cheaper food option and they were delicious and filling.

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Potato Pancakes with Apple Sauce
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Potato Pancakes with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Sour Cream

Sharing Is Caring

As far as Disney treats go, my policy has always been Sharing Is Caring! That way you don’t have to spend money on multiples of the same item and you can try more foods and drinks! We got the pineapple soft-serve ice cream with Parrot Bay coconut rum (basically an alcoholic Dole Whip for $10.25) to share and it was such a good choice! Not only was it a huge serving (of both ice cream and rum!) but it was also my favorite drink of the day.

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Dole Whip with Rum

Overall, we spent $56 at Epcot Flower & Garden, which came out to $28 a person! That is SO cheap compared to what it would have been if we went in without a plan and without sharing our treats. Next time you go to Epcot remember these dining and drinking tips so you can treat yourself on the cheap!

Celebrating at The Grand Floridian

Celebrating at The Grand Floridian

I’ve been going to Disney World for as long as I can remember, and I had never been to the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa up until two weeks ago.

I’ve always wanted to go, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate my little sister’s birthday than with a delicious brunch at the Grand Floridian Café!

Plus, the Happy Floridian at the Grand Floridian; sounds like a perfect match to me!

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Bongos Cuban Café at Disney Springs

Bongos Cuban Café at Disney Springs

Delicious food, a vibrant atmosphere and a never-ending party is what I got out of an evening at Bongos Cuban Café in Disney Springs.

Growing up in South Florida I was surrounded by Cuban culture. Our local Publix sells croquetas and empanadas in the bakery and we never had a problem getting fresh loaves of Cuban bread. So, when my family decided to celebrate my sister’s college graduation at Bongos Cuban Café at Disney Springs, I was excited to get some authentic Cuban food (something that’s hard to come by in Lake City.)

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5 Tips for the Perfect Disney Graduation Photoshoot

5 Tips for the Perfect Disney Graduation Photoshoot

Shooting photos at Disney World can be a challenge. There’s tons (and tons and tons) of people constantly walking through the background and that’s a lot of commotion that can be distracting in photos.

My sister is graduating next weekend from UCF (my alma matter) and I had the idea to shoot some of her graduation photos at Epcot. It’s the International Flower and Garden Festival, so the grounds are covered in amazing floral arrangements. Epcot is by far the most beautiful on the Disney parks, so it made perfect sense.

After a full day of shooting some beautiful photos, I learned a thing or to about what it takes to get the perfect shot. Here are my five tips for shooting graduation photos at Epcot:

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Frushi and Frosé: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Frushi and Frosé: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Disney days are the best days, am I right?

This Saturday I went to Epcot to enjoy the International Flower and Garden Festival! This is by far my favorite Epcot festival, with the park being transformed into a wonderland of beautiful flowers and toparies sculpted into Disney characters.

My sister and I decided to take advantage of the stunning scenery to take photos for her college graduation announcements. So I packed up my camera bag and my sister wore her adorable Mickey Mouse graduation cap ears and we headed to Epcot.

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Disney Essentials: What’s In My Bag

Disney Essentials: What’s In My Bag

This weekend I’m heading to the happiest place on earth: Disney World! More specifically, I’m off to explore Epcot for the Flower and Garden Festival.

When it comes to packing for a day at the parks, I consider myself an expert. I was lucky enough to go do Disney World every other weekend with my family for most of my childhood. After years of watching my mom pack one bag for our family of six, I have come up with my own packing system to ensure I have everything I need for a day of Disney fun.

Here’s a peek at my Disney essentials:

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