The 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will run August 29-November 23 making it the longest Food & Wine Festival in the park’s history at 87 days!
Epcot is a family friendly park, but up until now, it has always skewed more adult, especially at the Food and Wine Festival. This year things are a little different, with a lot more focus on kids. The Ratatouille scavenger hunt is back and there are plenty of interactive experiences just for kids. Check out these this huge list of Epcot Food and Wine Festival Things to Do for Kids
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Kid-Friendly Food Demonstrations
Hands-on cooking demonstrations are as fun for kids as they are for adults, especially when the demonstrations are designed especially for kids. In the Festival Center on Sundays, there is a session of Junior Chef Kitchen, where kids get a chance to learn how to make a kid-friendly food and have a chance to eat it. This event is free, but space is limited.
Every Sunday at 11:00, kids will get the chance to work alongside and learn from a Disney Chef in this fun-filled workshop. The guided workshop lets kids learn while making pancake creations that they also get to enjoy.
Children who want to participate in this unique and fun opportunity must register a day in advance. The age range to be accepted is 4 to 10 years. Availability is first-come-first-serve and Epcot admission is required.
The Disney Du Jour Dance Party
Character Dance Parties are popping up everywhere. Disney Du Jour is a scheduled dance party event where the guest characters are a daily surprise. Plus, there is a bonus concert at this free event by a surprise guest from Radio Disney.
Remy’s Hide and Squeak Scavenger Hunt
This scavenger hunt is fun for the whole family. It’s under $6 to pick up the map for this interactive quest. Everyone in the family will enjoy playing along. When you take your completed map back to the shop, you will get a special prize. Maps are available in shops throughout the park. Look for the signs that indicate the maps are sold there.
Ralph Breaks the Internet Family Play Zone
Disney really wanted to welcome kids this year because Epcot is such an adult park and Food and Wine is such an adult festival. So, they designed this playground to help them burn off their excess energy.
The Chocolate Experience
Pick up a free chocolate sample and educate kids on the journey of chocolate from bean to bar. This little gem tucked away in the back of the Festival Welcome Center is hosted by Ghirardelli. The chocolate is fantastic and the sculptures on display are really impressive to look at. There is also sipping chocolate, chocolate squares and more available for purchase.
The festival passport, which is free, comes with stickers that you can place as you visit each of the booths. It’s a great way to encourage kids to try a little bit of everything–tell them that they can’t place a sticker for that booth until they’ve followed the three-bite rule for new foods
The ever-popular Kidcot Stations are still available during the event. If you’ve visited Epcot before, you may already know about the Kidcot program. In short, each pavilion has a table attended by a representative from each nation
Taking place daily at 3:30 and 5:30 pm at Sunshine Seasons, Disney Chefs will instruct children in the fine art of sugary sushi rolling. Sign up at TasteEpcot.com, availability is limited.
Shop for New Food and Wine Festival Merchandise
From new trading pins to fancy ears, your kids will love shopping for the newest festival merchandise! Head to the Festival Center for lots of exclusive finds
Just because there is a booming festival going on within Epcot, doesn’t mean this is the only thing you have to do. There are a ton of things to do with kids n Epcot outside of the main festivities. Don’t forget to add those into your Park plan while visiting Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival with kids.
Note – Food & Wine Festival menus will also assist parents in making sure their children are well fed and enjoying the event: A special symbol resembling a smiling strawberry can be found next menu items that were designed with children in mind.
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