There are many things to do at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, and most of them involve tasting delicious foods with reckless abandon. (This is how we spent our very first Food and Wine Festival last week.) The 20th anniversary festival, running until November 16, also offers much in the way of exclusive merchandise that you can only buy on site. These are our favorite items:
Chef’s Hat With Remy
There are other, subtler chef hats available at this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival (many featuring the 2015 logo), but none of them have a tiny stuffed rat sticking out of the brim. Remy makes a perfect mascot for Food and Wine, since he loves to cook and lives in France (one of the countries in World Showcase and home to one of our favorite Food and Wine treats–the escargot-stuffed croissant). This year’s Food and Wine is even more suited for Remy, since he’s the star of his own interactive game: Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak (more details to come), which has turned out to be one of our favorite aspects of Food and Wine. All of the above is why the Chef’s Hat with Remy is one of the premiere collectables from this year’s Food and Wine Festival.
When you walk around to the different kiosks in World Showcase, sampling the region-specific delicacies, they hand you an individual platter or plate. But sometimes it’s hard to find a table (especially during the busier phases, like around dinner or lunch), which means you have to be an excellent improviser or a tidy eater-on-the-go. If you are neither, you might want to invest in the awesome plastic tray that allows you to walk and chomp with confidence and pride. It’s really sturdy, with an additional cup holder that allows for you to calmly place your beverage of choice down while eating, and is embossed with the logo for this year’s Food and Wine Festival. It’s all around a no-brainer, especially since it’s compact enough to fit in most bags and incredibly affordable.
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Cook Book
For the 20th anniversary of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, the yearly cookbook got a little heftier, with 50 pages of history, photos and memories from the entire run of the festival. The recipes included in the book go all the way back to the 1996 inaugural Food and Wine Festival and features many of the signature dishes from the Festival’s history (the book is credited to Pam Brandon and the Disney Chefs, including Epcot Executive Chef Gregg Hannon).
Chef Figment Plush
In many ways Figment is Epcot’s signature character. The adorable purple dragon originally debuted in the Journey into Imagination ride on March 5, 1983, and unlike other original Epcot mascots (like SMRT-1 or Gyro), Figment has stuck around and still resides within the Imagination Pavilion (in a different, but thematically similar, attraction). So it makes sense that he would be seen as the symbol for Food and Wine. We love his little chef’s hat and apron and we’ll happily jump on any reason to get another Figment plush.
This, along with the tray, is something that is practical and fun, which means that it’s totally essential. While the festival has made the plastic cutlery available at Food and Wine wonderfully eco-friendly (the forks and knives are made out of recycled materials and then will be recycled once the trash is sorted), you can go one step further and buy your own cutlery to use during your time at Food and Wine. The set includes a fork, knife and spoon and is housed in a nifty plastic container (embossed with the Food and Wine logo for 2015), so that means your cutlery will be protected when you throw them back in your bag. They’re easily washable, stylish, and cool. If you’re serious about Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, then this is a must-get.