I don’t know about you, but Epcot’s Food and Wine festival is feeling 22!
The 22nd annual Epcot Food and Wine festival is upon us and it could not come at a better time! With Epcot’s 35th anniversary just a month away, the festival is showcasing Epcot’s rich and diverse history. The festival is also at a record breaking 75 days this year. The first day of the festival, August 31st, is the earliest the festival has ever started. Along the 11 country world showcase and future world will be over 35 marketplace kiosks serving foods from around the world as well as foods that spark innovation. And with a new festival, comes new merchandise. This year’s includes more Figment and Remy (Ratatouille) related items, as well as Brews Around the World and Taste Epcot. I got a sneak peek at some of the merchandise in late July. Let’s take a look:
As you can see, Figment, Epcot’s official mascot, is proudly represented this year. You can proudly show Figment from head to toe with ears, a chef’s hat, apron, and pot holder. Other items include a cute Remy festival tee shirt, Remy mug, and logo merchandise. The limited release pin captures the spirit of the festival.
Brews Around the World is back and is represented with specialty merchandise. Located in the Odyssey building, different craft beers and drafts are showcased. There is a “concert” style tee shirt this year, and I am loving it. Popularizing the ‘Eat To the Beat’ concert series, the “dates” on the shirt are all 11 countries from the World Showcase. It is definitely a must have for any fans!
More generic festival merchandise is available this year, with the color combinations of navy, white and orange. You can find a mug, hate, salt and pepper shakers, shirts, and even wine glasses that show the logo of the festival. My favorite thing that was featured at the preview was the Food and Wine hoodie. The Epcot festivals usually do not sell long sleeved items, so I was pretty happy to see this one featured. Besides the logo on the front, the back includes “taste around the world” and pavilion logos. The arm also features the countries going down the sleeve with the tagline “taste around the world” again.
It would not be a festival without passholder merchandise! This years includes magnets, a tote bag, salt and pepper shakers, a special post card, limited edition pins and even their own Dooney and Bourke bag!
Speaking of Dooney and Bourke, the festival also has two other designs in three different bag forms. The patterns all include Epcot, Figment, and the Food and Wine logo. Figment is prominent on the largest tote bag that is available to purchase, with Spaceship Earth and the World Showcase outline behind him.
Lastly, Remy’s Hide and Squeak will be available again this year! Once you pick up your map, head on in to the World Showcase to find Remy hidden in the countries. Once you spot him, put a sticker over the spot on the map. Once completed, turn into a cast member at Disney Traders or Port of Entry to receive your prize!
You can find this and more at Epcot. All festival merchandise is being sold at the Festival Center (formerly Wonders of Life pavilion). You can also find items at MouseGear, kiosks in the World Showcase, and Gateway Gifts in Future World. For all pins, check out Pin Central in Future World. Some items are also currently available on the Shop Disney Parks app, the free app for your phone that allows you to buy merchandise directly from the theme park and have it shipped to your door.
Will you be going to Food and Wine this year? Do you have a favorite food item or drink? Let me know in the comments!