How to Do 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine on a Budget

Timothy MooreBlog, EPCOT, Food

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Want to eat and drink around EPCOT without breaking the bank? Here are our tips for doing 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine on a budget.

This year, the annual Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT kicked off earlier than ever before. We were there on day 1 trying out all the food and drinks to deliver our honest reviews and drool-worthy photos. Because this year is being done in phases, nine booths won’t be opening until October, so we’ll be heading back to sample even more this fall.


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One thing we know for sure: Food and Wine Festival ain’t cheap. That’s why we’ve put together some tips for keeping costs down. We’ve also listed out the cheapest foods at EPCOT Food and Wine and the cheapest cocktails at EPCOT Food and Wine.

How much does the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival cost?

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The Hawaii booth is one of the most budget-friendly options at EPCOT Food and Wine. Photo by Rain Blanken

Close your wallets and stow away your purses. There is no separate ticket price for Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT. That means, for the price of admission to EPCOT (or using your annual pass), you will have access to all this great festival offers without needing a separate ticket.

But that’s where the savings stop because if you want to enjoy any of the food, drinks, or merch, you’ll have to dig deep. And with Disney dining points (DDPs) not yet returning, it’ll all come from your own cash (or MagicBand).

5 Tips for doing 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine on a Budget

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Editorial Director Rain Blanken and I began formulating our plan days before while roaming Animal Kingdom. Photo by Todd Turner

1. Have a game plan

I cannot stress how important this is. Before visiting EPCOT for Food and Wine, review the menus, pick out what you want to try, and total up the costs. If the total cost looks big and scary to you, go down your list and make some cuts.

It might be a good idea to set a budget before reviewing menus. That way, you aren’t tempted to rationalize the expense of everything you want the first time you total it up.

If you aren’t sure what to get from the menus (because they all sound good), check out our best of the fest post, which details our favorite foods and drinks from this year’s festival so you know exactly what to eat at EPCOT Food and Wine.

2. Don’t use your MagicBand

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Skip the magic band if you’re doing EPCOT Food and Wine on a budget. Photo by Brett Svenson

MagicBands are super convenient for accessing your room and pool at the resort, getting into the parks, and, yes, paying for food, drinks, and merch. But they’re also dangerous.

No, I don’t mean they will explode on your wrists. I mean that, when using them, it can be really easy to lose track of how much you have spent.

Instead, I recommend using a credit or debit card that sends immediate spend alerts to your bank’s mobile app so you can monitor throughout the day. Or, even better, take out cash in the amount that you’ve budgeted—and limit yourself to that cash. If you run out early because you splurged on something you didn’t plan for, oh well. That’s the whole point of limiting yourself with cash.

3. Pack a water bottle

Don’t waste your hard-earned money on the world’s most abundant resource. Instead, bring a refillable water bottle (no plastic, please; the environment thanks you) that you can use to load up on water at drinking fountains. If you forget your water bottle at home, don’t pay insane park prices for a water bottle; instead, ask for a free cup of ice water at Quick-Service restaurants. Cast Members will be happy to oblige.

And if you’re leaning more heavily on the drinking aspect of Food and Wine, I strongly encourage you to match your alcoholic beverages with a water, drink for drink.

4. Stay away from the Italy booth

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Sure, the Bomboloni is great, but overall, Italy is overpriced. Photo by Timothy Moore

In my opinion, the Italy booth is the most overrated of the festival. Sure, the Bomboloni was magnificent, but the Croccanti and Ravioli were nothing to write home about.

And the wine? Overpriced! Instead, get a wine flight at Australia for just $6.50 (two whites and one red).

The Italian Margarita, while deliciously refreshing, is small and weak. If you’re after a midday margarita, swing over to Mexico for the booth’s margarita or one of the delicious drinks on offer at La Cava del Tequila (head inside the pyramid and hang a right).

5. Don’t make dining reservations

If you space your booths out throughout the day, you can do a day in EPCOT without any Quick-Service or Table-Service dining. Don’t waste precious time (or money) on a Table-Service meal during Food and Wine. Instead, enjoy the delicious food the booths have to offer.

14 Cheapest Foods at the 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

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The S’mores Whoopie Pie-lon is one of the three cheapest foods at EPCOT Food and Wine this year. Photo by Rain Blanken

If you’re really trying to do EPCOT Food and Wine on a budget, stick to the cheapest foods available at the festival. (We will update this list once prices are revealed for all nine October booths.)

You’ll notice that the cheapest foods at the Food and Wine Festival tend to be desserts with multiple offerings from Hawaii, Germany, and Greece.

By price, here are the 14 cheapest eats of the festival:

  1. The S’mores Whoopie Pie-lon – Flavors from Fire – $4
  2. Apple Chips – Appleseed Orchard – $4
  3. Deconstructed Pavlova – Australia – $4
  4. Passion Fruit Cheesecake – Hawaii – $4.25
  5. Roasted Irish Sausage – Ireland (coming Oct. 2021) – $4.25
  6. Apple Strudel – Germany – $4.25
  7. Griddled Cheese – Greece – $4.50
  8. Teriyaki-glazed Spam Hash – Hawaii – $4.50
  9. Spanakopita – Greece – $4.50
  10. Schinkennudelen – Germany – $4.50
  11. Apple Crumble Tart – Appleseed Orchard – $4.50
  12. Freshly Baked Carrot Cake – Hops & Barley – $4.50
  13. Maple Boursin Cheesecake – Canada – $4.50
  14. Banana Bread with Mixed Berry Compote – Shimmering Sips – $4.50

10 Cheapest Cocktails at the 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

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The cheapest cocktail at 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine is the Spiced Apple Twinings of London Chai Tea with Whiskey. Photo by Timothy Moore

My favorite part of Food and Wine is all the beers from around the world that I can try. And while the 2021 Food and Wine Festival has plenty of beer (and wine), they are all priced pretty similarly. (And you can try more by going with beer flights and wine flights.)

But the cocktails? They run the gamut.

If you’re looking to drink cocktails around the world on a budget during Food and Wine, stick to these options:

  1. Spiced Apple Twinings of London Chai Tea with Whiskey – Earth Eats – $6
  2. Mimosas – Shimmering Sips – $6.25
  3. Kochi Lemon Drop – Japan – $8
  4. White Passion Fruit Sangria – Mexico – $10
  5. La Clásica Reyes Margarita – Mexico – $11
  6. Swine Brine – Flavors from Fire – $11
  7. Italian Margarita – Italy – $11
  8. Mango Lassi – India (coming Oct. 1) – $11
  9. Bourbon Bloody Mary – Swanky Saucy Brine – $11
  10. Fig Cocktail – Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina – $11

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About the Author

Timothy Moore

Boom baby! Timothy Moore is excited to serve as your managing editor and resident Disney Renaissance expert. When he's not drinking around the world at EPCOT or gobbling down Mickey Waffles for breakfast, he can usually be found with his partner hiking and kayaking the great outdoors, putting off writing his novel by playing Nintendo Switch, or telling his dogs Goomba and Blooper that they're the best boys in the world ad nauseam (because they are).