Wondering if the most expensive EPCOT Food and Wine snacks, main courses, and cocktails are worth the cost? Get our reaction to the highest priced items on the menu at the 2021 festival.
Going to Disney World is never a cheap affair. We Disney fans save meticulously year after year, skipping the nights out in favor of frozen pizzas and agreeing to forego Christmas presents for each other, all in order to save up for our annual (or even more frequent) trips to the happiest place on earth.
But what can make it even more expensive? All the delicious food and drinks at any of the four EPCOT festivals each year.
How much does the 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival cost?
Like all EPCOT festivals, Food and Wine is actually free. That’s right; there is no additional cost to attend the festival portion of EPCOT. Festival booths are actually spread throughout the park, so it would be a logistical nightmare to make it a separate hard ticket event.
So if admission to the 2021 Food and Wine Festival is free, how can it be so expensive?
It really depends on what you order. Each booth (and there are 32, though nine won’t open until October this year) has a list of food and drinks to try. If you’re ambitious, you might want to order something from every booth. That adds up pretty fast.
I went to the festival on opening day this year to review some of the new food and drinks. I managed to hit up about half of the open booths with our Editorial Director, Rain Turner, and her husband, and between the three of us, we spent about $300.
That’s why it’s important to plan ahead and have a budget for Food and Wine Festival. In fact, we’ve got plenty of tips on how to do Food and Wine at EPCOT on a budget.
But what about those expensive hot-ticket items? Are they worth the cost?
Let’s take a look at the most expensive EPCOT Food and Wine menu items this year and see what our staff thinks about each of them.
Our Thoughts on the Most Expensive EPCOT Food and Wine Menu Items for 2021
Note: Not all 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival booths are open, and Disney has not yet released prices for each of the nine booths awaiting its October opening. We’ll update this list once those prices have been announced.
7 Most Expensive Foods at 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine
1. The Donut Box – The Donut Box – $16
The Donut Box’s signature item is actually the Donut Box, a box of, well, donuts. For $16, you’ll get four donuts. In terms of presentation, these donuts are beautiful, especially the Candy Jar Donut. The taste? Nothing special. In fact, the Sriracha-glazed Donut is the only donut I’ve ever taken a bite of and then refused to finish. (I will say, getting the Crispy Chicken on the Sriracha-glazed Donut does help … some.)
👍👎 Is it worth the cost? I’d say no. Unless you’ve got four people to feed and each has their eye on a separate donut, this is an expensive Food and Wine purchase you can afford to skip.
2. Ravioli – Italy – $13
By and large, Italy is an overpriced booth. However, in terms of savory dishes in Italy, this is the one worth splurging for. They pack these ravioli with all the meat, and the sauce is quite good.
👍👎 Is it worth the cost? Yes, this is one expensive Food and Wine item worth splurging on!
3. Mezzelune Croccanti – Italy – $12
The Croccanti, on the other hand, was nothing to write home about, especially given how long you have to wait in line at the Italy booth most days, in the blazing sun. This is a way overrated Food and Wine menu item.
👍👎 Is it worth the cost? Absolutely not.
4. Bomboloni – Italy – $11
OK, I give Italy a hard time, but this—the most expensive dessert at the 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival—is magnificent. It was just the light and airy dessert a hot summer day in EPCOT called for. (By the way, make sure you know how to stay cool when you’re at Food and Wine.)
👍👎 Is it worth the cost? Yes, you should get the Bomboloni at EPCOT Food and Wine.
5. Braised Beef Poutine – Refreshment Port – $9.50
This is our second-highest rated food at all of 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, falling only behind the Tune Poke at Hawaii. The cheese curds are squeaky, the beef is succulent, and the heat—well, it’s on fire.
👍👎 Is it worth the cost? Well, duh! This is one of the can’t-miss 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival menu items.
6. Mini Candied Bacon S’mores Funnel Cake – Funnel Cake – $9.50
The Funnel Cake booth continues to sell its regular funnel cakes during Food and Wine, but it adds this specialty dessert option. While I wish there was more ice cream, overall, this is a shareable dessert that hits the spot.
👍👎 Is it worth the cost? Yes, if you’re craving a dessert when you’re halfway around the world at EPCOT, give it a shot.
7. Pepperoni Flatbread – Brew-Wings – $9.50
I love the new Brew-Wings booth. I’m a Disney fan first, but I’m also a major football fan, so draft beer and wings are my comfort food. And the wings here are great, and the best beer of the Food and Wine Festival—also here. But the flatbread? It reminded me of an elementary school cafeteria pizza. Not great.
👍👎 Is it worth the cost? Save a couple of bucks and just buy some wings instead.
5 Most Expensive Drinks at 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine
All the cocktails on this list exceed the standard $11 price tag.
1. Black and White Coffee Cocktail – The Donut Box – $14
Ask me why The Donut Box has some of the most expensive Food and Wine menu items of 2021. My answer? No freakin’ clue. This booth seems ridiculously overpriced for something that’s not even in the World Showcase section of the festival. And the drink? Delicious, but not worth $14.
👍👎 Is it worth the cost? Nah, not by a long shot. If you really want booze and coffee, buy yourself a pipin’ hot cuppa Joffrey’s and get a Bud Light on the side.
2. Aulani Sunrise – Hawaii – $14
Is it as nice as a weekend at Aulani? No, of course not. But will it do until you can book your trip? You betcha. This drink was sweet, refreshing, and surprisingly strong. Hawaii has some of the cheapest foods on offer, so it’s OK to splurge a little on this cocktail, if you ask me.
👍👎 Is it worth the cast? Aw yeah.
3. Dragonfly – China – $13.95
This drink hits hard. Not surprisingly for a cocktail that doubles up on tequila and vodka. If you’re looking for something strong but tasty (and super refreshing), this is the cocktail for you.
👍👎 Is it worth the cost? Yes, give them all your money.
4. Kung Fu Master – China – $13.50
The China booth is not playing around this year when it comes to expensive Food and Wine cocktails. But unlike The Donut Box, the China booth makes drinks worth splurging for. The mango in this drink is everything, especially on a hot summer day in EPCOT.
👍👎 Is it worth the cost? Abso-fruit-ly.
5. Mimosa Flight – Shimmering Sips – $13
Is there anything more millennial than sitting down with your friends and sipping on mimosas? OK, the image may be cliché, but you’ll be ready to embrace it when you see how generous the pours are for the price over at Shimmering Sips (not Shimmering Ships, which you may be saying after a couple of mimosas).
👍👎 Is it worth the cost? Yes, have you seen how much you get for $13?!
6. La Passion Martini Slushy – France – $12.50
I haven’t had the pleasure of trying this one, but our Communications Director, Tatjana Lazar, gave this glowing marks in our review of the France booth. I’ll take her word for it—that is, until I get my hands on my own!
👍👎 Is it worth the cost? Tatjana says so!
A Note on Italian Wines
While not as expensive as the pricier cocktails, we found the wine at the Italy booth to be way overpriced. At the Italy booth, you could spend $10 or $11 on a single glass of wine. Elsewhere (like the Australia booth), you could get a whole flight of wine for $6.50. Your money is likely better spent elsewhere, unless you are really picky about your wines and Italian grapes. But then, as they say, “when in Rome …”
Are the EPCOT Food and Wine Corksicle Tumblers Worth the Price?
This year, Corkcicle is sponsoring the 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, which means you have the opportunity at multiple booths to purchase a Corkcicle tumbler or a Corckicle stemless flute. So should you?
We weren’t super impressed with ours. For the price, we expected at least a lid on the tumbler.
The tumbler costs $32 while the flute is a little more reasonable at $21. (What? I did say “a little.”)
However, if you’re the kind of EPCOT festival goer who must have all the merch, these are can’t-miss items.
And speaking of merch, check out our roundup of all the merch at the 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival.