I once had the chance to attend the Party for the Senses, and it was pretty incredible.  However, it is pricey, and not something most of us can afford on a regular basis.  I’m sure many of you are in the same boat.

There are definitely some awesome events like this for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, and the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.  There are also tons of free stuff to do if you’re on a budget.

Plus, since the Epcot Festivals are included in admission, you can enjoy everything for free once you’re in!

Let’s take a look at five ways to enjoy the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival on the cheap!

1. Eat and Drink Around the World

It’s always fun to eat and drink around the world in World Showcase, but there are added booths during the Epcot festivals. These Global Marketplaces serve authentic dishes from the featured countries, and they’re specific to each festival.

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival has 35+ with over 100 dishes and as many drinks. These menu items start at just $3.50 and typically aren’t more than $10, so you can try several dishes and still not spend very much.

The Marketplaces are wonderful because they're only available during the festivals.

The Marketplaces are wonderful because they’re only available during the festivals.

2. Keep track in your Festival Passport

As you make your way around the World Showcase Marketplace stands, keep track of what you tried in your Festival Passport. This book is free with admission, and you can pick it up at the park’s entrance or at several locations around World Showcase. The books are not very big, so they’re easy to carry around, and they make for a great souvenir.

The full-color photos of many of the dishes not only help you choose what to eat but also help you remember what you ate! You can even use stickers to indicate where you’ve stopped.

3. Check out the Festival Center

The Festival Center is located in the former Horizons Pavilion. Since this attraction has been closed for years, many people don’t take the time to wander back. Even if they know that it exists, which many don’t, they have the misinformed perception that the Festival Center is full of expensive activities.

Head over the Festival Center during each festival and be right at the heart of the action!

Head over the Festival Center during each festival and be right at the heart of the action!

Instead, you’ll find some really awesome things inside like experts in the field of focus include Celebrity Chefs, Professional Horticulturalists, or talented artists. There are talks, demonstrations, tastings, and do-it-yourself workshops.

There are also souvenirs for sale. Some of them are pricey, but it’s still fun to browse. If you’re an Annual Passholder, stop by the Festival Center to pick up your free commemorative souvenir.

4. Go to a Concert

Each festival has a concert series. The Food and Wine concerts are called Eat to the Beat, at the Flower and Garden Festival, they’re called Garden Rocks, and the Festival of the Arts does Broadway shows. The concerts take place at the America Gardens Theatre across from the American Adventure

These concerts are put on by some very well known artists and performers, and they’re free! Disney does offer dining packages for these concerts, which include guaranteed seating, and the prices vary depending on which restaurant you choose for your dining package.

5. Look at the exhibits

Specifically at the Flower and Garden Festival and the Festival of the Arts, there are some impressive exhibits and displays throughout Epcot’s World Showcase and Future World.

The topiaries at the Flower and Garden Festival are made entirely of natural materials!

The topiaries at the Flower and Garden Festival are made entirely of natural materials!

At the Flower and Garden Festival, Disney Horticulturalists design beautiful topiaries in all different figures like Disney characters and images honoring some of the country pavilions. There’s also a butterfly garden in Future World that gets you so excited for spring!

The Festival of the Arts displays art work from professional artists and also has some interactive art exhibits. Stop and play for a while- it’ll be fun!

Do you enjoy the Epcot Festivals?