Fall has arrived at Walt Disney World, which means that Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is in full swing. Now in its 20th year, the festival allows guests to sample culinary creations from all around the world at over 30 additional marketplaces spread throughout the park. With that many more dishes to prepare it takes a lot of extra chefs, including one familiar little chef. This statue of Remy, the rat protagonist of Pixar’s “Ratatouille,” can currently be found in the garden of the France pavilion.
In the film, Remy’s passion for fine cuisine and a secret partnership with a human named Linguini leads to him cooking in the restaurant of his hero, the late Chef Gusteau. In a climactic scene, he chooses to make a simple but elegantly prepared dish of ratatouille for the notorious food critic Anton Ego. The cloves of garlic sitting next to the Remy statue represent one of the ingredients for this dish. To find the rest, however, you’ll need to take a walk around World Showcase lagoon. In fact, there are a dozen statues of Remy, each with a different ingredient, hidden throughout World Showcase as part of a scavenger hunt during the festival called “Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak.”
Guests wishing to participate in this offering may purchase a map and stickers for an additional fee at one of several Epcot gift shops. Then, while exploring the pavilions, keep an eye out for where each statue of Remy is hidden and which ingredients are with him. Many can be found near each country’s Food and Wine marketplace, but a few, including this one in France, are located elsewhere. Be sure to place the sticker for each ingredient on the corresponding pavilion you found it in on the map, and, at the end of the day, that map can be turned in to a select store for a limited release collectable pin featuring Remy.
The International Food and Wine has become one of the most popular times of the year for Epcot. After 20 years, its great to see the park continue to introduce charming new experiences like “Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak” to keep the event fresh as well as offer more activities for attendees of all ages. Besides, it’s hard to imagine Remy not wanting to take part in an event that features so much good food. Bon appétit!