Out of all the festivals at Epcot, I think the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is probably our favorite as a family. There is so much to eat, drink and enjoy. During the festival we have found our about new Disney inspired food and treats that we wouldn’t have known about otherwise. So let’s dive into our full Epcot Food and Wine Festival guide and cover everything you need to know about when planning your trip.
When is Epcot Food and Wine Festival?
Epcot Food and Wine typically takes place in the fall, but this year it will begin on July 15 with some modifications. It will be called “A Taste of Epcot International Food and Wine Festival,”. The event will continue through the fall and feature more than 20 global marketplaces like Hawaii and Hops & Barley.
Map Of Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Marketplace Food Booths
As always there are a ton of new food dishes coming to the festival this year at the 30 global marketplace booths around world showcase and future world.
Our first new booth for this year at Epcot Food and Wine Festival will be located over in Canada and called the Appleseed Orchard. this will be located adjacent to LaSalle yay but I believe it will be outside. To call it a new booth is a little bit of a stretch because this location will serve up craft beers, ciders, and wines as we’ve seen at the Festival Center.
The Alps Marketplace Booth
The Alps Marketplace Booth is located near the Norway pavilion.
The Donut Box
Opening October 1st, the donut box will be enjoyed by those with a sweet tooth for sure.
Active Eats booth is returning with the same menu and I love the loaded mac and cheese here. Another favorite of mine here is the active eats energy bar which is a mixture of nuts chocolate and dates.
Flavors from Fire
Flavors from Fire is coming back with almost the same menu. This is a great booth from top to bottom! They offer beautiful dishes like the chocolate picante’ and others.
The liquid nitro chocolate-almond truffle is absolutely to die for and comes highly recommended. They also offer a dark chocolate raspberry tart that my husband absolutely loves!
The Cheese Studio
The cheese studio brings a few different succulent offerings. A braised beef stroganoff which seems very heavy, but every review I have heard about this so far says that it’s fantastic and that the pickle that is in it gives it a very unique tangy flavor. They also offer a black pepper Boursin souffle and a maple bourbon cheesecake.
Wine and Dine Studio
Great food and great wine to pair it with, what more could you ask for?! The Butternut Squash Ravioli is absolutely delicious!
My husband loves the roast bratwurst here. I’m not as big of a fan because the food here seems rather “heavy” to me….but maybe it’s just me.
This booth is always interesting and the Spanish-style Paella with Botifarra and Roasted Chicken is always a favorite for me.
Islands Of The Caribbean
Smells like Hawaiian barbeque to me! I know Hawaii has there own booth, but that’s what this smells like. The Jamaican Jerk Chicken is amazing! It’s definitely a must-try and worth the money.
On the front of World Showcase Lagoon, you’ll find the Hawaii food booth and it’s as good as ever with the kalua pork slider. It’s a bite that will have you coming back year after year.
Thailand is another favorite booth of mine and I love that Thai curry beef here.
Located by the China Pavillion the India Food Booth is returning with its same menu. If you like exotic flavors both India and Thailand are must-stops.
Hops and Barley
Located at the American Adventure pavilion, Hops and Barley is another great stop with the New Brunswick slider another favorite of mine from last year.
The Belgium booth will once again serve delicious golden malted waffles either with chocolate or fruit toppings.
Another fan favorite coming back is, of course, Brazil. I tried the moqueca last year, which is a seafood stew and I actually really enjoyed it.t I’m a big seafood person, living in New England, so my expectations weren’t that high. But this included a beautiful coconut lime sauce on top of scallops and rice it was really good. They also offer a crispy pork belly that is to die for!
Ireland is another food booth returning with the same menu and in particular, I’m a big fan of the Irish cheddar cheese stout dip.
Canada is on the must-do list here. The Le Cellier filet mignon is divine and I always must stop here and get the Canadian cheddar cheese soup as well. If all else fails the Canada booth always delivers. If this is your first time at the festival you have to give it a try.
The shimmering sips mimosa bar is a great stop inside the festival center and it featured all sorts of mimosa flavors, I personally love the Key Lime mimosa the most.
Meanwhile, new this year in France is a fondue of imported cheese and Chardonnay served with a side of croutons.
Just next door in Morocco we finally get an update at this booth, because this one hasn’t changed for a really long time. New for this year is a New York strip steak flatbread with fresh radish and tomato salsa.
The Japan Pavilion will have frothy ramen this year which is chilled noodles and dashi broth with a light foam topping.
The Italy Pavillion is known for having an entirely new menu and this happens every year. Italy revamped everything and it’s always a hit and miss.
The Africa booth gets extremely overlooked and it’s a big shame because I love the food here during Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
China will debut a new spareribs dish and this is covered in a thick red sauce cooked with rock sugar so it should have that sort of spicy and sweet combo. Sadly China has removed the duck Bao bun from the menu to replace it with this.
Just like Italy, the Mexico booth always completely changes up the menu as well. For 2019 there will be a Taco de Puerco, which is a pork taco and a new chocolate bread pudding.
Australia which hasn’t seen any changes for a long time either the savory dishes here are returning but there will be a new dessert, the deconstructive pavlova which sounds fantastic.
Located in Future World, this seafood booth will feature a bass tostada with slaw and fire-roasted tomatillo sauce.
Also in Future World, Earth Eats is a great booth for the vegetarians because it’s sponsored by impossible foods and create some delicious plant-based products.
Eat To The Beat Concert Series
UPDATE: The Eat to the Beat Concert Series will not be part of the modified festival. However, in place of the concerts, live entertainment such as Mariachi Cobre and the JAMMitors will perform at America Gardens Theatre.
Rounding out entertainment let’s talk about Eat To The Beat concert series at Epcot Food and Wine Festival. This is a free musical concert series that takes place every night of the festival at the American Gardens Theater. New acts for 2019 include Sawyer Brown, Grace Kelly, and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.
This year the performance times are changing depending on the day of the week. From Sunday to Thursday performance times are going to be at 5:30, 6:45, and 8 PM. However on Fridays and Saturdays it’s going to be at 6:30, 7:45, and 9 PM. These concerts don’t cost you anything extra but make sure to get there early to grab a seat.
Eat To The Beat Dining Package
If you have someone that you’re really keen on seeing remember that there’s the eat to the beat concert dining package. Pretty much all the table service restaurants in Epcot offer this during Epcot Food and Wine Festival, and it basically includes reserved seating for the concert included in your meal.
In previous years restaurants in the nearby resort area offered this too but this year it’s only at restaurants within Epcot.
The pricing will change depending on where you go and if you’re doing breakfast lunch and dinner.
The cheapest option of the bunch is breakfast at Garden grill which is $49 dollars for adults and thirty dollars for kids. The most expensive is actually dinner at La Hacienda at $82 for adults and just $23 dollars kids.
If you’re planning to do a character breakfast at Garden grill or at Akershus in Norway then this is a pretty good deal if you’re paying out of pocket. The only downside to this is that the dining package counts as two table service meal credits on the dining plan so keep that in mind.
Eat To The Beat Showtimes
Sundays to Thursdays: 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM
Fridays & Saturdays: 6:30 PM, 7:45 PM and 9:00 PM
- August 29-31 – Plain White T’s
- September 1 & 2 – Sawyer Brown – NEW!
- September 3 & 4 – MercyMe
- September 5 & 6 – Grace Kelly – NEW!
- September 7 & 8 – Zach Williams – NEW!
- September 9 & 10 – Lauren Daigle – NEW!
- September 11 & 12 – Jimmie Allen – NEW!
- September 13-15 – Tiffany
- September 16 & 17 – The Allman Betts Band
- September 18 & 19 – Everclear
- September 20-22 – STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
- September 23 & 24 – Post Modern Jukebox (PMJ)
- September 25 & 26 – Blue October
- September 27-29 – Mark Wills
- September 30-October 2 – Sugar Ray
- October 3-4 – Taylor Dayne
- October 5-6 – India
- October 7-9 – 98°
- October 10 & 11 – Boyce Avenue – NEW!
- October 12 & 13 – Southern Avenue – NEW!
- October 14 & 15 – Kenny G
- October 16 & 17 – 38 Special
- October 18-20 – Baha Men
- October 21 & 22 – Billy Ocean
- October 23-25 – Sheila E
- October 26 & 27 – High Valley
- October 28-30 – Hanson
- October 31 & November 1 – Sheena Easton
- November 2 & 3 – Kris Allen –NEW!
- November 4-6 – Boyz II Men
- November 7 & 8 – The Hooters
- November 9-11 – Big Bad VooDoo Daddy
- November 12-14 – TBD
- November 15&16 – BBMAK – NEW!
- November 17&18 – Spanish Harlem Orchestra – NEW!
- November 19 – D’Capella – NEW!
The concerts all take place at the American Gardens Theater in the World Showcase, which is the theater right across from The American Adventure.
While you are there, you can take part in the Eat to the Beat Concert Series Dinner Package. Essentially, this allows you to pick one of several places to dine before the concert, and then get an appetizer, entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic drink (or 1 buffet) as your meal. This guarantees you a seat for the concert that night as well.
You can book one of these packages by calling (407) WDW-FEST or online at the Disney World website.
Disney Wine & Dine 1/2 Marathon Weekend
Every year Disney holds a popular series of runDisney races which take runners on a very fun run through Epcot and the surrounding areas. The races usually start toward the end of Epcot Food and Wine Festival and this year they will begin on October 31st and go through November 3rd.
Special Events at The Epcot Food and Wine Festival
There are a few premium offerings that will cost you a little extra if you would like to partake during Epcot Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. Some of these events book up fast because of their popularity, but if you’re interested in attending any of them, you can call (407) WDW-FEST or book online.
- $359/person (Category 1: Wine View Lounge) or $229/person (Category 2: Reserved Seating)
- September 21, October 5, October 12, October 19, November 9
- Sophisticated event highlighting the “sensory arts”
- September 1: Jamie Deen (co-owner of The Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah, Georgia)
- September 8: Carla Hall (Celebrity Chef & author of Carla Hall’s Soul Food)
- September 15: Fabio Viviani (Fabio Viviani Hospitality Group, Celebrity Chef & Restauranteur)
- September 22: Richard Blais (Chef & Entrepreneur)
- September 29: Robert Irvine (Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible)
- October 6: Buddy Valastro (Celebrity Chef)
- October 13: David Burtka (Celebrity Chef & author of Life is a Party)
- October 20: Andrew Zimmern (Chef, Writer & TV Personality)
- October 27: Cat Cora (Corlich Enterprises & Cat Cora, INC.)
- November 10: Graham Elliot (Coast restaurant at MGM Cotai in Macau)
- November 17: Aarti Sequeria (Cookbook Author & Food Network Personality)
Festival Experiences For Kids
Disney Du Jour Dance Party
The Disney Du Jour dance party is coming back for 2019, and the kids love it. This debuted last year in 2018 but this year it’ll be extended to all seven days of the week. This is a typical Disney DJ dance party that will be located in Future World. Disney hasn’t confirmed exact performance times but last year this party started around sundown.
Remy’s Hide and Squeak Scavenger Hunt
Speaking of Remy don’t forget that little ones can participate in the hide and squeak scavenger hunt. You can pick up a map at the Port of Entry store or Disney Traders at the front of the lagoon. Then as you travel the day in World Showcase keep your eyes open for hidden Remy’s around the park. Once you complete the scavenger hunt you can return to select merchandise locations to redeem a special prize.
- Festival playground (located in Future World)
- Disney Du Jour Dance Party (Sundays – Thursday)
- Takes place on the Fountain View Stage in Future World
- Each dance party will feature a different character duo and could include Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde, Lilo and Stitch, Chip and Dale, or many others
- Junior Chef Kitchen presented by Krusteaz (Sundays in the Festival Center)
- Remy’s Ratatouille Hide ‘n’ Squeak Scavenger Hunt
- Candy Sushi presented by Skittles and Adventures by Disney (located at Sunshine Seasons)
If you think the marketplace booths are all there is to see and do at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival then you would be greatly mistaken because there are tons of other activities and entertainment offerings to enjoy. Like I said before these are still happening this year at the showplace events pavilion.
Tailgate Tasting is hosted by ESPN’s Monday Night Football which gives you a 45-minute long session and it’s both a seminar and food tasting. Guests get to enjoy three sample size dishes paired with a drink inspired by the city that is playing on that week’s Monday night game. This will take place every Sunday from September 8th to November 17 and it will take place only once at 6:30 p.m. and cost $19 per person.
Other small seminars this year include a food and beverage pairing, seminar culinary demonstrations, hands-on activities like the mix it, make it, celebrate it seminar, which is offered on select Monday’s and Thursdays, and more like the beverage and cheese seminars.
These can range from as low as $19 per person to $45. One of the more expensive workshops is a cheese seminar and that one is going to run you $95 per person. I would highly recommend booking these ahead to plan out your day.
For the kids, 2019 will bring back the candy sushi seminar. This was extremely popular last year this is located inside the Lam Pavilion at Sun Shine seasons. You get to create some fun candy concoctions shaped like sushi bowls.
Last year this was free, but this year it will be $10 per person. You can book this online, and again I would highly recommend doing that so you don’t miss out. This will take place twice a day, every day of the festival at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Specialty Dining & Pairings
Now if you’re interested in a special dining event but you’re not concerned with concert seating then remember that certain table service restaurants offer a unique dining experience only during the festival. These are located at restaurants within France, Italy, Morocco, Japan, and Mexico. One example is the Parisian breakfast in France which is quite unique because you get to start your day with breakfast inside the Chefs de France restaurant it’s priced at $45 and one of the cheaper options offered.
New for this year at Epcot Food and Wine Festival is the culinary tour of Japan, which is located inside Tokyo dining. This is a three-course meal that is paired with sake and other beverages; it’s a little steep at $160 per person. I’ve listed all of the options below and all of these are offered on very very select days so just keep that in mind and you must book ahead.
- French Family Meal Traditions
- Culinary Tour of Japan
- The Hibachi Experience: Year of Celebration
- Italian Regional Food and Wine Pairing Luncheon
- Italian Food, Wine vs. Beer Pairing
- Mediterranean Food and Wine Pairing
- Mexican Tequila Lunch
- Moroccan Food and Wine Pairing
- Parisian Breakfast
- The Parisian Afternoon, Sandwiches, Macarons, and Bubbles!
What’s Cookin Series With Celebrity Chefs
Throughout the festival, celebrity chefs will make appearances for demonstrations and special events. For 2019 we don’t have a complete list yet, but it’s coming! Here are the confirmed celebrity chefs that we know about so far.
- Bryan Voltaggio
- Kenny Gilbert
- Maneet Chauhan
- Jet Tila
- Shaun O’Neale
- Keegan Gerhard
- Dan Pashman
- Rock Harper
Freebies For Passholders
Let me do a little side note here before I close this up, because while I’m on the subject of merchandise I should remind pass holders about your freebies for food and wine this year. You can pick up a free Chef Minnie magnet from August 29th to October 14th and a Chef Remmy magnet when visiting between October 15th and November 23rd. The best place to get these is at the store across from Port of Entry at Disney Traders.
After visiting the festival four times you’ll get a wooden Chef Minnie coaster set, you can pick these up at Mouse gear and at Disney traders. When you go to pick them up just make sure you’ve got your ID with you and your annual pass card.
Is The Epcot Food and Wine Festival Worth It?
If you love food and/or you love wine then this is a must-do event! This festival has a really special place in our hearts because it was the first special event that my husband and I attended at Disney many many years ago. I loved touring the world showcase to sample all of those dishes because it’s the ultimate foodie event at Disney World.