Updated 9/16/18. Welcome! You’ve found the Ultimate Guide to Epcot Food & Wine Festival filled with information, tips, and everything you’ll need to know to enjoy the event.
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But it’s not just about food. Epcot Food & Wine Festival is billed as, “A Spectacular Celebration of Global Cuisines, Music, & More”. Epcot Food & Wine Festival is one of the most well-attended events of the year. There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started!
Epcot Food & Wine Festival Marketplace Booths
For most attendees, the marketplace booths are the most important part of the festival. Granted, there are several other elements of the festival, but the booths are the #1 people experience the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Snack-sized portions available for purchase at each booth allow you to eat your way through several countries and cultures.
List of Food and Wine Festival Marketplace Booths:
Islands of the Caribbean
Wine & Dine Studio
Desserts & Champagne
Hops & Barley
Earth Eats from the Chew
Flavors from Fire
Epcot Food & Wine Festival Events
Besides Marketplace Booths, there are several opportunities to get involved at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival at a variety of prices. Offerings vary day-to-day, so make sure to check out Walt Disney World’s official website for a complete daily schedule when you’re planning your trip.
There are ways to enjoy the festival at no additional cost to you! The way to do this is to utilize the free seminars and events available to attendees.
Previous free offerings have included the Festival Back-to-Basics series that offers crucial foundational culinary tips, book signings, Eat to the Beat concerts (more on that in a moment), cultural adventures, and all standard attractions and entertainment within Epcot park. Plus, pick up a Marketplace Discovery Passport for free and can be used to chart your way through the experience and see all offerings at-a-glance.
If you do want to spend a little to get involved in the festival, Epcot Food & Wine Festival Culinary Demonstrations are for you. They cost $15 each and typically offer free samples, useful information, and entertaining presentations. They’re a definite upgrade from the free offerings at a reasonable price. Many say this tier is the best value at the festival.
Many of these events are $100 per person or more, but avid foodies will enjoy the plethora of special events offered at Epcot Food & Wind Festival. The following are some of the previous special event offerings:
Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It: If you want to get your hands dirty, this is definitely the choice for you. This workshop allows you to get involved and try out tips alongside professional chefs. Previous workshop topics include cake decorating, garnishing, cocktail mixing, and more.
Rockin’ Burger Block Party: Looking for a glamorous night out? Enjoy never-ending burger sliders and drinks and a featured celebrity chef at these block parties.
Party for the Senses: Party for the Senses events feature an extravaganza of food tasting stations and wine pairings, set to the music of an excellent talent line-up. Plus, a few special parties even feature special chefs.
What’s Cookin’ With…: This series of events features celebrity chefs offering a cooking demo and sharing stories about their background and history. Attendees will enjoy dishes prepared by the chef along with beverage pairings. Previous chefs featured in this series include Cat Cora, Buddy Valastro, and Rick Bayless.
Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt
For $5.99, you can purchase a Hide & Squeak map at various Festival Center merchandise locations. The map will lead guests throughout the festival and help them obtain special stickers corresponding with different booths. Filled maps can be redeemed for a special prize. This is a fun way to enjoy the festival with kids and adults alike!
Epcot Food & Wine Festival Entertainment
Eat to Beat Concert Series
A free concert series is available daily throughout the festival featuring a wide variety of genres and musicians. This takes place at the American Gardens Theater in Epcot’s American Adventure Pavilion. There are typically a few different concerts each day, so you can attend several days in a row and enjoy different musical offerings at the concert series.
Previous acts featured in the Eat to Beat concert series include Boyz II Men, Postmodern Jukebox, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, David Cook, Sister Hazel, Plain White T’s, American Authors, Sugar Ray, and more! With such notable acts, this could easily become a trip highlight for music-lovers.
For a premium event, you can upgrade to the Eat to Beat Dinner Package to enjoy gourmet fare while enjoying the music.
Celebrity Meet & Greets and Book Signings
If you’d like to rub shoulders with celebrity chefs but don’t want to pay for the premium events, meet-and-greets are the way to go. These events are popular, so make sure to arrive early in order to get a wristband and be admitted. Feel free to bring a cookbook or something else for the celebrity to sign.
Epcot Food & Wine Festival Merchandise
A wide variety of Epcot Food & Wine Festival Merchandise is available for purchase throughout the event including clothing, kitchenware, magnets, handbags, and even MagicBands. Since these are only available for a limited time, some of these items will go quickly.
Epcot Food & Wine Festival Basic Information
Epcot Food & Wine Festival will be held from August 30 – November 12, 2018.
Epcot Food & Wine Festival is held at the Epcot World Showcase.
Standard offerings at Epcot will be available throughout the festival including attractions and entertainment regardless of your participation in the festival. Select days will even have extended hours.
Booking dates for all events will be announced in the coming months. In the past, reservations were only able to be via phone at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Advanced booking is only necessary for paid events. Check out Disney’s official site for more information as it becomes available.
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