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EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2020 Ultimate Guide | Tips, Menus, Reviews

EPCOT Food and Wine is back in 2020, and it’s going to be the most different festival you’ve experienced yet! My absolute favorite time of year is now here and even with all the changes, I can’t wait for you to experience the 2020 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival! 

We’re excited to taste our way around World Showcase at all the Food and Wine Marketplaces, so come with us!

Epcot food and wine festival

In this post, we’ve put together this information guide to the 2020 EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival for you so you and your family can be prepared and have the best time possible! 

Below I’m posting all the info you will need for your visit to the Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT this year including Dates, Prices, Menus, Reviews of the Food, Tips and just General Food and Wine Festival Info

This will update you on all the food, drinks and the events happening this year, so make sure to read everything about the Food and Wine Festival in our guide below. Have fun and see you around Epcot! 😉

A Taste of EPCOT Food & Wine Festival

(UPDATE 10/15/20): Disney has just announced the end date for the 2020 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival will be November 22. Up until now they hadn’t listed a closing date.

Also, another festival marketplace has just opened up at the 2020 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, as well as new festival merchandise now available. Read more in the NEWS section below.

The 2020 Food and Wine Festival is the longest one ever as it started on July 15, 2020, and will end on November 22, 2020.

“A Taste of Food and Wine Festival” is a modified version of the normal festival and a combination between Food and Wine and Flower and Garden.

We also now know all the marketplaces and menus at the festival! There are 27 signature marketplaces this year with favorites like Hops & Barley, Hawaii and Islands of the Caribbean all coming back in 2020!

The big news is that the popular musical show “Eat to the Beat Concert Series” are NOT happening in 2020. There are just too many problems with distancing to have nightly concerts in EPCOT. There are however be other musical options throughout the park like Mariachi Cobre, JAMMitors and more.

2020 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival food

Food and Wine started early this year, on July 15, and it ends late, on November 22, 2020. Disney describes it this year as “a creative, modified festival experience.” Besides no Eat to the Beat concerts, we are excited to see the Remy topiary once again in the France pavilion leftover from Flower and Garden.

Some of the other changes include:

  • Many other Topiaries from Flower and Garden
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak scavenger hunt returns
  • Food and Wine Merchandise

Of course, down below we have Reviews for all the Food Marketplaces with photos and prices!

Things continue to change with the Food and Wine Festival this year and Disney keeps adding new marketplaces or new menu items. We’ll continue updating the rest of the post as soon as possible.

In the meantime, check out the links below to see what the most recent Food and Wine Festival was like, as well as any questions you might have about it later in this article. Enjoy!

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(NEWS 10/15/20): Disney Announces 2020 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival End Date

Disney has just announced the end date for the 2020 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival will be November 22, 2020. Up until now there was no end date, but now you know when the last day to enjoy Food and Wine is.

Once Food and Wine comes to an end there are a few days of preparation before the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays gets started on November 27, 2020. Read more about what’s coming to that in our EPCOT Reopening Guide.

(NEWS 10/9/20): More Food Marketplaces Open at 2020 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

booth The Alps Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2019

As you know, the 2020 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival has been different than in years’ past in many ways, but one of the biggest is the reduction in booths running. However, there have been 6 more marketplaces added to the festival, and possibly more food marketplaces are coming to EPCOT soon.

The 3 that just opened are The Donut Box, Cool Wash, and Waffles. Two of these marketplaces are from last year and have very similar menus with a few small changes. Waffles is essentially the Belgium marketplace, with the same waffles and fewer beer choices.

The Donut Box is serving, you guessed it…donuts. This year there are three varieties: Double-Chocolate Donut Holes with Chocolate Drizzle, Sprinkle Burst Donut Holes with Purple Drizzle, and the Apple Fritter Donut Holes with Salted Maple Drizzle. To drink there is a Strawberry Smoothie and a Black and White Coffee Cocktail.

Cool Wash still has assorted Coca-Cola slushies, both in the non-alcoholic and alcoholic varieties. They are then customizable by adding sweets like Swedish Fish, candy rocks and gumdrops. They are really refreshing on a hot day.

Waffles is the Belgium marketplace, but moved over into Future World. It’s located in Future World West, in the old Chocolate Studio booth and on the path to Journey Into Imagination. The waffles are identical to last year, and offer both chocolate ganache and berry compote options.

Spain, The Alps, and Flavors from Fire also debuted recently, and again, all 3 are marketplaces from last year, with lightly reduced menus.

The Alps is serving its Blueberry and Almond Frangipane Tart with Crème Fraîche Cream and also the Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese, only this time there is also an option to include alpine ham too!

Spain is serving its Spanish-style Paella with chorizo, shrimp, and rice, as well as the Charcuterie, only this time not in a cone.

Flavors from Fire is a personal favorite of mine and one stop we have to make almost every time we are in EPCOT. Smoked favorites including Chimichurri Steak, Smoked Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes and The S’mores Whoppie Pie-lon.

Smoked Corned Beef Flavors from Fire Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Which other food marketplaces are coming?

There is another marketplace booth set up, but without a name. The structure is one from last year: Chocolate Studio. We hope this one is coming back to Food and Wine in 2020 as it has a couple of my favorite dessert items… (anyone else dreaming of Liquid-nitro Chocolate Truffle??).

Chocolate Studio Review Epcot Food and Wine Festival Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle
Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel

We also know that some new 2020 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival merchandise has hit the park starting on September 1, 2020, and you’ll definitely want to be there for that as there are usually some nice limited edition items worth getting.

When could the additional food marketplaces open?? Stay tuned…

What is the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival?

Australia Review 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival lamb chop

If you’ve never been to the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival in Disney World, then you are in for a big treat, or should I say, lots of treats! You may have noticed there is some kind of Food and Wine festival going on in Epcot almost all year round, and this is the one where it all started.

This year is the 26th annual EPCOT Food and Wine Festival which is a celebration to food and drink that happens every year. It allows guests to taste all sorts of different flavors from many countries in the world. There are food marketplaces set up all throughout World Showcase and Future World, each with a different theme and representing a different region’s cuisine.

How the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival Works

Each marketplace at Food and Wine has a different menu and is focused on small plates, not big meals. That way you can go from one booth to the next and try many different things without filling up. It’s best enjoyed as a casual experience when you can take your time and stroll from one booth to the next.

Most have the theme of a country such as France, Italy, Canada, etc, and some the theme of the specific type of food offered: Appleseed Orchard, Coastal Eats, etc.  In each kiosk there is food unique to that theme or area, so for example if you go to the Italy booth there’s a good chance you’ll find some kind of pasta, and so on.

When is the 2020 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival?

2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival information Guide

Disney’s Food and Wine Festival in EPCOT happens once a year and takes place over a few months. The 2020 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival starts on July 15, 2020, and ends on November 22, 2020. That’s a full 131 days!!

The EPCOT Food and Wine Festival is usually the last week in August every year and often opens on a Thursday. Last year it was from August 29, 2019, to November 13, 2019, and at that time it was the longest festival ever at 87 days. 2020 passes that by a mile with 131 days!

131 days of EPCOT Food and Wine?? You heard that right, it’s possible to stroll World Showcase in Epcot and taste your way around the world that whole time.  At this rate I’m pretty sure next year’s will start in June hahaha, I’m kidding, kind of! 😉

Every year they add more and more days but I think we are pretty much at the limit because you can’t really go that far back into August and then you have the Festival of the Holidays starting when Thanksgiving comes around. 2020 was a particular year, and we probably won’t see another Food and Wine this long ever again.

2020 EPCOT Food and Wine Marketplaces

The best part about the Disney Food and Wine Festival is obviously, just that….the FOOD! Every year we write reviews on every Food booth, marketplace and kiosk in EPCOT so that you know exactly which food and drink items you have to try, and what you can skip.

How Many Marketplaces are there at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

Every year is different and this year there are a total of 27 EPCOT Food and Wine marketplaces all with different menus and most offering an international flare. That way you get a different experience no matter where you go.

Spain Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Spanish paella
Traditional Spanish Paella with Shrimp, Mussels, Chicken and Crispy Chorizo

The number of marketplaces in 2020 is down drastically from 2019 when there were 39 different food marketplaces.

Here is the list of the 2020 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival Marketplaces. (Menus and Reviews in the links)

Additional Festival Marketplaces:

New for 2020 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

We love our Food and Wine favorites. There are some dishes or drinks that we can’t wait for to come back, and we find ourselves getting year after year (hello pork belly in Brazil!) But part of the fun is also discovering all the new food items and 2020 is no exception, there are all sorts of new items you need to try!

Maple Bacon Funnel Cake Epcot funnel cake

Last year there were 39 Food and Wine Marketplace Kiosks, plus additional festival locations in this 26th year of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!  Greece, New Zealand, Taste Track and The Festival Wine Center were all suspiciously missing from the list of marketplaces, but they are being replaced by some yummy new kiosks!

This Year’s New Marketplaces include:

  • Citrus Blossom – This is a leftover from the Flower and Garden Festival, but we aren’t complaining as it’s one of our favorites. We love the Lobster Tail and Crispy Chicken, and don’t get us started on the Orange Cream Shake.
  • Desserts & Champagne – Get your sweet-tooth ready for this one as you’ll want to try all 3 Cake Pops which have Twix and M&M’s on them. The Frozen S’mores is also really good, with or without the vodka.
  • Mac & Cheese Hosted by Boursin Cheese – You had us at Mac & Cheese, and here there are 4 different versions of it, all for completely different taste buds.
Gourmet Mac and Cheese EPCOT Food & Wine Festival

Of all these, Our favorite is the Cirus Blossom. I guess it’s kind of cheating since it was already at Flower and Garden, but we can’t help stopping here every time we pass. The Lobster Tail is excellent as usual we love the pairing with that citrus emulsion.

The Crispy Chicken isn’t a fancy dish, but the chicken comes out succulent every time we’ve tried it. The most iconic drink this year is the delicious Orange Cream Shake in the Orange Bird souvenir cup.

Cake Pops Desserts & Champagne

If you are in the mood for something sweet, try checking out Desserts & Champagne. This year they are making headlines for the glamorous Cake Pops, one decorated with Twix and another M&M’s. They are really huge and a bargain for $4.00. You also can’t leave without trying a frozen S’mores with vodka, or without for the kids.

The last new marketplace is Mac & Cheese Hosted by Boursin Cheese. We always get at least 1 or 2 versions of Mac and Cheese at Food & Wine, but this year you can find 4 of them here alone! We like the classic version and the Lobster Mac and Cheese the best, but the Buffalo one and the Sausage version are also good.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tickets

Of course, the first step to getting to the Food and Wine festival is figuring out how the tickets work for this event. Here is all the information about the tickets for Food and Wine:

Do You Need a Separate Ticket for Epcot Food and Wine?

If you’re a first-timer the number one question is whether or not you need tickets for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. No, you do not need a separate ticket to go to Epcot Food and Wine. Admission to the Food and Wine Festival is included with your regular Epcot park ticket.

Simply put, if you have a ticket to get into Epcot, then you can get into the Disney Food and Wine Festival no problem, so you don’t need a separate ticket for the event.

Epcot Food and Wine Pricing and Payment

Hawaii Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Teriyaki-glazed SPAM Hash
Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers and Onions and Spicy Mayonnaise

Pricing and cost is one of the most important things to know at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. How much does it cost to go to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival? How much are the food and drinks? Are they free? We’re going to answer all those questions you have below…

How Much do Food and Drinks Cost at the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival?

The reason you are at the Food and Wine festival is to try all the food and wine, so knowing how much they cost is important. Sorry to say, the food is not free at the Epcot Food and Wine festival, and there is a small cost for every item.

Pricing on this year’s food items range from about $4.00 to about $9.00 with most falling in the range of $5.00.  Beer options range from about $3.00-5.00, while most wines will run about $5.00-$7.00.

Portion Sizes

The first thing people notice is the portion size, for the most part it’s smaller.  While there are some items on the menu that can fill you up, the idea of the festival isn’t to go to one place order one item and that’s your lunch or dinner.

Instead they offer little samples of many different foods from around the world so that you can sample perhaps something totally different than what you’ve ever tasted before and perhaps turn yourself on to something you otherwise might not have ever tried. 

The portions sizes depend on the item, but often times it’s just right so that you can be adventurous and try something new, yet at the same time if you don’t like it you’ve only spent $5.00 so it’s not that huge a deal.

Is Anything Free at Food and Wine?

While the food and drinks do cost money, as well as talks, demonstrations and premium events, there are still quite a few free things to do at Epcot Food and Wine. Some of the free stuff includes:

  • Celebrity Meet and Greets
  • Book and Bottle Signings
  • Kid’s Play Center

Can You Use Snack Credits at EPCOT Food and Wine Festival?

Yes, you can use snack credits at the Food and Wine Festival if you are on the Disney Dining Plan. Most food and drink items are eligible to use snack credits on, and it’s a very popular way to use up those extra credits.

Snack credits can’t be used on every single food and drink item, but the vast majority are eligible.

Wine and Dine Studio Review 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival seared scallops

Can You Use Disney Gift Cards at Food and Wine Festival?

Another way to pay for your snacks at Epcot Food and Wine is by using the Disney gift cards. You can even buy a the Food and Wine Gift Card. 

In addition to the many features of a classic Disney Gift Card, this limited-release card also comes with a wristband to facilitate quick and easy access to all the festival kiosks. Activate your Disney Gift Card with as little as $15 and simply scan to pay. The convenience alone makes this Disney Gift Card the best festival accessory next to a fork!

Payment Options

Payment forms at the Food and Wine Festival include:

  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Magic Bands
  • Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits (on specifically marked items)
  • Official Festival Gift Cards
  • Disney Gift Cards
  • Disney Visa reward dollars

Any of these forms of payment are accepted while visiting Epcot Food and Wine so feel free to choose whichever one is more convenient for you.

Mexico Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Rib Eye Taco
Rib Eye Taco: Marinated Rib Eye, Roasted Chipotle Sauce and Grilled Scallions on a Corn Tortilla

Official Festival Gift Cards

TIP: MagicBands are the most convenient way to buy food and the festival, but you can easily spend more than you want to. Instead the best way to set a budget at the Disney Food and Wine Festival and stick to it is buying one of the Official Festival Gift Cards.

These small-sized, festival-themed gift cards come on a wearable plastic band making it easy to swipe and pay. You can also set a limit by only buying charging the card with a certain set amount of money, keeping you on a budget. If you only want to spend $100, charge it with $100 and be sure to not go over your set limit.

  • Activate with as little as $15
  • Scan to pay for food and more
  • Reload as often as you’d like
  • Unique design features the Festival logo

They are also a great souvenir at the end of the festival that you can take home with you when you leave.

To buy a Mini Festival Gift Card go to one of the select merchandise locations in Epcot. If you don’t use up all the money on the gift card at the Food and Wine Festival, you can use it at select Disney locations nationwide. Check out DisneyGiftCard.com for a complete list of participating locations.

Food and Wine FAQs

When is the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival in 2020?

EPCOT Food and Wine starts July 15, 2020 and will be the longest running festival yet lasting into the Fall.

What time do the booths open at Food and Wine?

This year the majority of the Food and Wine marketplaces open at 11 am. However, you might find that they start serving 15 minutes earlier so get there early.

Is the Food and Wine Festival open every day?

The great thing about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is that it’s open 7 days a week. This is the case now with every festival in Epcot so you don’t have to worry about missing a day.

Which is the best day to visit?

Without question, in the middle of the week are the best days to visit the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. You want to avoid Saturday and Sunday at all costs, and sometimes Friday too. Monday – Thursday are your best bet to skip the crowds.

How long does the Food and Wine Festival last at Epcot?

Every year is different but in 2019 the Epcot Food and Wine Festival was 87 days. We expect 2020 to be at least that long if not longer.

Is the Food and Wine Festival every day? What time do the booths open? What’s the best day to visit? We have all your basic Epcot Food and Wine questions answered here:

Epcot Food and Wine Tips and Tricks

There are so many things to keep in mind when visiting the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, prices, menu, best times, etc. We’ve compiled some of our favorite Tips for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival here so make sure you give it a read to know how to make the best use of your time when there.

welcome sign for Epcot food and wine festival

1. Best Time to Go to Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The Disney Food and Wine Festival in Epcot is definitely an amazing event, but there are times when it’s more enjoyable to go. If you go at the wrong time it can be devastating, please trust me on this one! So what is the best time to visit Food and Wine?

As a general rule the best times to visit are early in the day (right at 11:00 am or 12:00 pm ), early in the week (between Monday and Thursday and a bit later into the season.

I like to go right when the marketplaces open each day because this is the time of day when the lines are the shortest. Between 11 am and 12 pm you can hit 4-5 booths easily and hardly have to wait in line. Any later and the lines get big which means melting under the Florida sun which is not fun!

Even when locals are there during the week they tend to come late in the day after work, so anything after 5 pm is terrible. It also gets a bit of a frat party vibe and sometimes people get out of hand drinking, not my idea of a family vacation. Avoid it like the plague.

Obviously the earlier you go in the week the better because there are fewer people at Epcot Food and Wine from Monday to Thursday. Again that means less time in line for you!

Saturdays are by far the busiest days of the week for Food and Wine, it’s when all the locals come out which means it will be packed out with people.  It’s not worth it waiting in the sweltering heat for 20 minutes just for a bowl of noodles or a cheese plate.  Last year I remember a going on the weekend, and it’s a mistake I never want to make again! 

Go mid-week when the crowds will be much more manageable.

Best times to go:

  • During the week (especially Monday through Thursday)
  • At 11 am right when the marketplaces open.
  • Later in the season (Late October – November)

Avoid at all costs:

  • Going on the weekend (especially Saturdays)
  • Going late in the day
  • The first and last weekends of the festival

2. How Many Days Should I Go to the Food & Wine Festival?

mickey barbecue topiary at Epcot food and wine festival

This really depends on you. Are you a local? Are you visiting Disney World on vacation only for one week? If you are an Orlando-area resident you are going to have plenty of opportunities to visit the Food and Wine Festival in Disney World, and you could easily come 10 times and still have a ball.

If you are just visiting Walt Disney World though for 1 week, I would say 1 time at Food and Wine is absolutely a must, and possibly 2 or more depending on the way you like to vacation. I like to come around 11 am, grab 4 or 5 things and then leave and go back to the hotel. I usually stay at an Epcot-area hotel though which makes this possible (more on that in a minute).

If you are only coming to Epcot once during your trip then make sure to visit Food and Wine periodically throughout that day. There are so many different things to try though I’d really try to visit Epcot twice on your visit to give you more opportunities to try different things.

3. Have a Plan

This is Food & Wine 101 right here. If you think you should just wake up in the morning and head on over to Epcot Food and Wine without a plan, that’s a recipe for disaster. Epcot during this festival period is crowded, hot and there is so much to do you will for sure miss out on some amazing experiences if you don’t plan first.

Spend a lot of time in this post studying the best times to go to Epcot Food and Wine and even more time looking at the menus before going. There is just too much food to eat and you need to know what the “Can’t-miss” and “Skip-over” food and drink items are so you don’t waste time.

I can’t overstate this enough, be organized and Food and Wine will be a million times more fun for you and your family.

4. Stick to a Budget

Most items at the Food and Wine Festival only cost $5 or $6, but that can add up really fast, especially if you have a family or you add alcoholic drinks into the mix. The portions are not really big and a person with a normal appetite can easily eat 2-4 items within an hour. If you have an extra-large appetite like me or plan on staying all day, then that number can grow and so can the bill.

I’m not cheap, and I think everyone should have fun on vacation, but I like to set an amount of money I want to spend that day at the festival before I go, and then stick to that amount. If you get one of the festival gift cards I explained that earlier about, that will help you stick to your budget.

5. Scout Out the Best Looking Marketplaces First

Refreshment Port Review 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival beef brisket poutine

Once you have an idea of where you want to eat, go there and actually look at the food first before ordering. With open kitchens, it’s really easy to see all the food being prepared to see if it’s something you would like or not.

If you can resist the temptation of diving right in to the first food booth that looks good to you, I like to make one loop around World Showcase FIRST to scout it out, and then on my way back through get the things that really looked best. That way you don’t fill yourself up after the first 3 booths and regret not having room for that pork belly later.

6. Come Hungry

This seems obviously when your going to a festival in Disney World called: “Food and Wine” but you’d be surprised at how many people eat a big breakfast before going, or have a sit-down dinner planned in Epcot that night.

I like to have a very light breakfast early the morning of, then by 11 am I’m ready to start chowing down! You are going to need all the space in your stomach as you can muster when at Epcot Food and Wine so don’t make the rookie mistake in eating somewhere else first.

7. Pace Yourself

Remember, the Epcot Food & Wine Festival is a marathon and not a sprint. Yes your plan could be just to pop in to Food and Wine for an hour, grab a few things and move on to the next attraction, but a much better experience is the make at it at least a 3-4 hour event.

That means you don’t want to stuff yourself right away that you then won’t be able to try more items later on. Also be responsible and pace yourself with your alcohol consumption. There are already too many drunk guests stumbling their way around World Showcase, you don’t need to join the club. If you spread everything out it will be much better.

What helps you to do that?…..

8. Go with a Group

Mexico Review 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

This has multiple advantages as we’re going to break down, but no trip to Disney’s Food and Wine Festival would be as fun if you didn’t have friends with you to enjoy it!

This may sound crazy, but if you go with a group to Food and Wine, you can share your food. Yes usually I would never, ever suggest this, but the beauty of the Food and Wine Festival is that the food is made in small portions so you can try lots of stuff.

There are literally dozens of amazing snacks to try and if you are only going one or two days you won’t be able to finish it all alone. If you go in a pack though you can try small bites of more items, and then make another pass through to get your favorites another time. 

There is so many great things to try, it would be a shame if you went all-out at Australia because it’s the first kiosk you see, and then when you get to Canada you just don’t have enough space for that buttery filet mignon!

Another big reason to go with a group is you can have one or two people find a table while the rest of the people go and get the food and bring it back. Especially if you go during the crowded times, there are not nearly enough tables around World Showcase and finding one can be hard. Having people grab one before getting your food is going to be a much more pleasant dining experience rather than wandering in the heat looking for one.

9. Be Adventurous

The beauty of Food and Wine Festival is all the unique varieties of tastes and flavors that you’ll encounter.  That means it’s great to try different things.  Time after time I order something on the menu that I never would have normally ordered in a restaurant, but in the end I loved it.

That’s the nice thing, the sizes are so small that even if you don’t like something, it probably only cost around $5.00, so it’s not a lot of money lost.  More often than not though you’re going to be really surprised that you actually do like that new snack you normally wouldn’t have tried and maybe even return for seconds!

10. Take an Air Conditioning Break

 inside the Mexico pavilion Epcot

The Food and Wine Festival in Epcot opens at 11 am every day and goes through the hottest part of the day. Since Disney World is located in sunny (and humid) Florida, and the majority of the festival is outside you are going to need some breaks in-between the snacks. This doesn’t apply to just the Food and Wine Festival, but any visit to Walt Disney World.

Most of World Showcase is exposed to the sun and the Food and Wine Festival booths are not usually in a shaded area. That means finding an air-conditioned shop or attraction is crucial to cooling down and getting through the day.

Our favorite “Food & Wine Air-Conditioning Break Locations” are:

  • Mexico – Gran Fiesta Tour: Usually a short line and the whole pavilion here is air-conditioned with a beautiful scenery.
  • The American Adventure – The American Adventure: This is a glorious 30-minute seated break, and you’ll even learn something about American history!
  • Japan – Mitsukoshi store: there is lots to do inside this huge store in World Showcase including pearl hunting and trying unique Japanese sweets.
  • France – Impressions de France: a 20-minute ride through the French countryside.

That leads us to our next Food and Wine tip:

11. Drink A lot!

Well not that way.  Do that in moderation!  I’m talking about drinking a lot of water so that you stay hydrated.  Even if you listen to my previous advice, inevitably if you go in September or even through most of October, it’s going to be hot.  The first day of the festival this year had a heat index of 107 degrees!  That’s not ideal for walking around and stuffing your face. 

You should really make sure you are drinking enough water and pacing yourself so you don’t tire out.  A good rule of thumb is one water for every non-water drink.  Also to avoid paying $4.00 for a bottle of water, you can go to any normal Quick Service Restaurant in Epcot and just ask them for a cup of ice water and they’ll give it to you free.

Also on the real hot days make sure to order a lot of stuff that’s cold.  The La Passion Martini Slush in France is a perfect example of this as it’s cool and refreshing and will definitely keep you going!

12. Best Hotel for Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Any of the Epcot area resorts are the best places to stay for the Disney Food and Wine Festival. They are the closest to World Showcase and in most cases, you can walk right in or take the Friendship Boats if you like.

Here are our picks of the best Epcot Food and Wine Hotels:

  • Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
  • Boardwalk Inn Resort
  • Swan and Dolphin Resorts

Now that the Disney Skyliner is opening this year, you can also stay at one of the resorts on the Skyliner Route which will drop you off at the International Gateway which is perfect too.

  • Pop Century Resort
  • Art of Animation Resort
  • Riviera Resort
  • Caribbean Beach Resort

13. Is the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Worth It?

entrance to Epcot with Food and Wine Festival display

The Food and Wine Festival in Epcot can be very expensive which leads many to wonder if it is worth the price. I think it absolutely is!

Yes the food is not the best value if you are paying cash, but you can actually get some really good value if you are on the Disney Dining Plan. The food quality I find is higher than your average quick service restaurant in Walt Disney World making it a better value a lot of times. Plus there are just so many unique and interesting flavors that you can’t get anywhere else.

For those reasons, yes the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is worth it at least for one day.

That said there are some items that are over-priced and not worth it, so study up ahead of time on the best snacks to try so you get your money’s worth when you go. Our post on the Top Snacks at Epcot Food and Wine will help you to do that, and make sure to read through the full menus to see what jumps out at you.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Welcome Center

The Festival welcome center is where you go for all the Food and Wine Festival info once you get to Epcot. We are still waiting for more info about where it will be located in 2020.

More info coming soon…

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events

Chocolate Studio Review 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival The Art of Pairing Chocolate
The Art of Pairing Chocolate…

One of the best things about Food and Wine are all the Special and Premium Events that they have each year.  Expect even more cool events in 2020 such as:

  • East to the Beat Concert Series
  • Culinary Demonstrations and Seminars
  • Food and Beverage Pairings
  • Mix It Make It Celebrate It
  • Hands-on Workshops
  • Party for the Senses
  • Sunday Brunch with the Chef
  • Kid’s Activities

Last year we did a Vodka Tasting & Cocktail Making course learning all about and using the Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka.  They teach you everything about the vodka and how to properly mix it and make cocktails with it.  It was awesome, my dad absolutely loved it!!

Keep in mind that some of the premium events and special dining events can be quite expensive. I usually stick to the stuff that’s more cheap and affordable as the Food and Wine festival is already pretty expensive, but some of the special events are pretty cool too and worth it. Just realize that they aren’t cheap. Browse through all the different events below for more info on each event…

For reservations to these events, please call (407) 939-3378. For Disney Vacation Club Members, book by calling Member Services at (800) 800-9800. Or go online to www.tasteepcot.com

2020 Eat to the Beat Concert Series Lineup

An awesome part of the Food and Wine Festival is not only eating and drinking but also taking your food and listening to some amazing music too!  You can do that with the yearly Eat to the Beat Concert series which hosts live music every night of the Festival!

You won’t find A-List singers or groups here, but the lineup for Eat to the Beat is pretty solid for entertainment which is included in the price of admission. Can’t ask amore than that right?

*There are no Eat to the Beat Concerts in 2020 due to the current health restrictions. Below is last year’s concert lineup:

  • 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: Smash Mouth
  • September 18-19: Everclear
  • September 20-22: STARSHIP w/Mickey Thomas
  • September 23-24: Post Modern Jukebox
  • 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 NEW
  • October 7-9: 98 Degrees
  • 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: Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and Ryan Cabrera
  • November 15-16: BBMAK (NEW)
  • November 17-18: Spanish Harlem Orchestra (NEW)
  • November 19: D’Capella (NEW)

2020 Eat to the Beat Dining Packages

(There are no Meat to the Beat Dining Packages in 2020. Below is last year’s info.)

Getting to see one of the Eat to the Beat concerts is a highlight of any trip to the Food and Wine Festival, however, getting a good seat can be a challenge. If you don’t want to have to wait with the crowds you can sign up for an Eat to the Beat Dining Packages which will give you reserved seats for the concerts.

Reserve a dining packages from one of the 14 participating Epcot restaurants for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner and get reserved seats for the show the same night as your dining package.

Prices vary widely depending on which restaurant you choose and which meal (dinners are more expensive of course. Prices start at $49 per person and go all the way to $82 per person. Appetizer, Entree, Dessert and Drink are all included in the packages. You must choose a dining reservation that starts at least 2.5 hours BEFORE the concert start time.

Biergarten Restaurant – Germany Pavilion
Lunch: $55 for adults; $31 for kids 
Dinner: $55 for adults; $31 for kids

Chefs de France – France Pavilion
Lunch: $60.99 for adults; $16.99 for kids 
Dinner: $69.99 for adults; $21.99 for kids

Coral Reef Restaurant – The Seas Pavilion
Lunch: $69 for adults; $22 for kids 
Dinner: $69 for adults; $22 for kids

The Garden Grill Restaurant – The Land Pavilion
Breakfast: $49 for adults; $30 for kids 
Lunch: $63 for adults; $38 for kids 
Dinner: $63 for adults; $38 for kids

La Hacienda de San Angel – Mexico Pavilion
Dinner: $82 for adults; $23 for kids

Nine Dragons Restaurant – China Pavilion
Lunch: $52 for adults; $16.99 for kids 
Dinner: $59.95 for adults; $18.50 for kids

Restaurant Marrakesh – Morocco Pavilion
Lunch: $52 for adults; $19 for kids 
Dinner: $63 for adults; $19 for kids

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room – UK Pavilion
Lunch: $57 for adults; $22 for kids 
Dinner: $57 for adults; $22 for kids

San Angel Inn Restaurante – Mexico Pavilion
Lunch: $60 for adults; $20 for kids 
Dinner: $75 for adults; $23 for kids

Spice Road Table – Morroco Pavilion
Lunch: $52 for adults; $19 for kids 
Dinner: $63 for adults; $19 for kids

Teppan Edo – Japan Pavilion
Lunch: $68 for adults; $19.25 for kids 
Dinner: $78 for adults; $22 for kids

Tokyo Dining – Japan Pavilion
Lunch: $68 for adults; $19.25 for kids 
Dinner: $78 for adults; $22 for kids

Tutto Italia Ristorante – Italy Pavilion
Lunch: $64 for adults; $22 for kids 
Dinner: $70 for adults; $25 for kids

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria – Italy Pavilion
Lunch: $54 for adults; $20 for kids 
Dinner: $57 for adults; $24 for kids

Food and Beverage Pairings

The Festival Wine Shop Review 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival red wine flight

Learn how to correctly pair flavorful food and beverages from an expert chef. Follow along as you master all the subtleties of food pairing from someone with years of industry knowledge and taste the different pairings.

  • Location: World ShowPlace Events Pavilion – between the United Kingdom and Canada
  • Demonstration Length: 45 Minutes
  • Days: Select Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 2:30 PM
  • Price: $29 per Guest, plus tax

Find out the exact dates available for these events here.

Culinary Demonstrations and Seminars

Have you ever wanted to learn how to like a professional chef? Join one of the culinary demonstrations or seminars and learn from the best chefs in the world!

Each seminar lasts 45 minutes and is taught by renowned gourmet chefs who will show you all the tricks as the whip up amazing dishes right before your eyes. Great for honing your kitchen skills and taking your cooking to the next level.

  • Location: World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
  • Demonstration Length: 45 Minutes
  • Days: Select Fridays and Saturdays 12:30 PM
  • Price: $19 per Guest, plus tax

Mix It Make It Celebrate It

Challenge your senses as you expand your culinary skills and beverage know-how!

Working side-by-side with chefs, beverage experts and other kitchen wizards, attendees can roll up their sleeves for a hands-on lesson that teaches one of many different culinary or beverage skills. Each 75-minute guided, interactive experience offers a multi-sensory smorgasbord—from whipping up sweet treats and savory sensations to exploring cocktails, spirits and wines.

  • Location: World Showplace Events Pavilion
  • Demonstration Length: 75 Minutes
  • Days: Select Mondays and Thursdays at 12:00 PM
  • Price: $45 per Guest, plus tax

Specialty Dining

Monsieur Paul entrance sign

If all the demonstrations and seminars weren’t enough, there are tons of specialty dining events to enjoy at Food and Wine for an extra cost. Here is the list of dining events for 2019:

  • Culinary Tour of Japan – Enjoy 3 traditional Japanese courses perfectly paired with sake and other beverages.
    Location: Tokyo Dining – Japan Pavilion
    Hours: 4:00 to 6:00 pm
    Days: October 3, 10, 17, 24 and November 7
    Price: $160 per Guest, plus tax
  • French Family Meal Traditions – Enjoy traditional French hors d’oeuvres and entrées with the chefs at Monsieur Paul. Taste perfectly paired wines with your meal that will have you transported to France.
    Location: Monsieur Paul – France Pavilion
    Hours: 12:00 to 3:30 pm
    Days: October 4 ,6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 and November 1, 3, 8, 10
    Price: $99 per Guest, plus tax
  • Italian Food, Wine vs. Beer Pairing – Enjoy a 5-course traditional Italian meal and taste Italian Wines and Beers.
    Location: Via Napoli – Italy Pavilion
    Hours: 1:30 to 4:15 pm
    Days: October 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 and November 5, 7
    Price: $99 per Guest, plus tax
  • Italian Regional Food & Wine Pairing Luncheon – Enjoy a 6-course Italian meal complete with wine pairings.
    Location: Tutto Gusto – Italy Pavilion
    Hours: 12:00 to 2:30 pm
    Days: September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6
    Price: $125 per Guest, plus tax
  • Mediterranean Food & Wine Pairing – Enjoy 4 traditional Moroccan and Mediterranean courses of seafood and meat perfectly paired with regional wines.
    Location: Spice Road Table – Morocco Pavilion
    Hours: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    Days: September 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, October 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 and November 4, 6, 11, 13
    Price: $69 per Guest, plus tax
  • Mexican Tequila Lunch – Enjoy a 4-course traditional Mexican meal complete with tequila pairings.
    Location: La Hacienda de San Angel – Mexico Pavilion
    Hours: 12:00 to 1:300 pm
    Days: August 29, 30, September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, October 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and November 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22
    Price: $85 per Guest, plus tax
  • Parisian Breakfast – Enjoy a marvelous traditional French buffet breakfast complete with baguettes, buttery croissants, pastries and more. You’ll never want another breakfast again!
    Location: Chefs de France – France Pavilion
    Hours: 9:15 to 10:45 pm
    Days: September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26 and November 2, 9 and 16
    Price: $45 per Guest, plus tax
  • Parisian Afternoon, Sandwiches, Macarons and Bubbles! – Enjoy French desserts, finger sandwiches, macarons and unlimited mimosas in this unique afternoon meal.
    Location: Monsieur Paul – France Pavilion
    Hours: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
    Days: September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26 and November 2, 9, and 16
    Price: $58 per Guest, plus tax
  • The “Hibachi” Experience: Year of Celebration – Enjoy a 5-course traditional Japanese meal all the while being entertained by the Hibachi chefs in the Nihonbashi Dining Room at Teppan Edo.
    Location: Teppan Edo – Japan Pavilion
    Hours: 4:00 to 6:00 pm
    Days: October 9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6
    Price: $190 per Guest, plus tax

Party for the Senses

Party for the Senses Food and Wine

This is the most exclusive event every year at Epcot Food and Wine. Join famous chefs, entertainers and personalities in this one-of-a-kind sensory overload filled with food, drinks, music and all sorts of fun!

Over 20 tasting stations are setup for your delight by talented chefs throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. Go from station to station and taste your way through the night to your heart’s content all the while enjoying the live music and entertainment. Part of the entertainment in 2019 includes the FEMMES OF ROCK who was amazing last year.

General Event Details

  • Location: World ShowPlace Events Pavilion – between the United Kingdom and Canada
  • Days: Select Saturdays during the Festival
  • Wine View Lounge: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Reserved Seating: 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Price: From $229 to $359 per Guest—plus tax, gratuity included

There are 2 different seating options: Reserved Seating and Wine View Lounge. Reserved Seating is the least expensive of the two at $229, while the Wine View Lounge Seating is $359.

The difference between the two is that the Wine View Lounge includes: Early Check-in, Complimentary Shuttle Service to and from the event and a Parting Gift.

2019 Dates

  • September 21
  • October 5, 12 and 19
  • November 9

See the official event calendar for a complete list of chefs and dates. Alcohol will only be served to guests 21 and over.

Sunday Brunch with the Chef

One of our favorite events is the Sunday Brunch with the Chef featuring a breakfast buffet along with a gourmet chef who will be explaining all their favorite tips to you.

Enjoy an incredible brunch spread, sparkling wine toast and even a special photo meet and greet opportunity with the chef after the meal.

  • Location: World ShowPlace Events Pavilion – between United Kingdom and Canada
  • Days: Select Sundays throughout the Festival
  • Hours: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
  • Price: $139 per Guest—plus tax, gratuity included

2019 Dates and Chefs

  • 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)

Tailgate Tasting hosted by ESPN’s Monday Night Football

One of the best values at Food and Wine in the new Tailgate Tasting event. Plus who doesn’t love football and food? Enjoy 3 sample-sized food items and a complementary beverage tasting inspired by the local cuisine in the cities playing in the Monday night game each week.

Location: World ShowPlace Events Pavilion – between the United Kingdom and Canada 
Days: Every Sunday from September 8 to November 17, 2019 
Price: $19 per person, plus tax

Check the official website for the full schedule of dates.

Kids’ Activities at Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Ratatouille Dance Party for Epcot Food and Wine

Just because the majority of people focus on the food and wine in the name title, there are still lots of fun things for kids to do at the festival too! Here are some of the best kid’s activities to do at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in 2019:

Candy Sushi

This kid-favorite event debuted in the 2018 festival and again in 2019. Guided by a Disney Chef, guests learn to roll their own sweet sushi treats with at The Land pavilion. Candy Sushi is available daily at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Booking details will be released soon.

Disney du Jour Dance Party

This is the perfect dance party for kids and adults alike. Join in the fun at the Disney du Jour Dance Party in Future World seven days a week with a live DJ and Radio Disney artists.

Sunday to Thursdays there will be a live DJ playing the music and on Fridays and Saturdays, live music stars from Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country will perform.

Special Guests include:

  • August 30 to 31: Meg Donnelly
  • September 13 to 14: Jenna Raine
  • September 27 to 28: Isabella Nicole
  • October 4 to 5: Avenue Beat (“Delight”) 
  • October 11 to 12: Sky Katz
  • October 18 to 19: JAGMAC
  • November 1 to 2: AJ Mitchell (“All My Friends”)
  • November 8 to 9: Kylie Cantrall (“That’s What I’m Talkin’ Bout”) 
  • November 15-16: Erin Bowman (“Keep Me Warm”) 
  • November 22-23: Tegan Marie (“Horses”)

Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt

Take off on a Ratatouille-inspired scavenger hunt around the park. Kids can search for the hidden statuettes of Remy scattered throughout World Showcase. Follow along by purchasing the map and stickers from these select merchandise locations:

  • Pin Central
  • Port of Entry
  • World Traveler at International Gateway

Once you locate all the hidden Remy’s throughout World Showcase, match the ingredient stickers to your map. If you are able to find all of them, bring your completed map to Disney Traders for a complimentary surprise from Chef Remy himself!

Food and Wine Festival Merchandise

Eating and drinking at Food and Wine is great and all, but it’s also a prime place for shopping too. In 2019 there is a lot of great merchandise to choose from and offers a nice opportunity to take a souvenir home with you from the festival.

Here is a look at some of the merchandise from Food and Wine in 2019:

2019 Epcot Food and Wine Merchandise Rose Gold

Rose Gold is the theme this year and you can see it in the various merchandise items. Check out the Chef Minnie Spirit Jersey above.

Some other items include a festival-exclusive MagicBand, cupcake mug, rose gold mug and the Chef Minnie Ornament.

2019 Epcot Food and Wine Merchandise Rose Gold MagicBand and Cups

When the festival opens we’ll give you a better look at all of the merchandise so stay tuned.

Directions

What’s the best way to get to Epcot Food and Wine? There are many ways to get there but it depends on where you are staying.

Epcot Resort Area Hotels – If you are staying at one of the nearby Epcot area hotels like Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn or the Swan and Dolphin hotels one of the best ways to get to Epcot is on foot. You can easily walk through the International Gateway in the back of Epcot and head directly to the fun! From the Swan and Dolphin figure about 15 minutes depending on how fast you walk.

If you are saving your energy for laps around World Showcase Lagoon, then you can take the Friendship Boats from any of those hotels too. It’ll be about a 10-minute boat ride but you might have to wait 20 minutes for a boat

Caribbean Beach Resort, Pop Century, Art of Animation and Disney Riviera Resort – If you are staying at any of these resorts starting September 29 you’ll be able to arrive to Epcot in style in the new Disney Skyliner. It’s also great because it drops you off at the International Gateway, right near all the food!

If you are afraid of heights then you can always take the Disney World Buses, Drive or Ride Sharing like the Minnie Vans, but you’ll have to go through the front entrance to Epcot and it’s a long walk from there.

Magic Kingdom Resorts – If you are staying at the Contemporary Resort, Bay Lake Tower, Polynesian Resort or Grand Floridian Resort then the best way to get to Epcot is by Monorail. Otherwise, you can take a bus, drive or ride sharing too.

Any other Walt Disney World Resort – Buses, driving and ride sharing are your best options.

Off-site – If there is a shuttle from your hotel you can take it to Epcot, otherwise you’ll have to drive or use ride sharing.

Conclusion

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If you’re a foodie like us then you will really enjoy the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. It can be a whole lot of fun, especially if you plan ahead and do it right, and something that every visitor to Walt Disney World needs to do at least once.

That said we are slightly concerned about the trend of rising prices and shrinking portion sizes over the last few years, but the increasing quality of the food offsets that somewhat. Just make sure you read the Food and Wine Menus ahead of time so you can get the best bang for your buck and not waste time with some of the weaker menu items.

Also, make sure you go at one of our recommended times that way you can avoid the frat party crowd and avoid the heat as much as possible.

There is so much to explore at the Food & Wine Festival in Epcot and you could literally go for a week straight and not get to experience everything this Disney festival has to offer you (of course you’d blow through your entire budget for your vacation in the process should you do that!)

Overall we still love the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and think it’s a MUST-DO event every year in Walt Disney World. Some of the other Epcot festivals like Flower and Garden and Festival of the Arts are right there, but Food and Wine is still our favorite!

More Epcot Food and Wine Festival Info

For more information or to book one of these special events visit: www.epcotfoodfestival.com or call: 407-WDW-FEST.  Annual Pass holders are eligible for a $2.00 discount per person on many events.  Call immediately as many of these events fill up.  All bookings are non-transferable and non-refundable.

I hope you enjoyed this article about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Info.  Right now you can check out some Food and Wine Festival Tips, as well as a Menu Guide.  I’ll continue to post some more recommendations and reviews for you so that you have the best time possible there.  Enjoy!!

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  • When are you going to Food and Wine in 2020?
  • What is your favorite item?

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