Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2017

Ocean Spray® Cranberry Bog Display [© Walt Disney World]
Ocean Spray® Cranberry Bog Display [© Walt Disney World]

The 22nd Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival presented by Chase offers a range of activities for the whole family and runs for a record breaking 75 days from August 31 to November 13, 2017, up from 62 in 2016 and 53 days in 2015.

Admission is included in the standard Epcot admission ticket.

There are around 34 international food and wine marketplaces plus special exhibits featuring fabulous cuisine and wine, culinary demonstrations and gourmet dining experiences, book signings, seminars and shops selling everything to do with food and cooking.

Each year this event attracts over 1 million visitors and is reputedly the largest wine and food festival in the world.

 

Included in this years event are over 300 national and international wines, more than 220 food and beverage items that you can sample and over 300 wine and beer seminars.

Few details for the 2017 event have been released yet, most details and pricing relates to 2016 unless stated otherwise

Accompanying the food and wine, there is a daily Eat to the Beat music concert.

With all of Epcot’s special events, standard Epcot admission is required and you have to be 21 or over to consume alcohol.

Note that not all events take place daily.

Taste Your Way Around the World

For a few dollars you can taste your way around the world.

At more than 30 unique marketplaces, you can sample cuisine from many countries including Africa, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hawaii, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Patagonia, Poland, Scotland and South Korea as well as sampling, beers, wines and cheeses.

Some items are eligible for the Disney Dining Plan and you must be 21 to drink alcohol.

You can also purchase a International Food & Wine Festival Tasting Sampler for $59.00 (plus tax).

This entitles you to eight food or beverage items (there are some exclusions), priority seating at the 6:45 p.m. Eat to the Beat concert and a limited edition Epcot International Food and Wine Festival trading pin.

Hands-On Workshops

The “Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It” hands-on workshops in the Festival Center give guests the chance to learn new culinary skills like mixing cocktails, decorating cakes and using herbs from a host of chefs, bakers, mixologists and other professionals.

Also in the Festival Center you will find book and bottle signings and “The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar”, hosted by Ghirardelli and offering chocolate samples.

For 2016 there is also a new brunch, a cooking school and a Grand Floridian brunch event.

As in 2015, the global marketplaces will extend into Future World.

For everyone there is the fun-for-the-family culinary scavenger hunt hosted by Chef Remy from “Ratatouille”.

Rockin’ Burger Block Party

On select nights between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. there is a Rockin’ Burger Block Party with a live DJ. Speciality burgers and drinks are served, inspired by various recording artists.

Price is $99.00 (plus tax) per person.

For $199.00 (plus tax) you can get Nosh Pit Seating which includes a private reserved table, cocktail toast to start the evening and a premium bar.

Food & Wine Festival Premium Package

First introduced in 2014, the Epcot Food & Wine Festival Premium package gives you access to Premium Package areas. Originally it was only available to Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests (including the Walt Disney World Dolphin and Swan hotels) but is now available to all guests.

The price is $199.00 (plus tax) per person but does not include regular Epcot admission. The package is available from noon until 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, throughout the festival.

As well as access to ten special VIP premium package areas around the World Showcase, each guest also receives two special Food & Wine Festival events and an amenity bag with exclusive Food & Wine merchandise.

Brunch With The Greats

On select days you can enjoy a plated brunch and participate in a question and answer session with a celebrity guest.

The price is $129.00 (plus tax) per person.

Beverage Boot Camp

At the Beverage Boot Camp you can take a two hour instructional course with an expert.

The event takes place on select Sundays and costs $119.00 (plus tax) per person.

Brews of the Rising Sun

On select dates you can sample Japanese craft beers alongside Japanese cuisine.

The price is $40.00 (plus tax) per person and guests must be 21 or over.

Tokyo Pairing

Every Thursday between 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. you can sample Japanese cuisine paired with sake and craft beers at the Japanese pavilion.

The price is $100.00 (plus tax) per person and guests must be 21 or over.

Party for the Senses

At the Party for the Senses you can enjoy reserved seating at the Eat to the Beat concert followed by a special event at the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion on select dates.

Here you can sample from around 50 special beverage and food locations.

There are three ways to celebrate:

  1. General Admission - general limited seating available. Price is $169.00 (plus tax) per person
  2. Reserved Seating - early entry to the 6:45 p.m. concert, reserved seating and speciality cocktail toast to kick off the evening. Price is $199.00 (plus tax) per person
  3. Wine View Lounge - early entry to the 6:45 p.m. concert, a private reserved table, premium bar access, an artisanal cheese station and a speciality cocktail toast. Price is $319.00 (plus tax) per person

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