One of Epcot’s biggest annual festivals is the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.
Because of the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic Disney has had to rethink their 25th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival offering
For 2020 the festival has been renamed as a “A Taste of EPCOT Food and Wine Festival” and is billed as the longest running festival yet. It opens on July 15, the same day as Epcot itself re-opens. Disney has not yet announced an end date but it is expected to run until the autumn (fall).
In 2019 it ran for 87 days from late August to late November. It ran for 53 days in 2015, 62 days in 2016 and then 75 days in 2017 and 2018.
Details are still sketchy but in a A Taste of EPCOT Food and Wine Festival there will be 20 international food and wine marketplaces and the “Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak” scavenger hunt will return.
Because the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival was cut short, elements of that festival including some topiaries and merchandise will be on display.
There will still be music throughout the day at the America Gardens Theater with Mariachi Cobre and the JAMMitors.
The rest of this page relates to the 2019 festival and not everything that happened in 2019 will happen in 2020
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 food and wine 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. New for 2018 is a mimosa bar.
Accompanying the food and wine, there is a daily Eat to the Beat music concert and a very exclusive Party for the Senses on select nights. You can also buy a special Eat to the Beat Dining Package. Note that the music concerts end on November 12, 2019.
With all of Epcot’s special events, standard Epcot admission is required and 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 over 30 unique marketplaces, you can sample cuisine from many countries and regions including the Alps, Africa, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hawaii, India, Ireland, Islands of the Caribbean, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco and Thailand as well as sampling, beers, wines and cheeses. Individual prices range from around $4 to $8 per appetiser sized portion.
It is a good idea to pick up a Marketplace Discovery Passport when you enter the park to help find the items you would like to sample. You should also head to the Festival Welcome Center located in the World ShowPlace Events pavilion between the United Kingdom and France pavilions in the World Showcase for more information.
Some items are eligible for the Disney Dining Plan and you must be 21 or over to drink alcohol.
In previous years, you could purchase an International Food & Wine Festival Tasting Sampler for $59.00 (plus tax).
This entitled you to eight food or beverage items (there are some exclusions), priority seating at the second Eat to the Beat concert and a limited edition Epcot International Food and Wine Festival trading pin.
Note that from 2015 onwards, the global marketplaces have started to extend into Future World and you will even find a couple inside the Festival Center.
Celebrity Chefs at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
One of the highlights of the festival is the chance to watch and listen to celebrity chefs in a range of workshops and presentations.
In 2019 there are around 80 Disney chefs from around the many Disney Resorts and over 70 other celebrity chefs participating. Note that not every chef is present on any particular day.
Amongst the many chefs taking part in 2019 are Top Chef contender Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro from Cake Boss, Jamie Deen from Road Tasted on the Food Network and Masaharu Morimoto from Iron Chef.
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Hands-On Workshops
Each year, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival plays host to a number of workshops and seminars which used to be held in the Festival Center.
In 2019, the seminars have been moved from the Festival Center to the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion between the United Kingdom and Canada pavilions unless noted otherwise. Reservations are recommended.
Also in and around the Festival Center you will find both book and bottle signings plus meet and greets with authors, chefs and celebrities.
At each of the seminars there is a chance to sample some of the items. Guests must be 21 or older to drink alcohol.
The 2019 events and seminars include:
“Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It” Mixology seminars — the 75 minute hands-on sessions take place on most Monday and Thursday afternoons at 12:00 p.m. Price is $45 per person plus tax
Wine/Beverage seminars — taste different wines, beers and spirits and learn tips from the experts. The seminars take place most Thursdays to Mondays at 4:30 p.m. Price is $19 per person plus tax
Culinary demonstrations — 45 minute demonstrations from top chefs, on select Fridays and Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. Price is $19 per person plus tax. At the end of the session there is the opportunity to sample the dishes.
Food and Beverage Pairings — learn how to pair particular food flavours with different drinks and sample the results. It take place every Thursday to Monday at 2:30 p.m. Price is $29 per person plus tax
Cheese and Wine seminars — 90 minute seminars on select Saturday mornings from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. where you get to sample different cheeses from around the world accompanied by complimentary wines and craft beers. Price is $95 per person plus tax
Tailgate Tasting hosted by ESPN’s Monday Night Football — a 45 minute seminar inspired by Monday night football games with a flight of 3 sample-sized food offerings accompanied a beverage. Take place on select Sundays and is priced at $19 per person plus tax. NEW for 2019
Kids can enjoy “Candy Sushi” presented by Adventures by Disney. Candi Sushi is a workshop at Sunshine Seasons in The Land pavilion where kids of all ages can learn how to roll sushi-inspired confectionary to make their own sweet treats.
Cost is $10 plus tax per guest and it takes place every afternoon at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
There is also a Family Play Zone.
The “Disney Du Jour Dance Party” takes place daily with a DJ where kids and adults alike can dance and play games accompanied by various Disney characters.
There are also live performances from Disney Radio artists on Fridays and Saturday evenings.
“The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar”, hosted by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company offers the chance to see amazing chocolate sculptures created by Walt Disney World Resort pastry chefs plus chocolate samples as well as learning how chocolate is made.
For everyone there is the fun-for-the-family culinary scavenger hunt hosted by Chef Remy from “Ratatouille”, called “Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak”. A map and stickers can be purchased from the Festival Center, Pin Central, Disney Traders and World Traveler at the International Gateway.
Find the Remy statuettes, match the ingredients stickers to the map and receive a surprise gift from Chef Remy at Disney Traders.
If you like cheese then consider “Emile’s Fromage Montage”. If you buy five cheese inspired dishes and get your Festival Passport stamped you can collect a complimentary piece of cheescake from Simmering Sips.
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company have a number of booths and coffee carts and special “brews” for 2019 include Whisky Adventure: Frozen Lemon and Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, Citrus Sunrise: Frozen Orange and Pineapple Juice with Grand Marnier, Chai-quila: Chai Tea with Avion Espresso Tequila and Acai Surprise: Frozen Wild Berry and Acai topped with Grey Goose Vodka.
You can call (407) WDW-FEST to book selected events or visit epcotfoodfestival.com (opens in a new window) for more information.
Sunday Brunch with the Chef
One of the new events for 2018 was “Sunday Brunch with the Chef” and it is repeated for 2019. You can enjoy a sparkling wine toast, brunch buffet, participate in a question and answer session with a celebrity guest and meet and greet photo opportunities.
It takes place on select Sundays for two hours between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion.
The price is $139 per person plus tax, gratuities included.
Chefs include Richard Blais, Jamie Deen, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Buddy Valastro, Carla Hall, Fabio Viviani, Robert Irvine, David Burtka, Andrew Zimmern, Cat Cora, Graham Elliot and Aarti Sequeria.
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Gift Cards
In previous years, Disney has released special wearable mini food and wine themed festival gift cards that enable you to go cashless throughout the festival. Minimum cash loading is $15 and you can scan it to purchase food, drinks and merchandise. Can be reloaded as required.
There is a host of special commemorative festival merchandise, everything from clothing to artwork, home décor, an official Food & Wine Festivals Cookbook and trading pins. Some of the themes include Chef Remy, Taste Your Way Around the World , Chef Mickey, Brews Around the World and Foodie Figment.
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Signature Dinners
A number of Disney’s World Showcase table service restaurants offer special signature dinners during the festival on specific days:
- Mexican Tequila Lunch at La Hacienda de San Angel, Mexico Pavilion
- Italian Food, Wine versus Beer Pairing at Via Napoli, Italy Pavilion
- Italian Regional Food & Wine Pairing Luncheon at Tutto Gusto, Italy Pavilion
- Parisian Breakfast at Chefs de France, France Pavilion
- French Family Meal Traditions at Monsieur Paul, France Pavilion
- The Parisian Afternoon, Sandwiches, Macarons and Bubbles! at Monsieur Paul, France Pavilion
- The “Hibachi” Experience: Year of Celebration at Teppan Edo, Japan Pavilion
- Tokyo Pairing at Tokyo Dining, Japan Pavilion
- Mediterranean Food & Wine Pairing at Spice Road Table, Morocco Pavilion
Prices range from $45 per person for the Parisian Breakfast to $190 for The “Hibachi” Experience (plus tax). Gratuities are included. Call (407) 939–3378 for reservations. Note that signature dinners are only available on certain dates and times.
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Party for the Senses
One of the highlights of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is the exclusive “Party for the Senses” where you can sample from around 50 special beverage and food locations prepared by Disney chefs.
Read more about Disney’s Party for the Senses.