One of Epcot’s biggest annual festivals is the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.
In 2021 the 26th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival offers a range of activities for the whole family and runs for an incredible 129 consecutive days from July 15 to November 20, 2021 (nearly as long as 2020).
Admission is included in the standard Epcot admission ticket.
Last year in 2020, because of the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic Disney had to rethink their Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival offering and the festival was renamed as a “A Taste of EPCOT Food and Wine Festival” but was billed as the longest running festival yet at 131 days.
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.
The “A Taste of EPCOT Food and Wine Festival” was a cut down version with around 20 international food and wine marketplaces and the “Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak” scavenger hunt returned.
Because in 2020 the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival was cut short, elements of that festival including some topiaries and merchandise were on display.
Two of the main casualties though were the Eat to the Beat music concerts and the very exclusive Party for the Senses, both of which were cancelled in 2020 along with the special Eat to the Beat Dining Package.
For 2021, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE® is pretty much back to normal though there is still a question mark hanging over several of the main attractions including the concerts, celebrity chefs, seminars and workshops and Party for the Senses.
Fireworks have returned and Disney is working on a new nighttime spectacular called “Harmonious” but to start with, they will continue showing “Epcot Forever” over the World Showcase Lagoon.
Each year this festival attracts over 1 million visitors and is reputedly the largest food and wine festival in the world.
As with all of Epcot’s special festival events, standard Epcot admission is required and not all events take place daily.
Though there is no word on the “Eat to the Beat” concerts, there will still be music throughout the day with Voices of Liberty and Mariachi Cobre appearing at the America Gardens Theatre and the Jammin’ Chefs at the Canada Mill Stage.
On Friday to Monday evenings Disney is re-introducing local bands from Central Florida at the America Gardens Theatre called “America Gardens Bandstand presented by Florida Blue Medicare”, so it seems very unlikely that the Eat to the Beat concerts will return for 2021.
This follows the pattern of the International Flower & Garden Festival where local bands replaced the Garden Rocks Concert Series.
So far the following performers have been announced:
- July 16 to 19 — Epic! Live
- July 23 to 26 — Champagne Orchestra
- July 30 to August 2 — Element
- August 6 to 9 — Sound Society
- August 13 to 16 — The Hooligans
- August 20 to 23 — The Vybe
- August 27 to 30 — The M-80s
- September 3 to 6 — Latin Ambition
- September 10 to 13 — Audio Exchange
- September 17 to 20 — The Hooligans
- September 24 to 27 — Epic! Live
Taste Your Way Around the World
For a few dollars you can taste your way around the world. Also look out for an exclusive keepsake CORKCICLE premium beverage container from the new sponsor.
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, Hawai’i, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Morocco as well as sampling beers, wines and cheeses. Individual prices range from around $4 to $8 per appetiser sized portion.
You will find over 300 national and international wines, more than 200 food and beverage items that you can sample.
2021 sees a total of 32 global marketplaces of which eight are brand new. Below is a list of all the booths that are open when the festival starts. As well as food, all the booths also offer a range of beverages to compliment the food offerings:
- Appleseed Orchard (Canada Theatre) - Deserts and beverages including Cinnamon Apple Cider (non-alcoholic)
- Australia (near Port of Entry) - Australian fare including Roasted Lamb Chop with Sweet Potato Purée, Bush Berry Pea Salad, and Pistachio-Pomegranate Gremolata
- Brew-Wing at the Epcot Experience - NEW - Wings and flatbreads including Traditional Buffalo Wings with Celery and Ranch
- Canada - Canadian fare including “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce
- China - Chinese cuisine including ZiRan Beef Bao Bun: Grilled Beef with Cumin
- Earth Eats hosted by Impossible™ (between Imagination! and Refreshment Port) - Plant based food including the Impossible Burger Slider with Wasabi Cream and Spicy Slaw on a Sesame Seed Bun
- Flavors from Fire hosted by The NFL on ESPN (near Test Track) - Dishes high in flavour including The S’mores Whoopie Pie-lon: Smoked Chocolate Cake, Graham Cracker, Marshmallow, Chocolate Ganache, and Candied Bacon
- France - French cuisine including Coq au Vin, Pommes Dauphine: Chicken braised in Burgundy Wine with Bacon and Puffed Potatoes
- Germany - German cuisine including Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll
- Greece (near Morocco) - Traditional Greek food including Lamb Moussaka
- Hawaiʻi (near Disney Traders) - Hawaiian dishes including Tuna Poke with Eel Sauce, Spicy Mayonnaise, and Crispy Shrimp Chips
- Hops & Barley (American Adventure) - American fare including Hot Beef Sandwich with Horseradish Cream and Pickled Vegetables
- Italy - Italian dishes including Ravioli: Grilled Chicken Ravioli with Alfredo Sauce, Romano Cheese, and Prezzemolo
- Japan - Japanese cuisine including Tempura Shrimp Sando: Crunchy Shrimp served with Yuzu Crab, Green Onions and Eel Sauce served on a Bun
- Mexico - Mexican food including Chilaquiles con Chorizo: Crispy Corn Tortillas tossed in Salsa Verde and Monterey Jack Cheese topped with Crema Mexicana, Queso Cotija, Pickled Onions, and Ground Chorizo
- Refreshment Outpost (between China and Germany) - A Kenyan dish, Spicy Githeri with White Beans, Pigeon Peas, Ben’s Original Quinoa & Ancient Grains Medley, and Kachumbari Slaw
- Refreshment Port hosted by Boursin® Cheese (near Canada) - Canadian specialities including Braised Beef Poutine: French Fries, Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce, Cheese Curds, and Gherkin Relish
- Shimmering Sips hosted by CORKCICLE® (near Port of Entry) - Sweet treats including Shimmering Strawberry Soft-serve in a Waffle Cone
- Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina - NEW (Morocco) - North African cuisine including Grilled Kebabs with Couscous, Tomato-Onion Salad, and Garlic Aïoli
- The Donut Box (near Test Track) - An assortment of donuts including Candy Jar Donut made with M&M’S, SNICKERS, and TWIX
- The Noodle Exchange - NEW (Near Traveler’s Café) - Far Eastern dishes including Shrimp and Coconut Curry Rice Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms and Thai Basil
- The Rotunda Bistro - NEW (American Adventure Rotunda) - American food including Chilled Smoked Shrimp Salad
- The Swanky Saucy Swine - NEW (near Disney Traders) - Pork inspired dishes including Roasted Porchetta with Pork-fat Roasted Rosemary Potatoes and Lemon-Parsley Salsa Verde
For 2021, some nine booths will not open until October 1st, the 50th anniversary of the opening of Magic Kingdom and the opening date of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure:
- Belgium (between France and Morocco) - Traditional Belgium food including Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream
- Brazil (between France and Morocco) - South American cuisine including Moqueca: Brazilian Seafood Stew featuring Scallops, Shrimp, and White Fish with Coconut-Lime Sauce and Steamed Rice
- India (near China) - Spicy Indian dishes including Korma Chicken with Basmati Rice, Crispy Chickpeas, and Spiced Yogurt Sauce
- Ireland (near United Kingdom) - Traditional Irish dishes including Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy
- Kenya - NEW (Outpost) - African cuisine including Kenyan Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato & Corn Mealie Pap and Kachumbari Slaw
- Lobster Landing - NEW (near Mission: Space) - New England lobster cuisine including Lobster Chowder with Bacon, Corn, Potatoes, and Oyster Crackers
- Mac & Eats - NEW (near Mission: Space) - All things macaroni including Cowboy Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Pork Belly, Brisket Burnt Ends, Pickled Peppers, and Onion Straws
- Spain (between Italy and Germany) - Spanish style food including Paella with Rice, Chorizo, and Shrimp
- The Alps (near Germany) - Alpine favourites including Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Alpine Ham, Baby Potatoes, Cornichons, and Baguette
It is a good idea to pick up a Marketplace Discovery Passport when you first 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.
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.
As well as the global marketplace booths you can also get a special Mini Candied Bacon S’mores Funnel Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream at the Funnel Cake stand.
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company have a number of booths and coffee carts and each has a special “brew” including:
- Future World East — Cocoa Cold Brew: Decadent Frozen Kona Mocha, topped with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle (option to add Jameson Cold Brew Whiskey)
- The American Adventure — Cinnamon Chai: Refreshing Iced Chai Tea Latte topped with whipped cream and cinnamon powder (option to add Cinnamon Whiskey)
- Canada Showcase Plaza — Double Trouble Chai: Tantalizing Iced Chai Tea Latte with a single shot of espresso, topped with whipped cream and cinnamon powder (option to add Jameson Cold Brew Whiskey)
- Odyssey — Tropical Tea Breeze: Delicious Frozen Lemon, Iced Tea and a splash of coconut syrup (option to add Tito’s Vodka)
In previous years, some items were eligible for the Disney Dining Plan but Disney suspended the Disney Dining Plans when the parks initially re-opened. In June 2021 they announced they would be restarting them again but no dates have been announced.
Note that you must be 21 or over to drink alcohol.
It is unclear at present whether the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Tasting Sampler for $59.00 (plus tax) will be available in 2021.
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.
Emile’s Fromage Montage
If you like cheese then consider “Emile’s Fromage Montage”. If you buy five cheese inspired dishes from select global marketplaces and get your Festival Passport stamped at each one, you can collect a prize from Shimmering Sips.
Look out for the special cheese treats at the following global marketplaces:
- Greece (near Morocco)
- The Swanky Saucy Swine (near Disney Traders)
- Hawaii (near Disney Traders0
- Flavors from Fire hosted by The NFL on ESPN (near Test Track)
Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak
For everyone there is the fun-for-the-family culinary scavenger hunt hosted by Chef Remy from “Ratatouille”, called “Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak”. It takes place throughout the Global Marketplaces and the World Showcase.
A map and stickers can be purchased for $9.99 plus tax from Port of Entry, Mouse Gear or World Traveler at the International Gateway.
The aim is to find the Remy statuettes, match all the ingredients stickers to the map and you can then receive a surprise gift from Chef Remy at Disney Traders located at the entrance to World Showcase.
This year the gift is a choice of one of four souvenir bowls from the 2021 Food and Wine merchandise collections; Apple Orchard Mickey and Minnie, Belle Be Our Guest, Chef Figment or Chef Remy.
You can call (407) WDW-FEST to book selected events or visit epcotfoodfestival.com (opens in a new window) for more information.
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Gift Cards
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 $25 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 the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Logo Collection, Belle Be Our Guest Collection, Remy Shake Things Up Collection, Apple Orchard Collection and Figment Passholder Collection.
From information that Disney has released so far, it looks like some familiar festival events are not taking place in 2021. The rest of this page shows previous year events that do not appear to be present in 2021
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 were around 80 Disney chefs from around the many Disney Resorts and over 70 other celebrity chefs participated. Note that not every chef was present on any particular day.
Amongst the many chefs taking part in 2019 were 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 were moved from the Festival Center to the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion between the United Kingdom and Canada pavilions unless noted otherwise. Reservations were recommended.
Also in and around the Festival Center you could find both book and bottle signings plus meet and greets with authors, chefs and celebrities.
At each of the seminars there was 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.
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 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.