One of Epcot’s biggest annual festivals is the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. In 2018 the 23rd Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival offers a range of activities for the whole family and runs for 75 consecutive days from August 30 to November 12, 2018 (the same number of days as last year).
It ran for 62 days 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 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.
Not all details for the 2018 event have been released yet, so some details and pricing relates to 2017 unless stated otherwise
With all of Epcot’s special events, standard Epcot admission is required.
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 around 34 unique marketplaces, you can sample cuisine from many countries including Africa, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hawaii, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Spain 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 Welcome Center in Future World East near Mission: SPACE 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 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.
Note that from 2015 onwards, the global marketplaces have started to extend into Future World.
Each year, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival plays host to a number of workshops and seminars, mostly in the Festival Center. 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.
Amongst the dozens of chefs taking part in 2018 are hosts Tiffani Thiessen and Richard Blais from the Cooking Channel as well as Alex Guarnaschelli, Carla Hall, Robert Irvine, Masaharu Morimoto, Art Smith and Buddy Valastro,
The 2018 events and seminars include:
“Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It” Mixology seminars — take place on most Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on the Festival Center Stage. Price is $39 per person plus tax
Wine/Beverage seminars — learn tips from wine and beverage experts, most days on Festival Center Stage (times vary). Price is $17 per person plus tax
Culinary demonstrations — 45 minute demonstrations from top chefs, every day except Sunday on the Festival Center Stage at 12:30 p.m. Price is $17 per person plus tax
Food and Beverage Pairings — take place at the Festival Center Stage every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Price is $25 per person plus tax
Cheese and Wine seminars — 90 minute seminars on most Saturday mornings on the Festival Center Stage from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Price is $89 per person plus tax
At each of the seminars there is a chance to sample some of the items. Guests must be 21 or older to drink alcohol.
For children aged 4 to 10 there is a complimentary “Junior Chef Kitchen” presented by Krusteaz each Sunday morning at the Festival Center where kids can make, decorate and sample pancakes. Each participant received a chef hat, apron and certificate. You need to register either the day before or on the morning of the event and availability is limited.
Kids will also enjoy “Candy Sushi” presented by Skittles and Adventures by Disney and a new Festival Play Area inspired by Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet”.
The “Disney Du Jour Dance Party” takes place on Fridays and Saturday evenings where kids and adults alike can dance and play games accompanied by various Disney characters.
“The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar”, hosted by Ghirardelli 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.
Find the Remy statuettes, match the ingredients stickers to the map and receive a surprise gift from Chef Remy.
There are also complimentary samples and seminars hosted by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company including Disney French Bistro, Disney Peru Alto Mayo and Disney Mickey’s 90th Anniversary Blend.
On Fridays through Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on the Festival Center Spotlight Stage there are “Back to Basics” where you can discover clever tips and tricks, techniques and new products.
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 is “Sunday Brunch with the Chef”. 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 $129.00 per person plus tax, gratuities included.
Chefs include Richard Blais, Jamie Deen, Tiffani Thiessen, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Buddy Valastro, Art Smith, Geoffrey Zakarian, Carla Hall and Alex Guarnaschelli.
Food and Wine 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 $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.
A number of Disney’s World Showcase table service restaurants offer special signature dinners during the festival:
- 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: Iron Chef 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 $40 to $160 plus tax. Gratuities are included. Call (407) 939–3378 for reservations. Note that signature dinners are only available on certain dates and times.
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.