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Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Every year the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival just seems to get better and better. In 2016 the dates for the Festival are September 14 to November 14.

The Festival features some good food and wine (imagine that), learning opporunities, and some good old rock and roll music.

 

 

 

The highlight of the Festival are the special booths setup around World Showcase (and a few in Future World) offering cuisine created by renowned chefs and winemakers from around the world.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

The sign for the Epcot International Food and Wine FestvalPhoto by WDW Shutterbug

The Food and Wine

Top chefs (no Mrs. Mom, I'm not talking about the TV show again) and winemakers from cites around the world create interesting creations that highlight the city they represent. You can sample food and wine from over 30 different stations situated all around Epcot.

 

Booths are located all around the lagoon, and you'll even find several booths on the Future World side of the lagoon. Each of the International pavilions have at least one booth with offerings from that country. Over different countries or regions are represented with extra booths that serve specialities like desserts and champagne or showcase things like sustainable ingredients.

Dad's Favorite Stop

The Canada area in the Food and Wine FestivalPhoto by WDW Shutterbug

The Cost

You have to have a ticket to Epcot to enjoy the festival. Food and drinks at the Festival costs money (duh). Each item is priced differently but most items are between $3 and $8. Some of the demonstrations and presentations are free but others require a separate charge (see below). The Eat to the Beat Concerts are free.

Yum Yum

Yummy looking food from GermanyPhoto by WDW Shutterbug

 

 

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The Demonstrations

Daily during the Festival there are demonstrations, presentations, seminars, food, wine and a lot more. Some are free - like the Back to Basics series. Here is some more of what you can expect to enjoy through the months.

Culinary and Beverage Demonstrations

Every day there are 4 demonstrations where feature chefs and wine presenters give tips on how to produce great tasting dishes and pair with some great wines. Demonstration times are 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00. Each session costs $15.00.

 

You can make reservations for any of these events at Disney's International Food and Wine Festival page.

Mix It Make It Celebrate It

New this year, there will be a daily hands on session for 75 minutes, starting at 4:00. These will be led by industry pros, Disney chefs, and even some celebrities like Masaharu Morimoto and Erin McKenna. Topics are different every day, from sushi rolling to cake decorating to cocktail mixing. Each session costs $49.00.

 

You can make reservations for any of these events at Disney's International Food and Wine Festival page.

More Seminars

On certain days during the festival, there are opportunities to take a Beverage Bootcamp to explore wine or bourbon (cost: $129), or a Cheese Seminar to discover specialty cheese(cost: $89). Celebrity Chefs lead What's Cookin's With... brunches on select days (cost: $129), and grand tasting events like Rockin' Burger Block Party and Party for the Senses are the cream of the crop (cost: $99-329).

 

You can make reservations for any of these events at Disney's International Food and Wine Festival page.

Taste Your Way Around the World

The Taste your way around the world sign at the Food and Wine FestivalPhoto by WDW Shutterbug

Book and Bottle Signings

During the International Food and Wine Festival, authors, winemakers and celebrities will be on hand to sign books, bottles or other merchandise purchased at the Festival. Check the daily schedule to see who is available on the day you visit.

More Fun

Remy's Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt is available throughout the festival for a small extra fee, and for those who want something extra, there are special dining events at Epcot and several resorts that range from Japanese Craft Beer Tasting to Parisian Breakfast to Behind the Scenes at Trader Sam's. These must be booked in advance by calling 407-939-3378.

Eat to the Beat

The "Eat to the Beat" concert series brings "food music" to the American Gardens Theater. Several big name groups play 3 shows a day. Here's the list for 2016 -

  • Wang Chung (Sept 14-15)
  • STARSHIP Featuring Mickey Thomas (Sept 16-18)
  • Air Supply(Sept 19-20)
  • BoDeans (Sept 21-23)
  • Fuel (Sept 24-25)
  • Sugar Ray (Sept 26-28)
  • Los Lobos (Sept 29-30)
  • Wilson Philips (Oct 3-4)
  • Blues Traveler (Oct 5-6)
  • Plain White T’s (Oct 7-9)
  • 38 Special (Oct 10-11)
  • Jeffrey Osborne (Oct 12-18)
  • Tiffany (Oct 14-16)
  • Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX (Oct 17-19)
  • Christopher Cross (Oct 20-21)
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket (Oct 22-23)
  • Chaka Khan (Oct 24-25)
  • Billy Ocean (Oct 26-27)
  • Living Color (Oct 28-29)
  • Hanson (Oct 30-Nov 1)
  • Soul Asylum (Nov 2-3)
  • Delta Rae (Nov4-6)
  • Boyz II Men (Nov 7-9)
  • Sister Hazel (Nov 10-11)
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Nov 12-14)

The Crowds

The best thing about the International Food and Wine Festival is it happens during one of the slowest times of the year crowd wise. Most days during the show crowds in Epcot will be hard to find. The weekends do get a little busier, but the weekdays can be just devine.

Dad's Crowds at Disney World page

 

The South Korea booth at the Food and Wine FestivalPhoto by WDW Shutterbug

Book your trip

Wanna go see the show? Why not just get started today. Dad friends over at Destinations to Travel will be glad to help you choose the best time to visit Walt Disney World. Can't you just taste the food?

Dad's Destinations to Travel page

 

Dad's Bottom Line

Fall is a great time to visit Walt Disney World. The Food and Wine Festival is one of the great traditions of the fall. From great music, to good food, to even some interesting education this time of year is Perfect for a visit.