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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. Each year it seems to grow.

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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.

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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 at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 pm.

 

Here's the 2019 Eat to the Beat lineup -

  • August 29-31 - Plain White T's
  • September 1-2 – Sawyer Brown
  • September 3-4 - MercyMe
  • September 5-6 - Grace Kelly
  • September 7-8 - Zach Williams
  • September 9-10 - Lauren Daigle
  • September 11-12 - Jimmie Allen
  • September 13-15 - Tiffany
  • September 16-17 - The Allman Betts Band
  • September 18-19 - Everclear
  • September 20-22 - STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
  • September 23-24 - Post Modern Jukebox
  • September 25-26 - Blue October
  • September 27-29 - Mark Wills
  • September 1-October 2 - Sugar Ray
  • October 3-4 - Taylor Dayne
  • October 5-6 - India
  • October 7-9 - 98 Degrees
  • October 10-11 - Boyce Avenue
  • October 12-13 - Southern Avenue
  • October 14-15 - Kenny G
  • October 16-17 - 38 Special
  • October 18-20 - Baha Men
  • October 21-22 - Billy Ocean
  • October 23-25 - Sheila E
  • October 26-27 - High Valley
  • October 28-30 - Hanson
  • October 31-November 1 - Sheena Easton
  • November 2-3 - Kris Allen
  • November 4-6 - Boyz II Men
  • November 7-8 - The Hooters
  • November 9-11 - Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy
  • November 12-14 - Joey Fatone and Friends
  • November 15-16 - BBMAK
  • November 17-18 - Spanish Harlem Orchestra
  • November 19 - D'Capella

There is also a dining package for Eat to the Beat that will get a reserved seat for the concert.

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.

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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?

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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.