The Epcot Food and Wine Festival may be the most popular of the many festivals held at this Disney theme park. While the Flower and Garden Festival, the Festival of the Holidays, and the Festival of the Arts are all fantastic, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is truly something special.
At the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, you can devour delicious dishes, watch culinary demonstrations, and even eat Sunday brunch with famous chefs! Basically, if you’re a foodie, this is an Epcot festival that you shouldn’t miss out on.
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Planning Tips For The 2020 Epcot Food And Wine Festival
What is the Epcot Food And Wine Festival?
The Epcot Food And Wine Festival is an annual event, during which guests can dine on delicious food, participate in culinary seminars, and listen to amazing music. It is one of the only Epcot events that doesn’t come at an additional charge, as it’s included in the park admission! (This excludes the food booths, demonstrations, and merchandise, of course.)
One of the most important things to mention about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is the portion sizes. They’re small. Very small. And the price isn’t quite as minimal as the size of the plates. Many visitors find themselves going WAY over-budget, because they simply didn’t expect the size of the plates. That said, the quality of the food at this Epcot event is fantastic! It’s rare that you’ll purchase a plate that’ll disappoint in terms of flavor. So the key to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is picking the dishes that you think will be your favorite and splurging on those.
And here’s another pro tip for you: some of the best food booths are actually found in Future World. Epcot Food and Wine is marketed in a way that highlights the international food booths found in the global showcase, so many people forget about Future World, which is truly a shame. This means that they’ll miss out on flavorful gems like Flavors from Fire, Earth Eats, and Coastal Eats.
If you would like to take your Epcot Food and Wine Festival experience to the next level, consider participating in the events with the celebrity chefs. There are demonstrations, lessons, and even Sunday brunch with famous chefs. In the past, these have included culinary greats like Masaharu Morimoto, Cat Cora, and Alex Guarnaschelli. To elevate this experience to the highest possible level, consider participating in the elite and exclusive Party for the Senses grand tasting experience.
What Are The Dates For The 2020 Epcot Food And Wine Festival?
The 2020 Epcot Food and Wine Festival dates are still TBD. However, this festival typically runs from the very end of August until just before Thanksgiving. When the exact dates are released, we will be sure to update this section.
Because the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is one of the longest festivals held at Epcot (if not the longest festivals), you’ll likely have a few different possible days to visit. To ensure that you spend as much time possible riding rides and munching on delicious treats rather than waiting in lines, you’ll want to visit during a weekday in September or October, if possible. Those two months also happen to be the best weather-wise, so it’s a win-win!
How Much Does The Epcot Food And Wine Festival Cost To Attend?
It’s completely free with the price of admission into Epcot! That said, if you want to purchase food, experience demonstrations, or snag some merchandise, it will come at an additional cost.
Currently, Epcot admission starts at $109 per person per day. The price does vary greatly depending on which day you choose to visit the park, as admission for certain days during the festival can cost up to $139 per person per day. To lower this cost at least a little bit, you can buy a multi-day pass, which will lower your per-day ticket cost. Lastly, if you have a valid Disney annual pass, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is included.
As the name of the festival implies, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival has quite a lot of food (and wine). Each year, Epcot has nearly forty food booths – known as global marketplaces – scattered around the park for this event. Each of these global marketplaces serves up three to four snack-sized plates, and many of them serve up the cuisine representative of the global pavilion they are located in. In other words, don’t be surprised to find char siu buns at the China Pavilion’s global marketplace and pasta at the Italy Pavilion’s global marketplace.
Now, if we do the math, forty booths serving up three to four items each gets you to between 120 to 160 food options! That’s a lot to handle. I highly recommend taking a look at the menus before you head to the park and deciding which food items or food booths stand out to you (or, at the very least, doing so while you are in line for your first ride.) If not, you might find yourself being lured in and spending more money than you would like.
Disney hasn’t released the booths or the menus yet, but, once they do, we’ll be sure to add it here!
Epcot Food And Wine Festival Concerts
Every night during the Disney food and wine festival, a special musical artist performs at the America Gardens Theater. There are three short 30-minute shows each night. While Disney has told us that there will be 36 amazing artists from a variety of genres performing, they haven’t yet told us who they will be. Stayed tuned! As soon as we know, we’ll add it here!
If your favorite artist happens to be playing at some point during the festival, try to align the day you visit Epcot with the day that they are playing. Then, you’ll get a short, yet amazing concert (or two or three, if you stay for multiple shows) included in the price of your park ticket.
Eat To The Beat Dining Packages
If one of your favorite artists is playing as part of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival concerts, consider purchasing the Eat to the Beat Dining Package. The Eat to the Beat Dining Package allows guests to pair a meal at Rose & Crown Dining Room with guaranteed seating at the Eat to the Beat concert that night.
Overall, this package isn’t really necessary. By eating at Rose & Crown, you’ll miss out on the special food that comes with this food-centric festival. Plus, it’s relatively easy to get seats at all of the festival concerts. Put simply, unless your favorite artist of all time happens to be playing and you want to be front and center, the Eat to the Beat Dining Package probably won’t be worth it.
Epcot Food And Wine Festival Events
One of the coolest parts of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is the events! There is everything from culinary demonstrations to cheese seminars to Sunday brunch with famous chefs. Many of these activities fill up early, so if any of them stand out to you, be sure to book in advance!
There are so many demonstrations at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! They do vary a bit each year, so, when Disney releases the new information for 2020, we’ll add more details to this section.
The culinary demonstrations and the alcoholic beverage tastings last a little less than an hour and cost $19 per person. The “fun” food and drink technique lessons cost $29 per person. But it’s the 90-minute cheese seminar is the one that gets booked up rather quickly, and it costs $95 per person.
Food and Wine Party for the Senses
On specific Saturdays during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Disney has the Party for the Senses. Put simply, the Party for the Senses is an extension of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, because it has 20 exclusive food booths and tons of exclusive entertainment. But all this elite food and fun comes with a hefty price tag: $229 to $359 per person.
Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak
If you’re on the hunt for a kid-friendly activity, Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak is absolutely perfect! Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak is essentially a scavenger hunt all around the park. To get started, you’ll have to purchase a map for $6.99 at any of the major festival shops in the park. Then, once you complete the scavenger hunt, you’ll earn a special Epcot Food and Wine Festival travel cup!
Emile’s Fromage Montage
In the Epcot Food and Wine Festival passport, there will be a list of five cheese items for purchase on the final page. If you purchase all of these items and collect the stickers along the way, you’ll earn yourself a tiny sliver of cheesecake. Honestly, this is really only worth it if you were planning on purchasing all five items anyways.
Disney Food And Wine Merchandise
As with all of the Epcot festivals, Disney creates specific merchandise for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. You can find everything from clothing to trading pins to home décor to festival cookbooks. Usually, the merchandise for each year can be grouped into a handful of themes and collections, but Disney hasn’t released that information just yet.
Quick Tips For The Epcot Food And Wine Festival
Pick Up A Passport
Like many of the other Epcot festivals, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival has a passport. This passport can act as your guide for the day, as it showcases the many food booths and merchandise shops available during the festival. That way, you’ll never miss something that you want to see, especially if you couple your passport with an official map of Epcot!
Visit When It’s Not Crowded
During the time the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is happening, the crowds at Disney vary widely. While large chunks of September and October have lower crowds, long weekends and parts of November are very busy. To make the most of your time in the park and at the Disney food and wine festival, visit the park on a day that isn’t too busy. To help you out, check out our Disney World crowd calendar.
Make The Best Use Of Your Dining Plan
One fantastic thing about the food booths at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is that they accept snack credits from the Disney Dining Plan! Since the snacks at this festival cost a bit more than regular snacks, that means you’ll definitely be getting the best bang for your buck! If you want to be extra sure that you’re making use of your Disney Dining Plan, this easy-to-use Disney Dining Plan calculator will do the trick!
Stick To Your Budget Using The Food & Wine Disney Gift Card
With all of the amazing Epcot food and wine options during this festival, it can be easy to get carried away. If you really need to stick to your budget, get a Food & Wine Disney Gift Card and load it with the amount of money you’re willing to spend (minimum $15). While you can easily reload the card, you’ll be reminded of your budget each time you reload the card. It also easily secures to a wristlet or lanyard, so you won’t have to worry about digging for cash or a credit card every time you want to purchase something.
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, you can purchase the Food & Wine Disney Gift Card at festival marketplace kiosks, pin central, the festival emporium (Canada Pavilion), and the festival boutique (Japan Pavilion and Morocco Pavilion).
I hope you enjoy the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! It is a fun, food-filled event, and I know that you are going to enjoy it. So be sure dine on all of the delicious dishes, soak in the wonderful music, and experience the amazing culinary demonstrations during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.