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Food, Drink and Entertainment - it's all part of the fun at the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World! Running July 27 - November 18, 2023, this well-known celebration of global cuisines, popular music and theme park adventure is finally here.
In addition to spectacular fall weather in central Florida, it's only at EPCOT's Food & Wine Festival where you'll embark on a culinary exploration of flavorful foods, craft beers and wines, celebrity chef cooking demos and unique dining opportunities. Discover amazing menus and new culinary trends. Meet master mixologists, wine experts and celebrated chefs. Attend beverage seminars or cheese seminars. Or simply kick back and experience the sounds of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s at the outdoor Eat to the Beat Concert Series.
The popular culinary celebration is included with regular Epcot admission and the party seems to get bigger and better every year! While many of the festival events are free of charge, some premium experiences, as well as food and beverage tasting, comes at an added cost.
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Explore a World of Flavors
Taste your way around the world with a seemingly endless selection of food and flavors. You can please your palate with mouth watering samples of international favorites. Visit Africa for Kenyan Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato and Corn Mealie Pap and Kachumbari Slaw. Try the Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bushberry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion and Snap Peas at Australia. Fill up on Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes in Belgium or taste the Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce from Canada. Other culinary stops offering epicurean delights include Brazil, China, the south Pacific, France, Germany, Greece, Hawaii, India, Ireland, Islands of the Caribbean, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Polynesian, Latin, Norwegian, New Zealand, Spain and Thailand. You can also try craft brews, fine wines, mimosas, spicy bites, healthy snacks, chocolate confections, seafood, sushi, non-alcoholic drinks and more.
You'll find more than 28 global marketplace food booths and kiosks located within the World Showcase. 4 NEW booths for 2023 to check out are Char & Chop, Wine & Wedge, Bubbles & Brine, and Swirled Showcase. Appetizer-sized portions generally range in price from $4-$8 and drinks range from $5-$9, with specialty cocktails expected to be more.
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Discover Events for Every Interest
Beyond the food and beverages, you'll find plenty of other options as you traverse Epcot's Future World and World Showcase. Get an event map and shop for special event merchandise, trading pins, apparel and décor at the Festival Center. Families with kids can enjoy Remy's Ratatouille Hide 'n' Squeak Scavenger Hunt. Speaking of scavenger hunts, be sure to participate in Emile's Fromage Montage, where one gets to travel the world sampling a variety of cheese. Or, celebrate Halloween with Pluto's Pumpkin Pursuit, a NEW pumpkin hunting special event from Sept. 29 to Oct. 31.
... celebrate Halloween with Pluto's Pumpkin Pursuit, a NEW pumpkin hunting special event from Sept. 29 to Oct. 31.
Epcot admission also gives you access to all of the park's many fun filled rides and attractions. So when you're not eating specialty cuisines or sampling cheese and wine, you can enjoy thrill rides like Test Track and Mission: SPACE. For milder fun, you can enjoy attractions like Soarin' - a simulated hang gliding ride, head to the Living Seas Pavilion for Turtle Talk with Crush, or board an ancient Norwegian vessel and explore the wintery world of Frozen. On Frozen Ever After, sail off to Arendelle, come face-to-face with Olaf and Kristoff's Troll family, enjoy your favorite songs and finally, meet with Anna and Elsa inside a cozy cabin.
And like every day at Epcot, there's also a spectacular fireworks show. EPCOT Forever is performed nightly at Epcot featuring fireworks, pyrotechnics and laser effects.
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Here's How the Festival Works
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is ideal for the entire family. One of Disney's best events, it's a festival that's enjoyed regularly by annual passholders as well as first time visitors. Since the first event back in 1995, the festival continues to grow bigger and more popular by the year. Arrive early to make the most of your time, as you can typically expect large crowds at the most popular events. Although the festival runs throughout the fall, you can still expect to experience plenty of central Florida's warm sunshine so bring your sunscreen and hats.
Since the first event back in 1995, the festival continues to grow bigger and more popular by the year.
Get started by visiting the Festival Center to get a festival map and a better idea of how to plan your day - you can browse merchandise and see what demonstrations and events will be held that day. You'll also want to pick up a festival passport - then add country stickers to the passport as you wind your way around World Showcase. Book your favorite premium events/demonstrations as early in the day as possible (if applicable this year). Some premium events fill up fast but you can book some of those experiences online.
Once you've planned your events, just enjoy the day. Wander from country to country then eat, drink and be merry! There will be far more food options than you can possibly eat so choose wisely and look for your favorite options. And, of course, at any time during the day, you can slip away from all that food to experience the wild side of Epcot - including the roller coasters, rides and other attractions.
2023 Eat to the Beat Concert Series
Top off your day with an amazing concert - held at the American Gardens Theater near the American Adventure section of World Showcase. Concerts are performed three times each evening, at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM.
- July 27 Funkafied
- July 28-29 Orianthi (NEW)
- July 30-31 FOR KING + COUNTRY (NEW)
- August 1-3 Funkafied
- August 4-5 Southern Avenue
- August 6-7 Tiffany
- August 8-10 The Champagne Orchestra
- August 11-12 Ruben Studdard with Haley Reinhart (NEW)
- August 13-14 The Bacon Brothers (NEW)
- August 15-17 M-80’s
- August 18-21 Joey Fatone & Friends
- August 22-24 The Female Collective
- August 25-26 Ayron Jones (NEW)
- August 27-29 Phillip Phillips (NEW)
- August 29-31 Element
- September 1-2 Baha Men
- September 3-4 MercyMe
- September 5-7 Foreigners Journey
- September 8-9 Ray Parker Jr.
- September 10-11 TobyMac
- September 12-14 Hooligans
- September 15 Monsieur Periné
- September 16-17 Raul Acosta & Oro Solido
- September 18 Latin Celebrity Talent (TBD)
- September 19-21 Audio Exchange
- September 22-24 Los Amigos Invisibles (NEW)
- September 25-26 98°
- September 27-28 Latin Ambition
- September 29-30 Boyz II Men
- October 1-2 Boyz II Men
- October 3-5 Wish Radio
- October 6-7 Mark Wills
- October 8-9 Sugar Ray
- October 10-12 Icon Party Band
- October 13-14 Hoobastank
- October 15-16 Air Supply
- October 17-19 Evolution Motown
- October 20-21 Taylor Dayne
- October 22-23 Billy Ocean
- October 24-26 Sound Up
- October 27-30 Hanson
- October 31 Rexine
- November 1-2 Rexine
- November 3-4 We the Kings (NEW)
- November 5-6 Sheila E.
- November 7-9 Epic Live
- November 10-11 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
- November 12-13 38 Special
While the international food and exceptional craft beer and wine makes for an amazing day, a trip to Walt Disney World is made even better by visiting other parks including Magic Kingdom, Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios - home to the new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. And for more Disney fun, check out Disney Springs, a unique shopping, dining and entertainment complex.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Park admission to EPCOT is required, and that's it! There's no separate event ticket. Save up your money for a ticket to EPCOT, and the food and wine you plan on purchasing!
The culinary adventures begin on July 27 and end on November 18, 2023.
Food kiosks open around 11:00 AM and generally stay open until the park closes.
Any day is a great day to visit EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival! If you're looking to beat the crowds, it's recommended to visit on the weekdays, or in the evenings.
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