Food and Wine Festival The Perfect Event for Foodies

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: The Perfect Event for Foodies!

Greg Nelson Disney World, Food, Orlando, Theme Parks, Uncategorized

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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 now through mid-November. Don't miss this amazing celebration of global cuisines, popular music and theme park adventure.

In addition to spectacular fall weather in central Florida, you'll enjoy 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. Or simply kick back and experience the sounds of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s at the outdoor Eat to the Beat Concert Series. There's even a special Sunday Brunch where guests can dine with a culinary TV personality and discover the secret ingredients to their success. Held at the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion, the Brunch is an ideal opportunity for foodies to enjoy a spread of flavorful dishes while enjoying a meet and greet with the celebrity chef.

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.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Epcot Food and Wine Festival

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 berbere-style beef tenderloin, try the grilled sweet and spicy bush berry shrimp at Australia, fill up on dessert-like waffles in Belgium or taste a beer 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 30 global marketplace food booths and kiosks located within the World Showcase. Just see what looks taste tempting. Appetizer-sized portions generally range in price from $4-$8 and drinks range from $3-$6. Disney Dining Plan credits can be used for many items. Or you can purchase an event gift card to use along your way.

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 decor at the Festival Center. Meet celebrity chefs and personalities like Brian Collaro, Mike Ward, Tiffany Theissen, and others. Sharpen your own cooking or mixology skills at culinary demonstrations where you'll learn special tips and tricks from the pros while savoring the exquisite flavors from each presentation. Pop a cork on your wine tasting skills with adult beverage seminars. Explore fun food and drink preparation techniques. Meanwhile, the kids can dance and play with Disney Characters at the Disney Du Jour Dance Party, eat what they make at the hands-on Junior Chef Kitchen, or enjoy Remy's Ratatouille Hide 'n' Squeak Scavenger Hunt.

You can meet celebrity chefs and personalities like Brian Collaro, Mike Ward, Tiffany Theissen, and others.

Epcot admission also gives you access to all of the park's many fun filled rides and attractions. So when you're not eating specialties off the hibachi, sampling cheese and wine, learning how to make chimichurri or taking a sip from a craft beer, 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. 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. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth that is performed nightly at Epcot featuring fireworks, pyrotechnics, water fountains, lasers, fire effects and search lights.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Epcot Food and Wine Festival

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. You'll also want to book your favorite premium events/demonstrations as early in the day as possible. Some of the premium events fill up fast but you can book some of those experiences online before you ever get to Orlando.

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.

2018 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 5:30pm, 6:45 pm and 8:00 pm.

  • Sept 17-19 Plain White T's
  • Sept 20-21 Living Colour
  • Sept 22-23 Sheila E
  • Sept 24-26 Sugar Ray
  • Sept 27-28 David Cook
  • Sept 29-30 Jeffrey Osborne
  • Oct. 1-2 Jim Belushi & the Sacred Hearts
  • Oct. 3-4 Everclear
  • Oct. 5-7 Mark Wills
  • Oct. 8-10 Air Supply
  • Oct. 11-12 Anderson East
  • Oct. 13-14 Smash Mouth
  • Oct. 15-16 98 Degrees
  • Oct. 17-18 38 Special
  • Oct. 19-21 The Devon Allman Project
  • Oct. 22-23 Kenny G
  • Oct. 24-25 Billy Ocean
  • Oct. 26-28 Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
  • Oct. 29-31 Hanson
  • Nov. 1-2 High Valley
  • Oct. 3-4 Taylor Dayne
  • Oct. 5-7 Boyz II Men
  • Oct. 8-9 The Hooters
  • Oct. 10-12 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

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. And for more Disney fun, check out Disney Springs, a unique shopping, dining and entertainment complex.

Do you need more ideas for your Orlando Fall Vacation?Then check out our list of Fall Events and Festivals in the area!

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