An overview of Epcot's Food and Wine Festival in 2016

An overview of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival in 2016

(Article last updated: November 25, 2016)

The Food and Wine Festival is held at Epcot every fall for several weeks and includes special events, food booths where you can sample items from various countries, celebrity chefs and more.

Here's an overview of the festival and how you can plan your time there.

When is Food and Wine?

Although this event has always started in September and ended in November, Disney has extended the time span in recent years.

In 2017, the Food and Wine Festival will be held August 31st through November 13.

What takes place at the Food and Wine Festival?

Food booths
Food and Wine Festival

There are more than 2 dozen food booths sprinkled throughout the World Showcase which allow you to sample many foods from various countries (there's a free passport available that you can apply stickers to as you visit the various booths). You can read all about the booths and see the menus on the Disney Food Blog Food and Wine menu and booth index.

The appetizer-sized portions available at the booths usually range in price from $4.00 - $8.00 (with drinks ranging from $3-$6), and Disney Dining Plan credits can be used for many items.

Eat to the Beat concerts
Throughout F&W, musical acts from my childhood the 80s and 90s perform at the America Gardens Theater, a stage located in the American Adventure section of the World Showcase. These concerts take place 3 times per evening (at 5:30pm, 6:45pm, and 8:00pm) and don't cost any extra.

Food and Wine Festival

Here's the concert lineup for 2016:

  • September 14-15 - Wang Chung
  • September 16-18 - STARSHIP Featuring Mickey Thomas
  • September 19-20 - Air Supply
  • September 21-23 - BoDeans
  • September 24-25 - Fuel
  • September 26-28 - Sugar Ray
  • September 29-30 - Los Lobos
  • October 1-2 - David Cook
  • October 3-4 - Wilson Phillips
  • October 5-6 - Blues Traveler
  • October 7-9 - Plain White T’s
  • October 10-11 - 38 Special
  • October 12-13 - Jeffrey Osborne
  • October 14-16 - Tiffany
  • October 17-19 - Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX
  • October 20-21 - Christopher Cross
  • October 22-23 - Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • October 24-25 - Chaka Khan
  • October 26-27 - Billy Ocean
  • October 28-29 - Living Colour
  • October 30-November 1 - Hanson
  • November 2-3 - Soul Asylum
  • November 4-6 - Delta Rae
  • November 7-9 - Boyz II Men
  • November 10-11 - Sister Hazel
  • November 12-14 - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Disney is offering an Eat to the Best Concert Series Dinner Package for 2016. Basically, you pick 1 of 15 places to dine before the concert, and then you'll get an appetizer, entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic drink (or 1 buffet) as your meal. Afterward, you'll get a guaranteed seat for the Eat to the Beat concert that night.

I don't think this really makes sense for most concerts, but could come in handy for some of the popular ones. Get more info, including pricing, on Disney's Eat to the Beat Concert Series page.

Free or cheap events/activities
These are items that are available during F&W that don't cost anything/much extra.

  • Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt - special maps and stickers will be available to use as you make your way through the World Showcase looking for hidden statues of Remy

  • Chase Lounge - Chase cardholders will have access to this private area to relax with complimentary refreshments

Premium events
There are a few premium offerings (translation: they cost extra money) during this event. Tickets for 2016 went on sale on July 21, 2016, by calling 407-WDW-FEST.

Party for the Senses

These are the options:

  • Party for the Senses
  • Grand Floridian Brunch with a Twist
  • Culinary Adventures with a Master Chef
  • Behind the Scenes at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
  • The Secret of Flavor
  • Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Hands-On Workshops

Get details on each event (including dates and prices) in the Disney Food Blog Food and Wine event overview.

Celebrity chefs
Celebrity chefs appear during the festival at demonstrations and special events. In 2016, the list of chefs includes Cat Cora, Norman Van Aken, Masaharu Morimoto, Elizabeth Falkner, Buddy Valastro, and Jamie Deen.

Festival Chefs Jens Dahlmann and Gregg Hannon

Festival Center
The festival center is located in Future World near Mission: Space and Ellen's Energy Adventure, and it features some experiences and opportunities for shopping.

Sip, Savor, Repeat!

You can see the full list of welcome center events in the Disney Food Blog Food and Wine seminar overview.

Planning your time at the Food and Wine Festival

When to go
Though the Food and Wine Festival takes place 7 days a week during the festival dates, the weekends are when it gets really busy due to the influx of locals who come to enjoy it. For that reason, I would choose a date Monday - Thursday if you can.

A touring plan
If you have 1 day at Epcot, I'd spend the first part of the day in Future World using my Epcot touring plans to ride rides, and then use the last part of the day for Food and Wine Festival activities.

Here's what I'd do for Food and Wine, beginning in early afternoon:

  • Visit the Festival Center to browse merchandise and enjoy various demonstrations/events that are held in the afternoon
  • Pick up a festival passport so you can apply stickers as you work through the World Showcase
  • Stop by kiosks, enjoying various food and drinks (my preference is to visit the food booths that don't have a permanent presence in the World Showcase)
  • Attend 1 of the Eat to the Beat concerts at 5:30pm, 6:45pm, or 8:00pm
  • On your way out of Epcot, stop by the Festival Center to pick up any merchandise or wines that you'd like to take home with you

Get the map!

Get the 2016 Food and Wine Festival map (PDF)

Food and Wine Festival

Need more details and info?

You can order the Disney Food Blog bundle to the 2016 Food and Wine Festival for $24.95.

Disclosure: I get a commission on sales of DFB guides.

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Chanell Lauxman

What time do the booths usually open?

Pam

Can you purchase bottles of wine while tasting?

Lisa Brown

Any suggestions on making it through the F&W on a Saturday? We are headed there this coming Saturday and I am terrified of the Saturday crowds from everything I have read. Sadly it is the only day we could make work to go.

Lisa Brown

Thank you! Luckily it will just be my husband and I, no kiddos this go round so that should help. I will plan to be there EARLY 🙂

Diana Vanegas

DO we have to buy park tickets to enjoy the festival or there are events at extra cost without the park ticket. This is because I only would like to go for dinner.

Lisa Brown

I believe you do have to buy tickets to do anything in the park. However, they are offering dinner packages on certain days at the different Disney Area/Hotels but you do need reservations.
https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/epcot/food-wine-culinary-adventures/

Hope this helps.

Lisa

Do you know if any of the wines that they have at the kiosks are available for purchase by the bottle? Last year I fell in love with the key limen wine and would love to have a bottle of it on our upcoming trip!

Pandia

Any suggestions for touring plans if you will be spending TWO days at Epcot? We would probably do an afternoon “break” for both days.

Jennifer McClanahan

Does anyone know if the food booths outside of WSC are open before 11? (Greenhouse Guru, Wine & Dine, etc) I’m trying to plan my touring plan 🙂

TIA!

Roxann Schneder

When I click on the link for the DFB Guide, a new tab opens and this is the message:

What you are searching is not here.

Any thoughts?

Roxann Schneder

I just clicked on the picture instead of the link and it worked.

Kara

FYI: The link to the Food and Wine Festival Map is currently just a plain old Epcot map. 🙂

SuzS

I have a food allergy (red dye). We are attending the F&WF this year. Is there any where on line where I can see a listing of ingredients for the marketplace kiosks? Thanks!

erica w

Hey, Nice Info!
🙂 I’m going solo and will be there all next week. I appreciate the MNSSHP info (I’m going 10/8) and the tips for F&WF!
Thank you!

Jeremy Helmes

Has anyone successfully converted 1 QS credit to 3 snack credits at one F&W kiosk? My travel agent says that she’s heard that it’s permissible from a cast member or two, but I’d love confirmation that someone has actually done it…

SK

We did this during our trip in Oct. Just tell the cast member at the register you want to use 1 QS meal as 3 snacks and they’ll ring in that way. Worked great for tasting all the amazing food at the kiosks. We felt like we got to experience so much more! Thanks Disney for making our trip so “magical”!

Kate

This is part of the new dining plan changes. I’m not sure how to do it at the booths, but I’m sure you can either call or talk to customer service at the park!

Jen

Can’t wait to try it. I have always wanted to go and we now live in the area! How do you buy tickets if you are already an annual pass holder?

Lisa Strassberger

Do you have any thoughts on the festival passport? We’re going to have the dining plan so we weren’t sure if it was worth it to have this extra. Dare I say, you can only eat so much??? Also it didn’t seem like much of a cost savings?

Where do you get the Remy maps? ? thanks!

Kate

The festival passport just provides you with information on each booth and you can have it stamped when you visit each booth! This does not figure into any dining plan.

don hasek

when will tickets for the chew be available

David Matthews

We are loyal The Chew watchers and would love to have ANY tickets available to see them at Epcot ANY time from Oct. 8 – 12. Please inform us of any availability. Thank you, Dmatthews

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