Epcot has become a park of nearly year-round festivals, but there is one that is more well known, more famous (and sometimes infamous) than all the others: The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.
We spend a lot of time exploring this popular festival every year (including eating and drinking everything at least once!) so if you’re visiting Epcot and plan to spend some time enjoying the 2023 Food and Wine Festival, we have everything you’ll need to know before you go, including reviews of all the booths, info on what you’ll find for entertainment, plus a strategy and touring plan that will help guide you to the best of the fest.
Here’s what you need to know to have a great time at the 2023 Epcot Food and Wine Festival:
When is the Epcot Food and Wine Festival?
For a long time, the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot started in September and ended in November, but Disney has extended the time span recently.
In 2023, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival will run from July 27 – November 18.
That is nearly 3 1/2 months of food fun!
This is a tad bit later start than what we’ve seen over the past few years. For reference, in 2022 it ran from July 14 – November 19.
July, August, and September tend to be less busy overall (especially mid-August through the end of September), but October and November are typically very crowded. If you are flexible with your travel dates, the earlier months will be the better option regarding crowd levels.
Food & Wine Booth map
We think it can be extremely handy to have a map that shows you exactly where all the booths are before you arrive.
Check out all the booths from the 2023 Food and Wine Festival on the map below, including our favorite overall booths. We’ve also listed locations for indoor and outdoor seating.
How many booths are there at the 2023 Epcot Food and Wine Festival?
In 2023, there are a total of 28 booths plus 6 “year-round” locations that serve festival offerings, too.
Video: Our FAVORITES from 2023 Food and Wine
In addition to the booths, there are usually a few other spots (Connections Café, Tangierine Cafe in Morocco, the 4 Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea locations inside Epcot, Funnel Cakes near The American Adventure, Refreshment Port near Canada, and Refreshment Outpost between China and Germany) where you can also purchase a festival-specific treat.
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Food and Wine Festival Booths & Menus
We have in-depth reviews (including pictures) of every booth at this year’s festival linked below. We highly recommend you spend a little bit of time going over the menus and reviews before you head to the park.
New for 2023
Returning Booths In 2023
Food and Wine Festival Strategy & Tips
- Go when the crowds are the lowest. The bad part about the Food and Wine festival is that it takes place over the hottest months of the year. And, in general, most of the lines are uncovered and on hot pavement where you feel yourself roasting from both the top and bottom. It can be BRUTAL. So, the goal is to pick dates that can help you avoid the longest lines in the sun.
Mid-August through September are your best bets for the lowest crowds at the Food and Wine Festival. And, conversely, October and November are most definitely the busiest. If you can skip those, you’ll find yourself standing in a lot shorter lines.
But, which day of the week is the best to visit? Although 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.
And, unfortunately, we’ve often found that the weekends (especially the evenings) are a little bit rowdier. That’s not to say the weekdays don’t also find people enjoying themselves a bit too much, BUT, it just feels like a more common occurrence on the weekends.
For that reason, we strongly recommend that if you want to experience Food and Wine, you choose Sundays – Thursdays anytime from mid-August through September.
- Check out the menus first. We suggest you spend a little bit of time looking over the menus before you head to the park so that you get an idea of what you might want to sample. Otherwise, you might find yourself spending unnecessary time wandering from booth to booth, standing in the hot sun staring at the menus, without any clear direction. Trust us: You want to minimize your time in the sun, especially if you plan to do more than a little casual drinking.
We have complete lists of all Food and Wine Festival menus for you, plus pictures of every food item to help you decide where to focus your time.
- Share with your friends. The serving sizes aren’t huge, so you may think that everyone will need their own, but we recommend you share everything so that you can try MORE items. If you find something you really, really love, maybe go back and get another one, but we’ve had a lot more fun sharing items from the booths amongst our group vs. each of us getting our own. It also minimizes the risk in-case you want to try something but you aren’t sure whether or not you’ll like it.
- Embrace the unknown. Step out of your comfort zone and try dishes from countries you’ve never experienced before. Some of our most favorite items come from booths that rarely have lines. Booths like India and Kenya both have delicious options that are flavors you may not normally have available in your neck of the woods. Don’t skip them just because the foods aren’t familiar.
- Rope drop a booth. The booths open up around 11 am (sometimes a little bit earlier) but we recommend getting into line before the official opening time, especially for the most popular booths like France, The Fry Basket, or Brew-Wing. As soon as the booth opens up, you’ll see the lines for the booths form quickly – so just like if you were heading to an attraction, rope dropping a booth can save you a bunch of time, too.
- Avoid peak meal times. Understandably, peak meal times will have the longest lines, so plan to hit the booths up in-between those to minimize your waits.
- Make sure to drink WATER, too. Please, please, please don’t forget to drink lots of non-alcoholic drinks, too. Every booth has bottles of water and Powerade available for purchase, plus the Quick Service locations also have free cups of ice water you can snag, too. Between the sun and the humidity, you will sweat a TON and alcohol is a diuretic, which means you’ll be losing fluids likely far quicker than you are used to. Our goal is a 2 to 1 ratio, drinking at least twice as much water as we do alcohol.
- Skip the seafood and the stews. You would think that being Florida with seafood so closely available that seafood might not be a bad choice at the festival, but we can honestly say we absolutely dread the booths that have shrimp, oysters, and fish because it is almost always rubbery and just not something that is appetizing when your core body temperature is approaching surface of the sun levels.
Plus, every year they also have foods that are heavy and feel more like Christmas or Thanksgiving than they do Summer. The heavy items tend to just … stick with you. When we aren’t eating and drinking everything to review, we prefer purchasing the items that are lighter.
- Think about how you’ll get back to your resort. A day where you plan to spend your time eating and drinking around the world is NOT a day you should be driving. Plan to use either Disney transportation or a service like Lyft or Uber.
- Plan breaks. There are lots of places in Epcot where you can duck in out of the heat. We like to schedule downtime in places with A/C where we can have a long break to rest and cool off. If heading to a restaurant (like Connections Café or Regal Eagle Smokehouse) we mobile order non-alcoholic drinks and oftentimes a snack, too, and we highly recommend you plan to do the same.
Yes, sitting in the shade can help, but there is nothing like 20 minutes sitting in the air conditioning to revive your soul.
- Set a budget. The more you consume, the easier it can be to let the budget go to the wind. So if you know you might fall under the spell of the festival, consider purchasing a gift card that you can pre-load with a set spending amount for your time at Food and Wine. You can always add more if needed, but it can be nice to have a pre-set cutoff to help keep the spending in check.
If you have 1 day at Epcot, we recommend that you spend the first part of the day riding the attractions, and then use the last part of the day for Food and Wine Festival activities.
Here’s what your afternoon might look like:
- 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 (our preference is to visit the food booths that don’t have a permanent presence in the World Showcase)
- Attend one of the concerts at the American Gardens Theatre
- On your way out of Epcot, stop by a booth to pick up any festival merchandise you’d like to take home as a souvenir
Food and Wine Festival Data
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2023 Food and Wine Festival Schedule of Events
Every year, Disney switches things around a bit by either adding new booths or even, sometimes, new events.
Here’s what is taking place in 2023:
Emile’s Fromage Montage
Guests are usually invited to purchase any 5 cheese dishes of your choosing from the Global Marketplace options listed in the free Festival Passport. If you decide to play, you’ll need to make sure you get a stamp in your Passport when you purchase your item.
Here are the 2023 participating locations:
Curry-Spiced Crispy Cheese with Mango-Curry Ketchup
Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions and Cheese
Griddled Cheese with Pistachios and Honey
Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread
Canadian Cheddar and Bacon Soup served with a Pretzel Roll
- Flavors from Fire
Smoked Corned Beef with House-Made Potato Chips, Cheese Curds, Pickled Onions and Beer-Cheese Fondue
- Hawaii (not available until August 15)
Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts
- The Alps
Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Alpine Ham, Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguette
Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguette
Charcuterie with a selection of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses, Olives and an Herb Vinaigrette
- Wine & Wedge (not available until later this year)
Assorted Artisanal Cheeses and Accoutrements
Fig and Balsamic Boursin® Soufflé with Fig Tapenade
Southern Pimento Cheese with Bread-and-Butter Pickled Vegetables and Grilled Bread
Once you’ve collected 5 stamps, you can bring your passport to Shimmering Sips for a complimentary prize unique to the Food and Wine Festival.
Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak
For $9.99, you’ll purchase a scavenger hunt map and then hunt for hidden Remy statues across the park.
Once completed, bring your map to Disney Traders, Gateway Gifts, or World Traveler for a prize. You can also purchase the map at select festival merchandise locations, including Port of Entry, Pin Traders – Camera Center, or World Traveler.
Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit
Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit is also back for 2023. This year, look for it to be available September 29 – October 31.
This is the 2nd year for this scavenger hunt, and a fun Halloween activity for guests visiting Epcot.
Much like the other Epcot scavenger hunts, to play along you’ll need to purchase a game board and then keep your eyes peeled for festive pumpkins hidden around the World Showcase. There are stickers on your game board that you can use to help track what you’ve found.
Game boards are available at Disney Traders, Creations Shop, Port of Entry, World Traveler at International Gateway and Festival Merchandise Kiosks and when you are ready, you can head to Disney Traders or World Traveler for your prize (you can pick up your prize at any time).
Spaceship Earth – Beauty and the Beast Sequence
With the installation of the Points of Light on Spaceship Earth, it is common for there to be special sequences incorporated into the festivals.
For the 2023 Food and Wine Festival, we are once again treated to a special Beauty and the Beast themed sequence. Look for it to happen several times after sundown.
Here’s how Disney described it:
“…Inspired by the vibrant colors and strong movement in the 1991 Walt Disney Animation Studios classic, “Beauty and the Beast,” and infused both into the programming of the show. Be on the lookout for some fun subtle easter eggs such as rising champagne bubbles and the multicolor spotlights from the finale of the song, plus a special tri-color celebration to France, the setting and inspiration of this tale as old as time.”
Eat to the Beat Concert Series
The Eat to the Beat Concert Series is the main form of live entertainment at Food & Wine. Every night, a different band plays with the most popular bands performing on the weekends.
Here is the lineup for 2023:
- July 27 – Funkafied
- July 28-29 – Orianthi (NEW)
- July 30-31 – FOR KING + COUNTRY (NEW)
- Aug. 1-3 – Funkafied
- Aug. 4-5 – Southern Avenue
- Aug. 6-7 – Tiffany
- Aug. 8-10 – Champagne
- Aug. 11-12 – Ruben Studdard with Haley Reinhart
- Aug. 13-14 – The Fray
- Aug. 15-17 – M-80’s
- Aug. 18-21 – Joey Fatone & Friends
- Aug. 22-24 – The Female Collective
- Aug. 25-26 – Ayron Jones (NEW)
- Aug. 27-28 – Phillip Phillips (NEW)
- Aug. 29-31 – Element
- Sept. 1-2 – Baha Men
- Sept. 3-4 – MercyMe
- Sept. 5-7 – Foreigners Journey
- Sept. 8-9 – Ray Parker Jr.
- Sept. 10-11 – TobyMac
- Sept. 12-14 – Hooligans
- Sept. 15-17 – Raul Acosta & Oro Solido
- Sept. 18 – Latin Celebrity Talent – To Be Announced
- Sept. 19-21 – Audio Exchange
- Sept. 22-24 – Los Amigos Invisibles – (NEW)
- Sept. 25-26 – 98°
- Sept. 27-28 – Latin Ambition
- Sept. 29- Oct. 2 – Boyz II Men
- Oct. 3-5 – Wish Radio
- Oct. 6-7 – Mark Wills
- Oct. 8-9 – Sugar Ray
- Oct. 10-12 – Icon Party Band
- Oct. 13-14 – Hoobastank
- Oct. 15-16 – Air Supply
- Oct. 17-19 – Evolution Motown
- Oct. 20-21 – Taylor Dayne
- Oct. 22-23 – Billy Ocean
- Oct. 24-26 – Sound Up
- Oct. 27-30 – Hanson
- Oct. 31-Nov. 2 – Rexine
- Nov. 3-4 – We The Kings (NEW)
- Nov. 5-6 – Sheila E.
- Nov. 7-9 – Epic Live
- Nov. 10-11 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
- Nov. 12-13 – 38 Special
Performances typically happen nightly at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8 p.m. at the America Gardens Theatre. Be sure to also check the My Disney Experience app for showtimes.
Eat to the Beat Dining Packages
Reservations for 2023 Eat to the Beat Dining Packages are now open.
Dining Packages are usually available Fridays through Mondays and typically include a meal at select Table Service locations in Epcot and reserved seating in the America Gardens Theatre for one of the Eat to the Beat performances happening the same evening as your dining package reservation.
Each package includes:
One guaranteed seat per person to an Eat to the Beat concert held on the same day and one meal at a participating restaurant.
- Spice Road Table: Includes 2 small plates, a shared dessert platter, and a nonalcoholic beverage
- All Other Participating Restaurants: Includes an appetizer, entrée, and dessert or one (1) full buffet/family-style meal (where applicable), as well as a nonalcoholic beverage
The following Eat to the Beat Dining Packages are available for 2023. These dining packages are ONLY offered Friday to Monday. They are not available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.
|RESTAURANT||ADULT (AGES 10 & UP)||CHILD (Ages 3 TO 9)|
|Akershus Royal Banquet Hall|
|B – $64.00|
L/D – $74.00
|B – $41.00|
L/D – $48.00
|L/D – $60.00||L/D – $34.00|
|Coral Reef Restaurant|
The Living Seas
|L/D – $69.00||L/D – $27.00|
|Garden Grill Restaurant|
The Land Pavilion
|B – $53.00|
L/D – $66.00
|B – $34.00|
L/D – $43.00
|Le Cellier Steakhouse|
|L/D – $95.00||L/D – $36.00|
|Regal Eagle Smokehouse|
*Available as same-day dining package
|L/D – $35.00|
|Rose & Crown Dining Room|
United Kingdom Pavilion
|L/D – $59.00||L/D – $25.00|
|Spice Road Table|
|L/D – $47.00||L/D – $20.00|
Same-day dining packages information:
- Dine without reservations at Regal Eagle Smokehouse that day
- Enjoy guaranteed seats to an Eat to the Beat concert later that day
To check availability for same-day dining packages, visit Regal Eagle Smokehouse during Food and Wine Festival. Packages are subject to availability and may not be available on peak dates.
Note: Guests who have not reserved an Eat to the Beat Dining Package will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is based on availability due to limited capacity.
Another form of live entertainment guests can usually expect to see at Food and Wine are the JAMMitors (they were formerly the “Jammin’ Chefs” during the festival).
Showtimes and performance locations will be listed in the My Disney Experience app. Typically, the musical group can be found in World Discovery between Connections Café and Club Cool.
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon
The 2023 runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon takes place November 2-5, 2023.
Here’s how Disney describes it:
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend’s Banquet Bash serves up “courses” celebrating favorite moments found around the dinner (or tea) table and a Post-Race Party with global cuisine. The Alice in Wonderland-themed 5K takes runners through the kookiest tea party around, while runners can answer the (dinner) Belle at our Be Our Guest-themed 10K. Grab a seat at la mesa Madrigal and channel Luisa’s strength to tackle our Encanto-themed half marathon, or take a journey into imagination and finish the 10K and Half Marathon on pace to complete the Disney Two Course Challenge and earn Figment’s topsy-turvy kitchen medal.
There is also a Post-Race Party, giving runners access to Food & Wine booths, select attractions, and live entertainment. Tickets are required for 5K and 10K runners. Half Marathon or Challenge registration includes entry.
2023 Food and Wine Festival Passport
Disney also puts out little, cute, free paper passports with all the booths and menus in it.
In addition, if you decide to participate in Emile’s Fromage Montage, you’ll need a Passport to collect your stamps.
You can pick up a Passport at the entrances to Epcot (near the maps) as well as at nearly every festival booth and merchandise location.
Food and Wine Festival Merchandise and Gift Cards
For every festival, Disney creates several cute lines of merchandise to tempt our pocketbooks.
In general, you’ll find festival merchandise in both open air booths that are spread throughout Epcot, as well as in shops like Creations Shop, World Traveler, and Port of Entry.
Here are the collections for 2023:
- Festival Event Logo Collection. Celebrate the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival with commemorative Event Logo apparel, accessories, kitchen essentials and more!
- Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Picnic Collection. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are having a picnic with new merchandise including a folding tray table, drinkware, Dooney & Bourke accessories and more.
- Disney Encanto Collection. Celebrate the magical Madrigal family and their fantastical, enchanted home with merchandise inspired by Encanto.
- Figment Annual Passholder Collection. Passholders can find unique Figment-inspired merchandise just for them including apparel, trading pins and a MagicBand+.
When it comes time to pay for your food, wine, and merchandise, you can always use room charge, cash, or card.
Another popular option is to use a gift card that you pre-load with your Food and Wine Festival budget. Speaking from experience, doing it this way makes it easier to keep from overspending (especially after you’ve sampled a glass).
Food and Wine Festival FAQs
What takes place at the Food and Wine Festival?
Well, the name kind of gives it away BUT basically …
The Food & Wine Festival is a culinary celebration that incorporates lots of different ways to explore and learn about all things food and wine (and beer!).
You can choose to participate in it or not – there are no real changes to any of the attractions, aside from a few props that are typically added to Living with the Land.
What time do the food booths open up?
The food booths typically open up at 11:00 am, however, you may find that some of them open up 15 to 20 minutes before that.
In general, the booths stay open until Epcot closes, but there are times (like when a booth starts to run out of items) when some booths might close a bit earlier.
Are there vegetarian options available at the festival?
Yes, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival usually offers a few vegetarian and plant-based options at many of its booths. Look for the green leaf icon on the menus to identify these options.
How much does it cost to attend the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot?
Good news for everyone heading to Epcot:
Entry to the Food and Wine Festival is included in the price of your ticket.
How much does the food cost?
Although it doesn’t cost anything to attend the festival, you will have to pay for the food and beverages.
When updating menu prices for 2023, we were kind of shocked at some of the price increases from previous years. Not everything got more expensive, but some things definitely did.
We’ve included prices for every food item plus total booth costs on all of our Food and Wine Festival booth reviews.
In general, drinks range in price from around $6-$10 each and food costs anywhere from around $5-$9 per serving.
Keep in mind that these prices are just averages. Some specialty cocktails and drink flights can be $11 or more each. And, just because something costs more does not mean that it is better. We tried some truly icky things that were a premium price. Blech.
Also, we know it is confusing, but although the Disney Dining Plan logo appears on the menus to indicate which items are eligible as a snack credit, the Disney Dining Plan is not available for the 2023 Food and Wine Festival (but it should be back for 2024, so stay tuned if you’re traveling next year!).
One last thing: aside from a few places where you can get full-sized beverages, in general, the food items are smaller sizes (think 3-5 bites each), which makes it easier for you to try lots of things!
Can children attend the Epcot Food and Wine Festival?
Yes, children are welcome at the festival, and there are many family-friendly dishes available. However, keep in mind that the festival can be crowded and loud, so plan accordingly. There are even some activities that are geared especially for kids, like Remy’s Hide and Squeak.
Can I use Disney gift cards at the festival booths?
Yes, most festival booths accept Disney gift cards as a form of payment. This can be a convenient way to manage your spending while enjoying the festival. The only booth we ever have issues using a Gift Card is at Funnel Cake.
Can I use a MagicBand to charge food items to my room?
Yes. Most booths can accept MagicBands but keep in mind that sometimes technology can be glitchy, so having a back-up form of payment is usually a good idea.
Will I need to bring my ID with me?
Yes, most definitely. Here are the rules per Disney:
Any Guest who wishes to purchase an alcoholic beverage at Walt Disney World Resort must present one of the following valid forms of identification:
- U.S. state driver’s license (includes U.S. territories*)
- U.S. state ID (includes U.S. territories*)
- U.S. military ID
- Original passport
- Copy of passport (either on paper or captured on a mobile device), along with a government-issued photo ID** that can verify the person and birth date shown on the copy
- NEXUS card issued by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (Canadian Guests only)
All Guests visiting from outside of the United States are required to present both a valid passport as well as another form of government-issued photo ID from their country of origin.
Read more about the Food & Wine Festival
Be sure to check out the following links to our Epcot Food and Wine Festival posts, where we provide all kinds of information, tips, and much more.
Historical Food and Wine Information
Lots of people plan their Disney World trips a year or 2 in advance and to help with that, we’ve moved historical information about some previous Food and Wine Festival events (that have yet to return) to this section.
We don’t have a crystal ball or any knowledge that any of the things below will be returning in the future, but just in case they do, we wanted to make sure you could see some of what has been offered in the past.
Historical Premium events
Historically, there are have been several premium events (translation: they cost extra money) that happened during the International Food & Wine Festival.
However, those were all suspended for 2020 and haven’t returned since.
Some of the events we’ve seen in the past are:
- Party for the Senses – One of the hottest tickets around, this sophisticated event was the most expensive running anywhere from $229 per person up to $359 per person
- Sunday Brunch with a Celebrity TV Chef – Less expensive but still a lot of fun, this experience clocked in at around $139 and provided guests the opportunity to eat at a lunch hosted by celebrity chefs like Robert Irvine and Aarti Sequeria
- Beverage & cheese seminars
- Wine and meal pairings
- Culinary demonstrations
Disney du Jour Dance Party
Disney has not made any announcements about the return of this Dance Party for 2023.
This popular dance party was one of the newer offerings back in 2019 (which was the last year it occurred). It historically ran all week but on Friday and Saturdays it would feature performances by Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country artists.
Epcot Festivals Calendar
Trying to pick a date to visit? Use the calendar below to easily see the 2023-2024 Epcot festival schedule:
Read more about all the festivals of Epcot:
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