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.
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 lots, lots more.
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 years and years, the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot started in September and ended in November, but Disney has extended the time span in recent years.
In 2023, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival will run from July 27 – November 18.
This is a bit later start than what we’ve seen over the past few years. For reference, in 2022 it ran from July 14 – November 19
The following information is from 2022. We are still waiting to hear about 2023 Food and Wine information and we will update with the latest details as soon as they become available. Until then, the following information usually holds true each year and remains helpful for those planning future trips that may fall during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.
Food & Wine Booth map
Stay tuned for our 2023 Food and Wine booth map!
Until then, check out all the booths from the 2022 Food and Wine Festival on the map below, including our favorite overall booths, favorite items at each booth, and locations for indoor seating.
That is nearly 4 months of food fun!
How many booths are there at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival?
In 2022, there were a total of 29 booths, with 4 of the booths not opening until August 15.
Stay tuned for 2023 booth info, including the number of total marketplaces.
Video: We tried EVERYTHING at the 2022 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival
In addition to the booths, there are usually 4 other spots (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 purchase a festival-specific treat.
In 2022, there was a total of 33 different places for you to grab Food & Wine Festival goodies!
Food and Wine Festival Booth Menus
Stay tuned for our 2023 Food and Wine booth links, until then you can check out our individual booth pages from last year’s festival that include photos, reviews, and ratings.
Check them out below!
New for 2022
Returning Booths In 2022
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 a few 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.
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.
In general, drinks range in price from around $5-$9 each and food costs anywhere from around $4-$8 per serving.
Keep in mind that these prices are just averages. Some specialty cocktails and drink flights can be $11 or more each.
In the past, the Disney Dining Plan snack credits could be used for many items, however, as of right now the Disney Dining Plan has been suspended. It’s unclear if this will be an option for 2023.
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!
Food and Wine Festival Data
Stay tuned for our 2023 Food and Wine data, until then you can check out our data from last year’s festival.
Want to see all our reviews in 1 spot?
Clicking on the link below will allow you to copy our data into a Google Sheet that you can then use for your Food & Wine planning purposes.
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!).
2023 Food and Wine Festival Events
Every year, Disney switches things around a bit by either adding new booths or even, sometimes, new events.
Here’s what took place in 2022 (we expect the following to also return 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 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 were the 2022 participating locations:
- Crispy Barbecued Pork Rinds with Pimento Cheese – The Swanky Saucy Swine
- Smoked Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes, Cheese Curds, Pickled Onions and Beer-Cheese Fondue – Flavors from Fire
- Crispy Paneer with Mango-Curry Ketchup – India
- Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions and Cheese – Germany
- Raclette (any) – The Alps
- Griddled Cheese with Pistachios and Honey – Greece
- Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread – Brazil
- Canadian Cheddar and Bacon Soup served with a Pretzel Roll – Canada
- Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts (wasn’t available until August 15) – Hawaiʻi
- Mac & Cheese (any) (wasn’t available until August 15) – Mac and Eats marketplace
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 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 select festival merchandise locations, including Port of Entry, Pin Traders – Camera Center, or World Traveler.
Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit
New for 2022 and the Halloween season, you were able to participate in an additional scavenger hunt: Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit.
This brand new scavenger hunt was initially slated to kick off on September 29, but was delayed due to Hurricane Ian. It officially debuted on Friday, October 7 and was available for purchase for $9.99 (plus tax) through October 31 (or while supplies last).
You were able to purchase a game board and stickers at select merchandise locations, including Creations Shop, Port of Entry, and World Traveler.
Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak remained available for purchase.
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 2022 Food and Wine Festival, a special Beauty and the Beast themed sequence played. It happened nightly and alternated with the Beacons of Magic.
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.
Here is the lineup for 2023:
- July 28-29 – Orianthi (NEW)
- July 30-31 – For King & Country (NEW)
- Aug. 4-5 – Southern Avenue
- Aug. 6-7 – Tiffany
- Aug. 11-12 – Ruben Studdard with Haley Reinhart
- Aug. 13-14 – The Bacon Brothers (NEW)
- Aug. 18-21 – Joey Fatone & Friends
- Aug. 25-26 – Ayron Jones (NEW)
- Aug. 27-28 – Phillip Phillips (NEW)
- Sept. 1-2 – Baha Men
- Sept. 3-4 – MercyMe
- Sept. 8-9 – Ray Parker Jr.
- Sept. 10-11 – Tobymac
- Sept. 15 – Celebrity Latin Talent
- Sept. 16 – Celebrity Latin Talent
- Sept. 17-18 – Raul Acosta and Oro Solido (NEW)
- Sept. 22-23 – Los Amigos Invisibles
- Sept. 24-25 – 98 °
- Sept. 29 – Oct. 2 – Boyz II Men
- Oct. 6-7 – Mark Wills
- Oct. 8-9 – Sugar Ray
- Oct. 13-14 – Hoobastank
- Oct. 15-16 – Air Supply
- Oct. 20-21 – Taylor Dayne
- Oct. 22-23 – Billy Ocean
- Oct. 27-30 – Hanson
- Nov. 3-4 – We The Kings (NEW)
- Nov. 5-6 – Sheila E.
- 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 open on July 6.
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:
- An appetizer, entrée and dessert or 1 full buffet (where applicable), along with a non-alcoholic beverage
- 1 guaranteed seat per person to an Eat to the Beat concert held on the same day
The following Eat to the Beat Dining Packages were available for 2022. Details on 2023 packages will be available in June 2023:
- Biergarten Restaurant (Germany): $57 per adult (ages 10 and up); $32 per child (ages 3 to 9)
- Coral Reef Restaurant (Living Seas): $69 per adult (ages 10 and up); $22 per child (ages 3 to 9)
- Garden Grill Restaurant (Land Pavilion): $66 per adult (ages 10 and up); $43 per child (ages 3 to 9)
- Le Cellier Steakhouse (Canada): $79 per adult (ages 10 and up); $28 per child (ages 3 to 9)
- Regal Eagle Smokehouse (America; same-day dining packages only): $34.99 per adult (ages 10 and up); $16.99 per child (ages 3 to 9)
- Spice Road Table (Morocco; same-day dining packages only): $44 per adult (ages 10 and up); $16 per child (ages 3 to 9)
Same-day dining packages information:
- Dine without reservations at Spice Road Table or 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 Spice Road Table or 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 & Wine are the Jammin’ Chefs! We aren’t sure if they’re returning in 2023, but we will let you know once we learn more.
Show times and performance locations will be listed in the My Disney Experience app. Typically, the Jammin’ Chefs can be found in World Discovery between Connections Café and Club Cool.
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon
2023 dates and other information hasn’t been released yet for the Wine & Dine 1/2 Marathon.
Here’s what occurred in 2022: the runDisney event celebrated a range of movies, including Coco (5K), Raya and the Last Dragon (10K), Soul (Half Marathon), and Aladdin‘s Genie (2 Course Challenge that combines the 10K and the Half).
There is also usually 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.
Stay tuned for more info on the 2023 Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend.
2023 Food and Wine Festival Passport
Disney also puts out little (and cute!) free paper passports with all the booths and menus in it.
Here’s what the 2022 festival passport looked like (stay tuned for this year’s design!):
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 the 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 were the collections for 2022 (stay tune for 2023 merchandise):
- Festival Event Logo Collection
Celebrate the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival with commemorative Event Logo apparel, accessories, kitchen essentials and more!
- Chef Mickey Mouse & Chef Minnie Mouse Collection
It’s time to get cooking! Chef Mickey Mouse and Chef Minnie Mouse make serving delicious delights easy with new merchandise, including an apron, tabletop items, kitchen-themed Dooney & Bourke accessories and more!
- Princess Tiana Collection
Add some Disney flair to your home. Creative cooking items inspired by Tiana including handy kitchen wares, serving dishes and other favorites!
- Chef Figment Collection
Paint your palate purple with this fun new collection featuring apparel, kitchen essentials, trading pins and a Chef Figment-themed MagicBand.
- Chef Remy Annual Passholder Collection
Passholders can find unique Remy-inspired merchandise just for them including apparel and trading pins. This collection will also feature novelties like the Passholder tabletop––featuring platters, pitchers and more!
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).
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.
And, unfortunately, sometimes guests find themselves enjoying the offerings a bit too much.
For that reason, we strongly recommend that if you want to experience Food and Wine you choose Sundays – Thursdays.
A touring plan
If you have 1 day at Epcot, we recommend that you spend the first part of the day in the Neighborhoods to ride rides, 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
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.
Here’s everything we put together in 2022. Stay tuned for 2023 information!
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 (returning in 2023? TBD)
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 we have yet to hear if they will be back for 2023 (they weren’t available in 2021 or 2022).
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 (unconfirmed for 2023)
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 Epcot festival schedule:
Friday 7th of August 2020
Any dates/info for 2020 yet?
Friday 7th of August 2020
Food and Wine began in mid-July when the parks reopened.
Thursday 18th of October 2018
I was wondering how do I go about getting a booth to make Ethiopian food?
Friday 23rd of June 2017
Do you know when the schedule for the tastings/demonstrations from vineyards will be released?
Saturday 24th of June 2017
Last year they made a lot of their announcements in mid-July, so probably not much longer on those announcements for this year.
Thursday 13th of October 2016
What time do the booths usually open?
Tuesday 27th of September 2016
Can you purchase bottles of wine while tasting?