(Article last updated: August 4, 2018)
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 2018, the Food and Wine Festival will be held August 30 through November 12.
What takes place at the Food and Wine Festival?
For 2018, once again the the popular food booths will extend out from the World Showcase and into Future World.
These food booths 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.
This is the concert lineup for 2018:
- 8/30-31 – Blue October – “Into the Ocean”
- 9/1-3 – Tiffany – “I Think We’re Alone Now”
- 9/4-5 – NEW! MercyMe – “I Can Only Imagine”
- 9/6-7 – NEW! Glass Tiger – “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)"
- 9/8-9 – NEW! Tauren Wells – “Hills and Valleys”
- 9/10-11 – Postmodern Jukebox – Various Hits
- 9/12-13 – NEW! Vertical Horizon – "Everything You Want"
- 9/14-16 – Baha Men – “Who Let The Dogs Out”
- 9/17-19 – Plain White T's – "Hey there Delilah"
- 9/20-21 – Living Color – “Cult of Personality”
- 9/22-23 – NEW! Sheila E – “The Glamorous Life”
- 9/24-26 – Sugar Ray – “Every Morning”
- 9/27-28 – David Cook – “Light On”
- 9/29-30 – Jeffrey Osbourne – “On The Wings of Love”
- 10/1-2 – NEW! Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts – Various Hits
- 10/3-4 – Everclear – “Santa Monica”
- 10/5-7 – Mark Wills – “19 Somethin’”
- 10/8-10 – Air Supply – “All Out Of Love”
- 10/11-12 – NEW! Anderson East - "All on my Mind"
- 10/13-14 – Smash Mouth - "All Star"
- 10/15-16 – NEW! 98 Degrees – “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)”
- 10/17-18 – 38 Special – “Hold On Loosely”
- 10/19-21 – Devon Allman Project – “Ragged and Dirty”
- 10/22-23 – Kenny G – Various Hits
- 10/24-25 – Billy Ocean – “Get Outta My Dreams”
- 10/26-28 – Starship featuring Mickey Thomas – “We Built This City”
- 10/29-31 – Hanson – “MMMBop”
- 11/1-2 – NEW! High Valley - "She's With Me"
- 11/3-4 – Taylor Dayne – “Prove Your Love”
- 11/5-7 – Boyz II Men – “End Of The Road”
- 11/8-9 – The Hooters – “And We Danced”
- 11/10-12 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – “Go Daddy-O"
Disney offers an Eat to the Best Concert Series Dinner Package. Basically, you can pick 1 of several places to dine before the concert, and then get an appetizer, entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic drink (or 1 buffet) as your meal. Afterward, you'd get a guaranteed seat for the Eat to the Beat concert that night.
Booking for the 2018 packages can be done by calling (407) WDW-FEST or online at the Disney World website.
There are a few premium offerings (translation: they cost extra money) during this event.
Booking for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival events in 2018 opened up on June 14, 2018.
Some of the events are extremely popular and book up fast. If you're interested in attending any, you can book online beginning June 14, 2018.
- Sunday Brunch with a Celebrity TV Chef - New for 2018!
- September 2: Richard Blais (Top Chef; owner of Trail Blais culinary company in California)
- September 9: Jamie Deen (co-owner of The Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah, Georgia)
- September 16: Tiffani Thiessen (actress and author of Pull Up a Chair)
- September 23: Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto (Chef/owner of Morimoto Restaurants, including Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs)
- October 7: Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss; owner of Carlo’s Bake Shop in New Jersey)
- October 14: Art Smith (Top Chef; restaurateur behind Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs )
- October 21: Geoffrey Zakarian (Iron Chef, Chopped and The Kitchen; restaurateur behind Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Florida)
- October 28: Carla Hall (co-host of ABC’s The Chew)
- November 11: Alex Guarnaschelli (Iron Chef and Iron Chef Gauntlet; Executive Chef at Butter in New York City)
- Food & Wine experiences especially for kids
- Festival playground (located in Future World)
- Disney Du Jour Dance Party (Friday & Saturday evenings) - New for 2018!
- Takes place on the Fountain View Stage in Future World
- Each dance party will feature a different character duo and could include Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde, Lilo and Stitch, Chip and Dale, or many others
- Parties will feature a concert by a Radio Disney artist, starting with IRL on Aug 31st and Sep 1st
- Junior Chef Kitchen presented by Krusteaz (Sundays in the Festival Center) - New for 2018!
- Remy's Ratatouille Hide 'n' Squeak Scavenger Hunt
- Candy Sushi presented by Skittles and Adventures by Disney (located at Sunshine Seasons)
- Party for the Senses
- $349/person (Category 1: Wine View Lounge) or $229/person (Category 2: Reserved Seating)
- September 22, October 6, October 13, October 20, November 10
- Sophisticated event highlighting the "sensory arts"
- Beverage seminars
- Cheese seminars
- Culinary demonstrations
- Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!
- What's Cookin With series with celebrity chefs
- French Family Meal Traditions
- Hibachi Experience
- Italian Food and Wine Pairing Luncheon
- Italian Food, Wine vs. Beer Pairing
- Japanese Craft Beer Tasting
- Mediterranean Food and Wine Pairing
- Mexican Tequila Lunch
- Moroccan Food and Wine Pairing
- Parisian Breakfast
- The Parisian Afternoon
- Tokyo Pairing
Celebrity chefs appear during the festival at demonstrations and special events. Here's the list of celebrity chefs that will be appearing in 2018 during the Food and Wine Festival.
World-Renowned Chefs & Personalities
- Adam Mali
- Alex Guarnaschelli
- Alex Seidel
- Allen Susser
- Andrea Robinson
- Andrew Yeo
- Art Smith
- Bob Waggoner
- Brian & Shanna O'Hea
- Brian Collaro
- Bronwen Weber
- Buddy Valastro
- Camilo Velasco
- Carla Hall
- Cathal Armstrong
- Celina Tio
- Chris Prosperi
- Courtney Orwig
- Dan Pashman
- Dana Herbert
- Daniel Joly
- David Guas
- Dominique Macquet
- Emily Ellyn
- Fabrizio Schenardi
- Fritz Sonnenschmidt
- Geoffrey Zakarian
- Habteab Hamde
- Huda Mu'min
- Jamey Fader
- Jamie Deen
- Jennifer Bushman
- Jennifer Denlinger
- Jennifer Hill Booker
- Jeremy Ford
- Jet Tila
- Joe Murphy
- John Rivers
- Jose Camey
- Juliana Evans
- Justin Timineri
- Justin Wangler
- Keegan Gerhard
- Ken Vedrinski
- Kim Yelvington
- Lee Lucier
- Maneet Chauhan
- Masaharu Morimoto
- Matt Lewis
- Matt Gennuso
- Max McCalman
- Mike Kravanis
- Mike Ward
- Pam Smith
- Pascal Oudin
- Rabii Saber
- Richard Blais
- Richard Capizzi
- Robert Irvine
- Rock Harper
- Sally James
- Sarah Fioroni
- Scott Paul
- Shaun O'Neale
- Sheldon Simeon
- Steven Richard
- Terry Letson
- Tiffani Thiessen
- Tony Mantuano
Walt Disney World Chefs
- Amanda Lauder
- Amber Vega
- Andrew Larkin
- Andrew McCullough
- Anthony Benacquisto
- Anthony Marotta
- Bayron Sagastume
- Beatriz Candelario
- Bill Clark
- Candie Stone
- Carlos Torres
- Christine Weissman
- Cinderella Riem
- Crystal Saunders
- Dale Reynolds
- Damon Lauder
- Dan Marozzi
- Daniel Sicilia
- Denny Roach
- Deran Lanpher
- Edward Mitchell
- Eggie Ruiz
- Eugene Schlienger
- George Yiu
- Gerardo Gonzalez-Quijada
- Gina Greene
- Glenn O'Brien
- Gregg Hannon
- Henry Smart
- James O'Donnell
- Jarrod Pearman
- Jean-Marc Viallet
- Jeff Barnes
- Jerry Helminski
- Jessi Sudsa-nguan
- Joe Green
- John State
- Juan Paniagua
- Julia Thrash
- Kevin Chong
- Kevin Downing
- Kristine Farmer
- Lorene Vanetti
- Marco Chaves
- Matt Avery
- Michelle Kelly
- Mikko Gruenzner
- Nick Burton
- Nick Crispino
- Noah Estabrook
- Noah French
- Patrick Gribbin
- Paul Katkowski
- Paul Nichols
- Peter Daledda
- Rebeca Modia
- Rob Alvarado
- Roberto Rivera Otero
- Sahib Bhatt
- Scott Hunnel
- Sergio Avila Favela
- Thomas Massey
- Tim Dixon
- TJ Sudiswa
- Valarie Enters
- Yoly Lazo Colon
The Festival Center for 2018 is located in the former World of Life Pavilion, which is in Future World near Mission: Space and the former Universe of Energy.
Inside the Festival Center you'll find some experiences (some free and some with an additional cost) and opportunities for shopping.
- Mimosa Bar - New for 2018!
- Back to Basics sessions - Note: these are for 2017. We will update with 2018 information as soon as it becomes available
- Held Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2:00 and 4:00 during the festival. Here's the 2017 Back to Basics schedule:
- Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company® – September 1, 2 and 3
- The Olive Pantry – September 8, 9 and 10
- Pam Smith, P.S. Flavor!™ – September 15, 16 and 17
- Melissa’s Produce – September 22, 23 and 24
- National Watermelon Promotion Board – September 29 and 20; October 1
- AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate – October 6, 7 and 8
- Minus 8 Vinegar – October 13, 14 and 15
- Kumquat Growers, Inc. – October 20, 21 and 22
- Blue Diamond Almond Breeze – October 27, 28 and 29; November 3, 4 and 5
- Twinings™ of London– November 10, 11 and 12
- Held Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2:00 and 4:00 during the festival. Here's the 2017 Back to Basics schedule:
- Book and bottle signings, meet and greets - featured presenters or guests that are scheduled to appear can sign purchased books, wine bottles, or merchandise
- Seasons of the Vine film - 7-minute film about winemaking
- Stockpot Shop - shop featuring the Festival Cookbook, apparel, trading pins, etc.
- Festival Center Wine Shop - choose from wide selection of wines and spirits. Sommelier will often be on hand for recommendations.
- Intermissions Cafe - place to dine on various wines, cheeses, salads, and sandwiches
- The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar – Hosted by Ghirardelli® Chocolate Company - see the chocolate sculptures, sample chocolates, purchase various chocolate treats
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 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 one 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!
Here's the map for the 2017 Food and Wine Festival. We will update with the 2018 map as soon as it becomes available.
Need more details and info?
You can order the Disney Food Blog bundle to the 2018 Food and Wine Festival for $24.95.
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