An overview of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival

(Article last updated: August 21, 2017)

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 31 through November 13.

What takes place at the Food and Wine Festival?

Food booths

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In 2017, there will be a record number of 35 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.

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This is the concert lineup for 2017:

  • Aug. 31-Sept. 1 - Delta Rae “Bottom of the River”
  • Sept. 2-3 - The Hooters NEW! “And We Danced”
  • Sept. 4-5 - Baha Men NEW! “Who Let the Dogs Out”
  • Sept. 6-7 - Fuel “Shimmer”
  • Sept. 8-10 - STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
  • Sept. 11-12 - Lauren Alaina NEW! “Road Less Traveled”
  • Sept. 13-15 - Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah”
  • Sept. 16-17 - Sister Hazel “All For You”
  • Sept. 18-20 - Air Supply “All Out of Love”
  • Sept. 21-22 - David Cook “Light On”
  • Sept. 23-24 - Everclear “Santa Monica”
  • Sept. 25-27 - Sugar Ray “Every Morning”
  • Sept. 28-29 - 38 Special “Hold On Loosely”
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1 - Mark Wills NEW! “19 Somethin’”
  • Oct. 2-3 - American Authors NEW! “Best Day of My Life”
  • Oct. 4-5 - Christopher Cross “Sailing”
  • Oct. 6-8 - Devon Allman NEW! “Ragged and Dirty”
  • Oct. 9-11 - Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX “Come Sail Away”
  • Oct. 12-13 - Taylor Dayne “Tell It to My Heart”
  • Oct. 14-15 - Jeffrey Osborne “On the Wings of Love”
  • Oct. 16-17 - Postmodern Jukebox NEW! Various Hits
  • Oct. 18-20 - 10,000 Maniacs NEW! “Because the Night”
  • Oct. 21-22 - Toad The Wet Sprocket “Walk on the Ocean”
  • Oct. 23-24 - Kenny G NEW! “Songbird”
  • Oct. 25-26 - Billy Ocean “Get Outta My Dreams”
  • Oct. 27-29 - Tiffany “I Think We’re Alone Now”
  • Oct. 30-Nov. 1 - Hanson “MMMBop”
  • Nov. 2-3 - Blue October NEW! “Into the Ocean”
  • Nov. 4-5 - Living Colour “Cult of Personality”
  • Nov. 6-8 - Boyz II Men “End of the Road”
  • Nov. 9-11 - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “Go Daddy-O”
  • Nov. 12-13 - Squeeze NEW! “Black Coffee in Bed”

Disney will offer an Eat to the Best Concert Series Dinner Package in 2017 as well. Basically, you could 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. These packages can be booked online beginning July 2017.

Premium events

There are a few premium offerings (translation: they cost extra money) during this event. Booking for 2017 special events opened up on July 20 and reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-FEST or using the links shown with the events below.

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These are the options in 2017:

Celebrity chefs

Celebrity chefs appear during the festival at demonstrations and special events. Here's the list of celebrity chefs appearing during the 2017 Food and Wine Festival.

  • Adam Mali
  • Alex Seidel
  • Allen Susser
  • Andrea Robinson M.S.
  • Andrew Yeo
  • Andy Trousdale
  • Art Smith
  • Bob Waggoner
  • Brian & Shanna O’Hea
  • Bronwen Weber
  • Bryan Voltaggio
  • Buddy Valastro
  • Carla Hall
  • Cat Cora
  • Chad Johnson – New!
  • Chris Prosperi
  • Courtney Orwig
  • Dana Herbert
  • Daniella Malfitano – New!
  • David Gremmels
  • Dominique Macquet
  • Duskie Estes
  • Emily Ellyn
  • Erika Cline
  • Erin Hedley
  • Fabrizio Schenardi
  • Fritz Sonnenschmidt
  • Geoffrey Zakarian
  • Geraldine Randlesome
  • Graham Elliot
  • Habteab Hamde
  • Heather McPherson
  • Huda Mu’min
  • Jamey Fader
  • Jamie Deen
  • Jehangir Mehta
  • Jennifer Bushman
  • Jennifer Denlinger
  • Jennifer Hill-Booker
  • Jet Tila – New!
  • Jill Ramsier
  • Joe Murphy
  • Joe Rodriguez
  • John Stewart
  • Jonathan Atanacio
  • Jonathon Sawyer
  • Jose Camey
  • Joshua Hernandez
  • Justin Timineri
  • Kathleen Blake
  • Katie Farmand
  • Keegan Gerhard
  • Kenny Gilbert
  • Kim Yelvington – New!
  • Laurie Sadowski
  • Lee Lucier
  • Lisa Wilk
  • Maneet Chauhan
  • Matt Gennuso
  • Matt Lewis
  • Max McCalman
  • Mikey Termini
  • Nicolas Lemoyne
  • Nirmala Narine
  • Pam Brandon
  • Pam Smith
  • Pascal Oudin
  • Paula DaSilva
  • Piero Premoli
  • Rabii Saber
  • Renato Poliafito
  • Robert Irvine
  • Samad Benzari
  • Sarah Fioroni
  • Scott Paul
  • Shaun O’Neale – New!
  • Stephanie Hersh – New!
  • Stuart O’Keeffe – New!
  • Tonda Corrente
  • Tony Mantuano
  • Terry Letson
  • Vincenzo Vaccaro
  • Yuhi Fujinaga
  • Yutaka Kude

Walt Disney World Chefs

  • Adam Brown
  • Amanda Lauder
  • Amber Vega
  • Bayron Sagastume
  • Brad Scholten
  • Brian Rodgers
  • Candie Stone
  • Chase Bellamy
  • Christopher Fread
  • Craig Schleider
  • Damon Lauder
  • Dan Marozzi
  • Dave Ormsby
  • David Njoroge
  • Dee Foundoukis
  • Denny Roach
  • Eddie Mendoza
  • Eddie Thomas
  • Enmanuel Perez
  • Erich Herbitschek
  • Ernesto Navedo
  • Fallon Baker
  • Gregg Hannon
  • Heather Wall
  • Irene O’Shaughnessy
  • Jaimie Martin
  • Javier Pareja
  • Jean-Marc Viallet
  • Jeff Barnes
  • Jennifer Jones
  • John Clark
  • John Prieto
  • Jonathan Young
  • Joseph Lodato
  • Joshua Chickler
  • Lisa Hood
  • Lorene Vanetti
  • Ludovic Mallac
  • Marco Chaves
  • Masayoski Suzuki
  • Michael Craig
  • Michael Gonsalves
  • Michael Reitzler
  • Michele Huyke
  • Nicholas Crispino
  • Noah French
  • Oscar J. Estrada Cardona
  • Paul Latkowski
  • Sahib Bhatti
  • Scott Hunnel
  • Sean Miller
  • Sunny Kwong
  • Timothy Majoras
  • TJ Sudiswa
  • Valarie Enters
  • Wei (Edward) Zhong
  • Yianni Markogiannakis
  • Yoly Lazo Colon
  • Yutaka Kude

Festival Center

The festival center is located in Future World near Mission: Space and the former Universe of Energy, and it features some experiences and opportunities for shopping. All of the items listed below are free, other than the shopping locations.

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  • Back to Basics sessions - held Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2:00 and 4:00 during the festival. Here's the 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
  • 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 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!

Here's the map for the 2017 Food and Wine Festival.

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Need more details and info?

You can order the Disney Food Blog bundle to the 2017 Food and Wine Festival for $24.95.

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Do you know when the schedule for the tastings/demonstrations from vineyards will be released?

What time do the booths usually open?

Can you purchase bottles of wine while tasting?

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.

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 🙂

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.

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.

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!

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

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!

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?

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

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

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!

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!

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…

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”!

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!

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?

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!

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.

when will tickets for the chew be available

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

Hi,
Are you sure French Family Traditions for Food & Wine is friday/saturday? other sites like disneyfoodblog say friday/sunday..?

I just Booked French Family Traditions and it is on Sunday not Saturday

Can you use snack credits for treats at the festival?

That Boyz II Men will be there when I’m going doesn’t mean much to me… but it just made me a superhero to my wife! Thanks!!

Are there any pros or cons to attending the Food Fest on the last scheduled date?

Also following because SAME!

Did you ever get an answer to your question? I’ve got the same question…

My husband loves Sister Hazel and Everclear and we are going to be at WDW that week! How early do you recommend arriving at the venue to be sure to get a seat?

I don’t particularly like these groups, but in the spirit of the current podcast, I will make it happen because it is something his personality type likes to do 🙂

Will you be updating the DFB guide for the 2015 food and wine festival? If so, when will it be available?

Would you recommend bringing kids to the festival? They can’t drink the wine, but they can eat! They probably would enjoy the shows, if their parents gave them a little 90s music to listen to. What do you think?

YES! My kids love this and the food is awesome!

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