(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.
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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?
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.
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.
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.
These are the options in 2017:
- Party for the Senses
- Beverage seminars
- Cheese seminars
- Culinary demonstrations
- Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!
- What's Cookin With series with celebrity chefs
- Beverage seminars
- 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 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
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.
- 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
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