September 14 – November 14, 2016
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
This annual event transforms Epcot into a food and wine lover’s paradise! Try delicious foods, wines and beers from around the world at special marketplaces set up throughout World Showcase. The Festival, which is held for 62 days, hosts culinary events, sophisticated parties, live musical entertainment and sampling. You won’t want to miss it!
Typically, Epcot park remains open until 10 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights during Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. Additionally, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth moves to an hour later, taking place at 10 p.m. rather than 9 p.m.
Please remember that parking at the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts lots will be strictly limited every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. Only the following guest will be permitted to park during this time period: resort guests, those with confirmed dining, recreation or spa reservations, and guests attending a wedding or convention at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort.
2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Info
New for 2016 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Info
The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is slated to run for an unprecedented 62 days this year! Guests wishing to attend this year’s event for 2016 will have an additional two weeks to experience. The 2016 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will take place from September 14 through November 14, 2016.
New Marketplace Menu Items – Guests will be able to choose a favorite hard soda to mix with vanilla ice cream for a sweet hard soda float at Desserts & Champagne marketplace. Loaded vegan Greek nachos will debut at the Greece marketplace, and the popular Farm Fresh marketplace will showcase Florida’s bounty with new savory dishes. Other dishes will include a seared scallop with truffled celery root puree, Brussels sprouts and mushrooms at Wine & Dine Studio; and mojo pork with black beans and rice at Islands of the Caribbean.
Celebrity Chefs – Appearing for the first time during the festival are Geoffrey Zakarian, Maneet Chauhan, Duff Goldman, Elliott Farmer, Masaharu Morimoto and Graham Elliot. They will join longtime favorites Robert Irvine, Cat Cora, Norman Van Aken, Elizabeth Falkner, Buddy Valastro and Jamie Deen.
“Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” Workshops – guests will put expert advice to use whether mixing cocktails, decorating cakes or using herbs to kick up a dish’s flavor
New Premium Events – New Walt Disney World Resort Hotels premium events will include “Brunch with a Twist at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, “ a 5-star, 5-course meal prepared by the resort’s award-winning chefs; “The Secrets of Flavor at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort,” a three-course lunch at Yachtsman Steakhouse; “Culinary Adventures with a Master Chef” at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, a hands-on chef’s table experience in a professional kitchen; and “Behind the Scenes at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto” at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, an entertaining tour of Trader Sam’s, followed by lunch and a special mixology session. In addition, the infamous Party for the Senses will see a re-imagining for 2016.Bookings for all special events will begin on Thursday, July 21.
New Eat to the Beat acts – Wang Chung (Everybody Have Fun Tonight!) will open the Eat to the Beat concert series September 14-15. More new acts in the concert series lineup will include Delta Rae and Toad The Wet Sprocket. Returning favorites include Wilson Phillips, Boyz II Men and Jeffrey Osbourne. See the complete line-up on our Eat to the Beat Concert page.
“The Chew” Returns – The five co-hosts of of the ABC daytime show, “The Chew”, Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz, will be returning to record five shows live from the 21st Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. The show will tape on October 5-7 and will air on ABC from October 10-14. Those looking to attend a taping will be able to find out more information soon. In addition, fans of “The Chew” will be able to stop at The Chew Collective in the Next Eats section located in Future World. Dishes will include Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots and Feta Cheese; Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce and Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle. Festival guests also can sip this year’s exclusive new Festival Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon at The Chew Collective. Finally, those who visit the Festival Center will be able to watch screenings of “The Chew”, with show highlights, cooking and entertaining tips, as well as same-day episodes of the show Monday through Friday at 1:00 p.m.
Limited Release 2016 Gift Card – Don’t miss an all-new limited release 2016 gift card design celebrating the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival! Gift cards must be activated with $200 and come with an Epcot International Food & Wine Festival-themed lanyard and carrying sleeve, only available with this gift card purchase. Supplies are limited! These can be purchased at the Festival Center, Bridge Kiosk East & West, Festival Emporium (Canada pavilion), or the Festival Boutique (Japan and Morocco pavilions).
Festival Welcome Center
The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival begins with the Festival Welcome Center. Located in the former Wonders of Life Pavilion in Future World (between the Universe of Energy Pavilion and Mission: SPACE), the Welcome Center is open daily from 9 a.m. until park closing.
Here, guests can enjoy Culinary demonstrations, Beverage seminars and mixology seminars for a nominal fee. Plus, look for premium events such as the What’s Cookin’ With… brunch with a celebrated culinary guest and an assortment of Cheese Seminars. The Welcome Center keeps a list of the famous personalities who will be appearing plus the times of their scheduled book or bottle signings.
And while you’re at the Welcome center, be sure to check out the free events.
If you don’t have a reservation for an event, but would like to check availability, visit the check-in desk to see if there is any last minute availability.
The Festival Welcome Center is also the place to pick up Festival keepsakes such as a limited edition Festival pin, cookbook or unique wine. Or, just kick back and relax at the Intermission Cafe, featuring a fine selection of wine, cheese, sandwiches and salads.
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Marketplace Food Booths
International marketplace food kiosks serve up regional specialties beginning at 11 a.m. each day of the festival. Countries feature their most mouthwatering foods and beverages! More than 25 Marketplaces serve tapas-sized portions which range in cost from about $3 to $8. Each kiosk offers suggested pairings of beer, wine or cocktails.
- To enjoy the shortest lines, get there at opening (11 a.m.), before the lunch crowd, and avoid the weekends when the lines can get impossibly long! Typically, the lightest crowds will be Monday through Thursday. To save time, plan your visit by checking out the menus for each kiosk. To save on your feet, remember to pace yourself; it’s 1-1/3 miles around World Showcase, so take it slow and enjoy some of the entertainment offered at individual pavilions in between sampling Marketplace offerings. And, to get the most from your food budget, consider picking a few extra choices and sharing menu items with others in your group.
- A complimentary Marketplace Discovery Passport is available to be stamped at each international marketplace visited for the perfect scrapbook souvenir. Each marketplace has its own unique stamp design. Visit the Festival Welcome Center or ask at the Marketplaces kiosks to receive your Marketplace Discovery Passport. It’s a great way to remember what you ate!
- Pick up a Food & Wine themed mini Disney Gift Card — a fast, easy and secure way to carry your money on your wrist, and simply the best way to experience the Festival. The Disney Gift Card is offered as a convenient mini-sized wristlet, or as a full-sized card. Just load or reload the card with any amount you desire starting with as little as $15 and swipe – you’re spared the trouble of getting out your credit card or cash any time you want to pay for food, merchandise and more. You can reload your card as many times as you wish using cash, credit, or debit at the majority of festival kiosks. Disney Gift Cards are available throughout Epcot. Available Locations include:
- Pin Central
- Festival Center
- Bridge Kiosk East & West
- Festival Marketplace kiosks
- Festival Emporium (Canada pavilion)
- Festival Boutique (Japan and Morocco pavilions)
- Select merchandise locations throughout World Showcase
Plus, add some color to your Epcot International Food and Wine Festival experience by choosing from six different colored wristbands that attach to the miniature Disney Gift Card. Wristbands available in red, blue, purple, yellow and dark or light green.
- Snack your way around the World with Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits! Snack credits can be used to purchase select food items at international Marketplaces around World Showcase during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Look for the Disney Dining Plan Snack Symbol to identify snack items available with Disney’s Dining Plan snack credit.
Special Event Booking Information
While much of what the Epcot Food & Wine Festival has to offer is complimentary with your park admission, some events require that you reserve and pay for them in advance. Guests can call 1-800-WDW-FEST (939-3378) to make reservations. Book your events as early as possible! Some popular events sell out within minutes of phone lines opening.
Here is a list of 2016 events:
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Shopping and Merchandise
Before and after the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, you can find merchandise that celebrates the 20th annual Food & Wine Festival. While you’re in the park, visit the Festival Welcome Center, which offers commemorative gifts, specialty kitchen items, a book shop and a wine bar. You’ll also find the official Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Poster at the Festival Center.
The new Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Cookbook has recipes from around the globe including Marketplace favorites and specialty beverages, recipes from culinary demonstrations and Party for the Senses. You can also visit the shops located around World Showcase Promenade for additional Festival merchandise offerings and artisans.
Other Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Highlights
The thrills at the ultimate dining, drinking and music event don’t stop. Discover the many taste adventures that await:
Eat to the Beat! Concert Series
Musical entertainment pairs perfectly with culinary fun during the nightly Eat to the Beat! Concert Series. Enjoy a varied lineup of classic rock, soul, R&B, jazz and funk hit-makers! Concerts are FREE with Epcot park admission and are held at 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00 p.m.! Take a look at the full concert line-up here.
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon
Run around the parks, dine around the World November 3-6, 2016! Join runDisney for the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, which features a brand new challenge and more! Plus runners and their friends will be able to enjoy a private after party at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!
Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak
Everyone will enjoy this scavenger hunt for Remy statuettes hidden around World Showcase. The goal is to help Remy as he ventures around World Showcase collecting ingredients for his signature dish, ratatouille. Use the World Showcase map to locate the statues, mark your location with a sticker, and even receive a prize. You will then use the map to record your discoveries while helping Remy, by placing the corresponding ingredient sticker on the map. To get a glimpse of the scavenger hunt, make sure to read this review on The MFL Blog.
Locations selling map/stickers: Disney Traders, Festival Center, Pin Central, Port of Entry (Plaza Towers) and World Traveler (International Gateway)
Redemption location: Port of Entry (Plaza Towers). Map does not have to be completed to redeem prize.
Theme park admission is not included, however is required to participate. Maps/stickers and surprise available while supplies last. Information subject to restrictions and change without notice.
Chase Lounge and Exclusive Dining Events
Guests who hold a Chase debit or credit card are invited to visit the lounge located in the America Pavilion. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, interactive fun and a free charging station for electronic devices. New for 2015, the lounge will include a dedicated Festival Information desk, social media photo booth, and an email station where guests send recipes from the festival to family and friend. Also, the lounge will occassionally host animation sketch classes and caricature artists.
The lounge is available on the third floor of the pavilion and is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
To gain access, card members will need to present their Disney Visa Card. Each card member may bring up to 5 guests with them into the lounge. The lounge is available as long as capacity allows and separate theme park admission is required.
Other “Foodie” Events Taking Place During the Epcot Food & Wine Festival
• Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic
October 28 & 29, 2016
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin showcases a passion for food and beverage during the Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic. Elevate your knowledge of wine appreciation in a series of beverage seminars or just enjoy great food as your stroll the Causeway. Live entertainment is included.
2015 Festival Guide