Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: What to Expect

June 28, 2019

It’s that time of year again. Time for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

Arguably one of Walt Disney World’s most popular festivals, this culinary event draws thousands upon thousands of visitors from across the world every year. As a result, it’s in your best interest to plan ahead and know what to expect before you go.

Mother and daughter laughing and eating bread sticks at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, USA


Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: 2019 Information

August 29 to November 23, 2019


A celebration of cuisine, music, and cultures from around the world.

All you need is a valid theme park admission for Epcot! Admission to the festival is included in your theme park ticket.

2019 Experiences Line-Up

From tasty treats to informative demonstrations from Celebrity Chefs, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is a foodie’s dream come true. After all, Disney is in the game of granting wishes!

Some of the top experiences for this year’s festival include:

Food & Beverage Pairings
Take part in a 45-minute educational culinary session led by industry experts who will guide you in pairing food and beverages for the perfect meal. Reservations are required.

Beverage Seminars
Hear from beer, wine, and spirits pros while sampling some of the finest drinks from around the world. Reservations are required.

Cheese Seminars
Discover more than you ever knew about cheese from world-class fromagers at Epcot! Reservations are required.

Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!
Get hands-on instruction on preparing delicious food and beverage selections. Reservations are required.

Culinary Demonstrations
Watch a cooking demonstration from some of the culinary world’s most notable chefs! Reservations are required.

Sunday Brunch with the Chef
Enjoy brunch, a Q&A session, and meet and greet with some of TV’s top chefs including David Burtka, Andrew Zimmern, and Carla Hall. Reservations are required.

Candy Sushi Workshop
If you’re visiting the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival with kids, this is the perfect workshop for them. Learn to make sweet candy sushi with help from a Disney chef! Reservations not required, but recommended.

Check out the concert line-up for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Eat to the Beat Concert Series

On top of the food, the Eat to the Beat Concert Series is one of the biggest elements of the entire festival. This concert series brings big-name artists from every genre to rock the stage at Epcot each year.

  • Where: America Gardens Theatre at World Showcase, Epcot
  • When: Daily throughout the Festival
  • ShowtimesSundays to Thursdays: 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM
  • ShowtimesFridays and Saturdays: 6:30 PM, 7:45 PM and 9:00 PM

The 2019 line-up of artists includes:

  • Plain White T’s – August 29 through 31
  • Sawyer Brown – September 1 through 2
  • MercyMe – September 3 through 4
  • Grace Kelly – September 5 through 6
  • Zach Williams – September 7 through 8
  • Lauren Daigle – September 9 through 10
  • Jimmie Allen – September 11 through 12
  • TBD – September 13 through 15
  • The Allman Betts Band – September 16 through 17
  • Everclear – September 18 through 19
  • STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas – September 20 through 22
  • Postmodern Jukebox – September 23 through 24
  • Blue October – September 25 through 26
  • Mark Wills – September 27 through 29
  • Sugar Ray – September 30 through October 2
  • Taylor Dayne – October 3 through 4
  • India – October 5 through 6
  • TBD – October 7 through 9
  • Boyce Avenue – October 10 through 11
  • Southern Avenue – October 12 through 13
  • Kenny G – October 14 through 15
  • 38 Special – October 16 through 17
  • Baha Men – October 18 through 20
  • Billy Ocean – October 21 through 22
  • Sheila E – October 23 through 25
  • High Valley – October 26 through 27
  • Hanson – October 28 through 30
  • Sheena Easton – October 31 through November 1
  • Kris Allen – November 2 through 3
  • Boyz II Men – November 4 through 6
  • The Hooters – November 7 through 8
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – November 9 through 11
  • TBD – November 12 through 18
  • DCappella – November 19

With such a strong line-up each year, there’s a concert for everyone at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

Party for the Senses

If you’re looking to go all out during your Disney vacation, reserve a spot at the Party for the Senses! Epcot’s most extravagant and sophisticated event of the year is hosted on select Saturdays throughout the festival from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Along with world-class entertainment, this party features the tasty talents of 20+ renowned chefs. You’ll have the opportunity to visit various tasting stations while taking in the decor and ambiance.

Do know this event is expensive. Tickets range from $229-$359 per guest.

Discover new cuisines at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Tips & Tricks for Attending the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Since so many people visit Epcot during this exciting festival, having a few tips and tricks up your sleeve will help you skip the lines, save money, and maximize your time in the park.

Consider Your Timing

You might be tempted to attend the festival on opening day. While I admire your excitement, it’s key to note this is also the opening day of Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World. Although these two experiences are at separate parks, crowd sizes across the resort may be larger than normal.

In addition, try visiting Epcot on a weekday for the smallest crowds and lines. Fridays and Saturdays are typically the busiest times of the week for the festival, especially during the summer months.

Regardless of when you attend, the booths and snack lines tend to be the longest from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

Come Prepared

No matter when you visit the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, it will be hot. Come prepared by bringing a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses! The last thing you want is to be dehydrated and sunburnt.

Fortunately, there are several places to cool off throughout Epcot. Take advantage of air-conditioned rides and attractions like Figment, Soarin’ Around the World, Impressions de France, and more.

Also, remember to bring:

  • Backpack/Day Bag
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • Spending Money
  • MagicBand
  • ID (for drinks)
  • Phone Charger
  • Camera

Get a Festival Passport

Epcot provides every guest with a Festival Passport. This passport tells you where you can find every type of food throughout the event. As you eat and drink your way through the fun, stamp your passport!

Not only is this little booklet a fun activity, it’s also a good way to keep track of all the international foods you’ve sampled during your trip.

Make a “Must Eat” List

With so many different types of food and beverages at the festival, you’ll likely want to try it all! Unfortunately, you might drive yourself crazy or broke before you complete that mission.

Instead, read up on the menus ahead of time and compile a list of foods, beverages, and experiences you absolutely must eat and experience on your trip. Doing so allows you to have a game plan and explore the rest of the park at your leisure. You’ll never feel rushed, but maybe a little stuffed!

Consider a Specialty Dining Package

If you’ve traveled all the way to Orlando for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, why not splurge a little and treat yourself to a Specialty Dining Package?

These dining experiences range from a Parisian Breakfast to a Hibachi Dinner—the choice is yours! Each dining package is unique and features a myriad of delicious food offerings along with education about the respective specific country or region.

A Budget is Your Friend

At first glance, a trip to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival looks affordable. With menu items ranging from about $4-$6 per snack and $5-$10 per drink, that’s pretty cheap for Disney dining.

But, as you pile on the charges and sample snack after snack, the next thing you know, you’ve racked up a hefty charge on your MagicBand! Instead, set a budget (around $50 per person is reasonable) and use your Festival Passport to keep track of how much you’ve spent during your visit.

When you align your “Must-Eat” list with your budget, you’ll have no trouble making the most of your festival experience and staying within your means.

Plus, if you have snack credits from a Disney Dining plan, you can use them at the festival!

Skip the Restaurant Reservations

Since you’ll be chowing down all day, there’s no need to reserve a table at one of Epcot’s many restaurants. Save your reservations for another day at one of Disney World’s other theme parks!

The only exception would be if you’re visiting for a special occasion or this is your first trip to the park.

Save Big with Ticket Discounts

Remember, you only need a valid park admission to enter the festival. This means you can take advantage of any Disney World ticket promotions and save big on your entire trip! Keep an eye out for seasonal discounts or deals as you book your trip.

Plus, you can also bundle your Disney tickets with your choice of Orlando hotel for even better savings.

Enjoy your trip to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Enjoy Your Trip to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

With these tips and tricks up your sleeve, you’re fully prepared to sample your way through the Epcot Food & Wine Festival this year.

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