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2019 Dates

Park: Epcot

  • August 29 to November 23, 2019

  Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Courtesy Morgan Crutchfield


Easily one of the most popular and most anticipated events, Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival is a celebration of food and drink from around the world. This experience runs from late August through mid-November and draws big crowds anxious to sample everything on offer.

The Food & Wine Festival is included with your admission ticket to Epcot although each of the items available at the many booths will run you a few bucks. There are a lot of various things to see at Food & Wine, but the stalls set up for all the various countries and regions are the real stars.


All of the food served is in small portions, with the idea being that you can sample from several booths. The other bonus is that if you gamble on an interesting sounding dish and lose, at least you aren’t wasting too much of it. Yet another bonus is that most of the items count as snacks on the Disney Dining Plan, which is a fabulous use of a snack credit.

In addition to food, each booth serves drinks that signify their theme. For instance, you can by Rosemount wines from the Australia booth or Glenfiddich Whisky flight from the Scotland stand. Again, most of these are small portions which not only allows for sampling, it helps keep the intoxication down ever so slightly.

Since we’re speaking of intoxication, be forewarned that many guests and locals alike view the Food & Wine Festival as a chance to sample as much alcohol as possible in a short time span. This means that you are just as likely to find someone’s lunch in the bushes as you are a hidden Mickey. If you are wary of this kind of behavior for any reason, you'll probably want to avoid Food & Wine on a weekend evening.

The Booths

Around the entire perimeter of World Showcase you will find around 30 separate booths set up specifically for the Festival. Each one characterizes a country, continent, region, or culinary style and each one sells different food or drink items.

There are stands that represent Africa, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cheese, Craft Beers, Greece, Hawaii, Japan, Poland, Thailand…well, there’s a lot. The point is that everyone will find an item that sounds good, and in almost all cases, many more items than it is physically possible to ingest.

Here are the booths with their menus from 2018. This year's booths will be updated as soon as they are available:

Eat to the Beat Concert Series

Once you fill the tank with choice offerings from the Food & Wine booth you’ll need some time to digest before you go back for more. Luckily Epcot also hosts the Eat to the Beat concert series featuring many popular acts from both the recent past and the, well, not-as-recent past. Shows are at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM and all concerts are subject to last minute changes.

Here is the 2019 line up:

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

Festival Favorites

If you've ever wanted a little direction or more detail on all sorts of food-related activities, these regularly-occurring events do cost extra, but are well organized.

  • Food & Beverage Pairings - Select Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 2:30 PM - $29 plus tax - A 45-minute session teaching guests the way to match flavorful food with beverages (must be 21 or older to taste alcoholic beverages).
  • Culinary Demonstrations - Select Fridays and Saturdays at 12:30 PM - $19 plus tax - Gourmet chefs teach guests how to make a special dish while also answering questions.
  • Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! - Select Mondays and Thursdays at 12:00 PM - $45 plus tax - A hands-on, 75 minute lesson teaching guests one of several skills including making desserts, cocktails, or appetizers.
  • Beverage Seminars - Select Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 4:30 PM - $19 plus tax - A 45-minute lesson all about alcohol.
  • Cheese Seminars - September 14, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, and November 9 - $95 plus tax - Cheese and wine experts teach you how to better enjoy... cheese and wine.
  • Sunday Brunch - Select Sundays during Food & Wine at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM - $139 plus tax - Featuring a celebrity chef, this brunch offers guests the chance to ask questions while dining on several wonderful dishes. Includes a meet-and-greet photo opportunity with the chef.

Premium Events

If you still aren’t full of Food & Wine festivities there are plenty of extra events that Disney is only too happy to allow you to pay for. These seminars and exhibitions are very popular and sell out quickly. Here is the list for 2019:

  • Culinary Tour of Japan - October 3, 10, 17, 24 and November 7 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM - $160 plus tax - At Tokyo Dining in the Japan Pavilion guests enjoy 3 traditional Japanese courses with Sake pairings.
  • French Family Meal Traditions - October 4 ,6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 and November 1, 3, 8, 10 from 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM- $99 plus tax - At Monsieur Paul in the France Pavilion guests sample foods from various French locales with wine pairings.
  • Italian Food, Wine vs. Beer Pairing - October 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 and November 5, 7 from 1:30 PM to 4:15 PM - $99 plus tax - At Via Napoli in the Italy Pavilion guests choose a 5-course meal supplemented with Italian wines and craft beers.
  • Italian Regional Food & Wine Pairing Luncheon - September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6 from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM - $125 plus tax - At Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in the Italy Pavilion guests are treated to a traditional 6-course Italian meal with wine pairings.
  • Mediterranean Food & Wine Pairing - September 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, October 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 and November 4, 6, 11, 13 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - $69 plus tax - At Spice Road Table in the Morocco Pavilion guests enjoy a sparkling wine reception and 4 tasting courses.
  • Mexican Tequila Lunch - August 29, 30, September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, October 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and November 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM - $85 plus tax - At La Hacienda de San Angel in the Mexico Pavilion guests are treated to 4 courses and tequila pairings.
  • Parisian Breakfast - September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26 and November 2, 9 and 16 from 9:15 AM to 10:45 AM - $45 plus tax - At Chefs de France in the France Pavilion guests sip cappuccinos, hot chocolate, or mimosas while dining from a Parisian breakfast buffet.
  • Parisian Afternoon, Sandwiches, Macarons and Bubbles! - September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26 and November 2, 9, and 16 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM - $58 plus tax - At Monsieur Paul in the France Pavilion guests relax while eating finger sandwiches, finely-made desserts, and unlimited mimosas.
  • The "Hibachi" Experience: Year of Celebration - October 9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM - $190 plus tax - At the Nihonbashi Dining Room in Teppan Edo at the Japan Pavilion guests experience 5 courses inspired by Japanese festivals while being entertained by the fabulous "performing" chefs.

Crowd Information

As mentioned above, the Food & Wine Festival is immensely popular with both tourists and locals. What makes it an odd event from a crowd perspective is that the crowds gather primarily in World Showcase, near the Food & Wine booths. What that means is that attractions in Future World tend to have average to below average waits. So if you are just going to Epcot for the rides, spending time in Future World is still not a bad idea.

If you are interested in sampling the food and wine from Food & Wine (and you should be, it’s wonderful), the best time to go is…early. The booths open at 11 am and the crowds build as the day goes along, peaking around dinnertime. If you go at 11 am you will find the shortest lines, and even those are sometimes longer than we hope they will be.

As you might expect, weekdays are also a little less busy than weekends, when many of the locals come out to play. Saturdays in particular can be crazy, and the abundance of alcoholic beverages can give World Showcase a bit of a college street party feel. Don’t worry though, with even a little bit of forward planning using our Crowd Calendar you can easily avoid the rabble and much of the crowd.

Last updated by Brian McNichols on July 9, 2019

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