Sep 192017
 

Here is everything you need to know before you go to Disney World's 2017 International Food & Wine Festival, which is a food lover's paradise.

For the 22nd year, the 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is back at Epcot. The festival is being held from August 31 – November 13, 2017 and all you need to enjoy this popular fall event is Epcot admission. Set up around the World Showcase, individual kiosks will offer guests the chance to try recipes from locations around the world! It’s a foodie paradise complete with delicious foods, wines, and craft beers from over 35 individual marketplaces.

Here is everything you need to know before you go to Disney World's 2017 International Food & Wine Festival, which is a food lover's paradise.

Food & Wine

In addition to the eleven countries represented in the World Showcase, you can try foods from places like Scotland, New Zealand, Greece, Africa, Belgium, Hawaii, India, and Patagonia. This year there is a wonderful Farm Fresh stand which features dishes like Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread and Red Eye Gravy and Roasted Beet Salad with Green Beans, Feta Cheese, Minus 8 Vinaigrette, and Toasted Walnuts (vegetarian and gluten friendly).

Here is everything you need to know before you go to Disney World's 2017 International Food & Wine Festival, which is a food lover's paradise.

Here’s a list of some of the foods you can expect to sample at this years Food & Wine Festival:

  • Spain
  • Chocolate Studio
  • Wine & Dine Studio
  • Africa
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Brewer’s Collection
  • Islands of the Caribbean
  • Canada
  • China
  • Craft Beers
  • Desserts & Champagne
  • Farm Fresh
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hawaii
  • Hops & Barley
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • India
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Active Eats
  • Almond Orchard
  • Cheese Studio
  • Coastal Eats
  • Earth Eats from the Chew
  • Flavors from Fire
  • India
  • Light Lab
  • Thailand
  • New Zealand
  • Patagonia
  • Scotland

Here is everything you need to know before you go to Disney World's 2017 International Food & Wine Festival, which is a food lover's paradise.

Booths are located all around the lagoon of the World Showcase and you’ll even find several booths on the Future World side of the lagoon (over near the Figment ride). In addition to the offerings that are available only during the festival, each of the International pavilions have at least one booth with offerings from that country.

One of my personal favorites this year was the Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise that I got from the Hawaii stand.

Here is everything you need to know before you go to Disney World's 2017 International Food & Wine Festival, which is a food lover's paradise.

You can find the full menus for these booths on the Walt Disney World Food & Wine Festival page and I highly recommend reading the menus before your trip to the festival. The festival gets crowded and the lines get long by midday, so knowing what you want can cut down on aimless wandering – especially in that Florida heat.

Payment options

The Booths accept many forms of payment, including: cash, credit card, Disney gift card and Disney Visa reward dollars.  If you’re staying at one of the Disney resorts, you can use you Magic Band to pay by either charging the food back to your room (you will have to settle up before you check out) or you can use your Disney Dining Plan snack credits for many of the menu items at the festival.

Here is everything you need to know before you go to Disney World's 2017 International Food & Wine Festival, which is a food lover's paradise.

Prices for most dishes are in the $3 – $8 range so you won’t go broke if you are not using one of your Disney Dining Plan snack credits.

Demonstrations

During the Festival there are daily demonstrations, presentations, tastings and seminars. Some of them are free like the Back to Basics series and some cost extra.

Here is everything you need to know before you go to Disney World's 2017 International Food & Wine Festival, which is a food lover's paradise.

Every day there are 4 demonstrations where feature chefs and wine presenters give tips on how to produce great tasting dishes and pair with some great wines. Demonstration times are 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 and each session costs $17.00 per person.

There are other seminars which cost a bit more like the Mix It Make It Celebrate It, cheese seminars (including tastings), Rockin’ Burger Block Parties features a celebrity chef and all-you-can-eat sliders and drinks and several others. You can make reservations for any of these events on the Disney’s International Food and Wine Festival page.

Here is everything you need to know before you go to Disney World's 2017 International Food & Wine Festival, which is a food lover's paradise.

Concert Series

During the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, there will be nightly musical performances to enjoy. Sit back and enjoy some of your favorite artists from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s at the America Gardens Theater.  This year you can see musicians such as American Authors, Boyz II Men, Taylor Dayne (one of my 80’s favs) and Kenny G. Performances are at 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00 p.m. at the America Gardens Theater. Eat to the Beat Concerts are free and here is the full schedule.

In addition to the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, there are authentic performers throughout World Showcase to entertain the crowds. One of my favorites is Musique Aramenco which can be seen in the Morocco pavilion from September 1 – December 30, 2017.  They perform a fusion of traditional and modern Moroccan music and it’s really cool to see them live.  There is also lots of great music in the UK, Germany and all over the World Showcase.

Here is everything you need to know before you go to Disney World's 2017 International Food & Wine Festival, which is a food lover's paradise.

Know before you go

  • In 2017, the Marketplaces are open daily from August 31 to November 13, 2017.
  • Epcot admission is required to attend the festival.
  • Marketplace food and beverage samples require a separate purchase.
  • Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older.
  • Gluten/wheat-friendly items (GF) are identified throughout each menu.

Here is everything you need to know before you go to Disney World's 2017 International Food & Wine Festival, which is a food lover's paradise.

No matter how familiar you are with Epcot, you’ll want to pick up a park map on your way in. The map designates the location of each Marketplace Booth throughout the Festival. Use your Food and Wine Passport to note the dishes you’re most interested in sampling. You can also pick up a festival passport to keep track of the booths you’ve visited.

Here is everything you need to know before you go to Disney World's 2017 International Food & Wine Festival, which is a food lover's paradise.

Yummy crepes from the France Pavillion!

If you like food, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is something you should experience. You don’t need to be a foodie to enjoy it because there really is something for everyone, but if you are a foodie you will be in heaven.

  47 Responses to “Disney’s 2017 International Food & Wine Festival Guide”

  1. I really had no idea that Disney had a food and wine festival. We’ve always gone with the kids, so there’s never really been any time for that sort of thing.

  2. I love this! I’ve always wanted to go to the food and wine festival at Disney. My husband and I have been trying to put together a Disney trip without the kids, but we’re afraid the kids will only see betrayal. LOL

  3. This looks like such a great time. I love that you shared the 2017 International Food and Wine festival. It’s great to have a little guide and info for others to review.

  4. I am itching to go to Disney’s Food and Wine Festival. We were there a few years back while it was going on, but we didn’t feel like taking the kids. As soon as they are outta the house, my husband and I are booking a trip to gorge ourselves on the tastes of the world at this festival!

  5. I’ve gone to this and it’s so much fun to be able to try so many different foods and drinks! I went closer to the end of November as well as closer to Halloween both awesome times!

  6. I think this is one of the cooler things they put on. We look forward to attending!

  7. This is so cool! I love that they have food from the areas they represent.

  8. I’ve never been to Disneyland, but have read a lot about it. Yet, I had no idea they had a food and wine festival – fun for both kids and parents!

  9. I have always wanted to go to the Epcot Food and Wine festival. It sounds like so much fun.

  10. I’m so glad you just posted about it, because we are headed there this week. I’ll have to check it out if it’s still happening!

  11. This looks so incredible! I cannot believe how many places they have food sampling from! I also love that there are nightly concerts. I would love to attend. It sounds so amazing!

  12. Of all the Disney Parks Epcot has been our favorite. Loved all the countries and variety of things it offered. This make me want to go back soon!

  13. This is amazing!! I can’t believe why I wasn’t here!! Ha! I wish I could join this fun event nex time! It looks awesome!

  14. This would be a perfect time to visit Disney. I love eating unique food.

  15. This is why I love Disney! It’s such an awesome festival to attend especially if you love food! I’m a certified foodie and I enjoy tasting food from different parts of the world, with this festival, you don’t have to travel all the way to those countries to taste their awesome food.

  16. I didn’t know Disney did something like this! I love food and wine festivals and this one sounds like a good time. Love that there are night concerts to complement the day.

    Sarah
    http://www.hitcontinue.eu

  17. There’s plenty of things to enjoy here! Not just the good food as we all can see. This is such an awesome guide for those who are planning to go!

  18. Well, I sure have been missing out on this. I love festivals so I’m surprised I didn’t know about this one. It looks like a fun time.

  19. The Kahlua pork slider looks rather tasty! My husband would love that since he love kahlua beer!

  20. Every year I say I’m going but I haven’t made it yet! I would love to go try all the different and unique foods. Looks like so much fun!

  21. Yum! I love to eat, so I’d be all about trying the food. I really don’t care about the wine. But food? Yes!

  22. I would love to explore all the different foods that Disney has. I wish we had something like this closer to where I live because I would be all over it.

  23. I’d love to go during the international food and wine festival! This would be so delicious!

  24. Yet another thing to do at Disney! I’m intrigued to know what is on offer at the Scotland stall! Hopefully not just neeps, tatties, haggis and deep-fried Mars bars!!

  25. The happiest place in the world got even happier with all the international foods available. It would really be nice to try the different cuisines.

  26. I’ve always wanted to go to this and Disney is only a 5 hour drive south from me but it seems like I’m always booked for other things during this time. Someday, I will get there.

  27. We don’t live remotely close to anything Disney so we miss out on tons of stuff. Always fun to read about them and wish we could attend.

  28. You are so awesome. I want to go and try everything there!

  29. This sounds like a great Disney event for parents! I would love to head to the Chocolate Studio.

  30. That looks like such an awesome festival! I would love to attend this someday with my husband.

  31. Wow! A foodie paradise. I love it! The hardest part would be choosing what to eat and trying to resist eating my way around the world.

  32. A food and wine festival! At Disney! Wow. I have to be there. That would be so awesome to sample different cuisines from different countries all in one place!

  33. Now THIS sounds like my kind of Disney event! Things for the kids and things for me!

  34. What a great sounding event. I’m a huge fan of trying new foods, this would be a great way to do it.

  35. That Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise looks delicious… even if its name is a mile long! LOL
    That list of foods is pretty amazing and I would love to try something from each place!

  36. I like food and wine festival. It’s the time to spoil my tummy!

  37. Wow… wonderful! I love Disney and now there is a food and drink festival in Disneyland…. how wonderful it is, I will definitely book a ticket now

    Thanks for sharing!

  38. oh now this event sounds amazing I sure wish I could attend never mind for the kids but for me

  39. I made it to “chocolate studio” on your list and decided it sounded like the perfect event for me, lol! It looks like a ton of fun!

  40. We’ve been to the Disney Food and Wine festival 2 years ago. Love it! Wish I could go back. Great food and drinks. Just love Epcot!

  41. Oh my gosh this is really cool, what an amazing time to go and experience!

  42. I wish I could teleport myself to Epcot right now. What an awesome experience that would be – to be able to sample delicious cuisines from all over the world. I know my husband would love to try the different craft beers too.

  43. Sounds like a great time. Didn’t know Disney had a wine festival.

  44. Now that’s an adventure!!!
    I would love to visit and have a wonderful fun time with my family. It would be something new.

  45. Wine in Disneyland?! I’m in!
    I love attending wine and food festivals, its abgreat way to try new wine from different wineries before buying the bottles.

  46. Wooow! What a fun festival! Really miss Disney and all its magic