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.
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’s a list of some of the foods you can expect to sample at this years Food & Wine Festival:
- Chocolate Studio
- Wine & Dine Studio
- Brewer’s Collection
- Islands of the Caribbean
- Craft Beers
- Desserts & Champagne
- Farm Fresh
- Hops & Barley
- Active Eats
- Almond Orchard
- Cheese Studio
- Coastal Eats
- Earth Eats from the Chew
- Flavors from Fire
- Light Lab
- New Zealand
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.