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Wining and Dining Through the Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2019

by Mommy Frog on September 3, 2019 83 Orlando

Epcot Food and Wine Guide - PinterestThe tadpoles are back in school, and we're leaping right into the fall season. It's one of my favorite times of the year ... and for good reason, because it's also the start of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!

This event has been taking people’s taste buds all over the world since 1995. This year, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is taking place for 87 days from Aug. 29 to Nov. 23, 2019. That’s the longest run in this festival’s history! (It also just so hoppened to fall on the same day as Star Wars: Galaxy Edge’s opening day ... it was a busy day for us frogs!) Our festival guide is chock-full of information to get you ready for the event. Find out what's new this year, and read all about our froggy favorite tips to have a ribbeting good time. Let's hop to it!

Epcot Food and Wine Dates & Overview | Global Marketplaces | Talks, Demonstrations & More! | Premium Events | Kids' Activities | Eat to the Beat | Tips

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2019 Dates & Overview

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - Welcome Signage

One of the best parts about one of Epcot's most popular events is that you can experience the bulk of the fall festival with your regular Disney World tickets. However, you will need to foot the bill for your eats and drinks, which can add up if you have a hearty appetite like us frogs. For the most part, kiosk food prices usually run between $4 and $9, with beverages varying from $3 to $10.

There is an additional charge for some of the talks, demonstrations and premium events. Reservations are strongly recommended for those experiences. There are plenty of free things to do, though, including book and bottle signings, meet-and-greets and more. You'll find more about that at the Festival Welcome Center, which also offers plenty of foodie merchandise and delicious wines!

Before you dive in, let us tempt your tastebuds with this video that showcases the sights and sounds of the 2019 festival. Please refrain from licking the screen.

Epcot Food and Wine 2019 Global Marketplaces

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2019 - Spain

The global marketplaces are the heart and soul of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. True to World Showcase fashion, the food and drinks focus largely on interesting cuisines from around the world. Fear not! The portions are intentionally small, so you can sip and savor around the world.

Brand-new marketplaces for 2019 include the Appleseed Orchard Marketplace and the Alps Marketplace. Other new additions, The Donut Box and Cool Wash, will debut a little bit later on Oct. 1, 2019.

The Appleseed Orchard Marketplace features apple-inspired beers, ciders and wine, along with a Charcuterie and Cheese plate and a kid-friendly frozen apple pie drink. It's actually divided into two bars — a Cider Bar and a Wine Bar — and is located indoors (yes, with AC!) next to Le Cellier Steakhouse in Canada. It's a perfect place to cool off when you're in need of a break.

The Alps Marketplace is serving up tasty dishes such as Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and a Baguette and Venison Stew with Crushed Potatoes. There is a wine flight available, as well.

Here's the official list for the 2019 festival:

  • Active Eats
  • Africa
  • The Alps - NEW
  • Appleseed Orchard - NEW
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Brewer's Collection
  • Canada
  • The Cheese Studio
  • China
  • The Chocolate Studio
  • Coastal Eats
  • Cool Wash — opens Oct. 1
  • The Donut Box — opens Oct. 1
  • Earth Eats
  • Flavors from Fire
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hawai'i
  • Hops & Barley
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Islands of the Caribbean
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • The Wine & Dine Studio

You can find the full menus at each marketplace on EpcotFoodandWine.com.

New this year, families can enjoy Emile's Fromage Montage to sample a variety of cheese dishes. Purchase any five of the participating food items from the list below:

  • Impossible Cottage Pie at Earth Eats
  • Black Pepper Boursin Soufflé at The Cheese Studio
  • Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese at The Alps
  • Schinkennudeln at Germany
  • Pao de Queijo (cheese bread) at Brazil

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - Emile's Fromage Montage

Be sure to collect a stamp in your Festival Passport for each cheese dish. (If you froget like I did, just show your receipt to the cashier ... they were happy to give me a stamp!) You can try all five dishes or return to the same location multiple times if you have a favorite. Once you have all five stamps, bring your passport to Simmering Sips for a complimentary specialty cheesecake. You don't have to get all five in one day. It's toadally fine if you come back for more over several days to avoid cheese fatigue and save some room for more goodies.

When we visited on the first day of the Food and Wine festival, we sampled:

  • NEW - Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese at The Alps
  • Pao de Queijo (cheese bread) at Brazil
  • NEW - Frozen Apple Pie (non-alcoholic drink) at Appleseed Orchard - Cider Bar
  • Angry Orchard Rose Hard Cider at Hops & Barley (The American Adventure)

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - Frozen Apple Pie Drink from Appleseed Orchard

It was a great start to the festival, and we can't wait to go back and try out some more yummy foods and drinks during future visits. We'll update here to dish on which items seem to be the most popular this year!

All of these marketplaces take credit and debit cards, but we find it's easier to use our MagicBands if we're staying on-site. (You can currently save on your Disney World hotel room by booking with us!) We're also fans of purchasing an official festival gift card for the day, available at several merchandise locations around Epcot. These mini-sized gift cards include a wearable plastic band so that you can swipe and go! (This year, Chef Remy is featured posing with cheese and grapes — super cute!) Set your limit at the outset, and these gift cards keep you on a budget. They also make a fun souvenir and let you enjoy all of the food and drinks you want until reach the end. (Putting a finite amount on the gift card will also help you budget.)

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2019 Talks, Demonstrations & More!

The Food and Wine Festival allows your inner chef or aspiring sommelier to shine. You can fine-tune your kitchen skills at a number of cooking demonstrations: wine and beverage, mixology and cheese seminars, and food and wine pairings. Many of these events require reservations (which you can make by calling 407-939-3378), and some come at an additional fee. Find out more about the 2019 festival's special demonstrations below:

Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!

I don't know about you, but I could always use a little how-to from kitchen experts to help expand my skills. These interactive experiences allow you to get a hands-on lesson from kitchen experts. Your senses will be enlightened as you learn anything from cocktail creations to sushi-rolling. Take a look at the official 2019 event calendar to get the deets on featured appearances and presentations to find out which seminar is right for you!

Food & Beverage Pairings

Not ready to roll up your sleeves and cook, but still want to enjoy the yummy delights of a professional? Join a featured chef and beverage presenter to learn how to pair a match made in culinary heaven. This 45-minute demonstration allows you to sample the dish and beverage in the spotlight! You can check out the official event calendar for more details. We're always excited for those featuring chefs from Disney World restaurants and resorts!

Sunday Brunch with the Chef

Breakfast buffet? Gourmet guest of honor? Say no more. Start off with a sparkling wine toast before indulging in a spread of delicious dishes as you listen to the celebrity guest offer their favorite tips and tricks. (Enjoying all-you-can-eat food while learning how to better cook for future reference is just my style!)

Sunday Brunch with the Chef will take place on select Sundays through Nov. 17 at the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion. Epcot admission is required in addition to the cost of the brunch, which is $139 per guest. You can check out the dates and corresponding guests of honor for the 2019 festival below:

  • September 1: Jamie Deen (co-owner of The Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah, Georgia)
  • September 8: Carla Hall (Celebrity Chef & author of Carla Hall’s Soul Food)
  • September 15: Fabio Viviani (Fabio Viviani Hospitality Group, Celebrity Chef & Restauranteur)
  • September 22: Richard Blais (Chef & Entrepreneur)
  • September 29: Robert Irvine (Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible)
  • October 6: Buddy Valastro (Celebrity Chef)
  • October 13: David Burtka (Celebrity Chef & author of Life is a Party)
  • October 20: Andrew Zimmern (Chef, Writer & TV Personality)
  • October 27: Cat Cora (Corlich Enterprises & Cat Cora, INC.)
  • November 10: Graham Elliot (Coast restaurant at MGM Cotai in Macau)
  • November 17: Aarti Sequeria (Cookbook Author & Food Network Personality)

Cheese Seminars

If you're a cheese connoisseur, you'll definitely have to consider attending one of these seminars on select Saturdays! During each 90-minute seminar at the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion, a notable cheese expert (how can I become one?!) will explain the aromas, textures and flavors of popular cheeses around the world. Guests will be able to sample the cheese selections with complementary wine or craft beer selections.

  • September 14: New World Cheeses and Old World Wines hosted by Max McCalman
  • September 28: Mediterranean Cheeses and Wines hosted by Tonda Corrente
  • October 5: Great British Cheeses and Ales hosted by Max McCalman
  • October 12: Italian Cheeses and Wines hosted by Erin Hedley
  • October 19: French Cheeses and Wines hosted by Max McCalman
  • October 26: The Great Cheeses and Wines of the Western United States hosted by Max McCalman
  • November 9: Season's Best Cheeses and Wines hosted by Max McCalman

Beverage Seminars and Culinary Demonstrations

Want to sharpen your cooking skills or improve your winemaking or brewing expertise? In these 45-minute demonstrations, the experts will share their kitchen knowledge, and you'll be able to sample anything they whip up. For a full list of presentations, these are the official 2019 event calendars for the culinary demonstrations and the beverage seminars.

NEW Tailgate Tasting hosted by ESPN's Monday Night Football

During this brand-new event, football fans can celebrate their love for the sport with tailgate tasters. The 45-minute program, available select Sundays starting September 8 through November 17, will pair grub and a beverage tasting inspired by the cities of pro teams playing each Monday night. You'll learn how to prepare these dishes so you can cook them for your own tailgate party.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2019 Premium Events

The festival typically holds premium events that offer guests the chance to explore even more fabulous cuisine. Can you tell your Asiago from your Roquefort? Fromage lovers will enjoy the Wine and Cheese Pairing Seminars. The annual Party for the Senses, held on select dates in October, is a grand tasting event featuring bites from chefs of the Disney Parks.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2019 Kids' Activities

Even though "wine" takes up half of the festival's name, the tadpoles aren't left out! There are several family-friendly activities that any frog at any age can participate in:

Remy's Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - Remy's Ratatouille Hide and Squeak

Embark on a Ratatouille-inspired scavenger hunt around the park. Be on the lookout for statuettes of Remy hidden throughout World Showcase. You can purchase the map and stickers from select merchandise locations, including Pin Central, Port of Entry or World Traveler at International Gateway.

Candy Sushi

This tadpole-friendly seminar debuted at the 2018 festival and has returned for this year. Attendees will be able to learn how to roll their own sweet sushi treats with a Disney Chef at The Land pavilion, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. daily. It costs $10 per guest (of all ages). Reservations are not required, but you can book online or call 407-939-3378.

Disney du Jour Dance Party

The Disney du Jour Dance Party in Future World is expanding to all seven days a week for the 2019 festival. From Sundays through Thursdays, a live DJ will spin some tunes, while on Fridays and Saturdays, stars from Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country artists will perform live! Over the opening weekend, Meg Donnelly from the Disney Channel original movie "Zombies" will be the first special star appearance. Check out all of the appearances below:

  • August 30 to 31: Meg Donnelly
  • September 13 to 14: Jenna Raine
  • September 27 to 28: Isabella Nicole
  • October 4 to 5: Avenue Beat
  • October 11 to 12: Sky Katz
  • October 18 to 19: JAGMAC
  • November 1 to 2:  AJ Mitchell
  • November 8 to 9: Kylie Cantrall
  • November 15 to 16: Erin Bowman
  • November 22 to 23: Tegan Marie

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2019 Eat to the Beat Concert Series

On every evening of the festival, a classic American band or artist takes the stage at the America Gardens Theater. This year, the concert series will end several days earlier than the festival, running from August 29 through November 19, in order to prepare for the Candlelight Processional, part of Epcot International Festival of Holidays. The lineup will feature a large variety of pop, rock, R&B, country, Christian, swing and Latin artists. See the full schedule below!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2019 - Eat to the Beat

We've never felt the need to grab spots too early for these concerts. Even though people do stake out spots about 45 minutes before, we saw people snag good seats within 10 minutes of the start of the show. However, crowds may depend on the musical guest's popularity. We typically recommend getting there 20-30 minutes ahead of time and attending the earliest show.

Full Eat to the Beat 2019 Lineup

  • August 29 to 31: Plain White T’s
  • September 1 to 2: NEW! Sawyer Brown
  • September 3 to 4: MercyMe
  • September 5 to 6: NEW! Grace Kelly
  • September 7 to 8: NEW! Zach Williams
  • September 9 to 10: NEW! Lauren Daigle
  • September 11 to 12: NEW! Jimmie Allen
  • September 13 to 15: Tiffany
  • September 16 to 17: Smash Mouth
  • September 18 to 19: Everclear
  • September 20 to 22: STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
  • September 23 to 24: Post Modern Jukebox
  • September 25 to 26: Blue October
  • September 27 to 29: Mark Wills
  • September 30 to October 2: Sugar Ray
  • October 3 to 4: Taylor Dayne
  • October 5 to 6: NEW! India
  • October 7 to 9: 98°
  • October 10 to 11: NEW! Boyce Avenue
  • October 12 to 13: NEW! Southern Avenue
  • October 14 to 15: Kenny G
  • October 16 to 17: 38 Special
  • October 18 to 20: Baha Men
  • October 21 to 22: Billy Ocean
  • October 23 to 25: Sheila E
  • October 26 to 27: High Valley
  • October 28 to 30: Hanson
  • October 31 to November 1: Sheena Easton
  • November 2 to 3: NEW! Kris Allen
  • November 4 to 6: Boyz II Men
  • November 7 to 8: The Hooters
  • November 9 to 11: Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy
  • November 12 to 14: NEW! Joey Fatone and Friends, featuring Chris Kirkpatrick and Ryan Cabrera
  • November 15 to 16: NEW! BBMak
  • November 17 to 18: NEW! Spanish Harlem Orchestra
  • November 19: NEW! D’Capella

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - Plain White T's

Eat to the Beat Dining Package

If you're a die-hard fan and can't miss your favorite band, check out the dining packages at some of our favorite Epcot restaurants for guaranteed seating. While we're usually huge fans of the convenient dining packages, this isn't our favorite option for Epcot Food and Wine Festival since we're too busy stuffing our faces with the quick bites at limited edition booths.

These are the restaurants available for dining packages in 2019:

  • Biergarten Restaurant
  • Chefs de France
  • Coral Reef Restaurant
  • Garden Grill Restaurant
  • La Hacienda de San Angel (dinner only)
  • Nine Dragons Restaurant
  • Restaurant Marrakesh
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room
  • San Angel Inn Restaurante
  • Spice Road Table
  • Teppan Edo
  • Tokyo Dining
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante
  • Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

Epcot Food and Wine 2019 Merchandise

Leap doesn't believe me, but I swear the festival merch gets cuter and cuter each year, and I just cannot resist. Disney just keeps hitting home runs with cool spirit jerseys, and I basically wanted to take home the entire Chef Minnie & Mickey collection.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - Chef Minnie & Mickey Merchandise

Visit the Festival Center (located at the World ShowPlace Events pavilion in between the U.K. and Canada pavilions) for the widest selection in one place. You'll find ornaments, mugs, ears, apparel, kitchenware, art and so much more! You can also find festival merchandise throughout smaller kiosk locations in Future World and World Showcase, as well.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2019 Tips

With so many visitors to Epcot during the festival, especially on evenings and weekends, it helps to have a few insider tips. Here are some of our favorites.

1. Make a plan before heading out.

If you take your food as seriously as I do, you'll want to identify a few must-try items in advance. It's a great way to whet your appetite, and it can help you budget. I make a list of the things I want to try and at which global marketplaces I can find them. It's not meant to be exhaustive because I want to leave a little room for discovery, but it helps me plan which foods (OK, desserts) I don't want to miss.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival - Taco de Puerco

You can also do this when you get to the festival. Use your Food and Wine Festival Passport to note the dishes that you're most interested in sampling. Be sure to check out the times and musical guests for the Eat to the Beat concert series, calendar of demonstrations and chef appearances, as well. You never know who might be coming to town while you're visiting or what new skills you can learn at a cooking demo!

2. Have a budget and stick to it.

As we mentioned earlier, setting a spending limit at the outset is the best way not to go overboard. You can use cash, credit, debit, cards, MagicBands (if you're staying at a Disney World Resort Hotel) and quick-service meal and snack credits (if you're using the Disney dining plan). We prefer the miniature-sized festival gift cards because they are convenient with their wrist strap, and also make nice souvenirs.

3. Don't limit yourself to World Showcase.

The concept of eating and drinking "around the world" has become so common that many people forget about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival offerings outside of World Showcase. Some of our favorite items last year appeared in Future World.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2019 - Wine and Dine

Just beyond this area, a bit closer to World Showcase is where you'll find some of the more classic — and always amazing — booths such as the Chocolate and Cheese Studios and Wine & Dine. If I were limited to only visiting three booths at the entire festival, these would be it! The wine and cheese flight at Wine & Dine is a delectable deal, and we all know I can't pass up chocolate creations. These areas also have prime dining stops with plenty of tables for all of your snacks. And for the beer lover in your family, don't miss the Craft Beer pavilion right behind Test Track — a great place for yummy food and snacks, and to cool off!

4. Annual Passholders — get your goods!

There are usually quite a few Passholder-exclusive merchandise items available only in the Festival Center, such as pins, tumblers, magnets and shirts.

5. Go with a group to maximize the adventure.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - Family Fun

Another way to sample a little bit of everything is to go to the festival with a group. Even if it's just you and your bestie, a good time is guaranteed. Whether it's friends, family or even some hoppy frogs you met in the hotel lobby, everyone is bound to have different tastes. Each person gets the dishes he or she wants and then shares with the group!

6. Scout places to eat.

You don't want to dash and dine at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Don't underestimate the importance of having a place to enjoy all of the food you're about to consume. During crowded times (evenings and weekends), it can be tough to grab a place to set your food down to enjoy. Most of the dining areas are high-top tables with no chairs. However, there are hidden alleys and areas throughout Epcot to take a break and sip on that specialty drink.

We recommend scouting out a place to sit BEFORE grabbing those handfuls of food. That way, you're not left scrambling for seating. Have one member of your frog pack hold down your spot (or even a standing table) while others grab food and drinks.

7. Keep an eye out for photo-ops.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - Photo Op

Cute photo with a short wait? Count us in. You can find colorful festival displays as you transition from Future World to World Showcase. One of them features Remy on top of pink layered cake, and another has a grand Eiffel Tower made out of cheese. Don't worry ... you'll likely find a PhotoPass photog (or a nice frog) near these prominent displays!

8. Pace yourself.

It can be very tempting to dive into every dish (or drink) you see, but this is where your plan comes in to play. Use that handy passport to help pace yourself as you travel around World Showcase ... but remember it's also OK to try something that just looks too yummy to pass up.

9. Let the kids have fun.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - Let the Kids Have Fun

Epcot Food and Wine Festival isn't just for adults! One of the most fun things about the festival — especially for the tadpoles — is getting your festival passport stamped. Everyone can get a passport, but if you're doing the festival as a family, we think it's easiest if you only get one. Every time we visit a new marketplace booth, Lily and Tad take turns getting it stamped.

10. ... And let them eat!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese from The Alps

Sure, first impressions of Epcot Food and Wine Festival cuisine may come off quite exquisite and not exactly kid-friendly. Have no fear! The festival does a great job of combining traditional favorites with something new and exciting. In fact, if you look inside your Festival Passport, look for a special icon that designates a dish as kid-approved! What better way to get your tadpoles to experiment with veggies than with interesting Disney dishes? (FYI, this Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese dish from the new marketplace, The Alps, is a great starting point. Plus, the tadpoles will love watching the cheese being poured onto the dish!)

11. Avoid evenings and weekends if possible.

Floridians love the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, so crowds tend to swell during evenings and weekends. For shorter lines, visit during the week and plan on going for lunch rather than during dinner hours. If you're going on a weekend, head for the World Showcase during the day or later in the evening as guests start to claim spots to see fireworks. It's worth going late if you go during the weekend — Epcot usually remains open until 10 p.m. on those festival weekend evenings.

12. Try new things you might not consider beforehand.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival - Spicy Hummus Fries

Small plates inspired by cuisines from all around the globe could introduce you to your new favorite food, such as these spicy hummus fries from Morocco! Don't be afraid to try that vegetable you've never heard of, the cheese with the funny name or interesting new drink. You might just like them! (If not, I'll be hoppy to finish it for you.)

13. Get dessert for a memorable finish.

The savory dishes are certainly delicious, but my sweet tooth always has me coming back for dessert. Disney has some of the best in the world! From classic pairings like lemon and raspberry to unexpected combinations of strawberry and basil or innovative truffles chilled with liquid nitrogen, you're sure to have a sweet ending to your day at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!

14. Jump on wearable Epcot Food and Wine Festival gift cards.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - Gift Cards

Tasting lanyards are no longer available for Food and Wine Festival, so while no special deals are offered, your next best bet for convenience is getting this wearable festival gift card. This avoids the fuss of pulling out your wallet at each marketplace, and it's a good way to budget each member of the squad. Put an allotted amount on each to pace your spending. You can find these at the festival markets throughout the park, including Port of Entry.

15. Dress up and have fun.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival - Dressing Up

Whether it's just you and your bestie or a whole army of frogs, you'll have more fun if you get in the wine and foodie spirit. Wear your team colors, custom trip T-shirts or matching wine glasses. It will be a blast!

There is a lot to digest (so to speak) as you decide what to experience at Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2019!  Do you have any questions about this year's event? Share in comments below!

Related: 5 Fantastic Quick-Service Restaurants at Epcot

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Sep 17, 2019 at midnight Lu Says...

Where do we pick up the Festival Passport, please?!

Sep 17, 2019 at 2:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lu!

The festival passports are available near the entrance, once you're past the touch points. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 10, 2019 at 4:51 p.m. robin Says...

hi, on our last trip to the F &W festival, i purchased in the welcome center, a prepaid drink dela and it hung around my neck and as i had a drink, i handed it to cashier, i think it was 8 coupons attached, not sure but are they offering that this year, it was a pretty good deal, and fun, thanks

Aug 30, 2019 at 7:24 p.m. Michelle Says...

How would I know which items are considered a snack Credit on the dining plan?

Sep 3, 2019 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

Look for the Disney Dining Plan icon on the menus of the kiosks at the festival; that's generally the best indicator that there's an option available that counts as a snack, and a cast member can then identify which goodie meets your needs.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 20, 2019 at 9:51 p.m. Lacey Says...

Thanks so much for all of your amazing content! We’re going to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival (and Disney) for the first time with our children and have a few questions:

1) Do all booths open at 11 am (even the new donut one, simmering sips, etc.) Is there a place where I can look up that information?

2) How can we get the passports for the kids to stamp?

Thanks again for all of this great info!

Aug 21, 2019 at 12:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lacey!

That's correct -- all booths open at 11 a.m. Passports can be purchased from any store inside of Epcot! You can find a list of all of the booths in the post above, or here. We generally grab ours just before Mexico to start our tour.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 30, 2019 at 2:35 p.m. Kristen Says...

Hi there!

This will be my husband's and my first trip to Epcot AND Food and Wine. We will be there September 29th thru October 3rd. I've been scouring the web trying to get SOME idea of what the lines are like for the festival food and beverage booths. I've read lots of vague stuff about the lines being long in the early to mid afternoons, but could you provide any approximate guidelines to what we should expect? Unfortunately TouringPlans doesn't have any info on F&W. If we get to booths right at 11, are we talking like maybe a 5-10 wait? And then noon and on into th afternoon is "long" like 20 mins per booth or 40 mins per booth? I know you can't predict the future but any estimates based on what you've experienced would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance.

Jul 31, 2019 at 2:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristen!

If you get there at 11 a.m., your wait would likely be less than 10 minutes at all booths with afternoon times at the more popular booths around 20 to 30 minutes. Hoping you and your husband have a frogtastic time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 25, 2019 at 5:34 p.m. MrsFS Says...

How miserable would it be to take my 2 & 4 year olds with me and another adult to F&W?

Jul 25, 2019 at 4 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You know your kiddos (and the experience you're looking for) best! We think with a stroller and some breaks for rides and exploring, your tadpoles would be just fine.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 5, 2019 at 3:49 p.m. Keri Says...

What characters show up at Epcot?

Jun 28, 2019 at 6:20 p.m. Tommie Says...

We were at the Food & Wine festival in 2017. We were told if you buy a ticket late in the afternoon/evening, you will be able to enter the festival the next day without an additional charge. Is this correct?

Jun 28, 2019 at 1:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tommie!

To our knowledge, that is not correct, unfortunately. A ticket is required for each individual day's admission.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 18, 2019 at 9:12 p.m. Lori Foxworth Says...

Hello! How many days would you suggest doing the Food and Wine Festival? What time of day are the food and beverages available?

Jun 19, 2019 at 8:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori,

It really depends on your schedule! If you're only here on a short trip, you could make it around the festival in a day. But if you have the time to explore, we'd suggest coming back multiple days so you can try everything you want. The festival's food booths around World Showcase open at 11 a.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 11, 2019 at 8:28 p.m. Brittany Says...

Where can we purchase the hop on gift cards?

May 9, 2019 at 2:17 p.m. Becs Murden Says...


We will be in WDW for the first few days of August - we were hoping to attend some of the paid events such as the Parisian breakfast but everything doesn’t seem to start until September! Is there any events on the first few days?


May 13, 2019 at 1:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Becs!

The festival begins Aug. 29, so the events will begin then and continue through Nov. 23. It looks like the first paid event is Mexican Tequila Lunch available on Aug. 29 and 30, and as you noted, the remainder begin in September and October. Have a wonderful time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 14, 2019 at 11:11 p.m. M Edwards Says...

Will the Food and Wine Festival Premium Package be offered for 2019?

Apr 15, 2019 at 3:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

No information has been released about the Premium packages just yet, but we've got our eyes and ears open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 26, 2019 at 8:55 p.m. Sarah Lafreniere Says...

Are you still able to use Dining Credits for Eat to the Beat or does that cost more? Will I still be able to book meals at Epcot the nights this is going on? I am a little nervous now. Thanks.

Jan 30, 2019 at 12:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

Dining credit information for Eat to the Beat has not yet been released (nor has the lineup/dates, and it's too early to book regular dining reservations just yet) but we've got our eyes and ears open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 10, 2018 at 8:13 p.m. Christine E Says...

We did the “Eat to the Beat Concert Series Dining Package” and found it interesting no discounts were allowed in restaurant. (Tables in Wonderland or DVC)

Nov 12, 2018 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christine!

That is correct - typically, discounts are not allowed on dining packages.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 30, 2018 at 11:11 p.m. Maria Says...

How much is a ticket to Epcot?

Oct 31, 2018 at 11:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria!

Prices vary depending on when you want to visit and how long. Check out all of our options.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 14, 2018 at 10:33 p.m. Denise Says...

Has anyone been to FW on the last day? It’s the only day we can go (Monday) and we’re imagining the ends of recipes, kiosks broken down and the beginning of tearing everything down

Oct 15, 2018 at 2:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Denise!

OMG - no worries! Epcot keeps the festival TOTALLY up and running through the final day, just as good as it would be if you had visited in the middle of it. The only difference is that you might see some holiday decorations popping up as well.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 1, 2018 at 8:54 p.m. Tiffany Says...


We plan on attending the festival on October 5. Should we start first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds and also can you purchase an all you can eat and drink pass? Thanks

Oct 1, 2018 at 9:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany!

The marketplaces typically don't open until 11AM, but we do recommend arriving early! Unfortunately, there is not an all-you-can-eat pass.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 18, 2018 at 11:50 p.m. willow Says...

I would like to ask about The Epcot passport.

How we can get The Epcot passport inside the Epcot.

Sep 23, 2018 at 11:10 a.m. Kristina Hogue Says...

They have them everywhere! When you walk into Epcot, there are stands with maps of the park in many different languages, usually the passports are right there. No worries, you will see them all around, I promise. Have fun!!

Sep 19, 2018 at 8:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Willow!

You can grab a passport wherever you find brochures in the park :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 15, 2018 at 2:45 p.m. Laura Says...

What time does the Eat to the Beat Concert series start each night?

Sep 20, 2018 at 4:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura!

On every evening of the festival, a classic American band or artist takes the stage at the America Gardens Theater at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 2, 2018 at 3:21 a.m. T Says...


Heading the 1st week in October. Will it be so crowded that the restaurants will be full we will need dining reservations. Or will most people head to Food and Wine. I am interested in the restaurants at Epcot.

Also how crazy busy will it be that week we were planing to eat there during the evenings Oct 1-5?

Sep 5, 2018 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowds that week. It shouldn't be too crazy busy! Be sure to make reservations at any sit-down restaurants. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 31, 2018 at 12:25 p.m. John W Says...

We are heading to Orlando WDW for Xmas this year. It's great to have Undercover tourist as our start point for tickets and hotel!

Aug 6, 2018 at 1:48 a.m. Wendy Says...

We are attending F&W and are on the DDP. Can we use a quick service meal entitlement for tasting portions and an alcoholic beverage (now that the dining plan includes alcoholic beverages), or only snack credits for the tasting portions (and purchase alcoholic beverages separately)? Thanks.

Aug 14, 2018 at 2:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy!

We can't confidently answer your question quite yet, as this is the first year of the festival for which this will be applicable. We'll be sure to ask when we attend the first day! Keep an eye on this post for answers.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 7, 2018 at 4:44 a.m. Emily Says...

Hi! I made a rookie mistake and planned a disney vacation over labor day weekend so I could go to the food and wine festival for the first time. After looking at all the horror stories of going opening weekend or on a weekend in general, I am reconsidering.. We only had plans to go to food and wine on Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, but I may just cancel our trip altogether and plan for a time where we can go on a less busy time period. If you could give an opinion on whether to cancel or not please do! If you don't think we should cancel and could give advice on the best time of day to go, that would be great. I wouldn't mind the crowds as much, but the people I am going with I know will not be happy.

Jul 9, 2018 at 12:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily!

Uh oh! To us, even a busy trip to Disney World is still a blast. But we totally understand the struggle and pressure to make sure the people you are going with have fun too. If you're worried they will be bothered by the crowds, we definitely recommend rescheduling your trip since Labor Day and the beginning of Food & Wine will bring in lots of guests. We would hate for you to not enjoy your trip because you have secondhand stress! You can check out our Crowd Calendar for the best times to visit, and feel free to reach back out if you have any other questions.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 3, 2018 at 5:32 p.m. Carol Says...

First time to F&W this Oct with our group of 5; we have only one day which is a Sun so I know it will be crowded; I am hoping to do a few rides in the morning; F&W for lunch; more rides; then walking around to see how the crowds are and if we want anything else to eat; I am thinking of doing a sit down dinner at Epcot due to the crowds I am thinking will be there at dinner; is this wise? And I saw that white tray above in the pictures? Are those offered any where at the Festival? Thank you!

Jul 3, 2018 at 3:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol!

This sounds like the perfect plan to us. Our best advice would be to dine at "off" times. For example - an early lunch around 11 a.m. and an early dinner around 4 p.m. (with extra snacking at the Food & Wine booths later on, of course!) would be the best approach. The white tray was included with a sampler dish we purchased last year. Yum!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 18, 2018 at 5:43 p.m. Shannon Says...


I'm doing Disney World this fall and it's falling in the middle of the food & wine festival... Sad thing is I don't drink and am currently seeing little interest in the festival. Is it possible for me to stick to a "regular" Epcot touring plan and not focus on the festival without it impending the fun? We're only in the park until about 6pm and I want to see as much as possible...


Apr 18, 2018 at 10:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon!

OMG - don't worry! The festivals don't interfere with the standard Epcot experience at all. You can definitely stick with a "regular" Epcot touring plan and enjoy your day! Much of the crowds will be drawn towards the Food & Wine exclusives, leaving the rest of the park as your oyster!

Keep hopping!


Sep 28, 2017 at 3:27 a.m. KC Says...

What time does the Food & Wind Festival close on Sundays? I cannot find any information about the hours anywhere

Sep 28, 2017 at 8:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi KC,

The Food and Wine festival is "open" when Epcot is open, yet some booths and activities have different hours. Check the official Epcot page and look up the day you are thinking of attending. That's your best clue as to times.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 7, 2017 at 2:10 p.m. Rachel Says...

Is it possible to get the passports before we go (in November)?

Sep 7, 2017 at 3:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

We've only seen the passports available inside Epcot.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 28, 2017 at 8:52 p.m. Stephanie Says...

Read enough bad reviews of this event to avoid it altogether. Crazy prices, miniscule samples, crappy wine...I can do so much better all by myself for a fraction of the cost.

Aug 31, 2017 at 3:07 a.m. Traci Says...

Oh it's pricy because of the admission to get into Epcot but my husband and I go without children and have gone 5 out of the last 8 years.

WE love it. The food is small but just enough. And wine is not the only alcoholic beverages offered.

We have a blast either alone or years we've traveled with others.

Im sad because until last year when it was full, I had no idea about the chase lounge and was excited to take advantage but now it's gone.

So give it a try.

Aug 27, 2017 at 8:39 p.m. Beth Says...

will there be gluten free items offered?

Aug 28, 2017 at 8:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth,

We're hopping down to the Food and Wine Festival this week. We'll note where we see gluten free options and include it in our post!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Karen Says...

How do I go about purchasing a festival gift card? Is there a website? I will be coming from the Midwest and will need it before I arrive in Florida. Thanks!

Aug 22, 2017 at 6:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

You may purchase a Disney Gift Card before you arrive and use that at the festival. It's not a festival gift card, but it works the same. You can find more info here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 8, 2019 at 1:25 p.m. Barbara Clatterbaugh Says...

How and when can you purchase F&W gift card that you wrote about?

Apr 9, 2019 at 9:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barbara,

These mini gift cards are available when you arrive at Epcot for the festival!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 16, 2017 at 12:50 p.m. Theresa Says...

What is the average cost per dish/drink when sampling food and wine? I am trying to determine how much to budget for and put on the mini gift cards for myself and my daughter. Thank you.

Aug 16, 2017 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Theresa,

In the past, food dishes have been between $4-8, and drinks between $3-6. Hope that helps!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 15, 2017 at 10:01 p.m. Carol Harter Says...

Can you give a price range for the small bites that are offered at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival? I'd like to get a feel for how much I'd like to put on my festival gift card.

Aug 16, 2017 at 8:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol,

In the past, food dishes have been between $4-8, and drinks between $3-6. Hope that helps!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 15, 2017 at 8:18 p.m. Lexy Says...

I see the list of Marketplaces, but how do I know where these will be spread out throughout the park? Is there a map available ahead of time to plan? Thanks!

Aug 16, 2017 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lexy,

There is a map available, but it has not been posted yet. We'll link to it on the blog when it's posted by Disney.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 16, 2017 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lexy,

There is a map available, but it has not been posted yet. We'll link to it in the blog when it's posted by Disney.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 15, 2017 at 7:21 p.m. Wendy Says...

Would you still recommend going left to right (Mexico to Canada) even now that the Frozen ride draws so many people to that side?

Aug 16, 2017 at 9:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy,

We'll look into this when we hop down in a few weeks, but we don't anticipate the Frozen line to interfere with the Marketplace Booths around Norway.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 15, 2017 at 6:26 p.m. Cheri Says...

Have seen that the Chase Lounge will not be operated this year- so sad

Aug 15, 2017 at 5:58 p.m. Mary Says...

I am confused! You mention the Chase Lounge but I read in several sources that Chase was no longer a sponsor and there would be no Chase lounge available in 2017.

Aug 15, 2017 at 1:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary,

Thanks for the catch. We've removed it off the blog.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 15, 2017 at 5:18 p.m. Todd Says...

Pertaining to #9, I believe it was recently announced that the Chase lounge will not be returning for this year's festival.

Jul 20, 2017 at 3:06 a.m. Pam Says...

Can my 19 year old daughter join me in attending the low cost seminars offered at the Festival Center as long as she doesn't partake of any alcohol?

Aug 18, 2017 at 4:44 p.m. Ann Says...

Yes, your daughter is more then welcome to go to the seminars. I have seen many children much younger then your daughter go to them. They just do not serve them the alcohol. They are very fun and family friendly.

Jul 18, 2016 at 9:45 p.m. Karen Says...

Heading to Epcot's F&W Festival on Oct. 2nd, 2016. I'm considering the breakfast with Bobby Valastro. Is this a full breakfast?? Just wondering since the cost is $129/pp. Any idea if it's worth it?


Aug 18, 2017 at 4:42 p.m. Ann Says...

I go every year to this event and in the past couple of years it has been a plated brunch meal. It usually has roasted potatoes, some kind of quiche or egg dish, a protein, and another kind of vegi. They also have pastries on the table to share along with coffee/tea, orange juice and some kind of wine or champagne.

Oct 4, 2014 at 2:35 a.m. jill Says...

We will be attending the Food & Wine festival for the first time ever. Is there plenty to experience without buying additional tickets for events? Or do you have to have additional tickets beyond park admission to partake? I'm really not sure what exactly to expect. Thanks!

Aug 22, 2017 at 5:19 p.m. Nancy Sterner Says...

You DO NOT need to purchase any extra event tickets. There are SO many vendors from which to purchase small plates and drinks AND the Eat to the Beat Concerts are free...just get there early for a seat. Also, if you are on the Dining Plan, your snack credits can be used instead of cash at the vendor sites.

Oct 6, 2014 at 1:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...


You do not need to purchase additional tickets to enjoy the festival. World Showcase is the hub of activity with the food and drink offerings from the international marketplaces. Pick a few countries, sample the flavors and enjoy the sights and sounds!

Mommy Frog

Sep 24, 2014 at 12:13 a.m. Ronald Paul haegely Says...

What do I ned to do to buy tickets for the Epcot Food & Wine Festival - Late Nights LIVE!. We will be there on oct 23.

Sep 20, 2014 at 3:46 p.m. Bonnie Says...

I attend the Food and Wine every year. Love it!

So disappointed this year to see they have removed the Lobster Roll! It was the best of the Festival!

Sep 17, 2014 at 7:06 p.m. Carol Ann Says...

If you already have a ticket to Epcot, it's an additional $79 to partake in the Late Nights LIVE! street party? Or is there an up-charge?

Sep 18, 2014 at 7:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol Ann,

That is correct.


Mommy Frog

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