As one of our favorite events of the year, EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival combines our love for Disney, food and wine. Honestly, what could be better than hopping around World Showcase and sampling new foods and drinks? This event has been taking people’s taste buds all over the world since 1995. The EPCOT Food and Wine Festival is now open and will continue to make our bellies very hoppy through Nov. 20. We've already hopped around to take in some new and returning favorite booths and items, including any wing you could imagine at Brew-Wing, tropical mimosa options at Shimmering Sips and yes, donuts at The Donut Box. It just was so great to be back walking around World Showcase and enjoying some delicious food. There are even more Global Marketplaces opening as the festival goes on — we cannot wait!
Last year's Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival had modified experiences due to COVID-19 but we're happy to say this year is already feeling like a normal festival, especially with the return of live bands! We're hopful that more festival favorites, such as the seminars and celebrity chef demonstrations, may return in the future. Our festival guide is chock-full of information and froggy favorite tips to get you ready for the event, so let's hop to it!
EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival 2021 Dates & Overview
For 2021, the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival began July 15 and will continue through Nov. 20. The event features its signature global marketplaces, live music, scavenger hunts and more. It's our favorite way to try new foods and flavors from all over the world!
One of the best parts about one of EPCOT's most popular events is that you can experience the bulk of the 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.
Before you dive in to all of the delicious details, let us tempt your tastebuds with this video that showcases the sights and sounds of last year's festival. (Please refrain from licking the screen.)
EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival 2021 Menus
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 your way around the world. New Global Marketplaces have opened in Morocco, The American Adventure and throughout the park (with more opening in the fall).
New this year, savor cheese dishes around the world with Emile's Fromage Montage. Purchase five cheese dishes from select Global Marketplaces and collect a stamp in your Festival Passport. Once complete, head to the Shimmering Sips booth for a special prize.
Here's a full list of the Global Marketplaces available in 2021:
Earth Eats hosted by Impossible (Between Imagination! and Refreshment Port)
- The Impossible Burger Slider with Wasabi Cream and Spicy Slaw on a Sesame Seed Bun (plant based)
- (New) Impossible Three-Bean Chili (gluten/wheat friendly; plant based)
- (New) Spiced Apple Twinings of London Chai Tea (nonalcoholic)
- (New) Stephen Vincent Pinot Noir, California
- (New) Spiced Apple Twinings of London Chai Tea with Whiskey
NEW! The Noodle Exchange (Near Traveler’s Café)
- (New) Traditional Spicy Vietnamese Beef Pho with Shaved Beef, Enoki Mushrooms and Thai Basil (gluten/wheat friendly)
- (New) Char Siu Pork Udon with Enoki Mushrooms, Bok Choy and Soy Pickled Egg
- (New) Shrimp and Coconut Curry Rice Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms and Thai Basil (gluten/wheat friendly)
- (New) Tofu Pho with Enoki Mushrooms and Thai Basil (gluten/wheat friendly; plant based)
- (New) Playalinda Brewing Company Yaupon Brothers Green Tea Pale Ale, Titusville, FL
- (New) A to Z Riesling, Oregon
Shimmering Sips hosted by CORKCICLE (Near Port of Entry)
- Shimmering Strawberry Soft-serve in a Waffle Cone
- Banana Bread with Mixed Berry Compote (plant based)
- Tropical Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Passion Fruit, Orange and Guava Juices
- Key Lime Mimosa with Key Lime Sparkling Wine and Cranberry Juice
- Blood Orange Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Blood Orange Juice
- Mimosa Flight
- CORKCICLE Stemless Flute
Australia (Near Port of Entry)
- Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion and Snap Peas (gluten/wheat friendly)
- Roasted Lamb Chop with Sweet Potato Purée, Bush Berry Pea Salad and Pistachio-Pomegranate Gremolata (gluten/wheat friendly)
- Deconstructed Pavlova with Pastry Cream, Citrus-macerated Berries and Lemon Myrtle Meringue (gluten/wheat friendly)
- Coopers Brewery Original Pale Ale
- (New) Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
- (New) Robert Oatley Chardonnay
- (New) Château Tanunda Grand Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon
- Wine Flight
Refreshment Port hosted by Boursin (Near Canada)
- (New) Braised Beef Poutine: French Fries, Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce, Cheese Curds and Gherkin Relish
- Maple Boursin Cheesecake with Whipped Boursin Maple Bourbon Cheese and Candied Pecans
- (New) Numanthia Termes Tinta de Toro Red Wine
Ireland (Near United Kingdom) – Opening Oct. 1
- Fisherman’s Seafood Pie
- Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard
- Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy
- Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
- Guinness Baileys Shake
- Bunratty Mead Honey Wine
- Canadian Cheddar and Bacon Soup served with a Pretzel Roll
- “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce (gluten/wheat friendly)
- (New) Collective Arts Audio/Visual Lager, Hamilton, Ontario
- (New) Château des Charmes Cabernet-Merlot Old Vines
Appleseed Orchard (Canada Theatre)
- (New) Apple Crumble Tart
- Apple Chips (gluten/wheat friendly)
- Frozen Apple Pie (nonalcoholic)
- (New) Cinnamon Apple Cider (nonalcoholic)
- (New) Collective Arts Brewing Circling the Sun Hard Cider, Ontario, Canada
- (New) Original Sin Hard Cider McIntosh, New York, NY
- (New) Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Saint Chéri Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry, Armada, MI
- (New) Big Storm Brewing Co. Apple Blonde Ale, Clearwater, FL
- (New) 3 Daughters Brewing Apple Pecan Brown Ale, St. Petersburg, FL
- (New) Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company Apple-y Ever After Green Apple Sour Ale, Orlando, FL
- Apple Blossom Sky: Fanta Apple, Ginger Beer, Floodwall Apple Brandy, Maple Syrup and Mini Marshmallows
- Beer Flight
- Cider Flight
- CORKCICLE Classic Tumbler
Brazil (Between France and Morocco) – Opening Oct. 1
- Moqueca: Brazilian Seafood Stew featuring Scallops, Shrimp, White Fish with Coconut-Lime Sauce and Steamed Rice (gluten/wheat friendly)
- Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato and Onions (gluten/wheat friendly)
- Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread (gluten/wheat friendly)
- (New) M.I.A. Beer Company Limāo Lager, Doral, FL
- Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça
Belgium (Between France and Morocco) – Opening Oct. 1
- Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes
- Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache
- Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream
- St. Bernardus Witbier
- Delirium Red Fruit Beer
- (New) Chimay Dorée Gold
- Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
- Beer Flight
- (New) Belgian Abbey Ale
NEW! Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina (Morocco)
- (New) Fried Falafel Pita with Tahini Sauce (plant based)
- (New) Grilled Kebabs with Couscous, Tomato-Onion Salad and Garlic Aïoli
- Lemon-Garlic Chicken
- Moroccan Spiced Lamb
- Harissa-marinated Beef Tenderloin Tips
- (New) Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with Hummus, Zaalouk and Zhoug Dips
- (New) Pistachio Cake with Cinnamon Pastry Cream and Candied Walnuts
- (New) Fresh Orange Juice (nonalcoholic)
- (New) Fresh Blood Orange Juice (nonalcoholic)
- (New) 3 Daughters Brewing Fig Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL
- (New) Bold Rock Ginger Turmeric Hard Cider, Nellysford, VA
- (New) Woodchuck Cinnamon Nutmeg Hard Cider, Middlebury, VT
- (New) Fig Cocktail with White-Cranberry Juice and Fig Vodka
- Cider Flight
- CORKCICLE Classic Tumbler
Greece (Near Morocco)
- (New) Griddled Cheese with Pistachios and Honey (gluten/wheat friendly; Emile’s Fromage Montage)
- (New) Lamb Moussaka
- (New) Mylonas Assyrtiko White Wine
- (New) Skouras Zoe Rosé
- (New) Kir-Yianni Naoussa Xinomavro Dry Red
- Wine Flight
Hops & Barley (American Adventure)
- New England Lobster Roll: Lobster with Herb Mayonnaise on a Griddled Roll
- (New) Hot Beef Sandwich with Horseradish Cream and Pickled Vegetables
- Freshly Baked Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
- (New) 81Bay Brewing Co. Strawberry and Lime, Tampa, FL
- (New) SweetWater Brewing Company Hazy IPA, Atlanta, GA
- (New) Lord Hobo Brewing Boom Sauce DIPA, Woburn, MA
- (New) Bold Rock Roast Coffee Hard Cider, Mills River, NC
- (New) Longevity Chardonnay, California
- (New) Tribute Cabernet Sauvignon, California
- Beer Flight
NEW! The Rotunda Bistro (American Adventure Rotunda)
- (New) Chilled Smoked Shrimp Salad (gluten/wheat friendly)
- (New) Wild Mushroom and Truffle Tart with Gruyère and Crème Fraîche
- (New) Chilled Crab and Avocado Parfait with Caviar (gluten/wheat friendly)
- (New) Domaine Carneros Cuvée Brut Rosé, California
Spain (Between Italy and Germany) – Opening Oct. 1
- Charcuterie with a selection of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses and Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette (gluten/wheat friendly)
- Spanish-style Paella with Rice, Chorizo and Shrimp (gluten/wheat friendly)
- Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar and Smoked Paprika (gluten/wheat friendly)
- (New) Estrella Galicia Cerveza Especial Lager
- (New) Avaline White Blend
- (New) Faustino VII Rioja Rosado
- Espelt Garnacha
- Wine Flight
- Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions and Cheese (Emile’s Fromage Montage)
- Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll
- Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce
- (New) Gaffel Kölsch, Cologne
- Weihenstephaner Lager, Freising
- (New) Schöfferhofer Wild Cherry Hefeweizen, Mainz
- Selbach-Oster Riesling
- Beer Flight
The Alps (Near Germany) – Opening Oct. 1
- Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Alpine Ham, Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguette
- Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguette
- Blueberry and Almond Frangipane Tart with Crème Fraîche
- (New) Huber Vision Grüner Veltliner, Austria
- Cave De La Côte Rosé Gamay, Romand
- René Favre Dôle, Chamoson
- Frozen Rosé
- Wine Flight
Kenya (Outpost) – Opening Oct. 1
- Kenyan Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato & Corn Mealie Pap and Kachumbari Slaw (gluten/wheat friendly)
- Piri Piri Skewered Shrimp with Citrus-scented Couscous
- Tusker Lager
- Spicy Githeri with White Beans, Pigeon Peas, Ben’s Original Quinoa & Ancient Grains Medley and Kachumbari Slaw (plant-based)
- 3 Daughters Brewing Allspice Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL
- CORKCICLE Classic Tumbler
India (Near China) – Opening Oct. 1
- Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips
- Korma Chicken with Basmati Rice, Crispy Chickpeas and Spiced Yogurt Sauce (gluten/wheat friendly)
- Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and Ben’s Original Basmati Rice (gluten/wheat friendly; plant based)
- Mango Lassi (nonalcoholic)
- (New) Taj Mahal Premium Lager
- (New) Sula Brut Tropicale Sparkling Wine, Nashik
- Sula Chenin Blanc, Nashik
- Mango Lassi with Sōmrus Chai Cream Liqueur
NEW! The Swanky Saucy Swine (Near Disney Traders)
- (New) Crispy Barbecue Pork Rinds with Pimento Cheese (gluten/wheat friendly; Emile’s Fromage Montage)
- (New) Roasted Porchetta with Pork-fat Roasted Rosemary Potatoes and Lemon-Parsley Salsa Verde (gluten/wheat friendly)
- (New) Soy-glazed Sticky Ribs with Green Onions and Peanuts
- (New) Crispy Pig Ear Salad with Fire Roasted Tomatillo Sauce, Pickled Red Onions, Queso Fresco, Roasted Corn Salsa and Avocado Cream (gluten/wheat friendly)
- (New) Parish Brewing Co. SIPS Pinot Noir Black Currant Sour, Broussard, LA
- (New) Rombauer Zinfandel, California
- (New) Bourbon Bloody Mary with Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
Hawaii (Near Disney Traders)
- Kālua Pork Slider with Sweet-and-Sour DOLE Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise
- Teriyaki-glazed SPAM Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions and Spicy Mayonnaise
- (New) Tuna Poke with Eel Sauce, Spicy Mayonnaise and Crispy Shrimp Chips
- Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts (Emile’s Fromage Montage)
- (New) Kona Brewing Co. Hanalei Island IPA, Kailua-Kona, HI
- Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
- AULANI Sunrise: Vodka, DOLEPineapple Juice and Grenadine
NEW! Brew-Wing at the EPCOT Experience
- (New) Garlic-Parmesan Wings with Celery and Ranch (gluten/wheat friendly)
- (New) Barbecue Wings with Celery and Ranch (gluten/wheat friendly)
- (New) Teriyaki-Sesame Wings with Celery and Ranch
- (New) Traditional Buffalo Wings with Celery and Ranch (gluten/wheat friendly)
- (New) Mango-Habanero Wings with Celery and Ranch (gluten/wheat friendly)
- (New) Cheese Flatbread
- (New) Pepperoni Flatbread
- (New) Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company Pineapple Vibes Blonde Ale, Orlando, FL
- (New) Central 28 Beer Company Groveland Road Blood Orange IPA, DeBary, FL
- (New) Wicked Weed Brewing Watermelon Dragonfruit Session Sour, Asheville, NC
- (New) Bold Rock Honeycrisp Hard Cider, Nellysford, VA
- (New) Starcut Ciders Magpie Hard Cider, Bellaire, MI
- (New) Blake’s Hard Cider Co. Apple Lantern Roasted Pumpkin, Armada, MI
- Beer Flight
- Cider Flight
The Donut Box (Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet)
- (New) Candy Jar Donut made with M&M’S, SNICKERS and TWIX
- (New) Sriracha-glazed Donut
- (New) Chef’s Donut of the Day
- The Donut Box: Pack of the 4 Daily Donuts
- Crispy Chicken on a Sriracha-glazed Donut
- Strawberry Smoothie (nonalcoholic)
- (New) Left Hand Brewing Bittersweet Imperial Coffee Milk Stout, Longmont, CO
- Black and White Coffee Cocktail
- CORKCICLE Classic Tumbler
Flavors from Fire hosted by The NFL on ESPN presented by Chevrolet (Near Test Track)
- The Corned Beef Corner Route: Smoked Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes, Cheese Curds, Pickled Onions and Beer-Cheese Fondue (Emile’s Fromage Montage)
- The Chimichurri-up Offense: Charred Chimichurri Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and Cilantro Aïoli (gluten/wheat friendly)
- The S’mores Whoopie Pie-lon: Smoked Chocolate Cake, Graham Cracker, Marshmallow, Chocolate Ganache,and Candied Bacon
- (New) Saugatuck Brewing Company Bonfire Beer, Douglas, MI
- (New) Four Virtues Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel, California
- Swine Brine featuring Jim Beam Bourbon
NEW! Lobster Landing (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1
- (New) New England Lobster Tail with Lobster Bisque Sauce
- (New) Lobster Chowder with Bacon, Corn, Potatoes and Oyster Crackers
- (New) Baked Lobster Dip with Old Bay Chips (gluten/wheat friendly)
- (New) Coronado Brewing Co. Salty Crew Blonde Ale, San Diego, CA
- (New) Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa
- (New) Sean Minor Chardonnay, California
- (New) Cape Codder: Vodka with Cranberry, Pomegranate and Lime
NEW! Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE) – Opening Oct. 1
- Traditional Macaroni and Cheese with Herbed Panko
- (New) Truffle Macaroni and Cheese with Herbed Panko
- (New) Cowboy Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Pork Belly, Brisket Burnt Ends, Pickled Peppers and Onion Straws
- Macaroni and Cheese with House-made Italian Sausage and Peppers (plant based)
- (New) 81Bay Brewing Co. Lemon Hazy IPA, Tampa, FL
- L’Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc Old Vines, Columbia Valley, WA
- Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR
- (New) Chilaquiles con Chorizo: Crispy Corn Tortillas tossed in Salsa Verde and Monterey Jack Cheese topped with Crema Mexicana, Queso Cotija, Pickled Onions and Ground Chorizo
- (New) Taco de Ribeye: Shaved Ribeye, Red Onions, and Poblano Peppers on a Corn Tortilla with Ranchera Salsa, Cotija Cheese and Chives
- Capirotada de Chocolate: Abuelita Chocolate Bread Pudding served with a Chocolate Crème Anglaise
- Mexican Craft Beer: Tulum Artisanal Lager crafted with Citrus notes and made with Mexican Caribbean Seawater
- (New) El Tigre Margarita: Ojo de Tigre Mezcal with Pomegranate, Prickly Pear, Pineapple and Ginger Juices served on the rocks with a Hibiscus Salt Rim
- (New) La Clásica Reyes Margarita: Centinela Blanco Tequila, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, Abasolo Corn Whiskey, Lime Juice and Agave Nectar served on the rocks with a Chile Piquín Salt Rim
- (New) White Passion Fruit Sangria: White Wine, Chinola Passion Fruit Liqueur and a hint of Ilegal Mezcal
- (New) Beignet aux Trois Fromages: Warm Beignet filled with Three Cheeses
- Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley
- (New) Coq au Vin, Pommes Dauphine: Chicken braised in Burgundy Wine with Bacon and Puffed Potatoes
- (New) Crème Brûlée au Grand Mariner: Vanilla Crème Brûlée with Grand Marnier Liqueur (contains alcohol)
- Evian Sparkling Cucumber and Mint Water with Magnesium and Zinc (nonalcoholic)
- Strawberry Rose Mimosa: Pol Remy Sparkling Wine, Orange Juice and Monin Strawberry Rose
- Rosé Pétillant Méthode Traditionnelle Champenoise: Rosé Sparkling Wine, Pink Flamingo
- Chardonnay, Louis de Camponac
- Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Blend, Bordeaux, Château de Prieuré
- La Passion Martini Slushy: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka, Cranberry and Passion Fruit Juice
- (New) Mezzelune Croccanti: Crispy Half-moon Breaded Mozzarella-filled Ravioli with Pomodoro Sauce
- (New) Ravioli: Grilled Chicken Ravioli with Alfredo Sauce, Romano Cheese and Prezzemolo
- Bomboloni: Cream-filled Italian Doughnut with Raspberry Sauce and Powdered Sugar
- Pinot Grigio
- Rosa Regale
- Italian White Sangria with Prosecco
- Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon
- Italian Margarita with Tequila and Limoncello
- Peroni Pilsner
- Pan-fried Chicken Dumplings with House-made Sweet and Spicy Sauce
- (New) ZiRan Beef Bao Bun: Grilled Beef with Cumin
- Crispy-fried Pepper Shrimp with Spicy Sichuan Noodles
- Mango Bubble Milk Tea: Assam Black Tea, Whole Milk and Mango Syrup (nonalcoholic)
- ByeJoe Punch: Chinese BaiJiu Spirit, Lychee Syrup, Soda Water and Piña Colada Mix
- Dragonfly: Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, Absolut Vodka, Orange Juice and Mango Syrup
- Kung Fu Master: Absolut Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup and Orange Juice
- Jasmine Draft Beer
- Teriyaki Chicken Bun: Steamed Bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables and Teriyaki Sauce
- (New) Tempura Shrimp Sando: Crunchy Shrimp served with Yuzu Crab, Green Onions and Eel Sauce served on a Bun
- (New) Spicy Hako Sushi: Spicy Tuna and Salmon served Box-style with Red Tempura Crunch and Volcano Sauce
- (New) Kochi Lemon Drop: Vodka, Yuzu and Lemon Juice garnished with a Lemon Jelly
- (New) Ozeki Platinum Sake: Junmai Daiginjo (Refreshingly Dry with a Fruity Flavor)
- (New) Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company Urayasu Rice Lager, Orlando, FL
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! 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.
EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival 2021 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
Embark on a Ratatouille-inspired scavenger hunt around the park and win a special prize. Be on the lookout for statuettes of Remy hidden throughout World Showcase. You can purchase the map and stickers from select merchandise locations. We got ours from Disney Traders at the entrance to World Showcase.
Past Event Activities for Kids
During previous years, the Food and Wine Festival hosted a kid-friendly seminar and a dance party. These did not hoppen in 2020, but we're giving them a mention in case they return later in 2021.
- Candy Sushi: This tadpole-friendly seminar debuted at the 2018 festival and returned in 2019. Attendees were able to learn how to roll their own sweet sushi treats with a Disney Chef at The Land pavilion.
- Disney du Jour Dance Party: The Disney du Jour Dance Party in Future World expanded to all seven days of the week for the 2019 festival. A live DJ spun some tunes during the week, while stars from Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country artists, such as Meg Donnelly and AJ Mitchell, performed live on the weekends!
EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival 2021 Entertainment
Typically, the Food and Wine Festival includes the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, but in 2020, it did not take place due to the lack of proper physical distancing measures. In past years' events, the concerts feature a wide range of artists, including Plain White T's, Kenny G and Sugar Ray.
However, festivalgoers can still enjoy the sounds from Voices of Liberty, Mariachi Cobre and the Jammin' Chefs in 2021. The Voices of Liberty and Mariachi Cobre alternate about every half an hour at the America Gardens Theatre. We recommend hanging around the American Adventure Pavilion for a bit and catching both acts (check showtimes day-of to maximize time.) You can catch the Jammin' Chefs at the Canada Mill Stage about every hour.
Here are the typical daily showtimes:
- Mariachi Cobre: 11:45, 12:40, 1:45, 3:20, 4:15, 5:20, 6:15
- Voices of Liberty: 12:15, 1:10, 2:15, 3:50, 4:45, 5:50
- Jammin' Chefs: 12:30, 1:35, 2:35, 3:35, 4:45, 5:40, 6:40
While it may not be the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, the festival will open with America Gardens Bandstand presented by Florida Blue Medicare — a live-music concert series performed Friday through Monday evenings. Local bands from Central Florida will jam out to hit songs from the past through the present. Typical showtimes are 7:30 and 8:30 at the America Gardens Theatre.
American Gardens Bandstand Performances
- July 16 to 19: Epic! Live
- July 23 to 26: Champagne Orchestra
- July 30 to August 2: Element
- August 6 to 9: Sound Society
- August 13 to 16: The Hooligans
- August 20 to 23: The Vybe
- August 27 to 30: The M-80s
- September 3 to 6: Latin Ambition
- September 10 to 13: Audio Exchange
- September 17 to 20: The Hooligans
- September 24 to 27: Epic! Live
And don't froget, fireworks are back at EPCOT! "EPCOT Forever" runs nightly at 10 p.m. through Oct. 1. Coinciding with Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary Celebration, an all-new nighttime spectacular, "Harmonius," will debut Oct. 1. The show can be viewed anywhere around the World Showcase – we recommend getting there about an hour before for a front row spot.
EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival 2021 Merchandise
Leap doesn't believe me, but I swear the festival merch gets cuter and cuter each year, and I just cannot resist. Just give me the entire Be Our Guest collection! Disney just keeps hitting home runs with cool spirit jerseys and Minnie ears. Take a look at special collections — Be Our Guest, Remy Shake Things Up, Apple Orchard and an exclusive Figment Annual Passholder — at Port of Entry. Find festival merchandise throughout the smaller kiosk locations in Future World and World Showcase, as well as World Showplace.
EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival 2021 Tips
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.
You can also do this when you get to the festival. There is a pocket guide with all of the menus, and it's also available digitally through the My Disney Experience app.
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, gift cards or MagicBands (if you're staying at a Disney World Resort hotel). We prefer the miniature-sized festival gift cards because they are convenient with their wrist strap, and also make nice souvenirs.
3. Share food among your frog squad.
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 or family, everyone is bound to have different tastes. Get whatever you want and then share with the rest of the group!
4. Be ready for lines at festival marketplaces
Lots of frogs will be trying the many food and drink offerings around the World Showcase, so be prepared for some busy lines for your favorite treat. Lines can vary so we recommend utilizing the list of favorites you made and prioritizing ones you definitely will wait for. If a line was short, we often hopped in while we could. We noticed France and the Simmering Sips booths had the longest lines when we visited. If a booth has an extra-long line, you can always try back later.
5. 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. 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 squad hold down your spot (or even a standing table) while others grab food and drinks.
6. Keep an eye out for photo-ops.
Cute photo with a short wait? Count us in! You can find colorful festival displays as you transition from Future World to World Showcase. This year's design is simple yet sleek, and you can spot Remy and Emile snacking on some cheese.
7. Pace yourself.
It can be very tempting to dive into every dish (or drink) you see, but this is where your plan comes into 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.
8. Let the kids have fun.
EPCOT Food and Wine Festival isn't just for adults! You can tackle the Remy's Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt or pick up a Kidcot Fun Spot bag filled with stickers and colorable postcards. We found the Kidcot activity bag at a majority of the pavilions — some spots harder than others to find them, but you can always ask a cast member if you have any trouble.
9. ... And let them eat!
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. What better way to get your tadpoles to experiment with veggies than with interesting Disney dishes?
10. Try new things you might not consider beforehand.
Small plates inspired by cuisines from all around the globe could introduce you to your new favorite food! 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.)
11. 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 such as lemon and raspberry to unexpected combinations of strawberry and basil or donuts topped with candy, you're sure to have a sweet ending to your day at the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival!
12. Jump on wearable 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.
13. Dress up and have fun.
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, masks or matching wine glasses. It will be a blast!
Past Seminars & Premium Events at EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival
The Food and Wine Festival allows your inner chef or aspiring sommelier to shine. During past events, you could fine-tune your kitchen skills at a number of cooking demonstrations: wine and beverage, mixology and cheese seminars, and food and wine pairings.
Take a peek at 2019's special demonstrations below. While the talks and demonstrations aren't currently hoppening, this information may be helpful when planning for future festivals!
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 allowed you to get a hands-on lesson from kitchen experts. Your senses were enlightened as you learned anything from cocktail creations to sushi-rolling.
Food & Beverage Pairings
Not ready to roll up your sleeves and cook, but still want to enjoy the yummy delights of a professional? A featured chef and beverage presenter taught you how to pair a match made in culinary heaven. This 45-minute demonstration allowed you to sample the dish and beverage in the spotlight!
Sunday Brunch with the Chef
Breakfast buffet? Gourmet guest of honor? Say no more. This specialty brunch event started off with a sparkling wine toast before indulging in a spread of delicious dishes as you listened 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!) Celebrity chefs Andrew Zimmern, Aarti Sequeira, David Burtka shared their talents at last year's event.
During each 90-minute seminar at the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion, a notable cheese expert (how can I become one?!) explained the aromas, textures and flavors of popular cheeses around the world. Guests were able to sample the cheese selections with complementary wine or craft beer selections. In 2019, cheese seminars featured Mediterranean, Italian and French cheeses and more.
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 shared their kitchen knowledge, and you were able to sample anything they whipped up.
Tailgate Tasting hosted by ESPN's Monday Night Football
In 2019, this event had football fans celebrating their love for the sport with tailgate tasters. The 45-minute program paired grub and a beverage tasting inspired by the cities of pro teams.
The festival typically holds premium events that offer guests the chance to explore even more fabulous cuisine. The annual Party for the Senses was a grand tasting event featuring bites from chefs of the Disney Parks.
Keep an eye out for these seminars and premium events to return in the future!
There is a lot to digest (so to speak) as you decide what to experience at EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2021! Do you have any questions about this year's event? Share in the comments below!