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Wining and Dining Through Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival 2020

by Mommy Frog on September 23, 2020 120 Orlando   Video

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - PinterestAs 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? I can smell the delicious aromas already! This event has been taking people’s taste buds all over the world since 1995. Upon Disney World's reopening after its temporary closure due to COVID-19, "Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival" began July 15 and continues until Nov. 22 as the longest running festival ever! This modified festival experience is offering more than 20 global marketplaces, as well as some floral fun from the Flower & Garden Festival sprinkled in.

We've made a few trips to this year's festival so we can bring you the most important "deets" and dish on the best eats. Plus, food booths keep opening. In fact, previous years' festival fan favorite, Flavors from the Fire (say that fast five times), reopened recently, so we had to hop back. 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!

With limited capacity currently hoppening at EPCOT, this year's festival has a more relaxed feel. Food and wine still takes center stage though, and luckily the lines for the marketplaces where you can sample all the offerings have been pretty short. As we mentioned in the EPCOT reopening post, we expect this year's festival will get a little bit busier in the evenings (and weekends too) — but still not as nearly crowded as before. Since we don't typically do the extra-fee seminars, we personally didn’t feel their absence. But we could see how people who’ve enjoyed these events in the past would miss the opportunity to see celebrity chefs or learn about new food & wine pairings.

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Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival 2020 Dates & Overview

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - Signage

In 2020, the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival began July 15, and will continue through Nov. 22, as the longest festival yet! This modified festival experience features its signature global marketplaces, with some Flower & Garden Festival fun sprinkled in. The Eat to the Beat Concert Series is not taking place due to its ability to draw crowds and a lack of sufficient physical distancing measures. However, local acts Mariachi Cobre (or Marimba de las Américas) and the JAMMitors provide entertainment at the America Gardens Theatre with multiple performances throughout the day.

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 this year's festival. (Please refrain from licking the screen.)

Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival 2020 Global Marketplaces

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - Africa Marketplace

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.

This year's Festival Marketplaces include:

  • Islands of the Caribbean
    • Food:
      • Ropa Vieja Empanada with Tomato Aïoli
      • Jerk-spiced Chicken with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad and Mango Chutney Yogurt (GF)
      • Flancocho: Passion Fruit Cake with Coconut Flan
    • Beverages:
      • Red Stripe Lager
      • Opici Family White Sangria
      • Frozen Mojito
  • Earth Eats Inspired by Impossible
    • Food:
      • Impossible Farmhouse Meatball with Lentil Bread, Spinach, Marinated Vegetables and Creamy Herb Dressing (Plant-based)
      • The Impossible Burger Slider with Wasabi Cream and spicy Asian Slaw on a Sesame Seed Bun (Plant-based)
      • Chocolate Pudding Terrarium with Avocado Cream, Matcha Crumble and Baby Herbs (Plant-based) (GF)
    • Beverages:
      • Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London (nonalcoholic)
      • Playalinda Brewing Company Violet Lemonade Ale, Titusville, FL
      • Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London with Tito’s Handmade Vodka served in a Mason Jar
  • Mexico
    • Food:
      • Ribeye Taco: Ribeye Steak with Ranchera Salsa in a Corn Tortilla topped with Onions, Chives and a Lime Wedge
      • Pork Tostada: Fried Corn Tortilla topped with Chipotle Black Beans, Roasted Pork, Fresh Salsa Verde, Onions and Cilantro
    • Beverages:
      • Mexican Craft Beer: Tulum Artisanal Lager crafted with citrus notes and made with Mexican Caribbean Seawater
      • Passion Rose Sangria: Red Wine, Rum, Rose Petal Liqueur, Passion Fruit Purée and Lime
      • Clásica Margarita: Tequila, Chile Poblano Liqueur, Lime Juice and Agave Nectar with a Salt Rim
      • Mango Smoky Margarita: Mango Purée, Mezcal, Applejack, Lime Juice and Agave Nectar with a Tajín Chile-Lime Rim
  • China
    • Food:
      • Chicken Dumplings with Chinese Slaw
      • Mongolian Beef Bao Bun
    • Beverages:
      • Jasmine Draft Beer
      • Happy Peach: Peach Liqueur and Dark Rum
      • Byejoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice

A Taste of EPCOT Food and Wine Festival - The Alps Marketplace

  • The Alps
    • Food:
      • 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
    • Beverages:
      • Maison Willm Reserve Gewürztraminer, Alsace
      • René Favre Dôle, Chamoson
      • Frozen Rosé
  • Africa
    • Food:
      • Spicy Kenyan Vegan Corn and White Beans with Pigeon Peas, Quinoa & Ancient Grains Medley and Kachumbari Slaw (Plant-based)
      • Piri Piri Skewered Shrimp with Citrus-scented Couscous
    • Beverages:
      • Tusker Lager
      • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz, Western Cape
  • Germany
    • Food:
      • Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions and Cheese
      • Roast Bratwurst in a Prop and Peller Pretzel Roll
      • Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce
    • Beverages:
      • Weihenstephaner Festbier Lager, Freising
      • M.I.A. Brewing Hugo, Doral, FL
      • Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse Naturtüb
      • Riesling
  • Spain
    • Food:
      • Charcuterie: Served with a selection of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses and Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette
      • Spanish-style Paella: Served with Chorizo, Shrimp and Rice
    • Beverages:
      • Casa Castillo Monastrell, Jumilla
      • Espelt Garnacha Old Vines, Catalonia

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - La Classica

  • Italy
    • Food:
      • Margherita: Rustic Italian Flatbread with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese
      • La Classica: Cheese Tortellini with Ricotta, Provolone, Fontina, Parmesan, Vodka Sauce and Crispy Bacon
      • Traditional Sicilian Cannoli: Crisp Pastry filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate and Candied Orange
    • Beverages:
      • Peroni Nastro Azzurro Pilsner
      • Pinot Grigio, Terre Di Bacco
      • Chianti, Gabbiano
      • Prosecco, Terre Di Bacco
      • Moscato Fior d’Arancio, Batasiolo
      • Rosa Regale, Banfi
      • Italian White Sangria with Prosecco
      • Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Hops & Barley
    • Food:
      • New England Lobster Roll: Warm Lobster with Fresh Herb Mayonnaise and Griddled Roll
      • Southern Seafood Boil: Shrimp, Mussels, Crawfish, Potatoes, Corn and Andouille Sausage
      • Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing
    • Beverages:
      • North Coast Bewing Co. Blue Star Wheat, Fort Bragg, CA
      • 3 Daughters Brewing A Wake Coffee Blonde Ale, St. Petersburg, FL
      • Heavy Seas AmeriCannon APA, Baltimore, MD
      • Angry Orchard Rosé Hard Cider, Walden, NY
      • Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands
      • Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
  • Japan
    • Food:
      • Tempura Donburi: Two pieces of Tempura Shrimp and Kakiage (Vegetable Tempura) with Tentsuyu Dipping Sauce served over Sushi Rice
      • Frothy Ramen: Chilled Noodles and Dashi Broth topped with Egg White Froth
      • Chirashi Sushi Flowerpot: Fresh-cut Salmon, Salmon Roe and Spinach served over Sushi Rice with Furikake and topped with Poke Sauce
    • Beverages:
      • Kirin Draft Beer
      • Strawberry Nigori Sake
      • Furano Martini: Vodka, Lavender Syrup and Yuzu Juice
  • Morocco
    • Food:
      • Beef Kefta Pocket with Caramelized Onions, Garlic and Spicy Tomato Concassée
      • Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomatoes, Onions, Tzatziki and Chipotle Sauce
      • Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce
    • Beverages:
      • Mediterranean Beer
      • Kasbah Prestige Red
      • Red Organic Sangria
      • Mimosa Royale: Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice topped with Orange Liqueur
  • Brazil
    • Food:
      • Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato and Onions (GF)
      • Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread (GF)
    • Beverages:
      • M.I.A. Beer Company Barbossa Black Beer, Doral, FL
      • Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - Goat Cheese Tart from France

  • France
    • Food:
      • Tarte aux Oignons Caramelises et Chévre: Goat Cheese Tart with Caramelized Onions on a Flaky Pastry Crust
      • Canard Confit à l’Orange: Braised Duck Confit à l’Orange with Mashed Sweet Potatoes
      • Tarte Tropezienne, Coulis Framboise: Brioche Cake filled with Light Pastry Cream and Raspberry Coulis
    • Beverages:
      • Kronenbourg 1664 Pale Lager Draft
      • VeRy Raspberry: Rosé Wine with Natural Raspberry Flavor
      • Bordeaux, Merlot and Cabernet Blend, Château Tarin
      • La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushy: Vodka, Grey Goose L’Orange, St. Germain Liqueur, White and Red Cranberry Juice
  • Canada
    • Food:
      • Canadian Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Soup served with a Pretzel Roll
      • Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce (GF)
    • Beverages:
      • Collective Arts Brewing Blackberry Fruit Beer, Hamilton, Ontario
      • Inniskillin Icewine
      • Château des Charmes Merlot
  • Hawai'i
    • Food:
      • Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet-and-Sour DOLE Pineapple Chutney and spicy Mayonnaise
      • Teriyaki-glazed SPAM Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions and spicy Mayonnaise
    • Beverages:
      • Maui Brewing Company Pineapple Mana Wheat, Kihei, HI
      • Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
      • AULANI Sunrise: Vodka, DOLE Pineapple Juice and Grenadine
  • The Citrus Blossom (usually found during EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival)
    • Food:
      • Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion and Grilled Lemon (GF)
      • Crispy Citrus Chicken with Orange Aïoli and Baby Greens (GF)
    • Beverages:
      • Orange Cream Shake in a Souvenir Orange Bird Sipper Cup (Nonalcoholic)
      • Islamorada Beer Company Coconut Key Lime Ale, Fort Pierce, FL
      • Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy

A Taste of EPCOT Food and Wine Festival - Tropical Mimosa from Shimmering Sips

  • Shimmering Sips
    • Food:
      • Shimmering Strawberry Soft-Serve in a Waffle Cone
      • Banana Bread with Mixed Berry Compote (Plant-based)
    • Beverages:
      • 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
      • Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red, Piedmont
  • Flavors from Fire 
    • Food:
      • The Corned Beef Corner Route: Smoked Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes, Cheese Curds, Pickled Onions and Beer-Cheese Fondue
      • The Chimichurri-up Offense: Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and Cilantro Aïoli
      • The S'mores Whoopie Pie-lon: Smoked Chocolate Cake, Graham Cracker, Marshmallow, Chocolate Ganache and Candied Bacon
    • Beverages:
      • Bell's Seasonal Beer, Comstock, MI
      • Edmeades Zinfandel, Mendocino County, CA
      • Swine Brine featuring Jim Beam Bourbon

A Taste of Food and Wine Festival - Flavors from Fire S'mores

This year, guests can discover 25 years of flavorful festival highlights in one place! You can find some of the festival's most popular dishes throughout the years in the following World Showplace Marketplaces:

  • Appleseed Orchard
    • Food:
      • Charcuterie and Cheese Plate featuring Burton’s Maplewood Farm Applejack Brandy Barrel Aged Maple Syrup
      • Caramel-Apple Popcorn
    • Beverages:
      • Frozen Apple Pie (nonalcoholic)
      • Short’s Brewing Co. Mule Beer, Elk Rapids, MI
      • Heavy Seas Brewery TropiCannon Citrus IPA, Halethorpe, MI
      • Parish Brewing Co. Ghost in the Machine Double IPA, Broussard, LA
      • 3 Daughters Raspberry Lemonade Dry Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL
      • Short’s Brewing Company Starcut Ciders Mosa Hard Cider, Bellaire, MI
      • Ciderboys Banana Bliss Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI
      • Apple Blossom Sky: Fanta Apple, Ginger Beer, Floodwall Apple Brandy, Burton’s Maplewood Farm Applejack Brandy Barrel Aged Syrup and Mini Marshmallows
  • Wine & Dine Featuring Festival Favorites
    • Food:
      • Kielbasa and Potato Pierogi with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream, Poland
      • Seafood Fisherman’s Pie, Ireland
      • Spanakopita, Greece
    • Beverages:
      • Forge Cellars Dry Riesling Classique, Seneca Lake
      • Conundrum Red Blend, California
      • tenshən Rhône Style White Blend, Central Coast
      • Lang & Reed Wine Company Cabernet Franc, North Coast
      • Frog’s Leap Zinfandel, Napa Valley
      • Kurt Russell’s Gogi Wines Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills
      • Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux with Boba Pearls
      • Guinness Baileys Milkshake
  • Desserts & Champagne
    • Food:
      • Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pops
      • Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pops with Crumbled Twix Chocolate Bars
      • Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pops with Crushed M&M’s Candies
    • Beverages:
      • Frozen S’mores (nonalcoholic)
      • Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut, Champagne
      • Dom Pérignon Brut, Champagne
      • Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé, Champagne
      • Frozen S’mores with Whipped Cream Vodka
  • Mac & Cheese Hosted by Boursin Cheese
    • Food:
      • Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese with Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese topped with Herbed Panko
      • Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese with Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce topped with Carrots, Celery and Blue Cheese Crumbles
      • Lobster Macaroni and Cheese with Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce and Lobster Cream topped with Herbed Panko
      • Macaroni and Cheese with House-made Italian Sausage and Peppers (Plant-based)
    • Beverages:
      • Stiegl Brewery Radler Zitrone, Salzburg, Austria
      • L’Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc Old Vines, Columbia Valley, WA
      • Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - World Showplace

As we were walking around, we noticed that there are also a few "Coming Soon" marketplaces in Future World near Test Track. The returning Spain and The Alps marketplaces did not open at the start of the festival this year, but instead opened at the beginning of September. However, during our last visit on a weekday, we noticed that some of the food booths (Islands of the Caribbean, The Alps and Spain) were closed.

So far during our 2020 Food and Wine festival visits, we've sampled:

  • La Classica (Italy)
  • Spanakopita (World Showplace: Festival Favorites)
  • Tarte aux Oignons Caramelises et Chévre (France)
  • Frozen S'mores drink & the Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pop with Twix (World Showplace: Desserts and Champagne)
  • Playalinda Brewing Company Violet Lemonade Ale (Earth Eats)
  • Tropical Mimosa (Shimmering Sips)
  • Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London (Earth Eats)
  • Pork Tostada (Mexico)
  • The S'mores Whoopie Pie-lon (Flavors from Fire)

The tadpoles loved the Frozen S'mores drink (nonalcoholic version) and the chocolate cake pops (moms and dads, beware: they definitely experienced a sugar crash once we were home). Leap gave two thumbs up to the La Classica dish and the violet lemonade ale, while I enjoyed the buttery flakiness from the spanakopita and the fruity Tropical Mimosa! Can't wait for repeat visits to try MORE FOOD.

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.

Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival 2020 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

Food and Wine Festival - Remy Statue

Embark on a Ratatouille-inspired scavenger hunt around the park, which has returned in 2020. Be on the lookout for statuettes of Remy hidden throughout World Showcase. You can purchase the map and stickers from select merchandise locations.

Past Event Activities for Kids

During previous years, the Food and Wine Festival hosted a kid-friendly seminar and a dance party. These are not hoppening in 2020, but we're giving them a mention in case they return in 2021.

  • Candy SushiThis 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 PartyThe 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! 

Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival 2020 Entertainment

Food and Wine Festival - JAMMitors

Typically, the Food and Wine Festival includes the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, but this year it will 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 will still be able to enjoy local musical acts — Mariachi Cobre (or Marimba de las Américas) and JAMMitors — throughout the day at America Gardens Theatre. Both groups brought some Disney magic into our lives with their #VoicesFromHome performances on YouTube during the closure. It was so great to see them live once again!

Mariachi Cobre and JAMMitors switch turns, so that each group is playing about once an hour. You can catch Mariachi Cobre singing "Remember Me" at 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 4:45 p.m, 6:10 p.m., 7:05 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. Or jam out with the JAMMitors at 2 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 6:40 p.m. and 7:35 p.m.

During a repeat visit, we caught a beautiful piano performance featuring favorite Disney tunes inside World Showplace.

Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival 2020 Merchandise

Taste of Food and Wine Festival - Food & Wine Merch 2020

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 Queen Cuisine collection! Disney just keeps hitting home runs with cool spirit jerseys and Minnie ears. Find festival merchandise throughout the smaller kiosk locations in Future World and World Showcase, as well as World Showplace. Plus, select Flower & Garden Festival 2020 merchandise is 30 percent off (excludes limited edition trading pins and MagicBands).

Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival 2020 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. This year, the Festival Passport has gone digital. You can find marketplace locations and menus 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. Each person gets the dishes he or she wants and then shares with the group!

4. Scout places to eat.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - Standing Tables

You don't want to dash and dine at the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival. In fact, Disney is enforcing its policy that you must remain stationary while eating or drinking. Don't underestimate the importance of having a place to enjoy all of the food you're about to consume ... and the ability to have a break from wearing a mask. We've noticed a considerable increase in standing tables and benches around the park. There are also 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 squad hold down your spot (or even a standing table) while others grab food and drinks.

5. 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. This year, the design is simple yet sleek, and you can spot Remy and Emile snacking on some cheese.

6. 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.

7. Let the kids have fun.

Epcot Food and Wine - Girl in Elsa Outfit

EPCOT Food and Wine Festival isn't just for adults! Because the Festival Passports have gone digital, you can't go around World Showcase to collect stamps. However, 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.

8. ... 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?

9. 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.)

10. Get dessert for a memorable finish.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - Cake Pop

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 innovative cake pops chilled with liquid nitrogen (as pictured above!), you're sure to have a sweet ending to your day at the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival!

11. 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.

12. Dress up and have fun.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival - Social Distancing Around the World Shirts

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 talks and demonstrations won't be hoppening this year, 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.

Cheese Seminars

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.

Premium Events

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 2020! Do you have any questions about this year's event? Share in comments below!

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Oct 22, 2020 at 6:58 p.m. Annette Says...

Hi, need to know about food fest. Is there a set price for food and wine tasting? Or do we pay for this separately as we go along ?

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Oct 22, 2020 at 2:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Annette!

Entry to the festival is included in the cost of your admission! If you'd like to snack and sip along the way, you pay for those separately at each location as you go along.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 18, 2020 at 2:16 p.m. Karen Says...

Any idea if Hawaiian Pavilion is going to have their scrumptious cheesecake with the roasted macademi but topping at the 2021 festival? I usually make that my first and last stop every day (and many stops in between).

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Oct 19, 2020 at 11:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

We sure hope so! We don't have information on 2021's festival just yet, but we'll update this guide as soon as we do! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2020 at 12:07 a.m. Sue Says...

Will festival still be going on the weekend of October 10?

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Sep 25, 2020 at 3:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sue!

An end date for the festival has not been announced just yet, so be sure to hop back! We expect that it will continue through early to mid-November :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 15, 2020 at 2:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sue!

As a quick update, the Food and Wine Festival will end on Nov. 22 this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 3, 2020 at 8:58 p.m. Sandra Says...

What date will be the last for the Food and Wine festival in 2020? Blog says "through Fall" but I'm looking for an actual date. Thank you

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Oct 15, 2020 at 2:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandra!

As a quick update, the Food and Wine Festival will end on Nov. 22 this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 3, 2020 at 4:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandra!

That's still TBD, but we'll be sure to update as soon as we know more!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2020 at 12:50 p.m. Carol Says...

How can we plan our annual November Food and Wine trip when you don't have November dates? When can we expect to get real dates so we can book hotels and flights?

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Oct 11, 2020 at 8:38 p.m. Kim Says...

I agree...and here it is mid October and still no definite end date. C'mon Disney!

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Oct 15, 2020 at 2:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol (and Kim!)

As a quick update, the Food and Wine Festival will end on Nov. 22 this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2020 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol!

Since this year is a little different than most, all Disney has released so far is that the festival will be going on through "the fall;" no exact dates have been provided. We'll be sure to update as soon as we hear more! We do, however, know that Holiday Kitchens for the Festival of the Holidays will be open beginning Nov. 27.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 2, 2020 at 8:54 p.m. Suzanne Jensen Says...

Do you know if the ESPN Flavors from Fire booth is there for 2020? That was my favorite last year!!

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Sep 23, 2020 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Suzanne,

Just a quick update: The Flavors from Fire food booth opened this past week, and our guide has been updated with its menu!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 3, 2020 at 9:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Suzanne!

We loved that one too! Unfortunately, it's not available this year during Taste of Food and Wine. We're hopeful something similar will return in 2021!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2020 at 11:16 p.m. Christina Says...

Do the food booths accept AP discounts? I can’t find any info about it

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Sep 29, 2020 at 1:31 p.m. Todd Says...

No, the kiosks do not offer an AP discount

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Aug 15, 2020 at 7:24 p.m. Jenna Says...

Where did you have those shirts made? The Social Distancing Around the World?

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Aug 17, 2020 at 8:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenna!

We aren't exactly sure where they had those shirts made, but we've seen lots online, including on Etsy :) Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 5, 2020 at 2:54 p.m. Lauren Says...

So the Food and Wine Festival is still on for 2020? I was just looking at tickets and wondered if they would still have it.

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Aug 5, 2020 at 12:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

Yes! A Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival is currently taking place (it began when EPCOT reopened July 15) and will continue through the fall. The modified festival experience includes the global marketplaces, but certain elements such as Eat to the Beat Concert Series and the premium workshops & seminars are not taking place.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 30, 2020 at 6:33 p.m. Mike Says...

So, is it confirmed that Specialty Events such as the French Family Meal Traditional Lunch have been canceled for 2020? I have heard nothing from Disney itself and my most recent call into DVC got me a "we don't know either" answer....

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Jul 30, 2020 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

Yes, unfortunately it's been confirmed that special events won't be available for this year's modified event. We're hoping they return for 2021 and will keep this post updated as new details are released!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 2, 2020 at 12:26 a.m. Karen Says...

We enjoyed an all day VIP experience at the Food & Wine Festival in 2016 and have wanted to do it again since! Will there be any VIP packages for 2020?

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Jul 2, 2020 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

We haven't heard specifically on the VIP Experience for Food and Wine, but many of the park's other VIP Experiences have been cancelled for the initial reopening phase. We'll update as soon as we hear more!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 27, 2020 at 8:47 p.m. James Says...

Best resort to stay as as far as far as convenience to the 2020 Food and Wine Festival?

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Feb 27, 2020 at 3:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi James!

Any of the Epcot-area resorts would be great picks! We love the convenience of being able to walk back after festivals at resorts such as Disney's Beach and Yacht Clubs, Disney's BoardWalk Inn and Walt Disney World Swan Dolphin. (While the Swan Dolphin is technically a Marriott resort, it still offers guests Disney Resort hotel perks, including the 60-day FastPass window and Extra Magic Hour benefits.) Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 26, 2019 at 12:41 p.m. Pete atkinson Says...

Do you have an idea of when the bands will announced for eat to the beat in 2020? Do they usually announce bands around the same time each year?

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Dec 26, 2019 at 8:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pete!

The Eat to the Beat lineup is usually announced in May or June. We'll be sure to update as soon as we know more!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 29, 2019 at 12:07 a.m. Hillary Says...

I was at the Norway spot and after my family and I got off of the Frozen ride, we kept going to the farthest end of the gift shop and found ourselves in a perfume and lotion as well as fashion spot. on October 26th, 2019 of the food and wine festival, Norway was hosting a special guest who was promoting his incredible perfume, lotion, and the bag he created that was shown at the Paris fashion week. we are desperately hoping that we can find his name and search for the perfume and lotion he was selling that day (that we didn't buy because my dad wanted to go and was being Grumpy of the 7 dwarves, mom and I were very interested.) I was hoping that we could find out what his name was and as well as what the name of the perfume and the lotion of the same scent he was selling was called. please, can someone help us out?

otherwise, we had a very magical time. if only we had purchased the perfume and lotion while we were there!

thank you!

the Happy but unscented daughter of the Angry dwarf :)

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Jun 22, 2020 at 9:24 p.m. Connie Jo Smith Says...

It was probably Laila Perfume by Geir Ness. I was very intrigued by this perfume in Norway as well, and remember a gift bag or collection in a bag.

I didn't purchase it right then amd inteneded to go back for it but didn't. It is a very popular fragrance in Norway from what I understand.

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Oct 24, 2019 at 11:08 p.m. David Says...

Is the food festival at the same time for 2020

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Oct 25, 2019 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

We don't have exact dates for 2020 just yet, but the festival tends to take place close to the same time every year. We'll be sure to update as soon as we know next year's dates!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 23, 2019 at 10:33 p.m. John Says...

What’s is the actual cost for the food and wine festival? Is each dish and drink individually priced or does the $19 cover unlimited dishes and drinks?

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Oct 24, 2019 at 8:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

Food and Wine Festival admission is included with your Epcot park admission! The food and beverage options are then purchased separately.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2019 at midnight Lu Says...

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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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!

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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

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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.

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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

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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?

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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

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

What characters show up at Epcot?

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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

Where can we purchase the hop on gift cards?

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

Hi!

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?

Thanks!

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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

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

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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)

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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

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

How much is a ticket to Epcot?

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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

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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

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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

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

Hi.

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

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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

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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.

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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!!

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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

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

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

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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

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

Hi,

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?

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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

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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!

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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

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

Hi,

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...

Thanks!

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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!

Leap

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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

will there be gluten free items offered?

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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

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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!

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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

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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?

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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

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

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