Epcot has become known for its amazing festivals throughout the year.
One of these festivals is the International Food and Wine Festival that is held in the Fall.
Here you'll find an overview of what you can expect at this festival. When is the festival held? What type of entertainment can you find? How should you spend your time at this festival?
What is the International Food and Wine Festival?
This is a festival held every Fall at Epcot. This year the festival will be held August 29 - November 23, 2019.
This festival features food, exhibits, activities and events all centered around global cuisine and music.
This festival is held at no extra charge. It is a part of your regular ticket to the Epcot park. There are some extras you can enjoy at an extra charge, but they are not necessary to have a great time at this festival.
What Activities Happen During The Festival?
During the festival you'll find amazing food booths, live music, entertainment, and more. Here is what we know so far about the 2019 festival, and things that happened during the 2018 festival.
As the name suggests, this festival is all about all things culinary! You'll find 35 amazing food booths throughout the World Showcase and even Future World.
You'll have the opportunity to sample foods from around the World.
You'll have the opportunity to have either appetizer sized sample of food, or larger full portions. The Disney Dining Plan can be used for many of the food items, and is a great use of your credits.
Eat To The Beat Concerts
This festival features the Eat to the Beat Concert series. This concert will run August 29 - November 19.
You can catch these concerts at the American Gardens Theater every evening at 5:30pm, 6:45pm, and 8pm. This is in the American Pavilion in the World Showcase at Epcot.
The 2019 concert schedule has not yet been released (bookmark this page for updates as I update as things are announced)
To give you an idea of what you can expect, here is the 2018 concert lineup:
- Blue October
- Glass Tiger
- Tauren Wells
- Postmodern Jukebox
- Vertical Horizon
- Baha Men
- Plain White T's
- Living Color
- Sheila E
- Sugar Ray
- David Cook
- Jeffrey Osbourne
- Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts
- Mark Wills
- Air Supply
- Anderson East
- Smash Mouth
- 98 Degrees
- 38 Special
- Devon Allman Project
- Kenny G
- Billy Ocean
- Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
- High Valley
- Taylor Dayne
- Boyz II Men
- The Hooters
- Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Concert Dining Packages
If you have your heart set on catching one of these concerts, you might want to consider booking an Eat To The Beat Concert Dining Package.
Since the concerts are free as a part of the festival, seating will be limited and hard to come by. If you book a dining package, you are guaranteed seating for the show.
Here is how it works: you book a dining package ahead of time by calling Disney at (407) WDW-DINE, or going online to book here.
Your meal will include either a buffet or a meal with an appetizer, main course, dessert, and a drink (depending on the restaurant). You will then be given a voucher for a guaranteed seat at the concert for that night.
These are the participating restaurants and approximate prices for 2019 (please note that prices may change):
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Breakfast: $60/adults; $36/kids
Lunch: $70/adults; $42/kids
Dinner: $70/adults; $42/kids
Lunch: $44/adults; $25/kids
Dinner: $51/adults; $29/kids
Chefs de France
Lunch: $66/adults; $18/kids
Dinner: $76/adults; $23/kids
Coral Reef Restaurant
The Living Seas Pavilion
Lunch: $66/adults; $22/kids
Dinner: $66/adults; $22/kids
The Garden Grill Restaurant
Breakfast $43/adults; $27/kids
Lunch: $57/adults; $36/kids
Dinner: $57/adults; $36/kids
La Hacienda de San Angel
Dinner: $80/adults; $26/kids
Nine Dragons Restaurant
Lunch: $50/adults; $17/kids
Dinner: $58/adults; $19/kids
Lunch: $52/adults; $19/kids
Dinner: $62/adults; $19/kids
Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
Lunch: $57/adults; $21/kids
Dinner: $57/adults; $21/kids
San Angel Inn Restaurante
Lunch: $70/adults; $23/kids
Dinner: $80/adults; $26/kids
Spice Road Table
Lunch: $52/adults; $19/kids
Dinner: $63/adults; $19/kids
Lunch: $62/adults; $17/kids
Dinner: $74/adults; $21/kids
Lunch: $63/adults; $17/kids
Dinner: $74 adults; $17/kids
Tutto Italia Ristorante
Lunch: $64/adults; $22/kids
Dinner: $70/adults; $25/kids
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
Lunch: $54/adults; $20/kids
Dinner: $57/adults; $24/kids
While taking advantage of the dining packages is not required or necessary, it is a fantastic use of credits if you are on the dining plan. So that is something to consider if you are going to try to catch one of these concerts.
Brunch with a celebrity chef was offered in 2018 for $129 per person. The schedule for 2018 was as follows:
- September 2: Richard Blais
- September 9: Jamie Deen
- September 16: Tiffani Thiessen
- September 23: Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto
- October 7: Buddy Valastro
- October 14: Art Smith
- October 21: Geoffrey Zakarian
- October 28: Carla Hall
- November 11: Alex Guarnaschelli
In 2018 some of the other extra experiences also included:
- Party for the Senses is a high end event that highlights the sensory arts. Tickets start at $229/person
- Beverage seminars
- Cheese seminars
- Culinary demonstrations (with both celebrity chefs and Disney chefs)
- Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!
- What's Cookin' With (Celebrity Chef series)
- French Family Meal Traditions
- Hibachi Experience
- Italian Food and Wine Pairing Luncheon
- Italian Food, Wine vs. Beer Pairing
- Japanese Craft Beer Tasting
- Mediterranean Food and Wine Pairing
- Mexican Tequila Lunch
- Moroccan Food and Wine Pairing
- Parisian Breakfast
- The Parisian Afternoon
- Tokyo Pairing
Fun for Kids
A festival playground will be set up special for this event. It will be located in Future World. In 2018 the following events took place for kids:
- Disney Du Jour Dance Party at Fountain View Stage in Future World featuring Radio Disney artists
- Junior Chef Kitchen
- Remy's Ratatouille Hide 'n' Squeak Scavenger Hunt
- Candy Sushi at Sunshine Seasons
If you are bringing your kids to this festival, just a word of warning; people enjoy drinking at this festival. A lot. So you may see drunk people sampling drinks around the World.
The Bottom Line?
If you are a lover of all things food and wine, you wont want to miss this amazing culinary festival.
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