September 25-November 16, 2015
Is this your first time planning a trip to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and you don't know what to expect? Check out our FAQ blog here for answers to all your questions!
Celebrating its 20th year, the 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will be held from September 25-November 16, 2015. Your Epcot admission is all that's needed to participate in this popular event!
The Festival Welcome Center features a Wine Shop where you can purchase your favorite selection as well as other event souvenirs.
There are marketplaces featuring food, wine and beer. The appetizer-sized portions usually range in price from $4.00 - $8.00 (drinks range from $3-$6) and provide the perfect opportunity to try the traditional cuisine from around the world. Many items are available for a Snack Credit on the Disney Dining Plan.
The International Food and Wine Festival will play host to seminars, tasting events and sumptuous dinners overseen by top Disney Chefs as well as renowned guest Chefs.
The special dining events can be booked by calling 1-407-WDW-FEST. All bookings are non-transferable and non-refundable.
The event is once again sponsored by Chase, who offers the Disney Premier Visa Credit Card, Disney Rewards Visa Card and Disney Visa Debit Card. Cardholders will have access to the Chase Lounge at the Festival, located on the third floor of the American Pavilion. Complimentary beverages will be served and electronic charging stations will be available, as well as a dedicated Festival Information desk, social media photo booth and a computer station for guests to email Festival recipes. The lounge will also host animation sketch classes and caricature artists. The lounge will be open daily from 11:00am - park closing. Just present your Disney Visa Card to gain access to the Lounge.
Tip: Purchase a Food & Wine Festival gift card to pay your way around the World Showcase. It's much easier than trying to dig for cash or credit cards as you go from location to location.
For the first time, 2015 will bring the marketplaces into Future World with the new Next Eats festival area. The Sustainable Chew Marketplace will feature three dishes from the chefs on ABC's The Chew: Savory Pork Spareribs with Cheesy Mascarpone Grits; Ricotta & Zucchini Ravioli with Tomato Sauce; and Vanilla Panna Cotta with Fresh Figs and Pistachio Brittle. Herbs and vegetables from The Land Pavilion will be used to create the dishes. Guests will learn more about sustainability at home and how the food is grown.
The Chew Lab will be a marketplace inspired by food-science labs and food tech trends.
The Artistry of Wine & Cheese area will feature the Cheese Studio and Wine Studio marketplaces. The Napa Valley-inspired marketplaces will feature grape vines and pergolas on the walkway to Future World West. The Cheese Studio will offer a cheese sample platter on an artist's palette. The Wine Studio will have up to 26 premium wines on tap and offer wine varietals organized by color.
Prices of the menu samples usually range from $4.00 - $8.00.
American Adventure Coffee Cart
TIP: Get a map when you enter the park and circle the items and locations that you definitely want to try. It will help you pace yourself so you don't fill up at the first few stands.
The Welcome Center is located in Future World East between Mission: SPACE and Universe of Energy. Open daily from 9:00 am - park close. At the Festival Center, stop by the Information Desk from 9:00 am - 7:30 pm to get any of your Food & Wine Festival questions answered. Guests can also get their Marketplace Discovery Passport Completion Stamp here.
Cheese Seminars at the Festival Center: Learn about cheese from experts and other industry professionals. The featured cheese will be paired with selected wines and introduced by a knowledgeable wine representative.
2015: Saturdays, 10:00-11:30am. $79 per person.
The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar Hosted by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. Chocolate sculptures will be on display from the Walt Disney World Resort Pastry chefs. Sample chocolate, purchase drinking chocolate, select a wine and chocolate pairing and shop for Ghirardelli chocolates. Daily from 9:00am - park close.
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FastPass+ will be available for this year's Eat to the Beat concerts. Reservations can be made on the My Disney Experience app or website. Disney resort guests can make their reservations up to 60 days in advance; other guests can make their reservations up to 30 days in advance. A designated FastPass+ line will be outside the American Gardens Theatre and guests with FastPass+ reservations should arrive at least 20 minutes before each show. Seating will be in a special reserved area.
As with all Disney events, themed entertainment is part of the festivities. Visitors to the Food and Wine Festival can “Eat to the Beat!”
The following line-up of performers is scheduled for the 2015 "Eat to the Beat" Concert Series:
09/25 - 09/27 - David Cook
09/28 - 09/29 - Wilson Phillips
09/30 - 10/01 - Christopher Cross
10/02 - 10/04 - Starship
10/05 - 10/07 - Smash Mouth
10/08 - 10/09 - The Pointer Sisters
10/10 - 10/11 - 38 Special
10/12 - 10/13 - Rick Springfield
10/14 - 10/16 - Sugar Ray
10/17 - 10/18 - The S.O.S. Band
10/19 - 10/21 - Air Supply
10/22 - 10/23 - Fuel
10/24 - 10/25 - Tiffany - NEW!
10/26 - 10/28 - Dennis DeYoung
10/29 - 10/30 - Jo Dee Messina
10/31 - 11/01 - Everclear - NEW!
11/02 - 11/04 - Boyz II Men
11/05 - 11/06 - Sister Hazel
11/07 - 11/09 - Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy
11/10 - 11/12 - Hanson
11/13 - 11/14 - Maxi Priest - NEW!
11/15 - 11/16 - Chaka Khan - NEW!
Performances are at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 at the America Gardens Theater.
Dining packages are available, guaranteeing you reserved seating for the concerts. Choose from lunch or dinner at 13 different restaurants. Prices vary by restaurant, but start at $34.99 for lunch (includes appetizer, entree, dessert and drink). Lunch reservations will have reserved seating at the 5:30pm show; dinner reservations will have reservations for the 6:45 or 8:00pm show.
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The cast of The Chew will host the Rockin' Burger Block Party on October 8, serving specialty burgers and sliders inspired by musicians such as Dave Matthews' Dreaming Tree Wines and Carlos Santana's Casa Noble Tequila. There will be additional Rockin' Burger Block Parties held on September 25 and November 6.
Yelloween Masquerade Party for the Senses will take place October 31. This elegant, dance-filled party will include gourmet tastings of champagne, wine, craft beers and specialty cocktails, all paired with food. Guests are asked to wear yellow and black masquerade attire.
*All prcies are listed with gratuity, but without tax. Theme park admission is required for all events. Call 407-WDW-FEST to book or check epcotfoodfestival.com to book select events..
NEW! What's Cookin' With... - This plated brunch will be hosted by a celebrity guest.
10/2/15 - Amanda Freitag
10/4/15 - Bryan Voltaggio
10/9/15 - Andrew Zimmern
10/10/15 - Jamie Deen
10/11/15 - Carla Hall
10/16/15 - Gale Gand
10/18/15 - Cat Cora
10/23/15 - Allan Susser
10/25/15 - John Ash
10/30/15 - Robert Irvine
11/1/15 - Erika Davis
11/6/15 - Buddy Valastro
11/8/15 - David Guas
11/13/15 - TBA
11/15/15 - Sarah Fioroni
Festival Welcome Center, Chef's Showcase. Fridays and Sundays, 10:00am-12:00pm. $129 per person. Theme park admission required.
NEW! Rockin' Burger Block Party - serving specialty burgers and sliders inspired by musicians such as Dave Matthews' Dreaming Tree Wines and Carlos Santana's Casa Noble Tequila. There will be a DJ spinning for guests to take the dance floor.
World ShowPlace Events Pavilion. 9/25, 10/8, 11/5/15. 7:00-9:00pm, $99-$199 per guest, plus tax, gratuity is included. Theme park admission is required.
NEW! Tokyo Pairing - Enjoy three tasting-size portions of Japanese cuisine, paired with sake and Japanese craft beer.
Tokyo Dining, Japat at Epcot. Thursdays, 4:30-6:40pm. $100 per guest, plus tax, gratuity included. Theme park admission is required.
Beverage Boot Camp Series: This 2-hour interactive adventure will allow you to explore your Inner Chef and gain culinary confidence. Take your pick from two different boot camps:
World ShowPlace Events Pavilion East Hall, select Sundays 1:00-3:00pm, $119 per person
Party for the Senses - Start the evening with reserved seating at the Eat to the Beat Concert, then head to the party. Held in the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion, this elegant party is perfect for foodies. Sample great food from famous chefs, 50 wines and beers and live entertainment.
General admission is $169, a main floor reserved table is $199, and a reserved table in the premium Wine View Lounge is $319. Reserved seats include a specialty cocktail and admission at 7:15.
2015: 10/3, 10, 17, 31. 7:00-9:30 pm
Party for the Senses featuring Disney Chefs from Around the World: Start the evening with reserved seating at the Eat to the Beat Concert, then head to the party.Chefs will guide guests on a journey of culinary techniques from the United States, Europe, Asia and beyond. A variety of stations will be set up to offer samples of cuisine from around the world. World ShowPlace Events Pavilion, October 24, general admission - $169, main floor reserved table - $199 or Vine View Lounge - $319 per person. 7:00-9:30pm
Italian Food and Wine Pairing: 4-course menu of Southern Italy's hearty dishes and regional wines. Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, Thursdays 1:30-3:30pm, $83 per person.
Italian Food, Wine and Beer Pairing: 4-course menu of Southern Italy's hearty dishes, regional wines and craft beers. Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, Thursdays 1:30-3:30pm, $88 per person.
Italian Regional Food and Wine Pairing Luncheon: This 5-course meal will showcase ingredients found across Italy and used in regional specialties. Tutto Gusto at Tutto Italia Ristorante, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:00-2:30pm, $94 per person.
Mediterranean Food & Wine Pairing: A five-course dinner served in the atmosphere of the Moroccan seashore. Spice Road Table, Morocco Wednesdays 1:00-3:00pm, $58 per person
Moroccan Food & Wine Pairing: Experience authentic Moroccan dishes paired with wines.
Restaurant Marrakesh, Morocco at Epcot, Tuesdays at 3:30-5:00pm, $55 per guest, plus tax, gratuity included. Theme park admission required.
Mexican Tequila Lunch: Regional dishes from Mexico will be paired with a selection of tequila. La Hacienda de San Angel, Mexico Pavilion, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 12:00-1:30pm, $85 per person.
Parisian Breakfast: Enjoy a French breakfast at Chefs de France. Freshly made baguettes, brioches, croissants, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and orange juice. The baguettes are made from scratch at Les Halles Boulangeries Patisserie. Chefs de France in France Pavilion, Saturdays 9:00-10:30am, $39 per person.
The Parisian Afternoon: Sandwiches, Macarons and Bubbles!: An assortment of finger sandwiches, delicate petit fours and macarons will be served with unlimited mimosas at Monsieur Paul. Saturdays 1:30-3:30pm, $55 per person.
French Family Meal Traditions: Every week, a chef from Monsieur Paul will prepare one of their favorite dishes from their childhood in France. Monsieur Paul in France Pavilion, Fridays and Sundays from 10/2-11/15 12:00-3:30pm, $95 per person.
Hibachi Experience: An interactive experience with six courses prepared at your table by Teppan Edo chefs, showcasing Japanese Teppan cooking techniques. Sake pairings will accompany each course. Teppan Edo, September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27 and November 3 and 10, 4:30-6:30pm, $150 per person.
Exclusive to Disney Visa Cardholders Brews, Breakfast and More: A hearty three-course breakfast that uses beer as an ingredient and a pairing. Innovative beer styles will be shared, as well as brewing processes from throughout history. $89 per guest, plus tax. September 28, 2015 from 8:30-10:30am. Visit DisneyRewards.com or call 407-939-1870 for details.
Exclusive to Disney Visa Cardholders The Making of the Party for the Senses: Enjoy lunch and beverages in the Wine View Lounge while Epcot's culinary team shares details of how the event is planned. Menu includes: Malbec demi-braised pork chops with shaved truffles, a microgreen salad, roasted corn and a dessert station. $125 per guest, plus tax. October 27, 2015 from 12:00-1:30pm. Visit DisneyRewards.com or call 407-939-1870 for details.
Exclusive to Disney Visa Cardholders The Creation of Food & Wine Marketplaces: Breakfast will start with a sparkling wine toast on the promenade. A Festival Chef, Beverage Professional and Imagineer will explain the creation of the Marketplaces and their menus. Menu includes: beef tenderloin and Yukon Gold hash, topped with eggs and whipped Hollandaise, and paired with maple-cured pork belly and onion jam. Finish with a New England lobster roll and a taste from the Hops and Barley marketplace. $99 per guest, plus tax. November 9, 2015 from 8:00-9:30am. Visit DisneyRewards.com or call 407-939-1870 for details.
Ultimate Day at Epcot Food & Wine Festival Tour
This all-day tour includes a a VIP guide, reserved seating for brunch with a celebrity chef, exclusive beverage demonstration, rides on Test Track and Soarin', tastings at the new Sustainable Chew marketplace, backstage tour of The Land's Greenhouse gardens, VIP seating for the Eat to the Beat concert and special viewing for IllumiNations, as well as tastings and beverage pairings throughout the day.
Pricing is $399, plus tax (theme park admission required, but not included). Guests must be at least 21 years old. Meet at 9:45 at the Festival Welcome Center. A 15% discount is available for Annual Passholders, DVC members and Disney Rewards Visa Cardholders. This will be offered Fridays and Sunday during the Festival (9/27-11/15/15).
The Signature Dinner is a meal with wine pairings. A Host Chef teams with a Representative from one of the hosting wineries who will present the dinner's wine. Prices are listed per person, plus tax, gratuity included. Theme park admission is not required, except for The Hollywood Brown Derby and Le Cellier Steakhouse.
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