Walt Disney World has announced that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is CANCELLED for 2020, and in an effort to appease the angry hoards, has introduced a whole new EPCOT festival. This NEW Food and Wine Festival combines the “floral fun” of Flower and Garden and the cultural cuisine of Food and Wine. Check out all the details!
When is Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2020 at Disney World?
Returning this year with a whole new name and experiences, this festival begins July 15th and runs into late fall. No end date has been announced yet.
A Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival Details
As we’ve all been waiting for news of how Walt Disney World will handle events, when physical distancing and crowd management needs to be in place, we’ve gotten the answer with this new festival. So far, this is what we know.
- This festival has NO end date, but will continue through fall
- 20 signature global marketplace kitchens
- The Remy Topiary from the Flower and Garden Festival 2020 is a featured attraction
- You can still get Flower and Garden Merchandise from this years festival
- Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak Scavenger Hunt is Back!
- Food and Wine Festival Merchandise will arrive at a later time
- American Gardens Theater Entertainment like Mariachi Cobre, the JAMMitors throughout the day
How many Food and Wine Festival Kitchen Marketplaces at Disney are there?
This year we’ll see 20 outdoor kitchens at the Food and Wine Festival. Every year it varies a little. But one thing that never changes is variety. From healthy kitchens to BBQ kitchens, to a cultural kitchen for each world showcase country. All the kitchens come with their own theme and foods to match. Need something soothing? Try the cheese soup in Canada. Check out the Menus for the Food and Wine Festival to get a glimpse of the kinds of foods you can look forward to.
What This New EPCOT Festival WON’T HAVE due to physical distancing requirements
- Eat to the Beat Concert
- Garden Rocks Concert
EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2020 Guide
If you’ve never been to the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, Walt Disney World, you are in for a treat! This annual festival at EPCOT showcases foods from around the world in single portion sizes. Check out our Ultimate Guide to the Food and Wine Festival 2020.
When is the Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World?
This Year we get Food and Wine EARLY; July 15, 2020. The Disney EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival usually runs from the last week in August to the 2nd week in November. So many weeks of food of fun! We absolutely LOVE this Festival as it’s one our favorite things about visiting Walt Disney World in the fall months.
Do You Need a Separate Ticket for Epcot Food and Wine Festival?
NO. Isn’t that exciting. The prices of ALL Epcot Festivals are included with your ticket to the park. This is seriously one of our favorite parts of visiting EPCOT. Because no matter when you go, there’s always some kind of awesome foodie party going on! Make the most of your Epcot visit to Walt Disney World by planning it during one of the many festivals! Here’s a list of all the festivals at Epcot every year.
What Time do the Food and Wine Festival Booths Open?
Just like World Showcase, all outdoor kitchens open at 11am. While you may find some opening a little earlier in Future World, we always recommend using those early morning hours at EPCOT to get in important rides, like Soarin’ and Test Track.
How Much Food do you Get at the Food and Wine Festival?
As much as you want! We love using the festivals as a way to not only manage our Disney Budget by not paying full price for a lunch, but also as a way to get more variety for our money. Know that there are options to help you manage this too. You can load limited edition Food and Wine Festival gift cards with your food budget for the day, or by the allotment card at the gift shop. The allotment card allows you a certain number of purchases, regardless of price. We find it to be most money-saving, if you’re using it to by drinks. Because drinks can be close to 15 bucks some places. And an allotment card breaks down to about 8 dollars per token.
How Much Do the Foods at the Festival Cost?
The foods at the Food and Wine Festival generally cost between 4 and 11 dollars. Most of the foods are usually around that 6 dollar mark. For the most part these are single serve dishes. So at 5 dollars you may think this is pricey. While we don’t disagree, we are also big on sharing. So often we’ll grab several dishes and then share them all. It’s a great way to experience more for less money. For Disney adults, you can plan to pay about 3-6 dollars for beers and wines can run 5-7 dollars. Other alcoholic drinks can go up to 20 depending on what you get. If you’re buying the Cliquot Champagne, just plan on paying the highest price. But a cute cocktail is usually around 8 or 9.
Can you use Dining Plan Snack Credits for the Food?
Note: The Disney Dining Plan has been cancelled for 2020.
But, YES! Seriously one of our favorite things is being able to use snack credits for a full days worth of food. Disney Pro Tip: If you’re traveling during a festival at EPCOT and have the dining plan, we recommend stockpiling your snack credits. How do you do this? You plan for your Epcot festival day closer to the end of your trip, say when you have about 4 days under belt. At that point you would have at least 1 snack credit per day, per person accumulated. So that when you visit the festival on day 5, you have 4 dishes per person ( 4 snack credits each) you can get that day. It’s a great way to save money and experience more Disney foodie options.
Where Can I Get the Food and Wine Festival Menus for 2020?
Walt Disney World releases the menus to Food and Wine Festival usually 2-4 weeks before the festival. You can grab the 2020 Disney Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus here. The Marketplace Kitchens at EPCOT cover the entire park from Future World throughout World showcase, so be sure to check them all out! From drink kitchens, to healthy kitchens, to cultural cuisine. You can find them all. We’ve also shared a printable version in an A5 size to go with our Food and Wine Disney printable Disney Vacation Planners. Check out the Menus post for the FREE printable, or grab the Food and Wine Festival 2020 Planner in the shop.
Does the Disney Food and Wine Festival have Gluten Free Options?
Yes! Absolutely. Introduced over the last few years, we’re seeing both Gluten-Free and Plant Based Dining Options show up at the marketplace kitchens. The food is just as delicious, and an absolute must-try Disney food. Check out our review of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Gluten Free Foods from last year! Absolutely delicious stuff.
Is it OK to Bring Kids to the Disney Food and Wine Festival?
Yes! We actually recommend it! There are so many things to do at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Kids why not bring them? We love that this festival not only has fun games like Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak Scavenger Hunt but also that you get the chance to share tons of cultural cuisine! An excellent way to introduce little taste buds to new flavors!
What’s New This Year at the Food and Wine Festival?
Each year you can always depend on some new foods, maybe new kitchens, tons of new merchandise, concerts and shows. Check out our Favorite Foods at Epcot Food and Wine Festival and we’ll be sure to share everything NEW for the Food and Wine Festival in 2020 right here in this post!
What is the Best Day to Visit?
You can learn this and more tips in our Epcot Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Guide. But, in general the best days are Monday through Thursday. And even then, since Monday is historically a “vacation start day” for many families and Thursday is an “early weekend day” for many Disney annual passholders, we usually aim for a Tuesday and Wednesday visit to Epcot. Daytime hours are best if you have kids or want to avoid crowds.
A Taste of Epcot 2020
Check out all our Food and Wine Festival posts so far. We’ll be adding to this post as more details emerge!
- Disney Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus
- Epcot Food & Wine Festival Tips
- Epcot Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Guide
- Epcot Food and Wine Festival Favorite Foods
- Epcot Food and Wine Festival For Beginners
- Epcot Food and Wine Festival Gluten Free Foods
- Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Kids