Disney’s Food and Wine Festival
The Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World arrives every year, bringing new foods, drinks, desserts, merch, performances, and more. This is one of our favorite festivals at Walt Disney World in the Fall. If you’re looking for the best way to tackle this amazing event at EPCOT, check out the Epcot Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Ultimate Guide. This will help you get a handle on all the things you need to know! From when to arrive, how to manage your food budget, menus, and everything to do, see and eat.
Food and Wine Festival Planning and Strategy
When is the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival?
The Walt Disney World EPCOT Food and Wine Festival runs from July 27 – November 18, 2023
What is the Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT, Walt Disney World?
The Food and Wine Festival is an annual event that happens at Epcot, Walt Disney World. This event showcases cultural foods, drinks, and desserts. You can also get a glimpse of live entertainment across the park, new merchandise, play games, and take classes. Check out our Food and Wine Festival Guide for Beginners.
Is the Food and Wine Festival Good for Kids?
Yes! Every food booth has kid-friendly options! And it’s a great way to introduce your kids to new cultural cuisines! We love this event for the school-age child, who can really learn the foods and get involved. We also love the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Kids because of Remy’s Hide and Squeak Scavenger Hunt! This fun game is a great way to chart your foodie journey and it’s perfect for grown-ups too!
Do you Need a Ticket for the Food and Wine Festival?
No! The Food and Wine Festival is included with your park ticket!
What are the Best Days to Go to the Food and Wine Festival?
During the Food and Wine Festival, we recommend visiting Monday- Thursday, with a goal to be out of the park by 4 pm. But the absolute best days to visit EPCOT are Mondays and Wednesdays.
Just like with all Disney Parks there are certain days that are simply better to be in each park. So if you’re looking for the Best Days to Visit Each Disney Park, know that EPCOT is a very (very) popular locals park. So, just like any other time of year, Epcot will mostly be busy on Weekends and Evenings.
What is There to Do at the Food and Wine Festival?
The main attraction of Disney’s Food and Wine Festival are the Global Marketplaces featuring cuisine from each World Showcase country and more! These are sometimes called outdoor kitchens or food booths. Check out all the Food and Wine Festival Menus for this year’s festival.
Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak Scavenger Hunt
Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak Scavenger Hunt is just one of the many things that are great for Kids at the Food and Wine Festival. This scavenger hunt game at Epcot during the Food and Wine Festival features Remy from Ratatouille hiding in a bunch of different places! You can find one of Remy in each World Showcase country. This little Remy statue includes food that is important for each food culture of each country.
Emile’s Fromage Montage
If you love cheese, you will LOVE Emilie’s Fromage Montage. This little cheese challenge is found in the Food and Wine Festival passport and requires that you try 5 select cheese dishes across the Global Marketplaces. Once all 5 cheese dishes are collected and tried, you can collect another foodie prize, for free!
Epcot’s live entertainment at the Food and Wine Festival includes a few mainstay performers, including the following. JAMMin’ Chefs playing music on anything and everything they can find in the kitchen. Mariachi Cobre serves up an exuberant, lively performance of world-famous traditional folk music, and Voices of Liberty shares historical music from our country’s past. You can also catch live bands at the America Gardens Bandstand throughout the festival.
Every year there’s an array of New Food and Wine Festival merchandise, featuring all of our favorite characters! Orange Bird from Sunshine Tree Terrace, Remy from Ratatouille, Mickey and Minnie in their best gardening gear, and Figment usually all make appearances. Check out the Food and Wine Festival Merchandise Collections.
How To Budget for Disney’s Food and Wine Festival
There are oh so many ways to budget for Disney’s Food and Wine Festival. But, beware, if you don’t have a Disney Dining Budget in place plan on seeing a higher-than-usual credit card bill. It’s easy to drop hundreds of extra dollars at the Food and Wine Festival because there is so much to try! Thankfully, there are a couple of ways you can manage your foodie dollars. Try grabbing a Disney Gift Card and preloading your food budget. Or purchase an entitlement plan that allows you a certain number of “tickets” for both foods and beverages. Designating an empty credit card can also help you keep track of charges racked up through the day.
What are the Best Tips for the Food and Wine Festival?
At Disney’s Food and Wine Festival we usually get caught up in saving money, avoiding crowds, finding the best foods, and more. So be sure to check out all of our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips for the Disney Pro tips you’ll want to know before you go!
What’s New at Disney’s Food and Wine Festival?
Walt Disney World welcomes not only new Global Marketplaces and foods to the festival every year but also new bands, classes and seminars, and merchandise! Check out What’s New at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival this year!
Disney Food and Wine Festival Shirts
If you’re hoping for a cute Disney Drinking shirt, or classic Epcot outfit to up your Food and Wine Festival game, then check out the cute apparel from Polka Dot Pixie Shop. We’re always adding new designs to wear to the most magical place on Earth.
Food and Wine Festival
Everything you need to know about the Walt Disney World Epcot Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT. Outdoor kitchens, menus, tips and tricks. Shows, events, games and more.