Epcot Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Guide 2022

Epcot Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Guide 2022

We could argue that Fall is the best time to visit Walt Disney World. With the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Free Disney Dining offers, and the excitement of cooler weather we’re happy to venture to Orlando during what is sometimes the rainy season between August and November each year.

But tackling the Epcot Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World is something of an art. Especially if you want to make the most of your visit! If you’re traveling to Epcot with kids beware the adults that are stumbling around the world and possibly right into your stroller or elderly grandmother!  These are our best tips for enjoying the Epcot Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World.

Disney Food and Wine Festival

Ready to learn everything there is know about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Here is a full lineup of everything happening. From the foods to the shows, to  Remy’s Scavenger Hunt Game. Let’s dive in.

EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2022 Dates

When is Disney’s Food and Wine Festival in 2022?

The EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival runs tentatively from July 14th, 2022 – November 19, 2022. So many weeks of food of fun! We absolutely LOVE this Festival as it’s one of 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. 

When is the Best Time to Go to the Food and Wine Festival?

The best days to visit the Food and Wine Festival are between Monday-Thursday. If you’re going for the “Best Days”… then pick Tuesday and Wednesday.

With the festival running for several months days we’ll see the crowds spread out a bit, which is no doubt Disney’s goal. Both Annual Passholders and Florida Residents are regular weekenders to the festival because of the eclectic food choices and a wide array of alcohol on hand. This leaves those weekdays for when families are vacationing at Disney a little less crowded. Mind you, the evenings at Epcot will always be crowded during this time period simply because there are bands and extended hours that still draw out the locals.

France Strawberry rose Mimosa

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Planning

To get the most out of your trip you’ll want to do a little pre-planning. While you can definitely show up, get your foodie passport, and take to the countries without a plan, we like to be a little more intentional with our food choices! Not to mention daydream about all the options. A plan will also help out your wallet a bit. It is VERY EASY to drop hundreds of dollars on very small dishes of food that may not really fill you up. It’s even easier to drop hundreds if you’re drinking. 

What Time do the Food and Wine Festival Booths Open?

Just like World Showcase, all outdoor kitchens open at 11 am. 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. 

Epcot Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Passport

Just like the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival you get a passport at the Festival Center and select retailers.  The passport includes menus for each kiosk, drink lists, and stickers you can use to mark off each country that you’ve visited.  We love the passport as part of this experience. It’s a perfect free souvenir and makes the journey through the country super fun. If you’re looking for Kid-Friendly foods at Epcot just look for the pear in the passport, or the letters KF ( kid-friendly). You’ll also find gluten-free and vegetarian markers throughout the passport as well to help you make good food choices.

remy giftcard at food and wine walt disney world

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Budget

There are actually tons of ways to pay for your food at the Food and Wine Festival. While the easiest, and potentially most budget-dangerous is paying with your MagicBand, since we’re seeing Disney phase these out, here are four other ways you can pay. 

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?

YES! Seriously one of our favorite things is being able to use snack credits for a full day worth of food. Disney Pro Tip: If you’re traveling during a festival at EPCOT and have a 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 your 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. 

Pay with Disney Dining Plan Credits

If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan (DDP) and have stockpiled your snack credits, you’re in luck. Many of the mini food portions are able to purchase with snack credits.  For this reason, if you are using snack credits you should plan that your Epcot day will be closer to the end of your trip so you will have enough stockpiled to taste test all your heart desires. The foods that are able to be purchased with credits are labeled with a DDP at each kiosk. They are also marked with the foodie passport you get when you arrive. 

A neat trick we use to get the most bang for our buck is to seek out the snack with the DDP symbol that costs the most. These are usually slightly larger portions and stretch your credits a little farther. That way if you want a few things from a kiosk you end up spending the actual cash on cheaper things.

Grab a Gift Card

Our absolute best advice is to pay for Food and Wine treats with a festival gift card. You can load the gift card with whatever amount you would like and it allows you to stick to a budget. We’ve tried all of these ways for budgeting the festival into our trips and the gift card method is our favorite. Giving each person in your family or party a 50 dollar gift card could easily satisfy about 10 goodies that could double your meals for a day.

Pay Cash

If you’re not on the Dining Plan and you’re ready and able to pay cash then plan around 5 bucks for each sample. Know that these are tasting size portions. And while many do cost a little less than 5 dollars, the ones that cost more will help you stay on track with your spending. Keep in mind there are about 30 kiosks through the World Showcase. Even if you only try things from half of them and pay 5 bucks each at 15 kiosks you’ll be at 75 dollars per person. So budget accordingly.

Pay Up Front with the Entitlement Plan

Another option if you’re not on the dining plan, and one we often see lines out the door for, is to grab the Food and Wine Entitlement plan. This is a plan you can purchase at the main port giftshops. You can choose an 8 Food and Beverage entitlement or a 16 Food and Beverage Entitlement usually around 70 and 120 dollars a guest respectively.  These amounts are above the regular Epcot ticket price and ONLY worth it if you’re at Disney to drink. The entitlement tabs usually pay off if you’re spending about 8 dollars per entitlement. And as drinks can be as much as 15 each and higher, could be a good way to save money. However, since so much of the food is less than 8 dollars, it doesn’t really make this option worth it for foodies.

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Food and Wine Festival Donut Box

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus

Check out the Food and Wine Festival Menus for the foods in each country. Depending on the menus or picky eaters in your travel party, there may be some countries you don’t want to visit. Planning this ahead of time allowed us the time to visit the countries and kiosks in order of location without losing a lot of time and wasting foot traffic. Decide ahead of time what your Must-Have food and drinks are going to be and then plan the budget so that the bulk of your food kiosk visits come around mealtimes. 

How many Food and Wine Festival Kitchen Marketplaces at Disney are there?

This year we’ll see 32 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. 

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 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 buy drinks. Because drinks can be close to 15 bucks in some places. And an allotment card breaks down to about 8 dollars per token. 

Non-Alcoholic Drinks at Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Finding fun non-alcoholic drinks is not as hard as it sounds! They are labeled non-alcoholic in the passport and there are quite a few!  Check out some of our favorite non-alcoholic drinks across the parks for a head start. There will be special ones in the passport though, so be sure to do your homework and choose which ones to try ahead of time.

Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Coffee Carts- Food and Wine Festival 2022

Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Carts are filled with wonderful flavors all year round but during the Food and Wine Festival, they have specialty drinks at each cart throughout EPCOT!  Find all the details in our Food and Wine Festival Menus post!

epcot world showcase food and wine festival with kids

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Entertainment

  • JAMMin’ Chefs (Canada Mill Stage)
    • This funky drumming crew breaks it down as they drum up fun in the kitchen using pots, pans, and other unlikely instruments.
  • Mariachi Cobre (America Gardens Theatre)
    • Enjoy an exuberant performance of world-famous, traditional folk music.
  • Voices of Liberty (America Gardens Theatre)
    • Get swept away by inspiring vocal performances celebrating America’s spirit and beauty.
  • America Gardens Bandstand
    • Join bands and performances singing your favorite songs throughout the festival. 
Epcot, Walt Disney World

Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Game

This is one of our favorite passive Free Kid Games at Disney. Much like Magic Kingdom, Hidden Mickeys, or Hidden Pascals you can do this on your own whenever you need a little non-ride or downtime. Stop at the gift shop to pick up your Hide and Squeak map. Each map is about the same cost as whatever souvenir they offer that year. Once you’re finished playing the game you get to choose one of the limited edition Remy items. They offer pins, keychains, cups, depending on the year, all specific to this game. (So you’re basically paying for the souvenir and getting the game for free).  More fun is that these little Remy’s in each country are actually pretty hard to find sometimes. So embrace the challenge. Sometimes he’s in a building or in a garden and the game is a great way to occupy the kids as you enter each country. It does get a little harder to play as you hit dinner time because of the crowds so hide and squeak early if you hope to find every Remy.

remy at disney in canada

Emile’s Fromage Montage Challenge

Love cheese? Purchase any 5 cheese dishes from select outdoor kitchens across the World Showcase. The select dishes are listed in the Festival Passport and you simply collect a stamp at each kitchen. Once completed you can head to Shimmering Sips to collect your special prize! 

Emile's Fromage Montage Locations Disney

Food and Wine Festival Tips

We’ve written about our top 5 tips for EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival, before, but here are a few more to consider as you tackle one of the busiest festivals of the year. 

Get into Epcot Before it Opens

While many of the kiosks won’t open until 11 am you can get closer to the action by booking an early breakfast in the World Showcase.  If you’re looking for a character breakfast try Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and book a 9 am Frozen Ever After Fast Pass to skip the lines later. You could also visit France for breakfast. The bakery is open and a perfect way to be near Belgium for the Belgian Waffles when the rope drops.

Stay at Epcot All Day

Epcot is a big place and there’s a lot of walking. Don’t waste time going back to the resort or another park to escape the crowds. Take breaks instead with rides or shows. There are several shows throughout Epcot that are inside, perfect to escape the heat or rain.

Food and Wine Festival Crowds

Leaving the Park can be a nightmare at the end of the day if you’re using Walt Disney World’s bus system. The time the park closes is important to consider if you have kids in tow. Long lines waiting for the bus can mean cranky kids, especially after a long day. And with long lines, your chance of scoring a seat on the bus decreases. By a lot. Generally, we notice the buses seem to be the most packed from about 30-45 mins before closing to about 30-45 mins after closing. 

This is a great time to use Uber as well if waiting for a bus seems a little unreasonable after a long day at the park. The top tip to keep in mind is to either leave around dinner time or expect to stay right up until the park closes. 

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EPCOT World Showcase Activities

The Food and Wine Festival is really about the World Showcase featuring foods from each country.  But there are fun things to do in each that have nothing to do with food! So if you want a little more variety for your festival day, here’s what to see in each country.

MEXICO

We adore the Gran Fiesta Tour boat ride and it’s a great escape from the heat, rain, or chaos. There’s not usually much of a line and the longest we’ve ever waited for this was about 15 mins.  The ride was updated this year with Three Caballeros animatronics and looks great, plus keep your eye out for Hidden Mickey’s along the way! The faux open-air market in the Mexico pavilion is a fun way to shop for souvenirs or join the masses and have your pic taken while wearing a gigantic sombrero. 

NORWAY

The Frozen Ever After ride is a must-see if you’re up for waiting in the line (which we hear is kinda cool ) or have a Fastpass.  Frozen Ever After is awesome and should be on the bucket list of every young(or young at heart) Frozen fan. But, lines over 45 minutes are just too long for this ride. Except of course during the holiday season. We’d recommend rope-dropping this one if you need to ride it.  The Royal Sommerhaus in Norway is also open for meet and greets with Anna and Queen Elsa. This is a fun line with what seems to be a usually pretty short wait! We waited around 15 mins and every time we passed by there was no more than a 20-minute queue.  You can also stop at the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe for a cannoli-like dessert called the Trolls Horn. So delicious!

CHINA

Check out the Dragon Legend acrobats inside the China Pavilion. They also sometimes perform outside.  When we last visited there was a Shanghai Disneyland Exhibit, featuring cast costumes, concept art, and a map of all the cool new lands at Shanghai Disneyland. So be sure to take a look inside! We also love playing Agent P’s World showcase, soon-to-be Ducktales World Showcase Adventure in this area because you get to see all sorts of new things. The spring rolls at this festival kiosk rarely disappoint, so be sure to try them!

GERMANY

The miniature train and village near the Germany Pavilion gets updated each season and is a delight for the little ones. We can never turn down the call of the Werthers Original store. Apparently, the only store here in the U.S. whether it’s the caramel popcorn, apples, or some other caramel treat by the time we get to Germany it’s usually time for a snack. The toy store in Germany also has clocks, bears, and the Kidcot stop if you ( or the kiddies) need a break. Snow White is also stationed here next to her wishing well at select times.

ITALY

The street performer and gelato warrants a short stop at the Italian Pavilion. Though there is not too much to do here! We’ve been trying to dig deep into the Italian Pavilion to see what magic it holds but other than Via Napoli. We have come up empty so far so if you have any suggestions here let us know!

AMERICA

As Americans, we’ll admit we’ve never seen the American Adventure. In truth, we only stop at the America pavilion for one thing: The American Dream. The American Dream is a layer of strawberry slushy, a layer of vanilla soft serve ice cream, and a layer of raspberry slushy. So delicious and only found at the Fife and Drum Tavern kiosk. The America pavilion also has a public-style indoor eating space, so know that even if you aren’t eating here, it’s a great place to head for a break from the heat. We like getting a treat from another country and stopping here to enjoy it in the air conditioning.

JAPAN

We love shopping here! The Cute Kawaii Japanese Culture is a joy for kids and grown-ups alike! If you’re a millennial with little ones you’ll enjoy the dragon ball z, Zelda, studio ghibli, and hello kitty merch. You’ll also love the Matsuriza Drummers at the Japan Pavilion. This show runs a couple of times a day and is definitely worth a watch.

MOROCCO

A more adult atmosphere here, the things we love about Morocco for families are the photo-ready fountains for picture taking and Aladdin and Jasmine’s character meet and greet (the cutest couple ever). You can also make a Kidcot stop here. Keep an eye out for the shirts with a camel in Morocco, the word Habibi on the shirt means “my beloved”.

FRANCE

We love France!!! The cute gift shop attached to the bakery is quaint and filled with Belle, Aurora, and Paris merchandise. A great place to stop, grab a table for the kids and put your feet up. You can also stop at L’Artisan des Glaces. They serve a macaroon ice cream sandwich and are a great place to stop for an afternoon treat. You can see both Belle and Aurora and the Serveur Amusant Acrobats here throughout the day. We love getting into the World Showcase early with breakfast at Les Halles Boulangerie de Patisserie. Also, be sure to check out the new Parisian Courtyard and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

THE BOARDWALK

The Boardwalk can be accessed via the International Gateway and is a great way to take a break from Food and Wine if you need it. Little beaches, shops, Beaches and Cream (yum), cupcakes and a ferry can all provide respite if your kids are ready to call it a day. This is also a great place to escape to at night if you ended up going to the Food and Wine Festival during the weekend and need to get away from the crowds. They have magic shows, arcade games and lots of other fun little activities like a real boardwalk would have to keep the kids entertained. 

UNITED KINGDOM

Mary Poppins and Alice are big reasons to stop in the UK but we also can’t get enough of the tea shop. Sometimes they have tastings here and they always have a special drink for food and wine. Secluded in the corner of the UK are benches, the gazebo, and a garden that hardly anyone visits. Perfect for some downtime. The Pumpkin Chai Tea and Caramel Milkshake are located at the Ireland pavilion in this area and since they include a recipe card it’s something you can try and make at home.

CANADA

Apart from the Canada Far and Wide movie, there isn’t a ton to do at the Canada pavilion but walk around. We love the rope bridge and waterfall here though and since a lot of people don’t venture back that far, it’s usually not that crowded and can be a great escape if needed. And we absolutely love the gift shop with all the cozy pacific northwest merchandise. The Kidcot area is hidden behind the gardens in a pavilion and offers the kids some coloring time if needed.

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