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Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2024: August 29 through November 23

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Epcot hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year, with the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival being one of its most popular events. Starting on August 29 and concluding on November 23, this year’s festival offers a wide range of delectable cuisine and enticing beverages. With an extensive selection of food and beverage booths, it caters to the tastes of discerning palates seeking unique and delicious dishes. Besides dining, attendees can participate in scavenger hunts, enjoy live music at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, take part in the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, and explore exclusive festival merchandise.

 


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What You Need to Know About All Epcot Festivals

Epcot Festival of the Arts | magicintheplanning.comAll Epcot Festivals feature food and beverage booths throughout the park. You will find temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent booths throughout Epcot that feature exclusive menu items for each festival. Menus are released shortly before each festival and typically offer unique food and drink options that aren’t available at any other time of the year.

Typically, there is a feature show at America Gardens Theatre for each of the festivals, and each show typically has an associated dining package that guarantees admission. (But due to popularity, arriving early may still be your best bet at getting a good seat!)

Every festival offers unique entertainment, activities, and even merchandise throughout the park. Some activities are free, while others do require an additional fee. One activity to take note of is a paid scavenger hunt. Maps can be purchased (usually less than $10), and guests then search the park for items. Your completed map can be exchanged for a small treat or item.

 

Tips and Tricks

Epcot festivals are quite popular with the locals, which means that evenings and weekends will be busy. If you want to avoid the crowds, plan to visit Epcot during the week and make the most of your daytime hours. You may also want to avoid the first and last weekends of the event as these tend to be more crowded.

Also, keep in mind that some guests may engage in a bit more alcohol consumption, especially during the Food & Wine Festival, as many of the booths offer unique drinks and wine tastings. For some, this may not be a big deal, but for families traveling with younger children, it may be something you want to consider.

 

Basic Festival Overview

  • Dates for 2024: August 29 – November 23
  • Menu for 2023 (menu for 2024 has yet to be announced)

Undoubtedly one of the most popular festivals, this event typically features over 25 food and beverage booths (compared to under 20 for the other festivals). And as we stated earlier, be prepared for local crowds as many come to “eat and drink their way around the world.”

 

2024 Food & Wine Festival Menu

The festival in 2023 went all out with incredible new dishes like the Dark Chocolate Fondue from The Alps and the Chilaquiles from Flavors of America. And if that wasn’t enough, there are four new Global Marketplaces: Char & Chop, Wine & Wedge, Bubbles & Brine, and Swirled Showcase! Plus, don’t miss the Brew-Wing Lab at the Odyssey where you can taste the wild culinary creations of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker from Muppet Labs.

Details for 2024 have yet to be announced, but we will keep you posted!

 

Eat to the Beat Concert Series

The popular Eat to the Beat Concert Series will likely return to the America Gardens Theatre stage. In 2023, the shows ran from July 27 to November 13, 2023, and showtimes were at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM, and 8:00 PM.

Here’s a look at last year’s lineup:

  • July 28-29 – Orianthi (New)
  • July 30-31 – FOR KING + COUNTRY (New)
  • August 4-5 – Southern Avenue
  • August 6-7 – Tiffany
  • August 11-12 – Ruben Studdard with Haley Reinhart
  • August 13-14 – The Bacon Brothers (New)
  • August 18-21 – Joey Fatone & Friends
  • August 25-26 – Ayron Jones (New)
  • August 27-28 – Phillip Phillips (New)
  • September 1-2 – Baha Men
  • September 3-4 – MercyMe
  • September 8-9 – Ray Parker Jr.
  • September 10-11 – TobyMac
  • September 15 – Celebrity Latin Talent
  • September 16 – Celebrity Latin Talent
  • September 17-18 – Raul Acosta and Oro Solido (New)
  • September 22-23 – Los Amigos Invisibles
  • September 24-25 – 98 °
  • September 29 – Oct. 2 – Boyz II Men
  • October 6-7 – Mark Wills
  • October 8-9 – Sugar Ray
  • October 13-14 – Hoobastank
  • October 15-16 – Air Supply
  • October 20-21 – Taylor Dayne
  • October 22-23 – Billy Ocean
  • October 27-30 – Hanson
  • November 3-4 – We The Kings (New)
  • November 5-6 – Sheila E.
  • November 10-11 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • November 12-13 – 38 Special

 

Eat to the Beat Dining Packages

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Secure a guaranteed seat to an Eat to the Beat concert by simply purchasing a dining package at select participating dining locations throughout Epcot. A meal at participating restaurants includes the following: an appetizer, entrée, and dessert OR one full buffet/family-style meal (where applicable) as well as a non-alcoholic beverage. The exception to this is Spice Road Table, which includes 2 small plates, a shared dessert platter, and a nonalcoholic beverage. Here’s a look at what 2023 had to offer:

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway Pavilion) – Adult: $64 (B) $74 (L/D) | Child: $41 (B) $48.00 (L/D)
  • Biergarten Restaurant (Germany Pavilion) – Adult: $60 | Child: $34
  • Coral Reef Restaurant (The Living Seas) – Adult: $69 | Child: $27
  • Garden Grill Restaurant (The Land Pavilion) – Adult: $53 (B) $66 (L/D) | Child: $34 (B) $43 (L/D)
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse (Canada Pavilion) – Adult: $95 | Child: $36
  • Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue (American Adventure Pavilion) – Adults: $35 (same-day packages only)
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room (United Kingdom Pavilion) – Adult: $59 | Child: $25
  • Spice Road Table (Morocco Pavilion) – Adult: $47 | Child: $20

*Prices listed above do not include tax or gratuity. Child prices are for those ages 3-9. B = Breakfast, L/D = Lunch and Dinner

**Regal Eagle Smokehouse does offer same-day dining packages, but they are subject to availability. It’s also important to note that Dining Packages are only offered Friday through Monday. Guests who participate will be able to enter America Gardens Theatre via a separate queue and will be seated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Seating is guaranteed for those who purchased a dining package.

 

Additional Food & Wine Festivities

While we don’t have details yet for 2024, here’s a look at some of last year’s activities:

Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt

Take part in a Ratatouille-inspired adventure at the festival. Kids of all ages can join a scavenger hunt to find Remy. Simply purchase a map and stickers from designated merchandise locations including Disney Traders, Port of Entry, Creations Shop, World Traveler at International Gateway, and Festival Merchandise Kiosks. Explore World Showcase to find hidden Remy statuettes and match the corresponding stickers on your map. Once you’ve completed the scavenger hunt, go to Creations Shop, Disney Traders, or World Traveler at International Gateway to receive a special surprise from Chef Remy!

Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit (September 29 through October 31)

To participate in the pursuit, simply visit select merchandise locations such as Disney Traders, Creations Shop, Port of Entry, World Traveler at International Gateway, and Festival Merchandise Kiosks. Purchase a game board and stickers, then embark on a fun adventure to find hidden decorative pumpkins themed to Disney characters. Once discovered, place the corresponding stickers on your board. If you choose not to hunt for pumpkins, you can still return your game board to Disney Traders or World Traveler for a “spooky” surprise.

Emile’s Fromage Montage

Indulge in a delectable food journey showcasing a wide range of cheesy delights at the Global Marketplaces. Obtain a Festival Passport, buy five of these scrumptious items to earn stamps, and receive an exclusive redemption prize at Shimmering Sips. (Menu items are listed in the menu above.)

Exclusive Festival Merchandise

This year’s merchandise includes the Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Picnic Collection, the Disney Encanto Collection, the Figment Annual Passholder Collection, and the Festival Event Logo Collection (apparel, accessories, kitchen essentials, and more!)

Wine & Dine Half Marathon

Also taking place in November as part of this festival is the Wine & Dine Half Marathon. This year’s event will take place November 2-5 and will feature a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and the Disney Two Course Challenge (10K and Half Marathon). Virtual options are available as well!

 

We hope you enjoyed our guide to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! Be sure to visit my step-by-step guide to start planning your next Walt Disney World Vacation!

 

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