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Epcot Food and Wine Festival: How To Have The Best Experience

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival is one of the most popular times of year at Walt Disney World. It is perfect for those who love to taste food from different cultures and honestly people who love food and wine in general (like myself!). There are so many delicious options for you to try but it’s super important that you have a plan before you go, so that you can squeeze the most out of your magical experience. 

Grab Your Passport

If you have some time to plan before you go, be sure to check out all of the food and drink options that are available to you at this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Since I am such a picky eater it was easy for me to circle exactly what I wanted to try! Think of it as meal planning your favorite eats!

Courtesy of Play Party Plan

Another great reason to plan ahead is to make sure you are not zig zagging all over the world showcase. There are so many stands and options that you can easily walk by some Food and Wine stands that are off the main path or even hidden in another “country”. The passport gives you options in a clockwise manner so that you can get your favorites while walking in a circle.

Grab an Epcot Park Map

After you have your passport, make sure you grab a free map from any of the vendors in Epcot to map out and get a visual of exactly where you are going. My personal preference is to start in Mexico and make my way all around to Canada/America. Your plan of attack is up to you, but it can get exhausting to zig zag from country to country if they are not near each other. 

Get a special Epcot Food and Wine Festival plate/cup

This appetizer plate was a game changer! Specially made for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Disney has blessed us with a place to put all of our yummy selections. A lot of the Food and Wine festival selections are usually grab and go. Having this plate is a game changer because it gives a stable place for all of your yummy things and if you want to combine items and make a meal, it is the most perfect accessory!

Check out the Special Merchandise

These special events always coming with special commemorative merchandise! You may remember the 2019 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival having so many awesome spring related merch! If you are a foodie and/or you love to cook, there are some awesome options for you including this adorable rolling pin that combines the love of Disney and baking!

Get on some rides in between

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival is just a super fun addition to the rides that came with your admission ticket! While you dabble in yummy eats you can take the time and ride the Remember Me ride (in Mexico) and of course the Frozen Ever After ride in Norway!

Grab a show at the Eat The Beat Concert Series

We were lucky enough to get a full show from the Plain White T’s during the Eat The Beat Series that happens at no additional charge at the Food and Wine Festival! There are so many AMAZING artists that appearing, make sure to catch a show too! The best part is that they play at multiple times during the day so you can fit it into your schedule. Make sure to arrive early to the America Gardens Theater for the best seats! 

  • Showtimes – Sundays to Thursdays: 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM
  • Showtimes – Fridays and Saturdays: 6:30 PM, 7:45 PM and 9:00 PM

Check out Plain White T’s perform their song “Hey There Delilah”

Here is the full schedule for the 2019 concert season:
  • Plain White T’s
    August 29 through 31 
  • Sawyer Brown – NEW!
    September 1 through 2 
  • MercyMe
    September 3 through 4 
  • Grace Kelly – NEW!
    September 5 through 6 
  • Zach Williams – NEW!
    September 7 through 8 
  • Lauren Daigle – NEW!
    September 9 through 10 
  • Jimmie Allen – NEW!
    September 11 through 12 
  • Tiffany
    September 13 through 15 
  • Smash Mouth
    September 16 through 17 
  • Everclear
    September 18 through 19 
  • STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
    September 20 through 22 
  • Postmodern Jukebox
    September 23 through 24 
  • Blue October
    September 25 through 26 
  • Mark Wills
    September 27 through 29 
  • Sugar Ray
    September 30 through October 2 
  • Taylor Dayne
    October 3 through 4 
  • INDIA – NEW!
    October 5 through 6 
  • 98°
    October 7 through 9 
  • Boyce Avenue – NEW!
    October 10 through 11 
  • Southern Avenue – NEW!
    October 12 through 13 
  • Kenny G
    October 14 through 15 
  • 38 Special
    October 16 through 17 
  • Baha Men
    October 18 through 20 
  • Billy Ocean
    October 21 through 22 
  • Sheila E.
    October 23 through 25 
  • High Valley
    October 26 through 27 
  • Hanson
    October 28 through 30 
  • Sheena Easton
    October 31 through November 1 
  • Kris Allen – NEW!
    November 2 through 3 
  • Boyz II Men
    November 4 through 6 
  • The Hooters
    November 7 through 8 
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
    November 9 through 11 
  • Joey Fatone and Friends, featuring Chris Kirkpatrick and Ryan Cabrera – NEW!
    November 12 through 14 
  • BBMak – NEW!
    November 15 through 16 
  • Spanish Harlem Orchestra – NEW!
    November 17 through 18 
  • DCappella – NEW!
    November 19

Enjoy your time at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, with the right plan you won’t miss one second of the magic!

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Janine Huldie

Friday 6th of September 2019

Attending Food and Wine for the first time ever soon and cannot thank you enough for the lowdown here as I am truly excited and cannot wait to get to experience this most awesome Disney festival now :)