Guide to Epcot Food and Wine (2019)

So you are going to Epcot Food and Wine this year? The Epcot Food and Wine Festival has so many options that most people don’t know where to start when planning their trips. In fact, there are so many items available that most people aren’t even aware of them in the first place.

For instance, did you know that every Sunday in the World Showcase there is a Tailgate Tasting event to prep for Monday Night Football? It’s only $19 and the perfect experience for cooking enthusiasts and football fans alike.

Maybe you are traveling to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with family and are looking for fun things to do to involve the kids? $10 Candy Sushi making experience sound fun?

Did you know that there is a concert series every night of the Festival with a variety of performers? And do you already have a dining experience booked at one of the select restaurants to get preferred, first available seating?

The list goes on and on. The Epcot Food and Wine Festival offers so many special events that it’s hard to keep up with. We have put together a full and simple-to-read guide that lists out all of these events.

Using the Epcot Food and Wine Everything Guide

If you are looking for specific information on an event feel free to use the Table of Contents below. We have linked out in the Global Marketplaces section to a separate post that contains each kitchen with a menu. We will update the menu with pricing and photos as they come available.

In the Eat to the Beat Concert series, we have included calendars listing each day and matching performers for the schedule.

Things to do for everyone include items like a scavenger hunt, candy sushi mentioned above, a play area, and other fun family activities.

The extra ticketed event section is where the serious foodies will want to take a harder look. The number of events in this section gets longer and longer the more you break them down. Each event includes dates, pricing, and the link to reserve on the Disney site. Some of the events need to be called into reserve.

Finally, we have a section for Passholders, Festival Merchandise, Party for the Senses, the Wine & Dine Marathon, and more! We end the post with a list of celebrity chef appearances throughout the course of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Looking for a chef in particular? You might want to jump to that section first.

Epcot Food and Wine Contents:

  • Global Marketplaces
  • Eat to the Beat Concert Series
    • Eat to the Beat Dining Package
  • Things to do for EVERYONE
    • Disney Du Jour Dance Party
    • Scavenger Hunt
    • Emile’s Fromage Montage
    • Candy Sushi
    • Family Play Zone
    • The Chocolate Experience
  • Extra Ticketed Events
    • Specialty Dining & Pairings
    • Food and Beverage Pairings
    • Culinary Demonstrations
    • Mix it, Make It, Celebrate It
    • Beverage Seminars
    • Cheese Seminars
    • Sunday Brunch with the Chef
    • Party for the Senses
    • Tailgate Tasting
  • Passholder Exclusive Details
  • Festival Merchandise

Epcot Food and Wine Booths

Epcot is hosting over 30 booths this year at the International Food and Wine Festival. There is something for everyone including vegetarian-friendly to kid-approved menu selections. The menu for Food and Wine contains reviews of each Global Marketplace item that was selected during the initial first two weeks of the festival.

Review the menu and check back as we update the pricing and food ratings. We will also provide specific photos and commentary on our top festival dishes!

Eat to the Beat Concert Series

What is it? Every year during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival there is a nightly concert series. These concerts are performed in The America Gardens Theatre. This is at no additional charge unless you book a reserved seating dining package (mentioned below).

Where is it? America Gardens Theatre is located at the American Adventure on the lagoon side of the World Showcase.

When is it? Nightly but more specifically

Sundays–Thursday showtimes: 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays–6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., and 9:00 p.m.

*Shows are approximately 30 minutes long.

Valid Epcot theme park admission is required.

Eat to the Beat Dining Package

What is it? A dining package that includes a meal at one of the participating restaurants in the World Showcase. You get either a buffet, family-style meal, or an appetizer, entree, and dessert plus one non-alcoholic beverage. It also includes guaranteed same-day seating to an Eat to the Beat concert.

Participating Restaurants

Biergarten in Germany: Germany Pavilion 
Lunch: $55 for adults; $31 for kids 
Dinner: $55 for adults; $31 for kids

Chefs De France: France Pavilion 
Lunch: $60.99 for adults; $16.99 for kids 
Dinner: $69.99 for adults; $21.99 for kids

Coral Reef Restaurant: The Seas Pavilion 
Lunch: $69 for adults; $22 for kids 
Dinner: $69 for adults; $22 for kids

Garden Grill Restaurant: The Land Pavilion 
Breakfast: $49 for adults; $30 for kids 
Lunch: $63 for adults; $38 for kids 
Dinner: $63 for adults; $38 for kids

La Hacienda de San Angel: Mexico Pavilion 
Dinner: $82 for adults; $23 for kids

Nine Dragons Restaurant: China Pavilion 
Lunch: $52 for adults; $16.99 for kids 
Dinner: $59.95 for adults; $18.50 for kids

Restaurant Marrakesh: Morocco Pavilion 
Lunch: $52 for adults; $19 for kids 
Dinner: $63 for adults; $19 for kids

Rose & Crown Dining Room: United Kingdom Pavilion 
Lunch: $57 for adults; $22 for kids 
Dinner: $57 for adults; $22 for kids

San Angel Inn Restaurante: Mexico Pavilion 
Lunch: $60 for adults; $20 for kids 
Dinner: $75 for adults; $23 for kids

Spice Road Table: Morocco Pavilion 
Lunch: $52 for adults; $19 for kids 
Dinner: $63 for adults; $19 for kids

Teppan Edo: Japan Pavilion 
Lunch: $68 for adults; $19.25 for kids 
Dinner: $78 for adults; $22 for kid

Tokyo Dining: Japan Pavilion 
Lunch: $68 for adults; $19.25 for kids 
Dinner: $78 for adults; $22 for kids

Tutto Italia Ristorante: Italy Pavilion 
Lunch: $64 for adults; $22 for kids 
Dinner: $70 for adults; $25 for kids

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria: Italy Pavilion 
Lunch: $54 for adults; $20 for kids 
Dinner: $57 for adults; $24 for kids

Here is the link for booking these packages.

*Valid Epcot theme park admission is required.

Disney du Jour Dance Party

What is it? Dance Party with a DJ (daily)

Special Times: Live Performances from Radio Disney artists on Fridays and Saturdays

Where: Future World

Scheduled Headliners:

  • August 30–31st featuring Meg Donnelly (With U, Disney Channel’s Zombies)
  • September 13–14th featuring Jenna Raine (A Letter to Me)
  • September 27-28 Isabella Nicole (“Headphones”)
  • October 4-5 Avenue Beat (“Delight”)
  • October 11–12th featuring Sky Katz (Like This, Disney Channel’s Raven’s Home)
  • October 19–19th featuring JAGMAC (Like a Band)
  • November 1-2 AJ Mitchell (“All My Friends”)
  • November 8-9 Kylie Cantrall (“That’s What I’m Talkin’ Bout”)
  • November 15-16 Erin Bowman (“Keep Me Warm”)
  • November 22-23 Tegan Marie (“Horses”)

We had the opportunity to see Meg Donnelly’s first performance at the 2019 Epcot Food and Wine. She had a lot of fans there and she took the time to meet and greet with them after her performance. There were a lot of young girls and some of them had even brought her trinkets. You can tell they were very excited to meet her.

I sent a few photos to my niece after the event knowing how she loves the movie Zombies. If you have kids that watch any of these shows, these special guest nights will be a big deal to them.

After the headliner, there is a regular stationed DJ playing a few tunes, and Ratatouille characters come out to entertain the crowd.

Scavenger Hunt–Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak

What is it? It’s a scavenger hunt that’s not only fun for children but adults as well! If you have children though it’s a must-do and a great way to get your kids involved in traveling the World Showcase.

Where: Purchase your map with corresponding stickers from any one of the following locations:

  • Pin Central
  • Port of Entry
  • World Traveler at International Gateway

Below is a picture of the 2019 Epcot Food and Wine scavenger hunt with one of the prizes. There are several cups to choose from and they will also take your annual pass holder discount if applicable. This comes in at less than $10 and it’s very reasonable for the fun it provides.

After you find all the statues of Remy take your map to Disney Traders (at the entrance of World Showcase) for a surprise! Usually, I spread this out over 2 Epcot days and we like to take pictures of each Remy with our phone.

Then the kids can apply the stickers when they get back to the room. I also do this sometimes when my niece can’t visit and she still enjoys us completing the scavenger hunt at a later date. You can usually select your prize when you purchase the map if desired.

Emile’s Fromage Montage

What is it? A stroll around Epcot where you try 5 different “cheese” items available at Food & Wine that ends with a complimentary cheesecake.

Need to Know: This can be done in one day or over the course of several visits. Choose five total of the selected menu items. You can choose a selected menu item more than once if you have a favorite. You will receive one complimentary cheesecake per fully-stamped Festival Passport.

Candy Sushi Presented by Adventures by Disney®

What is it? Learn how to make sushi-inspired rolls in the form of candy…..wait for it….with a real Disney chef.

Where? Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion at Epcot

When? Daily during the festival from 3:30 PM–5:30 PM

Cost? $10.00 for all ages.

Need to Know: Reservations are not required but are highly recommended. You can book the reservation here.

This is the setup for the sushi event. Each person or child gets a seat and all the following items come with the experience to help them create a little food art.

It looks like a lot of fun and something most will enjoy.

When I was taking pictures between sets one of the chefs on hand told me the experience is almost fully booked, which is unfortunate. They did say that some walk-ups can be taken due to cancellations. If this is something you might be interested in participating in make sure to check and see. I wouldn’t make any promises though due to its popularity.

Family Play Zone

Typically one of my favorite things at Flower and Garden for children are the special playgrounds they install for the event. One of these playgrounds is still installed at this time and I’m assuming that it will be used for this specific experience.

Sometimes kids just like to play and burn off some steam. Epcot is the perfect park and if you need an indoor play area there is one at the end of the Figment ride. There is also Bruce’s Sub House over in The Seas pavilion.

The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar-Hosted by Ghirardelli® Chocolate Company

This experience says “immerse yourself in the sights, smells, and flavors of chocolate.”

I don’t think this experience is something you will really miss if you don’t get around to it. This event is located in the old Circle of Life theater on the upper floor of The Land pavilion.

When you enter you will receive a sample of chocolate.

There is an opportunity to sample this one chocolate, purchase gourmet drinking chocolate, select wine, and chocolate pairings and shop for Ghirardelli Gourmet Chocolates.

Basically, it’s just pre-made packages of Ghirardelli that you can purchase or you can create your own bag if you desire.

Here’s a look at the chocolate selection.

And the pricing for the mix-and-match boxes.

There is also a wall with a little chocolate history if you have any interest.

Toward the back of the room, you will find The Chocolate Experience where you can purchase a sample of drinking chocolate or a Rosa Regale.

The Chocolate Experience Menu Items

Initially, I felt the drinking chocolate was very rich but quite tasty. I couldn’t finish it due to its richness and at first taste, I wasn’t for sure if I even liked it. But coming back for a second or third sip I found it enjoyable. Again try at your own discretion.

Specialty Dining & Pairings

  • Culinary Tour of Japan
    • Cost is $160 per person plus tax
    • When? Select Thursdays at 4 pm and 6 pm
    • Dates October 3, 10, 17 and 24 November 7
    • Link to details and book here.
  • French Family Meal Traditions
    • Cost is $99 per person
    • When? Select Fridays and Sundays from 12 pm to 3:30 pm
    • Dates October 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, and 27 and November 1, 3, 8 and 10
    • Link to details and book here.
  • Italian Regional Food & Wine Luncheon
    • Cost is $125 per person plus tax
    • When? Select Wednesdays at 12 pm to 2:30 pm
    • Dates September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, November 6
    • Link to details and book here.
  • Italian Food, Wine vs. Beer Pairing
    • Cost is $99 per person plus tax
    • When? Select Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 4:15 pm
    • Dates October 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 and 31, November 5 and 7
    • Link to details and book here.
  • Mediterranean Food & Wine Pairing
    • Cost is $69 per person plus tax
    • When? Select Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Dates September 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30
    • October 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30
    • November 4, 6, 11 and 13
    • Link to details and book here.
  • Mexican Tequila Lunch
    • Cost is $85 per person plus tax
    • When? Select Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
    • Dates August 29 and 30, September 5, 6, 12 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27
    • November 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22
    • Link to details and book here.
  • Parisian Breakfast
    • Cost is $45 per person plus tax
    • When? Select Saturday mornings from 9:15 AM to 10:45 AM
    • Dates September 21 and 28, October 5, 12, 19 and 26, November 2, 9 and 16
    • Link to details and book here.
  • The Parisian Afternoon, Sandwiches, Macarons and Bubbles
    • Cost is $58 per person plus tax
    • When? Select Saturdays from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
    • Dates September 28, October 5, 12, 19, and 26, November 2, 9 and 16
    • Link to details and book here.
  • The Hibachi Experience: Year of Celebration
    • Cost is $190 per guest plus tax
    • When? Select Wednesdays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    • Dates October 9, 16, 23 and 30, November 6
    • Link to details and book here.

Valid Epcot theme park admission is required with any reservation.

Food and Beverage Pairings

What is it? Per the Disney website, this is described as learning the fundamentals of flavorful food and beverage pairings. A chef will be on hand with a beverage expert to whip up a delicious pairing. They will offer a few tips to try at home and you get to taste the demonstration dish with beverage pairing.

Cost: $29 per person plus tax

When? Select Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 2:30 PM

Link to details and booking information found here.

Valid Epcot theme park admission is required.

Culinary Demonstrations

What is it? These are 45 minute long demonstrations by renowned gourmet chefs that will impart kitchen wisdom while preparing a dish. Expect lots of tips and tricks.

Cost: $19 per person plus tax

When? Select Fridays and Saturdays 12:30 PM

Link to details and booking information found here.

Valid Epcot theme park admission is required.

Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It

What is it? This is more of a hands-on lesson and interactive experience. You get to work alongside chefs, beverage experts, and other kitchen staff to learn new skills. It is a 75-minute long experience.

Cost: $45 per person plus tax

Link to all the details and booking information found here.

Valid Epcot theme park admission is required.

Beverage Seminars

What is it? A 45-minute seminar with sommeliers, cicerones, and other beverage experts share extensive knowledge. Have a taste of these popular drinks while learning about state-of-the-art winemaking, brewing, and distilling techniques.

Cheese Seminars

What is it? This is a series of cheese seminars that will be held over the course of 7 different Saturdays during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in 2019.

When? Here are the dates for each specific cheese seminar this year.

  • September 14 and 28
  • October 5, 12, 19 and 26
  • November 9

Cost: $95 per guest. Valid Epcot theme park admission is required.

Need to Know: Each seminar has a different theme and host. If you live in the area or are going to be visiting the Food and Wine Festival multiple times this year you might be interested in attending a specific event.

Scheduled Events:

New World Cheeses and Old World Wines
Hosted by Max McCalman 
September 14, 2019 
Experience a delightfully unique marriage of Eastern seaboard state cheeses and Western Europe’s most acclaimed wines. 

Mediterranean Cheeses and Wines 
Hosted by Tonda Corrente 
September 28, 2019 
Taste amazing wines and cheeses deeply rooted in ancient Mediterranean diets and culture. 

Great British Cheeses and Ales Hosted by Max McCalman 
October 5, 2019 
Discover the harmonies that traditional British cheeses can have alongside great ales—something loyal fans have known for decades.

Italian Cheeses and Wines  
Hosted by Erin Hedley  
October 12, 2019 
Enjoy Italian vini and formaggi offerings that provide a delicious glimpse into the country’s noble yet rustic lifestyle.

French Cheeses and Wines  
Hosted by Max McCalman 
October 19, 2019 
Savor a classic assiette de fromage accompanied by a variety of elegant French wines famous around the world.

The Great Cheeses and Wines of the Western United States
October 26, 2019 
Summon your inner wine and cheese connoisseur with internationally acclaimed selections produced domestically along the Pacific Coast. Hosted by David Gremmels.

Season’s Best Cheeses and Wines  
Hosted by Max McCalman 
November 9, 2019 
Sample autumn’s top seasonal cheeses, alongside some of the finest wines in the world, for a pièce-de-résistance pairing that closes these sessions on a highly delectable note!

Here is the specific page to book one of these events.

Valid Epcot theme park admission is required.

Sunday Brunch with the Chef

What is it? Brunch with specialty breakfast items that kicks off with a sparkling wine toast. There will be a celebrity guest/chef sharing tips and secrets throughout the course of the meal. There is also a bonus meet and greet photo opportunity at the end of the experience.

Need to Know:

  • When? Select Sunday’s throughout the Food and Wine Festival from 11:30 AM–1:30 PM
  • Cost: $139 plus tax
  • Valid Epcot theme park admission is required.

2019 Dates with Chefs currently scheduled:

  • September 1: Jamie Deen (co-owner of The Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah, Georgia)
  • September 8: Carla Hall (Celebrity Chef & author of Carla Hall’s Soul Food)
  • September 15: Fabio Viviani (Fabio Viviani Hospitality Group, Celebrity Chef & Restauranteur)
  • September 22: Richard Blais (Chef & Entrepreneur)
  • September 29: Robert Irvine (Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible)
  • October 6: Buddy Valastro (Celebrity Chef)
  • October 13: David Burtka (Celebrity Chef & author of Life is a Party)
  • October 20: Andrew Zimmern (Chef, Writer & TV Personality)
  • October 27: Cat Cora (Corlich Enterprises & Cat Cora, INC.)
  • November 10: Graham Elliot (Coast restaurant at MGM Cotai in Macau)
  • November 17: Aarti Sequeria (Cookbook Author & Food Network Personality)

Here is the specific page to book these events on the Disney site.

Party for the Senses

What is it? A higher-end evening dining experience with entertainment and more!

When? 2019 Dates-Party for the Senses as follows:

  • September 21
  • October 5, 12 and 19
  • November 9

Need to Know:

  • Cost? There are 2 categories at Party for the Senses to choose from:
  • Category 1–Wine View Lounge $359 plus tax
  • Category 2–Reserved Seating $229 plus tax
  • Valid Epcot theme park admission is required.

Tailgate Tasting hosted by ESPN’s Monday Night Football

What is it? This 45-minute program allows you to enjoy a flight of 3 sample-sized food items and a complimentary beverage tasting. The dishes are inspired by the cities playing in the Monday night NFL game each week. Learn how to prepare these items at home.

  • Cost: $19 per person plus tax
  • When? Every Sunday from September 8 to November 17, 2019

Schedule:

  • Sunday, September 8, 2019
    Denver Broncos vs Oakland Raiders
  • Sunday, September 15, 2019
    Cleveland Browns vs New York Jets
  • Sunday, September 22, 2019
    Chicago Bears vs Washington Redskins
  • Sunday, September 29, 2019
    Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Sunday, October 6, 2019
    Cleveland Browns vs San Francisco 49ers
  • Sunday, October 13, 2019
    Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers
  • Sunday, October 20, 2019
    New England Patriots vs New York Jets
  • Sunday, October 27, 2019
    Miami Dolphins vs Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Sunday, November 3, 2019
    Dallas Cowboys vs New York Giants
  • Sunday, November 10, 2019
    Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers
  • Sunday, November 17, 2019
    Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Chargers

Valid Epcot theme park admission is required.

Passholder Deals

There are several deals in store for pass holders visiting the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in 2019. For those in attendance between August 29th–October 14th you will be eligible to receive the Chef Minnie magnet.

If you attend the festival four different times you can also receive a Chef Minnie wooden coaster set.

If you attend the festival between October 15th–November 23rd you are eligible for the Chef Remy Magnet.

All items are available while supplies last. Passholders are required to show a valid annual pass and photo I.D. Only one of each item per Passholder.

A line is set up to the left of Mouse Gear under the covered walkway.

There is a sign out to help remind you to pick up your items if you are eligible.

The magnet is very cute.

Discounts and Gift Card Deal

*Passholder Discounts–Passholders receive a 20% discount on merchandise. Additionally, there are several festival items that are exclusive to passholders.

Here is the $100 Disney Gift card featuring Chef Minnie for purchase. With the purchase of this gift card, there will be a $10 digital bonus that can be used at select table service restaurants in Epcot. I purchased this on the first day of the festival and really enjoyed the ease of use with the gift card.

Restaurants included:

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
  • Biergarten Restaurant
  • Coral Reef Restaurant
  • Garden Grill Restaurant
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse
  • Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room

*Passholders are still eligible to receive a 10% discount at these dining locations. Gift card available at Mouse Gear Disney Traders, Bridge Kiosk or Port of Entry.

Festival Merchandise

Exclusive Festival Merchandise is available for the International Food & Wine Festival.

There are a variety of different styles of items available.

I thought the Ratatouille merchandise featured a lot of fun colors.

Then you have the Figment line which is always fun and traditional for Epcot.

These bags were really nice and sustainable.

There are a variety of different drinking glasses all over the place.

Here we have a more subtle color line.

A close-up here of a few drinking glasses.

Here is another option for an easy-to-use gift card.

They had a sheet out of some of the available items. They have these up at the register if you are looking for something specific.

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