2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Happenings

2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival returns to Walt Disney World Resort this fall with 75 days of entertainment, events, and, of course, a veritable cornucopia of wonderful food and tasty beverages. There are also some new options coming to the Festival this year!

Taste Your Way Around the World
Stop by the Festival Information booth for more helpful information—including a park map, a Times Guide and your Festival Passport!

The Festival Passport is a fun way to experience our Global Marketplaces—located throughout the park during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Each marketplace offers unique cuisine and a variety of divine delicacies… and at every stop, you can place your stamp in your Festival Passport. Let the appetizing adventures begin!

Note: Festival Passports are also available at select locations throughout Epcot.

Festival Center Stage Presented by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company® – NEW!
Discover the incredible voyage coffee undergoes in order to arrive in your morning mug.

You’ll be able to purchase select coffees from Joffrey’s Specialty Disney Coffee Collection, including Disney French Bistro, Disney Peru Alto Mayo and Disney Mickey’s 90th Anniversary Blend.

Joffrey’s is the Official Specialty Coffee of Walt Disney World.

Junior Chef Kitchen presented by Krusteaz® – NEW!
Watch little ones create culinary works of art.

Under the guidance of a Disney Chef, “Junior Chefs” will make, decorate and sample their own pancake creations using fun recipes. Participants will also receive their very own chef hat, apron and certificate of completion.

Junior Chef Kitchen sessions are held at the Festival Center Spotlight Stage on select Sundays at 11:00 AM:

  • September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
  • October 7, 14, 21 and 28
  • November 4, 11

Note: children wishing to participate in the complimentary Junior Chef Kitchen must register at the Festival Center the day before or the morning of the experience. Guests must be between 4 and 10 years of age to participate. Availability is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Valid theme park admission is required.

Mini-Size Festival Gift Card
Purchase a mini-size Festival gift card, complete with its own wearable wristlet. Using the card, which features a unique design and the Festival logo, is easy—simply swipe or scan yours to pay for food, beverages and more.

Mini-size Festival gift cards can be purchased from Festival Center kiosks, along with select merchandise locations throughout Future World and World Showcase at Epcot. And perhaps best of all, you can activate yours with as a little as $15!

Plus, in addition to the Festival, the mini-size gift card can be used at select Disney destinations too. For a complete list of participating locations, terms and conditions, please visit DisneyGiftCard.com.

Book Signings and Meet & Greets
Meet celebrated authors and other food-and-wine-industry personalities at one of their special Festival appearances. Bring purchased books or other merchandise along for a personalized inscription or autograph—it’s the perfect gift for your favorite foodies!

For featured authors and personalities, check the daily schedule in the park Times Guide or visit the Festival Center Information Desk.

Back to Basics
Uncover delish tips and tricks that’ll have a profound effect on your next meal—from the industry’s top culinary pros. With insights on techniques, products and easy-to-follow fixes, your epicurean expertise is sure to soar!

Back To Basics sessions are held at the Festival Center Spotlight Stage on Fridays through Sundays at 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.

Please check back for a list of 2018 presenters.

Bottle Signings
Rub elbows with some of the world’s top beverage experts! Prominent vintners, as well as industry professionals, will be on hand to autograph purchased bottles for a fabulous souvenir.

The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar – Hosted by Ghirardelli® Chocolate Company
Immerse yourself in the sights, smells and flavors of chocolate—the world’s most famous flavor! Marvel at chocolate sculptures created by our own Walt Disney World Resort pastry chefs and explore the journey chocolate must take to get from the bean to the bar.

Don’t miss your chance to sample chocolates, purchase gourmet drinking chocolate, select a wine and chocolate pairing, and shop for a bag of your favorite Ghirardelli Gourmet Chocolates.

Get the latest details and schedule for this year’s event by visiting the Festival Center in Future World East—it’s open from 9:00 AM to park closing.

The festival’s 23rd year runs from August 30 to November 12, 2018.

This year’s Food and Wine Festival is shaping up to be pretty amazing!

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