Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Overview

The 17th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival starts on September 28th and runs daily through November 12, 2012. There is something for everyone, including a chance to sample dishes from almost 30 countries and areas that are not usually featured at Epcot. Park admission is required and most food samples and many special events cost extra. World Showcase is lined with kiosks which offer sample sizes of signature dishes from each country. World famous chefs will share some of their secrets. Wines from around the world are also featured for those 21 and older.

Start your adventure off at the Festival Welcome Center. There you can pick up a Marketplace Discovery Passport, which will help you to make sure that you don’t miss anything. From there, plan your day. It is an event that you will want to return to every year.

The popular Eat to the Beat concert Series returns in 2012. It’s a great way to end your day. Other events include Party for the Senses, wine seminars, chances to dine with celebrity chefs and culinary demonstrations. Reservations are required for many of the special events, call 407-WDW-FEST (407-939-3378) as soon as possible because spaces fill up quickly.

Epcot Food and Wine Guide


International Marketplaces and Menus

Downloadable Checklist

Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule

Special Festival Experiences

Premium Events and Experiences

Sweet Events and Experiences

Festival Welcome Center


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About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.