The 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Is Underway at Walt Disney World!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival began its run for 2018 on August 30, and it will run daily until November 12. It is included with park admission, but some events require an extra fee.

This year there are over 30 Global Marketplaces. These themed kiosks give you a chance to enjoy small portions of foods from around the world that are not normally found at Epcot. Vegetarian, gluten free, and kid friendly items are marked on the menus. Most items cost one snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan.

One of the highlights of the festival each year is the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. There are three shows nightly, and they are included with your park admission. Acts for 2018 include returning favorites Hanson, Boys II Men, and Smash Mouth, as well as newcomers such as Tauren Wells, MercyMe, and 98 Degrees. To enjoy a reserved seating area, make an Eat to the Beat Dining Package reservation.

The heart of the Food & Wine Festival is the Festival Center. This can be found near where the Guardians of the Galaxy Ride is being built. In the center you can purchase wine, pick up your Passholder magnet (if eligible), attend a demonstration, and much more. There is also an information desk, so if you don’t know where to start someone will be able to talk you through it.

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Returning for 2018 are the Passports. Once again, you’ll take it to each country that you buy a dish at, and it can be stamped for you. It’s fun to try to collect as many stamps as possible.


Kids will want to look for Remy with Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak.  Maps are available for purchase, and each child who completes one will win a prize. There is also a Family Play Zone for the children, so they can burn off a little bit of steam.

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival features seminars, demonstrations, celebrity chefs, special merchandise, and much more. Keep checking with Disney Dining for the latest information.

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.