Disney World’s EPCOT Food & Wine Festival is back in 2023 for families, foodies and Disney adults alike. From July 27 to November 18, EPCOT in Disney’s Florida conglomeration of parks will host food and wine vendors representing food from around the world conveniently located in their tiny country replicas that dot the park. Dishes from past years have included beer-braised beef and Belgian waffles in Belgium, pan-fried dumplings in China and Spanakopita in Greece. Eat your way from Japan to France to Mexico, all without leaving the balmy climate of Orlando, Florida.
This year Disney will host The Eat to the Beat Concert Series, which will run in tandem with the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival and take place three times each evening in the America Gardens Theatre throughout the run of the festival. The artists range from a mix of small local musicians to well-known bands like Sugar Ray, We The Kings, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, which also happens to be what the employees call Walt Disney’s ghost. Other entertainment in past years has included a rat-themed scavenger hunt (a chance to eat even more cheese than one should), and the dozens of inedible attractions that typically draw one to Disney World, because who doesn’t want to go on a rollercoaster after a long day of cheese and booze?
This annual tasting tour around the ‘globe’ is for theme park enthusiasts and those who want to travel abroad in a way that doesn’t require owning a passport.
- Attendance numbers are not available. The festival is subject to Disney World’s general occupancy rules.
- The festival is included in any EPCOT park pass purchased within the festival dates and does not require an additional ticket.
- Dining plans from Disney ticket packages or hotels will not be accepted.
- Children under the age of 3 may enter the park free of charge.
- Don’t forget to grab a festival passport as you enter EPCOT, which will guide you through your food and entertainment options.
- Check out Fifty Grande’s guide to Orlando here.
Where is the nearest airport?
The nearest airport is Orlando International Airport (MCO).
Are other transportation options available?
Shuttle services to and from EPCOT from nearby hotels and other Disney parks are readily available. The Monorail is also available for transportation between Disney properties.
What’s included with the purchase of tickets?
Entry into the park is included. Food within the festival can be purchased à la carte as you travel between booths.
What countries and regions will be featured at the festival?
EPCOT’s Global Marketplaces have in the past included The Alps, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hawaii, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Spain, and other local and foreign food and craft beverage stands between countries.
What artists are playing?
This year’s musical acts include Sugar Ray, Billy Ocean, We The Kings, Orianthi, For King + Country, Southern Avenue, Tiffany, Ruben Studdard with Haley Reinhart, The Bacon Brothers, Joey Fatone & Friends, Ayron Jones, Phillip Phillips, Baha Men, MercyMe, Ray Parker Jr., TobyMac, Raul Acosta & Oro Solido, Los Amigos Invisibles, 98°, Boyz II Men, Mark Wills, Hoobastank, Air Supply, Taylor Dayne, Hanson, Shelia E., Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, 38 Special, and more to be announced.
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