Fall might be a couple of months away, but the wait is almost over for the foodie fête of the year: the Disney Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. This year, Disney World’s foodie theme park is playing host to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival from July 15 to November 20, 2021. That’s 129 days filled with delicious dishes from across the globe and a cornucopia of wholesome (both literally and figuratively) entertainment. Just think of all the tasty possibilities!
Eat and drink your way around Epcot and World Showcase with worldly bites and sips, beloved Epcot musical acts and local performers, interactive activities, and healthy helpings of culinary magic and pixie dust. So, bring your appetite and a thirst for adventure (and wine and beer!), as we dig into everything there is to know about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2021.
Food & Wine Festival COVID-19 Update
For those of you wondering whether the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is worth it this year, unlike last year’s festival which landed on the wrong side of the COVID-19 vaccine, the 2021 event is shaping up to look relatively normal. There are, however, still some notable changes.
- Masks and social distancing – (Vaccinated) selfie-takers, rejoice! Guests that are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear facemasks unless they are on Disney transportation or waiting to get on. For everyone else, you are still required to keep your mouth and nose covered on attractions, in indoor theaters, and when visiting indoor locations like restaurants and stores.
- Park reservations – To help manage the number of guests in the park and support social distancing, park reservations and must be made in advance. Best of all, park hopping is back. (Who’s up for Magic Kingdom fireworks after gorging yourself on plates and cups of delicious, delicious things??) Keep in mind that you can only hop to a different Disney World theme park after 2pm and park hopping is based on availability, with updates on the My Disney Experience app. So, if you want to be guaranteed to get into Epcot for the festival, be sure to make your park reservation for Epcot rather than whichever park you plan to hop to.
- Disney character experiences – Belle and Snow White want to stay healthy too. So, Disney character experiences like meet-and-greets and character dining have been replaced, modified, or temporarily canceled. Meet-and-greets have been replaced by character parades (which Disney calls character cavalcades) and random, from-afar pop-ups (like Joy making an appearance near the Imagination Pavilion to catch butterflies and frolic in the sunshine). Character dining, in contrast, has either been canceled or modified.
- A modified events schedule – Although this year’s festival has dropped the “Taste of” modifier, the 2021 Food & Wine Festival still isn’t back to its full glory. Expect the Eat to the Beat Concert Series and close-up, hands-on activities like festival demonstrations, seminars, food & wine pairings, and workshops to be on hiatus this year to help ensure the safety of guests, cast members, and performers.
Epcot Food and Wine Festival 101 – What Is It?
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is an annual celebration of flavors from around the world, with everything from country-themed global marketplaces and a cheesy food stroll to live music, a scavenger hunt, and much more. It truly is a foodie fever dream.
Best of all, almost everything is included with your theme park admission. That means access to:
- More than 30 global marketplaces (food and beverage costs not included)
- Musical performances
- Exclusive merchandise
- And a menu of culinary-inspired experiences that are chockful of fun for food lovers and families alike!
In short, if drinking around the world (showcase) tops your Disney bucket list, or if eating, drinking, and traveling are some of your favorite things, this is the Epcot festival for you. With 32 different food booths, regular live music, and everything else happening at the festival, there’s a lot to remember – and not enough time or space in your stomach to enjoy it all. While the Food & Wine Festival Passport won’t be able to magically expand your appetite, it will be able to help keep everything straight. So, be sure to grab one once you get inside.
When is the Epcot 2021 Food and Wine Festival?
Just like in 2020, Disney is trying to make up for the time lost during the pandemic by stretching out the festival with a glorious month-and-a-half of extra food-and-wine fun. This year, the Epcot International Food and Wine 2021 dates are July 15 to November 20, with the festival running seven days a week. Currently, Epcot is open from 11am-10pm, with the hours changing to 11am-9pm at the beginning of August.
How much is the Epcot 2021 Food and Wine Festival?
For those of you wondering if you need a special ticket for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, we’re happy to say that the answer is no. Admission to this culinary extravaganza is complimentary with your Epcot ticket (starting at $109 plus tax for guests ages 10 and up). The food and wine (or whatever else you’d like to drink), however, are not. So, plan to spend around $5 to $9 for food items and between $4 and $10 for beverages. Keep in mind that rates for Disney tickets vary depending on when you decide to visit, with prices increasing during busy times like the weekends and over holidays.
Where to Stay for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Planning to stay on resort property while devouring all those yummy festival eats but not sure which of the Disney World resorts to choose? We suggest you stick with one of the Epcot-area resorts or one of the hotels near a Disney Skyliner station. That way, you won’t have as far to go once you’re too stuffed (or tipsy) to make another loop around World Showcase.
Depending on which resort you decide on, you’re just a walk or short ride – either by Skyliner, bus, or car – away from your bed. Not only does staying at one of the Disney hotels in the Epcot Resort Area give you even more time to accomplish everything on your festival to-do list, but you can even go back for a much-needed, mid-afternoon nap to rest up and create some more stomach space.
Walking Distance Resorts in the Epcot Area
Disney’s Beach Club Resort (Scheduled to reopen May 22)
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn (currently closed)
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort (Good Neighbor Hotels)
Resorts With Disney Skyliner Access to Epcot
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Disney’s Riviera Resort
Global Marketplaces: Epcot Food and Wine 2021 Food Booths
This may or may not be a bit of a hot take, but where and what you eat at Disney is as essential to your vacation as which rides you go on and what characters you meet. Yes, we’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again (and seriously all the time because food is awesome). Think about it – food is an essential part of traveling. On the negative side, a tasteless or poorly cooked meal can leave a bad taste in your mouth both literally and figuratively. At its best, it’s a rich and flavorful glimpse into a culture and its people. And Disney’s International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot is among the best.
Unlike the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival in the spring, this delicious celebration has always put tasty things to eat and drink at its heart. Now, not to start a food fight with other amazing Epcot festivals, but the Disney Food & Wine Festival has got them all beat when it comes to what’s on the menu. For this culinary adventure, you’ll embark on a tantalizing voyage across 6 continents – plus some – as you snack and sip on dishes and drinks inspired by vibrant cultures, flavors, and cooking styles from across the world.
This year, there are 32 different “global marketplaces” on offer for guests, with festival-exclusive items spread across World Showcase and into Future World. This includes the new Brew-Wing at the Epcot Experience, Kenya, Lobster Landing, The Noodle Exchange, Rotunda Bistro, The Swanky Saucy Swine, and Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina food booths.
Epcot Food and Wine 2021 Booths
Getting hungry already? Us too! Set off on your whirlwind tour through the world’s cuisines with these global marketplaces, or food booths, at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2021. Please note that while the festival starts on July 15, some booths won’t open until October 1 when the 50th anniversary celebration kicks off.
The Alps – Opening October 1
Aside from warming up in front of a fire wearing a snuggly sweater at a ski chalet, nothing says Alpine coziness quite like a steamy plate of ooey-gooey Raclette Swiss cheese, enjoyed with tasty vessels like bread and veggies.
Take a trip to the land of Oz (that’s what the Aussies call Australia) at this Down Under-inspired booth featuring some yummy Australian favorites.
It isn’t just Epcot Food & Wine Festival season – it’s apple season too! Get in sweater-weather mode with apple-forward eats, then wash it all down with an equally apple-y cider or a perfectly paired beer.
Belgium – Opening October 1
Delicately crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and with plenty of nooks and crannies to gather whatever deliciousness you put on top, Belgian waffles are a must in their namesake country, and at this European global marketplace too.
Brazil – Opening October 1
It may not be Carnival in Rio, but there certainly is a party of flavors at this Brazil-inspired food booth, with dishes every bit as vibrant as the country’s annual festival.
NEW! Brew-Wing at the Epcot Experience
Beer and wings. Like macaroni and cheese or donuts and coffee (more on those in a bit), these pub favorites are a culinary match made in heaven. Looking for something a little unconventional? Go crazy and get a flatbread and cider instead.
It gets cold in the Great White North. Take the chill off (we know this is Florida and it’s hot outside, but channel Figment and use your imagination) with cozy yet refined dishes that are every bit as warm and hearty as our neighbors to the north.
With over 5,000 years of recorded history, an area spanning over 3.7-million square miles, and almost 1.4 billion people, China’s culinary culture is as vast, varied, and different as its impressive stats. Try a few of the country’s most popular dishes at this Middle Kingdom-inspired booth. Wash it all down with a bubble milk tea, beer, or cocktail.
The Donut Box
Donuts may be an AM favorite, but it doesn’t have to be brunch time to enjoy one of the bold breakfast creations from The Donut Box.
Earth Eats hosted by Impossible™
Thanks to meatless alternatives, plant-based foods can be just as filling, satisfying, and flavorful as their original, protein-filled counterparts. Snack on some of Mother Nature’s bounty as you sip on a soothing cup of chai tea (perhaps with a splash of booze) or a glass of wine.
Flavors from Fire hosted by The NFL on ESPN
Every day is game day at Flavors from Fire hosted by The NFL on ESPN. Score some stick-to-your-ribs eats hearty enough to fuel both players and fans all day long – no tailgate necessary.
One of the simple joys of any trip to Paris is indulging in crusty bread and savory dishes oozing with butter alongside a glass of wine. Here, you can have it all without even needing to unearth your passport.
Germany may be known for its beer (and that’s definitely here too), but it wouldn’t be complete without some filling Bavarian favorites to soak it all up with. Prost!
The Mediterranean diet may be touted as one of the healthiest ways to eat, but that doesn’t mean Greek food isn’t full of flavor. With ingredients such as lamb, feta cheese, and olive oil, traditional dishes like rich moussaka and flaky spanakopita keep both your tastebuds and heart happy.
Disney’s Dole Whip may get all the glory when it comes to aloha-inspired eats, but don’t miss out on the Hawaiʻi global marketplace for other sweet and savory favorites straight from the islands.
Hops & Barley
Although Benjamin Franklin never actually said “God made beer because he loves us and wants us to be happy”, America’s love for that potent brew of hops and barley endures. Toast the forefathers with a patriotic pint of American craft beer or a glass of wine.
India – Opening October 1
From the riot of colors to the ear-popping sounds of the city, India can feel like a delightful sensory overload. The same can be said for its cuisine. Come for the spice-filled curries, stay for the palate-pleasing balance of flavors.
Ireland – Opening October 1
It’s the luck o’ the Irish at this global marketplace where guests can nosh on all manner of dishes beloved on the Emerald Isle. Irish favorites including seafood pie and Irish sausage are on offer. And of course, this verdant land isn’t a beer lover’s mecca for nothing. So, don’t miss out on a taste of Irish ale and mead, a wine-like drink made of honey.
Italian cuisine may be simple, like savory sauces clinging to pasta or vegetables dressed with olive oil, but it’s that elegant simplicity that makes it so popular. Take your tastebuds on a tour around the boot as you sip on a glass of Italian wine.
In the Land of the Rising Sun, food can be as much an art form as it is something to fuel you through your day. At this food booth, tuck into expertly rolled sushi and other Japanese favorites or try one of their boozy concoctions.
NEW! Kenya – Opening October 1
It’s a jungle out there – of flavors! Set out in search of East African-inspired tastes and Kenyan culture as you dine on traditional favorites and down Kenyan beer.
NEW! Lobster Landing – Opening October 1
No trip to New England is complete without a dish or two starring one of everyone’s favorite crustaceans: the lobster. New this year, Lobster Landing will offer a slate of options featuring the buttery, indulgent sea creature.
NEW! Mac & Eats – Opening October 1
No matter what age you are, macaroni and cheese is a comfort food standby. What you’ll find on the menu at the new Mac & Eats food booth, however, is a whole lot more adventurous than what you’ll find in that iconic blue box.
Say olé and satisfy your appetite for south-of-the-border tastes with Mexican craft beer, tacos, and chilaquiles. And while La Cava del Tequila may be on the list of our favorite Disney bars, you can get your margarita fix here too.
NEW! The Noodle Exchange
Noodles are beloved throughout the world, but aside from Italy, nowhere are they as integral to a culture as the Far East. Get out your travel chopsticks (yes, that is a thing) as you slurp down a selection of slippery delicacies popular in countries like China and Japan.
Need a snack break? While there isn’t anything groundbreaking to be had here, it is a good place for a pit stop if you’re in the mood for something basic like refreshing frozen beverages, alcoholic drinks, and simple snacks.
Refreshment Port hosted by Boursin ® Cheese
Your one-stop-shop for bar food favorites like poutine, chicken nuggets, ice cream, and, of course, something boozy to wash it all down. The Refreshment Port isn’t a paragon of global cuisine by any means, but it is a convenient stop if you’re just looking for an icy treat.
NEW! Rotunda Bistro
The United States might be known for fast food today, but it also holds a cornucopia of fresh ingredients from both the land and sea. Share in the bounty at the American Adventure Pavilion with colorful produce and seaside favorites.
Shimmering Sips hosted by CORKCICLE®
The perfect brunch spot! Kick off your morning (or any time of day) with fruity, effervescent mimosas and a sampling of sweets.
Spain – Opening October 1
Disney Springs’ Jaleo by Jose Andres or Capa at the Four Seasons might be the places to go if you’re in the mood for Spanish food at Disney. But, if you can’t snag a reservation, this global marketplace is a pretty great substitute. Dine on vibrant Spanish fare like paella, charcuterie, and seafood salad, along with wine and beer.
NEW! The Swanky Saucy Swine
The name says it all! Treat yourself to succulent, smoky, saucy pork dishes accompanies by refreshing alcoholic beverages like beer, wine, and cocktails.
NEW! Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
Air redolent with spices, meandering marketplaces, sizzling meats – a visit to a Moroccan medina is a feast for the senses. Tuck into such tempting, traditional favorites as pita stuffed with falafel and smoky kebabs.
Have a Bit of Everything with Emile’s Fromage Montage
With so many delicious dishes on offer, how can you possibly pick just a few to try? If you’re anything like us (i.e. the kind of person who spends entirely too much time waffling over which entrée you’d like at a restaurant – they just all sound so good!), let Disney narrow it down for you with Emile’s Fromage Montage.
‘Fromage’ is French for cheese, and that’s what this food stroll is all about. As you wander around the park, you’ll snack on 5 different dishes starring cheese, from squeaky cheese curds and gooey gratin to the good stuff griddled and drizzled with honey or piled into a cheesecake. And remember to collect the stamps for each in your Festival Passport as you go along, as you’ll need those to claim your free prize from the Shimmering Sips booth once you’re finished.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2021 Entertainment
All that tasty food and drink may be the main event at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, but there’s so much more to this foodie party than what the name implies.
Read on for all the entertainment on the schedule at the 2021 Epcot Food & Wine Festival.
Disney Food and Wine Festival 2021 Performing Acts
I think we can all agree that the only thing better than dinner (and breakfast and lunch) is dinner and a show. Fortunately, the festival (and really Epcot any time of year) has a lot of live entertainment to choose from. Usually, guests would snack and sip as they sang along to such popular performing acts as Hanson, Boyz II Men, and more during the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. Unfortunately, however, the much-loved event was canceled this year as a result of the pandemic. That being said, while you won’t see any big-name acts here this year, there’s still plenty of music to enjoy. Here’s everything you have to look forward to this year:
Voices of Liberty – American Gardens Theatre
Hum along to this stirring vocal performance in multipart harmony (you might even shed a tear), as the Voices of Liberty pay homage to the enduring spirit and beauty of America.
Mariache Cobre – American Gardens Theatre
Dance along to traditional Mexican folk music as you listen to this world-renowned mariachi band. For the full effect, we recommend enjoying with a margarita in hand.
Jammin’ Chefs– Canada Mill Stage
You know those kids who would always drive their parents crazy with their pots-and-pans drum solos? We’re pretty sure some of them became the Jammin’ Chefs (AKA the JAMMitors). Sit back, relax, and just try to keep yourself from tapping along to the beat.
America Gardens Bandstand
From Florida school groups at the Epcot Festival of the Arts to Disney Springs dining hotspots owned by Orlando restaurants and bakeries, Disney loves to shine the spotlight on the local community, and the same goes for this year’s Epcot Food & Wine Festival. At the America Gardens Theater, local bands from around Central Florida jam out to the hits of today and yesterday during the evenings on Friday to Monday.
Other Food-Inspired Fun at the 2021 Food and Wine Festival
Although one of the highlights of going to an Epcot festival is swaying along to the music as you nom on whatever dishes tickle your tastebuds, there are plenty of other offerings to feed your mind as well as your stomach.
With a beloved albeit unofficial tradition built around alcohol and theming that appeals more to adults than youngsters, Epcot doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being the most kid-friendly Disney World park. Interactive activities like Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak, however, are fun for both kids and adults and help you to appreciate design details that you may not have caught without the scavenger hunt. Epcot also has education at its heart, so you can best believe that you won’t leave the festival without learning something new.
Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak
As fans of the movie Ratatouille know, Remy loves forgoing typical rat life in favor of one filled with adventure and delicious food. Luckily, the Food & Wine Festival has both. Track down Remy as he tries all the yummy things around World Showcase. Pick up your map and stickers ($7.99 plus tax, while supplies last) from either Port of Entry, Mouse Gear, or the World Traveler store at International Gateway on the way to the Epcot Resort Area and the Disney Skyliner. Then, after finishing the Ratatouille scavenger hunt (and if you go to the festival during the 50th anniversary celebration, maybe even go for a spin on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure), take your completed map to a cast member at one of the stores above for a fun surprise.
2021 Food & Wine Festival Disney Culinary Demos, Seminars & More
Food is, of course, the centerpiece of any food festival. This Epcot festival takes it a step further by showing you the ins and outs of how the food gets made and introducing you to the masterminds behind the dishes. Unfortunately (we know, what a setup for such a disappointment), as they haven’t been confirmed yet for the 2021 Epcot Food & Wine Festival, we highly doubt that the hands-on culinary demos, seminars, workshops, book signings, chef meet-and-greets, and more will be returning this year. Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned for any possible changes.
Food & Wine Festival Merchandise
Long-lasting souvenirs may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a food festival (we’d rather eat it, after all), but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t fun festival gear to be had. This you’ll find an array of themed merchandise on offer from trays perfect for carrying your delectable haul around the park to measuring cups and so much more. Collections for the 2021 festival include:
- Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Logo Collection
- Belle Be Our Guest Collection
- Remy Shake Things Up Collection
- Apple Orchard Collection
- Figment Passholder Collection
Well fellow foodies, that concludes our guide to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. While things may look a bit different from what you’re used to, this culinary celebration is sure to still pack a punch when it comes to flavor and fun.
To make some time for all the Epcot rides during your trip to the festival, don’t miss out on our 1-Day Epcot Plan. Or, to save some extra cash for even more tasty festival treats, check out our discounted Walt Disney World tickets.
Are you a Food & Wine Festival fan? What’s your favorite dish or global marketplace? What are you missing this year? Let us know in the comments!
Amber is a proud former Walt Disney World Cast Member, an unabashed travel addict, and a hospitality and tourism specialist with over 10 years in the industry. She likes getting her wanderlust fix by sharing her favorite park tips and tricks with other Disney fans. When she isn’t working, you can usually catch her in a hot power yoga class or spending way too much money at Disney Springs.