EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival begins July 15 at Walt Disney World Resort!
This year’s event will kick off with Global Marketplaces, including the return of many favorites – Canada, Greece, Germany, Hops and Barley, Appleseed Orchard and others. Even more marketplaces will join the international smorgasbord as the festival continues on into the fall before wrapping on Nov. 20, 2021.
There will be lots of ways for families to enjoy this year’s event (beyond just eating lots of great food, of course):
- Sample all sorts of delicious cheeses served in fun ways as part of Emile’s Fromage Montage – if Guests collect a stamp from five different Global Marketplaces, they’ll earn a prize!
- Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak will send Guests on a savory scavenger hunt in search of Remy statuettes hidden all over the park.
- Take a tasty souvenir home from the new merchandise collections, including a festival collection featuring a spirit jersey, baseball cap and so much more.
- Listen to musical favorites performed by Voices of Liberty, Mariachi Cobre and the Jammin’ Chefs.
This is just an appetizer for the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. Last year the festival started in early July as well, the first time it had ever done so, and it seems like Disney liked the response it received as they’ve continued that trend into 2021. Now the festival is the longest running averaging 5 months and beating out the Flower & Garden Festival.
For us the change comes as no surprise as Disney brings in massive revenue from these festivals, particularly from alcohol sales. Up until now, Epcot lacked a summer festival and it seems like Disney has settled on the Food & Wine Festival to fill in this gap. And we have zero qualms about it! This is by far one of our favorite festivals and we’re happy to see it extended.
Currently Disney World is planning to celebrate their 50th anniversary starting Oct. 1st, 2021. The festival is expected to run during this celebration which will include new food and decorations throughout the park. Epcot is also expecting to open the brand new attraction Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Oct. 1st.
Dean has been writing and blogging for over 10 years. He specializes in Disney theme park news including updates, openings, special events and general advice for travelers. He doesn’t shy away from the good, the bad and the ugly. His previous work includes being a Cast Member at Disneyland and working as a travel agent.