Foodie Dreams Come True at Disney World’s Food & Wine Fest

While any day at Walt Disney World is better than a day anywhere else, there are times when WDW is even more awesome than others.

Epcot Food and Wine Japan

For me and my wife, one best of the best times is during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. Here’s what makes it such a tasty time to visit:

  • Great timing: The fest runs through much of the fall, when both crowds and temperatures are much more tolerable.
  • Wide selection: About 35 food and wine booths from as many countries. Each offers tapas-sized foods representative of their country as well as small-pour beer, wine and drink tasters.
  • Reasonable prices: Prices run from a few dollars to $10 or so — occasionally more for very special items. Epcot admission is still required, but there is no extra cost for the festival.
  • Appetizing entertainment: Food and wine demos are offered up daily by celebrity chefs, plus there are concerts from a variety of throwback bands, each performing for just a few days to keep things fresh.

Epcot Food and Wine Scotland

The Food and Wine Fest runs for about two and a half months, from September to November each year. For 2017, the dates are 31 August to 13 November. It is held in Epcot’s World Showcase, with booths set up in the path around the lagoon.

2017 Dates for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival are: 31 August through 13 November 2017

Epcot Food and Wine Fest for Military

We prefer to go during the first two weeks of November, for the great temperatures. It can sometimes still be very hot in central Florida in October.

Epcot Food and Wine Hawaii

I think Epcot is the perfect spot for this event where military families are concerned, as many of the countries represented in the World Showcase are places that we have been stationed or visited.


Last year I went to the Food and Wine Fest with several buddies that I’d been stationed with. My favorite memory from that trip is the eight of us sitting around two tables in the Germany Pavilion’s Platz, eating brats, drinking German beer and telling flying stories.

Epcot Food and Wine Argentina

I highly recommend that you try the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival if the timing works with your leave/vacation schedule.

Epcot Food and -Wine Scotch


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  1. Hi, Steve! We’ve never been but are going this November…yay! Since you have attended then as well, I wanted your input on going the first vs second week this year due to race & Jersey week first week vs Vets day falling on an observed Fri to make a longer weekend. Looks like overall resort availablilty is much better for the latter, yet that means going a Sun-Mon on last two operating days of Food & Wine vs Mon-Tues week prior. Any insight? Thanks!

    • Hey Danelle,

      Awesome!!!

      First I always recommend avoiding Epcot during the Food and Wine on “weekends,” Friday nights, Saturday, and to a lesser extent Sunday as the park sees a large influx of local Orlando residents and it can get fairly “drunk” especially later in the day/evening as that’s what many young locals are coming there to do. Not to mention the extra bodies. Early afternoons are ok in the “ambiance” respect if a weekend visit is required.

      Read this post on YourFirstVisit.net for a great perspective on Jersey Week, you’ll also note on Dave’s crowd calendar that the week starting the 4th is a 6 vs the weeks bracketing it which are 3’s.

      Checking with my friends at TouringPlans.com, the week including Halloween (end of Oct/beginning of Nov) looks great with crowds medium early in the week trending to very low by Thursday the 1st. Then back up to medium (5 out of 10) through the next Thursday the 9th . Then higher again through the 12th.

      The last weekend of the Food and Wine will see locals who haven’t been this year or who want to hit it one last time in attendance. However, we’ve been there during the last days of the F&W many years in the past as the 11th is my wife’s birthday and we often do a trip to celebrate. With a plan to park hop, the Veterans day week will not be intolerable and crowds will drop off afterwards.

      Hope this helps!