Epcot Food and Wine Festival Guide

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It’s time to start planning for the biggest festival of the year! Disney has begun releasing information for Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2022. If you are going to Disney World in the fall (or summer), this festival is not to be missed (updated May 31, 2022).

The latest information dump included the names of all the Global Marketplaces at this year’s festival (but no menus) and information about the Eat to the Beat Concert Series.

Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival is the most popular Festival at Epcot, as well as being the largest scale. Food and Wine has more outdoor kitchens than any other festival.

So, let’s take a look at exactly what you can expect to experience during Epcot Food and Wine 2022.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2022 Dates

Picking up from the tradition that started in 2020, Epcot Food and Wine Festival starts super early in 2022. Frankly, I think this trend is here to stay.

This year, Food and Wine Festival will run from July 14, 2022 through November 19, 2022. That is a very long time to enjoy the yummy delights of the Food and Wine Festival!

Do I Need to Buy Food and Wine Festival Tickets?

This is a common question, because let’s face it, everything these days seems to be an upcharge, right? However, there is good news!

There are no Epcot Food and Wine Festival tickets because attendance at the festival is included in your Epcot admission.

That doesn’t mean you won’t fork out extra money to participate, because you will. Mostly in the form of buying all of the delicious food and drink you can fit in your body.

You simply don’t need to buy an additional ticket to attend Food and Wine.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2022 Menu

The food booths, or Global Marketplaces as they are called, are undeniably the biggest draw of the whole Food and Wine Festival. You could spend a couple of days at Epcot and probably still not try all of the foods available at the Global Marketplaces.

The Global Marketplaces are not just found in the pavilions of World Showcase. You will find them scattered throughout all of Epcot.

This year there are a total of 25 different Global Marketplaces. Not all of them open immediately, however. With the festival covering such a long time frame, they open up some of the booths later, to “keep it spicy”.

However, we know that some of the favorites are returning:

  • The Swanky Saucy Swine
  • Appleseed Orchard
  • Hops & Barley
  • Earth Eats presented by Impossible
  • Shimmering Sips hosted by CORKCICLE
Ice cream at Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Gluten Free Food and Wine Festival 2022

Disney is doing an increasingly good job of offering more and more gluten free offerings at their festivals. When the menus are released, expect there to be some gluten free food items labeled directly on the food menu. Those menu items will be in bold on the list that follows.

In addition to those food choices, there are usually others that aren’t labeled as gluten free, but are also likely safe for most people, with or without modification.

Sometimes simply asking for an ingredient to be left off is all it takes to make an item gluten free.

In other cases, the whole item is already gluten free, but some of the ingredients might have been processed in a facility that also processes wheat based items. As always, you know your level of sensitivity best, so plan accordingly.

Disney Pro Planning Tip: When in doubt, simply ask at the booth. If the Cast Members don’t know whether something is gluten free, they can call the chef and find out any information you need.

Global Marketplace Menus – Open July 14, 2022

Disney hasn’t released the full menu for Food and Wine Festival 2022. However, they did just release the full list of Global Marketplace options.

The Alps

Indulge in comforting Alpine cuisine, like warm Raclette Swiss cheese served with a baguette.

Australia

Embark on a culinary journey Down Under as you sample popular Australian food and wine.

Appleseed Orchard

Celebrate autumn with tasty apple creations—like an apple tart or apple cider.

Belgium

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a fluffy Belgian waffle—and pair it with a bold Belgian beer.

Brazil

Dig into South American cuisine and culture with the Land of the Palms’ finest fare.

Brew-Wing at the Odyssey – Opening August 15

Try a variety of flavorful chicken wings—along with assorted beers and ciders.

Canada

Discover delightful dishes and refreshing beverages from the Great White North.

Coastal Eats – Opening August 15

Savor succulent seafood dishes that pair beautifully with cold beer, wine and cocktails.

China

Please your palate with popular Chinese plates, bubble tea, draft beer and cocktails.

Earth Eats hosted by Impossible™

Delight in hearty, plant-based fare featuring Impossible foods, as well as wine or a refreshing cocktail.

Flavors from Fire

Enjoy heartwarming dishes inspired by campfire-cooked summertime favorites.

France

Fall in love with the classic cuisine of France—along with assorted wines or a slushy cocktail.

The Fry Basket – NEW!

Snack on crispy French fries or yucca fries, seasoned to perfection.

Germany

Venture to Germany for Bavarian bites sure to sate foodies of all ages—every dish is köstlich!

Greece

Opa! Enjoy traditional Greek dishes like spanakopita or a gyro.

Hawaiʻi – Opening August 15

Traverse the Pacific for tropical flavors and island favorites both savory and sweet.

Hops & Barley

Stay stateside for all-American craft beer, wines and the hottest tastes from coast to coast.

India

Spice up your life with Indian cuisine, like samosas and chicken tikka masala.

Ireland

Enjoy favorites from the Emerald Isle, like Irish sausage and seafood pie—which pair wonderfully with Irish ale and mead honey wine.

Italy

Relish the simple elegance of cucina italiana, with some of the world’s best-loved food and wine.

Japan

Delight your appetite with delish dishes and lively libations from the Land of the Rising Sun.

Kenya

Set off on a safari of flavor as you enjoy traditional Kenyan food and beer.

Mac & Eats – Opening August 15

Discover macaroni-and-cheese combos your mom never imagined!

Mexico

Take your taste buds south of the border for tacos, tostadas, Mexican craft beer and margaritas.

The Noodle Exchange – Opening August 15

Savor the flavors of the Far East served up in delicious noodle dishes.

Shimmering Sips hosted by CORKCICLE®

Get the brunch party started! Sample sweet treats and sip on sparkling mimosas.

Spain

Feast on flavorful Spanish foods—like paella and charcuterie—along with beer and wine.

The Swanky Saucy Swine

Try out tantalizing pork dishes that pair well with wine and cocktails.

Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina

Treat your senses to traditional Moroccan cuisine, like grilled kebabs and a falafel pita.

S'mores treat at Disney Food and Wine Festival

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Merchandise

So far, Disney has not released a merchandise guide for Food and Wine Festival 2022. But don’t you worry, considering how much money they make on the special merchandise, they most certainly will.

Come back closer to the event start date to get more specific information.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips

  • Wear very comfortable shoes to any Epcot festival. You will log an insane number of miles walking from one booth to the next in your quest for delicious food. Check out this post if you need any tips on the best shoes for Disney
  • If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, save your snack credits for the Food and Wine Festival – it can save you a bundle (in 2022, the Disney Dining Plan still hasn’t returned yet, unfortunately)
  • Consider skipping lunch and dinner in favor of the Global Marketplaces, there is more than enough food available to keep you full all day
  • Bring a lot of sunscreen – There are sections of Epcot with little shade, and that sun is bright!
  • If you want lower crowds, avoid attending the Festival on Friday or Saturday evenings. This is when the locals tend to flock to the festivals
  • Worried about keeping the kids entertained while you sample foods from around the world? Intersperse trips to the Global Markets with rides and other entertainment for the kids
Mexico pavilion at Epcot

Eat to the Beat Concert Series Returns!

That’s right, the Eat to the Beat Concert series is back for 2022. This is the last missing piece of the festival that is finally returning.

Disney started releasing the acts slated to perform at this year’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series.

  • July 14-15 – Baha Men
  • July 16-18 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • July 22-23 – TBD
  • July 24-25 – TBD
  • July 29-30 – Taylor Dayne
  • July 31-Aug. 1 – Tiffany
  • Aug. 5-8 – Joey Fatone & Friends
  • Aug. 12-13 – The Devon Allman Project
  • Aug. 14-15 – Christopher Cross
  • Aug. 19-20 – Journey former Lead Vocalist Steve Augeri
  • Aug. 21-22 – Air Supply
  • August 26-27 – TBD
  • August 28-27 – TBD
  • Sept. 2-3 – Southern Avenue
  • Sept. 4-5 – Kris Allen & David Cook
  • Sept. 9-10 – Hoobastank (NEW)
  • Sept. 11-12 – TBD
  • Sept. 16-17 – Los Amigos Invisibles (NEW)
  • Sept. 23-24 – BBMak
  • Sept. 25-26 – TBD
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Stokley (NEW)
  • Oct. 2-3 – Sheila E.
  • Oct. 7-8 – Mark Wills
  • Oct. 9-10 – 38 Special
  • Oct. 14-15 – TBD
  • Oct. 16-17 – TBD
  • Oct. 21-22 – TBD
  • Oct. 23-24 – Billy Ocean
  • Oct. 28-31 – Hanson
  • Nov. 4-7 – Boyz II Men
  • Nov. 11-12 – TBD
  • Nov. 13-14 – TBD

The shows are held nightly in Epcot during the Food and Wine Festival. There are 3 show times a night starting at 5:30p, 6:45p, and 8:00p.

All of the performances take place at the America Gardens Theatre in the America Pavilion.

While the concert happens every night, the performances from Tuesday through Thursday are by local musicians. The big name acts run from Friday through Monday night.

Eat to the Beat Dining Package

The Eat to the Beat Dining Package has also returned! Starting on May 24, 2022 you can book these packages online.

If you know you absolutely want guaranteed preferred seating for one of the concerts, the Eat to the Beat Dining package is the way to do it.

This package gets you a meal at one of Epcot’s amazing restaurants and then guaranteed seating at the concert that day.

You can book a reservation for either lunch or dinner. With your Eat to the Beat Dining package you get:

  • An appetizer, entrée and dessert or one full buffet (where applicable), along with a non-alcoholic beverage
  • One guaranteed seat per person to an Eat to the Beat concert held on the same day

All of the guests on the reservation receive Eat to the Beat concert badges at the restaurant after their meal. The badge lets you know the start time of the concert you’re assigned.

There is a separate entrance queue at America Gardens Theater for people with the dining package reservations.

While your seating is guaranteed, the exact location of your seats within the preferred seating are on a first come first serve basis.

Eat to the Beat Dining Package Reservations

Reservations for these packages are highly recommended. You can make these reservations online at Disney’s official Eat to the Beat Dining package page.

Same Day Dining Packages

For anyone who isn’t able to land a reservation ahead of time, there is an option for same day dining packages.

With this option you need to go to either Spice Road Table or Regal Eagle Smokehouse that day and ask if the package is available.

As an aside, Regal Eagle Smokehouse is fantastic. So if you’re looking for a cheaper option with great food, this is a good bet.

Outdoor smoker at Regal Eagle Smokehouse at Epcot

Eat to the Beat Dining Package Pricing

The price of the dining package ultimately depends on which restaurant you book it at. The chart below has all the information about which restaurants are offering the package and how much it costs per person.

RestaurantAdult (ages 10 and up)Child (ages 3-9)
Biergarten Restaurant$57$32
Coral Reef Restaurant$69$22
Garden Grill Restaurant$66$43
Le Cellier Steakhouse$79$28
Regal Eagle Smokehouse$34.99$16.99
Spice Road Table$44$16

All of these prices are before taxes and doesn’t include gratuities. There is no charge for kids under age 3, however they do need to be included on the reservation.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Entertainment

In addition to the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, there are some other entertainment options on offer for Food and Wine Festival 2022.

Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak Scavenger Hunt

This is a paid upgrade, but is a great activity for the kids to do while you eat and drink your way around World Showcase. You purchase a map and stickers and help Remy find missing ingredients around the park.

The map can be purchased at Pin Traders-Camera Center, Port of Entry, or World Traveler at International Gateway.

Disney hasn’t specifically said, but there’s usually a small prize you earn by finding all of the items.

Emile’s Fromage Montage

This activity focuses on helping guests find new ways to appreciate cheese! I really love cheese…

You complete this activity by purchasing 5 different menu items from the Global Marketplaces, all focusing on using cheese as the ingredient. Once example they give is a passionfruit cheesecake with toasted macadamia nuts. Yum!

Once you collect all 5 stamps for the identified menu items, head on over to Shimmering Sips to collect your prize.

Final Thoughts

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival is definitely something you do not want to miss if you are at Disney World this fall. Even if you never attend any of the seminars or special events, the Global Kitchens alone make it worth your while.

If you are a foodie in even the slightest sense of the word, this event is for you. Take a look at Disney’s website for all the official information about Disney’s Food and Wine Festival.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival pin image

Your Thoughts

Have you been to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in the past? What are your thoughts? Do you love it or hate it? Let me know in the comments.

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9 thoughts on “Epcot Food and Wine Festival Guide”

  1. What a great guide! My gosh there are so many different foods to try! I wanted to go next year but I think I’m getting out voted and we are now going in May. I do have a question, are there a ton of drunk adults walking around or do they regulate this?

    1. I have never seen any obviously drunk people, but I have also avoided being there on a Friday or Saturday night. Rumor has it those are the days which it is more likely to happen. But if you go in May you can go to Flower & Garden Festival!

  2. I’ve always wanted to go, but I probably won’t get to until I retire from teaching. It’s on my dream list. It looks so fun!

    1. You will love it when you get a chance to go. And a Disney dream list is always a fun thing to work on.

  3. What a thorough report! Thank you for this.

    I really like your tip about not eating lunch or dinner because eating around the festival will make you plenty full! ????

    1. I learned that lesson the hard way. A meal at Biergarten in the middle of a Food & Wine day was not a good idea…

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