The 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is on its way! Mark your calendars for September 14 through November 14!
Featuring fantastic special events, culinary and beverage demonstrations, celebrity chefs, and the ever-popular World Showcase Marketplace tasting booths, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity!
We’ll have all the details you need here on DFB. Check out the helpful links below!
2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Coverage
Epcot Food and Wine Festival World Showcase Booths
Over 30 marketplace booths will be set up on the promenade around Epcot’s World Showcase Lagoon — and will also stretch once again into Future World! Booth names and menus will be announced this Summer! Stay tuned to the Disney Food Blog Newsletter for immediate details when we have them!
We’ll see the return of the Hops & Barley Booth this year!
In past years, this marketplace featured hearty dishes featuring Americana favorites that pair especially well with beer. And 2016 is no exception. The Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese on Garlic Toast from Hops & Barley is one of our favorites so far this year!
Watch for new menu items at multiple marketplace booths! To quench your thirst, champagne, cocktails, and “mocktails” will be on marketplace menus. And joining the lineup at the Desserts and Champagne Booth, guests can indulge in Grown Up Ice Cream Floats, made with a variety of Hard Sodas!
The Brazil Booth is back for 2016 as well! Last year, it featured Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Onions, Avocado, and Cilantro as well as Xingu Black Beer. And we absolutely love the Cocada — Brazilian Coconut Candy! We’re can’t wait to see what they’re serving up in 2016, and hope some of these favorites return.
The free Marketplace Discovery Passport will also return this year. In 2015 — gluten free and vegetarian items were noted! Be sure to get your stamps at each international marketplace!
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events
From signature dinners to galas, culinary demonstrations to mixology and wine seminars, several high-end Special Events will be offered at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival this year!
Returning again in 2016 are the popular Rockin’ Burger Block Parties! Look for these fun events to take place each weekend.
Party for the Senses grand tasting events will return again in 2016. And new for 2016, the special event will feature a new theme each week as well as new entertainment!
We also can’t wait to learn more about the new “cooking school” premium experiences that will be offered at the resorts!
Celebrity Chefs bring extra excitement to the festival. Chefs scheduled to appear so far in 2016 include Cat Cora, Norman Van Aken, Masaharu Morimoto, Elizabeth Falkner, Buddy Valastro, and Jamie Deen.
Look for your favorite chef during culinary demos and premium events. A huge number of Disney and visiting chefs will participate in this year’s festival!
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Welcome Center
The Back to Basics series, free with your Epcot admission, returns in 2016! Look for this complimentary series to include “epicurean tips and tricks from the pros”!
Eat to the Beat Concerts
Throughout the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, popular bands from the 80s and 90s and even the 00s take the stage at the American Gardens Theater in the American Adventure Pavilion for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. These concerts are free with Epcot admission, and take place three times per evening.
Click the link to see the Confirmed 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Line-up!
Chase VIP Lounge
Also returning will be the Chase Lounge. Chase debit and credit card members – including Disney Visa card members — will find complimentary non-alcoholic refreshments, a charging station and comfortable seating for a relaxing break at the Chase Lounge at American Adventure.
For access, just present your Chase Card.
Free with Epcot Admission
Free with Epcot admission are the Festival Center Back to Basics series, special book signings, Eat to the Beat concerts, cultural adventures, Marketplace Discovery Passport, and all attractions and park entertainment. Festival hours could again extend to 10pm on weekends!
A full range of Festival merchandise will be available to commemorate your visit to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Items include apparel, glassware, kitchenware, magnets, all bearing logos of the Festival and its attractions. In addition, look for upscale collections as well, like designer handbags. These always sell out quickly!
How to Book Epcot Food & Wine Festival Events
Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Golden Oak Residents will be eligible for a $2 discount (per person, per event) for beverage and seminars and culinary demos taking place Mon-Thurs during the festival. These members will be able to book seminars and demos July 19th at 9AM. (Note: According to an official Disney World Annual Passholder website and email, booking for low-cost demonstrations begins for Annual Passholders ONLY on July 18th. We can find no other confirmation of this date, but we wanted to be sure you were aware of all possibilities!) Discounts are by phone only at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Stay tuned to DisneyFoodBlog.com and the Disney Food Blog Newsletter for details.
Chase Disney Visa Cardholders can book select special events, demos, and seminars on July 19th as well. A limited number of seats are available for the booking date. Call 407-939-1870 to book reservations with your Disney Visa Credit Card.
Booking for all other events, and for the general public, will begin July 21st at 7AM ET (please note: everything is subject to change). Call 407-WDW-FEST to book. ALL booking for VIP events and tickets (e.g. premium levels at the Party for the Senses) in previous years had to be booked by phone. Booking for seminars, demos, and some special events will be available at epcotfoodfestival.com.
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