Hooray! We finally have a few more updates on the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which will be showcasing tons of awesomeness from September 14-November 14 this year!
We’ve been reporting the latest and greatest for you as soon as we hear it, from new Eat to the Beat Concert acts to confirmed Food and Wine Festival World Showcase Booths. And now we have even more great info to help you as you plan your Fall trip to the World.
2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates
Disney releases Food and Wine info in trickles this time of year, and today we’ve got more details on World Showcase Booths, new special events, a reimagined Party for the Senses, and a twist to the standard culinary and beverage seminars at the Festival Center. Read on for more!
Confirmed World Showcase Booths
This year, guests will nosh at over 30 Epcot Food and Wine Festival World Showcase Booths (check out our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths page for more details!). Confirmed as returning this year are Greece, Desserts & Champagne, and Farm Fresh.
New items will include hard soda floats (much like the Hard Root Beer Float you can currently get at the Fife and Drum Tavern in Epcot’s American Adventure pavilion) at the Desserts & Champagne booth; a savory vegan dish at the Greece marketplace; and new savory menu options at the Farm Fresh booth.
The Booths will again extend into Future World this year, but we have no confirmation on whether The Chew will be involved this year.
Check out our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths page for more details as we get them!
2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Lineup (So Far!)
Ahead of the official announcement, our team has put together a first look at some of the music acts we expect to see during this year’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series; and now we have a few more updates.
We’re excited to confirm that new acts will include Wang Chung, Delta Rae, and Toad the Wet Sprocket. Joining them in the lineup will be returning acts Wilson Phillips, Boyz II Men, Jeffrey Osbourne, 38 Special, Starship, and Christopher Cross. Unconfirmed (but we’re pretty darn sure about them) new acts include Fuel and Plain White T’s.
Note that this schedule is subject to change.
- Wang Chung NEW! — September 14-15
- Starship — September 16-18
- TBD — September 19-23
- Fuel NEW! — September 24
- TBD — September 25-October 8
- Plain White T’s (UNCONFIRMED) NEW! — October 7-9
- 38 Special — October 10-11
- Jeffrey Osbourne — October 12-13 NEW!
- TBD — October 14-19
- Christopher Cross – October 20-21
- TBD — October 22-November 14
- Delta Rae, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Wilson Phillips, Boyz II Men — UNKNOWN DATES
Since this partial list is preliminary, be sure to stay tuned to the Disney Food Blog for additions and/or changes to the schedule! We will bring you all the latest news first!
Updated Festival Center Offerings — Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It Workshops
The Festival Center always offers culinary, beverage, and mixology seminars — and we think those will return — but they’re adding a little something new this year!
In 2016, the Festival Center will be host to the new “Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops, offering guests a chance to learn a variety of culinary skills from chefs, bakers, mixologists and other pros. Participants will put expert advice to use whether mixing cocktails, decorating cakes, or using herbs to kick up a dish’s flavor. Sounds fun! We’ll get more details to you as soon as we have them!
Special Events — Party For the Senses, Rockin’ Burger Block Party, and NEW Events
Special Events at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival include the uber popular Party for the Senses, Signature meals featuring Celebrity Chefs around the resort, and the new-in-2015 Rockin’ Burger Block Party (see a review here)– all returning in 2016.
This year, though, the Party for the Senses will be “re-imagined” with new “concepts and themes.” We’re thinking we’ll see more themed nights like last year’s Black and Yellow event. There will also be new live entertainment for the Block Party and Party for the Senses.
As for Signature events around the Walt Disney World Resort, 2016 will see the debut of a new Grand Floridian brunch with a twist, and a new cooking school experience.
Check out our Special Events page for more details when we have them!
A big draw at the festival are the famous culinary bigwigs that descend upon Epcot in the Fall. This year, guests can chat up Cat Cora, Norman Van Aken, Masaharu Morimoto, Elizabeth Falkner, Buddy Valastro and Jamie Deen among others at events.
Here are a few more bits and bites to help you plan your Festival experience!
The popular Festival Private Label California Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are back and available by the bottle or by the glass.
Ratatouille returns — Chef Remy of “Ratatouille” returns with his fun-for-the-family culinary scavenger hunt.
Back to Basics will return to the Festival Center. This free with admission weekend series features epicurean tips and tricks from the pros, book and bottle signings, and The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar, hosted by Ghirardelli.
The Chase Lounge returns for Chase debit and credit card members (including Disney Visa cardholders). The Lounge is usually in the American Adventure pavilion, and offers charging stations, complimentary non-alcoholic drinks, and much-needed A/C.
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It’s Time to Start Planning!
The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available for pre-order! And we’ve got a two for one deal for you!
This 250+-page guide to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever.
Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist to carry with you as you Eat around the World!
Order your 2016 edition today and we’ll immediately send you the 2015 edition for FREE to get started on planning right away! Don’t miss a moment of the fun!
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Are you headed to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival this year? Let us know in the comments below what you’re looking forward to!