News! Cast of ABC’s ‘The Chew’ Returns for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival PLUS Menu Updates!

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Today we’re bringing you the very latest news about the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The festival, which stretches to a full two months this year, will run from September 14-November 14 this Fall.

We can’t wait for the beginning of this year’s festival! With so much delicious food to eat and great drinks to try, it’s the highlight of the DFB year!

While we are eagerly awaiting the full lineup of Eat to the Beat Concerts, Menus and Booths, Special Events, and Low Cost Seminars and Demonstrations, the event is now definitely starting to take shape!

There’s some HUGE news to share with you today, so let’s get right to it!

ABC’s ‘The Chew’ Returns to Broadcast from Epcot and Make Appearances

We’ve been wondering, and now we know for sure — the cast of ABC TV’s The Chew is definitely returning for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The Cast of The Chew

The Cast of The Chew

The core cast will tape five shows for broadcast on ABC. Taping dates will be October 5-7. The episodes are scheduled to air the week of October 10-14.

Ready to Plan for Your Epcot Food and Wine Festival Trip?

The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available for pre-order! 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.

2015 DFB F&W Guide Cover

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!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a 20% off the cover price!

Scheduled to appear are co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, and Daphne Oz. This will be the first appearance for Oz, who didn’t make the trip during last year’s event due to pregnancy.

In addition to the week’s worth of episodes, the cast will also be filming segments throughout Walt Disney World for broadcast during the duration of the Festival.

The Chew's Carla Hall and Michael Symon

The Chew’s Carla Hall and Michael Symon

No word yet on whether any of the show’s hosts will be involved in any special events, like Cooking Demonstrations or Premium Parties. Last year, the cast appeared on stage during one of the Rockin’ Burger Block Parties.

But we’ve got even more great news!

A Chew Booth Returns for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

In 2015, the festival made history by expanding marketplace booths into Future World for the very first time with The Chew. The team at the popular show created menu items for two booths — Chew Lab and Sustainable Chew. And it looks like this year, they’ll be bringing their innovative ideas to the event once more!

Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Tomato Sauce

Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Tomato Sauce

So far, we know that THE CHEW Collective will once again be located in the Next Eats area of Future World. AND — we look forward to trying two new delicious dishes. In addition to return of the Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce, we will also enjoy Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots and Feta Cheese and Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle.

And Festival exclusive wines return once more and will be available at the booth as well!

Festival Exclusive Wines Return in 2016

Festival Exclusive Wines Return in 2016

We’re just getting started with what promises to be a ton of information coming your way in the next few weeks. Stay tuned to Disney Food Blog for all the latest!

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Index

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth and Menu Index
2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events
2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations
2016 Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fans Facebook Page
2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Wine and Dine Half Marathon
2016 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic
Food and Wine Festival 101
2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus and FOOD PHOTOS
2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Gluten Free Items

How to Book Epcot Food & Wine Festival Events

To book all special events and demonstrations, call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Join the Disney Food Blog Newsletter to find out as soon as we do about details and booking dates! Culinary Demonstrations, Beverage Seminars, Mixology Seminars, and general admission for some special events may be bookable online at as well as by phone.

Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Golden Oak Residents may be eligible for a discount (per person, per event) for beverage and mixology seminars and culinary demos taking place Mon-Thurs during the festival. Discounts are by phone only at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Stay tuned to and the Disney Food Blog Newsletter for details.

Chase Disney Visa Cardholders may be able to book select special events, demos, and seminars early. A limited number of seats would be available for the TBD booking date.

But now, we’d love to hear from you! Are you excited to catch a taping of The Chew during the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival? Leave a comment and tell us what you think!


  1. Amy says

    The Chew episodes will air the week before we go to the Festival! What great timing to get excited for our first trip to Food and Wine.

  2. Melissa says

    Last year I heard that emails were sent to pass holders for tickets to The Chew tapings at Epcot, is this true ?

  3. Angela says

    So excited!! We missed them by one week last year! When & how can we secure tickets??

  4. Jan from DE says

    OMG, I’ll be there that week. That is so exciting. I really would like to be at their show. The Chew is so much fun to watch & very entertaining? Can’t wait.

  5. Karen Skeens says

    Omg. I am sooooooo excited!!! Can’t wait. You have to apply for tickets. No emails are sent out. It’s a lottery by abc tv

  6. says

    Hey Melissa – Tickets to the Chew filming dates at Epcot (lat year anyway) were available through the Chew’s normal ticket page (and went fast soon after they were available)…

    … that page has not yet been updated with any info or dates about Epcot taping for 2016… but it’s a good place to keep checking.

    Passholders/DVC/Disney Visa/TiW didn’t receive any special treatment because it’s sort of ABC’s deal, that just so happens to be inside a Disney park… and not really a Disney “entertainment / show” offering.

  7. Janet pencek says

    My husband and I will be in Disney celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary and would love to see a taping of The Chew before we head home to Pennsylvania!! We head back on October 6th but hopefully can catch them on the 5th. So excited to be down in Disney during the Food and Wine Fest!!

  8. Jess says

    This is exciting news! I just wish that they offered that chocolate dessert they had last year. I can’t recall it at the moment but it was something in liquid nitrogen I believe. Looking forward to this booth and the festival and I will be there the days they are the taping! :)

  9. Sharon Sadilek says

    Last year I tried for tickets and wasn’t able to get any. I am also a pass holder and we weren’t given or asked if we wanted taping tickets.
    Maybe this year I will get lucky to get taping tickets.

  10. Jo says

    I was able to attend The Chew taping as a standby guest. Had to wait 2 hours in line but so worth it!

  11. David Bornes says

    My wife and I are VERY big fans of The Chew and (especially for me being from the Cleveland, OH area) of Michael Symon. We are are planning a trip to Disney for my wife’s birthday and I would like to get tickets for the taping. We are annual passholders. Hopefully, this can be a great birthday surprise for her!

  12. says

    Karen — Last year, they were available via The Chew’s website. We’ll update ticket information as soon as we have it. Best of luck!

  13. says

    I was able to get tickets to the taping, group A. Is there anyone who attended last year that could tell me what Group A means and what to expect?

  14. Phyllis Loveridge says

    I was watching the Chew today and the hosts stated that someone can win tickets to the taping of the show from Epcot Food and Wine Festival in Walt Disney World Orlando Florida. They said to go to their web page to enter to win. I went to the web page and there is no mention of this contest. Could someone please let me know how I an enter this contest. My husband and I have been to the Wine and Food Festival many times and would love win tickets to the taping.
    Thank you,

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