2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival News! Details on Booths, Menus, Special Events, Booking Dates, and More

We are so excited to be sharing with you LIVE today from Walt Disney World some great new details for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Note that all information is subject to change.

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Below, you’ll find:

As always, you can visit our Epcot Food and Wine Festival index page for ALL updates at any time.

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth and Menu Information

We’ve got a few Festival Booth MENU ITEMS, my friends!! See our list below, and be sure to check out our 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Page for updated menus, food photos, and more as the Festival gets closer!

OFFICIAL 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths!
The following booths have been confirmed as officially returning in 2016:

We’re hoping to have even more info and full menus for you soon! But first, we’ve got a few menu item photos for you…

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!

Sneak Peek! New Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menu Item PHOTOS!

Who’s ready to see some new (and returning) items that will be featured at the Festival for 2016?! Let’s do this!

The Wine & Dine Studio Booth — NEW to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The brand new Wine & Dine Studio will make its debut in the Next Eats section of Future World! A Pork Tenderloin with a Cannellini Bean Ragout and Zinfandel Reduction will be on the menu.

Wine & Dine Studio Pork Tenderloin with Cannellini Bean Ragout and Zinfandel Reduction

Wine & Dine Studio Pork Tenderloin with Cannellini Bean Ragout and Zinfandel Reduction

This is also where you’ll find the Seared Scallop with a Truffled Celery Root Puree, Brussels Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms. And yep — you’re right if you think that means the ah-MA-zing scallop formerly of the Scotland booth will NOT be returning. (A moment of silence, please.)

Wine & Dine Studio Seared Scallop with Truffled Celery Root Puree, Brussel Sprouts, and Wild Mushrooms

Wine & Dine Studio Seared Scallop with Truffled Celery Root Puree, Brussels Sprouts, and Wild Mushrooms

Consider pairing your item with the Robert Mondavi Winery Maestro Red Blend.

Robert Mondavi Winery Maestro Red Blend

Robert Mondavi Winery Maestro Red Blend

Chocolate Studio Booth  — NEW to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The Chocolate Studio is a brand new booth for 2016, but it’s bringing with it a favorite dish from 2015: the Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel!

Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel

Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel

The Chew Collective Booth  — NEW to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The full cast of the  ABC TV daytime cooking show, The Chew, is returning to the Festival! And the show will also be represented at an all-new booth this year! The Chew Collective will serve the Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots, and Feta Cheese.

The Chew Collective's Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots, and Feta Cheese

The Chew Collective’s Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots, and Feta Cheese

And for dessert? How about a little Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle?

The Chew Collective's Peanut Butter Mousse

The Chew Collective’s Peanut Butter Mousse

New Marketplace — Name Yet to Be Announced

No. Seriously. You read that right! One more brand new booth is still in its “Imagineering” stages. What we DO know is that the booth will feature Village Farms, a local Florida producer of tomatoes that is taking the Orlando food scene by storm. Disney chefs are so impressed that there will be a whole marketplace booth dedicated to the produce here.

Village Farm Snack Pack Tomatoes

Village Farm Snack Pack Tomatoes — So Impressive They Get Their Own Booth!

Here’s one of our favorite dishes from today’s preview — Duck Confit with Creamy Polenta and Fire-roasted Salsa.

Duck Confit with Creamy Polenta and Fire-roasted Salsa

Duck Confit with Creamy Polenta and Fire-roasted Salsa

The booth may not have a name yet, but lemme tell ya’… wherever the Duck Confit ends up, GO. THERE. AND. GET. IT. We also look forward to tasting a Gazpacho and a Tomato Salad with a Tomato Vinaigrette. You never knew how versatile the humble tomato could be. ;-)

Islands of the Caribbean Booth — RETURNING to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The Islands of the Caribbean Booth is returning from hiatus! And we’ve got two new menu items to introduce to you. For starters, the Mojo Pork with Black Beans, Cilantro Rice, and Pickled Red Onions.

Epcot Food and Wine 2016 Preview Islands of the Caribbean Mojo Pork with Black Beans Cilantro Rice and Pickled Red Onions 2

Mojo Pork with Black Beans, Cilantro Rice and Pickled Red Onions

And this gorgeous puff pastry is a Quesito with sweetened cream cheese and guava sauce.

Quesito

Quesito

Farm Fresh Booth

Plan a visit to the returning Farm Fresh Booth for an all-new dish: Chicken and Dumplings, with mushroom and spinach.

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings

Greece Booth

We’re excited to welcome back Greece with some all-new menu items! Loaded Vegan Greek “Nachos” feature pita chips, meatless sausage crumbles, and a vegan tzatziki.

Loaded Greek "Nachos"

Loaded Greek “Nachos”

And the Oikos Greek Yogurt Vanilla Cake will be soaked in Ouzo and topped with a yogurt whipped cream and pistachios.

Oikos Greek Yogurt Vanilla Cake

Oikos Greek Yogurt Vanilla Cake

South Korea Booth

South Korea will return with a Korean-style BBQ Beef with Steamed Rice and Cucumber Kimchi. While last year’s dish was similar, it was a cross slice of short rib. Here, the meat was shredded.

Korean-style BBQ Beef

Korean-style BBQ Beef

Hops & Barley Booth

The Hops & Barley Booth is bringing a delicious Smoked Beef Brisket to the table this year, topped with Pimento Cheese and served on Griddled Garlic Toast!

Smoked Beef Brisket

Smoked Beef Brisket

And the New England Lobster Roll has received a makeover from the 2015 version.

New England Lobster Roll

New England Lobster Roll

Desserts & Champagne Booth

You’ll be able to try your Moet Ice Imperial at the returning Desserts & Champagne Booth with or without a bit of fresh mint. And you aren’t seeing things — you enjoy this bubbly over ice!

Epcot Food and Wine Preview 2016 Desserts and Champagne Moet Ice Imperial

Moet Ice Imperial

And don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for alcoholic and non-alcoholic Ice Cream Floats here, too!

So… whaddya think?!?

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Event Booking Dates and Details

Bookings for all special events will begin on Thursday, July 21. Typically the lines open at 7am ET (subject to change). ALL booking for VIP events and tickets in previous years (e.g. premium levels at the Party for the Senses) had to be booked by phone. Booking for some special events will be available at epcotfoodfestival.com. (Below, you’ll find details on early bookings for Special Festival Center Experiences for select groups.)

While we know the Chase Lounge will be returning to the Festival, we do not have specific early booking information  at this time for Chase Disney Visa Cardholders. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we know more!

Special Event Details: Times, Chefs, Prices

Start planning your Special Events now! The popular Party For the Senses is returning, and the Burger Block Party is ON for the second year running. We also know that once more, the event will feature celebrity chefs! Joining those established events are the BRAND NEW Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! hands-on workshops. Check out the scoop on the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events!

The Smooth Burger from the 2015 Rockin' Burger Block Party

The Smooth Burger from the 2015 Rockin’ Burger Block Party

And for the first time this year, Disney is taking the Events line up to the Resorts! While there continue to be the normal line up of Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining throughout the resort, we are also seeing the introduction of several themed events as well.

 

Also new this year is the the Brunch with a Twist at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, which will take place at Citricos. And how would YOU like to have a Behind the Scenes look at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto?! For even more details on these and other events, like The Secret of Flavor and Culinary Adventures of a Master Chef, head to our Special Events page.

Don't Anger the Tiki Goddess While Learning to Make Your Driiiiiinks!

Don’t Anger the Tiki Goddess While Learning to Make Your Driiiiiinks!

We’ll be sure to keep you posted on whether the Food and Wine Festival Premium Package will return for 2016. In addition, the Food and Wine Festival Discovery Sampler Package, a lower cost option (available to non-resort guests as well) including 8 entitlements to eat your way around World Showcase, will be available once more in 2016.

The France Pavilion will once again host Parisian BreakfastsThe Parisian Afternoon: Sandwiches, Macarons and Bubbles!, and French Family Meal Traditions returns as well. 

Macarons and Other Goodies from The Parisian Afternoon Event

Macarons and Other Goodies from The Parisian Afternoon Event

Don’t miss out on ALL the details by checking out the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events here!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Center Seminar and Demonstration Early Booking Details and Discounts

Are you ready for booking details for the Food and Wine Festival low-cost seminars and demos?!

The result of Jacques Torres' delicious demo at the Food and Wine Festival

The result of Jacques Torres’ delicious demo at the Food and Wine Festival

Early Booking for Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, DVC members, and Golden Oak residents will begin Tuesday, July 19th at 9AM ET for seminars and demonstrations. In addition, this population will also be able to book the Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! daily events early as well. Note that some guests had luck booking select special events in previous years during these early booking dates; your mileage may vary. Discounts ($2) will  be offered for seminars and demonstrations Monday through Thursday only.

We have no confirmed booking information for Disney Chase Visa Cardholders at this time. Stay tuned!

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.

Beverage Seminars will take place Daily at 1, 3, and 5:30 PM. They will cost $15. Remember to check our Beverage Seminar page for up-to-date information!

Chef Cat Cora at an Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demonstration

Chef Cat Cora at an Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demonstration

Culinary Demos will take place Daily at 12 and 2 PM. They will cost $15. Check out our Culinary Demo page here!

More details about these events will be announced soon. Keep an eye on our 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Seminars and Demonstrations for upcoming information.

Eat to the Beat Dining Packages Returning!

Because seating for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series is first-come, first-served, Disney is once again offering the opportunity to guarantee your seat for all your favorite acts this year!

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We’re still awaiting the full line-up of acts, but we can tell you that The Bo Deans and Living Colour have been added to the list! We also know that returning for 2016, you can pair your Eat to the Beat Concert experience with lunch or dinner (or breakfast at select locations) at your favorite Epcot restaurant and enjoy a guaranteed seat for the show!

Many of your favorite Epcot restaurants are participating. See our Eat to the Beat Page for a full list of participating restaurants and package pricing!

Other Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates and News TidBits…

Keep your eye out for an update to a well-loved item… the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup at the Canada Booth will be served with a Pretzel Roll this year! And the Epcot Food & Wine Festival Wines (a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay) will be available again in 2016.

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Wines

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Wines

Be sure to check our main Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page frequently for updates, and also check out Epcot Food and Wine Festival 101 for even more information about the festival!

Want More Epcot Food and Wine Festival Info?

We’ll have all the coverage and information you need right here on Disney Food Blog! Here’s what we know so far…

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) starting July 21. Join the Disney Food Blog Newsletter to find out as soon as we do about details and booking dates! Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars and general admission for some special events may be bookable online at www.epcotfoodfestival.com as well as by phone.

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 seminars, culinary demos, and Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! events taking place Mon-Thurs during the festival. 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 may be able to book select special events, demos, and seminars early. A limited number of seats would be available for the still to be determined booking date.

Be sure to join the DFB Newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming details!

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What Epcot Food and Wine Festival Event are you looking forward to booking in 2016? Tell us what you think below in comments!

Comments

  1. says

    My husband and I are looking forward to attending the Food and Wine Festival this year. Can you tell me about the 2016 Food and Wine Festival Premium Package. We are looking forward to signing up for this.
    Thank you

  2. Tom S says

    Your Greek selections leave a lot to be desired. Just because you make something with Greek yogurt and feta cheese does not make it Greek. There is no such thing as meatless sausage crumbles or vegan tzatziki in authentic Greek cooking.

  3. Gloria Wilkeson says

    When will I get the Food & Wine Festival Guide I purchased previously? Will there be a sampler package to purchase like they had last year?

  4. says

    Gloria — We will be releasing the Guide shortly; we are just awaiting the final bits of information. Yes, the Food and Wine Festival Discovery Sampler Package will return once more.

  5. Jess says

    So happy the Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel is back! I am sad that the 3D Dessert party is not back after not being offered last year.

  6. Lisa says

    Thank you so much for publishing this info as soon as you learned of it. I figured that you would immediately after the Tables event yesterday and you didn’t disappoint.

    I am a bit disappointed that the Burger Party won’t be available for the start of the Festival like it was last year. it seems that most of the events are clustered in early October instead. Also, not sure why the sampler at this point doesn’t seem to include reserved seats to the Eat to the Beat concert. With just a pin as part of the package now, it doesn’t really seem like a good value.

  7. Marie says

    We’re trying to decide between the Rockin Burger Block Party and Party for the Senses. It looks like both offer unlimited high quality food and drink in the same atmosphere… why is Party for the Senses so much more expensive??

  8. Joanna says

    When do you expect to find out if the Premium Package will be offered this year? It’s been so nice the last two years to be able to sit at a table in the shade and eat the great food instead eating off a trash can in the sun!

  9. SynA says

    Our 1st EFWF experience was last year & we loved it! I can’t say enough about the Premium Package! At first the price seemed high, but when you have access to shaded seating for 4 days, the value was totally there for my group. One of the days, it was raining pretty hard & we were protected from the brunt of it while in the seating areas. We were always encouraged by the CMs to stay & relax, so it was a great VIP experience. I hope the package retains it’s value for 2017.

  10. Paula says

    Are those really the dates for PFTS? Oct 28 and 29 and then none in November?? Sad as we planned to do the F&W Classic on both of those dates but we love PFTS as well.

  11. Lisa says

    Thank you for the information. I have been trying to wait patiently for it!

    I am disappointed to see that the first Burger Party is so late this year. I went last year and was hoping to go again this year but will be there at the start of the Festival. I wish that some of the special events were being offered during the beginning of the Festival, as most seem to be in October.

    Is it confirmed that the Sample package doesn’t include Eat to the Beat seating? Also it seems that the times for the beverage and culinary demos have switched from last year. Is that true?

  12. Carrie says

    Any news on the Premium Package? The cast member I spoke with said they weren’t offering it this year, which is a huge disappointment. I’m in denial, hoping you might have some good news for us. :)

  13. Wendy says

    I have called and emailed Disney and they tell me that the Premium Package will not be returning which is a big disappointment. I had already booked my other events or I would not be coming. Next year I will not book anything unless they bring back the package. I just can’t stand in lines anymore and fight for a place to sit and eat.

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