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.
Below, you’ll find:
- Nearly all of the details, prices, and dates for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events including a fun new event that takes a behind the scenes look at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto!
- More information about DISCOUNTS, early booking dates, prices, and more for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Seminars and Demonstrations and Special Events.
- Updates from the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths — including the full booth lineup!
- Photos of BRAND NEW Epcot Food and Wine Festival menu items.
- DETAILS on the returning Eat to the Beat Dining Packages
- And more!
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:
- Brewer’s Collection
- The Chew Collective — NEW!
- Chocolate Studio — NEW!
- Craft Beers
- Desserts & Champagne
- Farm Fresh
- Hops & Barley
- Intermissions Cafe
- Islands of the Caribbean — RETURNING!
- New Zealand
- Refreshment Cool Post
- Refreshment Port
- South Korea
- Wine & Dine Studio – NEW!
- Marketplace (Name to be Announced)
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…
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.
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.)
Consider pairing your item with the 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!
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.
And for dessert? How about a little Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle?
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.
Here’s one of our favorite dishes from today’s preview — 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.
And this gorgeous puff pastry is a Quesito with sweetened cream cheese and guava sauce.
Farm Fresh Booth
Plan a visit to the returning Farm Fresh Booth for an all-new dish: Chicken and Dumplings, with mushroom and spinach.
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.
And the Oikos Greek Yogurt Vanilla Cake will be soaked in Ouzo and topped with a yogurt whipped cream and pistachios.
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.
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!
And the New England Lobster Roll has received a makeover from the 2015 version.
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!
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!
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.
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 Breakfasts, The Parisian Afternoon: Sandwiches, Macarons and Bubbles!, and French Family Meal Traditions returns as well.
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?!
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.
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!
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.
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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!