2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tip: How Many Days Should I Budget For the Festival?

You Guys! It’ll be here before we know it!! YEP — I’m talking about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! If you haven’t already, mark your calendars for August 31-November 13. This year’s festival offers a record 75 days of fantastic eats, drinks, and more!

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Logo Disney

Already, we’re starting to get our very first big pieces of news about how this year’s festival will shape up.

We know for sure that there will be 35 booths to celebrate the 35 years of Epcot, and that both India and Spain will return in 2017.

While we await the announcement of the rest of the new booths, we can still start our planning! If you haven’t already done it, this is a great time to preorder the 2017 DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We have all the tips, tricks, and strategies that will make this your best fest yet! AND when you preorder the 2017 guide, you get the 2016 guide for free as an immediate download — so you can start your planning now!

In the meantime, we’re sharing some of our best tips for making the most of your time at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival from our guide’s Frequently Asked Questions section. Today’s question is:

How Many Days Should I Budge For The Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

We get this one all the time! And while there’s no right or wrong answer, we definitely have a few things for you to consider as you make your decision.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

If possible, plan for two or more days. See, here’s the thing. For all that we talk about the festival centerpiece — the marketplace booths — there is so much more to do and experience. And it’s not all super pricey.

To begin, there are free events and exhibits, like the Ghirardelli Bean to Bar experience, which shares the history of chocolate production.

From the Bean to the Bar

From the Bean to the Bar

There are always interesting interactive displays throughout the park as well. And you can even get wristbands to meet your favorite chefs and culinary personalities — for free!

Low Cost Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars take place daily, and are a great way to add to your knowledge as you taste and sip delicious samples.

Champagne Tasting

Champagne Tasting

And of course, there are tons of special events, ranging from regional tasting events that take place throughout the World Showcase Pavilions, to grand tasting events, like Party for the Senses. Special dinners take place at the resorts as well.

But I only have one day. Can I still enjoy the festival? For Sure! In this case, we strongly suggest that you follow our touring strategies in the DFB Guide to the Food and Wine Festival. We offer strategies for one day, two days, and even half days at the festival.

2015 Japan Marketplace Booth

Hit the Marketplace Booths Early to Avoid Lines

For instance, if you only have one day at the festival, we think the key is to plan ahead! The day of the festival be sure to get an early start at the Festival Center. Then, hit up your favorite marketplace booths in World Showcase once they open at 11:00AM to avoid lines. And be sure to squeeze in a culinary demonstration during the afternoon, or splurge on a special event!

Apple Turnovers and Frangipane Triangles Parisian Breakfast

Book a Special Event, Like the Parisian Breakfast

For more suggestions, check out our recommended one day strategy.

One thing to keep in mind though: if you do only have one day or even a part of a day to spend at the festival, you probably won’t have time to stand in line for regular attractions. So be sure to arrange that Test Track FastPass ahead of time.

Start Your Planning NOW!

News! The DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available for pre-order! And if you pre-order the 2017 edition, you get the 2016 edition (with TONS of great info!) for FREE!!!

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 2017 edition today and we’ll immediately send you the 2016 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% discount!

Be sure to stay tuned to Disney Food Blog and join our newsletter for all of the latest coverage about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We’ll have the details FIRST!

Now, we’d love to hear from all of you Food and Wine Festival experts out there! How do you tackle the Epcot Food and Wine Festival to get the most out of your time? Leave a comment and let us know!


  1. Mark says

    Looking forward to it. Couple tips for the tourists. Go Monday thru Thursday and if you can swing come in September. It will be a lot less crowded.

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