What Are the Dates for the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

It’s the million dollar question right now — What are the dates for the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

We’ve been getting A LOT of emails and messages lately asking us this question right now, and we KNOW you’re all eager to start planning your trips, booking your hotels, and looking for flights. We are, too!

What are the dates for the 2018 Food and Wine Festival?

What are the dates for the 2018 Food and Wine Festival?

The dates for this year’s festival have not yet been announced. But we can make some pretty good guesses based on previous years that will hopefully help you as you start to make your plans.

Last year Epcot celebrated its 35th anniversary, and the Epcot Food and Wine Festival ran for a record 75 days — from August 31 (Thursday) until November 13 (Monday)! In 2016 the Festival ran from September 14 (Wednesday) through November 14 (Monday), and in 2015 the Festival didn’t start until September 25 (Friday) and ended November 16 (Monday).

2017 Coming Soon! sign

2017 Coming Soon! sign

Between 2015 and 2016, the festival extended 11 days, and between 2016 and 2017, the festival expanded two weeks. So we do expect another extension, but it’s not guaranteed.

If an extension happens, it will most likely happen at the beginning of the festival. Disney likely won’t extend the festival past the closing date of November 12 since they’ll start running into holiday events and the Festival of the Holidays in Epcot. (But they’ve surprised us before!)

Looking at those dates, it is very likely that the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival will start between the middle and end of August — likely August 14, 23, or 30, and will run through November 12, 2018. I hope this has helped a little bit! I know so many of us are eager to start making our plans for this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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In the meantime, remember that many of the booths and food items are repeated from year to year at the food booths around the World Showcase.

Be sure to take a look at our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus from 2017 to see pictures of EVERY food item at the festival and start thinking about what might return in 2018!

Disney Food Blog has been the authority on the Epcot Food and Wine Festival for nearly 10 years and can be trusted as your one-stop-shop for Epcot Food and Wine Festival details — we have our finger on the pulse of the festival year round, so you can be sure to get the information from us as soon as it’s available!

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2015 DFB F&W Guide Cover

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See our 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival page for the most up-to-date information on this year’s Festival!

Let’s hear what you think! When do you think the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival will start? Let us know in a comment.


  1. Mark says

    Gotta admit last year was too long. We went virtually every week and by the end we were ready for it to be done. Sitting in the sun when it’s 95 was no fun. We’ll skip September this year.

  2. Wayne says

    Is there any new conjecture about whether Club Villain will return anytime during this year’s Festival dates? Had tickets cancelled in 2016 when parks were closed for the hurricane.

  3. Mimi says

    I am starting to wonder if they are going to have it this year. Normally it seems to be announced around November. Here we are, almost March and no word from Disney. Makes me wonder not ‘when’ but ‘if’.

  4. Tamelael says

    Still waiting for the dates to be announced for Epcot food and wine festival. Heard anything as of yet?

  5. Ellen says

    We are going to be at Disney Nov 11th to 15th.
    We see the last 2 days of the Food and Wine festival are the 11th & 12th.
    Is it worth visiting on those days or are they winding down and breaking down on the last couple days.

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