BREAKING!!! 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival NEW Events, Eats, Booking Dates, and More!

IT’S TIME to make some serious Food and Wine plans, my friends… because we have a TON of information about the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Running from August 30 – November 12, 2018, the Food and Wine Festival features incredible special events, informative culinary and beverage demonstrations, celebrity chefs, and delicious Marketplace Food Booths, and so much more! Let’s check out what’s happening NEW in 2018… including a new Character Dance Party, a Mimosa Bar, new dishes at the Food Booths and more!!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booking Date for Events, Demonstrations, and Seminars

Mark June 14, 2018 on your calendar, because THAT’S when booking begins for Seminars, Demonstrations, Eat to the Beat Dining Packages, and Special Events!

Cheese Seminar in Progress

Cheese Seminar in Progress

No word yet on early booking for DVC, Annual Passholders, and other affinity groups. Stay tuned to the Disney Food Blog newsletter for updates!

Confirmed Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths and Menu Items

Though we await the release of the full menus for the Festival, we can give you a taste of what’s to come with these new items at three confirmed booths!

New Menu Items

Look for a New Brunswick Slider at the Hops & Barley Booth, featuring Slow-braised Beef Brisket “Pot Roast Style” with Horseradish Cream, Crispy Fried Onions on a Potato Roll with Pickled Vegetables on the side.

Hops and Barley Booth

Hops and Barley Booth

The Wine & Dine Studio will serve a vegetarian Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Parmesan Cheese, and Pumpkin Seeds.

And Flavors from Fire will return with Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak, smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and Cilantro.

Flavors from Fire Booth

Flavors from Fire Booth

Keep checking our Main Menus page for updates and join our newsletter for all the news immediately when it comes out!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Demonstrations and Seminars

Be sure to visit our Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations Page! That’s where you’ll find the full scoop on the 2018 Beverage Seminars and 2018 Culinary Demonstrations including pricing, booking information, schedules, and presenters! AND Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It will return again in 2018! Find schedule, pricing info and more here!

New!: The Food & Beverage Pairings will feature food and beverage professionals teaching pairing tips from the pros… where attendees can taste the results of the pairings! At $25 per ticket, this joins our line-up of low-cost options at the Festival!

Place Setting for Beer Demonstration

Place Setting for Beer Demonstration

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events

Special Events will also be available for booking starting June 14, 2018, including Party for the Senses!

Party for the Senses

Click here for full information on Epcot Party for the Senses dates and chefs!

Chef Noah French at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Party for the Senses

Chef Noah French at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Party for the Senses

This year, Disney returns to just two seating options for Party for the Senses. Check out details here!

New! Sunday Brunch with the Chef

Sunday Brunch with the Chef will be a new offering for 2018! A brunch buffet will be followed by a discussion with a culinary personality! Guests will include Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Masaharu Morimoto, Art Smith, Tiffani Thiessen (KELLY KAPOWSKI!!!), and more!

See the full chef and dates list here!

Buddy Valastro Will Return to the Food and Wine Festival

Buddy Valastro Will Return to the Food and Wine Festival

Cheese Seminars

And we’ve got the full scoop on the Cheese Seminars for 2018! Check here for pricing and booking information, as well as schedule and presenters.

Visit our Special Events Page for more information on these events!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Center

You won’t want to pass on a visit to the Festival Center this year, as it will be home to a brand new Mimosa Bar!



Wine, local beers, and additional food items will also be available.

Seminars will also be presented by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company!

Joffrey's Specialty Iced Coffee

Joffrey’s Specialty Iced Coffee

And the Festival Center is also where you’ll find, of course, plenty of merchandise to remember your time at the Food and Wine Festival.

Click here to see EVERYTHING available at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Center!

Family Fun at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Sure, the Food and Wine Festival is a veritable playground for adults… but the KIDS will have plenty to enjoy this year, too, including a playground of their very own!

New! Character Dance Party

Better yet, Friday and Saturday evenings will offer the kids a chance to DANCE with Disney Characters at a Character Dance Party!

A Character Dance Party is coming to the Food and Wine Festival!

A Character Dance Party is coming to the Food and Wine Festival!

New! Junior Chef Kitchen

Junior Chef Kitchen presented by Krusteaz® will allow the kids to run the kitchen — as well as taste the results! — in a free family-friendly seminar every Sunday.

Remy’s Ratatouille Hide ‘n’ Squeak Scavenger Hunt

And Remy’s Ratatouille Hide ‘n’ Squeak Scavenger Hunt will return with the opportunity to find Remy in new locations.

Remy's Hide & Squeak Map Purchasing Location sign

Remy’s Hide & Squeak Map Purchasing Location sign

Eat to the Beat Concerts and Dining Packages

More acts AND Dining Packages have been confirmed for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series!

Sugar Ray performs during the Eat to the Beat concert series

Sugar Ray performs during the Eat to the Beat concert series

Eat To The Beat Concert Lineup With NEW ADDITIONS!

New acts Vertical Horizon (September 12-13) and High Valley (November 1-2) will join returning acts like the Plain White Ts (September 17-19) and Kenny G (October 22-23) to make the 2018 lineup nearly complete!

Eat to the Beat Dining Packages

Eat to the Beat Dining Packages allow guests to dine in their choice of fifteen Epcot restaurants and enjoy a reserved seating area for the show. Find out full information including participating restaurants with prices here!

See this year’s Eat to the Beat Concert lineup and Dining Package information for this popular concert series here!

And see ALL the details on the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Here!

There’s no time like the present to start planning YOUR trip to the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Will we see you there? Let us know… because the countdown is ON!!

Ready to Plan for Your 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Trip?

Pre-Order the DFB Guide to the 2018 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book today, and get the 2017 edition free as an immediate download! Two guides for the price of one! 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!

Pre-Order your 2018 edition today and get the 2017 edition for FREE! Don’t miss a moment of the fun!

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

What are YOU most excited about for the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival? Please let us know with a comment!


  1. Lisa R says

    Thanks so much for posting this. You made my morning since I just booked my flight to the F&W Festival last night!! Let the planning begin.

  2. Mark says

    If regular booking begins June 14, have you heard when booking for Chase Visa, DVC or Passholders begins?

  3. Mike says

    Are you aware of any special chef events at any of the signature dining restaurants on November 4?

  4. Monica says

    Just got off with MS- I had to wait a bit for the info but they gave it to me. June 12th for DVC to book which I assume means AP is the same date.

  5. Nicole says

    I am DYING for food and wine updates and information so this made my day!! I am seriously considering booking a 2 day September trip now just to do the brunch with Tiffani Theissen. She’s the best!! Well I love her show, the cooking show and Saved by the Bell ;)

  6. Mark says

    Thanks AJ. The food and beverage pairing link does not work. Kind of ironic that the demo list, which was always last minute, is first this year. Looking forward to your updates.

  7. Lisa R says

    I think the dates listed on the Spice Roads Mediterranean Food & Wine pairing might be last year’s dates according to my records. Or, are they the only event with dates already for this year? Thanks.

  8. Lynette says

    Are you aware if you can meet any chefs during the day around the food booths

  9. Karen says

    I’m disappointed that there is not a PFTS scheduled for 10/27. There have always been PFTS every Sat in Oct. As we had to make our DVC resort reservations 7 months in advance, it is impossible to wait until the 2018 dates were announced. I guess we will just save our money for other events.

  10. Karen says

    Libby-thank you for correcting my inaccurate statement about PFTS dates- I guess we were lucky picking our vacation dates the previous years.

  11. Kelsey says

    So looks like Party for the senses, cheese seminars, chef brunch (aka everything we’ve been able to book online in the past) will be available on the 14th, but looking more like the rest of the special events (those we get to wait for an hour to book ;) ) will not be available until the usual date (end of July)…? If so kind of an interesting change

  12. Richard says

    Just made F&W reservations. Cast member informed me that there will be NO events outside of EPCOT many others not yet listed this year in the World Showcase. So no Signature dining events this year. That really sucks. Some of the best meals we’ve ever had were at those events. I cant believe that Disney, a resort that prides itself on superior culinary experiences, would not want to showcase the skills of some of their fabulous chefs and restaurants.

  13. Richard says

    …many others not listed in the World Showcase from previous years will not be happening either…

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