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Feast on Global Cuisine at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival

Cultural Immersion on a Whole New Level


Everyone knows that Epcot® is an epic destination to learn about world cultures. With 11 national pavilions circling its 40-acre lake, you can hopscotch around the world in a single day, soaking in the country’s vibe and learning about its history.

Every fall, Epcot takes this spirit of cultural immersion to a whole new and delicious level by hosting the International Food & Wine Festival, included with your park admission. This popular festival combines authentic national cuisine, perfectly paired beverages and live entertainment during its two-months-plus engagement, giving you the chance to sample your way around the World Showcase and parts of Future World.

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International Food & Wine Festival: The popular festival combines authentic national cuisine, perfectly paired beverages and live entertainment within a little more than two months. (Photo courtesy of ©Disney)

Simply put, there’s a lot to see, do and consume here. A great place to start is the 30 or so booths that focus on a particular country or region. Each booth sells different food and drinks, giving you a chance to try several different national delights—such as Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp from Australia with hummus fries from Morocco and a Teriyaki Chicken Bun—all in one international meal.

Each booth also sells regional drinks that pair perfectly with the cuisine. Delivered in small portions like the food, drinks include beer flights from Belgium, a Brazilian Brut Rose, an enticing Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, and a Guinness and Baileys Shake from Ireland. Be sure to eat in-between drinks.

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Feast of Nations: WIth more the 30 booths selling food and drinks, the International Food & Wine Festival allows you to sample food from all around the world, including your favorites. (Photo courtesy of ©Disney) 

One of the festival’s most popular events is the Eat to the Beat concert series. These nightly concerts (included with valid park admission) feature with  some of music’s biggest names from the 70s, 80s and 90s—like Sheila E, Sugar Ray, .38 Special, 98 Degrees, Plain White T's, Smash Mouth and Boyz II Men—serenading you with radio classics while you feast on international fare. In all, there will be 225 shows during the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which takes place August 30 - November 12, 2018.

Additional special events include:

Party for the Senses – Special dinners where renowned chefs and winemakers create a unique menu set to live music.

Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! – A series of hands-on workshops where you can learn directly from visiting chefs and talented mixologist.

Chef Seminars – Listen and learn from TV chefs and culinary icons such as Robert Irvine, Shaun O’Neale, Maneet Chauhan and Jet Tila.

Beverage Seminars – “Glass” is in session during these intriguing seminars that dive into the details of fine wine, beer and spirits.

Cheese Seminars – Who doesn’t want to learn more about cheese? Many, many samples are included with each class.

**Entertainment and offerings subject to change without notice. 

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World Cuisine: With more than 11 pavilions circling its 40-acre lake, Epcot® hosts the culturally immersive International Food & Wine Festival every fall. (Photo courtesy of ©Disney) 

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