17 Fun Things YOU Must Do at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival (2022 Guide)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Nope not Christmas, but close enough. The 27th annual Epcot Food and Wine Festival is where food and theme park aficionados rendezvous to satisfy their daring epicurean desires.

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival features more than 25 global marketplaces with dates from July 14th through November 19, 2022!

Nealy 130 days of pure Epcot festival bliss! So, I take it as my duty to inform and give tips to both newcomers and returnees of everything each ThemeParkHipster should know for the 2022 festival!

So, these are the 17 best things to do at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Guide

1. Visit All the Food Booths

While enjoying the World Showcase at Epcot, be sure to eat your way through the marketplaces.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival China Booth Food Dumplings Beef Bao Buns and cocktails

In case you don’t know, the Global Marketplaces are little food booths that give you a sample size of a seasonal dish for the country represented. 

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Canada Booth

This is by far the BEST part of the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival.

2022 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths:

  • The Alps (Near Germany)
  • Australia (Near Port of Entry)
  • Appleseed Orchard (Canada)
  • Belgium (Between France and Morocco)
  • Brazil (Between France and Morocco)
  • Brew-Wing at the Odyssey
  • Canada
  • Coastal Eats (Near Mission: SPACE®) – Opening August 15
  • China
  • Earth Eats hosted by Impossible™ (Near Port of Entry)
  • Flavors from Fire (Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet®)
  • France
  • The Fry Basket (Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet®) – NEW!
  • Germany
  • Greece (Near Morocco)
  • Hawaiʻi (Near Port of Entry) – Opening August 15
  • Hops & Barley (American Adventure)
  • India (Near China)
  • Ireland (Near the United Kingdom)
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kenya (Near Refreshment Outpost)
  • Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE®) – Opening August 15
  • Mexico
  • The Noodle Exchange (Near Disney Traders) – Opening August 15
  • Shimmering Sips hosted by CORKCICLE® (Near Port of Entry)
  • Spain (Between Italy and Germany)
  • The Swanky Saucy Swine (Near Disney Traders)
  • Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina (Morocco)
  • Funnel Cake (Between the American Adventure and Japan)
  • Refreshment Port hosted by Boursin®
  • The Refreshment Outpost
  • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

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2. Know What the Best Food and Drinks are at The Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Don’t hold back! Enjoy your must have drinks and food at this incredible Disney festival!

Top 10 Best Food at Epcot Food and Wine 2022:

  1. A Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguette (The Alps
  2. Soy-Glazed Sticky Ribs with Green Onions and Peanuts (The Swanky Saucy Swine)
  3. The Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache (Belgium)
  4. Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread (Brazil)
  5. Frozen Caipirinha with Cachaça (Brazil)
  6. Garlic-Parmesan Wings with Celery and Ranch (Brew-Wing in the Odessey)
  7. Canadian Cheddar and Bacon Soup served with a Pretzel Roll (Canada)
  8. Oysters Rockefeller (Coastal Eats)
  9. Mongolian Beef Bao Bun with Onion (China)
  10. Smoked Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes, Cheese Curds, Pickled Onions and Beer-Cheese Fondue  (Flavors From Fire)

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3. Watch the JAMMin’ Chefs 

This musical crew creates music using everyday items such as kitchen pots, pans and other household items.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Mariachi Cobre and Jammitors

4. Attend the Food and Wine Festival Special Events and Seminars (Temporarily Postponed for 2022)

There’s no better way to enjoy the festival than attending one of the amazing educational seminars or special events, which are mostly budget friendly.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Seminar with Murphy-Goode Winery
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Seminar with Murphy-Goode Winery

A plus is that you will get to meet many of your favorite chefs, wine, or food connoisseurs in a much more relaxed environment similar to that of the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.

5. Party It Up at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival at the Eat to the Beat Concert

The Epcot Eat to the Beat Concert  is the annual concert series that features popular bands from the 80s, 90s, and the 2000s. It takes place on the American Gardens Theater stage in the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot.

Chaka Khan at Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Dates now available. with Chaka Khan in the photo. American Pavilion

Each year, the festival brings back a fan favorite, Boyz II Men, but there are also some other good artists coming for the amazing annual Food and Wine extravaganza!

2022 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Concert Schedule:

  • Baha Men – July 14-15
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – July 16-18
  • Taylor Dayne – July 29-30
  • Tiffany – July 31-Aug. 1
  • Joey Fatone & Friends – Aug. 5-8
  • The Devon Allman Project – Aug. 12-13
  • Christopher Cross – Aug. 14-15
  • Journey former Lead Vocalist Steve Augeri – Aug. 19-20
  • Air Supply – Aug. 21-22
  • Southern Avenue – Sept. 2-3
  • Kris Allen & David Cook – Sept. 4-5
  • Hoobastank – Sept. 9-10  (NEW)
  • Los Amigos Invisibles – Sept. 16-17 (NEW)
  • BBMak – Sept. 23-24
  • Stokley – Sept. 30-Oct. 1 (NEW I’m sooo excited to see this artist, yay!!!)
  • Sheila E. – Oct. 2-3 
  • Mark Wills – Oct. 7-8 
  • 38 Special – Oct. 9-10
  • Billy Ocean – Oct. 23-24
  • Hanson – Oct. 28-31
  • Boyz II Men – Nov. 4-7

You’ll also be able to discover some of Florida’s top musical talent—performing Tuesday to Thursday nights. Get the full Epcot concert schedule here.

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6. Upgrade Your Day and Get an Epcot Eat to the Beat Dining Package

Why not enjoy a meal that also guarantees your seat for any Eat to the Beat Concert. You can feel safe knowing that you will not miss Boyz II Men, because your reservation is confirmed!

What’s included in the Eat to the Beat Dining Package?

  • An appetizer, entrée and dessert or one (1) full buffet (where applicable), along with a non-alcoholic beverage
  • One (1) guaranteed seat per person to an Eat to the Beat concert held on the same day

You can get the full guide here.

7. Enjoy the Mariachi Cobre (Mexico Pavilion)

This band is filled with the world famous traditional folk music from Jalisco, Mexico. 

Mariachi Cobre Band at Epcot with Violins and Guitar

The ensemble also includes 3 guitarists, 12 trumpet players, and 7 violinists that will take you into their own culture, while being in the charm and magic of Walt Disney World.

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8. Do an Epcot Food and Wine Festival Scavenger Hunt with Remy

Each Epcot festival offers a scavenger hunt that’s unique to that particular event. 

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Spaceship Earth

For this Disney food festival you can expect to go on an adventure with Remy from Ratatouille and delight in some of the best cheeses with Emile.

Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt

This Ratatouille-inspired experience allows you trot all over Epcot World Showcase looking for the culinary master, Remy.

Plume Et Pagette France Pavilion with Remy Topiary Epcot

How does the Ratatouille Scavenger Hunt work?

Purchase your map and stickers from select Festival merchandise locations (Port of Entry, Pin Traders-Camera Center, World Traveler)

  1. Find Remy hidden throughout World Showcase
  2. Once you find him, match the ingredient that he has with the right sticker and add it to your map
  3. Find them all and bring your completed map to Disney Traders, World Traveler or Gateway Gifts
  4. Receive your special prize

9. Go on a Cheese Hunt thru Emile’s Fromage Montage

This fun adventure will have you tasting different cheeses from around the globe in a variety of unique ways.

The Alps Booth Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese in Norway at Epcot
The Alps Booth Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese in Norway at Epcot

How does the Epcot cheese scavenger hunt work?

  • Purchase any 5 cheese dishes from select Global Marketplaces listed on your Epcot Passport
  • Collect ALL 5 stamps
  • Bring the stamped Festival Passport to Shimmering Sips
  • Receive your special prize
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Flavors of Fire Beef Brisket on Chips

Where to find the cheeses on Emile’s Fromage Montage?

  • Crispy Barbecued Pork Rinds with Pimento Cheese(The Swanky Saucy Swine marketplace)
  • Smoked Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes, Cheese Curds, Pickled Onions and Beer-Cheese Fondue (Flavors from Fire marketplace)
  • Crispy Paneer with Mango-Curry Ketchup (India marketplace)
  • Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions and Cheese (Germany marketplace)
  • Raclette (any at The Alps marketplace)
  • Griddled Cheese with Pistachios and Honey (Greece marketplace)
  • Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread (Brazil marketplace)
  • Canadian Cheddar and Bacon Soup served with a Pretzel Roll (Canada marketplace)
  • Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts (Available Beginning August 15 at Hawaiʻi marketplace)
  • Mac & Cheese (any and Available Beginning August 15 at Mac and Eats marketplace)

10. Go on a Great Halloween Hunt with Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit

Come celebrate Halloween season at Walt Disney World as you get the opportunity to go on a special pumpkin hunt with Pluto from September 29 to October 31, 2022 (or while supplies last).

Here’s how Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit works:

  • 1st: Purchase your special map and stickers at one of the select locations (Creations Shop, Port of Entry and World Traveler at International Gateway)
  • 2nd: Go on your Halloween hunt for hidden decorative Disney characters throughout the park
  • 3rd: Place the correct sticker of the corresponding character on your Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit map
  • 4th: Return your completed map to Disney Traders (located at the entrance to World Showcase) or World Traveler (located at International Gateway) for a fun Halloween treat 

Keep in mind that you can still get your prize if you’re not able to complete this Epcot Scavenger Hunt.

11. Listen to the Voices of Liberty (American Pavilion)

The Voices of Liberty is an Epcot ensemble that sings traditional American music with the most talented Cast Members at Disney World.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival American Adventure Theater

12. Get Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise

Before you grab your seat for the fireworks show, be sure to make any Epcot Food and Wine Festival merchandise purchases.

Epcot Flower and Garden and Food and Wine Merchandise Orange Bird

This will ensure that you have a few nice souvenirs to take home.

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13. Join the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

Are you a runDisney runner? Maybe you’ve been thinking about completing a marathon as this year’s goal.

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Why not conquer two things at once and visit Disney’s Epcot on your solo trip  AND participate in the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.

It will take place during the weekend of November 3rd through the 6th of 2022. You can get all the details right here!

14. Go on the Best rides at Epcot

Disney’s Epcot has some of the best theme park attractions in the world. Be sure to try my recommended must-do Epcot rides below!

15. Try New Things at Epcot Food and Wine Festival

It’s easy to stick with the things most familiar to you, but that’s not what the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is all about!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Hand Sushi Roll in Japan

Stop by and try food you’ve never dreamed about tasting. Since the portions are smaller, it’s a great way to try something at least once (or twice as Andrew Zimmern states).

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Meme with Pam Oscar and Toby from the Office

It was at this Disney Food and Wine Festival that I learned the art of eating escargot and it was delicious! Or maybe it was tasty due to the fact that the dish was smothered in butter and garlic…

Either way it goes, the Epcot Cast Members definitely understand how to ease Guests, like you and me, into exploring new cultural cuisines and practices.

16. Grab Fireworks Spot Early and Watch the NEW Harmonious Show

After you have indulged in all the seasonal fun at Epcot, it’s time to find your perfect spot for the fireworks show. 

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Harmonious on the lagoon

One of my favorite locations is the quiet area between Germany and the African-inspired Refreshment Post underneath the trees. 

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Harmonious Fireworks show on lagoon

However, the perfect spot is over the bridge in the Italy Pavilion.

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17. Do the La Cava Del Tequila Tasting

Before you drink around the world at Epcot, your first stop should be at La Cava Del Tequila in the Mexico Pavilion to try the Tequila Tasting Experience! It’s one of the BEST things for adults to do at Walt Disney World.

Epcot Mexico Pavilion entrance to La Cava del Tequila With Menu

By its name alone, it should tell you what kind of fun you will be in for the day.

La Cava del Tequila is one of my absolute favorite places to hangout in Epcot.

NikkyJ enjoying tequila in Epcot at La Cava Del Tequila
NikkyJ enjoying tequila in Epcot at La Cava Del Tequila.

Although it has become quite popular over the last few years, it still remains one of the top things you MUST DO at Epcot.

The La Cava Experience allows you to sit with a certified Tequila Ambassador as you learn the history and sample the delicious Mexican spirit!

Epcot La Cava del Tequila Mexico Pavilion margarita and guacamole

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10 Pro Tips for 2022 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Now that you know what to expect at this year’s Epcot Food Festival, let’s go through a few tips to help you maximize your time and save money on your trip.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival entrance with Spaceship Earth

1. Get there early.

Coming early to the Food and Wine Festival will give you a chance to pace yourself by enjoying the attractions in Future World, allowing you to take your time globetrotting around World Showcase.

NikkyJ at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2022 China Pavilion

2. Go during the weekdays.

For the best time I recommend attending the festival during the weekdays (Monday through Thursday).

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Mac and Cheese booth from World Showplace

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3. Plan to visit multiple times.

You will need a trip to try it all, a trip for seminars, and a trip to retry your favorite food dishes and top Epcot rides.

Steakhouse Blended Burger with blended beef and Mushroom Slider with brie cheese fondue, arugula, and a truffle and blue cheese potato chip on a brioche bun at Flavors from Fire Epcot
Steakhouse Blended Burger with blended beef and Mushroom Slider with brie cheese fondue, arugula, and a truffle and blue cheese potato chip on a brioche bun at Flavors from Fire Epcot

4. Put money on a Disney wristlet gift card.

Tasting the many samples without a set budget could turn a fun trip into one of financial regret…

African Wine at Epcot Food and Wine Festival holding up wine with Disney gift card wristlet
African Wine at Epcot Food and Wine Festival

…trust me, I’ve made this mistake a few times.

Be sure to put buying a Disney wristlet gift card at the top of your priority list.

5. Attend the seminars and special events (once they return).

There’s no better way to enjoy the event than attending the amazing variety of classes. The classes are done very well and are lots of fun!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Beverage Seminar with Wine
Samuel Adams Beer Seminar

6. Split the cost.

Going with a friend or two or three lowers your budget and makes the event memorable. You can share and really make the most of the dishes without leaving the park broke.

Appleseed Orchard Cider Bar in Canada at Epcot
Appleseed Orchard Cider Bar in Canada at Epcot Ciderboys Lemon Cello Hard Cider

7. Plan for a cab or have a designated driver in the group.

Previewing the festival’s menu gives you an idea of what delicious treats can be expected. There are lots of drinks (mostly adult inspired) that will hopefully leave you balanced and able to walk out.

France melted cheese bread and wine at Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2019
France Melted Cheese and Bread

Be sure to have a plan for this kind of indulgence, it makes for a safe and fun experience at Epcot.

8. Map out and plan out your day.

This is another classic tip for any avid Disney traveler. Mapping out your day will save you the headache of missing out on cool things especially if you’re only able to visit once.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Map 2019
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Map

This tip is very important, because it will help guide you on where to find the marketplaces, what time seminars/events will occur, and any additional information regarding speakers, performers, and other special Disney guests.

9. Reservations are Your Friend.

Most Food and Wine Festival fans know that the small spots for the great classes fill up fast. So, it is highly recommended to reserve what seminar, restaurant or event you’re the most excited to attend.

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10. Have Fun!

You’re really going to have a great time, so try not to stress too much if you find yourself spending too much time at the marketplaces or in the classes.

Japan Frothy Ramen at Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Epcot Food and Wine Festival (Frothy Ramen in Japan Pavilion)

There’s always something going on in the park that will bring great delight to your heart. Have fun, learn something, eat well, and drink up!

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What to Know Before You Go to Epcot

As you prepare for your trip out to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, let me answer a few of the most commonly asked questions for you.

How much does Epcot cost?

A one-day REGULAR season Epcot ticket starts at $109* (prices do fluctuate based on the season).

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Carrot Cake in American Pavilion

How many countries does Epcot have?

There are 11 (eleven) countries in Epcot.

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What are the countries in Epcot?

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Do you need a separate ticket for Epcot Food and Wine?

You do not need an additional ticket to participate in the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival one-day itinerary with colorful topiary.

If you plan on doing any of the special dining experiences, then you will have to pay additional fee.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2019

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Can you use snack credits at Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

You sure can! The snack credit can be used for most food items under $5.49. Simple snacks include pastries, ice cream bars, water bottles and soda.

Mediterranean Journey at Epcot
Mediterranean Journey at Epcot’s Spice Road Table

Since many of the items on the Epcot Food and Wine Festival menu are in that category, you can use your snack credits to partake in this Disney dining adventure!

*Please note that the Disney Dining Plan is temporarily suspended.

Where are the best places to have a drink Epcot?

Like everywhere in the park and I mean that. Nothing else needs to follow…

I will say that Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in the Italy Pavilion and La Cava Del Tequila in the Mexico Pavilion are the absolute best places to chill and enjoy a drink. If it’s not too crowded.

The Best Sangria at Epcot. Epcot Mexico Sangria
Epcot Mexico Sangria

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What are the best drinks at Epcot?

My top 5 must have alcoholic beverages are:

  1. Avocado Margarita from La Cava del Tequila in Mexico
  2. Mediterranean Journey for Spice Road Table in Morocco
  3. Leaping Leprechaun from Rose & Crown Pub in United Kingdom
  4. Apple Ice Wine from the Trading Post in Canada
  5. Tokyo Sunset from Kabuki Cafe in Japan

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How Do You Book Your Reservations for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Special Events, Restaurants and Seminars?

Reservations can be made by calling 407/WDW-FEST (407-939-3378) or online. Remember to book quickly to guarantee a spot.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Hawaii Booth

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Final Thoughts

I hope this post helped guide you towards a great experience at the 2022 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

Jerk Chicken covered with mango salsa at Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Jerk Chicken

Don’t worry if you’re not able to see and do everything. I just want you to have fun and enjoy exploring all the different countries.

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What’s your favorite thing to do at the festival? Let me know in the comments section below.

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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

NikkyJ

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(Original Article 2017/Updated July 15, 2022)

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2 thoughts on “17 Fun Things YOU Must Do at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival (2022 Guide)”

  1. There was a lot of great information in this post…tons actually. I am traveling to the Orlando area from Saturday, September 21st to Saturday, September 28th. What is the best way for me to see what is happening during that time frame? Is there a way to view the events in calendar format, or something similar?

    I appreciate any help you can offer.

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