The annual EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival kicks off on July 27th and runs through November 18th! This festival has expanded in recent years, allowing guests who visit in the summer and fall to experience this fan-favorite celebration. If you’re going to EPCOT this summer or fall, you’ll be immersed in flavors and delights from around the world. Here’s what to expect from the Food and Wine Festival in 2023!
Featured Global Marketplaces
The festival highlight is—of course—the food and beverages. Innovative and stunning culinary dishes are scattered throughout EPCOT at event-specific kiosks throughout World Showcase, World Celebration, World Discovery, and World Nature. This year, there are 25 Global Marketplaces, each with a unique theme and menu. Each eatery highlights the culinary treasures of a featured location or food style, such as Ireland, Greece, Brazil, India, and Australia. Every kiosk offers small, tapas-style cuisine, so you can sample many choices while exploring the park, enjoying various attractions and entertainment. Here are some of the featured kiosks that will be available this year:
This brunch-inspired kiosk features several different types of mimosas, such as the Blood Orange Mimosa, the Tropical Mimosa (with passion fruit, orange, and guava juices), and a Berry Mimosa that fizzes with berry sparkling wine. This kiosk also offers a plant-based Guava Cake with Coconut.
Flavors of America
Featuring dishes that highlight cuisine from New England to the southwest, this kiosk celebrates the culinary diversity of the US. Menu options include new offerings like the Italian Hot Beef Sandwich with Spicy Giardiniera and Au Jus, the Seafood Stew with Saffron-Infused Tomato-Fennel Broth and Sourdough Crostini, and Chilaquiles with Ranchero Chicken, Queso Fresco, Cilantro-Lime Crema and a Soft-Poached Egg. Beers from Oregon, Illinois, and Colorado are also featured here.
The Noodle Exchange
Available starting August 15th, the Noodle Exchange kiosk offers ramen and noodle specialties of the Far East, such as Ramen with Shaved Beef and Shiitake Mushrooms, Impossible Pork Udon, Thai Shrimp, and Ramen with Tofu, Shiitake Mushrooms, Daikon Radish, Shaved Peppers, and Baby Bok Choy in a Citrus-Sesame Broth.
Another kiosk that will open starting August 15th, this island-inspired eatery features Kālua Pork Sliders with Sweet-and-Sour Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise, Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Macadamia Nuts, and the Aulani Sunrise (vodka, pineapple juice, and grenadine).
Brew-Wing Lab at the Odyssey Pavilion
Located at an indoor pavilion between World Discovery and World Showcase, the Odyssey building will host spicy wing selections and local beer at this year’s festival. Check out the Scorching Hot Scotch Bonnet Pepper-Curry Wings with Creamy Cucumber Raita or the Impossible™ Buffalo Chicken Tenders with Plant-Based Blue Cheese, Ranch, and Celery. As a fun surprise, Disney just announced Muppet characters Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker will appear at this kiosk, showcasing their unique concoctions, like Pickle Milkshakes. Check out the announcement on Instagram.
Several new kiosks were just announced for this year: Char & Chop, Wine & Wedge, Bubbles & Brine, and Swirled Showcase. Their menus haven’t been officially released yet, so follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more updates.
This is only a small sampling of the available marketplaces. View the full menu options and grab a festival map when you get to the park for the exact locations of each kiosk.
Eat to the Beat Concert Series
Nightly entertainment is available at the America Gardens Theater across from the American Adventure Pavilion in World Showcase. Local artists are featured Tuesdays through Thursdays during the festival, while special musical acts perform Fridays through Mondays at three separate concert times: 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8 pm. Featured performers at Food and Wine 2023 include:
July 28-29 – Orianthi (NEW)
July 30-31 – For King & Country (NEW)
Aug. 4-5 – Southern Avenue
Aug. 6-7 – Tiffany
Aug. 11-12 – Ruben Studdard with Haley Reinhart (NEW)
Aug. 13-14 – The Bacon Brothers (NEW)
Aug. 18-21 – Joey Fatone & Friends
Aug. 25-26 – Ayron Jones (NEW)
Aug. 27-28 – Phillip Phillips (NEW)
Sept. 1-2 – Baha Men
Sept. 3-4 – MercyMe
Sept. 8-9 – Ray Parker Jr.
Sept. 10-11 – Tobymac
Sept. 15 – Monsieur Perine
Sept. 16 & 17 – Raul Acosta and Oro Solido (NEW)
Sept. 22-23 – Los Amigos Invisibles
Sept. 24-25 – 98°
Sept. 29 - Oct 2 – Boyz II Men
Oct. 6-7 – Mark Wills
Oct. 8-9 – Sugar Ray
Oct. 13-14 – Hoobastank
Oct. 15-16 – Air Supply
Oct. 20-21 – Taylor Dayne
Oct. 22-23 – Billy Ocean
Oct. 27-30 – Hanson
Nov. 3-4 – We The Kings (NEW)
Nov. 5-6 – Sheila E.
Nov. 10-11 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Nov. 12-13 – 38 Special
Add-Ons and Other Experiences
Here are some fun extras that will also be offered at the festival:
Eat to the Beat Dining Package
This dining package is available Fridays through Mondays at select restaurants throughout EPCOT. The package lets you dine at a featured restaurant and get guaranteed seating at one concert showing on the same night. Restaurants that are a part of the dining package are:
Emile’s Fromage Montage
This culinary scavenger hunt has you sampling select cheese dishes at participating kiosks listed in your Festival Passport, collecting five stamps, and returning your passport for a prize: a unique and tasty festival-exclusive treat.
Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak
This family-friendly hunt invites everyone in the family to hunt for hidden Remys around the festival.
Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit
This Halloween-themed festival scavenger hunt is offered from September 29th through October 31st.
From Figment-themed Annual Passholder T-shirts to Food and Wine exclusive Loungefly bags, festival merchandise is plentiful at this year’s festival. There’s even a line of Encanto-themed kitchen accessories with the festival logo.
Experience EPCOT Food and Wine 2023
The EPCOT Food and Wine Festival is available with your daily park admission. However, food and merchandise are priced separately. Most marketplace kiosks open at 11 am daily. You must have valid theme park admission and a park pass reservation to visit. Festival tip: upload designated funds onto a festival-designed mini-gift card bracelet, which can be used anywhere that accepts Disney gift cards, including the food kiosks. This makes checking out and keeping track of festival spending super easy. The card also makes a nice keepsake to take home.
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