The 2014 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival runs every day from September 19 through November 10. (That's an extra week as compared to the 2013 Food And Wine).
Here is your guide for how to get in and what to do once you are there.
Reservation lines open in August 2014. You will need to call 407-WDW-FEST (407-939-3378).
Events fill up quickly so call at your earliest convenience.
Check back here for the exact dates and the opening date and time for reservations.
Here is a look back at the 2013 event.
If you are going for the day and don’t have reservations to tasting seminars and Dining Experiences (which must be made early), then here’s what you need to know.
- Your EPCOT admission gets you into the park and gives you access to all the food and wine booths. You can also attend the Eat To The Beat concerts which are at 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00.
- Booths are open until the start of Illuminations.
- Pick up a guide book at the entrance gate. Once you pass Spaceship Earth, veer to your left to go to the Festival Welcome Center. Here you can get passports and attend special seminars that are first-come, first served.
Note: If you do want to attend the special demonstrations, you will need to get in line up to 90 minutes in advance. These do fill up quickly.
Your whole party must be with you when you get in line as they will count and cut off the line at a certain point.
Eat To The Beat Concerts 2014
The concert series is a great way to end the day. Eat To The Beat Concerts are included with your park admission.
Lines form early so it is best to arrive at least an hour ahead of time with your whole party. Grab a drink and some food samples to enjoy while you are waiting in line.
Once the line is deemed to be at capacity by a cast member, a stand-by line will be formed and guests will be allowed in only after all others are seated.
If you really must insure you see the band, you can either get special seating through Party for the Senses or by getting a wristband from the Chase Cardholders’ lounge at the Festival Welcome Center.
New for 2014: There are now dining packages available! See the information below the band list.
Eat To The Beat Concerts 2014
|Date||Band||Best Known Song|
Jo Dee Messina
"Bring On The Rain"
"I'm So Excited"
September 30-October 2
"I'm All Out of Love"
Starship starring Mickey Thomas
"Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now"
"All For You"
"Waiting for You"
Los Lonely Boys
"Hold On Loosely"
Boyz II Men
"End of the Road"
"Come Back To Me"
Big Bad VooDoo Daddy
"Jump Jive and Wail"
Dining Packages For Eat To The Beat Now Available
If you have a favorite band or singer that you don't want to miss, you can now reserve a dining package that included guaranteed seating at one of the shows.
Guests who are on a dining plan can even use their meals for the package.
Contact the the reservation line to reserve your table for lunch or dinner at many of the great EPCOT restaurants around "the world."
Events That Need Reservations
There are also wine tastings and seminars that are available for a fee. These however must be booked in advance either online or by calling 407-WDW-FEST
Many of these happen at the Festival Center but there are also ones that happen at other venues within the resort property.
If there are any openings left, you can purchase tickets that day at the kiosk at the Festival Welcome Center
Information about the seminars will be posted as soon as it is available.
Food and Wine Special Events Dates and Pricing
Party for the Senses
Oct. 4, 11, 18 and Nov. 1
149, 189, 299
Party for the Senses Featuring Disney Chefs
149, 189, 299
Sunday Mornings With.... (brunch with different host each week)
Sep. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 10
Every Saturday for Entire Festival
Oct. 3, 10, 17
Signature Dining Experience
Once the 2014 Signature Dining Experiences are announced, the list will be included here. The Signature Dining experiences happen all over the resort.
A guest chef will present a multi-course dinner for a limited number of guests.
The price per guest varies based on the event.
Wine pairings are included with the experience.
Signature Dining Dinners 2014
Flying Fish Cafe
Sep. 27, Oct 8, 22, 30, Nov. 5
varies by date
Sept 27, Nov 8
Sep. 30, Oct 14
Oct. 2, 23
The Hollywood Brown Derby
Oct. 2, 16
Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
Fulton's Crab House
Victoria and Albert's
Food And Wine Booths 2014
The following is a list of Food and Wine booths for 2013. Included are recommendations for food samples and drink.
Some items are eligible as a snack item for those on the meal plan.
These eligible items will be indicated on the menu at the booth and will have the Disney Meal plan emblem beside them.
This list will be updated as the 2014 information becomes available.
Party For The Senses
If you attend the Party for the Senses, you will have a special reserved spot at the Eat To The Beat concert.
The party happens on Saturdays at the World Showcase Pavilion.
Admission should be reserved in advance.
A regular entrance allows you unlimited tasting of different food and wines. There is usually entertainment.
There are also upgraded experiences which include reserved seating and early entrance to the party.
If you absolutely must see the band scheduled, this is one way to insure that you get into the concert and have a place to go afterwards.
Chase Cardholder Perks
If you have a Chase Credit or Debit Card, go to the American Pavilion.
There are sometimes limited special perks. Will update when 2014 perks become available.
Festival Preview Night 2014
If you are a Tables In Wonderland member (Disney’s dining discount card) then there is a Food and Wine festival preview that you can attend. Details are usually posted a few weeks ahead of the events.
Wine and Dine Half Run Marathon 2014
The Half Run Marathon is an event that occurs on the last weekend of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
The 2014 Half Marathon will likely be on November 8. Participants will register here: http://www.rundisney.com/wine-and-dine-half-marathon/
The marathon starts at the ESPN sports complex and runs through Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom and finish in EPCOT. All at night.
That same weekend there are also 5K runs and family fun runs so that all ages and all levels of runners can participate. The event fills up quickly so register early.
Best Time To Go
If you can, the best time to go to the Food and Wine festival is during the week Monday through Thursday. The weekends can be extremely crowded. So if you are going on a weekend, allow extra time for standing in lines to sample the food or for trying to attend the concerts.
If you are planning on purchasing 2014 Food And Wine souvenirs, you will want to buy those closer to the beginning of the festival. Sometimes specific sizes of shirts will not be available during the last few weeks.
But if you are looking for bargains, there are often discounts on the festival specific items during the last couple of weeks.
The EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2014 will be an exciting event. It is an all day event so plan to go and sample, rest, eat again. Enjoy music and end the night with a toast while watching Illuminations.
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L C David (author) from Florida on February 18, 2014:
Yes just announced by the Orlando Sentinel...Disney is extending the festival by another week. This is unprecedented. Will update my article with the new date when I get home. September 19 through the 26th. 53 days of fun.
L C David (author) from Florida on February 18, 2014:
I will check this out and update Jamie. These were the last dates I had.
Jaime on February 18, 2014:
It actually starts Sept 19 this year
goofy47 on January 15, 2014:
Wife & I go there every year... We Love It!!
Jenn on January 13, 2014:
As for concerts.... Actually they opened the ropes and 20-30 yr old women ran to get a spot in line at 11 am for Hanson. Did it both days to get front row. So, that is 6 hours in line if you are there to see a particular band.
Margaret on July 16, 2013:
Just been checking out your report very impressed lots of good info!
This will be our sixth time in Florida but usually go in May but I have always wanted to go to the Epcot food and wine festival we arrive on Sun
15 Sept 2013 for 3 weeks so quite excited that we can go this year - only 61 sleeps :-)
Thanks your report is very much appreciated.
L C David (author) from Florida on June 27, 2013:
EPCOT is in Florida. Yes, there are many different festivals throughout the year but Food and Wine is my favorite--what's not to love? ;-) Thanks for stopping by.
Susette Horspool from Pasadena CA on June 27, 2013:
Disney likes putting on festivals, I see. I wrote about one they do annually with Orange County Water District to teach children about watersheds and conservation. This one looks like fun and frolic. Where is it held - California or Florida?