Disney’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2016. What You Need to Know

Disney’s super popular Epcot Food and Wine Festival will be returning this week for the 21st time. It will run from September 14-November 14, 2016 and will feature tastes from around the world at more than 30 marketplaces scattered around the park. The marketplaces open at 11am daily.

Please Note: Details for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2019 can be found here.

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2016’s theme is “Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” and will include hands-on workshops, teaching guests how to cook signature dishes and mix up their favorite drinks. The festival will feature world-renown chefs Cat Cora, Norman Van Aken, Masaharu Morimoto, Elizabeth Falkner, Buddy Valastro and Jamie Deen.

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In the World Showcase, guests will be able to pair wines, beers and ciders with deserts found at various marketplaces using their complimentary festival passport. There will also be nightly musical acts performing throughout the festival period  including “Eat to the Beat” concerts at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00pm.

Of course, no special event at Disney would be complete without special commemorative merchandise. Here is a quick video from Disney Parks that gives us an idea of some of the special merchandise (including some fun Ratatouille stuff) that will be available during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Disney pin collector? Here is a handy infographic from the Disney Parks Merchandise site that showcases the special 2016 pins for the Food & Wine festival:

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Image credit: Disney Parks Merchandise

The basic festival features are free to park visitors, but there are a number of premium events including a Rockin’ Burger Block Party and Party for the Senses. Premium events require reservations which can be ordered by calling 407-939-3378.

More information about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival can be found here.

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