The 2014 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival



By Dave Shute

DISNEY WORLD’S 2014 INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL AT EPCOT

The 2014 Epcot International Food and Wine FestivalEvery year from late September through mid-November, Walt Disney World presents the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

For 2014, the dates will be September 19 through November 10–starting a week earlier than past years..

There are two components to the festival, one available to all Epcot visitors, and another made up of a bunch of events which have limited capacity and require reservations.

Neither has an extra ticket admission cost–you get to participate by virtue of your theme park ticket–but there are cash costs for the food, wine, and for entry to some special shows and events.

ELEMENTS OF THE 2014 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL OPEN TO ALL

The basic program takes place in Epcot’s World Showcase area.

Supplementing the already rich variety of dining and snacking options in the World Showcase, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival adds dozens of stalls highlighting the foods and drinks of various regions of the world.

The food from these stalls is typically available in a snack to half-plate size. Some, but not all, can be purchased using snack credits from the Disney Dining Plan.

Note that the cash price of items available as snack under the dining plan can vary by a factor of 3–don’t use a snack credit until you know that you don’t want to use it on something more expensive.

Wine and other alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase, by the glass or equivalent. Snack credits can’t be used for these!

2014 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL EVENTS WHICH MUST BE RESERVED IN ADVANCE

In addition, there’s a whole list of programs for which reservations are required.

These will range from wine tastings, to food and wine pairings, to cheese seminars.

These programs are usually announced in the summer, and the more popular sell out very quickly.

See the official Walt Disney World web page for details on the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival as they emerge here.

FIRST TIME VISITORS AND THE 2014 FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

Returning adults often plan their entire trip around the Food and Wine Festival.

For first-time family visitors, with 8 year olds in tow, it is a good bit less relevant.

The booths and such of the festival add a bit to the pageantry of World Showcase, but in general do not increase World Showcase’s appeal to kids.

Because of this, my material on when to go to Walt Disney World ignores the dates of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival as either a positive or a negative influence.

That said, I rank several weeks that happen to occur during this period highly.

Highly ranked 2014 weeks during the festival include the weeks beginning 10/18 and 10/22/2014.

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9 comments

1 Dave Tupper { 03.05.14 at 11:28 pm }

Great article!! This will be my first trip to WDW!! I’m so excited!

2 Dave { 03.06.14 at 8:34 am }

Thanks, Dave! And you’ll have a ball.

3 Mike Pautsch { 03.08.14 at 12:27 pm }

My wife and I are going to WDW on 10/30/2014 – 11/4/2014. What would be the best day to go to the food and wine festival. A majority of our time is going to be spent at epcot center, however we may see others. Were both excited

4 Dave { 03.09.14 at 9:57 am }

Hi Mike, the calendars for then won’t be out for 6 weeks or so, so I can’t give you sharp advice, but base don past operating calendars the least crowded days at Food and Wine are typically Mondays and Thursdays.

5 jacqui { 03.12.14 at 2:03 pm }

Whole family are planning on revisiting wdw Florida (from Scotland) in September 2015 but dont want to miss out on the food and wine festival as we had a terrific time there in October 2013. Any ideas as to the date it may start in 2015?We need to book early because of a lack of direct flights from Scotland.

6 Dave { 03.13.14 at 7:40 am }

Jacqui, I don’t. This year it’s starting a week earlier than recent years, and I don’t know if that will be true in 2015 or not. If it follows the older pattern, it’ll officially open September 25, 2015; if it follows this year’s pattern, the 18th.

7 Lisa { 03.23.14 at 11:03 pm }

Dave,
I just noticed that we will be there and actually going to Epcot on Sept. 20th. I have a 8 year old and our other days are booked for other parks MK, HS. Do you think on the 20th it would be too crazy for a child to be there it being the wine and food festival? I have never been there for that so i have no idea. Is that going to be a crazy day since it starts the day before?

Thanks !!

8 Dave { 03.24.14 at 7:50 am }

Lisa, Epcot’s World Showcase area will be very crowded in the evening, but you should otherwise be OK, as there’s not a ton in World Showcase of interest to most kids anyway. Arrive before the park opens, and use FastPass+!

9 Lisa { 03.24.14 at 4:37 pm }

Thank you!!

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