The 2016 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
By Dave Shute
DISNEY WORLD’S 2016 INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL AT EPCOT
In 2016, the Festival will run from September 14th through November 14th.
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 2016 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL OPEN TO ALL
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.
Wine and other alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase, by the glass or equivalent. Snack credits can’t be used for these!
2016 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL EVENTS WHICH MUST BE RESERVED IN ADVANCE
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 2016 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 2016 weeks during the festival include the weeks beginning 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, and the first few days of the week beginning 11/12/2016.