More details announced for the 2019 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

May 09, 2019 in "Epcot International Food and Wine Festival"

Posted: Thursday May 9, 2019 9:52am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival is in its 24th year and expands to 87 days with a summer opening for 2019.

Dates for this year's festival are August 29 to November 23, and here is a quick run-down of everything announced so far:

30 Global Marketplaces will return throughout the park, with new dishes including a Kenyan Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin with sweet potato and corn mealie pap with Kachumbari slaw at Africa. At Earth Eats marketplace a new plant-based Cottage Pie with carrots, mushrooms and peas topped with mashed cauliflower and white beans.

Eat to the Beat concert series return, with performances 3 times nightly for a total of 249 shows. New acts include Lauren Daigle (contemporary Christian), Kris Allen (pop, alt-rock), Sawyer Brown (country) and Boyce Avenue (rock, pop). Returning festival favorites spanning a broad range of eras and genres include Plain White T’s, Sugar Ray, Hanson, Sheila E. and Boyz II Men. See the full 2019 Eat to the Beat concert series performer line-up.

The Disney du Jour Dance Party in Future World will expand to seven days a week. Sundays through Thursdays, a DJ will lead the interactive fun. Fridays and Saturdays, Radio Disney stars will make live performances. Actress-singer Meg Donnelly, from the Disney Channel original movie “Zombies,” will appear opening weekend, and more weekend celebrity headliners will join the lineup throughout the festival.

The Sunday Brunch with the Chef series in World Showplace Events Pavilion will kick off September 1 with celebrity Chef Jamie Deen and continue on select Sundays through November 17. The chef lineup includes Cat Cora, Carla Hall, Fabio Viviani, Andrew Zimmern, Buddy Valastro, Richard Blais, Robert Irvine, David Burtka, Graham Elliot and Aarti Sequeira.

Party for the Senses at World Showplace Events Pavilion will take place September 21, October 5, 12 and 19 (All Disney Chef Night!) and November 9.

“Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops on select Mondays and Thursdays through November 14 will offer new opportunities for guests to work side-by-side with visiting chefs, bakers, mixologists and other pros.

Popular TV chefs will be at festival seminars and other events, including Bryan Voltaggio, Kenny Gilbert, Maneet Chauhan, Jet Tila, Shaun O’Neale, Keegan Gerhard, Dan Pashman and Rock Harper.

Book & Bottle Signings by some of the world’s top vintners and chefs will return on select dates this year, in addition to the popular The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar, hosted by Ghirardelli, offering guests samples.

Culinary Demonstrations (available through November 16) and Beverage Seminars (available through November 17) will offer learning and tasting sessions select days throughout the festival.

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trainplane3Oct 09, 2019

This... What a total pain to navigate WS. I'm done with F&W personally unless there's some special reason to come down. The food options are incredible. The crowds and booths jamming up the walkways flat out suck. After the first day of our trip, friends realized how bad it was.

ThatMouseOct 09, 2019

I would love to see more donuts at Disney World. I have a feeling they aren't going to be $6 for a dozen though.

Walt dOct 09, 2019


Horizons '83Sep 06, 2019

I must say I’m at F&W now and there are some great options this year. Also the park is dead (crowd wise), almost everything was a walk on, including Test Track, very enjoyable. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen crowds this low.

peter11435Sep 06, 2019


micknminnieSep 06, 2019

Our only chance to go is on a Saturday mid October. Will crowds be horrible when the festival first opens? We plan are starting right at 11.

Texas84Sep 06, 2019

It's greatly exaggerated but avoid Friday and Saturday nights. Sundays and weekdays are very pleasant.

UnbansheeSep 05, 2019

Sometimes there are two types of boards at the booths. One has photos and is a nicer display. The more common one is simply prices and description

TimmaySep 05, 2019

Was starting to worry about all the talk of drinking craziness there for a bit. First time ever going. Then I remembered I go to several nights of Summerfest every year. I’ll be good. Those in the know will understand well.

eeyore_isno1Sep 04, 2019

Ah, that would make sense. I'm way more likely to buy if seeing a photo.

eeyore_isno1Sep 04, 2019

I thought the menus usually had pictures of the items, am I misremembering? It's been a few years since I've attended (arriving Saturday, really excited).

larryzSep 03, 2019

I think I had that last year -- the duct confit... kinda chewy but it really stuck to your ribs.