EPCOT Food & Wine Festival is Back But Here Are Some Differences To Be Aware Of
Today Is The Day Disney Friends! EPCOT is finally open after a four month hiatus and with it the much-loved EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. This year the Fest is back for its longest run ever however Disney is calling it a “Taste” of the normal fest. Due to social distancing requirements as well as attendance caps, Disney has decided to offer a scaled down version which will have the international food booths as the focal point.
Because this is a time of HUGE changes at EPCOT we thought we’d take a quite minute to give you a bit of a sense in terms of what to expect. Let’s dive in…
The Festival Will Last Five Months
When we said its the longest Food & Wine Fest ever, we weren’t kidding. It kicks off today (July 15th) and runs through the Fall. To put that in perspective, last year’s Food and Wine Festival kicked off on August 29th and ran through until just before Thanksgiving (November 23rd.) That means we get a full extra month of deliciousness.
International Food Booths Are Back
We are excited to share the news that guests will once again be able to sample small entrees, desserts and beverages from around the world! The Food & Wine menus have already been released for this year. However, it should be noted that this year will offer a more scaled back dining experience. Last year boasted over 30 international kitchens. This year there will be slightly under two dozen.
A Little Taste of the International Flower & Garden Festival
As an added bonus, visitors to EPCOT this Fall will still have an chance to check out the simply stunning topiaries that were created for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. As you know, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Flower & Garden was short lived this year but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the incredible creations.
There Will Be a Scavenger Hunt
We’ll get to this more in a moment but some of the extra events from the Festival won’t be making a return this year due to social distancing and capacity limitations. This includes many of the seminars and classes. However, for those looking for a family-friendly activity that keeps kids engaged while you explore the World Showcase, we’re pleased to let you know that the Scavenger Hunt will be back for this year! Will fill you in on more details during our visit today.
Popular Concert Series Won’t Be Back But There Will Still Be Entertainment
Disney has cancelled the Eat to the Beat Concert series this year which brought incredible star-studded acts to the American Pavilion during festival time. This year, hold this often over-crowded concerts is not an option but that doesn’t mean missing out on entertainment. Two of our favorite acts, Mariachi Cobre and the JAMMITORS will be back! We’ll give you updated information regarding showtimes and location soon!
Special Events and Classes Won’t Be Back This Year
Due to the unique circumstances surrounding this year’s Food & Wine Festival, popular events including food and beverage seminars, cooking demonstrations, tours, and the ever popular Party for the Senses events are on hiatus.
Flower and Garden Festival Merchandise Will Be Available
The abrupt halt to Epcot’s springtime festival must have left them with quite a bit of leftover merchandise on their hands, because when the Food & Wine Festival opens, you’ll still be able to pick some up. In fact, actual Food & Wine merchandise won’t even be available until sometime after the festival opens.