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Disney's EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2014: Concerts, Signature Dining, Booths, Events

Updated on July 21, 2014
Plan to attend 2014 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival to try new food and drinks.
Plan to attend 2014 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival to try new food and drinks. | Source

The 2014 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival runs every day from September 19 through November 10. (That's an extra week as compared to the 2013 Food And Wine).

Here is your guide for how to get in and what to do once you are there.

Reservation lines open in August 2014. You will need to call 407-WDW-FEST (407-939-3378).

Events fill up quickly so call at your earliest convenience.

Check back here for the exact dates and the opening date and time for reservations.

Here is a look back at the 2013 event.

If you are going for the day and don’t have reservations to tasting seminars and Dining Experiences (which must be made early), then here’s what you need to know.

  • Your EPCOT admission gets you into the park and gives you access to all the food and wine booths. You can also attend the Eat To The Beat concerts which are at 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00.
  • Booths are open until the start of Illuminations.
  • Pick up a guide book at the entrance gate. Once you pass Spaceship Earth, veer to your left to go to the Festival Welcome Center. Here you can get passports and attend special seminars that are first-come, first served.

Note: If you do want to attend the special demonstrations, you will need to get in line up to 90 minutes in advance. These do fill up quickly.

Your whole party must be with you when you get in line as they will count and cut off the line at a certain point.

Eat To The Beat Concerts 2014

The concert series is a great way to end the day. Eat To The Beat Concerts are included with your park admission.

Lines form early so it is best to arrive at least an hour ahead of time with your whole party. Grab a drink and some food samples to enjoy while you are waiting in line.

Once the line is deemed to be at capacity by a cast member, a stand-by line will be formed and guests will be allowed in only after all others are seated.

If you really must insure you see the band, you can either get special seating through Party for the Senses or by getting a wristband from the Chase Cardholders’ lounge at the Festival Welcome Center.

New for 2014: There are now dining packages available! See the information below the band list.

Eat To The Beat Concerts 2014

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Date  
Band  
Best Known Song  
September 19-21
Jo Dee Messina
"Bring On The Rain"
September 22-23
Pointer Sisters
"I'm So Excited"
September 24-25
Rick Springfield
"Jessie's Girl"
September 26-27
Christopher Cross
"Sailing"
September 28-29
Hanson
"Mmmm-Bop"
September 30-October 2
Air Supply
"I'm All Out of Love"
October 3-5
Starship starring Mickey Thomas
"Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now"
October 6-8
Sugar Ray
"Every Morning"
October 9-10
Fuel
"Shimmer"
October 11-12
Sister Hazel
"All For You"
October 13-14
Richard Marx
"Waiting for You"
October 15-16
Billy Ocean
"Caribbean Queen"
October 17-19
Night Ranger
"Sister Christian
October 20-22
Smash Mouth
"All Star"
October 23-24
Jim Brickman
"Valentine"
October 25-26
Los Lonely Boys
"Heaven"
October 27-28
Wilson Philips
"Hold On"
October 29-31
Dennis DeYoung
"Mr. Roboto"
November 1-2
38 Special
"Hold On Loosely"
November 3-5
Boyz II Men
"End of the Road"
November 6-7
David Cook
"Come Back To Me"
November 8-10
Big Bad VooDoo Daddy
"Jump Jive and Wail"
Official List

Dining Packages For Eat To The Beat Now Available

If you have a favorite band or singer that you don't want to miss, you can now reserve a dining package that included guaranteed seating at one of the shows.

Guests who are on a dining plan can even use their meals for the package.

Contact the the reservation line to reserve your table for lunch or dinner at many of the great EPCOT restaurants around "the world."

Events That Need Reservations

There are also wine tastings and seminars that are available for a fee. These however must be booked in advance either online or by calling 407-WDW-FEST

Many of these happen at the Festival Center but there are also ones that happen at other venues within the resort property.

If there are any openings left, you can purchase tickets that day at the kiosk at the Festival Welcome Center

Information about the seminars will be posted as soon as it is available.

Food and Wine Special Events Dates and Pricing

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Event  
Dates  
$  
Party for the Senses
Oct. 4, 11, 18 and Nov. 1
149, 189, 299
Party for the Senses Featuring Disney Chefs
Oct. 25
149, 189, 299
Sunday Mornings With.... (brunch with different host each week)
Sep. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 10
99
Parisian Breakfast
Every Saturday for Entire Festival
39
3D Desserts
Oct. 3, 10, 17
99
Please note that these fill up quickly.
At Disney's Food and Wine Festival you can sample food from around the world.
At Disney's Food and Wine Festival you can sample food from around the world. | Source

Signature Dining Experience

Once the 2014 Signature Dining Experiences are announced, the list will be included here. The Signature Dining experiences happen all over the resort.

A guest chef will present a multi-course dinner for a limited number of guests.

The price per guest varies based on the event.

Wine pairings are included with the experience.

Signature Dining Dinners 2014

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Event  
Date  
$  
Flying Fish Cafe
Sep. 27, Oct 8, 22, 30, Nov. 5
varies by date
Narcoosees
Sept 27, Nov 8
149
Le Cellier
Sep. 30, Oct 14
109
Jiko
Oct. 2, 23
199
The Hollywood Brown Derby
Oct. 2, 16
189
Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
Oct 2
110
Raglan Road
Oct 2
140
Fulton's Crab House
Oct 8
100
Yachtsman Steakhouse
Oct 16
199
California Grill
Oct 23
279
Victoria and Albert's
Oct 24
549
The Wave
Oct. 30
159
Portobello
Nov 6
100

Food And Wine Booths 2014

The following is a list of Food and Wine booths for 2013. Included are recommendations for food samples and drink.

Some items are eligible as a snack item for those on the meal plan.

These eligible items will be indicated on the menu at the booth and will have the Disney Meal plan emblem beside them.

This list will be updated as the 2014 information becomes available.

Party For The Senses

If you attend the Party for the Senses, you will have a special reserved spot at the Eat To The Beat concert.

The party happens on Saturdays at the World Showcase Pavilion.

Admission should be reserved in advance.

A regular entrance allows you unlimited tasting of different food and wines. There is usually entertainment.

There are also upgraded experiences which include reserved seating and early entrance to the party.

If you absolutely must see the band scheduled, this is one way to insure that you get into the concert and have a place to go afterwards.

Although it is called the Food and Wine Festival there are plenty of beers and other spirits to sample.
Although it is called the Food and Wine Festival there are plenty of beers and other spirits to sample. | Source

Chase Cardholder Perks

If you have a Chase Credit or Debit Card, go to the American Pavilion.

There are sometimes limited special perks. Will update when 2014 perks become available.

Festival Preview Night 2014

If you are a Tables In Wonderland member (Disney’s dining discount card) then there is a Food and Wine festival preview that you can attend. Details are usually posted a few weeks ahead of the events.

Wine and Dine Half Run Marathon 2014

The Half Run Marathon is an event that occurs on the last weekend of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

The 2014 Half Marathon will likely be on November 8. Participants will register here: http://www.rundisney.com/wine-and-dine-half-marathon/

The marathon starts at the ESPN sports complex and runs through Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom and finish in EPCOT. All at night.

That same weekend there are also 5K runs and family fun runs so that all ages and all levels of runners can participate. The event fills up quickly so register early.

Best Time To Go

If you can, the best time to go to the Food and Wine festival is during the week Monday through Thursday. The weekends can be extremely crowded. So if you are going on a weekend, allow extra time for standing in lines to sample the food or for trying to attend the concerts.

If you are planning on purchasing 2014 Food And Wine souvenirs, you will want to buy those closer to the beginning of the festival. Sometimes specific sizes of shirts will not be available during the last few weeks.

But if you are looking for bargains, there are often discounts on the festival specific items during the last couple of weeks.

The EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2014 will be an exciting event. It is an all day event so plan to go and sample, rest, eat again. Enjoy music and end the night with a toast while watching Illuminations.

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      watergeek 3 years ago

      Disney likes putting on festivals, I see. I wrote about one they do annually with Orange County Water District to teach children about watersheds and conservation. This one looks like fun and frolic. Where is it held - California or Florida?

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      L C David 3 years ago from Florida

      EPCOT is in Florida. Yes, there are many different festivals throughout the year but Food and Wine is my favorite--what's not to love? ;-) Thanks for stopping by.

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      Margaret 3 years ago

      Just been checking out your report very impressed lots of good info!

      This will be our sixth time in Florida but usually go in May but I have always wanted to go to the Epcot food and wine festival we arrive on Sun

      15 Sept 2013 for 3 weeks so quite excited that we can go this year - only 61 sleeps :-)

      Thanks your report is very much appreciated.

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      Jenn 3 years ago

      As for concerts.... Actually they opened the ropes and 20-30 yr old women ran to get a spot in line at 11 am for Hanson. Did it both days to get front row. So, that is 6 hours in line if you are there to see a particular band.

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      goofy47 3 years ago

      Wife & I go there every year... We Love It!!

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      Jaime 3 years ago

      It actually starts Sept 19 this year

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      L C David 3 years ago from Florida

      I will check this out and update Jamie. These were the last dates I had.

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      L C David 3 years ago from Florida

      Yes just announced by the Orlando Sentinel...Disney is extending the festival by another week. This is unprecedented. Will update my article with the new date when I get home. September 19 through the 26th. 53 days of fun.

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