The 2024 International Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT dates are Aug. 29 through Nov. 23, 2024.  This is EPCOT's most popular event and your chance to eat and drink your way around the world. To make the most of your Disney dollars, you'll want to avoid some common mistakes.

Appetizer-sized food samples, wine tastings, beer flights, and specialty cocktails await! Plus there are concerts, a scavenger hunt, special festival merchandise and more.

Here's our strategy to conquer the 2024 Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT.

  • Make a park pass reservation
  • Plan your meals, snacks, and drinks
  • Set a budget
  • Go on a weekday
  • Bring a tray
  • View the concert schedule ahead of time
  • Bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated
  • Take breaks and slow down

When to visit EPCOT…

Before you do anything, it's helpful to make a park pass reservation. It is no longer required, but if you know for sure you want to get into EPCOT then book a park pass reservation. On popular event days, especially opening weekend, the park could reach capacity, in which case only those with valid park admission with a park pass reservation will be admitted.

Weekends are very crowded and busy during the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2024, so try to go on a weekday if you can, or even just in the evening on a weekday.

View of Monorail and Spaceship Earth at EPCOT

Plan your 2024 Food and Wine Festival Eats and Drinks

The 2024 menus have not been released just yet, but Disney has confirmed a few returning favorites like Passionfruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts at the Hawaii marketplace, Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce at the Germany marketplace, and Belgian Waffles with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream or Warm Chocolate Ganache at the Belgium Global Marketplace.

A common mistake couples make is just showing up without a plan on what they're going to order. This leads to overspending and sometimes ordering a few things that don't really satisfy.

To help you plan, here are our Favorite 15 Eats and Drinks at EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2023Although this contains last year's picks it's still a good preview of what to expect. We selected these items based on them being sharable and fun for couples.

3 different flavors of french fries in The Fry Flight at The Fry Basket - Dani Meyering
The Fry Flight at The Fry Basket – Dani Meyering

We'll be visiting the 2024 Food and Wine Festival many times throughout its duration.

Set a 2024 Food and Wine Festival Budget

The amount of things to eat and drink at the Food and Wine Festival is quite overwhelming. It would be impossible to try it all, and it will quickly add up.

Do not make the mistake of just going for it. Instead, plan ahead and determined a rough budget of what you will allow yourself to spend. $50 per person is about the bare minimum you can get away with, while $75 per person is about average.

If you're going to want to enjoy some beer, wine, or cocktails to go with those delicious eats then you may be looking at closer to $125 per person.

  • Food samples range from $5 – $10 on average, per plate
  • Wine samples range from $7 – $10
  • Beer samples range from $6 – $9
  • Cocktails and specialty drinks $9 – $13

Sharing is caring – When you stop at a Food and Wine Festival Booth decide if you really need to order each item, or are there 1-2 stand-out items you'd be willing to share together. You'll save some money, and save some room for the rest of the festival.

Besides, half the fun of the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival is the social aspect. And when you split and share items you can have fun discussing what you love, or not, about each item.

Pro-tip: If you go as a group, bring a tray. Tables can be hard to come by so a tray can help you carry all the items you ordered. And, if you can't find a table the tray will make it easy to eat off of as you crowd around whatever surface you can find.

2022 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Entrance with Ratatouille themed signs and decorations and Spaceship Earth in the background
2022 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Entrance – Dani Meyering

Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule

To complement all of these gastronomical delights, EPCOT also features the “Eat to the Beat” concert series with a lineup of classic rock and more. Some performers may not be ones that you feel are worth grabbing a seat for, so be sure to view the Eat to the Beat concert schedule.

More tips…

Stick around for the EPCOT fireworks show that explodes over World Showcase Lagoon each evening. It's incredible. Or, you can plan a date night by viewing Disney fireworks outside of the parks.

Most important of all, hydrate! The EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2024 starts in August when it is super hot and humid. Please take care of your health and safety by hydrating a lot. Bring a refillable water bottle. You can get free water at any Disney quick service restaurant and there is a water bottle refill station near the center of the park, at the World Showcase rose garden restrooms.

It is going to be super busy this year, so pack your patience and take lots of breaks.

Feature image provided by Walt Disney World
Updated April 2024 by Dani Meyering