Disney has released some details about what guests can expect at the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE®.
The event, the largest festival at Walt Disney World takes places at Epcot. Typically running in the fall, this year’s festival is the longest foodie fest in Disney’s history and will run from July 15 all thr way through November 20. 129 days of food, enterntainment and fun.
The event is free with theme park admission but a valid theme park reservation is required to gain access to Epcot. If your theme park ticket has the park-hopper option, guests without a theme park reservation for Epcot can park hop, based on availability and capacity to Epcot after 2 p.m. as long as they have first visited the theme park for which their reservation for that day was valid.
Learn more about the theme park reservation system at Walt Disney World HERE!
Global Marketplaces will serve up a host of international flavors, including fan-favorite dishes from Hawai’i, Australia, Germany, Canada and Greece, as well as new spicy, savory and sweet plates to please your palate. We’ll have more details on specific menu items in an upcoming Foodie Guide, but there are new Global Marketplace concepts coming to Morocco, The American Adventure and throughout the park in July, with even more marketplaces opening in the fall.
There will be 8 new culinary kitchens opening this year. Some of the kitchens don’t open until October 1. In fact 9 total kitchens will remain closed until October 1 including The Alps which features warm Raclette Swiss cheese served with a baguette. Brazil, which has, in the past been one of our favorite kitchens. Ireland, which will feature Irish sausage and seafood pie—which pair wonderfully with Irish ale and mead honey wine and Lobster Landing which will feature amazing lobster dishes.
32 total kitchens will delight your tastebuds, highlighting flavors from around the globe.
Some of our returning faves include Flavors From Fire, Shimmering Sips, Mexico and Hawaii.
CORKCICLE is the presenting sponsor for this year’s festival, and if you visit Shimmering Sips Global Marketplace and four other locations during the event, you’ll discover several sparkling beverage options available for purchase in an exclusive keepsake CORKCICLE premium beverage container.
You can also commemorate your visit and bring the culinary magic home with other official event merchandise created just for the festival, including apparel, home décor, trading pins and more.
Popular entertainment is back too, with performances by Voices of Liberty, Mariachi Cobre and Jammin’ Chefs. The festival will also open with America Gardens Bandstand presented by Florida Blue Medicare, a live-music concert series performed Friday through Monday evenings. Local bands from across Central Florida will take to the America Gardens Theatre stage, playing popular songs of yesterday and today.
For families, Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak will send kids of all ages on a savory scavenger hunt around the festival. Another way for families to have fun together is by participating in Emile’s Fromage Montage. You’ll find new ways to experience cheese when you purchase five participating dishes from select Global Marketplaces, including a passionfruit cheesecake with toasted macadamia nuts. Collect five stamps and scurry over to Shimmering Sips for a prize!
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The festival is available with valid theme park admission and a park reservation for the same date. Keep checking back with us here on the Disney Parks Blog for more details. You can also visit TasteEPCOT.com and keep an eye out for #TasteEPCOT on social channels for more info.
Stay tuned for full menus and delicious details coming soon.