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2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival - Festival Center Happenings

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Get the latest details and schedule for this year’s event by visiting the Festival Center in Future World East—it’s open from 9:00 AM to park closing.

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Taste Your Way Around the World

Stop by the Festival Information booth for more helpful information—including a park map, a Times Guide and your Festival Passport!

The Festival Passport is a fun way to experience our Global Marketplaces—located throughout the park during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Each marketplace offers unique cuisine and a variety of divine delicacies... and at every stop, you can place your stamp in your Festival Passport. Let the appetizing adventures begin!

Note: Festival Passports are also available at select locations throughout Epcot.

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Festival Center Stage Presented by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company® – NEW!

Discover the incredible voyage coffee undergoes in order to arrive in your morning mug.

You’ll be able to purchase select coffees from Joffrey's Specialty Disney Coffee Collection, including Disney French Bistro, Disney Peru Alto Mayo and Disney Mickey's 90th Anniversary Blend.

Joffrey’s is the Official Specialty Coffee of Walt Disney World.

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Junior Chef Kitchen presented by Krusteaz® – NEW!

Watch little ones create culinary works of art.

Under the guidance of a Disney Chef, "Junior Chefs" will make, decorate and sample their own pancake creations using fun recipes. Participants will also receive their very own chef hat, apron and certificate of completion.

Junior Chef Kitchen sessions are held at the Festival Center Spotlight Stage on select Sundays at 11:00 AM:

  • September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
  • October 7, 14, 21 and 28
  • November 4, 11

Note: children wishing to participate in the complimentary Junior Chef Kitchen must register at the Festival Center the day before or the morning of the experience. Guests must be between 4 and 10 years of age to participate. Availability is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Valid theme park admission is required.

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Mini-Size Festival Gift Card

Purchase a mini-size Festival gift card, complete with its own wearable wristlet. Using the card, which features a unique design and the Festival logo, is easy—simply swipe or scan yours to pay for food, beverages and more.

Mini-size Festival gift cards can be purchased from Festival Center kiosks, along with select merchandise locations throughout Future World and World Showcase at Epcot. And perhaps best of all, you can activate yours with as a little as $15!

Plus, in addition to the Festival, the mini-size gift card can be used at select Disney destinations too. For a complete list of participating locations, terms and conditions, please visit

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Back to Basics

Uncover delish tips and tricks that’ll have a profound effect on your next meal—from the industry’s top culinary pros. With insights on techniques, products and easy-to-follow fixes, your epicurean expertise is sure to soar!

Back To Basics sessions are held at the Festival Center Spotlight Stage on Fridays through Sundays at 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.

Please check back for a list of 2018 presenters.

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Book Signings and Meet & Greets

Meet celebrated authors and other food-and-wine-industry personalities at one of their special Festival appearances. Bring purchased books or other merchandise along for a personalized inscription or autograph—it’s the perfect gift for your favorite foodies!

For featured authors and personalities, check the daily schedule in the park Times Guide or visit the Festival Center Information Desk.

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Bottle Signings

Rub elbows with some of the world’s top beverage experts! Prominent vintners as well as industry professionals will be on hand to autograph purchased bottles for a fabulous souvenir.

The Festival Center features a banner reading Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase as well as a display of merchandise including printed tee shirts, hand towels, carved wooden housewares, pot holders, oven mitts and aprons

Stockpot Shop

Want to whip up some of your Festival faves? Commemorate your visit and bring the culinary magic home with official Festival merchandise—including the official Festival Cookbook, apparel, artwork, home décor, trading pins and more!

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Festival Center Wine Shop

Choose from incredible selection of wines and spirits from prestigious makers.

Display panels are covered with imagery and text including on the upper left a photograph of a hand opening cocoa beans and the words Bean Selection, the number 1 and some smaller text beside it, below that is a photograph of a roasting machine, some smaller text, the word Roasting and the number 2 and occupying the entire panel to the right are the words The Chocolate Experience From Bean to the Bar hosted by with a logo reading Ghiradelli chocolate beneath

The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar – Hosted by Ghirardelli® Chocolate Company

Immerse yourself in the sights, smells and flavors of chocolate—the world’s most famous flavor! Marvel at chocolate sculptures created by our own Walt Disney World Resort pastry chefs and explore the journey chocolate must take to get from the bean to the bar.

Don’t miss your chance to sample chocolates, purchase gourmet drinking chocolate, select a wine and chocolate pairing, and shop for a bag of your favorite Ghirardelli Gourmet Chocolates.

ID Requirements to Purchase Alcoholic Beverages

Learn which type of identification you should bring to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Guests must be 21 years of age or older to purchase alcoholic beverages at any establishment in the state of Florida—including Walt Disney World Resort and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. Alcohol will not be served to anyone who does not present valid identification upon request. The following forms of ID will be accepted as proof of age:

  • U.S. state driver’s license (includes U.S. territories*)
  • U.S. state ID (includes U.S. territories*)
  • U.S. military ID
  • Original passport
  • Copy of passport (either on paper or captured on a mobile device), along with a government-issued photo ID** that verifies the person and birth date shown on the copy
  • NEXUS card issued by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (Canadian Guests only)

Please note: visitors from outside the United States are required to present both a valid passport and another form of government-issued photo identification from their country of origin.

For all questions concerning our identification requirements, please call (407) 939-6244. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

*U.S. territories include Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.

**Foreign driver’s licenses or ID cards are not acceptable by themselves.


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