Entertainment Editor

Eat and drink around the world at Epcot’s 2018 International Food and Wine Festival

 

The 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is just a couple of weeks away. The 2018 festival will begin on Thursday, Aug. 30, and run through Monday, Nov. 12.

Throughout the festival, you can eat, drink, shop, listen to live music and even meet some new characters.

Before you eat and drink your way around the world, be sure to pick up a “Festival Passport” with your park map. The passport allows you to track your progress with checklists and stickers, while also helping to guide you through each booth with a full menu of food and drink items. Your passport will also let you know what’s vegetarian, gluten- and wheat-friendly, kid-approved and more. Though these notes are helpful, guests are still asked to advise the chefs at each booth of any food allergies.

EATS

There’s a lot to choose from at the 2018 International Food and Wine Festival. You can start your journey right at the beginning of World Showcase.

This year’s booths include: The Cheese Studio, The Wine and Dine Studio, The Almond Orchard (near Port of Entry), New Zealand (Showcase Plaza), Australia (Showcase Plaza), Hawai’i (near Port of Entry), Islands of the Caribbean (near Disney Traders), Greece (Showcase Plaza), Thailand (Showcase Plaza), Mexico (World Showcase), China (World Showcase), India (near China), Africa (Outpost), Germany (World Showcase), Spain (between Germany and Italy), Italy (World Showcase), Hops & Barley (The American Adventure), Funnel Cake (The American Adventure), Japan (World Showcase), Morocco (World Showcase), Belgium (near Morocco), Brazil (between Morocco and France), France (World Showcase), Ireland (near United Kingdom) and Canada (World Showcase).

New foods to discover include: Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak (Flavors from Fire), Moqueca (Brazil), New Brunswick Slider (Hops and Barley), Active Eats Energy Bar Bites (Active Eats), Croissant Doughnut (Taste Track) and Butternut Squash Ravioli (The Wine & Dine Studio).

Returning favorites include: Madras Red Curry (India), Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tarte (The Chocolate Studio), Braised Beef Stroganoff (The Cheese Studio), Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Soup (Canada), Shrimp Scampi (Coastal Eats) and Liquid Nitro Truffle (The Chocolate Studio).

DRINKS

Beverages are available at each of the food booths, ranging from water and soft drinks to non-alcoholic and alcoholic speciality cocktails. Beverages can also be purchased at the Refreshment Port (Showcase Plaza), Refreshment Outpost (outpost), Brewer’s Collection (near Germany), Fife & Drum Tavern (The American Adventure), Block & Hans (The American Adventure).

Hoping to try something new this festival season? One of this year’s highlights is the “RGB Flight.” This beer flight features three beers: Playalinda Brewing Co.’s Red Cherry Tart (R), Grasslands Brewing Company’s Kiwi Blonde (G) and M.I.A. Beer Company’s Blue-berry Golden Ale (B). This flight can be found at the Light Lab — where everything glows in the dark.

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company will have booths set up throughout the park, including specialty locations at Future World East, Showcase Plaza, The American Adventure and Canada.

Don’t forget— a valid ID is required to purchase alcoholic beverages.

BEATS

You can “Eat to the Beat” this Food and Wine season, as live performances will take place nightly throughout the festival. The star-studded lineup from pop to country, to R&B, is as follows:

Aug. 30-31: Blue Oct.

Sept. 1-3: Tiffany

Sept. 4-5: (NEW) MercyMe

Sept. 6-7: (NEW) Glass Tiger

Sept. 8-9: (NEW) Tauren Wells

Sept. 10-11: Postmodern Jukebox

Sept. 12-13: (NEW) Vertical Horizon

Sept. 14-16: Baha Men

Sept. 17-19: Plain White T’s

Sept. 20-21: Living Colour

Sept. 22-23: (NEW) Sheila E

Sept. 24-26: Sugar Ray

Sept. 27-28: David Cook

Sept. 29-30: Jeffrey Osborne

Oct. 1-2: (NEW) Jim Belushi &

 he Sacred Hearts

Oct. 3-4: Everclear

Oct. 5-7: Mark Wills

Oct. 8-10: Air Supply

Oct. 11-12: (NEW) Anderson East

Oct. 13-14: Smash Mouth

Oct. 15-16: (NEW) 98 Degrees

Oct. 17-18: 38 Special

Oct. 19-21: The Devon Allman Project

Oct. 22-23: Kenny G

Oct. 24-25: Billy Ocean

Oct. 26-28: Starship featuring

 ickey Thomas

Oct. 29-31: Hanson

Nov. 1-2: (NEW) High Valley

Nov. 3-4: Taylor Dayne

Nov. 5-7: Boyz II Men

Nov. 8-9: The Hooters

Nov. 10-12: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Performances in part of Epcot’s “Eat to the Beat” Concert Series are suitable for all ages. Concerts take place on the main stage in the America Pavilion, at select times. All concerts are 35 minutes in length.

“Eat to the Beat” dining packages will be available. This year’s participating Epcot restaurants include Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Biergarten Restaurant, Chefs de France, Coral Reef Restaurant, Garden Grill Restaurant, La Hacienda de San Angel, Nine Dragons Restaurant, Restaurant Marrakesh, Rose & Crown Dining Room, San Angel Inn Restaurante, Spice Road Table, Teppan Edo, Tokyo Dining, Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria.

MERCH

With a new festival season comes a ton of brand-new merchandise. This year’s themes and collections include those from characters like Chef Remy (from the film Ratatouille), Chef Mickey and Foodie Figment. You can find an array of dishware, dish towels, glassware, plasticware, collectables (like the favored trash can salt and pepper shakers) and more.

Notable new merchandise includes all-new wine cork inspired Minnie Mouse ears and “TASTE your way around the WORLD” Spirit Jerseys.

CHARACTERS AND ACTIVITIES

New this year, you can meet Remy and Emile from the Disney film Ratatouille. The characters will be available for meet-and-greets at select times throughout the festival.

You can also enjoy the returning “Hide and Squeak” scavenger hunt by purchasing a map at one of the select gift shops. Guests of all ages can enjoy this scavenger hunt, as they look for Remy’s clues from around the world, including Taste Track, Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, The American Adventure, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, Canada, The Art of Pairing, Next Eats and Flavors from Fire.

Once you find Remy with the ingredient from that country, put a sticker on the map. When your map is complete, you can bring it to Disney Traders or World Traveler at International Gateway for a special prize. This year’s prizes include a collection of limited-edition cups.

ADMISSION & FOR MORE INFO

Admission to the 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is included in general theme park admission. Food and beverages can be purchased throughout the theme park.

For more information about the 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, visit http://disneyworld.disney.go.com and search “Food and Wine Festival.”