The 2016 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival celebrates 21 years at the Walt Disney World Resort.

rockin-burgerEvery year the festival is packed with so many things to do and see including culinary demonstrations, beverage and cheese seminars, beverage ‘boot camp’, and exclusive events (Party of the Senses, Rockin’ Burger Block Party). Our favorite celebrity chefs are back including Robert Irvine, Cat Cora and Buddy Valastro accompanied by some fresh faces like Maneet Chauhan, Duff Goldman, and Masaharu Morimoto. With over 30 individual marketplaces showcasing craft beers, fine wine and cultural dishes, the endless offerings will surely satisfy any palate.  New marketplaces are added each year, featuring cuisines and concoctions never before experienced.

Here’s what’s new for 2016:

Islands of the Caribbean Booth Menu


• Mojo Pork with Black Beans, Cilantro Rice, and Pickled Red Onions
• Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce
• Jamaican Beef Patty
• Pescado con Coco: Seared Grouper, Pigeon Peas and Rice with Coconut Sauce


• Presidente Pilsner
• Frozen Mojito
• Caribbean Sangria


Chocolate Studio Booth Menu


• Red Wine Chocolate Truffle
• Ghirardelli® Chocolate Raspberry Torte
• Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel


• Fonseca Bin No. 27 Port
• Justin Cabernet Sauvignon
• Rosa Regale Sweet Sparkling Wine
• Blandy’s Alvada 5yr-Old Madeira


cheese-trioWine and Dine Studio Booth Menu


• Seared Scallop, Truffled Celery Root Puree, Brussel Sprouts, & Wild Mushrooms
• Pork Tenderloin with Cannellini Bean Ragout & Zinfandel Reduction
• Trio of Artisan Cheese
◦ La Bonne Vie Goat Cheese served with toasted Craisin Bread
◦ Karst Cave-aged Cheddar Cheese served with Fig Compote
◦ Statesboro Blue Cheese served with Spiced Candied Walnuts
• Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese
◦ Trio of Artisan Cheese paired with Conundrum White Blend 25th Anniversary, Kurt Russell’s GoGi “Goldie” Chardonnay and Robert Mondavi Maestro Red Blend


• Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford
• Kurt Russell’s GoGi “Goldie” Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
• Conundrum White Blend 25th Anniversary, California
• Vinum Cellars Pinot Noir, Monterey
• Kurt Russell’s GoGi “Tiger” Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
• Michael David Winery Seven Deadly Zins Zinfandel, Lodi
• Robert Mondavi Winery Maestro Red Blend, Napa Valley

Also new this year is the expansion of the Festival into other parts of the Walt Disney World Resort. Check out these unique experiences featured from Disney Parks Blog:

“Brunch with a Twist at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa” a sumptuous 5-star, 5-course meal prepared by the resort’s award-winning chefs

“The Secrets of Flavor at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort – a three-course lunch that gives guests a ‘sensory-food connection’ at Yachtsman Steakhouse

“Culinary Adventures with a Master Chef” at Disney’s Contemporary Resort” a hands-on chef’s table experience in a professional working kitchen

“Behind the Scenes at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto” at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – an entertaining tour of the whimsical Trader Sam’s, followed by lunch and a special mixology session

Don’t forget to check the line-up before you go for the Eat to the Beat concert series! A great way to end your day of indulgence, this year’s festival adds eight new acts and brings back some favorite like Wilson Phillips, Boyz II Men, Hanson and Sister Hazel. And, as with every year, there is a huge selection of exclusive festival merchandise. Be sure to stop by the Festival Center and MouseGears for some of these items: 


What are you most looking forward to? I can’t wait to get my hands on a hard soda float! The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival lasts until November 14th.

Amy Casaletto

Amy Casaletto

She’s a Jill-of-all-trades, Potterhead, Whovian & baker extraordinaire. Mother of fur babies, obsessed with pumpkin spice & a total candy addict.

    amycasa has 52 posts and counting.See all posts by amycasa