Details and dates for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2010

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The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2010 will mark its 15th year at Walt Disney World, running this year from Oct. 1 through Nov. 14.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Delicious Discoveries.” During the six-week festival, guests will find two new tasting marketplaces: Belgium and South Korea. New menu offerings will be available at several returning marketplaces including Singapore, Argentina, Chile, Poland, South Africa, Australia, U.S.A., and Spain.

This year’s celebrity chef appearances include Cat Cora (Kouzzina, Food Network’s “Iron Chef America”), Robert Irvine (Food Network’s “Dinner: Impossible”) Warren Brown, Todd English, Gale Gand, Art Smith, and Andrew Zimmern.

A Marketplace Discovery Passport will be available this year, allowing guests eating around the World Showcase to keep track of what they’ve sampled by getting a stamp at each international marketplace visited.

New events this year that include 3-D Disney’s Dessert Discovery and a festival preview night, First Bites Opening Reception, on Sept. 30.

Update: Here are a few more details about these two new events for 2010. The First Bites preview night costs $195 plus tax and theme park admission and will be held in the Festival Welcome Center. It’s essentially the entire Food and Wine Festival condensed into one evening, including food, wine, and a look at the upcoming seminars, demos, celebrities and entertainment. The 3-D Disney’s Dessert Discovery will take place each Friday during the festival and is essentially a nighttime dessert party that includes VIP viewing for the nightly Epcot IllumiNations fireworks show. Tickets are $45 plus park admission.

Also included as part of the festival are the usual annual assortment of daily wine seminars, bottle signings, author events and culinary demonstrations at the Festival Welcome Center, plus the Eat to the Beat! concert series three times nightly at America Gardens Theatre. Appearing for the first time on the Eat to the Beat! stage are: Sugar Ray, Air Supply, Howard Jones, 38 Special, Roger Hodgson (formerly of Supertramp,) Hanson and Rick Springfield. Kicking off the festival Oct. 1 – 3 is Taylor Dayne, and wrapping the event Nov. 12 – 14 is Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Not quite part of the festival but opening in time for it are two new Epcot restaurants: Via Napoli at the Italy pavilion and La Hacienda de San Angel at the Mexico pavilion.

Access to the International Food and Wine Festival marketplaces are included with Epcot park admission, but individual small food plate prices range from $3 to $8.

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is one of my favorite annual events at any Orlando theme park both due to the variety of food and the consistency in quality and I personally look forward to digging in once again this year.


  1. Debbie

    Not a wonderfully relevant question but… Are the beer glasses (shown above) available to buy all round the World Showcase, or are they in specific places, when you buy drinks?

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Great question. I have no answer though. 🙂 That photo was released by Disney. But I’ll keep an eye out for them when the time comes.

      1. Sarah

        Those glasses are available during the F&W festival 🙂 They’re tall and plastic, but very cool and great a collector 🙂

        1. Debbie

          Thanks Ricky and Sarah, I will definitely have to look out for them when I am there.

  2. Any chance they soft open earlier than Oct 1st?

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Generally, one day before opening is a “cast preview” day – but guests can also take part in it. This year things seem a little different, as the information above includes something new: “First Bites Opening Reception on Sept. 30.” I have asked for more information about this and will update this article if/when I receive it.

      1. kyle

        thanks ricky!

      2. Diane Wishere

        According to the information we got at the D23 Flowers & Fireworks event the First Bites event will be the “preview event” and is a separate ticketed event as you mentioned above.

  3. Do you know if the 3-D Disney’s Dessert Discovery, is a ticketed event that will have to be purchased before hand? Or is it a walk up type thing?

    Many thanks for the fast information and hard work you put in to this site, I love it!

    1. Ricky Brigante

      I asked about that as well, as this was the first I had heard of it. I will update this article if/when I get a reply from Disney.

    2. Ricky Brigante

      I’ve updated the post to include more details about this event.

  4. heartsong62

    When is comes to a great way to spend your time, a Roger Hodgson concert is a great choice. From the minute he walks onto the stage with fellow musician Aaron McDonald, a gentle, loving presence is felt. He sings to the sea of faces before him, pouring his heart into each performance. As a solo act, he leaves nothing to desire. His show are presented with integrity and dignity.

  5. Dale Marie Goldman

    My husband and I will be at WDW from 11/7-11/11 and first time attending the Food & Wine Festival and we can’t wait! Love the collectible glasses – I’m sure I’ll be “collecting” lots of memorabilia!

  6. jasmine h

    When is the date and time where cast can bring 3 people at no cost to the food and wine fest??

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