Welcome to the 2022 Food & Wine Festival
On July 14th, the 2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival opened. This event will run through November 19th, giving you more than four months to attend. What will you find at this year’s event?
About the 2022 Event
Look, I don’t need to tell you about the last two years of chaos. Disney has done what it can during impossible circumstances. Two years ago (almost to the day), all four Walt Disney World theme parks reopened.
When EPCOT returned, it included a weird hybrid of Food & Wine and the Flower & Garden Festival. Disney hadn’t wanted to take down the decorations from the previous event.
Last year, a fuller-formed version of Food & Wine arrived, but it still lacked many of the amenities we’ve come to expect. Also, we were all still wearing facemasks.
In short, the last two years of Food & Wine came with giant asterisks. The 2022 version will be much different.
We’ve effectively rolled back the clock to 2019, the year before anyone knew what COVID was.
So, Food & Wine won’t seem odd or disjointed for the first time in three years. Instead, this is the real deal once more.
We will all use the past two festivals as stories to tell our grandchildren and otherwise try to forget they happened.
Global Marketplaces in 2022
In the unlikely event that you’re new to Disney, you can think of Food & Wine as the signature festival on the EPCOT calendar. It’s the one with the most name recognition.
Each year, Disney hosts roughly 30 pop-up food booths called Global Marketplaces.
At these locations, you can treat yourself to delicacies from around the world. Park officials embrace the spirit of the World Showcase by selling many international dishes. These food booths open at 11 a.m. daily (as a rule), and you will need EPCOT admission to enjoy them. You’ll also need either an EPCOT Park Pass or Park Hopper ability.
This Year’s Booths
Here’s the complete list of the 2022 Global Marketplaces, along with Disney’s brief descriptions:
- The Alps (Near Germany) — Indulge in comforting Alpine cuisine, along with crisp wines and beers.
- Australia (Near Port of Entry) — Embark on a culinary journey Down Under as you sample popular Australian food and wine.
- Appleseed Orchard (Canada) — Celebrate autumn with tasty apple creations—like an apple tart or apple cider.
- Belgium (Between France and Morocco) — Satisfy your senses with classic Belgian cuisine paired with a bold Belgian beer.
- Brazil (Between France and Morocco) — Dig into South American cuisine and culture with the Land of the Palms’ finest fare.
- Brew-Wing at the Odyssey — Try a variety of flavorful chicken wings—along with assorted beers and ciders.
- Canada — Discover delightful dishes and refreshing beverages from the Great White North.
- China — Please your palate with popular Chinese plates, bubble tea, draft beer and cocktails.
- Earth Eats hosted by Impossible™ (Near Port of Entry) — Delight in hearty, plant-based fare featuring Impossible foods, as well as wine or a refreshing cocktail.
- Flavors from Fire (Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet®) — Enjoy heartwarming dishes inspired by campfire-cooked summertime favorites.
- France — Fall in love with the classic cuisine of France—along with assorted wines or a slushy cocktail.
- The Fry Basket (Near Test Track presented by Chevrolet®) – NEW! — Snack on crispy French fries or yucca fries, seasoned to perfection.
- Germany — Venture to Germany for Bavarian bites sure to sate foodies of all ages—every dish is köstlich!
- Greece (Near Morocco) — Opa! Enjoy traditional Greek dishes as you sip on a dry wine.
- Hops & Barley (American Adventure)
- Stay stateside for all-American craft beer, wines and the hottest tastes from coast to coast.
- India (Near China) — Spice up your life with Indian cuisine that will transport your palate to a faraway land.
- Ireland (Near the United Kingdom) — Enjoy favorite dishes from the Emerald Isle—which pair wonderfully with Irish ale and mead honey wine.
- Italy — Relish the simple elegance of cucina italiana, with some of the world’s best-loved food and wine.
- Japan — Delight your appetite with delish dishes and lively libations from the Land of the Rising Sun.
- Kenya (Near Refreshment Outpost) — Set off on a safari of flavor as you enjoy traditional Kenyan food and beer.
- Mexico — Take your taste buds south of the border for tacos, tostadas, Mexican craft beer and margaritas.
- Shimmering Sips hosted by CORKCICLE® (Near Port of Entry) — Get the brunch party started! Sample sweet treats and sip on sparkling mimosas.
- Spain (Between Italy and Germany) — Feast on flavorful Spanish foods—like paella and charcuterie—along with beer and wine.
- The Swanky Saucy Swine (Near Disney Traders) — Try out tantalizing pork dishes that pair well with wine and cocktails.
- Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina (Morocco) — Treat your senses to traditional Moroccan cuisine, like grilled kebabs and a falafel pita.
On August 15th, EPCOT will unveil four more booths
- Coastal Eats (Near Mission: SPACE®) — Savor succulent seafood dishes that pair beautifully with cold beer, wine and cocktails.
- Hawaiʻi (Near Port of Entry) — Traverse the Pacific for tropical flavors and island favorites both savory and sweet.
- Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE®) — Discover macaroni-and-cheese combos your mom never imagined!
- The Noodle Exchange (Near Disney Traders) — Savor the flavors of the Far East served up in delicious noodle dishes.
As an FYI, the perennial favorites each year are Earth Eats (vegan fare), Flavors from Fire (carnivore fare), France ( Germany (for beer…duh!), Greece (Griddled Cheese), Kenya (Beef Tenderloin), Mexico (margaritas and sangria), and Spain (Paella and charcuterie).
Also, Hawai’i is a must-do when it opens because of the Kahlua Pork Slider.
Paging Mr. Morrow has already sampled 35 different dishes. Here’s a video if you’re interested:
And here are our friends at Disney Dining trying some stuff:
Other Parts of Food & Wine
The festival’s name identifies that you’ll spend most of your time eating and drinking. However, you will find some other entertainment at the event.
Specifically, the Eat to the Beat Concert Series has returned. However, unlike the last two years, it features bands you know rather than Orlando local acts.
You’ve already missed Baha Men, but Swingers fans still have time to catch Big Bad Voodoo Daddy this week. You can read the complete list of acts here.
Most importantly, you should consider an Eat to the Beat dining package. It’ll guarantee you seats for the show at America Gardens Theatre. These concerts DO sell out.
Here are the participating restaurants and their prices:
(ages 10 and up)
(ages 3 to 9)
|Coral Reef Restaurant|
The Living Seas
|Garden Grill Restaurant|
The Land Pavilion
|Le Cellier Steakhouse|
|Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue|
(same-day dining packages only)
American Adventure Pavilion
|Spice Road Table|
(same-day dining packages only)
I’d strongly suggest Le Cellier or Garden Grill at these prices since they cost about that much per person anyway.
PS: Track down the Remy Spork if you can find it! That’s my favorite piece of merchandise at this year’s event.