The 2022 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has officially kicked off. And if you plan to go out there any time soon, be sure to prepare yourself for excessive heat or you might kick off too.
EIF&WF used to be the park’s only big event before Epcot became a place for year-round festivalness. But it’s still the longest, running this year from July 14 through Nov. 19.
The food and wine fest still isn’t back to its pre-Covid self – who is? There will not be any tastings hosted by visiting winemakers nor special luncheons or wine dinners. And, saddest of all, no Parties for the Senses.
But the Global Marketplaces, those elaborate kitchen kiosks set up around the World Showcase, will be in full swing. Well, partial swing – some of the marketplaces won’t open until Aug. 15. You can see the full list of food and drink options and when they’ll be open here.
Also back this year, the Eat to the Beat concert series. Or more precisely, Eat to the Beat presented by Florida Blue Medicare, as noted in the screenshot above from the Festival’s webpage that shows two not-quite-Medicare-aged men apparently telling their son a Ron DeSantis joke.
There are also Eat to the Beat dining packages on select nights. Certain Epcot restaurants will offer multi-course menus, and diners receive a guaranteed seat at that night’s concert. So technically you won’t eat to the beat; you’ll eat then go to Eat to the Beat. Is that clear?
Of course, this all requires admission to the theme park, and, according to the website, a theme park reservation is also required. And food and beverages are sold separately at the various marketplaces.
As for me, I hope to get out to experience the festival, but I think I’ll wait until the temperatures cool down. I’m thinking Nov. 18.