Avoid These Mistakes at the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2022

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The 2022 International Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT dates are July 14, 2022 all the way to November 19, 2022!  That's four months of your chance to eat and drink your way around the world. To make the most of your Disney dollars, you'll want to avoid some common mistakes.

Appetizer-sized food samples, wine tastings, beer flights, and specialty cocktails await! Plus there are concerts, a scavenger hunt, special festival merchandise and more.

Here's our strategy to conquer the 2022 Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT.

  • Make a park pass reservation
  • Plan your meals, snacks, and drinks
  • Set a budget
  • Go on a weekday
  • Bring a tray
  • View the concert schedule ahead of time
  • Bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated
  • Take breaks and slow down

When to visit EPCOT…

Before you do anything, you've got to make a park pass reservation. You can't go inside a Walt Disney World theme park without a park pass reservation. Sadly this is a common mistake people make and show up at the gate without one. You will not be let into EPCOT, or any Disney theme park, without booking a park pass reservation.

Weekends are very crowded and busy during the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2022, so try to go on a weekday if you can, or even just in the evening on a weekday.

View of Monorail and Spaceship Earth at EPCOT

Plan your 2022 Food and Wine Festival Eats and Drinks

Since the festival just kicked off we'll need a little time to try it all so we can guide you on the best eats and drinks. Besides quality, we want to help you decide which items are the best value.

You can browse the full menu from Disney Parks.

The following booths do not open until August 15:

  • Hawaii
  • The Noodle Exchange
  • Coastal Eats
  • Mac & Eats

A common mistake couples make is just showing up without a plan on what they're going to order. This leads to overspending and sometimes ordering a few things that don't really satisfy.

To help you plan, here are our Favorite 15 Eats and Drinks at EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2022We selected these items based on them being sharable and fun for couples.

3 different flavors of french fries in The Fry Flight at The Fry Basket - Dani Meyering
The Fry Flight at The Fry Basket – Dani Meyering

The Fry Basket near Test Track has 3 gourmet french fry baskets that come as a flight. This booth sold out by the late evening of opening day this year.

We'll be visiting the 2022 Food and Wine Festival many times throughout its duration. After our first visit, we would suggest skipping the Corned Beef dish at the Flavors from Fire booth (near Test Track). We found it to be overly salted and although it is only $5.50 it didn't impress us.

Additionally, the Swine Brine cocktail is very different with flavors of apple cider vinegar and Jim Bean Bourbon. This drink is garnished with a pig wing – which surprised us – and although it's been in the festival before, it's still a pass for us.

Corned Beef with Swine Brine Cocktail at 2022 Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Flavor from Fire booth in the background
Corned Beef with Swine Brine Cocktail at 2022 Epcot Food and Wine Festival – Dani Meyering

Set a 2022 Food and Wine Festival Budget

The amount of things to eat and drink at the 2022 Food and Wine Festival is quite overwhelming. It would be impossible to try it all, and it will quickly add up.

Do not make the mistake of just going for it. Instead, plan ahead and determined a rough budget of what you will allow yourself to spend. $50 per person is about the bare minimum you can get away with, while $75 per person is about average.

If you're going to want to enjoy some beer, wine, or cocktails to go with those delicious eats then you may be looking at closer to $125 per person.

  • Food samples range from $5 – $10 on average, per plate
  • Wine samples range from $7 – $10
  • Beer samples range from $6 – $9
  • Cocktails and specialty drinks $9 – $13

Sharing is caring – When you stop at a Food and Wine Festival Booth decide if you really need to order each item, or are there 1-2 stand-out items you'd be willing to share together. You'll save some money, and save some room for the rest of the festival.

Besides, half the fun of the 2022 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival is the social aspect. And when you split and share items you can have fun discussing what you love, or not, about each item.

Pro-tip: If you go as a group, bring a tray. Tables can be hard to come by so a tray can help you carry all the items you ordered. And, if you can't find a table the tray will make it easy to eat off of as you crowd around whatever surface you can find.

View the 2022 Food and Wine Festival Menus. And, check out our Favorite 15 Eats and Drinks at EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2022.

2022 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Entrance with Ratatouille themed signs and decorations and Spaceship Earth in the background
2022 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Entrance – Dani Meyering

Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule

To complement all of these gastronomical delights, EPCOT also features the “Eat to the Beat” concert series with a lineup of classic rock and more. Some performers may not be ones that you feel are worth grabbing a seat for, so be sure to view the Eat to the Beat concert schedule.

The bigger names are saved for the busier nights and weekends.

  • Baha Men
    July 14 and 15
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
    July 16 to 18
  • Tonic – NEW!
    July 22 and 23
  • Jeremy Camp – NEW!
    July 24 and 25
  • Taylor Dayne
    July 29 and 30
  • Tiffany
    July 31 and August 1
  • Joey Fatone & Friends
    August 5 to 8
  • The Devon Allman Project
    August 12 and 13
  • Christopher Cross
    August 14 and 15
  • Journey Former Lead Vocalist Steve Augeri
    August 19 and 20
  • Air Supply
    August 21 and 22
  • Blanco Brown – NEW!
    August 26 and 27
  • 98°
    August 28 and 29
  • Southern Avenue
    September 2 and 3
  • Kris Allen & David Cook
    September 4 and 5
  • Hoobastank – NEW!
    September 9 and 10
  • Jimmie Allen
    September 11 and 12
  • Los Amigos Invisibles – NEW!
    September 16 and 17
  • American Authors
    September 18 and 19
  • BBMAK
    September 23 and 24
  • Postmodern Jukebox
    September 25 and 26
  • Stokley – NEW!
    September 30 and October 1
  • Shelia E.
    October 2 and 3
  • Mark Wills
    October 7 and 8
  • 38 Special
    October 9 and 10
  • Robert Randolph Band 
    October 14 and 15
  • Newsboys – NEW!
    October 16 and 17
  • Ray Parker Jr. – NEW!
    October 21 and 22
  • Billy Ocean
    October 23 and 24
  • Hanson
    October 28 to 31
  • Boyz II Men
    November 4 to 7
  • Kenny G
    November 11 and 12
  • Sugar Ray
    November 13 and 14

Then Tuesday to Thursnight nights local and Florida bands take the stage:

  • C’Nergy
    July 19 to 21
  • Country Airwaves
    July 26 to 28
  • Element
    August 2 to 4
  • Latin Ambition
    August 9 to 11
  • Epic
    August 16 to 18
  • Evolution: Motown
    August 23 to 25
  • M-80s
    August 30 to September 1
  • The Vybe
    September 6 to 8
  • Foreigners Journey
    September 13 to 15
  • SMB “The Female Collective”
    September 20 to 22
  • Epic
    September 27 to 29
  • Latin Ambition
    October 4 to 6
  • The Vybe
    October 11 to 13
  • 506 Crew (Reggae)
    October 18 to 20
  • M-80s
    October 25 to 27
  • Country Airwaves
    November 1 to 3
  • Foreigners Journey
    November 8 to 10

More tips…

Stick around for the EPCOT fireworks show that explodes over World Showcase Lagoon each evening. It's incredible. Or, you can plan a date night by viewing Disney fireworks outside of the parks.

Most important of all, hydrate! The EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2022 is longer than ever before and starts in July when it is super hot and humid. Please take care of your health and safety by hydrating a lot. Bring a refillable water bottle. You can get free water at any Disney quick service restaurant and there is a water bottle refill station near the center of the park, at the World Showcase rose garden restrooms.

It is going to be super busy this year, so pack your patience and take lots of breaks.

Feature image provided by Walt Disney World
Updated July 2022 by Dani Meyering


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