COVID-19 may have derailed small pieces of the festivals at EPCOT like demonstrations and some performance events, nothing can stop that magical festive spirit. Some of the best times at EPCOT are during the many festivals they hold there throughout the year. From gorgeous shrubberies in the springtime to delectable goodies in the summer and fall, there is something for everyone.
Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival: Now – 11/22
Happening right now through the 22nd are the final days of the 25th annual Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival. It’s a mouthful for sure, but the name is nothing compared to the multitudinous goodies that await you. Over 20 signature, festival only marketplaces are in the park to scintillate your every tastebud.
Just because you can’t actually go around the world right now doesn’t mean you can’t pretend!
With nearly 150 different dishes and drinks, even the pickiest of eaters can find something to nosh. Will it be Canard Confit à l’Orange from France or perhaps Pão de Queijo from Brazil? How about Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz from the Western Cape of Africa to whet your whistle? Don’t forget something sweet to treat yourself after all that walking! Germany’s serving up an Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce, what could be more autumnal than apple desserts?
Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Holidays 11/27 – 12/30
Coming right on the heels of the Food and Wine Festival is the Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Holidays from November 27 – December 30. Embrace the chance to celebrate the holidays while learning about and engaging with traditions from all over the world without leaving the country.
Note: Due to health regulations, the candlelight processional at the holiday festival is canceled.
Take a holiday cookie stroll, a festival five-part scavenger hunt, and earn another cookie after you find all five locations! There are five cookie stroll stops around World Showcase where you can collect your sweets and stamp for your cookie passport. There are even festival cookie jars for purchase to keep those cookies safe.
When you’re done scavenging for cookies, be sure to go check out the Gingerbread Capital City at World Showplace. The gingerbread recreations of Washington D.C. landmarks were created especially for the festival by Disney chefs.
Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts 1/8 – 2/22
After the holiday season comes to an end, the festivals at EPCOT just keep coming. From January 8 – February 22, 2021, the Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts makes its way to World Showcase. This festival is a celebration of arts in all their forms: visual, culinary, and performance.
At the Disney Artist Festival Market, you can experience new artists in a variety of styles and take some art home with you. From one of a kind masterpieces to prints, there is art on display for all budgets and all Disney fandoms. There will also be galleries to visit, immersive artistic experiences to enjoy, and a chance to learn for yourself at the animation academy.
There are still a few months to go before the Festival of the Arts so, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a lot of information still up in the air about the events of the festival. Regardless, the festival will go on even if some events are shuttered in the future.
Even with parts of the festivals going dark this year, there are still plenty of ways to be festive at EPCOT. Whether your ideal day at World Showcase involves eating everything in sight, enjoying the artwork, or caroling all the way, you are sure to find that magic any time of year.
What changes should you expect at this year’s Oogie Boogie Bash?