I’ve got four great reasons to make Epcot your first stop when you visit Walt Disney World in 2019. They all beging with F and end in L with a healthy dose of zomg along the way. The 2019 Epcot Festivals kicked off on January 18 and this year looks to be one of the best yet!
2019 Epcot Festivals- You Don’t Want to Miss These!
Sheepish confession: I once avoided Epcot at all costs. Other than the margarita stand, I wasn’t down with the whole vibe.
There simply wasn’t anything to do in my silly little eyes.
I know, I know, I was 1000% wrong and please forgive me!
Epcot has become my goto park in no small part thanks to all Epcot Festivals that run pretty much year round. The food, y’all, zomg the food!
Here’s a breakdown of the 2019 Epcot Festivals so you can mark your calendar for the next yummy adventure!
2019 Epcot Festival of the Arts
I’m hitting this up at the end of February- and cannot wait! This will be my first experience with the Epcot Festival of the Arts.
I consider this the sleeper of Epcot Festivals, in part because it is also the newest. This is the 3rd year for The Festival of the Arts in Epcot.
It happens right after the holiday rush and in a creative, artsy kinda way, just puts it’s awesome out there and hopes you enjoy it.
I’m down with that!
When is the Festival of the Arts?
The 2019 Festival of the Arts runs from January 18 to February 25, 2019.
Festival of the Arts Food Stations
There are 14 food studios at this year’s event.
- The Artist’s Table
- The Painter’s Palate
- Pop Eats!
- Cuisine Classique
- The Deconstructed Dish
- Decadent Delights
- The Masterpiece Kitchen
- El Artista Hambriento (The Hungry Artist)
- L’Arte di Mangiare — Italy
- Takumi Table — Japan
- The Painted Panda — China
- L’Art du Cuisine Francaise – France
- Mosaic Canteen – Morocco
- Taste Track — Future World
This annual celebration of visual, culinary and performing arts presents 39 fun-packed days showcasing art in many forms for everyone in the family. Food and drinks are created with artistic flair at more than 15 park destinations.
The festival’s creative menus feature everything from red wine-braised short ribs with parsnip puree at Cuisine Classique to vanilla, rose water and pistachio panna cotta at Masterpiece Kitchen. Kids of all ages will want to try the Pop’t Art modern-design sugar cookie and other delectable treats.
In 2019, the festival’s popular Disney on Broadway Concert Series will offer performances every day of the festival. The series presents musical performances from Disney on Broadway shows like “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast,” and special dining packages guarantee concert seats.
Interactive fun is around every corner. Guests can help paint a mural, pose for a memorable photo in the frame of an iconic piece of art, participate in a workshop, or take a break to watch performance artists in action.
2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
I’ve been to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival a few times, thanks to the Star Wars Rival Run weekend falling in the middle of it!
First, we run, then we eat & drink as we recover walk around the World Showcase. It’s the perfect way to celebrate any runDisney accomplishment.
What I love about this festival is simple: it’s GORGEOUS.
Spring in Orlando is practically perfect in every way and I highly recommend putting a stop at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival high on your list.
When is the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival?
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival opens on March 6 and runs through June 3, 2019.
Millions of spring blossoms will transform Epcot into a wonderful world of brilliant color during this 90-day celebration of flowers, topiaries, themed food, libations, and music. Now in its 26th year, the festival continues to offer fresh experiences.
A new Bo Peep and her Sheep topiary from Disney•Pixar’s upcoming “Toy Story 4” will greet guests at the festival’s new Family Play Zone. Featured gardens will focus on butterflies, bamboo and Shakespeare’s metaphoric plants, while more than 70 Disney-themed topiaries – from Snow White to Daisy Duck – dot the landscape.
New Outdoor Kitchens with their own herb and veggie gardens will debut this year with creative bites and beverages.
The Garden Rocks Concert Series expands this year to every day of the festival, offering new and returning acts spanning multiple genres. With three performances daily, that’s 270 concerts over the course of the festival – more than ever before!
Returning favorites like The Spinners and Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone will be joined by artists new to the festival like TobyMac, Steven Curtis Chapman and Colin Hay of Men at Work.
2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
The Epcot Festival that really hits it out of the park every year is the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
I’ve been to this one every year for the past 6 years and still don’t think I’ve tried everything, though there’s always this year to try to change that!
This year is the 24th year for this festival and each year it gets better and better.
When is the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival?
The Epcot Food & Wine Festival typically begins near the end of August and runs through the first 2 weeks in November.
Disney guests can get their gourmet groove on during this iconic culinary dine-around that will run late summer to November in 2019.
More than 30 Festival Marketplaces will offer tempting tastes and sips throughout Epcot. During the festival, the Eat to the Beat Concert Series presents a diverse collection of hitmakers from pop to country to R&B and more. Concert seating is guaranteed for guests who book Eat to the Beat Dining Packages.
Guests can also discover new savory and sweet treats by making reservations for the festival’s beverage seminars and specialty dining and pairing events.
2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
I keep missing this one- and that’s something that just needs to change!
The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays looks like a winter holiday lover’s dream. I mean, Holiday Cookie Stroll? Yes, please!
The music, I think, would be especially important for this Epcot festival.
The annual yuletide extravaganza at Epcot celebrates holiday traditions of World Showcase cultures with live musical productions, spirited storytellers, seasonal lights and décor, delicious holiday treats and more. The beloved, long-running Candlelight Processional invites guests to experience the story of Christmas narrated by a celebrity host to the cherished Christmas music performed by a professional orchestra and full choir. Dining packages offer guaranteed Candlelight seating.
Disney chefs create treasured seasonal dishes to keep palates merry at Holiday Kitchen kiosks surrounding the World Showcase Lagoon. From savories to sweets, from children’s drinks to adult libations, there’s something on the holiday menu for everyone.
Sounds like a year full of fun at the 2019 Epcot Festivals! Which ones are you planning to hit up this year?
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Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)