Walt Disney World has released the Global Marketplace lineup for the 2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, with booths opening in two phases. This preview offers a full list of new and returning food booths, followed by my “old man yells at cloud” commentary.
As a reminder, the 2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World runs from July 14 through November 19, 2022 for a grand total of 129 days. The Global Marketplaces will span six continents and be located throughout the World Showcase pavilions and spill into Future World, with the booths open most of each operating day.
One unsurprising detail is that many of the Global Marketplaces will not debut at the start of the event on July 14, 2022. This is exactly what happened last year, with the event starting in summer but kicking into high gear on October 1 with the start of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary. The phases are different this year, and not nearly as pronounced.
Although unrelated to the full list of Global Marketplace booths, Walt Disney World has also announced some of the entertainment and other offerings that’ll return for the 2022 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival. Namely, the Eat to the Beat Concert Series (and dining packages for that) are back.
Cheese lovers will want to check out Emile’s Fromage Montage, where you can sample a variety of delicious cheeses served in inventive ways. Purchase any five cheese dishes listed in the Festival Passport and collect a stamp for each cheese dish purchased. Once you’ve collected all five stamps, bring the stamped Festival Passport to Shimmering Sips for a specialty souvenir.
Below are two lists of the Global Marketplaces from DisneyWorld.com. The first list has no opening dates, and are presumably debuting with the event on July 14, 2022. However, that’s an assumption at this point. It’s always possible Walt Disney World will stagger the openings of other booths, based booth on staffing realities and demand.
The second phase of booths all opens on August 15, 2022. This is actually a somewhat curious choice, as mid-August tends to be when summer vacation season slows down with schools starting to go back into session. Not that I’m complaining–I just would’ve expected the second phase of booths to debut in late September!
While this appears to be relatively final based upon the number of booths, we are personally hoping that’s not the case. Some of our favorite options from the “Culinary Corridor” (e.g. Cheese Studio, Wine & Dine Studio, Chocolate Studio) went on hiatus last year, and are once again conspicuously absent.
With that said, the various EPCOT festivals are all about trying different things and discovering new favorite dishes. There are many promising options on this list that we’re extremely excited to give a try!
More commentary follows the lists of Global Marketplaces…
First Phase of Global Marketplaces
Indulge in comforting Alpine cuisine, like warm Raclette Swiss cheese served with a baguette.
Embark on a culinary journey Down Under as you sample popular Australian food and wine.
Celebrate autumn with tasty apple creations—like an apple tart or apple cider.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a fluffy Belgian waffle—and pair it with a bold Belgian beer.
Dig into South American cuisine and culture with the Land of the Palms’ finest fare.
Discover delightful dishes and refreshing beverages from the Great White North.
Please your palate with popular Chinese plates, bubble tea, draft beer and cocktails.
Earth Eats hosted by Impossible
Delight in hearty, plant-based fare featuring Impossible foods, as well as wine or a refreshing cocktail.
Flavors from Fire
Enjoy heartwarming dishes inspired by campfire-cooked summertime favorites.
Fall in love with the classic cuisine of France—along with assorted wines or a slushy cocktail.
The Fry Basket – NEW!
Snack on crispy French fries or yucca fries, seasoned to perfection.
Venture to Germany for Bavarian bites sure to sate foodies of all ages—every dish is köstlich!
Greece Opa! Enjoy traditional Greek dishes like spanakopita or a gyro.
Hops & Barley
Stay stateside for all-American craft beer, wines and the hottest tastes from coast to coast.
Spice up your life with Indian cuisine, like samosas and chicken tikka masala.
Enjoy favorites from the Emerald Isle, like Irish sausage and seafood pie—which pair wonderfully with Irish ale and mead honey wine.
Relish the simple elegance of cucina italiana, with some of the world’s best-loved food and wine.
Delight your appetite with delish dishes and lively libations from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Set off on a safari of flavor as you enjoy traditional Kenyan food and beer.
Take your taste buds south of the border for tacos, tostadas, Mexican craft beer and margaritas.
Get the brunch party started! Sample sweet treats and sip on sparkling mimosas.
Feast on flavorful Spanish foods—like paella and charcuterie—along with beer and wine.
The Swanky Saucy Swine
Try out tantalizing pork dishes that pair well with wine and cocktails.
Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
Treat your senses to traditional Moroccan cuisine, like grilled kebabs and a falafel pita.
Second Phase of Global Marketplaces
Brew-Wing at the Odyssey – Opening August 15, 2022
Try a variety of flavorful chicken wings—along with assorted beers and ciders.
Coastal Eats – Opening August 15, 2022
Savor succulent seafood dishes that pair beautifully with cold beer, wine and cocktails.
Hawaiʻi – Opening August 15, 2022
Traverse the Pacific for tropical flavors and island favorites both savory and sweet.
Mac & Eats – Opening August 15, 2022
Discover macaroni-and-cheese combos your mom never imagined!
The Noodle Exchange – Opening August 15, 2022
Savor the flavors of the Far East served up in delicious noodle dishes.
In terms of commentary, I’ve gotta admit that I’m underwhelmed. Honestly, I feel a little silly complaining about this, as there have been far more major grievances and legitimate complaints.
This is relatively insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Yet, that’s also why I’m fine voicing this–it doesn’t really matter and isn’t going to result in anyone cancelling trips–as a little “low stakes” critiquing is a nice change of pace.
Over the last several years, I’ve noticed the new booths being added to the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival lineup are largely unambitious and unadventurous.
Don’t get me wrong, I love mac & cheese, but it becomes disappointing when virtually every addition is comfort food. This is supposed to be Walt Disney World’s flagship foodie event, and most new options in the last few years have been simple crowd-pleasers.
Even in looking at specific menus or dishes, many of the Global Marketplaces have shifted to simpler menus and items more suitable for social media (e.g. shock value, bright colors, odd ingredients). There’s less that’s actually ambitious or has much culinary merit.
Part of this is unsurprising. We’ve been saying for years that, ironically enough, Food & Wine Festival serves up EPCOT’s least envelope-pushing cuisine. It has become a victim of its own popularity, with booths going for simplicity due to a mix of demand (needing to churn things out quickly) or because they know there’s a built-in audience that’ll buy regardless.
To be abundantly clear, I’m no food snob–two of my favorite foods are ramen and burgers–and I love a lot of the specific new dishes that have been added to the menus at the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival in recent years.
In isolation, many of these are fantastic, fun dishes that are broadly appealing. I can understand why Walt Disney World has made menus more approachable. Disney is just giving guests what they want rather than challenging them, which is basically the EPCOT story at this point.
Yet, the totality of this is nevertheless disappointing. This is the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival. If guests want nothing but french fries, mac & cheese, chicken wings, and pizza–that’s totally fine, no judgment. But there’s no shortage of counter service restaurants at Walt Disney World that fit the bill for that standard theme park fare.
This flagship foodie event should strive to be something more–a place to try new and unique cuisine or an epicurean adventure, as cheesy as that might sound. I’m probably in the minority on this (that’s absolutely true in looking at lines for the various booths), so feel free to dismiss this as an “old man yells at cloud” rant. On the plus side, I am very happy to see Coastal Eats returning after a few year hiatus. Other than that, yawn.
What do you think of the Global Marketplace lineup for the 2022 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival? Any booths missing that disappoints you? Do you agree or disagree with my rant about this festival starting to feature too much unambitious and unadventurous cuisine? Excited about any of the new options? Thoughts on the festivities kicking off in two phases? Do you agree or disagree with our commentary? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!