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Big Change Coming to EPCOT Food & Wine Festival

EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2023
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On July 27, Walt Disney World’s International Food & Wine Festival will kick off at EPCOT. The popular event will last an incredible 15 weeks, and will feature nearly 30 food booths from around the world. Guests will be able to stroll around World Showcase Lagoon and taste a variety of dishes from countries like Ireland, India, Australia, Spain, Greece, Belgium, and so many more. There will also be a ton of fun events, like Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak, Emile’s Fromage Montage, and the Eat to the Beat Concert Series.

Disney food and wine festival 2023 dates

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The Eat to the Beat Concert Series happens several times per day throughout the entirety of the festival. The concerts are put on by classic bands — like 38 Special, Air Supply, Boyz II Men, and 98Β° — as well as local bands that Guests are sure to love. Each year, there are new bands added to the list, and this year, the Bacon Brothers were set to perform. The Bacon Brothers are a band featuring superstar Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael. They were set to perform at EPCOT on August 13 and 14.

Bacon Brothers EPCOT Food & wine

Credit: Bacon Brothers

Unfortunately, if you were hoping to head to EPCOT to catch one of the shows, we have some bad news for you. Disney has updated its Eat to the Beat Concert Series page, and the Bacon Brothers have been removed from the lineup. The site now reads that the performers for those dates are To Be Announced.

No Bacon Brothers Eat to the Beat Concert Series

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Neither Disney nor The Bacon Brothers have shared why the band had to pull out of its EPCOT shows. The brothers will be touring the country from the end of August through mid-November.

Eat to the Beat Concert Series Lineup

While The Bacon Brothers may no longer be performing at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, there are still a ton of great shows lined up for this year’s International Food & Wine Festival.

Here are the shows that will be happening:

  • July 28-29 – Orianthi (NEW)
  • July 30-31 – FOR KING + COUNTRY (NEW)
  • Aug. 4-5 – Southern Avenue
  • Aug. 6-7 – Tiffany
  • Aug. 11-12 – Ruben Studdard with Haley Reinhart
  • Aug. 13-14 – To Be Announced
  • Aug. 18-21 – Joey Fatone & Friends
  • Aug. 25-26 – Ayron Jones (NEW)
  • Aug. 27-28 – Phillip Phillips (NEW)
  • Sept. 1-2 – Baha Men
  • Sept. 3-4 – MercyMe
  • Sept. 8-9 – Ray Parker Jr.
  • Sept. 10-11 – TobyMac
  • Sept. 15 – Celebrity Latin Talent
  • Sept. 16 – Celebrity Latin Talent
  • Sept. 17-18 – Raul Acosta and Oro Solido (NEW)
  • Sept. 22-23 – Los Amigos Invisibles
  • Sept. 24-25 – 98 Β°
  • Sept. 29 – Oct. 2 – Boyz II Men
  • Oct. 6-7 – Mark Wills
  • Oct. 8-9 – Sugar Ray
  • Oct. 13-14 – Hoobastank
  • Oct. 15-16 – Air Supply
  • Oct. 20-21 – Taylor Dayne
  • Oct. 22-23 – Billy Ocean
  • Oct. 27-30 – Hanson
  • Nov. 3-4 – We The Kings (NEW)
  • Nov. 5-6 – Sheila E.
  • Nov. 10-11 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • Nov. 12-13 – 38 Special
EPCOT Eat to the Beat Concert Series

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If Guests would like to ensure a good spot for the concert of their choice, they can reserve a spot by booking an Eat to the Beat Dining Package. There are seven EPCOT restaurants participating in the Eat to the Beat Dining Package. Those restaurants are Akershus Royal Banquet in Norway, Biergarten Restaurant in Germany, Le Cellier in Canada, Regal Eagle Smokehouse in America, Rose and Crown Dining Room in the U.K., Spice Road Table in Morocco, Coral Reef Restaurant in the Living Seas Pavilion, and Garden Grill Restaurant in the Land Pavilion.

Garden Grill Restaurant EPCOT

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Valid theme park reservations are still required to visit EPCOT during the International Food & Wine Festival. However, there are no separate tickets required to enjoy the Food & Wine Festival or the Eat to the Beat Concert series.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

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