Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Special Events

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Food & Wine Festival Special Dining Experiences and More:

I am so excited for the Food and Wine Festival as it is my favorite time of year to visit! If you have been to the festival, then you know this event is incredible. I remember when it first started and was held at The Walt Disney World Village. I have watched it grow and am very excited for each year as it continues to expand. The food is mouth watering and the adult beverage samplings are the BEST. I am already looking forward to this year’s selection of WDW Food & Wine gift cards to purchase and use for the festival. This is the best way to go, in my opinion.
The Food and Wine Festival also hosts special events throughout the festival that are once-in-a-lifetime experiences, from an incredible dessert discovery to culinary adventures in dining. Listed below are the special events that are offered. Each event has a separate cost and time. The times and prices haven’t been announced, but you can book any of these events starting August 15th and Love the Mouse Travel will gladly assist you. We will update everyone on times and prices, once they are released. So, without further delay,

Here are the events:

WDW Dads “Around the World” Meet (theme park admission required)

This is a chance to meet other dads and families that share a love for WDW. This is the first year for the event and it will be incredible. Enjoy an evening of socializing and exploring the Food & Wine festival.

Where: Starting at Mexico
When: October 4th,  p.m. – midnight
Price: Free to attend…more details to follow on this site. Ask about room discounts!!

First Bites Opening Reception (theme park admission required)
An opening reception in the Festival Welcome Center featuring samplings from the International Marketplaces, Wine Seminars, Culinary Demonstrations, merchandise locations, celebrities and entertainment. This is a GREAT chance for anyone that loves to be first to get to sample the festival before it begins and before anyone else, besides the others attending this event.

Where: Festival Welcome Center
When: Thursday, September 29, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Price: TBA

“3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery (theme park admission required)
During the Festival, Friday evenings become truly delicious with a variety of desserts and samplings of cordials certain to please any sweet tooth. Afterwards enjoy V.I.P. viewing for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

Where: World ShowPlace Pavilion
When: Fridays from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11)
Price: TBA

Taste, Shake, and Indulge Like the French (theme park admission required)
Hosted by Grand Marnier

At this event, Grand Marnier offers the unique experience to taste its range of exceptional Cognac based liqueurs. Following the tasting, become your own mixologist and learn how to muddle and shake like a pro, and later indulge in the famous Crepes Suzette and Soufflés Glacés au Grand Marnier made by the Chefs of Bistro de Paris. This is right up my wife’s alley.

Where: Bistro de Paris, France Pavilion at Epcot
When: Saturdays from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. (10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5)
Price: TBA

Food and Wine Pairings (theme park admission required)
These afternoon sessions are great opportunities to discover a marriage of three regional wines with three tasting-size portions of regional cuisines from select Epcot restaurants. A wine representative will moderate each session and these will vary according to location. Featured wines and menu selections will change daily. I have done this event twice and loved it. It is an excellent chance to sample wines you wouldn’t normally try.

Where: TBA
When: Monday & Tuesdays (Exact dates and times TBA)
Price: TBA

Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining (theme park admission NOT required)
A highly acclaimed chef collaborates with the resident chef of a top Disney restaurant to create a truly magical and memorable meal. A representative from one or more hosting wineries will present accompanying wines for each dinner. In the past a few of the chefs have been Todd English, Jose Camay, & Cat Cora. It is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Where: TBA
When: October 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 27, 30; November 1, 2, 3, 7, 10 (Times TBA)
Price: TBA

Sweet Sundays (theme park admission required)
Hosted by Martini & Rossi

A highly acclaimed pastry chef or baker will demonstrate three signature desserts, which will be served throughout the demonstration. A welcome breakfast buffet, including sparkling wines, is served.

Where: Festival Welcome Center
When: Sundays from 10 a.m. – noon (10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13)
Price: TBA

Kitchen Memories (theme park admission required)

This three-course lunch celebrates the joys of preparing a meal with family and friends. The hosts will demonstrate how to prepare an appetizer, main course and dessert. And of course, a notable winery representative will pair each course with a selection of their wines.

Where: Festival Welcome Center
When: September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 11 (Times TBA)

Price: TBA

Epcot Wine Schools (theme park admission required)
Enjoy this fabulous, comprehensive program facilitated by a prestigious wine authority. This afternoon session engages the flavors and traditions of distinctive wine cultures, teaches how to taste several regional wines, and concludes with a celebratory reception and certificate of completion. What a way to impress your friends with a certificate from a wine school!

Where: Wonders Retreat
When: October 9, 16, 23, 30; November 5, 12 (Times TBA)
Price: TBA

Cheese Seminars (theme park admission required)
This is an exceptional opportunity to learn more about cheese from the expert “fromagers”. In addition, the featured cheese to be tasted will be paired with selected wines or beverages, introduced by a beverage representative.

Where: Festival Welcome Center
When: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12 (Times TBA)
Price: TBA

Mexico Tequila Tasting (theme park admission required)

Come taste authentic Mexican Tequila and learn about the history and traditions around its production from a true Tequila Master. This unique location offers appetizer samplings of ceviche and tostada as guests embark on their tequila flight. I am really looking for this event!

Where: La Cava del Tequila, Mexico Pavilion at Epcot
When: TBA
Price: TBA

Party For The Senses (theme park admission required)
Start the night off with a reserved seat at the Eat to the Beat concert series at the American Gardens Theatre. Following the show, you head over to World ShowPlace and a sensational evening where you may wander among tempting tasting stations. Wine View Lounge is an exclusive area within Party for the Senses. This upgraded experience includes a private reserved table, entrance into World ShowPlace 15 minutes before general admission, premium bar, an artisanal cheese station, and more. I am DYING to attend this event. But it doesn’t fit in our vacation plans this year……always next year!!!

Where: World ShowPlace Pavilion
When: Saturdays from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 11/5, 11/12)
Price: TBA

As you can see, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is more then just walking around World Showcase and enjoying the offerings from each country. It is truly a culinary delight and event. When you attend just once, you will be hooked. And don’t forget the Eat to the Beat Concert series in the American Garden Theater which is free. See everyone at the WDW Dads meet and here is too a Great 2011 Food & Wine Festival. Cheers!

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