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2009 Food and Wine Festival Seminars and Demonstrations

Epcot Food and Wine Festival
These are low-cost (or FREE!) with Epcot Admission. Again, from Disneyworld.com:

Book the $8 events in advance at the Disney F&W Festival Registration Page

Authentic Taste Seminars
Each of these 30-minute seminars celebrates the origins, properties and history of some of the world’s purest ingredients. Enjoy a lively and informative presentation by subject authorities.
Friday — Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Price: Included with Epcot admission.

Authors without Borders
Listen to renowned authors from the food and wine industries speak about popular topics in these informative and enlightening 30-minute conversations.
Friday — Sunday at 12:00 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Price: Included with Epcot admission.

Wine & Beverage Seminars
A 45-minute seminar allows you to meet the featured winery principal, learn a few useful wine tips and sample the specially selected vintages or beverages.
Daily 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Price: $8.00 per person, tax included. Theme Park Admission is required.

Daily Culinary Demonstrations
Learn from the pros at these 45-minute culinary sessions. Meet the featured chef and wine presenter, pick up cooking tips and best of all, taste the demonstrated dish and wine pairing!
Daily: 1:00p.m., 2:45 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
Price: $8.00 per person, tax included. Theme Park Admission is required.

History of Beer in America
Learn the history of beer in the New World and the awesome art and science behind brewing the beverage. This seminar is hosted by the Boston Beer Company, brewers of Samuel Adams Beer®.
Daily seminars at 11:50 a.m., 12:35 p.m., 2:05 p.m., 3:35 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 6:05 p.m. in the Epcot American Adventure Pavilion.
Price: Included with Epcot admission.

Taste of Puglia — Hosted by Taste of Puglia Comune di Andria-Qoco
Puglian chefs and wine experts bring the regional flair and flavors of southern Italy to the Festival. On the Promenade, learn about the history of olive oil and pasta from epicureans, observe traditional techniques used in preparing gourmet Puglian foods and have the opportunity to purchase food products native to the region. Specialty programming that celebrates the flavors and products of Puglia will also be available.
Seminars Daily in the Epcot Italy Pavilion.
Price: Included with Epcot admission.

For more information about the Food and Wine Festival and links to ALL of the festival offerings, click here!

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10 Comments

  1. Anna says:

    Thanks for the links! I wonder when they’re going to announce which pros & chefs. At least we know the musical acts. We’ll be there for Jon Secada & Sister Sledge.

  2. admin says:

    Hi Anna! They have released the pros and chefs — you can find them on the special events post here: http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2009/07/22/2009-epcot-food-wine-festival/

    Also, the Disney World website lists all of the sponsors of the event — another fun piece of info!

  3. Tasty Chomps says:

    what do you recommend to do while there? i am thinking on going one of the days maybe october 26 for the concert woot woot

  4. admin says:

    TC — I suggest you go to the festival while you’re hungry! Wander around the kiosks in the World Showcase and try a few items (menus here: http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2009/07/22/epcot-food-and-wine-festival-kiosk-countries-and-menus/), schedule time in your day for a few of the free seminars and demonstrations, and watch those free concerts!!

  5. James says:

    Am I reading this correctly? They are now charging for the wine seminars? I have been twice and they never charged before (always free). Is this something new?

  6. admin says:

    James,

    Yep — looks like it’s about $8 per seminar. You don’t get much for free at Disney, so it’s a bummer that they’ve added a cost to this one. Have you been? Are they enjoyable? Any suggestions?

    –AJ

  7. James says:

    We had the opportunity to attend two free seminars (over 2 different years). The seminars are really good.

    The first one we attended was for a Californian winery (Grgich Hills). The wines usually sell for $40+ per bottle (at least here in Toronto), so getting to try them for free was great. The seminar was led by a rep from the winery.

    The second seminar was for unoaked Chardonnay’s, which was also very good. It was lead by one of the Disney Sommeliers. Very educating.

    I wish we had done more during the festival. Especially now that they cost! Although, $8 is probably still a pretty good deal…..

  8. admin says:

    James — Thanks for the review! You’re right, I can’t ever do everything I’d like to during the festival. I wish I could be many places at once.

  9. Jean Miller says:

    $8.00 a person for a wine seminar which has previously been free will price many of us old-stand-bys right out of the market. When Disney announced a nominal fee for these tastings this year, I expected a dollar or two, not this. We are thinking about canceling our reservations. They have already priced us out of Party For The Senses.

  10. Shermonica P says:

    Does anyone know if you have to make reservations for the Daily Culinary Demonstrations? Thanks

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