2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations

The 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival seminars and demonstrations will surely be fantastic this year! These events are low in cost (or free!), and are held at the Festival Welcome Center in Epcot’s Future World (the old Wonders of Life Pavilion).

Booking will be available for most events on August 16th.

Discounted pricing is available for Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, and DVC members on seminars scheduled from Monday-Thursday. Members must call Disney Dining when booking to get the discount, and booking for all low-cost events opens on August 12th for these groups ONLY. Details are subject to change.


(Open daily 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)

Culinary Demonstrations

Price: $11 and $13 (TiW members, AP holders, DVC members pay $9 and $11 M-Th). Theme Park admission required.
When: daily: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

During these 45-minute culinary demos, guests will learn valuable tips from professional chefs and wine presenters. Chefs will create one of their own dishes in a show kitchen on stage. Enjoy taste-testing the finished dish and sipping the wine pairing!

See all 2011 Culinary Demos here!

For a peek at some of the dishes created at last year’s festival during the Culinary Demos, see this Yesterland link!

Keegan Gerhard during a 2010 Culinary Demo

Wine and Beverage Seminars

When: Daily 12, 2, and 4pm
Price: $10 & $12 (TiW members, AP holders, DVC members pay $8 and $10 M-Th). Theme Park admission required.

During these 45-minute beverage seminars, you’ll get to meet beverage experts, learn some new tips, and yes, even sample the featured wines or beverages. Salut!

See all 2011 Beverage Seminars here!

Scent Demonstration <– New for 2011!

Join scent critic Chandler Burr for a unique double-culinary experience—a meal made entirely of scents! You’ll also get to taste one of the courses, prepared by a Disney chef.

When: Sunday October 2, 2:45-4:00pm
Where: Festival Center
Pricing: $13

Mixology Seminars <– New for 2011!

Dive into Mixology with beverage experts in Epcot at these new Mixology seminars!

See all 2011 Mixology Seminars here!

When: Daily at 6pm
Where: Festival Center
Pricing: $12 ($10 for TiW members, AP holders, DVC members M-Th)

Authors without Borders

*Included with Epcot® admission
These intimate conversations with authors famous for their published works on food and wine are held in 30-minute sessions.

In 2010, these seminars were held Friday – Sunday at 12:15 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Authentic Taste Seminars

*Included with Epcot® admission
Experience one of these lively and informative 30-minute sessions given by authoritative presenters while celebrating the origins, properties, and history of pure ingredients.

In 2010, these seminars were held Friday – Sunday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Book Signings and Meet & Greets

*Included with Epcot® admission
Celebrated authors and/or personalities will be on hand to chat with guests. Bring your purchased merchandise to be autographed! Please check the daily schedules for the latest information on featured authors and personalities. For more info, visit the Festival Information desk.

Note: You do NOT have to attend a culinary or beverage seminar or demo to meet and greet the Chef or beverage experts.

Grilled Pineapple Vanilla Gazpacho from a Demonstration

Bottle Signings

*Included with Epcot® admission
Get your purchased bottle of wine autographed when you meet the winemaker! Makes a memorable souvenir or gift! Please check the daily schedules for the latest details on presenters and their topics or visit the Festival Information Desk.

Cranberry Bog <– New for 2011!

Right before you enter the World Showcase, stop and enter the Epcot Food and Wine Festival’s Cranberry Bog! Recreating a cranberry harvest, you’ll learn about the agricultural heritage, the harvesting process and the history of the cranberry! You’ll also be able to sample Craisins Dried Cranberries!

HGTV Home Entertaining Seminars <– New for 2011!

New for 2011, HGTV will host home entertaining seminars.

When: Fridays, Saturdays — 9:30am and 2pm; and Sundays — 9:30am; see details below.
Where: Festival Center
Pricing: Free with Epcot Admission.

* Sept. 30-Oct. 2 – Vern Yip, “HGTV Design Star” and “HGTV Urban Oasis”
* Oct. 7-9 – Monica Pedersen, “Designed to Sell”
* Oct. 14-16 – Erin Loechner, “Design Happens”
* Oct. 21-23 – Taniya Nayak, “Designed to Sell”
* Oct. 28-30 – Kim Stoegbauer, “On-line Party Inspiration”
* Nov. 4-6 – Lisa LaPorta, “Designed to Sell”
* Nov. 11-13 – Emily Henderson, “Secrets From a Stylist” and “HGTV Design Star” winner Season 5 “Design Star”

Seasons of the Vine

*Included with Epcot® admission
Experience a seven-minute cinematic introduction to wine growing which is narrated by Jeremy Irons. The film will run continuous shows throughout the day. (Note: while we’re not 100% sure this will be offered in 2011, we’re including it as it’s been available for the past two years.)

Festival Center Café

Savor the start of a new Food and Wine day or visit in the evening as you wind down from the festivities! The cafe will offer a wine bar as well as cheese and light snacks.

The Stockpot Shop

Stock up on event posters, Festival cookbooks, cooking gadgets and entertaining products to commemorate the festival. Great gifts for your foodie friends too! Grab your favorite celeb chef cookbook here and head to a meet and greet for them to sign in person!

Shop for Favorite Wines in The Cellar

The Cellar

Boasting over 300 wines from prestigious wine cellars featured throughout the Festival, this is the place to take home a bottle from your favorite winery! Don’t forget you can have your favorite vintner sign your bottle!

Tasteful Chapters

This is the official location for celebrity chefs and authors to hold their book-signings. Visit the Stockpot shop or the specialty book shop for your commemorative books. Get your collectible Festival-themed mini Disney Gift Card, which is a convenient way to pay for your Festival eats, sips and gifts!


Stop by the Festival Welcome Center to get your Festival Marketplace Discovery Passport. Then as you travel the globe, remember to have your passport stamped with their unique design at each Marketplace that you visit. You won’t miss any of the delicious delights at the International Marketplaces as you journey around World Showcase! The journey begins now!

2011 Passport Front

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