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2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booking Starts Today!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival bookings begin today, August 16th, at 7am EST, and believe me — with the new events being introduced this year, it’s worth it to plan ahead! All events can be booked by calling 407-WDW-FEST. Low-cost seminars and demos, Party for the Senses, and 3D Disney’s Dessert Discovery can be booked online.* See links below.

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Check out the list of Special and Signature Events like Italy’s new pizza and beer tastings, the new Discovery of Chocolate Seminars, and the popular, celebrity-chef-studded Signature Dining Events. If you’re booking Party for the Senses or 3D Disney’s Dessert Discovery, you can book online here: Party for the Senses, Disney’s Dessert Discovery events.

If budget-friendly is more your speed, the low-cost seminars and demos are the thing to choose. Consider one of the brand new Mixology Seminars taking place every evening at 6pm! Or book a wine seminar or a culinary demonstration. At only $10-13, they’re well worth the price. These can be booked online — click the “make a reservation” link after the description of the type of event you want on this page.

Keegan Gerhard at a 2010 Demonstration

Everyone can book special events and seminars starting today by calling 407-WDW-FEST! If you’re a Tables in Wonderland member, Disney Vacation Club member, or Annual Passholder for Walt Disney World, you’ll get a discount on seminars and demos offered Monday-Thursday — don’t forget to ask!

Check out all of our coverage (including live coverage during the festival) on our Epcot Food and Wine Festival section! And don’t forget to check out our brand new DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival; it includes all of our tips and tricks as well as touring strategies, a full day-by-day schedule of events, and more!

We’ll see you there! Let us know what  you’re signing up for in the comments section below!!

Note: If you’re planning to use a Tables in Wonderland, Annual Passholder, or DVC discount on Mon-Thurs deminars OR if you’re planning to book VIP seating at Party for the Senses or the 3D event, you must call to book.

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13 Comments

  1. JoAnn says:

    I was hoping to book online. I have 9 minutes to wait before I can call. It’s going to be a long 9 minutes.

  2. JoAnn says:

    Wine seminar on November 11 and the Italy Food & Wine Pairing for November 12 have been booked. I can’t wait to attend these events.

  3. Keith C (TheFugitiveGuy) says:

    This was my first experience ever calling WDW Dining at the crack of dawn, and even though I called exactly at 7am, the 10 minute wait to get to a live person was nerve wracking! But in the end, I was successful, so I’m very excited! Really looking forward to the Oct 23 Sweet Sunday session that I booked. (Other culinary demos I had booked yesterday during the AP/TiW window, though I missed the Robert Irvine session since apparently it filled on the first day!)

  4. melissa sue says:

    You can book some of the bigger events online: 3D Dessert, Party for the Senses and some of the culinary and mixology seminars!

  5. Chris says:

    Good luck to everyone booking today! A knowledgeable CM can make a huge difference as we were finished in 15 minutes!

    Melissa Sue: How were you able to book online? I couldn’t find a link at the wdw or foodwinefest sites.

  6. AJ says:

    JoAnn — Way to go!!!! Sounds fantastic! :-) I’m still on hold :-P

    Keith — Rock on! Congrats on such great events! I can’t wait to hear about Sweet Sundays!

    Melissa Sue — Thanks for the heads up on the online PftS and 3D DDD booking!

    Chris — So true, so true! And see the first two paragraphs above for links to online booking.

  7. Laureen says:

    Sunday Oct.23 – Mexico Tequila Lunch and the Bacardi Rum Mixology. (and lots of food booths!)

  8. melissa sue says:

    You can book it as a regular dining reservation. Go to the Make a Reservation page and click “Special Dining Experience.” It’s in the pull down menu.

  9. Beth says:

    My husband ended up with a horrible CM and we now have no idea what we’ve actually booked.

  10. Beth says:

    Alright, now I’m furious. Our reservations are all wrong (not the right number of people, not the right events) and of course they are non refundable and the events are full. I have been a WDW regular for years and I’ve never had service this bad.

  11. Joe says:

    Was on the phone at exactly 7 am. 35 minutes later on hold I got the “thank you for calling” and disconnect. Thankfully we had a second phone holding which answered in another 10 minutes. We got all 3 requests (PFTS/WVL, Italy Pairing and French Regional lunch. Very nerve wracking. The process is horrible and the phone answering services are poor.

  12. JoAnn says:

    Sorry to hear some of you had a not so good experience. I had a great CM. I got a busy signal the first time I tried calling. Called again and got right through.

  13. Beth says:

    I wanted to report back on our booking situation. I contacted guest relations and let them know what happened. About a week later, one of their reps called me back and we went over the situation. She told me she “might” be able to work something out. About an hour later she called me back and she was able to add another person to our French Regional Lunch reservation (even though the event was sold out). I have to give the Guest Relations team credit, they made this situation right.

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