2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost Seminars and Food Demonstrations

Please note that dates, times, and events are subject to change!

The 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival seminars and demonstrations will offer some unique opportunities to enhance your festival experience!

These events are low in cost (and sometimes, free!), and are held at the Festival Welcome Center in Epcot’s Future World (the old Wonders of Life Pavilion).

2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demonstrations

2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Beverage Seminars

2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Mixology Seminars NOTE: These seminars are $14/person.

Booking will be available for most events on August 14th, 2012, at 7am EST. Call 407-WDW-FEST to book, or reserve a ticket online at http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/dining/ — click the “dining event” button.

Discounted pricing: Available for Monday through Thursday events for Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, and DVC members at $12/$9.


(Open daily 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.)

Culinary Demonstrations

Price: $14/$11
When: Daily at 1, 3, and 5PM
2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demonstrations

Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, 2011 Tiramisu Demo

Helpful tips are presented by professional chefs and wine presenters during 45-minute culinary demos. After the Chef creates a specialty dish in the show kitchen on stage, you’ll get to taste-test the dish while sipping an excellent paired wine. We review Chef Ming Tsai’s 2011 demo here!

For a peek at some of the dishes created at a previous festival during the Culinary Demos, see this 2010 Yesterland link and also 2011 Yesterland info!

Wine and Beverage Seminars

When:Mon-Thursday at 12, 2, and 4PM; and Friday-Sunday at 2 and 4PM
Price: $14/$11
2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Beverage Seminars

Salut! Meet a beverage expert during a 45-minute seminar in which you’ll learn some awesome tips, and the best part…get to sample the sips!

Measuring Xante, 2011 seminar

Mixology Seminars

Mixology is all the rage – and this is your chance to learn some impressive tips from beverage experts at these informative and fun Mixology seminars. Check out our review of the 2011 Xante mixology seminar here!

When: Daily at 6pm
Where: Festival Center
Pricing: $14
2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Mixology Seminars

Wine Shop Samplings

New in 2012, for guests considering purchasing certain wines, there will be small tastings set up in the wine shop at select times.

When: Daily at 11am, 1, 3, and 5PM
Where: Festival Center
Pricing: Complimentary

Scent Demonstration

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. We review the 2011 Scent Demo here.

When: October 13, 3pm
Where: Festival Center
Pricing: $13

Authentic Taste Seminars

*Included with Epcot admission
Authoritative presenters celebrate pure ingredients with an informative history given in a lively 30-minute session.

View all of the Authentic Taste Seminars!

Book Signings and Meet & Greets

*Included with Epcot® admission
Chat with celebrate authors and/or personalities! Don’t forget to bring your purchased merchandise for autographs. Please check the daily schedules for the latest information. For more details, 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. However, you may need to arrive at the Festival Center early to get a wristband for popular meet & greets. On the day of your chosen chef’s demo, be sure to check in at the center to see if you’ll need a wristband.

Grilled Pineapple Vanilla Gazpacho from a Demonstration

Bottle Signings

*Included with Epcot® admission
Meet the winemaker and have your purchased bottle of wine autographed. This opportunity for a signed bottle makes a unique souvenir or gift. Please check the daily schedules for the most up-do-date info on presenters and their topics or visit the Festival Information Desk.

From Bean to Bar Chocolate Exhibit

A New in 2012 exhibit hosted by Ghirardelli will be revealed in the Festival Center this year. Including displays about how chocolate is made as well as chocolate sculptures from Disney chefs, this will be a fun way to pass the time while waiting for your upcoming events. There will be chocolate tastings available for a small fee.

HGTV Home Entertaining Seminars

HGTV will host home entertaining seminars once again!

When: Friday, Saturdays and Sundays; Time: TBD (in 2011, this event was held Fridays, Saturdays — 9:30am and 2pm; and Sundays — 9:30am)
Where: Festival Center
Pricing: Free with Epcot Admission.

* Sept. 28-30Entertainment Passport – Your Ticket to Creating a Travel-inspired Dining Experience. Season 7 winner of “Design Star”, interior designer Danielle Colding and host of new show – “Shop This Room”.
* Oct. 5-7Gifts That Keep Giving: Holiday Favors That Double as Décor. Casey Noble, “Design on a Dime”.
* Oct. 12-14Crash Course for Holiday Décor. Alison Victoria, DIY Network’s “Kitchen Crashers”.
* Oct. 19-21 Express Lane Elegance: Stylish Table Settings from Supermarket Finds. Brian Patrick Flynn, HGTV.com’s “Design Happens” contributor.
* Oct. 26-28Entertaining in Style: Make It and Make It Fun. Meg Caswell, “Meg’s Great Rooms” and Season 6 winner of “Design Star”.
* Nov. 2-4Handmade Goodies They Won’t Regift. Marianne Canada, HGTV.com’s “Design Happens” contributor.
* Nov. 9-12Create Holiday Memories: Style, Share and Preserve Those Family Photos & Cards. Emily Henderson, “Secrets From a Stylist” and “HGTV Design Star” winner Season 5 “Design Star”.

More info on the HGTV home seminars can be found here.

Seasons of the Vine

*Included with Epcot® admission
Narrated by Jeremy Irons, experience a cinematic introduction to wine growing in a seven-minute presentation. The film will run continuous shows throughout the day.

Festival Center Café

Celebrate the start of a new Festival day or stop by in the evening as you wind down from the festivities. The cafe offers cheese and light snacks, along with a wonderful wine bar.

The Stockpot Shop

Commemorative your festival experience by stocking up on event posters, Festival cookbooks, and cooking gadgets. Don’t forget to grab a gift for a foodie friend! Before heading to a Meet and Greet, purchase your favorite chef’s cookbook and have it signed in person!

Shop for Favorite Wines in The Cellar

The Cellar

Over 300 wines are featured throughout the Festival, and you may have sampled a new favorite. Take home a bottle from a prestigious winery and even have it signed by your favorite vintner!


Pick up a Festival Marketplace Discovery Passport from the Festival Welcome Center. As you travel the world, remember to collect unique passport stamps from the Marketplaces that you visit. Don’t miss any of the global delights at the International marketplaces – start your journey around World Showcase now!

2011 Passport Front

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