The 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is on through November 12, 2012, in Epcot, Walt Disney World. SEE OUR 2012 Festival REVIEWS AND COVERAGE HERE!
With a Taste Your Way Around the World theme, featuring fantastic special events, culinary and beverage demonstrations, celebrity chefs, and the ever-popular World Showcase Marketplace tasting booths, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity!
We’ve compiled all of the latest news and updates on the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival right here, so see the info below for details!
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Latest Epcot Food and Wine Festival News
Seats Added to Kitchen Memories Lunches: Two of the most popular celebrity chefs (Buddy Valastro and Art Smith) at this year’s Epcot Food & Wine Festival are hosting Kitchen Memories lunches – and due to demand, they’ve added a handful of seats!
runDisney hosts “Diet Diva” Meet: runDisney’s newest consultant, Tara Gidus (the “Diet Diva”) is hosting a meet-up during the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend on November 9th at 7am. Note: This event has now reached capacity.
Review of the Marketplace VIP Chef Access Tour: AllEars shares an informative review of the sold-out Marketplace VIP Chef Access Tour.
Italian Regional Lunches Have Added More Seats As of 9/30, the popular Italian Regional Lunches taking place on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the festival have added more seats to their previously sold-out rosters. Be sure to call 407-WDW-DINE to see if there’s availability on your dates!
Skinnygirl Bethenny Frankel Appearances: Former personal chef Bethenny Frankel (Bravo TV’s “Bethenny Ever After”) is the creator of Skinnygirl Cocktails. On November 3 at 11:30a and 1:30p, a 30 minute discussion with Bethenny Frankel will take place. Both appearances are included with Epcot park admission.
Disney’s Visa Cardmembers will receive access to the Chase Lounge during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase. You and your guests can relax while enjoying a beverage. Open 9am – 7pm each day of the Festival, the lounge is located on the Festival Center’s second floor. For access, just present your Disney’s Visa Card.
New Gift Cards for the Food and Wine Festival: Load up your gift card with at least $5 to start. Choose from the smaller wristlet or full-sized card.
A new signature event has been added to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival line-up. On October 19, Citricos will host a lunch at 12:30 for $130. Pixar fans! John Lasseter and his wife Nancy will present their California wines at this event. Chef Philip Ponticelli will pair Lasseter wines with seasonal cuisine.
Celebrity Chefs returning this year include: Jamie Deen, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, Andrew Zimmern, Robert Irvine, Gale Gand, Rock Harper, and More! There will be many new faces to find, like Erika Davis from Top Chef Just Desserts!
2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival World Showcase Booths
You can see 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival World Showcase Booths/Kiosks, MENUS, and FOOD PHOTOS here on DisneyFoodBlog.com!
The big news? Two New Marketplaces: Terra and Florida Local — will be debuting at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
Also, more “family-friendly” drinks like non-alcoholic smoothies and “Honest Kids” organic juices, which have half the sugar of regular fruit punches, will debut at the booths this year.
2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary and Beverage Demos, and FREE Events
The Epcot Food and Wine Festival offers a wonderful variety of culinary demonstrations, beverage seminars (including wines, beers, and mixology), and even some free-with-admission exhibits and activities!
Find out about 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminars, as well as other low-cost or free activities, here!
2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events
From cheese to chocolate, signature dining to wine schools, several popular, high-end Special Events are offered at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival each year! For a list of 2012 events, along with pricing, dates, and other details, click here.
Other 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Events
HGTV Seminars return to the 2012 Festival! On select weekends, Home and Garden Television personalities (along with the winner of “Design Star”) will lead seminars focusing on home entertaining. Returning from last year is Emily Henderson of “Secrets From a Stylist”.
These seminars are free with your Epcot admission!
Eat to the Beat Concerts
Throughout the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, popular bands from the 80s and 90s take the stage at the American Gardens Theater in the American Adventure Pavilion to share some of their greatest hits with the crowds! These concerts are free with Epcot admission, and take place three times per evening.
Click the link to see the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Line-up!
Epcot Park Hours
With the release of Epcot’s October schedule, we’ve noticed that festival-goers will be able to tour Epcot until 10 p.m. on Saturdays. Previously, the extended park hours were only offered on Friday nights during Food & Wine!
Caribbean’s Dragon Berry Colada
Warm Chocolate Lava Cake
Griddled Greek Cheese
Ireland’s Lobster and Scallop Fisherman’s Pie
Germany’s Apple Strudel
Kalua Pork Sliders
Le Cellier’s White Truffle Butter Sauce
Belgian Waffle Recipe
Epcot Food and Wine Festival 101
Epcot Food and Wine Festival 101 includes answers to your transportation, parking, and admission questions!
Thanks for joining us here! We’ll see you at the Festival!