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2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Event Updates

We have a bit of new information — including pricing, dates, and times — for some highly-anticipated events at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

As always, you can visit our Epcot Food and Wine Festival index page for all updates at any time. Bookings will begin for special events on August 14th, 2012, at 7am. Call 407-WDWFEST or book online for some events at disneyworld.com/foodandwine.

New Epcot Food and Wine Festival Details

Italian Regional Food & Wine Luncheon: Replacing the French Regional Lunches this year are Italian Regional Food & Wine Luncheons in Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar. Noon-2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Cost is $75 (plus tax, gratuity included, park admission required).

Veal Parmesan at a 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Event in Italy

Party for the Senses: Held this year on October 6, 13, 20, and 27, and November 3 Party for the Senses in the World ShowPlace is back. As we previously reported, there are three tiers of pricing this year:
1.) A reserved table on the main floor ($170 plus tax, gratuity included, park admission required)
2.) A reserved table in the premium Wine View Lounge is $270 plus tax (gratuity included, park admission required)
3.) General admission $145 plus tax (gratuity included, park admission required). Both of the reserved seating options also include a specialty cocktail and early admission at 7:15 p.m.

Party For the Senses 2011 -- all photos copyright DisneyFoodBlog.com

Marketplace VIP Access Chef Tours These take place at 10:30am each Wednesday during the festival and feature five dishes and five beverages (alcoholic). The tour will last 2 hours. Cost is $90 (plus tax and park admission).

Enjoy the Food and Wine Festival Booths around the World Showcase Lagoon

Italy Food and Beverage Pairing Events: Italy will continue its popular series of International Food & Wine Festival events at Via Napoli. These may include the Beer and Pizza Pairings, Dessert and Wine Pairings, and more.

White Truffle Lunch: This popular, one-time event will be held on November 4 this year in Tutto Italia Ristorante.

As always, we’re keeping track of the latest and greatest for you on the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

We’re expecting this year’s booth menus and more information to be released in late July 2012, so stay tuned to our Epcot Food and Wine Festival page and our Disney Food Blog Newsletter!

What Epcot Food and Wine Festival feature are you most looking forward to?

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14 Comments

  1. Nikki says:

    My trip may be 108 days away, but I am so excited to eat & drink around the world!!!

  2. Dana says:

    Oh, I’m so excited! :) We are those people that will literally hit every single booth during our trip, so we can try everything (spread out over several days, of course!). I’m thinking we should try one of the seminars or food tastings, though, this year. The food pairings at Italy sound fantastic – maybe I’ll look into those. :)

  3. Paula says:

    Any idea what the difference will be between the 2 reserved seatings for the PFTS? We’ve never been and are really looking forward to it! Just not sure which tier to aim for!

  4. AJ says:

    Paula — The first reserved seat is just that — a reserved seat. The second means that you’ll be in the Wine View Lounge, which includes specialty drinks and food items, and other little extras.

  5. Jen says:

    Any word on the dessert party dates/prices? I’m hoping it’ll be more in line with my budget than party for the senses.

  6. AJ says:

    Jen — Not yet. Usually, though, the dessert party has been much more in line price-wise! It will be on select Friday nights, and my guess is $60-80 this year.

  7. Jen says:

    AJ – Thanks! I just can’t believe how slow they’ve been about releasing the schedule. I fear I’ll probably end up missing most of the events because we had to go ahead and make our ADRs, y’know? Makes planning ahead awfully difficult.

  8. Kari Ann says:

    Hi Jen,

    The Festival does not usually announce dates on events until the end of July/early August so more details should be coming soon. The dessert party is a lot of fun, we went 2 years ago. Last year it sold out too fast for us!

  9. Zoe says:

    We go in 105 days. Our first trip in ‘off-peak’ season (more used to trips in the height of summer July/August).
    We’re coming over from the UK for our ‘Disneymoon’ and we cannot wait. Especially for the Food & Wine Festival!!!!

  10. Rich says:

    We are attending the F&W Fest for the second time and are really excited about attending the PFTS. My wife is a celiac so requires gluten-free selections. Does anyone that has attended previously know if there are many gluten-free choices ?

    Thanks

  11. Kristina says:

    I live in NJ….so if anyone wants to either kidnap me or package some food home…..I will forever be grateful.

    …just let me know about the kidnapping part beforehand.

  12. AJ says:

    Rich — Great question! I didn’t check this out previously, but I’ll ask around. You should contact Disney Special Diets to see if they can get detailed information for you before your trip!

  13. Ann says:

    Anyone else think that it is ridiculous that the seminars have not been announced yet. It is less then 3 week from booking. I wanted to wait and book my trip when I saw what celebrities would be there so I can go to my favorites’ seminars but it is just too late for that. Flights from my home airport are booking up. Plus if I wanted to do dining reservations, there is no way I would get what I wanted this late. :( I am frustrated!!!

  14. Monica R. Pinelli says:

    I recieved my passholder info today. I looked at the entertainment schedule at the America’s. I noticed that Supertramps-Roger Hodgson is not scheduled this year.

    Of all the many years my family and I enjoyed the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, I am disappointed that promotion did not have Roger return this year.

    The past two years were the best shows I’ve seen with Roger Hodgson’s performances. He truely entertained the people there, even in the rain.

    Lately I’ve been disappointed in the musical choices for the F and W event, Roger was a decent change. I guess there’s always next year…

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