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Best Values at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Seminars and Demonstrations

We’re gearing up for the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Travelers to this 17th annual event will find an abundance of eats and drinks to enjoy at the marketplace booths around World Showcase. But if you want to take advantage of my favorite value of the festival — read on!

Seminars and Demonstrations at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Several times per day during the festival, guests have the opportunity to take part in culinary demonstrations or beverage seminars.

Featuring specialty wineries, beverage companies, or chefs (sometimes celebrity chefs!), the demos provide a walk-through of a recipe creation (plus your very own serving!), or a discussion and tasting of several beverages. Most seminars and demos are held inside the Festival Welcome Center in Epcot’s Future World.

Culinary Demo Ticket for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

But the best part? These only cost around $11-14 each!! It’s a huge bargain when you consider you’re getting a 45-minute class, plus you’re being served tastes of what’s being discussed. Even better — if you are a Tables in Wonderland member, Walt Disney World Annual Passholder, and/or DVC member booking a seminar Mon-Thurs during the festival, you’ll be eligible for a $2 discount!

2012 Culinary Demo and Beverage Seminar Options

Here are a few of the seminars and demos to choose from at this year’s festival. You can book all seminars by calling 407-WDW-DINE, or by booking online at disneyworld.com/dine (click the “dining event” button).

2012 Culinary Demonstrations
Culinary demos are held daily at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 p.m. and are usually 45 minutes in length. You’ll get valuable tips from top chefs and wine presenters with the anticipation of getting to taste-test the finished dish.

Click here to see what Culinary Demos are available in 2012!

Chef Keegan Gerhard Presents a 2010 Culinary Demo

2012 Wine and Beverage Seminars
Wine and Beverage seminars are hosted Monday through Thursday at 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00 p.m.; Friday through Sunday at 2:00 and 4:00p.m. These 45 minute sessions will emphasize tips and sips, and you get to sample your way through the seminar!

Click here to see what Beverage Seminars are available in 2012!

Tasting Seminar

Wine Tasting Seminar

2012 Mixology Seminars
Each day at 6 p.m. enjoy your Happy Hour at a Mixology seminar. These feature mixology experts showcasing tips, tricks, and trends in the mixed drinks world. You’ll hear about several recipes, and get to taste them all!

Click here to see what Mixology Seminars are available in 2012!

Mixology Seminar at the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

When you’re done mixing it up with some seminars and demos, take in a Book or Bottle Signing, Taste Seminar, or an HGTV Home Entertaining session.

Find out all of the details here!

Want more information on the Epcot Food and Wine Festival? Check out our brand new Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book! You can still get our Grand Launch discount today — $3 off your purchase using code CHEFS!

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5 Comments

  1. Yolanda Sly says:

    Mixology classes were awesome. We’ve enjoyed what we learned from the mixologist and have made drinks at home while remembering and planning our next trip to Food and Wine Fest!

    We also enjoyed a lot of the other seminars and were pleasantly surprised when some of the wine paired with the meals were part of seminars we couldn’t get into.

  2. lizc says:

    I see the picture of the ticket in your post. If I sign up for a seminar do I get an actual ticket mailer to me? I don’t remember getting one in the past.
    Thanks again for a great read!

  3. Glenn says:

    @Yolanda: I agree. We had a great time at our Mixology Seminar and have made the drinks at home.

    @lizc: No tickets were mailed last year. We were given tickets upon check-in at the Festival Center and then they were collected when it was time for the Seminar.

  4. AJ says:

    Yolanda — Ooh, what a great surprise!!

    lisc — Yep — as Glenn said! Tickets are received upon checking in at the Festival Center at the “will call” booth area.

  5. notchris says:

    The tickets are taken and marked as you enter the demo area. If you would like them as souvenirs, ask the cast members to save them. 75% of the time, they will remember and give them back as you leave.

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