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2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost/Free Events, Seminars, and Demonstrations

2013 Low-Cost Seminar and Food Demonstration details are NOW AVAILABLE! Please note that dates, times, and events are subject to change!

See SOLD OUT SEMINARS and DEMOS here!

The 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival seminars and demonstrations, book signings, chef meet and greets, and more 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).

2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demonstrations

2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Beverage Seminars

2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Mixology Seminars NOTE: These seminars are $15/person.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demos, Beverage Seminars, and Mixology Seminars

Dates and times for these are usually the last pieces of information we get on the festival, but we do know that Culinary Demos ($14), Mixology Seminars ($15), and Beverage Seminars ($14) will again be offered at this year’s festival. Stay tuned for more information on our 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page!

Booking begins on August 13, 2013 at 7AM. Booking opens for Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members, and Golden Oak residents on August 9, 2013 at 8AM for seminars and demonstrations only. Culinary Demonstrations, Beverage Seminars, and Mixology Seminars will be bookable online at www.epcotfoodfestival.com.

Disney Vacation Club Member Services (800-800-9800 or 407-566-3800) will begin booking the discounted experiences on August 9, 2013 at 8AM ET.

Discounted pricing: Available for Culinary Demonstrations ($12), Beverage Seminars ($12), and Mixology Seminars ($13) for Monday through Thursday events. Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members, and Golden Oak residents receive discount via phone reservations only.

FESTIVAL WELCOME CENTER EVENTS

(Open daily 9AM – Park Close)

Culinary Demonstrations

When: Monday-Saturday at 1, 3, and 5PM; Sundays 1P and 5P
Price: $14/$12, tax included
Where: Festival Welcome Center, Chef’s Showcase

Culinary demos offer an exciting opportunity to watch a chef (sometimes a famous one!) create a dish of their own in a show kitchen. Guests get to taste the final product, along with a paired wine. Pick up some tips in these 45-minute sessions!

We review Chef Ming Tsai’s demo here!

Chef Ming Tsai at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Mixology Seminars

When:Daily at 6PM
Price: $15/$13, tax included
Where: Festival Welcome Center, Vineyard Stage

Mixology seminars offer guests the chance to learn more about the trendy art of drink mixology. Each seminar is sponsored by a particular alcohol brand, so the drink recipes will include that particular brand name’s products. Sample the concoctions!

Check out our review of a Xante mixology seminar here!

Measuring Xante

Wine and Beverage Seminars

When:Daily at 12, 2, and 4PM
Price: $14/$12, tax included
Where: Festival Welcome Center, Vineyard Stage

Beverage Seminars are also sponsored by particular beverage companies, but they focus on the raw product, versus mixed drinks. Meet a featured winery principal or beverage expert. Have fun learning tips and of course, sample the selected libation!

Champagne Seminar at Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Other Low-Cost and Free Events at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Most of these events take place in the Festival Center in Epcot’s Future World.

Book Signings and Meet & Greets

*Included with Epcot® admission
Chat with celebrated 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 Center Information desk.

Chef Cat Cora Book Signing at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

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.

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-to-date info on presenters and their topics or visit the Festival Center Information Desk.

The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar

*Included with Epcot admission
Returning in 2013, an exhibit hosted by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company will be held in the Festival Center. Including displays about how chocolate is made as well as chocolate sculptures from Disney pastry chefs, this will be a fun way to pass the time while waiting for your upcoming events. There will be chocolate tastings (gourmet drinking chocolate!) available for a small fee.

Authentic Taste Seminars

*Included with Epcot admission
When: Fridays-Sundays at 12:15, 2, 4, and 6PM
Where: Festival Welcome Center, Spotlight Stage
Authoritative presenters celebrate pure ingredients with an informative history given in a lively 30-minute session.

Intermissions 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, sandwiches, and salads, 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!

The Festival Wine Shop

Hundreds of wines, spirits, and beer will be featured, and you may have sampled a new favorite during the festival. Take home a bottle from a prestigious winery and even have it signed by your favorite vintner!

The Art of Food and Wine

Feast your eyes on prints and original artwork. Find a new treasure for your home!

Cranberry Bog

*Included with Epcot admission
Ocean Spray debuted the Cranberry Bog at the 2011 festival and we’re so excited to see it return in 2013! Read all about my experience IN the Cranberry Bog here!!

AJ working hard in the Bog!

Marketplace Discovery Passport

Pick up a Festival Marketplace Discovery Passport from the Festival Welcome Center in 2013. 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!

Food & Wine Festival Passport Stamp from Belgium 2011.

News! The DFB Guide to the 2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available!

This 195-page guide to the 2013 Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever.

Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist to carry with you as you Eat around the World!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a $3 discount!

Click here to return to the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival index page.