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2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events

Special events at the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival require a significant extra cost and advance tickets. Watch here for more info on this year’s events!

See SOLD OUT EVENTS here!

Booking Information

Premium events may be reserved by phone at 407-WDW-FEST (407-939-3378) starting at 7am ET on August 13th!

In addition, general admission for Scotland: Land of Food & Drink, “3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery, Party for the Senses, and Spirits Confidential will be bookable online at www.epcotfoodfestival.com.

2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events

2013 Special Events have been announced! To help with your planning, review 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival events.

NOTE: Epcot Admission is required in addition to the cost of the special events.

“3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery

This event, introduced in 2010, is back again for the 2013 Festival! Featuring desserts, samplings of cordials (more alcohol than you can drink!), and special 3D viewing of IllumiNations, it’s a fun night without having to unload too much cash!

Chocolate Truffles

Check out our guest review of a 3D Delicious Dessert Discovery event in 2010! Plus we have a 2011 3D Delicious Dessert review here!

When: Select Fridays, October 4, 11, and 25; 8-9:30PM
Where: World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
Pricing: $55 per person, plus tax, gratuity included OR opt for Sweet Seats for $90 per person, plus tax, gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

Sweet Seats: VIP “Sweet Seats” are available for an additional cost. This includes a private reserved table, entry into event 15 minutes early, specialty beverage and dessert, and more.

Cheese Seminars

Seminars about CHEESE! Who could resist? Check out cheeses from different locales and savor info from the experts. Cheese will be paired with wines and/or beers.

Cheese at Food and Wine Festival Cheese Seminar

When: 10:30-11:45AM
Where: Festival Welcome Center, Chef’s Showcase
Pricing: $80 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot Admission required.

September 28: Max McCalman, French Cheeses and Wines
October 5: Max McCalman, United States Cheeses and Microbrews
October 12: Erin Hedley, Spanish Cheeses and Wines
October 19: Max McCalman, Italian Cheeses and Wines
October 26: Max McCalman, Old World Cheeses and Wines
November 2: David Gremmels, United States Cheeses and Wines
November 9: Max McCalman, Mediterranean Cheeses and Wines

Read our 2012 Cheese Seminar Review!

Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining

Savor your way through a phenomenal dinner while a Chef (sometimes a celebrity Chef!) takes you through every bite, explaining technique, menu choice, and wine pairings. More info about these events will be available soon.

When: Look for more than 25 dinners throughout the festival!
Pricing: Prices are per person plus tax. Gratuity included. Theme park admission required for restaurants within a theme park.

The Chocolate Dinner, World ShowPlace: September 27, 6PM Cost: $160; Leonard Thomson, Chef de Cuisine; 100 guests <– New for 2013!
Kouzzina: September 27, 8PM Cost: $160; The Kouzzina Chefs; 24 guests
Artist Point: September 28, 12PM Cost: $140; Chef Marco Chaves; 36 guests
Raglan Road Irish Pub: October 3, 6:30PM Cost: $155; Kevin Dundon, Master Chef of Raglan Road; 65 guests
Jiko – The Cooking Place: October 3, 6PM Cost: $195; Chef Jon O’Brien; 30 guests
The Hollywood Brown Derby: October 3, 6PM Cost: $165; Craig Schleider, Chef de Cuisine and The Hollywood Brown Derby Chefs; 14 guests
Kouzzina: October 4, 8PM Cost: $160; The Kouzzina Chefs; 24 guests
Le Cellier Steakhouse: October 8, 11:30AM Cost: $90; Al Youngman, Chef de Cuisine; 70 guests <– New for 2013!
Fulton’s Crab House: October 8, 6PM Cost: $100; Mark Boor, Executive Chef; 50 guests
The Hollywood Brown Derby: October 10, 6PM Cost: $165; Craig Schleider, Chef de Cuisine and The Hollywood Brown Derby Chefs; 14 guests
The Flying Fish Cafe: October 10, 6PM Cost: $185; Tim Keating, Chef de Cuisine; 38 guests
Kouzzina: October 11, 8PM Cost: $160; The Kouzzina Chefs; 24 guests
Yachtsman Steakhouse: October 12, 12PM Cost: $160; Anthony R. De Luca, Chef de Cuisine; 30 guests
Victoria & Albert’s: October 16, 6PM Cost: $525; Scott Hunnel, Chef de Cuisine; 16 guests
Wolfgang Puck Dining Room: October 16, 6:30PM Cost: $110; Tony Fraske, Executive Chef; 80 guests
The Wave…of American Flavors: October 17, 6:30PM Cost: $160; Frank Brough, Chef de Cuisine; 44 guests
Citricos: October 18, 6PM Cost: $140; Phillip Ponticelli, Chef de Cuisine; 10 guests
Kouzzina: October 18, 8PM Cost: $160; The Kouzzina Chefs; 24 guests
The Beer Dinner, World ShowPlace: October 18, 6PM Cost: $125; Jens Dahlmann, Executive Chef, Epcot; 100 guests
Portobello: October 24, 6:30PM Cost: $95; Tony Mantuano, Executive Chef; 80 guests
The Burns Supper, World ShowPlace: October 24, 6PM Cost: $125; Leonard Thomson, Chef de Cuisine; 100 guests <– New for 2013!
The Hollywood Brown Derby: October 24, 6PM Cost: $165; Craig Schleider, Chef de Cuisine and The Hollywood Brown Derby Chefs; 14 guests
Jiko – The Cooking Place: October 24, 6PM Cost: $195; Chef Jon O’Brien; 24 guests
Kouzzina: October 25, 8PM Cost: $160; The Kouzzina Chefs; 24 guests
Victoria & Albert’s: October 27, 6PM Cost: $525; Scott Hunnel, Chef de Cuisine; 16 guests
Kouzzina: November 1, 8PM Cost: $160; The Kouzzina Chefs; 24 guests
California Grill: November 7, 6:30PM Cost: $260; Brian Piasecki, Chef de Cuisine; 40 guests
Narcoossee’s: November 9, 12PM Cost: $140; Dennis Thompson, Chef de Cuisine; 30 guests

The Discovery of Chocolate

Learn (and taste!) more about chocolate from the professionals!

Jacques Torres

Enjoy sweet and savory samplings and with unique beverages and/or paired wines! SEE A 2011 REVIEW HERE!

When: 2:45-4:15PM
Where: Festival Welcome Center, Chef’s Showcase
Pricing: $75/person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

September 29: Jacques Torres, Jacques Torres Chocolate, New York, NY
October 13: David Ramirez, David Ramirez Chocolates, Orlando, FL
October 27: Julian Rose, Moonstruck Chocolates, Portland, OR

Epcot Wine Schools

A wine authority leads guests through the event, showcasing the flavors and traditions of distinctive wine cultures. Tasting lessons for several regional wines are offered. Guests will receive a certificate of completion at a reception following the event.

When: 1-3PM; Light Reception 3-4PM
Where: East Hall at World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
Pricing: $135 per person, plus tax, gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

September 29: Andrea Robinson M.S.
October 27: Jim Berneau, Willamette Valley Vineyards
November 3: Sharron McCarthy, Castello Banfi wines

Food and Beverage Pairings

Learn about particular wine growing regions while sampling three beverages and three tasting-sized portions of menu items from Epcot’s ethnic restaurants.

Sushi at Tokyo Dining Food and Beverage Pairing

These food and wine pairing dinners are popular events and often sell out quickly. Read about our experience at the Morocco Food and Wine Pairing Dinner in 2009.

When: 3:30-5PM
Where: Tokyo Dining, Japan Pavilion; Restaurant Marrakesh, Morocco Pavilion
Pricing: $55/person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required

Tuesdays: Restaurant Marrakesh
Thursdays: Tokyo Dining

French Regional Lunches

A guest favorite to be held in the newly renovated Monsier Paul restaurant! Have a four course lunch (different every week!) and learn about paired wines throughout the meal from a winery principle. To get more information on a French Regional Lunch (or a “Frunch” to die-hard fans), take a look at this guest review of a French Regional Lunch from 2010.

Monsieur Paul Restaurant in Epcot's France Pavilion

When: Fridays and Sundays, 12-3PM
Where: Monsieur Paul, France pavilion
Pricing: $99/person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.
Date/Region/Presenter/Winery as follows:
September 27: Bordeaux, Jorge R. Hernandez, Andre Lurton
September 29: Bordeaux, Jorge R. Hernandez, Andre Lurton
October 4: Champagne, Wayne Ballard, Nicolas Feuillate
October 6: Champagne, Wayne Ballard, Nicolas Feuillate
October 11: Côtes du Rhône, Lydia Tremble, J.L. Colombo
October 13: Côtes du Rhône, Lydia Tremble, J.L. Colombo
October 18: Côtes du Rhône, Jerry McVey, Delas
October 20: Bordeaux, Eva Bordarier, Domaine Barons de Rothschild
October 25: Bordeaux, Jacques de la Giraudiere, Clarence Dillon Wines
October 27: Bordeaux, Jacques de la Giraudiere, Clarence Dillon Wines
November 1: Champagne, Wayne Ballard, Nicolas Feuillate (NOTE: this lunch has been removed from the Festival schedule.)
November 3: Champagne, Wayne Ballard, Nicolas Feuillate
November 8: South of France, Laurent Sauvage, Fortant
November 10: South of France, Laurent Sauvage, Fortant

The “Hibachi Experience” <– New for 2013!

Showcasing six courses with sake pairings, guests will enjoy a memorable and interactive experience as the art of Japanese Teppan cooking is spotlighted. One course will feature Wagyu Beef prepared at your table!

When: October 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5; 5-7PM
Where: Teppan Edo, Nihonbashi Dining Room, Japan pavilion
Pricing: $120 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

Kitchen Memories

This fun event will return to the 2013 Festival and feature celeb chefs demonstrating how to prepare an appetizer, main course, and dessert! During the three-course lunch, a winery representative will pair each course with a selection of wines.

Seating Area for Kitchen Memories

When: 10AM-12PM
Where: Festival Welcome Center, Chef’s Showcase
Pricing: $110 and *$170/person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

September 27: Emily Ellyn, Emily Ellyn Productions, Orlando, FL
October 4: Andrew Zimmerman, Bizarre Foods America, St. Louis, MN *$170
October 11: Art Smith, Lyfe Kitchen, Chicago, IL
October 18: Duskie Estes & John Stewart, zazu restaurant + farm and Black Pig Meat Company, Sonoma, CA
October 25: Bryan Voltaggio, VOLT, Frederick, MD & Michael Voltaggio, ink. & ink.sack, Los Angeles, CA
November 1: Robert Irvine, Robert Irvine’s Eat!, Hilton Head, SC *$170
November 8: Ben Sargent, Author and Television Host, New York, NY

Rose Margarita, The Opening Cocktail at Tequila Lunch

Mexican Tequila Lunch

The Tequila Lunch debuted in 2011 and returns in 2013. Check out a 2011 Mexico Tequila Lunch quest review here! And our 2012 Mexico Tequila Pairing Lunch review here!

When: Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays 12-1:30PM
Where: La Hacienda de San Angel, Mexico pavilion
Pricing: $75 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

Mixology Series: Taste, Shake and Indulge Like the French

After a welcoming Mimosa, a tasting of Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, Grand Marnier 100th Anniversary, and Grand Marnier 150th Anniversary will be offered. This seminar showcases the talents of a Grand Marnier cocktail master. Indulge in famous Crepes Suzette and desserts au Grand Marnier courtesy of the chefs at Monsieur Paul.

When: Saturdays, 2:30-4PM
Where: Monsieur Paul, France pavilion
Pricing: $65 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

Read the details on the 2010 Grand Marnier Tasting here.

Parisian Breakfast <– New for 2013!

Start your day with a Mimosa! Les Chefs de France will serve breakfast on Saturday mornings during the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, featuring authentic pastries (baguettes, brioches, croissants), unlimited coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and orange juice! Savor the baguettes made from scratch in a 48-hour process at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie. Fresh from the oven, enjoy them with butter and Bonnne Maman confiture (fruit preserve) to make a French tartine.

When: Saturdays 9-10:30AM
Where: Les Chefs de France, France pavilion
Pricing: $37 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

Peanut Butter and Pretzel Gianduja at PotS 2011

Party for the Senses

PftS returns in 2013! Your night begins with reserved seating at the evening’s Eat to the Beat concert. Explore more than 50 tasting stations. Live entertainment will be presented by Cirque du Soleil for another memorable Festival evening. This event is pricey and offered only on Saturdays, so plan accordingly. To see what this event is like, check out our 2011 Party for the Senses review here!

When: October 5, 12, 19, 26 and November 2; 7:30-10PM
Where: World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
Pricing: $145, $180 or $285

Wine View Lounge: $285 per person, plus tax, gratuity included. Epcot admission required. Check in at Wine View Lounge podium. Includes private reserved table, entrance into event at 7:15PM, specialty cocktail toast, premium bar, artisanal cheese station, and more. Space is limited.

Reserved Seating: $180 per person, plus tax, gratuity included. Epcot admission required. Check in at Wine View Lounge podium. Includes reserved table on main floor, entrance into event at 7:15PM, and specialty cocktail toast. Space is limited.

Party for the Senses: $145 per person, plus tax, gratuity included. Epcot admission required. Check in WorldShow Place Events pavilion. Limited seating.

Scotland, Land of Food And Drink <– New for 2013!

Through Scotland’s diverse cuisine and lively entertainment, discover the heart of the highlands! While strolling through tasting stations, feast on traditional fare as well as new Scottish favorites.

When: September 28, 7:30-10PM
Where: World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
Pricing: $95 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included OR reserved seating for $115 per person, plus tax, gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

Spirits Confidential <– New for 2013!

Master Distillers and Mixologists will disclose “confidential” tales while you get in the “spirit”! It’s an evening of fun food, stories, and cocktail concoctions!

When: November 1, 8-10PM
Where: World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
Pricing: $80 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included OR reserved seating for $95 per person, plus tax, gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

Sweet Sundays

Your Sunday will be extra sweet when you experience this event. An expert pastry chef will create three signature desserts before your eyes. Enjoy snacking on a wonderful breakfast buffet, plated signature desserts, and sipping sparkling wines! Hosted by Disney Vacation Clubs.

When: Sundays 10AM – 12PM
Where: Festival Welcome Center, Chef’s Showcase
Pricing: $99 per person (plus tax, gratuity included). Epcot admission required.

September 29: Carla Hall, ABC’s The CHEW, New York, NY
October 6: Warren Brown, CakeLove, Washington, DC
October 13: Buddy Valastro, Carlo’s Bakery, Hoboken, NJ
October 20: Gale Gand, TRU, Chicago, IL
October 27: Master Pâtissier Eric Lanlard, Cake Boy, London, England
November 3: Erika Davis, Graycliff Chocolatier, Nassau, Bahamas
October 10: Geraldine Randlesome, Geraldine’s Creative Cutters, Richmond Hill, Ontario

Italian Food and Beer Pairings

Imported Italian Beers

Head to Italy in Epcot’s World Showcase for a pairing of food and beer at Via Napoli. SEE EPCOT FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL PIZZA AND BEER TASTING 2011 REVIEW HERE.

When: Tuesdays, 1:30-4PM
Where: Via Napoli, Italy pavilion
Pricing: $55/person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required

Italian Food and Wine Pairings

An executive chef will be creating southern Italian specialties paired with Italian wines. Here’s a review of the 2011 Italian Dessert and Wine Pairing event.

When: Thursdays, 1:30-4PM
Where: Via Napoli, Italy pavilion.
Pricing: $65/person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar

Italian Regional Food & Wine Luncheon

The Italy pavilion is hosting Italian Regional Food and Wine luncheons in the Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar. Over a leisurely lunch, you’ll enjoy freshly prepared Italiand dishes paired with regional Italian wines.

When: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturdays, 12-2PM
Where: Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar, Italy pavilion
Pricing: $75 per person (plus tax, gratuity included, park admission required)

Italian White Truffle Lunch

Five course luncheon incorporating white truffles imported directly from Alba, Italy. Enjoy Batasiolo wines from Piedmont paired with each course.

When: November 3, 12-3PM
Where: Tutto Italia Ristorante, Italy pavilion
Pricing: $225/person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

Specialty Flying Fish Cafe Wine Dinners

2013 Flying Fish Cafe Signature Wine Dinners can be booked at 407-939-5102. Seating is limited to just 32 guests for each of these Thursday night events! While these are not official Food and Wine Festival events, they fall during the same time period. Reception begins at 6pm and Dinner at 6:15pm.

September 26, 2013: “Riesling/Pinot German Wine Dinner”; Johannes Selbach–Owner/Wine Maker, Weingut Selbach-Oster, Zeltingen-Mosel, Germany

October 3, 2013: “Gems of Italy”; Pierluigi Gaeta, Marketing Director-Vias Imports Ltd., NY. Featuring extraordinary selections from Italy’s Top Wine Producing Regions.

October 17, 2013: “Lasseter”; Mr. & Mrs. John Lasseter, Owner/Founder Lasseter Vineyards, Sonoma, California

October 24, 2013: “Schweiger”; Mr. Fred Schweiger, Owner/Founder of Schweiger Vineyards, Spring Mountain, California

October 31, 2013: “Chateau Montelena”; Mr. Brian Baker, VP Sales and Marketing, Chateau Montelena Winery, Napa, California

November 7, 2013: “Gems of France”; Mr. Brian Koziol, Master Sommelier, The Vintner Group. Featuring some extraordinary selections from all around France.

D23 Sip and Stroll

Begin the day with coffee, tea, and croissants inside World ShowPlace and presentations celebrating food and wine. A pairing party follows with guests sampling new dishes and wines being served at this year’s Festival. At 1PM, stroll through World Showcase at your leisure. Stop by the Norway Loft open exclusively for Sip & Stroll guests to relax in the shade and enjoy a cooling beverage (water or lemonade). At 7:30PM head to the America Gardens Theater for reserved seating at Air Supply’s Eat to the Beat concert. The evening culminates with a dessert party and private viewing are for IllumiNations. A few surprises and commemorative gift are included!

NOTE: Available only to Gold and Silver D23 Members in good standing. Members may reserve a ticket for themselves and one (1) guest. D23 Members will be required to provide their membership number when reserving tickets. Tickets may be picked up only with a valid photo ID AND D23 MEMBERSHIP CARD. If you have any dietary restrictions, please submit your request to GuestRelations@D23com at least two weeks prior to the event date.

When: October 4, 2013
Where: Epcot
Pricing: $155/person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

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!

For more information about the Festival, see our 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page.