2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Festival Center Tour

Whew! The 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is half over, and it feels like it just began!

There’s been a ton to do and see, but we couldn’t let another day slip by without showing you around one of the must-visit spots — Festival Center.

Festival Center

Festival Center

Located in the old Wonders of Life Pavilion in Future World East, the venue comes alive each year for the Food and Wine Festival. This is your spot to attend low-cost seminars and demonstrations and other special events. You’ll find Festival information, Intermissions Cafe, and some great shopping here as well.

Festival Center Sign

Festival Center Sign

We recently toured the spot to bring you pictures of every corner. There’s a LOT to cover, so let’s get started!

2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival — Festival Center

Festival Center is THE place to begin your Food and Wine Festival Adventure. Helpful Cast Members provide you with information regarding all aspects of the Festival — from Marketplaces to Special Events.

Check out this map to get the lay of the land.

Festival Center Map

Festival Center Map

Festival Shop presented by Cutco

At the base of the ramp to the right, you’ll come to your first merchandise stop — the Festival Shop presented by Cutco.

Festival Shop

Festival Shop

You’ll find a large display of Cutco Products.

Cutco Merchandise Display

Cutco Merchandise Display

This area also features books by various chefs — both cookbooks and biographies.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks

You’ll also find guest chefs signing books throughout the Festival here.

Area for Chef Book Signings

Area for Chef Book Signings

Looking for the perfect piece of Disney art? Check out a full array of options here.

More Artwork

Artwork

Artwork

Artwork — Up Close

Intermissions Cafe

If you’re in need of sustenance and can’t wait to get to the Marketplace Booths, you can also grab a bite or drink at Intermissions Cafe.

Intermissions Cafe

Intermissions Cafe

The menu offers an array of snack items and a few grab and go-type preparations.

Intermissions Cafe Menu

Intermissions Cafe Menu

Vegan Trio (couscous, tabouleh, and hummus with pita)

Vegan Trio (couscous, tabouleh, and hummus with pita)

You can also get drinks here that aren’t available elsewhere, like the Caposaldo Sweet Sparkling Peach Moscato.

Peach Moscato

Caposaldo Sweet Sparkling Peach Moscato

Vegetarians will find a few offerings as well.

The Stockpot Shop

Looking for everything and anything food and wine? Visit the Stockpot Shop!

Gift Shop

Gift Shop

This is the main merchandise area within Festival Center — and there’s a ton of stuff to check out. You’ll find Festival logo merch here as well as many other favorite souvenirs.

If you’re looking to take a piece of the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival home with you, this year’s Logo Poster is a great way to do it. The poster features 2014’s central slogan, plus a cool skyline representing the countries of World Showcase.

Festival Poster

Festival Poster

Smaller Logo Magnets also feature the slogan.

Logo Magnets

Logo Magnets

There are several pieces with the bold font, including Mugs, Glasses, T-Shirts, and Hats.

Logo Mugs

Logo Mugs

Shot Glasses

Logo Shot Glasses

Logo T Shirt and Hat

Logo T Shirt and Hat

More Logo Merch

More Logo Merch

But there are also other “families” of logo merchandise, including a whole line of items featuring Figment! These include T-Shirts, Aprons, Prints, and other items.

Festival Artwork

Festival Artwork Featuring Figment, Mickey, and Donald

Festival Logo Merchandise

Festival Logo Merchandise

Festival T Shirt with Figment

Festival T Shirt with Figment

Festival Logo Apron

Festival Logo Apron

Of course, you’re going to need some cash to buy it all! Whether you’re looking for a fun gift for someone Food and Wine-bound, or you just like their ease of use around World Showcase, small giftcards can be very handy. Purchase them here or throughout the Park.

Reloadable Gift Cards

Reloadable Gift Cards

There’s also an extensive collection of merch for the beer lovers among us. The popular Brews Around the World line offers you a lot of options!

Brews Logo Merchandise

Brews Logo Merchandise

Brews Around the World Cap

Brews Around the World Cap

This Magnet does double duty as a Bottle Opener!

Brews Magnet

Brews Magnet

Enjoy a beer long after the Festival closes from a Brews Pint Glass.

Brews Pint Glass

Brews Pint Glass

Or commemorate your Drinking Around the World Day with this Plaque.

Brews Plaque

Brews Plaque

T-Shirts are always a good choice as well.

Brews T Shirts

Brews T Shirts

And if you prefer a different kinda brew — say, Coffee, you’ll find all kinds of stuff to interest you.

Coffee Merchandise

Coffee Merchandise

Duffy makes an appearance this year of course — decked out as a chef again, with the date on his jacket.

Chef Duffy Bear

Chef Duffy Bear

One item that’s always popular is the Festival Cookbook. In 2014, Disney has expanded the book to loop in dishes from other Epcot Festivals taking place throughout the year.

Festival Cookbook

Festival Cookbook

A Taste of Epcot: Festival Food from Around the Globe offers readers recipes from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival and Holidays Around the World in addition to Food and Wine Festival recipes.

Inside the Festival Cookbook

Inside the Festival Cookbook

Of course, you can also “visit” a few of Epcot’s countries right at Festival Center with some cool merch, like these Italy and France Items. Note the trays. ;-)

Italy and France Merchandise

Italy and France Merchandise

The UK Pavilion is represented as well.

Rose & Crown Merchandise

Rose & Crown Merchandise

Passholder Exclusive Festival Items are on display, too.

Passholder Exclusive Items Info

Passholder Exclusive Items Info

Passholder Exclusive Items

Passholder Exclusive Items

Looking for an upscale way to drink your wine from a plastic glass? Check out this handsome tumbler!

Wine Tumbler

Wine Tumbler

Many of you know Disney presenter Pam Smith from the myriad of Special Events she emcees during the Festival. This year, you can purchase some of Pam’s spice mixes at the Stockpot Shop.

Spice Display

Spice Display

Spices for Sale

Spices for Sale

More Spices

More Spices

Presentation Stages

There are four different areas within Festival Center where guests can take in presentations and seminars. If you’re interested in taking in one of the complementary events, or you’re attending a Special Event or a Demonstration or Seminar, be sure to consult the map or the Information Desk to find out where your event is taking place.

Complimentary talks about various ingredients take place throughout the day at Spotlight Stage.

Spotlight Stage Entrance

Spotlight Stage Entrance

Back to Basics Schedule

Back to Basics Schedule

Spotlight Stage Presentation

Spotlight Stage Presentation

The Chef’s Showcase, in the back of Festival Center, is home to Culinary Demonstrations and lots of Special Events throughout the Festival.

Chef's Showcase

Chef’s Showcase

The culinary staff was busily preparing for the first demo of the day was I toured the space.

Set Up for a Culinary Demo

Set Up for a Culinary Demo

Finally, you’ll head to the Vineyard Stage to attend Beverage and Mixology Seminars.

The Vineyard Stage

The Vineyard Stage

The Vineyard Stage Schedule

The Vineyard Stage Schedule

Beverage Seminar

Beverage Seminar

From Bean to Bar by Ghirardelli and Seasons of the Vine

In the very back of the Festival Center, be sure to carve out a little time to walk through The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to Bar, hosted by Ghirardelli.

Bean to Bar Exhibit

Bean to Bar Exhibit

As you enter, Cast Members are passing out free chocolate!

Free Chocolate!

Free Chocolate!

The center of the space offers a look at the History of Chocolate.

The History of Chocolate

The History of Chocolate

And don’t miss the Chocolate Sculptures! Talented pastry teams from around Walt Disney World have assembled some real works of art. We’ll have a full photo tour of these soon!

Chocolate Display

Chocolate Sculpture

If sampling turns to buying, you have a nice array of Ghirardelli chocolate to choose from.

Ghirardelli Merchandise

Ghirardelli Merchandise

And don’t miss the selection of Drinking Chocolate and Wines for purchase.

From Bean to Bar  Menu

From Bean to Bar Menu

The drinking chocolate is one of our favorites!

Ghirardelli Drinking Chocolate from Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Ghirardelli Drinking Chocolate from Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Seasons of the Vine is a short film that runs continuously during Festival Center hours. You’ll find it playing at the theater located within the middle of Festival Center with the entrance toward the back of the room.

Seasons of the Vine

Seasons of the Vine

The Festival Center Wine Shop

Finally, before you head out the door, be sure to browse through the Festival Center Wine Shop.

All the Bottles

All the Bottles

More Wine!

More Wine!

Find bottles of many of the wines you’re enjoying throughout the Festival.

Wines from the Festival

Wines featured at Intermissions Cafe and the Brazil Marketplace

Apple Ice Wine

Apple Ice Wine from Block & Hans

In addition to bottles, you’ll find a ton of wine-themed merchandise, like Festival Wine Glasses.

Wine Glasses

Wine Glasses

Need to brush up on your vino knowledge? Pick up a Book all about the subject.

Wine Books

Wine Books

There’s a wide variety of wine-themed merch available, from T-Shirts to Magnets, and everything in between.

Wine Merchandise

Wine Merchandise

More Wine Merchandise

More Wine Merchandise

Not wanting to talk? Let your T-Shirt do it for you!

Wine T Shirt

Wine T Shirt

Another Wine T Shirt

Another Wine T Shirt

I can think of several people I could cross off my Christmas Shopping list with a trip to the Wine Shop. :-)

Festival Center is a great place to meet, formulate your game plan, and take in a few moments of serenity before heading out to stroll World Showcase!

Will you be visiting Festival Center to shop or attend an event during the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival? Tell us about it below in comments!

Comments

  1. oj says

    “Located in the old Odyssey Building in Future World East”

    That looks like the “Wonders of Life” pavilion, not the Odyseey.

  2. Dru Filiberto says

    Is it just my iPad or there a lot of pictures missing? I see great picture captions but no pictures

  3. says

    Dru — The pics are all there :-) It may just be loading slowly on your iPad because there are SOOOO many pictures.

  4. says

    OJ — It IS Wonders of Life…and I absolutely know that (Body Wars!!!! ;-D). I have no idea where my brain was. The odyssey is hosting the Craft Beers pavilion this year!

  5. Jenny says

    I know that the merch changes from year to year, but I really hope to see some of these T-shirts next year.
    I love the chocolate Mine Train sculpture. I’m looking forward to the photos of the Ghiradelli from beans to chocolate.
    Thank you
    :)

  6. Audrey says

    OMG the shopping! LOL I’m so glad I’m using my Disney vacation account money and my Disney Visa rewards for all this! Thanks for posting this! I already know what I want to buy. LOL This is my first trip and I’m armed with my DFB e-book and tips! :) Going in three weeks!

  7. Pardonmyfrench says

    in all our years going down we’ve never been in here primary because I have little kids and didn’t think there was a reason to make them sit through demos. So is the shopping different than what we find out in the main worlds area?

  8. says

    I realize this post is a couple of days old and you may mention this elsewhere on DFB, but if you want to purchase a bottle of wine from the wine shop, you can’t just purchase it and walk out with it. After you pay for it, cast members will send it the bottle to the front gate, and you can pick it up 2 hours later. So, plan to purchase your bottle first thing…not at 7:30pm at night like I tried to! Luckily I’ll be back this weekend and will rectify that mistake.

    I imagine this is so people won’t purchase their own wine and drink it as they taste their way around the world. :)

  9. Sunny says

    This is a first must stop each time we go to F&W! This year I picked up the Dooney & Bourke F&W wristlet. Went the day they went on sale. Thank goodness because they were sold out in 2 days!

    I also purchased one of those fancy drinking wine tumblers. Love it!

    I’m hoping one year, maybe even next year ;-), F&W will come out with an i-Phone case.

    Thanks for sharing one of the hidden favs of F&W!

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