2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost/Free Events, Seminars, and Demonstrations

The 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival seminars and demonstrations, book signings, chef meet and greets, and other low-cost or free events always offer terrific opportunities to enhance your festival experience!

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These events are held at the Festival Welcome Center in Epcot’s Future World (the old Wonders of Life Pavilion).

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demonstrations

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Beverage Seminars

2017 Epcot Mix It! Make It! Celebrate It! Hands On Workshops

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminars

Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminars will again be offered at this year’s festival. And Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! hands-on workshops return as well! The cost for Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars is $17 per person. Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! hands-on workshops are $49 per person. All events take place in Festival Center.

Please Note: On Thursday, August 31, 2017, there will be an additional Beverage Seminar at 5:00 PM.

Stay tuned for more information on our 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page!

NEW for 2017, look for culinary demos and dishes created especially to excite kids and get them into the kitchen!

General Booking begins Tuesday, July 20.

Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Golden Oak Residents are eligible for a $2 discount (per person, per event) for beverage and mixology seminars and culinary demos taking place Monday through Thursday during the festival. These populations can also book these events (in addition to ALL Special Events) early beginning on Tuesday, July 18 at 9:00AM. Discounts are by phone only at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378).

Buddy Valastro Will Return to the Food and Wine Festival in 2016

Chef Buddy Valastro

Stay tuned for more information on our 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page and the Disney Food Blog Newsletter!

Start Your Planning NOW!

News! The DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available! NOTE: This is our preliminary 2017 Guide. This guide will be updated and a final edition will be emailed to you as soon as Disney finalizes the remaining details of the festival.

This 250+-page guide to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever.

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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!

Order your 2017 edition today! Don’t miss a moment of the fun! NOTE: This is our preliminary 2017 Guide. This guide will be updated and a final edition will be emailed to you as soon as Disney finalizes the remaining details of the festival.

Use code Chefs at check-out for a 20% discount!

Be sure to stay tuned to Disney Food Blog for all of the latest coverage about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We’ll have the details FIRST!

Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Hands-On Workshops

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty! In this hands-on experience,  you’ll learn directly from the pros. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about a myriad of culinary subjects — from decorating cakes, garnishing like a boss, and even mixing up an amazing cocktail!

Brownie Ingredients

Brownie Ingredients from a Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It Hand-On Workshop

We’re still awaiting word on whether this interactive event will return but we expect it to! In the meantime, check out our review from a Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Hands-On Workshop in 2016!

Festival Welcome Center Events

Many of these events, including seminars and demonstrations, take place in the Festival Welcome Center in Epcot’s Future World. Some exhibits and events will take place in other parts of the the park.

Festival Center During the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Festival Center During the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

While we await release of the official schedule, here are some of the events and exhibits that we expect to see in 2017.

Note: All events and exhibits are subject to change.

The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar

*Included with Epcot admission
When: 9AM – Park Close

This Festival Center exhibit, hosted by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, has been a staple of the Festival for years, and we expect to see it again in 2017. This exhibit includes displays outlining the history of chocolate and the chocolate making process as well as chocolate sculptures from Disney pastry chefs.

It’s a fun way to pass the time while you await upcoming events. There are also chocolate items available for purchase, including one of our favorites, Gourmet Drinking Chocolate!

Ghirardelli Drinking Chocolate

Ghirardelli Drinking Chocolate

You’ll also find sample chocolates, select a wine and chocolate pairing, and shop for a bag of your favorite Ghirardelli Gourmet Chocolates.

Back to Basics Seminars

Turn ho-hum into YUM YUM! Back to Basics offers epicurean tips and tricks from the pros that may seem simple but can have a profound effect on your next dinner party.
*Included with Epcot admission
When: Fridays – Sundays at 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM
Where: Festival Welcome Center, Spotlight Stage

Presenters in 2017 include:

  • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company® – September 1, 2 and 3
  • The Olive Pantry – September 8, 9 and 10
  • Pam Smith, P.S. Flavor!™ – September 15, 16 and 17
  • Melissa’s Produce – September 22, 23 and 24
  • National Watermelon Promotion Board – September 29 and 20; October 1
  • AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate – October 6, 7 and 8
  • Minus 8 Vinegar – October 13, 14 and 15
  • Kumquat Growers, Inc. – October 20, 21 and 22
  • Blue Diamond Almond Breeze – October 27, 28 and 29; November 3, 4 and 5
  • Twinings™ of London– November 10, 11 and 12

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

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 participate in these meet and greet opportunities with chefs and beverage experts. However, you may need to arrive at the Festival Welcome Center early to get a wristband for meet and greets with well-known personalities. 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 for 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.

Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt

Everyone’s favorite rat, Chef Remy, will be joining the party with Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt once again in 2017!

French Cheese with a Side of Remy

French Cheese with a Side of Remy

Guests can participate in the hunt by purchasing a map and stickers at select Festival Center merch locations. They could bring back their completed map for a special surprise!

2017 Remy Hide & Squeek Scavenger Hunt ©Disney

2017 Remy Hide & Squeek Scavenger Hunt ©Disney

Normally, you can pick up a map at the following Epcot locations:
– Pin Central
– Festival Center
– Disney Traders in World Showcase
– International Gateway in World Showcase

Seasons of the Vine

Watch a 7 minute film where you’ll get a behind-the-vines look at the process that transforms delicate grapes into the “nectar of the gods”—step by nectarous step. The film runs continuously throughout each day of the Festival and is a must-see if you love wine!

Marketplace Discovery Passport

And it wouldn’t be the Epcot Food and Wine Festival without everyone’s favorite free souvenir! Once again, we anticipate you’ll be able to pick up a Festival Marketplace Discovery Passport from the Festival Welcome Center to keep track of your progress Around the World.

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Passport

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Passport

In 2016, the Passport came with a sheet of stickers for you to apply to each Booth page as you visited the corresponding Marketplace. The stickers replaced the stamps that guests could previously get at each booth.

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Passport Stickers

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Passport Stickers

Here’s a first look at the 2017 Festival Passport. We love the retro vibe, especially in the booth stickers!

The 2017 Festival Pass at Left ©Disney

The 2017 Festival Pass at Left ©Disney

We love the Festival Passport. It’s a handy way to note your favorites!

Eat to the Beat Concert Series

The Eat to the Beat Concert Series continues to draw big crowds throughout the entire Festival. And in 2017, we look forward to discovering new acts that will debut in the line up! Look for returning favorites like Christopher Cross and Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas. See the full lineup on our Eat to the Beat Concert Series Page!

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Performing at Eat to the Beat

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Performing at Eat to the Beat

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How to Book Epcot Food & Wine Festival Events

To book all special events and demonstrations, call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378) starting July 20 at 7:00AM ET. Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars and general admission for some special events may be bookable online at www.epcotfoodfestival.com as well as by phone.

Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Golden Oak Residents are eligible for a $2 discount (per person, per event) for beverage and seminars and culinary demos taking place Mon-Thurs during the festival. Members of these groups can also book all Special Events early on July 18th beginning at 9:00AM ET. Discounts are by phone only at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Stay tuned to DisneyFoodBlog.com and the Disney Food Blog Newsletter for details.

Chase Disney Visa Cardholders will not have early access to booking.

Start Your Planning NOW!

News! The DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available! NOTE: This is our preliminary 2017 Guide. This guide will be updated and a final edition will be emailed to you as soon as Disney finalizes the remaining details of the festival.

This 250+-page guide to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever.

food-and-wine-guide-cover-2017

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!

Order your 2017 edition today! Don’t miss a moment of the fun! NOTE: This is our preliminary 2017 Guide. This guide will be updated and a final edition will be emailed to you as soon as Disney finalizes the remaining details of the festival.

Use code Chefs at check-out for a 20% discount!

Be sure to stay tuned to Disney Food Blog for all of the latest coverage about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We’ll have the details FIRST!

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