2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost/Free Events, Seminars, and Demonstrations

The 2018 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!

Culinary Demos, Beverage Seminars, and Mix It Make It Seminars will again be offered at this year’s festival. NEW for 2018: Food and Beverage Pairing Events will join the low-cost seminar listings.

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Logo Disney

These events will be held at the Festival Welcome Center in Epcot’s Future World (the old Wonders of Life Pavilion). Look for offerings throughout the duration of the Festival (August 30-November 12, 2018).

2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demonstrations

2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Beverage Seminars

2018 Epcot Mix It! Make It! Celebrate It! Hands On Workshops

NEW! 2018 Food and Beverage Pairings

Booking begins June 14, 2018! For reservations, please check availability online or call (407) 939-3378. See booking details on our 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost Events Page, and see more details about the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival here.

Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Golden Oak Residents may be 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 June 12, 2018 at 9:00 am (EST). Discounts are by phone only at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378).

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminars

The cost for Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars is $17 per person. All events take place in the Festival Center.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demonstrations

During each 45-minute demonstration, renowned gourmets will impart years of kitchen wisdom while whipping up a special delicious dish. Attendees can collect tips and tricks to sharpen their skills, and try dishes the chef is making.

Event Details

  • Location: Festival Center Stage
  • Days: Monday through Saturday at 12:30 PM
  • Price: $17 per Guest, plus tax

See All 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demonstrations here!

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

Chef Buddy Valastro

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Beverage Seminars

Sample select adult beverages at a 45-minute seminar that puts you in touch with your inner wine, beer or spirit connoisseur.

General Event Details

  • Festival Center Stage
  • Daily throughout the Festival
  • $17 per Guest, plus tax

Event Times in 2018

  • Monday through Thursday: 11:15 AM and 2:30 PM
  • Friday and select Saturdays: 11:15 AM and 4:30 PM
  • Sunday: 4:30 PM

See the Full List of 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Beverage Seminars Here!

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!

Check out our review from a Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Hands-On Workshop in 2016!

General Event Details

  • Festival Center Stage
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM
  • $39 per Guest, plus tax
Brownie Ingredients

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

See the Full List of 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Hands-On Workshops Here!

New! Food and Beverage Pairing Events

Learn how to perfectly pair your food and beverage with some of the top Chefs during a 45-minute session.

Where: Festival Center Stage
Price: $25 per Guest, plus tax
When: 2:30pm Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

See the Full Food and Beverage Pairing Schedule Here

NEW! Character Dance Party

On Friday and Saturday evenings, kids enjoy an interactive atmosphere where they dance and play along with Disney Characters.

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.

NEW for 2018! The Festival Center will feature a Mimosa Bar, wine and local beers, select food options, and complimentary samples and seminars hosted by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company!

Festival Center During the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Festival Center During the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Note: All events and exhibits are subject to change.

New! Festival Center Stage Presented by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company®

“Discover the incredible voyage coffee undergoes in order to arrive in your morning mug.” Guests can purchase select coffees from Joffrey’s Specialty Disney Coffee Collection, including Disney French Bistro, Disney Peru Alto Mayo and Disney Mickey’s 90th Anniversary Blend.

New! Junior Chef Kitchen presented by Krusteaz®

Children become chefs and get to eat what they make in this family-friendly, complimentary experience every Sunday at the Festival Center. “Junior Chefs” will make, decorate, and sample their own pancake creations using fun recipes. Participants will also receive their very own chef hat, apron and certificate of completion.

Junior Chef Kitchen sessions are held at the Festival Center Spotlight Stage on select Sundays at 11:00 AM:

  • September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
  • October 7, 14, 21 and 28
  • November 4, 11

Children wishing to participate in the complimentary Junior Chef Kitchen must register at the Festival Center the day before or the morning of the experience. Guests must be between 4 and 10 years of age to participate. Availability is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Valid theme park admission is required.

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 this year. 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 through Sundays at 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.
Where: Festival Welcome Center, Spotlight Stage
Stay tuned for a full list of presenters.

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

We hope everyone’s favorite rat, Chef Remy, will be joining the party with Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt once again in 2018!

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, then 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

Remy's Hide & Squeak Map Purchasing Location sign

Remy’s Hide & Squeak Map Purchasing Location sign

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 2017, 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  look at the 2017 Festival Passport. We loved 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!

Mini-Size Festival Gift Card

Purchase a mini-size Festival gift card, complete with its own wearable wristlet. Using the card, which features a unique design and the Festival logo, is easy—simply swipe or scan yours to pay for food, beverages and more. Mini-size Festival gift cards can be purchased from Festival Center kiosks, along with select merchandise locations throughout Future World and World Showcase at Epcotfor as a little as $15!The mini-size gift card can also be used at select Disney destinations.

Eat to the Beat Concert Series and Dining Packages

The Eat to the Beat Concert Series continues to draw big crowds throughout the entire Festival. And in 2018, we look forward to discovering new acts that will debut in the line up! Look for returning favorites like Sugar Ray 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

Want More Epcot Food and Wine Festival Info?

We’ll have all the coverage and information you need right here on Disney Food Blog! Stay tuned for more information on our 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page and the Disney Food Blog Newsletter!

Ready to Plan for Your 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Trip?

Pre-Order the DFB Guide to the 2018 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book today, and start planning your visit!  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.

2015 DFB F&W Guide Cover

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!

Pre-Order your 2018 edition today! Don’t miss a moment of the fun!

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Be sure to stay tuned to Disney Food Blog for all of the latest coverage about the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We’ll have the details FIRST!

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