What You Need to Know BEFORE You Book Your Epcot Food and Wine Festival Events!

REAL TIME UPDATES: TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2018, 2:38PM ET:
Booking is currently open for annual passholders, DVC members, Golden Oak residents, and Tables in Wonderland members.
Annual Passholder hotline: 407-560-7277
DVC Member Services: 800-800-9800
Regular Booking Number: 407-WDW-FEST
This morning, guests have been able to book Party for the Senses; French events (Parisian Breakfast, Parisian Afternoon, Family Traditions); Italian Regional Lunch; Food and Wine Pairings in Japan and Morocco; Hibachi experience in Japan; and low-cost seminars and demos.
Discounts are available for low-cost events Mon-Thurs for affinity groups.
Confirmed that all events outside of Epcot are not returning, including Trader Sam’s Behind the Scenes and Grand Floridian Brunch with a Twist, all culinary adventures in signature dining — events at places like Flying Fish, Victoria and Albert’s, etc.
Other events NOT returning: Japanese craft beer tasting, Morocco Food and Wine Pairing (Mediterranean food and wine pairing IS returning).
DVC and Passholder wait times are now down to under 5 minutes.
SEE ALL SPECIAL EVENTS HERE being updated in real time
SEE ALL LOW-COST EVENTS HERE being updated in real time
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Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival kicks off on August 30, 2018, and will tantalize taste buds until November 12! That’s 75 days of food, drink, and special events and experiences that, frankly, we don’t want to miss.
2017 Epcot Food and Wine

2017 Epcot Food and Wine

Booking for Epcot Food and Wine Festival events opens on June 14th at 7AM for the general public, and on June 12th at 9AM for select affinity groups like DVC members, Annual Passholders, and Tables in Wonderland members; and that means it’s TIME TO PLAN TODAY!

If you want to make the most of your visit to this uber-popular festival, you can’t wait until you step foot into the park to sort it all out. Last year’s festival had 35 food booths and more demonstrations, seminars, and special events than ever before, and 2018 is shaping up to be even bigger!

Cider Flight

Cider Flight

Here’s what you need to know about booking Epcot Food and Wine Festival events…

First, you’ve gotta know when you’ll be visiting the park and what’s happening while you’re there. Every day of the Festival is packed with add-on experiences like food and beverage pairings, culinary demonstrations, and even some fun for the kiddos. Check out our 2018 Food and Wine pages for up-to-date schedules of events, descriptions and reviews of events, and associated costs. Then, make yourself a list of things you’d love to do and when those things are happening.
Party for the Senses Epcot 35 Wine Glasses

Party for the Senses Epcot 35 Wine Glasses

When the booking window opens, you’ll want to start trying to get through to Disney ASAP. And if there’s something you absolutely must do, we recommend covering all of your bases. Get a couple of phones on hold with Disney while you also go online to see what’s available there. If you see something on your must do list, jump on it!
Buddy Valastro at a 2011 Culinary Demonstration

Want to see your favorite TV chefs? Get on the phone!

We know what you’re thinking: “DFB, are you for realz? Two phones and the internet? That’s straight up kookydooks. ” Friend, while we appreciate the Moana reference, the reality of Food and Wine special events is that they sell out super fast. So if you’re not feeling flexible and willing to take whatever is left after the first mad rush, you’ll want to do what you can to get into that rush yourself.

For more insight into what it’s like to book Food and Wine experiences, check out this overview of what to expect on peak booking days!

So what happens after your nail down your cheese tastings and your Eat to the Beat dining package? All the rest of your planning! We’re talking food booth and menu previews, scoping out the expected crowds (and tips on how to navigate them), and so much more that you need to know in order to really do Food and Wine.
Prepare to line up for fun!

Prepare to line up for fun!

And the good news is that the DFB has been food and wine-ing it for over a decade, and we’ve assembled our knowledge into a handy ebook! Pre-Order the DFB Guide to Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival 2018, which contains over 250 pages of tips, information, and experienced musings on everything Food and Wine. It’s the best — and we should know because we totally checked. ;) When you order your guide, you’ll get the 2017 edition for FREE. Then, once Disney releases all of the details for Food and Wine, we’ll send out the 2018 edition!
So now you’re ready to tackle the awesome task of booking your Epcot Food and Wine Festival experiences. Go, you! We can’t wait to see y’all at the Festival!

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 get the 2017 edition free as an immediate download! Two guides for the price of one! 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 and get the 2017 edition for FREE! Don’t miss a moment of the fun!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a 20% off the cover price!

What’s your favorite part of Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival? Let us know in the comments! 

Comments

  1. Alex says

    Has anyone booked the Parisian Breakfast? I was told yesterday they had no information about this event.

  2. Dana says

    Hi Alex, i just spoke to DVC member services and was able to book the Parisian breakfast for 9/29 if that helps.

  3. Rod says

    It looks like all the signature dining events have been cancelled?
    Is there a trick to finding out about ALL the offerings? I don’t see the Parisian Breakfast offered on the Epcot website?

  4. Erin says

    I was able to book 3 culinary demos and 2 Brunches with the chef for Oct 21 and Nov 11!

  5. Alex says

    Thanks Dana,
    However we were looking for a date in early September and the event does not start until 22nd. Yuck!

  6. Barb says

    Thanks for all the specifics on all the seminars and events. I was able to book a “Make It” seminar, which I couldn’t find on the official Disney website, because of your information.

  7. Kelsey says

    Thank you! We are all booked for absolutely everything we wanted this year! I think because nothing was posted on Disney we actually only waited on hold for twenty minutes this year, which was incredible. Can’t wait for Nov 5 Hibatchi!!

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