What Events To Book at the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival – DFB’s Recommendations!

If you’re making plans to attend the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, tomorrow is a BIG day! That’s when general public bookings begin for Seminars, Demonstrations, Eat to the Beat Dining Packages, and Special Events!

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

The Food and Wine Festival – running from August 30 through November 12, 2018 – features delicious eats and sips at the Marketplace Booths in addition to incredible special events, informative culinary and beverage demonstrations, celebrity chefs, and more! And booking the right Seminar, Demonstration, or Special Event is a big decision to make — which is why we’re going to share a few recommendations to help you plan!

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Special Events at the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The Special Events at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival can be some of the most memorable of your Festival experience…and the most expensive! So it’s important to choose something you’ll really enjoy! These are a few of our must-do Special Events!

Parisian Breakfast

The Parisian Breakfast has proven to be very popular since its debut in 2013. This event takes place on select Saturday mornings at Les Chefs de France.

Apple Turnovers and Frangipane Pastries at the Parisian Breakfast

Apple Turnovers and Frangipane Pastries at the Parisian Breakfast

Guests are served a welcoming Mimosa, and then move on to a spread 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.

The Parisian Breakfast takes place on select Saturdays throughout the Festival at 9:15 AM. The price is $42.12 per person.

Sunday Brunch with the Chef

NEW for 2018, Sunday Brunch with the Chef offers a 2-hour session, which includes a breakfast buffet (with a sparkling wine toast) and a Q&A with a celebrity guest — including a photo opportunity with the guest and attendees.

Tiffani Thiessen is a new celebrity guest at the festival this year

Tiffani Thiessen is a new celebrity guest at the festival this year

Celebrity guests will include Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Masaharu Morimoto, Art Smith, Tiffani Thiessen (KELLY KAPOWSKI!!), and more! The Brunch takes place on select Sundays at the World Showplace Events Pavilion and is $129 per person, plus tax, gratuity included.

Italian Food and Beverage Pairings

Enjoy a pairing of food with both wine and beer at Via Napoli in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion at the Italian Food, Wine Vs. Beer Pairing. Or choose the Italian Food and Wine Pairing Luncheon held at Tutto Gusto where you’ll enjoy five courses paired with a variety of regional Italian wines.

Italian Beer Pairing

Italian Beer Pairing

The Italian Food and Wine Pairing (Italian Regional Lunch) takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays through the Festival and is priced at $99 + tax. The Italian Food, Wine Vs. Beer Pairing takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is priced at $92.85 (including tax). See our review of an Italy Beer and Pizza Tasting here!

Mexican Tequila Lunch

The Tequila Lunch – held at La Hacienda de San Angel in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion – features a selected Mexican regional cuisine, and offers guests the opportunity to learn more about tequila and spirits.

Hilda, Tequila Ambassador

Hilda, Tequila Ambassador

The Mexican Tequila Lunch takes place on select Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM! The price is $89.68 (including tax).

Low-Cost/Free Events, Seminars, and Demonstrations

The Food and Wine Festival also offers low-cost or free events including Culinary Demos, Beverage Seminars, Mix It Make It Seminars, and the NEW Food and Wine Pairings events that are terrific opportunities to enhance your festival experience!

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

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

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

These workshops take place at the Festival Center Stage on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM. The price is just $39 per person! Check out the full list of Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Workshops here!

Food and Beverage Pairing Events

NEW for 2018, the Food and Beverage Pairing Events will teach guests how to perfectly pair your food and beverage with some of the top Chefs during a 45-minute session.

Master Sommelier George Miliotes

Master Sommelier George Miliotes

The Food and Beverage Pairings take place at 2:30pm Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Festival Center Stage. The price is $25 per person. Check out a full list of all Food and Beverage Parings here!

Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars

The Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminarspriced at $17 per person — are also an inexpensive way to add some additional fun to your Food and Wine Experience!

Buddy Valastro returns to the Food and Wine Festival

Buddy Valastro returns to the Food and Wine Festival

Remember, booking begins June 14, 2018! 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.

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

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2015 DFB F&W Guide Cover

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Which Special Event, Seminar, or Demonstration are you looking forward to booking this year? Let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. Bridget Wiseman says

    Which events are you actually recommending?
    It appears that the events have really been scaled back this year!

  2. Mark says

    While we are doing the pairing with Militoes and a bunch of culinary demos, I have to disagree on your other choices. The lunches at Tutto Gusto are much better than the ones at Via Napoli. The amount of food we got at the Tequila lunch was tiny. Be prepared to get drunk. We do the Mediterranean pairing lunch at Spice road and highly recommend it. We still lament the loss of the French regional lunch and the lunch in Canada, which were the best events the festival ever did. C’est la vie.

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