Epcot Food and Wine Festival Events UPDATE! What’s Back and What’s NOT RETURNING!

Today’s the big day: early booking for Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival opened at 9AM this morning for Disney Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members, Tables in Wonderland Members, and residents of Golden Oak. And for the rest of us, it’s the first look we are getting at what’s on — and what’s OFF — for the 2018 Festival.

Click here to visit our Festival Main Page, where we’ve gathered everything under the sun to help you plan your 2018 visit to Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival!

2017 Epcot Food and Wine

2017 Epcot Food and Wine

Most of this information still isn’t available on DisneyWorld.com, and it’s taken lots of time on hold and some virtual digging to gather it. But we’re saving you the trouble!

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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!

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News: Epcot Food and Wine Festival No Longer Serving Wine With Culinary Demos

A couple of changes have been made to the Culinary Demonstrations for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Chef Gale Gand Leads a Culinary Demonstration

Chef Gale Gand Leads a Culinary Demonstration

We discovered one of them when the Demonstration information for this year’s Low-Cost Events, Seminars, and Demonstrations was released: the price had increased from $15 to $17. [Read more…]

News! Booking Now Available for Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Events and Demos

The 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival kicks off NEXT MONTH!

Disney California Adventure  Food and Wine Festival

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival

While last year’s Festival ran on weekends only, this year’s Disneyland Resort event will run daily from March 10 – April 16, 2017. And TODAY is the time to really start planning, because booking is now open for the Festival’s Ticketed Events! And with even more dates to enjoy, there are more events this year! Let’s take a quick look at the options… [Read more…]

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Festival Center Tour

The 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is officially underway!

Festival Center Food and Wine Festival 15-044

We spent the better part of last week taking a look at all there is going on this year, and shared with you our Best of the Fest so far. And we aren’t finished yet!

In the coming days, look for reviews of many of the Marketplace Booths, and we’ll also be sharing with you impressions of some of the Special Events taking place throughout the Festival.

And speaking of special events, many of them take place in Festival Center, which serves as the headquarters for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. But there’s more to the space than just stages for Culinary Demos and Mixology Seminars.

Let’s head into Festival Center as we show you some returning features from previous years — and introduce you to a couple of enhancements that are making their first appearances in 2015.

The 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Center

You’ll find Festival Center located to the left as you enter Epcot and pass beneath Spaceship Earth. Head toward the old Wonders of Life Pavilion in Future World East, and you’ll be going in the right direction.

Festival Center -- Outside View

Festival Center — Outside View

Get your bearings as you walk in the door — you’ll find a handy diagram of the circular space just to the left of the Information Desk. [Read more…]

Tips from the DFB Guide: Recommended Epcot Food and Wine Festival One-Day Strategy

The 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival will be here before you know it! Mark your calendars for September 25-November 16, 2015!

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Logo

That’s more than seven full weeks to enjoy all that this incredible event has to offer. And there is so much to do and see!

I’ve often thought through the years that it would be great to stick around for the entire Food and Wine Festival and take in every special event, cooking demonstration, and Eat to the Beat Concert. But we both know that’s not gonna happen. Who has that kind of time, right?

Well, here’s the good news. Even if you’re short on time, you can still enjoy so much of what the festival has to offer by planning ahead.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll take a look at some of the Touring Strategies featured in the DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. And don’t forget — when you pre-order the 2015 Guide, you’ll receive the 2014 immediately for free, so you can get started planning right away!

Today, we’ll get started by discussing how to make the most of the festival when you only have one day to enjoy it!

Get An Early Start

Even if you only have one day to spend at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, you can still make the most of your time. Plan to arrive early — a day where there are morning Extra Magic Hours would be ideal. And then head to the Festival Center when it opens at 9:00AM.

Festival Center

Festival Center

Here, you can browse the shops and pick up your free [Read more…]

News! 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminar Details

Today, we are excited to share details for the Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars that will take place during the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Food and Wine Festival Updates

With not a moment to spare (whew!) we now have details on the low-cost demos and seminars that are one of the hallmarks of the Festival. Everyone is anxious to see what’s available, and to book their favorites (starting July 31st for general public; July 25th for Annual Passholders, DVC members, Golden Oak Residents, and Tables in Wonderland Members; and July 29th for Chase Disney Visa Cardmembers)!

Not only do the demos and seminars represent good value; they also offer some of the most interesting educational and cultural options that guests enjoy during the Festival.

Click through to our Culinary and Beverage Seminars and Demonstrations page to see links to the Culinary, Beverage, and Mixology events.

All seminars and demos are $15 this year, and feature a mix of talent from the culinary world. You’ll find celebrity chefs as well as standout talent from throughout the Walt Disney World company — and beyond. And representatives from wineries and other beverage companies make learning about wine and spirits a hands-on experience with tastings.

Presenter During a Mixology Seminar

Presenter During a Mixology Seminar

There will be many familiar names returning in 2014, so check the details to find out when guest favorites like Gale Gand, Robert Irvine, and Carla Hall take the stage! With demos and seminars taking place daily during the Festival, you’re bound to find options that tempt your palate!

As always, stay tuned to DisneyFoodBlog.com, the DFB Newsletter, and our DFB Food and Wine Festival Fans Facebook Page for all the details as soon as they happen!

Booking and Discounts

You can book most of the events on [Read more…]