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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Tips You NEED TO KNOW For the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!

If you’re going to be enjoying a Walt Disney World vacation this spring, you’ll definitely want to schedule some time to explore Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival. Everyone from expert gardeners to those of us without green thumbs can appreciate the astounding botanical displays, but beyond the flowers and plants, there are so many other reasons to check out the Festival.

Pooh welcomes you to Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival!

Pooh welcomes you to Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival!

With 15 food booths (called Outdoor Kitchens at Flower and Garden) and numerous demonstrations, tours, and displays, Flower and Garden is a must-do. But like the larger Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, the Flower and Garden Festival can be a lot to take in. So your pals at the DFB have assembled some top tips to help you navigate this most beautiful of special events!

Click here to see Full Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Menus and Food Photos Of EVERY SINGLE FOOD ITEM AT THE BOOTHS!

Now to our TOP TIPS!

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9 Top Tips for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is now less than a month away! And we asked Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fans on facebook to share their personal tips for navigating the festival!

We received some valuable information that has been Festival-tested! For example, Michelle O. shared a personal experience warning of the dangers of sipping around the world before attending a seminar on The World’s Sharpest Knife. Learn from her experience. Bring first-aid or sip AFTER the knife session!

Here are a few more tried and tested tips…

Tip #1: Share

Facebook Fans Michelle J. and Susan S. advise Festival-goers to share their eats with family and friends. Joline S. agrees: “Share what you buy so you have enough room to try more things.”

Heather P. likes to share too! “If you want to try more than one item at each booth have everyone that is with you order something different so that you all can have a taste.”

Sharing is Caring at the Ireland Booth: Lava Cake, Fisherman's Pie, and Meade

Tip #2: Meal Planning and Touring Strategies

Sometimes planning ahead and taking your time while at the festival are the best ways to make sure you’ll be able to sample everything that you want. (Psst… taking a look at our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus and Food Photos will help with the planning ahead!)

Christopher N. has mastered a dining (and grazing!) technique: “We plan a day where our lunch and dinner dining is at the festival booths. We start at one end of World Showcase with a preplanned idea of what items we want to try. We take our time and [Read more…]

Food Photography Tips and Tricks

Disney Food Blog contributor Megan Dorsey offered a few food photography tips she’d learned from taking pics on a recent trip, and I thought it’d be fun to compile a few more from some photographer friends and me! More and more folks are starting to join the weird crowd of us who take photos of everything we eat, so tips and tricks are always fun to share!

The following tips are compiled from Megan, Anna G. who writes Cookie Madness, Joe S. from Culinary in the Country, my Dad (a professional photographer), and me!:

1. Play around with camera angles: While taking photos directly above the plate looking down works well for many entrees and shows the whole plate, some foods are more impressive when seen from the side. Experiment with different angles (makes it harder to keep us, the kids, and the other table stuff out of some shots.)

A Side-View Offers a Unique Photograph of this Brownie

2. Try to clear away the rest of the table clutter from the shot. (Hard with two kids.)

3. Have the camera ready because it is tempting to start eating before you take the picture. If the camera is on the table it serves as a reminder to [Read more…]