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Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

 

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Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is returning for its 18th year at Walt Disney World from Sept. 27 through Nov. 11. This seasonal culinary event was named one of the Best Food and Wine Festivals by the Travel Channel. This special event includes daily “Eat to the Beat” pop concerts, booths featuring samples of food from around the world and much more.

 

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Upon arrival, visit the Festival Welcome Center to pick up your Marketplace Discovery Passport and plan your day. Then, dine your way around the world, attend a cooking demonstration, savor satisfying wines and tap your toes at an exciting outdoor concert.

Tip! Purchase a Food & Wine Festival gift card to pay your way around the World Showcase.  It’s easier than trying to dig for cash or credit cards as you go from location to location.

 

 

Festival Highlights

Coming to Epcot Food and Wine Festival in 2013!

  • Scotland will make its marketplace debut with beers, meads and Scotch.  Officials from Scotland contacted Disney about participating after the popularity of the film, Brave.  The featured cocktail will be Rusty Nail, a popular whisky martini made of Scotch and Drambuie.
  • Brazil returns after taking a year off – an all-new menu will be served.
  • Terra – an all-vegan marketplace returns!
  • Hawaii returns with the Kalua Pork Slider.
  • Celebrity chefs that will be in attendance:  Warren Brown, Paula DaSilva, Gale Gand, Jamie Deen, Robert Irvine, Dean Max, Rock Harper, Jeff Anderson, Art Smith, Buddy Valastro, Allen Susser, “Cake Boy” Eric Lanlard, Duskie Estes and John Stewart, Donald Link, Bryan Voltaggio and Emily Ellyn.

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2013 Food and Wine Festival Welcome Center

The Welcome Center is located in Future World East between Mission: SPACE and Universe of Energy.  Open daily from 9:00 am – park close.  At the Festival Center, stop by the Information Desk from 9:00 am – 7:30 pm to get any of your Food & Wine Festival questions answered.  Guests can also get their Marketplace Festival Passport Completion Stamp here.

  • Merchandise Shop
    • Pick up Festival logo merchandise at the Stockpot Shop, such as pins, shirts, hats, aprons, kitchen ware and artwork.
    • At the Festival Center Wine Shop, browse through hundreds of wines that have been showcased at the Festival.
  • Wine/Beverage Seminars – Learn tips from a wine or beverage expert and sample the selections.  Daily at 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00 pm. Cost is $14, tax included. Call 407-WDW-FEST to book.
  • Culinary Demonstrations – These 45-minute demonstrations will give you tips and samples from chefs and beverage professionals.  Mon-Sat at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 pm, Sundays at 1:00 and 5:00pm.  Cost is $14, tax included. Call 407-WDW-FEST to book.
  • Mixology Seminars – Learn how to prepare both trendy and classic cocktails from a professional mixologist.  Daily at 6:00 pm.  Cost is $15. Call 407-WDW-FEST to book.
  • The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar – hosted by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. Chocolate sculptures will be on display from the Walt Disney World Resort Pastry chefs.  Sample chocolate, purchase drinking chocolate, select a wine and chocolate pairing and shop for Ghirardelli chocolates.  Daily from 9:00am – park close.
  • Authentic Taste Seminars – 30 minute seminars discussing the origins of pure ingredients.  Fridays-Sundays at 12:15, 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00pm.
  • Book Signings and Meet & Greets –  Meet authors and other personalities speaking at the Festival. There will be the opportunity for you to get your purchased books and merchandise items autographed.  Check daily schedules.
  • Bottle Signings –  Meet the winemakers and get your purchased bottle of wine autographed.  Check daily schedules.

 

Throughout the festival, enjoy outstanding food, fun and entertainment.

Festival highlights include:

  • Nearly 30 international food and beverage Marketplaces
  • Signature dining experiences with celebrated chefs
  • Party for the Senses—a spectacular tribute to the sensory arts
  • Culinary demonstrations and wine seminars
  • The Eat to the Beat concert series, with nightly musical performances from popular hit-makers

With all this—and so much more—you can look forward to tasting your way around the world!

 

 

Admission to Epcot is required. To secure a spot at special culinary and beverage events and experiences, call (407) WDW-FEST or (407) 939-3378. Reservations open for booking on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited, so be sure to book in advance.

Eat to the Beat Concert Series – 2013

As with all Disney events,themed entertainment is part of the festivities. Visitors to the Food and Wine Festival can “Eat to the Beat!”

The following line-up of performers is scheduled for the 2013 “Eat to the Beat” Concert Series:

 

09/27 – 09/29 – Starship (starring Mickey Thomas)

09/30 – 10/01 – Go-Go’s

10/02 – 10/04 – Air Supply

10/05 – 10/06 – Sister Hazel

10/07 – 10/09 – Sugar Ray

10/10 – 10/11 – Edwin McCain

10/12 – 10/13 – Manhattan Transfer

10/14 – 10/15 – Wilson Phillips

10/16 – 10/17 – The Pointer Sisters

10/18 – 10/20 – Night Ranger

 

10/21 – 10/23 – Boyz II Men

10/24 – 10/25 – Survivor

10/26 – 10/27 – 38 Special

10/28 – 10/30 – Smash Mouth

10/31 – 11/01 – Spin Doctors

11/02 – 11/03 – Christopher Cross

11/04 – 11/05 – Hanson

11/06 – 11/08 – Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group STYX

11/09 – 11/11 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Performances are at 5:45, 7:00 and 8:15 at the America Gardens Theater.

 

 

 

 

What’s Included with Epcot Admission:

Authentic Taste seminars, HGTV seminars, special book signings, Eat to the Beat! concerts, cultural adventures, Marketplace Discovery Passport and all attractions and park entertainment are included with regular Epcot admission.

 Activities for 2013

Reservations for these dining experiences open up at 7:00am EST on August 13. Tables in Wonderland members are able to begin making reservations on August 9 at 8:00am.  They will also receive $2 off culinary demonstrations, beverage seminars and mixology seminars held on Mondays-Thursdays.

*All prices are listed with gratuity, but without tax.  Theme park admission is required for all events.  Call 407-WDW-FEST to book.

New !- Scotland, Land of Food and Drink – In this program, experience Scotland’s culture, food and entertainment.  Tasting stations will allow guests to enjoy a multitude of authentic Scottish foods.

World ShowPlace Events Pavilion.   9/28/13, $95, plus tax, gratuity included.  For reserved seating  $115, plus tax, gratuity included.

New! – Spirits Confidential – Food and cocktails are enjoyed while Master Distillers and Mixologists share stories.  World ShowPlace Events Pavilion. 11/1/13, $80, plus tax, gratuity included.  For reserved seating – $95, plus tax, gratuity included.

New! – Parisian Breakfast – Enjoy a French breakfast at Chefs de France.  Mimosa, freshly made baguettes, brioches, croissants, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and orange juice.  The baguettes are made from scratch at Les Halles Boulangeries Patisserie.  2013: Saturdays from 9:00-10:30am, $37, plus tax, gratuity included.

New! –  Hibachi Experience – An interactive experience with six courses prepared at your table by Teppan Edo chefs, showcasing Japanese Teppan cooking techniques.  Sake pairings will accompany each course. Teppan Edo.  2013: 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, $120, plus tax, gratuity included.

Party for the Senses-Held in the World Show Place Events Pavilion –  this elegant party is perfect for foodies.  Sample great food from famous chefs, 50 wines and beers and  live entertainment.General admission is $145, a main floor reserved table is $180, and a reserved table in the premium Wine View Lounge is $285. Reserved seats include a specialty cocktail and admission at 7:15. Available the following dates for 2013: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2. Hours are 7:30-10:00 pm

Mixology Series: Taste, Shake and Indulge Like the French Monsieur Paul restaurant at Epcot.  –  Taste a sampling of Grand Marnier products, learn how to mix drinks and enjoy a scrumptious French dessert. – Saturdays from 2:30-4:00pm, $65.

Mexico Tequila Pairing Luncheon at La Hacienda de San Angel – Learn about tequila and other spirits and how to pair them with Mexican regional cuisines. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00pm – 1:30pm. Cost is $75.

Cheese Seminars at the Festival Center – Learn about cheese from experts and other industry  professionals. The featured cheese will be paired with selected wines and  introduced by a knowledgeable wine representative.

9/28 – Max McCalman featuring French Cheeses & Wines

10/5 – Max McCalman featuring United States Cheeses & Microbrews

10/12 – Erin Hedley featuring Spanish Cheeses & Wines

10/19 – Max McCalman featuring Italian Cheeses & Wines

10/26 – Max McCalman featuring Old World Cheeses & Wines

11/2 – David Gremmels featuring United States Cheeses & Wines

11/19 – Max McCalman featuring Mediterranean Cheeses & Wines

Saturdays, 10:30-11:45 am.  Cost is $80.

Epcot Wine Schools –  This school at the World Showplace teaches how to taste several regional wines, and concludes with a  celebratory reception and certificate of completion.

9/29 – Andrea Robinson M.S.

10/27 – Jim Bernau, Willamette Valley Vineyards

11/3 – Sharron McCarthy featuring wines from Castello Banfi

Select Sundays 1:00-3:00 pm (light reception 3:00-4:00 pm).  Cost is $135.

Sweet Sundays at Festival Welcome Center –  A pastry chef or baker demonstrates 3 signature  desserts and serves them. Each event includes a warm and intimate breakfast  buffet complete with champagne.

9/29: Carla Hall, ABC’s The CHEW, New York, NY

10/6: Warren Brown, CakeLove, Washington DC

10/13: Buddy Valastro, Carlo’s Bakery, Hoboken, NJ

10/20: Gale Gand, TRU, Chicago, IL

10/27: Master Patissier Eric Lanlard, Cake Boy, London England

11/3: Erika Davis, Graycliff Chocolatier, Nassau Bahamas

11/10: Geraldine Randlesome, Geraldine’s Creative Cutters, Richmond Hill, Ontario

Sundays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Cost is $99.

Kitchen Memories – Celebrity chefs  host this event, demonstrating how to prepare an appetizer, main course and a  dessert.  A selection of wines will be paired for each course by a winery representative.

9/27: Emily Ellyn, Emily Ellyn Productions, Orlando, FL

10/4: Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods America, St. Louis Park, MN ($170)

10/11: Art Smith, Lyfe Kitchen, Chicago, IL

10/18: Duskie Estes & John Stewart, zazu restaurant + farm and Black Pig Meat Company, Sonoma, CA

10/25: Bryan Voltaggio, VOLT, Frederick, MD

11/1: Robert Irvine, Robert Irvine’s Eat!, Hilton Head, SC ($170)

11/8: Ben Sargent, Author, Television Host, New York, NY

Cost is $110-$170

Fridays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Festival Welcome Center

3D Disney’s Dessert Discovery at World Show Place  Pavilion: This is a dessert lover’s dream. You can sample a variety of desserts and cordials. You will also enjoy VIP  viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

Cost is $55.  Sweet Seats VIP seats are available for $90 (includes private table, early entry, specialty dessert, specialty beverage)

10/4, 10/11, 10/25 from 8:00-9:30pm

The Discovery of Chocolate at Festival Welcome Center – Sample chocolate, learn from the experts and enjoy wine or spirits pairings

9/29: Jacques Torres, Jacques Torres Chocolate, New York, NY

10/13: David Ramirez, David Ramirez Chocolates, Orlando, FL

10/27: Julian Rose, Moonstruck Chocolates, Portland, OR

2013: Sundays from 2:45 – 4:15 pm.  Cost is $75.

Italian Food and Beer Pairing: Beers from Naples, Italy  will be paired with authentic Italian dishes.

Via Napoli in Italy

Tuesdays 3:30 – 5:00 pm  Cost is $55.

Italian Food and Wine Pairing – Watch as chefs prepare southern-Italian dishes  created to compliment a variety of Italian wines from the same region.

Via Napoli in Italy: Thursdays from 1:30 – 4:00pm   Cost is $65.

Italian  Regional Food & Wine Luncheon – The Italy Pavilion is proud to show  off their new Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar with this new lunch event, pairing wines  with their authentic Italian dishes. Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12:00 – 2:00  pm.  Cost is $75.

White  Truffle Lunch at Tutto Italia Ristorante – Enjoy five courses all  featuring the white truffle from Alba, Italy.  All courses will be paired  with wines from Piedmont.  11/3 from 12:00-3:00 pm.  Cost is  $225.

French Regional Lunches: Lunches will be held at Monsieur Paul  – will feature a new 4-course lunch every week. Prepared by the Monsieur Paul chefs, the lunches will be paired with wines and discussed by a visiting winery principle.

9/27 and 9/29 – Bordeaux region, Jorge R. Hernandez from the Andre Lurton Winery

10/4 and 10/6 – Champagne region, Wayne Ballard from the Nicolas Feuillate Winery

10/11 and 10/13 – Cotes du Rhone region, Lydia Tremble from the J.L. Colombo Winery

10/18 – Cotes du Rhone region, Jerry McVey from the Delas Winery

10/20 – Bordeaux region, Eve Bordarier from the Domaine Barons de Rothschild Winery

10/25 and 10/27 – Bordeaux region, Jacques de la Giraudiere from the Clarence Dillon Wines

11/1 and 11/3 – Champagne region, Wayne Ballard from the Nicolas Feuillate Winery

11/8 and 11/10 – South of France region, Laurent Sauvage from the Fortant Winery

Fridays and Sundays from 12:00-3:30pm.  Cost is $99.

Food and Wine  Pairings –  You will learn about 3 regional wines with 3 tasting size portions of  cuisines from select Epcot restaurants. The themes will vary according to  location. Featured wineries and menu selections change daily.

Restaurant Marrakesh in Morocco: Tuesdays 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Tokyo Dining in Japan: Thursdays 3:30 – 5:00 pm   Cost is $55.

 

There will also be daily culinary demonstrations ($14), Mixology Seminars ($15), and Wine, Beer and Spirit Seminars ($14).

 

Signature Dinners for 2013

The Signature Dinner is a  meal with wine pairings. A Host Chef teams with a Representative from one of the hosting wineries who will present the dinner’s wine. Prices are listed per person, plus tax, gratuity included.  Theme park admission is not required, except for The Hollywood Brown Derby and The Radeberger Beer Dinner.

  • The Chocolate Dinner, World ShowPlace at Epcot: 9/27/13, Dale Reynolds, 6:00PM, $160
  • Kouzzina by Cat Cora: 9/27/13, The Kouzzina Chefs, 8:00PM, $160
  • Artist’s Point: 9/28/13, Marco Chaves, 8:00PM, $140
  • Raglan Road Irish Pub: 10/3/13, Kevin Dundon, 6:30PM, $155
  • Jiko-The Cooking Place: 10/3/13, Jon O’Brien, 6:00PM, $195
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby: 10/3/13, Craig Schleider and the Brown Derby Chefs, 6:00PM, $165
  • Kouzzina by Cat Cora: 11/4/13, The Kouzzina Chefs, 8:00PM, $160
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse: 10/8/13, Al Youngman, 11:30PM, $90
  • Fulton’s Crab House: 10/18/12, Mark Boor, 6:00PM, $100
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby: 10/10/13, Craig Schleider and The Brown Derby Chefs, 6:00PM, $165
  • The Flying Fish Cafe: 10/10/13, Tim Keating, 6:00PM, $185
  • Kouzzina by Cat Cora: 10/11/13, The Kouzzina Chefs, 8:00PM, $160
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse LUNCH: 10/12/13, Anthony R. De Luca, Daniel Sicilia and Deran Lanpher, 12:00PM, $160
  • Victoria & Albert’s: 10/16/13, Chef Scott Hunnel, 6:00PM, $525
  • Wolfgang Puck Dining Room: 11/16/13, Tony Fraske, 6:30PM, $110
  • The Wave…of American Flavors: 10/17/13, Frank Brough, 6:30PM, $160
  • Citricos: 10/18/13, Phillip Ponticelli, 6:00PM, $140
  • Kouzzina by Cat Cora, 10/18/13, The Kouzzina Chefs, 8:00PM, $160
  • The Beer Dinner, World ShowPlace at Epcot, 10/18/13, Jens Dahlmann, 6:00PM, $125
  • Portobello, 10/24/13, Tony Mantuano, 6:30PM, $95
  • The Burns Supper, World ShowPlace at Epcot, 10/24/13, Leonard Thomson, 6:00PM, $125
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby, 10/24/13, Craig Schleider and The Brown Derby Chefs, 6:00PM, $165
  • Jiko-The Cooking Place, 10/24/13, Jon O’Brien, 6:30PM, $195
  • Kouzzina by Cat Cora, 10/25/13, The Kouzzina Chefs, 8:00PM, $160
  • Victoria & Albert’s, 10/27/13, Scott Hunnel, 6:00PM, $525
  • Kouzzina by Cat Cora, 11/1/13, The Kouzzina Chefs, 8:00PM, $160
  • California Grill, 10/18/13, Brian Piasecki, 6:30PM, $260
  • Narcoossee’s LUNCH, 11/9/13, Dennis Thompson, 12:00PM, $140
 More information on the festival is available at www.disneyworld.com/foodandwine.

 

 

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival by the Numbers:

  • More than 300 national and international wines
  • A record 46 days long
  • More than 76 kinds of international foods, each appetizer-sized portion priced $3-$8
  • 160 of America’s most celebrated chefs and Walt Disney World chefs
  • More than 300 wine and beer seminars
  • More than 1,200 fireworks exploding each night over World Showcase     Lagoon in    “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth”
  • 138 Eat to the Beat! concerts performed
  • 33,000 bottles of wine and champagne
  • 1.5 million sumptuous sampling throughout the festival
  • 600 items tasted during VIP Chef Tours
  • 300,000 wine servings
  • 360,000 servings of beer
  • 100,000 desserts
  • More than 500 pounds of watermelon to be tasted at the 3D Disney’s Dessert Discovery parties.
  • More than 5,000 pounds of lobster for Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine Lobster Rolls and Linda Bean’s Lobster Claw Cuddlers at the Hops &     Barley marketplace plus Lobster and Scallop Fisherman’s Pie at the Ireland marketplace.

 

 

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