Food, Wine, Beer: A Guide to the 2014 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

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Published on September 23, 2014 at 3:00 am with 3 Comments

Hello, Howdy, Ello, Oi’, Aloha. Welcome to the 2014 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. The festival kicked off last Thursday to its usual great reception. With numerous options for this years consumption, I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes the most successful Food and Wine Festival to date. There are a multitude of experiences this year, this comprehensive guide will help you plan your time at the festival.

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First, let’s start with some fun facts:

Name: Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Duration: 53 Days (September 19- November 10th)
Number of Kiosks: 35
Number of New Kiosks: 1
Number of Food Options: 96
Number of Drink Options: 161
Park Operating Hours: Monday-Thursday 9PM – 9PM, Friday – Sunday 9AM – 10PM.
Festival Center Operating Hours: 9AM – 9PM 7 days a week.

Of course, what I’m looking forward to most at this year’s Food and Wine Festival is MiceChat’s iconic “Sip and Nibble event. They’ve been doing this for years. It’s a great way to spend time with friends old and new!

Sip and Nibble – October 24

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This event offers you the opportunity to drink and eat your way through all the food and wine offerings at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. This year there are 35 separate kiosks featuring food and wine from continents and countries such as Africa, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hawai’i, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Patagonia, Poland, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea. There are also odd kiosks with really great food (the Cheese kiosk is really GOOD!), the most delicious vegetarian dishes and fantastic drinks (alcoholic and non) for you to enjoy. Lets take bets—will we make it past France this year? (Hint . . . we’ve never failed to finish yet!). It’s an absolutely amazing day of food, drink and friendship!!!

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You never know who might show up at a MiceChat event. Last year, Disney Legend Bob Gurr joined the tour for a chance to drink around the world.

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You never know what sort of fun you’ll get into after a day of sipping and nibbling.

The Sip and Nibble event has a small fee to cover the cost of lanyards, pens and shot glasses for attendees. if you can’t afford the fee, please come anyway. The more the merrier.

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Marketplace Passport:

The free Marketplace Discovery Passport will return this year with gluten free items noted.
stamps may be obtained at each kiosk.

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Selections and Pricing:

Most kiosks offer 2-3 Food options with 3-5 Drink options. Most food dishes run between$3 – $8, Beer $3-$10, Wine $2.50 – $4.75 and Mixed Drinks $7 – $9.

Disney Dining Plan at the Festival:

Many of the selections at the booths are a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan. Should you choose this method of payment, those credits disappear quickly!

Payment Methods:

The Marketplace booths accept many forms of payment, including: cash, credit card, Key to Magic Band (With charging added to your room), Disney gift cards, Disney Dollars and Disney Visa reward dollars.

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Gift Card.

These cards can be purchased at the ticket booths, Guest Relations International Gateway, Select Merchandise locations and the Festival Center. These cards require a minimum load of $5, and offer a convenient way to purchase offerings and keep track of your spending.

The Festival Center:

The Festival Center is located inside the old Wonders of Life pavilion located between Mission Space and The Universe of Energy. It operates daily from 9 AM – 9 PM 7 days a week, and houses the Intermissions Cafe, Cutco Knives, Ghirardelli, The main Festival Merchandise Shop, a wine Shop, Transitions Lens, and all the Culinary Demonstrations.

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Festival Merchandise:

This year the festival is offering two different logos on several items. Taste Your Way Around the World is the first with a bold, retro looking font which is fun and evokes the adventure of international travel. The second, is an homage to beer, Brews Around the World. This is sure to be a popular choice among guests who enjoy trying the various brews available at the Marketplace Booths. It features a rustic logo which channels a painted wooden plaque look. It also features landmarks of World Showcase.

The reusable tote in 2014 features both logos — one on each side.

Along with the aforementioned, there are magnet, a commemorative plate, Duffy donning chef wear, Mickey Ears with a chef’s toque, insulated tumblers collectable pins and more!

Speaking of pins, be sure to pick up the limited edition pins attached to recipe cards with Jessica Rabbit and Mickey.

Celebrity Chefs:

Celebrity Chefs will be visiting throughout the festival.

They are: Warren Brown, Rock Harper, Jennifer Hill Booker, Erika Davis, Paula DaSilva, Gale Gand, Dana Herbert, Jamie Deen, Jerome Brown, Dean Max, “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, Allen Susser, Duskie Estes, and John Stewart. The chefs will be performing at culinary demos and premium events.
Fun Fact: there are over 270 Disney and visiting chefs at this years festival.

Special Events:

There are various events taking place in addition to the standard park offerings. Some are offered multiple times over the festival, others, one night only. Don’t miss out on some of these very special events!

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Dining Through the Decades, A Tribute to Walt Disney:

Dig into a delicious dinner plated with a side of fantasy, paired with a glass of inspiration and wonder. There’s something savory and sweet—and magical too—for you to experience throughout the night: Indulge in tasty bites, sip wines and mingle with the crowd!

Sample meals, inspired by some of Walt’s favorites, at interactive cooking stations. And enjoy pairing them with wines—each with their own unique Disney connection.

This isn’t just dinner. It’s dining happily ever after!

Dining Through the Decades, A Tribute to Walt Disney
World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
October 24, 2014
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
$99 per Guest – General Admission
$119 per Guest – Reserved Seating

With Reserved Seating, you’ll get a reserved table, entrance into World ShowPlace 15 minutes before general admission and a special celebration toast. Limited availability.

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Party for the Senses:

Give your senses an all-new outlook with the sights, sounds, scents and tastes of this rousing event.

Attend a Party for the Senses – Hosted by Disney Vacation Club®, where you can take in the Eat to the Beat concert series, complete with reserved seating! After the show comes to an end, get ready for another to begin—watch in wonder as the Pavilion transforms into a most sensational setting, showcasing awe-inspiring acts from Cirque de Soleil®.

Enjoy these colorful acrobats and the delightful story they have to tell as you sample dozens of sensual selections from 50 unforgettable food and beverage stops. Pick from 3 different ways to experience the event, each one offering its own distinct perspective. No matter which you choose, rest assured—this is one Party you’ll be happy you attended!

Category #1: Wine View Lounge
Bask in the atmosphere with early entry to the event at 7:15 PM, a private reserved table, premium bar access, an artisanal cheese station and a specialty cocktail toast to kick off the evening, along with all the other favors Party for the Senses – Hosted by Disney Vacation Club® has to offer!

$299 per Guest. Limited availability. Check in at the Wine View Lounge registration podium.

Category #2: Reserved Seating
Relish in a first-class experience as you enjoy early entry to the event at 7:15 PM, a reserved table on the main floor and a specialty cocktail toast to ring in the festivities, in addition to everything else that makes Party for the Senses – Hosted by Disney Vacation Club® such a smash to attend!

$189 per Guest. Limited availability. Check in at the Wine View Lounge registration podium.

Category #3: General Admission
Make your way to each incredible course as you sample from 50 tasting stations on the floor. Limited seating may be available as you dine and sip your way through a magical evening—book online today to reserve your place before you arrive!

$149 per Guest. Check in at World ShowPlace Events Pavilion.
Party for the Senses – Hosted by Disney Vacation Club®
World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 2014
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Call (407) 939-3378 to book.

Party for the Senses featuring Disney Chefs Around the World:

Come along on a grand culinary tour, as led by many of the most revered minds behind the world of fine dining!

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At Party for the Senses featuring Disney Chefs Around the World, you can set out on a culinary journey like no other—one that guides Guests like you through tastes and techniques from the United States, Europe, Asia and beyond.

Follow along as the pros direct you from station to station, and show you samples of cuisine that best represents their culture—as well as the Disney Parks and Resorts they call home!

Choose from 3 different ways to enjoy the party—each one providing its own unique outlook. However you choose to attend, you can rest assured: this is one culinary excursion you won’t soon forget!

Category #1: Vine View Lounge
Attend Party for the Senses in style with early entry to the event at 7:15 PM, a private reserved table, premium bar access, an artisanal cheese station and a specialty cocktail toast to kick off the evening, along with all the other favors this occasion has to offer!

$299 per Guest. Limited availability. Check in at the Wine View Lounge registration podium.

Category #2: Reserved Seating
Experience a premium evening with early entry to the event at 7:15 PM, a reserved table on the main floor and a specialty cocktail toast to ring in the festivities, in addition to everything else that makes Party for the Senses such a smash to attend!

$189 per Guest. Limited availability. Check in at the Wine View Lounge registration podium.

Category #3: General Admission
Indulge in the sights, sounds and, of course, tastes as you explore more than 50 tasting stations on the floor. Limited seating may be available as you dine and sip your way through an unforgettable evening.

$149 per Guest. Check in at World ShowPlace Events Pavilion.

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World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
October 25, 2014
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Call (407) 939-3378 to book.

“3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery:

Indulge your sweet tooth and treat your taste buds at a dessert-filled event you won’t soon forget! During “3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery, you can sample all kinds of cordials before enjoying a VIP viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

Make the occasion even more memorable—reserve “Sweet Seats” to receive access to a special area, early entry into the event, unique beverages, an original dessert offering and more!

Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your “Sweet Seats” ahead of time.

“3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery
World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
October 3, 10 and 17, 2014
8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
General Admission: $59 per Guest—book online today!
Sweet Seats: $99 per Guest
Call (407) 939-3378 to book.

Boot Camp Series:

Set out on an interactive adventure to sharpen your abilities in the worlds of cuisine and libation.

During the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Boot Camp Series, discover the inspiration to create over the course of a 2-hour instruction from a prestigious expert. Get ready to grow your culinary confidence!

Don’t miss this chance to immerse yourself in all that tickles your palate—the revelations will leave you hungry for more! From salty and sweet to aromatic bitters, take your pick from 5 different epicurean boot camps to join. Every one of these presenters is ready to see your skills soar to new heights!

Food and Wine Pairings 101
Hosted by Andrea Robinson
Master Sommelier
September 21, 2014

Chocolate
Hosted by Erika Davis
Graycliff Chocolatier
October 5, 2014

Cake Decorating
Hosted by Gabrielle Parisi
Carlo’s Bakery
Hoboken, NJ
October 12, 2014

Pickling 101
Hosted by Allen Susser
Chef Allen’s
Hollywood, FL
October 19, 2014

New! Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Boot Camp Series
Epcot, World ShowPlace Events Pavilion East Hall
Select Sundays, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
$119 per Guest
Call (407) 939-3378 to book.

All above events are plus tax, gratuity included. Admission to Epcot is required and not included in event price. Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older. Events are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

World Showcase Dining Events:

Various events will be offered throughout the world Showcase at this years festival. Take a look below for details:

Breakfast in Paris:

Start your morning “à la Parisienne” with a mimosa, freshly made baguettes, rich brioches and golden croissants. All the while, sip away at unlimited coffee—make it “au lait!”—or enjoy tea, steaming cups of chocolat chaud (French-style hot chocolate) and fresh-squeezed orange juice too.

At this sophisticated buffet, the hand-shaped baguettes have been made from scratch over a period of 48 hours at Les Halles Boulangerie & Pâtisserie next door. Try them fresh from the oven with butter and Bonne Maman confiture (fruit preserve)—it’s what the French call a tartine. And don’t be afraid to mix something sweet with something savory. Pain au Chocolat? Slice of brie? Just say “Oui!”

Why not try a little of everything? It just may be the most delicious French breakfast on this side of the Atlantic!

Parisian Breakfast
Chefs de France, France Pavilion at Epcot
Saturdays
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
$39 per Guest
Call (407) 939-3378 to book.

French Regional Lunches:

Indulge in a tantalizing 4-course lunch inspired by a different region of France, paired with vineyard wines.

Back by popular demand, delight in a menu of poetic flavor sensations that invites you to discover the warmth and richness of French cuisine—including mouthwatering sauces, succulent meats and decadent desserts, each artfully prepared by the chefs from Monsieur Paul. In addition, come relax and unwind while sipping wine and learning all about its origins from a visiting winery principal.

From the decoration of the plates and the ingredients that come into play—to each unforgettable bite you take… you’ll be saying, “Magnifique!”

Monsieur Paul, France at Epcot
Fridays and Sundays
12:00 PM to 3:30 PM
$135 per Guest
Call (407) 939-3378 to book.

Shake and Indulge Like the French featuring Grand Marnier – NEW!:

Treat your senses to a range of exceptional Cognac flavors before learning how to muddle and shake like a pro!

At Shake and Indulge Like the French, you’re cordially invited to an exciting afternoon filled with hand-crafted cocktails and sweet chocolate treats—featuring Grand Marnier and Valrhona chocolate.

The festivities begin with a Grand Kappa Sour welcoming cocktail. Soon thereafter, our master mixologist will lead you through a tutorial of 3 distinct cocktails made from Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach and Grand Marnier Titanium.

Plus, each cocktail will be expertly paired with decadent desserts—prepared with Valrhona chocolate by the pastry chefs of Monsieur Paul!

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Monsieur Paul, France Pavilion at Epcot
Saturdays, September 27 to November 8, 2014
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
$55 per Guest
Call (407) 939-3378 to book.

Italian White Truffle and Wine Pairing Dinner:

Savor your way through a lavish menu of gastronomic joy where white truffles are showcased with skill and creativity.

During this opulent 5-course Italian dinner, a variety of regional Italian wines have been selected to pair perfectly with each fragrant dish featuring white truffles. Prepare to experience aromas and tastes like never before—while only a select variety of truffles are prized in the world, even fewer are as highly sought after as the whites!

NEW! Italian White Truffle & Wine Pairing Dinner
Tutto Italia Ristorante, Italy at Epcot
Select Thursdays October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
$295 per Guest
Call (407) 939-3378 to book.

Italian White Truffle Lunch:

Please your penchant for first-class food experiences with a 5-course Italian meal featuring a gastronomical jewel. Behold the white truffle!

Each delectable dish showcases white truffles—imported directly from Alba, Italy—to create sensational flavor combinations. Paired side-by-side with Batasiolo wines hailing from Piedmont, each mouthwatering course is an unforgettable culinary experience.

Don’t miss the chance to pleasure your palate at this one-time-only lunch event!

Italian White Truffle Lunch
Tutto Italia Ristorante, Italy at Epcot
Sunday November 2, 2014
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
$225 per Guest
Call (407) 939-3378 to book.

Italian Food and Wine Pairing:

Set out on a sumptuous 4-course exploration of Southern Italy’s hearty dishes and regional wines. It’s a perfect way to experience old-world charm.

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At the Italian Food and Wine Pairing, the menu builds on the classics with true innovative spirit—each plate perfectly composed. Paired with wines to complement each dish, it’s a sophisticated, hand-crafted Italian meal. From flavor-infused appetizers and heart-warming entrees to decadent desserts—this is an exciting epicurean journey you’ll want to take!

Italian Food and Wine Pairing
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, Italy @ Epcot
Thursdays
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
$83 per Guest
Call (407) 939-3378 to book.

Italian Regional Food and Wine Lunchon:

Enter a quaint, cozy wine cellar for a grand Italian luncheon where food and wine come together in perfect harmony. Within the stone walls, marvel at the brick archways and hanging chandeliers as your chef prepares a purely authentic meal.

The delightful 4-course menu is comprised of a careful selection of dishes, created with a fusion of flavors. Offering ingredients sourced across Italy and regional specialties, all 4 courses are paired with select wines from the cellar—each chosen for its distinct flavor and ability to capture the essence of Italy.

Indulge your senses at this charming luncheon!

Italian Regional Food and Wine Pairing Luncheon
Tutto Gusto at Tutto Italia Ristorante, Italy at Epcot
Mondays, Wednesday & Fridays
12:00 PM to 2:30 PM
$94 per Guest
Call (407) 939-3378 to book.

Italian Food and Beer Pairing:

Discover cuisine bursting with the true flavors of Italy, as each dish is paired with an Italian beer.

Your scrumptious 4-course menu includes a host of craft beers specially chosen to balance the chef’s original style, as well as the heritage of the dishes being served. This is your chance to savor some of Italy’s most renowned beers, taste Italian cuisine and explore its regional gastronomic identity!

Italian Food and Beer Pairing
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, Italy at Epcot
Tuesdays
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
$76 per Guest
Call (407) 939-3378 to book.

Japanese Food and Wine Pairing:

Delight in hot and cold dishes with an array of delicious flavors that exemplifies Japan’s artful culinary presentations.

At this 3-course Japanese dining event, enjoy a series of tasty culinary surprises—showcasing vibrant culinary techniques and wonderfully creative dishes—all while your engaging host conveys the finer points of the sake complimenting each dish.

Don’t miss this culinary exploration into Japan that is as informative as it is flavorful!

Japanese Food & Wine Pairing
Tokyo Dining, Japan at Epcot
Thursdays
3:30 PM to 4:45 PM
$55 per Guest
Call (407) 939-3378 to book.

The “Hibachi” Experience:

Engage with entertaining Teppan chefs during a 5-course showcase that’s as memorable as it is delicious!

Sip on sake specially selected for each course—one featuring Wagyu beef—all while simmering in the comparative cooking techniques and tastes each chef exhibits.

Teppan Edo, Japan at Epcot
Nihonbashi Dining Room
September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4, 2014
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
$120 per Guest
Call (407) 939-3378 to book.

Mexican Tequila Lunch:

Imbibe on the zippy spices of gourmet Mexican cuisine and a diverse series of tequila pairings.

The menu offers a range of tequila selections with each one chosen to complement several flavorful regional dishes of Mexico. This is a spirited food adventure that goes far beyond a taco—and will have you singing, “olé!”

Mexican Tequila Lunch
La Hacienda de San Angel, Mexico at Epcot
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
$75 per Guest
Call (407) 939-3378 to book.

Mediterranean Food and Wine Pairing – NEW!

Discover the sensuality of dishes created with Mediterranean and Moroccan inspiration as you pair them with fine wines. Immerse yourself in the surroundings—beautiful Moroccan tile-work and tapestries.

During this Mediterranean dining event, delight in views of shimmering waters as you’re treated to tastings from both land and sea—carefully and artistically prepared—all while sipping from wines, perfectly selected to pair with each fragrant bite. Between the exotic flavors and vibrant décor, you’ll feel as if you’ve been magically transported to the Moroccan seashore!

New! Mediterranean Food and Wine Pairing
Spice Road Table, Morocco at Epcot
Wednesdays
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
$55 per Guest
Call (407) 939-3378 to book.

Moroccan Food and Wine Pairing:

Be awe-inspired by vibrant surroundings and Moroccan cuisine shaped by more than a dozen spices, herbs and aromatics.

At this 3-course dining event, treat yourself to a series of authentic dishes—each with soulful, robust flavor profiles—all while sipping and learning about carefully selected wines not commonly found in the Unites States.

You won’t want to miss the chance to tantalize your taste buds with an epicurean adventure into Morocco!

Moroccan Food and Wine Pairing
Restaurant Marrakesh, Morocco at Epcot
Tuesdays
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
$55 per Guest
Call (407) 939-3378 to book.

Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining:

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Savor specialty creations by the talented minds behind many signature Walt Disney World Resort restaurants. Each meal is carefully crafted to delight your taste buds while you soak up the atmosphere, for a fully immersive sensory experience.

Dreamed up by these culinary wizards, these delicacies will be complimented by specially selected wines from a hosting winery to accompany your magical meal.

Make a Reservation Today!
Call (407) 939-3378 starting July 31, 2014 to book a spot at Signature Dining experiences at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival—taking place from September 27 to November 8, 2014.

Prices are per person plus tax, gratuity included. Advanced reservations are highly recommended, as these events will fill up quickly. Guests under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian permission to call.

Narcoossee’s – Dennis Thompson, Chef de Cuisine
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
September 27, 2014
12:00 PM
$149

Flying Fish Café – Tim Keating, Chef de Cuisine
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
September 27, 2014
1:00 PM
$149

Le Cellier Steakhouse – Al Youngman, Chef de Cuisine
Canada, Epcot
September 30, 2014
11:30 AM
$109

Jiko – The Cooking Place – Jon O’Brien, Chef
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
October 2, 2014
6:00 PM
$199

The Hollywood Brown Derby – Craig Schleider, Chef de Cuisine
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
October 2, 2014
6:00 PM
$189

The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck® Grand Café – Robert Leonardi CCC, Executive Chef
Downtown Disney West Side
October 2, 2014
6:30 PM
$110

Raglan Road™ Irish Pub & Restaurant – Master Chef Kevin Dundon
Downtown Disney Pleasure Island
October 2, 2014
6:30 PM
$177

Flying Fish Café – Tim Keating, Chef de Cuisine
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
October 8, 2014
6:00 PM
$189

Fulton’s Crab House – Mark Boor, Executive Chef
Downtown Disney Marketplace
October 8, 2014
6:30 PM
$100

Le Cellier Steakhouse – Al Youngman, Chef de Cuisine
Canada, Epcot
October 14, 2014
11:30 AM
$109

The Hollywood Brown Derby – Craig Schleider, Chef de Cuisine
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
October 16, 2014
6:00 PM
$189

Yachtsman Steakhouse – Daniel Sicilia, Chef
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
October 16, 2014
5:00 PM
$199

Flying Fish Café – Tim Keating, Chef de Cuisine
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
October 22, 2014
6:00 PM
$189

California Grill – Brian Piasecki, Chef de Cuisine
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
October 23, 2014
6:30 PM
$279

Jiko – The Cooking Place – Jon O’Brien, Chef
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
October 23, 2014
6:00 PM
$199

Victoria & Albert’s – Scott Hunnel, Chef de Cuisine
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
October 24, 2014
6:30 PM
$549

The Wave… of American Flavors – Frank Brough, Chef de Cuisine
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
October 30, 2014
6:30 PM
$159

Flying Fish Café – Tim Keating, Chef de Cuisine
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
October 30, 2014
6:00 PM
$189

Flying Fish Café – Tim Keating, Chef de Cuisine
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
November 5, 2014
6:00 PM
$189

Portobello Country Italian Trattoria – Tony Mantuano, Executive Chef
Downtown Disney Marketplace
November 6, 2014
6:30 PM
$100

Narcoossee’s – Dennis Thompson, Chef de Cuisine
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
November 8, 2014
12:00 PM
$149

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Premium Package

Join us during one week of your choosing—each day, from Monday through Thursday—at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. With the Epcot Food & Wine Festival Premium Package, you’ll be invited to relax in a special area to sip and savor fresh, unique flavors from 6 continents (food and beverage are available for purchase). And enjoy a one-time admission to an extraordinary after-hours party.

This one-of-a-kind special offer—available to all Guests of Walt Disney World Resort hotels—kicks off with an in-room amenity that includes a select bottle of wine (for Guests over 21 years of age), a festival wine glass and delicious chocolate truffles. In addition, you’ll also receive a Premium Package Area credential that can be used for any one-week period—each day, Monday through Thursday—over the course of the Festival (food and beverage available for purchase).

In addition, you’ll also receive:

An Epcot International Food & Wine Festival-themed MagicBand.
A $50 Disney Gift Card* good at more than 25 international and specialty marketplaces around World Showcase Promenade.

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The tastes of the festival in special Premium Package Areas—10 concierge locations around World Showcase promenade that are open from 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Monday to Thursday. While you’re in these areas, runners can purchase items for you from select marketplaces and deliver them right to you. Or you can bring tasty treats from the marketplaces of your choosing into the area.

Epcot Food & Wine Festival – Late Nights LIVE! One admission to an extraordinary after-hours street party occurring every Thursday night during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival—from 9:45 PM – 1:00 AM, located between the United Kingdom Pavilion and World Showcase Plaza.

Each party includes 6 food and beverage items from select marketplaces, musical performances, entertainment and a live DJ!

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Premium Package $199 per person Plus tax. Admission to Epcot is not included and is required for the Premium Package entitlements. However, admission to the after-hours party includes admission during the event hours only. Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older. Valid government ID is required.

Please note: You must be staying at a Disney Resort hotel, Walt Disney World Swan hotel or Walt Disney World Dolphin hotel to purchase the Epcot Food & Wine Festival Premium Package. However, any Guest may purchase a ticket for the after-hours party, Epcot Food & Wine Festival – Late Nights LIVE! for $79.00 plus tax. Advanced purchases are highly recommended as this package is subject to capacity. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

* Disney Gift Card
The Disney Gift Card can be used at select participating locations at Walt Disney World® Resort, Disneyland® Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Store locations in the U.S., DisneyStore.com, Disney PhotoPass™, DisneyMusicStore.com, and Adventures by Disney®. Visit DisneyGiftCard.com for complete terms and conditions.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival – Late Nights LIVE!:

Prepare for delicious nibbles and drinks as dancing in the street keeps the party going into the night.

Each party includes:

6 food and beverage items from select marketplaces
Musical performances
Entertainment
A live DJ
Bringing together the love of food with the love of music, it’s the perfect destination for a tasty final bite!

Epcot Food & Wine Festival – Late Nights LIVE!
Between the United Kingdom Pavilion and World Showcase Plaza
Thursdays
9:45 PM to 1:00 AM
$79 per person

Tax is not included. Price includes admission to Epcot after 7 PM for the day purchased. Theme park admission is included for the special event only. All attractions, entertainment and other offerings outside of the designated event area will not be available. If Guests wish to enjoy the theme park prior to the event, additional theme park admission will be required. Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older with a valid Government ID.

Ultimate Day at Epcot Food & Wine Festival:

Savor a deliciously exciting day featuring the flavors of this world-renowned event in a refined, carefree setting. During the Ultimate Day at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, you won’t have to pick and choose—you’ll get to do it all as your Disney VIP Guides course you through an extraordinary occasion!

The tour begins at a special VIP Lounge—hidden within the Festival Center at the Wonder’s Retreat—where you’ll start with a flute of champagne and a perfectly paired bite as you’re welcomed by a representative of the Festival.

Then, it’s time to experience the most popular attractions at Epcot, including Test Track Presented by Chevrolet, Soarin’, Spaceship Earth and The Seas with Nemo & Friends. After a break and a brief time to shop, you’ll return to the VIP Lounge for a hosted beverage tasting, followed by a 6-course tapas-style lunch—paired with wines, ales or spirits by our sommeliers and chefs.

Next, set out on a private backstage tour of the Greenhouse Gardens at Living with the Land, followed by a stroll to World Showcase. Upon your arrival, one of our Disney Chefs will greet you and give an introduction to the International Marketplaces of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, accompanied by a 3-course international tasting.

Finally, soak up the ambience and essence of World Showcase as you make your way to America Gardens Theatre for one more glass of bubbly, along with VIP Seating at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. After the concert concludes, you’ll be able to venture into the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival on your own!

Plus, as an added bonus for those who stay through the end of the day, you can even take advantage of a special reserved location to witness the laser, lights and fireworks display—IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

Learn More About This Tour The cost of the Ultimate Day at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is $399 per person, plus tax. This tour is currently offered on Thursdays and Sundays only, and is available throughout the duration of this seasonal event.

Please be aware that the tour’s customized itinerary may change depending on attraction availability and other conditions.
All Guests must be at least 21 years of age to participate.
Theme park admission is required and is not included with the cost of the VIP Tour.
For reservations, please call (407) WDW-TOUR or (407) 939-8687. Guests under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.

Back to Basics

Turn ho-hum into “yum yum!” during this complimentary Festival Welcome Center experience.

At Back to Basics, you’re invited to collect a diverse assortment of epicurean advice from the pros. These tips and tricks may seem simple… but rest assured, they can make a profound effect on your next dinner party!

Back to Basics
Festival Welcome Center, Spotlight Stage
Fridays through Sundays
12:15 PM, 2:15 PM, 4:15 PM and 6:15 PM

Admission to Epcot is required and not included in event price. Events are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Food for thought:

Savor tantalizing tales from the life journey each chef takes to reach culinary success. And as the story unfolds enjoy 3 tasty bites. Each one is from the chef’s own cookbook!

Throughout each session, you’re invited to pick up tips and techniques to enhance your skills in the kitchen. Plus, it’s a perfect opportunity to join in the conversation—because as everyone knows, the finest pairing is great food and great conversation among friends!

Here you get to Sample Tastes from Celebrity Chefs Reminisce with your choice of 7 different celebrity chefs as each one recalls their time under the apron. Every personality has his or her own unique story to tell.

Norman Van Aken
Norman’s at The Ritz Carlton
Grande Lakes, Orlando, FL
September 19, 2014
Robert Irvine
Robert Irvine’s nosh
Bluffton, SC
September 26, 2014
Andrew Zimmern
Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen
St. Louis Park, MN
October 10, 2014
Jamie Deen
The Lady and Sons
Savannah, GA
October 11, 2014
Rick Bayless
Frontera Grill & Topolobampo
Chicago, IL
October 17, 2014
Bryan Voltaggio
VOLT/ Lunchbox/RangeFamily/MealAggio
Frederick, MD
October 24, 2014
Cat Cora
Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora
Sentosa Island, Singapore
October 31, 2014

Food for Thought – Hosted by Disney Vacation Club® NEW!
Epcot, Festival Welcome Center, Chef’s Showcase
Select Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 11:45 AM
$169 per Guest

 

Sunday Mornings With…..Hosted by Disney Vacation Club:

Bask in brunch splendor and save room for exquisite desserts that tingle the taste buds while delighting the eye.

Presented by Disney Vacation Club, this plated brunch event is accompanied by an assortment of freshly baked breakfast breads and a sparkling wine toast. In addition—feast your eyes on the stage as a highly acclaimed pastry chef or baker crafts 3 sweet treats for you to enjoy!

At brunch, indulge your senses with a choice from 8 different celebrated pastry chefs or bakers. Each distinct personality offers their take on unique sweets—and absolutely demands that you finish off with a treat!

Gale Gand
Tru & SpriitzBurger
Chicago, IL
September 28, 2014

Matt Lewis and Renato Paliafito
Baked
Brooklyn, New York
October 5, 2014

Warren Brown
CakeLove
Washington, DC
October 12, 2014

Buddy Valastro
Carlo’s Bakery
Hoboken, NJ
October 19, 2014

Carla Hall
ABC’s The Chew
New York, NY
October 26, 2014

Keegan Gerhard
D Bar Desserts
Denver, CO & San Diego, CA
November 2, 2014

Alex Guarnaschelli
Butter
New York, NY
November 9, 2014

“Sunday Mornings with…” Hosted by Disney Vacation Club
Epcot, Festival Welcome Center, Chef’s Showcase
Sundays, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
$99 per Guest

Plus tax; gratuity included. Admission to Epcot is required and is not included with event price. Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older. Events, artists and chefs are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Experience Puerto Rico – The All Star Island:

Let the gentle island breeze lead you to tasting stations with fragrant Puerto Rican dishes and hand-crafted cocktails.

Drift away as you sip on coastal concoctions—featuring Puerto Rico’s world-renowned rum brands. Then, get to know the island through your senses—with tastings full of robust flavors and tropical fruits used in inventive ways. And when the music begins to move you, be sure to dance to beats inspired by the Caribbean!

From flavor-popping bites and sweet treats to tropical drinks, this is one island excursion you’ll be glad you took!

New! Experience Puerto Rico – The All Star Island
World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
September 20, 2014
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
$99 per Guest

Plus tax; gratuity included. Admission to Epcot is required and not included in event price. Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older. Events are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Culinary Demonstrations:

Cook up a new kind of cuisine as you learn from some of the most celebrated chefs the world abroad!

During every 45-minute session, collect a hearty list of useful culinary tips—as instructed by a few of the leading minds the kitchen has to offer. Then, dive into the appealing range of flavors being demonstrated while you sample each dish and beverage.

Culinary Demonstrations
Festival Welcome Center, Chef’s Showcase
Daily at 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM
$15 per Guest

Mixology Seminars:

Head over for a happy hour and watch a skilled mixologist demonstrate his or her knack for the cocktail!

From celebrated libations you know and love to some all-original ideas you may never have tried—or heard of, for that matter—reserve a spot at a mixology seminar where you can sample the know-how and sip away at the sensational sequence of concoctions being prepared. Cheers!

Mixology Seminars
Festival Welcome Center, Vineyard Stage
Daily at 6:00 PM
$15 per Guest

Cheese Seminars:

Study up on the “wheys” of the world as you travel around a robust wheel of international selections. Experience the unique nature of each featured region and try out their cheeses paired with select wines, beers and other beverages.

Ripen your acumen for all things cheese with 7 exciting seminars led by world-class cheese experts. From France to Italy and onto the United States, the choice is yours!

English Cheeses & American Wines
Hosted by Max McCalman
September 20, 2014

United States Cheeses & Craft Beers
Hosted by Max McCalman
September 27, 2014

French Cheeses & Wines
Hosted by Erin Hedley
October 4, 2014

Spanish Cheeses & Wines
Hosted by Max McCalman
October 18, 2014

United States Cheeses & Wines
Hosted by David Gremmels
October 25, 2014

Italian Cheeses & Wines
Hosted by Max McCalman
November 1, 2014

A Taste of Europe, Cheeses & Wines
Hosted by Max McCalman
November 8, 2014
Events and hosts subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Cheese Seminars
Festival Welcome Center, Chef’s Showcase
Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
$79 per Guest

Included with Admission:

Explore a series of complimentary events to find what interests you and enjoy!

In the Festival Welcome Center – Hosted by Transitions® adaptive lenses™:

New! Back to Basics
The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar, hosted by Ghirardelli® Chocolate Company
Marketplace Discovery Passport
Book signings
Bottle signings
Meet ‘n’ greets
“Seasons of the Vine” film
In the American Gardens Theater—Epcot’s American Adventure Pavilion:

Eat to the Beat: Concert Series
Choose one or all! Attend a demo or seminar, get a piece of merchandise autographed by a popular personality from the world of food and wine, see a culinary film or listen to a musical performance.

Chase VIP Lounge:

Any Chase Visa Cardmembers will receive access to the Chase Lounge during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase this year.

You and your guests can relax while enjoying a beverage in a private lounge at the American Adventure pavilion overlooking World Showcase. For access, just present any Chase Visa Card.

Note: Limit Cardholder and 5 guests per Chase Card.

Eat to the Beat Concert Series:

Throughout the Festival, popular bands from the 80s and 90s take the stage at the American Gardens Theater in the American Adventure Pavilion.
These concerts are free with Epcot admission, and take place three times per performing evening at (5:30pm, 6:45pm, 8:00pm).

This years line up is:

  • Sept 19-21 – Jo Dee Messina (NEW!)
  • Sept. 22-23 – The Pointer Sisters
  • Sept. 24-25 – The Commodores
  • Sept. 26-27 – Christopher Cross
  • Sept. 28-29 – Hanson
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 2 – Air Supply
  • Oct. 3-5 – STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas
  • Oct. 6-8 – Sugar Ray
  • Oct. 9-10 – Fuel (NEW!)
  • Oct. 11-12 – Sister Hazel
  • Oct. 13-14 – Richard Marx
  • Oct. 15-16 – Billy Ocean
  • Oct. 17-19 – Night Ranger
  • Oct. 20-22 – Smash Mouth
  • Oct. 23-24 – Jim Brickman
  • Oct. 25-26 – Los Lonely Boys (NEW!)
  • Oct. 27-28 – Wilson Phillips
  • Oct. 29-31 – Dennis DeYoung, original member of STYX
  • Nov. 1-2 – 38 Special
  • Nov. 3-5 – Boyz II Men
  • Nov. 6-7 – David Cook
  • Nov. 8-10 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Seating for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series is first-come, first-serve, so this year Disney is offering a brand new opportunity to help guarantee your seat. Call 407-939-1889 and book a dining package from the below list of participating locations.

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
Lunch Adult: $45.99
Lunch Child: $13.99

Dinner Adult: $56.99
Dinner Child: $17.99

Coral Reef Restaurant
Lunch Adult: $55.99
Lunch Child: $14.99

Dinner Adult: $64.99
Dinner Child: $17.99

Biergarten Restaurant
Lunch Adult: $34.99
Lunch Child: $18.99

Dinner Adult: $52.99
Dinner Child: $28.99

The Garden Grill Restaurant
Lunch Adult: N/A
Lunch Child: N/A

Dinner Adult: $56.99
Dinner Child: $28.99

Nine Dragons Restaurant
Lunch Adult: $39.99
Lunch Child: $12.99

Dinner Adult: $49.99
Dinner Child: $16.99

Restaurant Marrakesh
Lunch Adult: $39.99
Lunch Child: $14.99

Dinner Adult: $49.99
Dinner Child: $17.99

San Angel Inn Restaurante
Lunch Adult: $50.30
Lunch Child: $14.50

Dinner Adult: $63.60
Dinner Child: $16.75

Via Napoli Restuarante e Pizzaria
Lunch Adult: $40.99
Lunch Child: $13.99

Dinner Adult: $52.99
Dinner Child: $17.99

Les Chefs de France
Lunch Adult: $59.99
Lunch Child: $15.99

Dinner Adult: $74.99
Dinner Child: $21.99

Tokyo Dining
Lunch Adult: $59.99
Lunch Child: $15.99

Dinner Adult: $69.99
Dinner Child: $18.99

Teppan Edo
Lunch Adult: $59.99
Lunch Child: $15.99

Dinner Adult: $69.99
Dinner Child: $18.99

Tutto Italia Ristorante
Lunch Adult: $54.99
Lunch Child: $14.99

Dinner Adult: $66.99
Dinner Child: $18.99

La Hacienda de San Angel
Lunch Adult: N/A
Lunch Child: N/A

Dinner Adult: $67.50
Dinner Child: $16.75

The package includes your choice of an appetizer, entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage or 1 full buffet from the chosen restaurant’s menu.

Guests can use the Disney Dining Plan to pay for the packages. If you are using either the Standard or Deluxe Disney Dining Plan – 2 table service credits per person for any meal/restaurant will be required.

Know Before You Go:

While most Epcot International Food & Wine Festival events are included with admission to the Park, several experiences require a separate purchase or a separate admission fee, including food and refreshment samples, entry into Premium Experiences and entry into Cultural Dining Opportunities. Availability is limited for some experiences. Events may be rescheduled or cancelled at any time.

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  • daveyjones

    interesting logo work for sure this year. “festival center” is in fritz quadrata bold…blag flag, anyone?

    “Taste Your Way Around the World is the first with a bold, retro looking font which is fun and evokes the adventure of international travel.” maybe…except it’s in benguiat which is from 1978, only loosely a revival of art deco forms. i’m guessing the designer doesn’t know their history…

    “Brews Around the World” looks great, however. appropriate typefaces, style and vibe. i’d buy that shirt!

    • daveyjones

      ha. thats BLACK flag. silly me.

    • I like the logo work too. Though, I think it would look better with Remy than Mickey as the central character. Something strange about having Mickey associated with wine and beer.

      It’s really amazing how big this festival has grown.