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2019 Complete Guide to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

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2019 Complete Guide to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Nope not Christmas, but close enough. The 24th annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is where food and theme park aficionados rendezvous to satisfy their daring epicurean desires.

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival will feature more than 30 global marketplaces with dates from August 30th through November 12th 2018 (still awaiting 2019 dates).

So, I take it as my duty to inform and give tips to both new comers and returnees of everything each ThemeParkHipster should know for the 2019 festival!

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Welcome Center & General Information

Once you start your Food and Wine experience, you’ll want to visit the Festival Center. Here you will also be able to grab a snack at the Intermissions Café where wine, cheeses, salads, sandwiches and more are available for purchase.

The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to Bar – Hosted by Ghirardelli® Chocolate Company, along with wine and beverage seminars, a wine shop, book signings and more can all be found inside the Epcot Festival Welcome Center.

Quick Tip  Before World Showcase opens be sure to stop by the Festival Welcome Center to receive details and helpful Festival tips and information, including a park map, Times Guide and Festival Passport.

 

 

Festival Center at Epcot with purple, blue, and pink giant wine bottle for Food and Wine Festival

Festival Center at Epcot in the former Wonders of Life Pavilion 

 


What’s New at Epcot Food and Wine Festival for 2018

Festival Center Stage Presented by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company® 

Learn the story of coffee and how it make its way right into your morning mug.

You’ll also be able to purchase select coffees from Joffrey’s Specialty Disney Coffee Collection:

  • French Bistro
  • Peru Alto Mayo
  • Mickey’s 90th Anniversary Blend
Meet the Chefs

Come see your favorite chefs in action!

New celebrity chefs and personalities at the festival for the very first time this year:

  • Brian Collaro
  • Dan Pashman
  • John Rivers
  • Juliana Evans
  • Justin Wangler
  • Mike Kravanis
  • Mike Ward
  • Richard Blais
  • Sheldon Simeon
  • Tiffani Thiessen

Click here to learn more!

Junior Chef Kitchen presented by Krusteaz® 

With the help of a Walt Disney World Chef, “Junior Chefs” will make, decorate and taste the pancakes created using fun recipes. Junior Chefs s will also receive a chef hat, apron and certificate of completion.

Junior Chef Kitchen sessions are held at the Festival Center Spotlight Stage on select Sundays at 11:00 AM:

  • September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
  • October 7, 14, 21 and 28
  • November 4, 11
Remember:  If your child wants to participate in the complimentary Junior Chef Kitchen, they must register at the Festival Center the day before or the morning of the experience. Kid must be between 4 and 10 years of age to participate. Per Disney, availability is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. A valid theme park admission is required.
Epcot Food & Wine Festival – Food & Beverage Pairings

Get some of the best cooking and cocktail tips with the perfect duo, food and drinks, during this engaging collaboration between a featured chef and a beverage presenter.

You will also get to sample the dish and beverage pairing created during the seminar.

Event Details
  • Location: Festival Center Stage
  • Days: Friday through Sunday at 2:30 PM
  • Price: $25 per Guest, plus tax

Click here to get the full schedule.


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New Global Marketplace at Epcot Food & Wine Festival for 2018

One of the new Global Marketplaces this year at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is the Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar. This is one of the best places to try on your Epcot trip!

 

Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar

Food:

  • Chocolate Croissant: Flaky Croissant stuffed with Chocolate
  • Almond Croissant: Flaky Croissant topped with Toasted Almonds
  • Jumbo Blueberry Muffin with Streusel Topping
  • Cheese Danish with Sweet Icing

Beverages:

  • Frozen Apple Pie (Non-alcoholic) (KA)
  • Tropical Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Pomegranate, Orange and Grapefruit Juices
  • Key Lime Mimosa with Key Lime Sparkling Wine and Cranberry Juice
  • Blood Orange Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Blood Orange Juice
  • Madras Mimosa with Cranberry Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice
  • Fromosa: Frozen Mimosa featuring White Claw Lime Hard Seltzer
  • Joffrey’s Cold Brew Coffee

Click here for the complete 2018 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL Global Marketplace Menu


Special Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2018 Dining and Premium Events

Brunch, Q&A and Exclusive Meet and Greet

A festival series that feature some of the country’s top celebrity chefs. The 2-hour spectacular brunch starts with a demo, a plated brunch, sparkling wine toast, and audience questions answered from the chefs.

Following brunch you will be treated to a meet-and-greet photo opportunity with the guest of honor.

 

Japan Pavilion at Epcot with onions piled up like a volcano with steam coming out of the top on hibachi top.

 

Event Details
  • World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
  • Select Sundays throughout the Festival
  • 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
  • $129 per Guest—plus tax, gratuity included
  • Epcot admission required
2018 Dates and Special Guests
  • September 2: Richard Blais (Top Chef; owner of Trail Blais culinary company in California)
  • Sep. 9: Jamie Deen (co-owner of The Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah, Georgia)
  • September 16: Tiffani Thiessen (actress and author of Pull Up a Chair)
  • Sep. 23: Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto (Chef/owner of Morimoto Restaurants, including Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs)
  • October 7: Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss; owner of Carlo’s Bake Shop in New Jersey)
  • Oct. 14: Art Smith (Top Chef; restaurateur behind Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs )
  • October 21: Geoffrey Zakarian (Iron Chef, Chopped and The Kitchen; restaurateur behind Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Florida)
  • Oct. 28: Carla Hall (co-host of ABC’s The Chew)
  • November 11: Alex Guarnaschelli (Iron Chef and Iron Chef Gauntlet; Executive Chef at Butter in New York City)
Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It

Master the art of mixology in this beverage and food boot camp. You will work alongside chefs for a hands-on seminar.

In this event you will learn:

  • What ingredients are used in popular cocktails?
  • Why certain wines pair better with different foods?
General Event Details
  • Festival Center Stage
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM
  • $39 per Guest, plus tax

2018 Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! at Epcot Dates

 

2018 Epcot Food & Wine Festival -Mix It, Make It, Celebrate

2018 Epcot Food & Wine Festival -Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It Schedule. Pin for Later!

 

Click here to learn more!

Cheese Seminars

In this 90-minute seminar, you will  sample artisanal selections paired with complementary wines, craft beers and other beverages while learning about the major aromas, textures and flavor levels of the dishes.

General Event Details
  • Festival Center Stage
  • Select Saturdays from 9:45 AM to 11:15 AM
  • $89 per Guest—plus tax, gratuity included
  • Limited capacity
2018 Schedule
  • September 15, 22 and 29
  • October 6, 13 and 20
  • November 10
Photo: Disney

Photo: Disney

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Cheese Selections

Mediterranean Cheeses and Wines

  • Hosted by Max McCalman
  • September 15, 2018

French Cheeses and Wines

  • Hosted by Tonda Corrente
  • September 22, 2018

Italian Cheeses and Wines

  • Hosted by Max McCalman
  • September 29, 2018

The Great Cheeses and Wines of the United States

  • Hosted by David Gremmels
  • October 6, 2018

Great British Cheeses and Ales

  • Hosted by Max McCalman
  • October 13, 2018

Old World Classic Cheeses and Wines

  • Hosted by Erin Hedley
  • October 20, 2018

Season’s Best Cheeses and Wines

  • Hosted by Max McCalman
  • November 10, 2018

Click here to learn more!

 


Moderately Priced Special Events at Epcot Food & Wine Festival

There are activities you can partake in that won’t break the bank, but still offer you great value! Below are a few of the moderately priced events this year.

 

Frozen Ever After Dessert Party at Epcot World Showcase

 

Fireworks at Epcot with globe in the center of the World Showcase Lagoon

Fireworks at Epcot

 

Get lost in dessert overload under an evening sky filled with fireworks during the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

The bountiful buffet with sweet and savory options:

  • Anna’s Warm Cottage Pudding with Salted Caramel Glaze
  • Duke of Weselton’s Cheese Fondue—served with country bread cubes, broccoli, and grilled flatbread
  • Elsa’s Blue Velvet Cupcakes
  • Freeze Fried Salted Caramel Popcorn
  • Grand Pabbie’s Mystical Winter Spiced Snack Mix
  • Hand Dipped Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • Hans’ Key Lime Tarts with Orange Glitter Glaze
  • Kristoff’s Kransekake Almond Cookie
  • Kristoff’s No Sugar Added Lemon Curd with Blueberry
  • Olaf’s Warm Double Chocolate S’mores Pudding Cake
  • Sven’s Fresh Fruits with Berries
  • Troll Rock Crispy Bon Bons
  • Wandering Oaken’s Eclairons

Drink selections include:

  • “Frozen Heart” and other non-alcoholic beverages
  • Summertime cocktails, like margaritas and piña coladas
  • Beer and wine

Admission to the Frozen Ever After Dessert Party costs just $79 for adults and $47 for children ages 3 to 9—tax and gratuity included.


Low Priced Epcot Food & Wine Festival Seminars

Culinary Demonstrations

These are 45-minute demonstration of festival-inspired savory dishes.

Event Details
  • Location: Festival Center, Chef’s Showcase
  • Held daily Monday through Saturday at 12:30 P.M.
  • $17 per Guest, tax included. Click here for the complete schedule.
Beverage Seminars

Raise your glasses and toast with friends during the festival beverage seminars with top sommeliers and other beverage experts.

 

Murphy-Goode Winery

Murphy-Goode Winery Beverage Seminar

Event Details
  • Location: Festival Center, Vineyard Stage
  • Held daily; Monday through Thursday at 11:15 A.M. and 2:30 P.M.; Friday and Saturday 11:15 A.M and 4:30 P.M.; Sunday at 4:30 P.M.
  • $17 per Guest, tax included.

Click here for the complete schedule.


2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to The Beat Concert Schedule

Get ready to dance and sing the night away! Check out the newest artists added to the Eat to the Beat Concert Series.

MercyMe
  • September 4 to September 5, 2018
  • Known for their songs “I Can Only Imagine” and “Dear Younger Me”
Glass Tiger
  • September 6 to September 7, 2018
  • Known for their songs “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” and “Someday”
Tauren Wells
  • September 8 to September 9, 2018
  • Known for his songs “Hills and Valleys” and “When We Pray”
Vertical Horizon
  • September 12 to September 13, 2018
  • Known for their songs “Everything You Want” and “You’re A God”
Sheila E
  • September 22 to September 23, 2018
  • Known for her songs “The Glamorous Life” and “A Love Bizarre”
Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts
  • October 1 to October 2, 2018
  • Known for soulful rhythm and blues covers
Anderson East
  • October 11 to October 12, 2018
  • Known for his songs “All on My Mind” and “Satisfy Me”
Smash Mouth
  • October 13 to October 14, 2018
  • Known for “Walkin’ on the Sun”
98 Degrees
  • October 15 to October 16, 2018
  • Known for their songs “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” and “Because of You”
High Valley
  • November 1 to November 2, 2018
  • Known for their songs “She’s With Me” and “Make You Mine”



Eat to the Beat Dining Package

Why not enjoy a meal that also guarantees your seat for any Eat to the Beat Concert. You can feel safe knowing that you will not miss Boyz II Men, because your reservation is confirmed!

Select one of 15 unique eateries around Epcot restaurants.

Breakfast package includes one (1) buffet or family-style dining. Lunch or dinner package includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert—or one (1) full buffet or family-style dining (where applicable)—along with a non-alcoholic beverage. Each package also includes one (1) guaranteed seat to the Eat to the Beat Concert held on the same day.

Dining Details
  • Prices do not include tax or gratuity
  • Valid Epcot admission is required
  • Dining reservation start times must be at least 2.5 hours prior to the Eat to the Beat concert showtime
  • Now taking reservations
  • Reservations require a credit card guarantee
  • This experience requires 2 Table-Service Entitlements for Magic Your Way Dining and Magic Your Way Deluxe Dining Packages
  • Seating is in an uncovered and in the second section in the middle of the theater

 

Epcot eat to the beat dining

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Remember:  Nightly concerts will take place from August 30 to November 12, 2018 at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM within the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot World Showcase.

2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Special Tours & Parties

 

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Parties with young man and woman dancing with Chip and Dale

 

 

 

Party for the Senses will gather Disney guests for a night of unique cuisine, entertainment, drinks, and fun during every weekend in October!

Event Details
  • Location World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
  • Select Saturdays during the Festival
  • 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
  • From $229 to $349 per Guest—plus tax, gratuity included
  • Dates: September 22, October 6, 13, 20, November 10
  • Each event has 2 seating options
Below are the Two Seating Options
Category #1: Wine View Lounge
  • $349 per Guest—plus tax, gratuity included
  • Limited availability
  • 6:30 PM check-in
  • Guests will receive a parting gift
  • Transportation will be provided to and from the park’s Main Entrance at the beginning and end of the event
Category #2: Reserved Seating
  • $229 per Guest—plus tax, gratuity included
  • Limited availability
  • 7:00 PM check-in at the reserved check-in podium located at the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion

Get the official event calendar.


More Epcot Festival News

Limited Release 2018 Gift Card: An all new limited release 2018 gift card design celebrating the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will be released. The gift cards must be activated with $250 and will come with a festival-themed lanyard and carrying sleeve.

The gift card will be available at the Festival Center, Bridge Kiosk East & West, Festival Emporium, or the Festival Boutique.


Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips with Spaceship Earth globe in the background and festival banners on top.

11 Tips for the 2019 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

1 – Get there early. 

Coming early to the Food and Wine Festival will give you a chance to pace yourself by enjoying the attractions in Future World, allowing you to take your time globetrotting around World Showcase.

2 – Start in the Festival Center. 

Starting here is a must! It opens two hours before World Showcase and it is a good way to enjoy a few seminars and chat with the Cast Members, possibly gaining some insider tips. In the Festival Center you find passports to start your world adventure, the wine shop, Intermissions Café, The Chocolate Experience, Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak, Bottles and Book Signings, a wine making film, and a Back to Basics simple tips and tricks for dinner parties.

3 – Go during the weekdays. 

For the best time I recommend attending the festival during the weekdays (Monday through Thursday).

4- Plan to visit multiple times. 

You will need a trip to try it all, a trip for seminars, and a trip to retry your favorites

5 – Buy a Disney wristlet gift card. 

Tasting the many samples without a set budget could turn a fun trip into one of financial regret…trust me, I’ve made this mistake a few times. Be sure to put buying a Disney wristlet gift card at the top of your priority list.

6 – Attend the seminars. 

There’s no better way to enjoy the event than attending the amazing variety of classes. The classes are done very well and are lots of fun!

7 – Split the cost.

Going with a friend or two or three lowers your budget and makes the event memorable. You can share and really make the most of the dishes without leaving the park broke.

8 – Plan for a cab or have a designated driver in the group. 

Previewing the festival’s menu gives you an idea of what delicious treats can be expected. There are lots of drinks (mostly adult inspired) that will hopefully leave you balanced and able to walk out. Be sure to have a plan for this kind of indulgence, it makes for a safe and fun experience at Epcot.

9 – Map out your day. 

This is another classic tip for any avid Disney traveler. Mapping out your day will save you the headache of missing out on cool things especially if you’re only able to visit once. This tip is very important, because it will help guide you on where to find the marketplaces, what time seminars/events will occur, and any additional information regarding speakers, performers, and other special Disney guests.

10 – Reservations are Your Friend.

Most Food and Wine Festival fans know that the small spots for the great classes fill up fast; therefore, it is highly recommended to reserve what seminar or event you’re the most excited to attend.

11 – Have Fun! 

You’re really going to have a great time, so try not to stress too much if you find yourself spending too much time at the marketplaces or in the classes. There’s always something going on in the park that will bring great delight to your heart. Have fun, learn something, eat well, and drink up!

You can listen to the rest of my Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips here!

 


How to Book for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Special Events and Seminars

Reservations can be made by calling 407/WDW-FEST (407-939-3378) or online. Remember to book quickly to guarantee a spot. Epcot Food and Wine Festival tickets are $107.00 per adult for a one day pass.

I hope this post helped guide you towards a great experience at the 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

 

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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

 

 

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NikkyJ
NikkyJ

I’m a writer who loves ALL things amusement park related. I was born and raised in Florida, which attributes to my Theme Park passion. Every since I was a child I had a natural affinity to the parks here that has now spilled over into adulthood. Instead of rushing over to the thrill rides, like I used to, you may find me in the Italy Pavilion at EPCOT enjoying a nice glass of wine and a delightful book!

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