2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival
September 28 - November 12, 2012

Special Dining Experiences

Booking begins for all events began on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 7 a.m. EDT.

Call 407-WDW-FEST for most events or book online.

NOTE: You can find information about the culinary demos and beverage seminars, including the mixology demos HERE.


3D Disney's Dessert Discovery

Hosted by DeKuyper® Cordials and Liqueurs

A dessert lover's dream. During the Festival, select Friday evenings become truly delicious with a variety of desserts and samplings of cordials certain to please any sweet tooth. Afterward, enjoy VIP viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

Where: World Showplace Events Pavilion

When: Select Fridays
October 5 and 12 from 7:00-8:30 pm
October 26 and November 2 from 8:00-9:30 pm

Price: $55 per person plus tax, gratuity included - Theme Park admission required

Sweet Seats is an exclusive area available within 3D Disney's Dessert Discovery. This upgraded experience includes a private reserved table, entrance into World ShowPlace 15 minutes before general admission, specialty beverage, a unique dessert offering and more. Limited availability.
Price: $85 per person plus tax, gratuity included - Theme Park admission required


Cheese Seminars

Say "cheese" at this exceptional opportunity to learn more about cheese from "fromagers". Featured cheeses will be tasted and paired with selected wines and/or beers.

Where: Festival Welcome Center - Chef's Showcase
When: Saturdays from 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Price $80


September 29 Max Calman, Cheeses from the United States
October 6 Erin Hedley, Cheeses from Spain
October 13 Max McCalman, Cheeses from Italy
October 20 Max McCalman, Cheeses from France
October 27 Max McCalman, Old World Mountain cheeses
November 3 David Gremmels, Cheeses from the United States
November 10 Max McCalman, Old World Maritime Cheeses

new Marketplace VIP Access Chef Tour

A Festival Chef will host your walking tour "around the world" through the International Marketplaces. Taste items from pre-selected Marketplaces and learn behind-the-scenes facts on how these dishes were created. The menu includes five food items and five alcoholic beverage items.

Where: Festival Center - Spotlight Stage, then select marketplaces around World Showcase.
When: Wednesdays - Tour begins at 10:30 am and lasts approximately two hours
Price: $90 plus tax - Theme Park admission required

Guest Policies for Marketplace VIP Access Chef Tour

  • Guests must be 21 years of age to attend this program. Valid photo ID is required at check in.
  • Comfortable shoes such as sneakers are recommended as Guests will be on their feet for two hours. Guests with mobility or stamina challenges are strongly advised to rent or bring their own ECV or wheelchair.
  • Special dietary needs should be noted at the time the reservation is made. The Marketplace will do their best to accommodate Guest dietary requirements but cannot guarantee they will be able to meet all requests.
  • Late arrivals will not be able to join the tour once the group has departed the Festival Center.
  • Guests must check in at the Spotlight Stage in the Festival Center 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.
  • If inclement weather occurs, Guests will be offered refunds for the cost of the tour. Admission to Epcot will not be refunded.

Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining

Walt Disney World signature restaurants welcome you to a magical and memorable meal. The resident chef will prepare a magnificent culinary experience as a hosting winery presents the accompanying wines for each dinner. Prices are per person plus tax, gratuity included. Theme Park admission not required except where indicated with an asterisk*.


Date: Restaurant: Time: Price: Chef:
Thu, September 27 Kouzzina by Cat Kora 8:00 pm $160 Chef Dee Foundoukis and the Kouzzina Chefs
Mon, October 1 *Hollywood Brown Derby 6:30 pm $160 Chef de Cuisine Craig Schleider
Tue, October 2 Wolfgang Puck Dining Room 6:00 pm $100 Chef Tony Fraske
Thu, October 4 Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant 6:00 pm $144 Chef Kevin Dundon
Tue, October 9 Fulton's Crab House 6:30 pm $100 Chef Mark Boor
Thu, October 11 Portobello 6:30 pm $125 Chef Tony Mantuano
Fri, October 12 Jiko - The Cooking Place 6:00 pm $195 Chef Jonathon P. O'Brien
Thu, October 18 California Grill 6:00 pm $250 Chef Brian Piasecki
Thu, October 25 *Hollywood Brown Derby 6:30 pm $160 Chef de Cuisine Craig Schleider
Thu, October 25 The Wave... of American Flavors 6:30 pm $160 Chef de Cuisine Frank Brough
Sat, October 27 Yachtsman Steakhouse 12:00 pm $160 Chef de Cuisine Anthony R. De Luca
Sun, October 28 Victoria & Albert's
(jacket required)
6:30 pm $495 Chef de Cuisine Scott Hunnel
Maître d'Hotel Israel Pérez
Thu, November 1 Flying Fish Cafe 6:00 pm $185 Chef de Cuisine Tim Keating
Wed, November 7 Bongo's Cuban Cafe 6:00 pm $100 To Be Determined
Thu, November 8 California Grill 6:00 pm $250 Chef de Cuisine Brian Piasecki
Fri, November 9 *Raderberger Beer Dinner in
World Showplace Events Pavilion
6:00 pm $125 Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann and the Chefs of Epcot

The Discovery of Chocolate

This sweet experience on select Sunday afternoons is an opportunity to learn and taste more about chocolate from professional "chocolatiers." Chocolate samplings, chocolate savory and dessert, with spirited beverages and/or paired wines.

Where: Festival Center - Chef's Showcase

When: Sunday Afternoons 2:45-4:15pm

October 14: Sarah Kosikowski hosted by Valrhona - New York, NY
October 28: Lauren Deitsch hosted by Lake Champlain Chocolates - Burlington, VT
November 4: Julian Rose, Moonstruck Chocolates, hosted by Barry Callebaut
November 11: Julian Rose, Moonstruck Chocolates, hosted by Barry Callebaut

Price: $75 per person plus tax - Theme Park admission required


Discovery of Grand Marnier

Discover the world of Grand Marnier, the number one French liqueur, family-owned and operated since 1827. The program begins with a special champagne toast featuring Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial. Then the fun begins as Guests sample several different products from the Grand Marnier collection, indulge in two Grand Marnier-inspired desserts and learn a few Mixology tips for their next cocktail party.

Where: Festival Center - Chef's Showcase (NOTE: New location!)
When: Sundays, September 30, October 7 and 21 from 2:45-4:15 pm
Price: $65 plus tax, gratuity included - Theme Park admission required


Epcot Wine Schools

Enjoy this comprehensive program facilitated by a prestigious wine authority. This afternoon session engages the flavors and traditions of distinctive wine cultures, teaches how to taste several regional wines, and concludes with a celebratory reception and certificate of completion.

Where: Location Varies
When: Select Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00pm; Light Reception: 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Price: $135 per person, plus tax, gratuity included - Theme Park admission required


September 30 Andrea Robinson MS in Festival Welcome Center - Wonders Retreat
October 7 Jim Bernau, Founder of Willamette Valley Vineyards, in East Hall, World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
November 4 Sharron McCarthy CSW, BANFI, in East Hall, World ShowPlace Events Pavilion

Food and Wine Pairings

Sample three regional wines paired with three tasting-size portions of cuisine from Japan and Morocco. Featured wines and menu selections change daily.

Price: $55 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. - Theme Park admission required

Morocco Tastings: Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Restaurant Marrakesh, Morocco Pavilion

Japan Tastings: Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Tokyo Dining, Japan Pavilion

Italian Food and Beer Pairings

Via Napoli is proud to host the Italian Food and Beer Pairings. These beers have been selected by our chef to complement his style of authentic Italian dishes, and they have been chosen for their robust flavor, as well as their heritage. The beer pairing will be held at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, which will transport you to an Italian villa like those of Naples, Italy.

Where: Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, Italy Pavilion
When: Tuesdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Price $55 plus tax, gratuity included - Theme Park admission required


Italian Food and Wine Pairings

Via Napoli is hosting its first food and wine pairing. Our chef will pair southern Italian style cooking with a variety of Italian wines that best complement his creations. Southern Italian wines have a very rich heritage and have always complemented their regions of birth. These pairings will be held in Via Napoli, a pizzeria that has been designed by Italian architects to pay tribute to Naples, Italy.

Where: Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, Italy Pavilion
When: Thursdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Price $65 plus tax, gratuity included - Theme Park admission required


newItalian Regional Food and Wine Luncheon

The new Tutto Gusto wine pairing event will showcase a variety of regional Italian wines. These wines have been selected to pair perfectly with freshly prepared Italian dishes. The pairings will be presented in the new Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar that has been modeled on an authentic rustic Italian wine cellar.

When: Wednesdays and Saturdays, Noon-2:00pm
Where: Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar at Tutto Italia Ristorante, Italy Pavilion
Pricing: $75 plus tax, gratuity included - Theme Park admission required


Italian White Truffle Lunch

An exquisite five-course lunch, all with white truffles imported directly from Alba, Italy. Batasiolo wines from Piedmont will be paired with each course.

Where: Tutto Italia Ristorante, Italy Pavilion
When: Sunday, November 4 from noon to 3 p.m.
Price $210 plus tax, gratuity included - Theme Park admission required


Kitchen Memories

This delightful three-course lunch touches upon the joyful memories we have "cooked up" in the kitchen. A celebrated chef will demonstrate how to prepare an appetizer, main course and dessert. A notable winery representative will pair each course with a selection of wines.

Where: Festival Welcome Center, Chef's Showcase
When: Fridays, 10 a.m. - noon
Price: $110 or $160 per person, plus tax, gratuity included - Theme Park admission required


September 28 Andrea Robinson, Master Sommelier
October 5 Duskie Estes and John Stewart, Zazu Restaurant Farm and Black Pig Meat Co. Santa Rosa, CA
October 12 Emily Ellyn Hummel, Orlando, FL
October 19 George Hirsch, George Hirsch Lifestyle
October 26 Robert Irvine, Robert Irvine's EAT, Hilton Head, SC ($160/person)
November 2 Art Smith, Art and Soul, Washington DC
November 9 Buddy Valastro, Carlo's Bake Shop, Hoboken, NJ ($160/person)

The Magic of Healthy Living Dinner

Hosted by Driscoll's® Only The Finest Berries™

Enjoy a healthy, family-oriented dinner with celebrity chefs and fathers, the Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmern from "Bizarre Foods" and Bravo's Bryan Voltaggio from "Top Chef". Guests will be treated to a four-course meal, non-alcoholic beverages and tips on how to provide a healthy and flavorful meal from two of the world's most adventurous eaters.

Where: World Showplace Events Pavilion East Hall
When: Friday, October 19 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Price: $110 per person plus tax - Theme Park admission required


Mexican Tequila Lunch

Although the Epcot Food and Wine Festival focuses primarily on wines, as its name suggests, the annual event increasingly has been offering other beverage tastings. These tastings will complement a selected Mexican regional cuisine and offer Festival Guests the opportunity to learn more about tequila and spirits.

Where: La Hacienda de San Angel, Mexico Pavilion at Epcot
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Price: $70 per person plus tax, gratuity included - Theme Park admission required


Party For The Senses

Hosted by Vanity Fair, maker of premium napkins and plates

Feast on this tribute to the sensory arts! Begin your evening with a reserved seat at the Eat to the Beat concert series at the American Gardens Theatre. Following the show, World ShowPlace becomes the setting for a sensational evening where you may wander among tempting tasting stations. Returning this year, Cirque du Soleil, featuring awe-inspiring acts.

The party will have three separate ticketing tiers: regular entry, reserved seating, and Wine View Lounge.

newReserved seating is new this year. It includes a private reserved table, entrance into World ShowPlace 15 minutes before general admission, and a specialty cocktail toast to begin your evening. It does not have access to the Wine View Lounge.

Wine View Lounge is an exclusive area within Party for the Senses. This upgraded experience includes a private reserved table, entrance into World ShowPlace 15 minutes before general admission, specialty cocktail toast to begin your evening, premium bar, an artisanal cheese station, and more. Limited Availability.

Where: World ShowPlace Pavilion

When: Select Saturdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, from 7:30-10 p.m.

Price:
Regular entry: $145 plus tax, gratuity included. Check in at World Showplace Events Pavilion
Reserved Seating: $170 plus tax, gratuity included. Check in at Wine View Lounge check in podium at World Showplace
Wine View Lounge: $270 plus tax, gratuity included. Check in at Wine View Lounge check in podium at World Showplace

Theme Park admission required for this event.


Sweet Sundays

Hosted by MARTINI®

Begin your day with a breakfast buffet, sparkling wines and plated signature desserts. A highly acclaimed pastry chef or baker will demonstrate the preparation of three signature desserts, which will be served throughout the demonstration.

Where: Festival Welcome Center - Chef's Showcase
When: Sundays from 10 a.m. - noon
Price: $95 plus tax, gratuity included - Theme Park admission required


September 30 Jacques Torres, Jacques Torres Chocolates, NY, NY
October 7 Hollis Wilder, Sweet! By Good Golly Miss Holly, Orlando and Jacksonville, FL
October 14 Matt Lewis, Baked, NY, NY
October 21 Erika Davis, Simply Erika, Atlanta, GA
October 28 Gale Gand, TRU, Chicago, IL
November 4 Geraldine Randlesome, Creative Cutters, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
November 11 Warren Brown, Cake Love, Washington DC