18th Annual Epcot International
Food and Wine Festival
September 27 - November 11, 2013
Named by the Travel Channel as one of the Best Food and Wine Festivals in the country, this annual autumn event transforms Epcot Theme Park into a food and wine lover's paradise. Try delicious regional foods, wines and beers from around the world at special marketplaces set up along World Showcase Promenade. Learn from renowned chefs and winemakers at special programs and demonstrations, and sample the finest cuisine from around the globe. With specialty food items, culinary events, sophisticated parties, live musical entertainment - and held for 46 days - you won't want to miss it!
|Booking & Event Information
|Marketplaces & Promenade | HGTV Seminars |
| Other Festival Highlights | Festival Welcome Center | Festival Shopping |
| Exclusive Perks & Events |Festival Extras | Exclusive Travel Deal |
Booking & Event Information
Registration for 2013 Food & Wine Festival Events Begin 7 a.m. August 13, 2013
While much of what the Epcot Food & Wine Festival has to offer is complimentary with your park admission (continue reading this page to discover them all), some events require that you reserve and pay for them in advance. Guests can call 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378) to make reservations once Disney begins accepting reservations. Book your events as early as possible! Some popular events sell out within minutes of phone lines opening!
Some bookings, such as Party for the Senses, mixology seminars, “3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery, Epcot wine schools and culinary demos in the Festival Center, will also be available to reserve online at epcotfoodfestival.com.
Premium Events for 2013
- NEW! Scotland, Land of Food And Drink (Sept. 28), $95 or $115
- NEW! Spirits Confidential (Nov. 1), $80 or $95
- NEW! Parisian Breakfast (Saturdays), $37
- NEW! Hibachi Experience (Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5), $120
- “3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery (Oct. 4, 11 and 25), $55 or $90
- Epcot Wine Schools (Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 3), $135 per person
- Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining (more than 25 dinners during festival; prices vary)
- Mixology Series: Taste, Shake and Indulge Like the French (Saturdays), $65
- Kitchen Memories (Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8), from $110-$170
- Cheese Seminars (Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9), $80
- Party for the Senses (Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2), $145, $180 or $285
- Food & Wine Pairings (Tuesdays, Thursdays), $55
- Sweet Sundays (Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10), $99
- The Discovery of Chocolate (Oct. 13 and 27), $75
- Additional events include Italian and French pairings and lunches, and a Mexican Tequila lunch. Guests also can book special festival experiences including daily Culinary Demonstrations ($14), Mixology Seminars ($15) and Wine, Beer or Spirit Seminars ($14).
You can review additional information for separately ticketed events here as soon as it become savailable.
Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, DVC members, and Golden Oak residents can usually begin booking select seminars and demos early at a discount.
Marketplaces & Promenade
Over twenty-five international marketplace kiosks serve up tapas-sized portions of regional specialties beginning at 11 a.m. each day of the festival. Explore countries on 6 continents through their most mouthwatering foods and beverages! Marketplaces tapas-sized portions range in cost from $3 to $8, and at each kiosk, are paired with beer, wine and cocktails.
For 2013, the International Food and Wine Festival will for the first time feature a Scotland Marketplace. Inspired by the Disney film Brave, the new marketplace will feature the foods, beers, meads and scotch of Scotland, with the cocktail of choice will be a Rusty Nail, a popular Scotch whisky martini that is simply Scotch and Drambuie. The Brazil Marketplace returns by popular demand with an exciting new menu following a one-year hiatus. Hawai’i is back with its flavorful Kalua Pork Slider, and Terra, which debuted last year, returns with vegan favorite Trick’n Chicken Curry.
MouseForLess Tip: To enjoy the shortest lines, get there at opening (11 a.m.), before the lunch crowd, and avoid the weekends when the lines can get impossibly long! Typically, the lightest crowds will be Monday through Thursday. To save time, plan your visit by checking out the menus for each kiosk (available here closer to Festival date). And, to get the most from your food budget, consider picking a few extra choices and sharing menu items with others in your group.
A complimentary Marketplace Discovery Passport is available to be stamped at each international marketplace visited for the perfect scrapbook souvenir. Each marketplace has its own unique stamp design. Visit the Festival Welcome Center or ask at the Marketplaces kiosks to receive your Marketplace Discovery Passport. It's a great way to remember what you ate!
Pick up a Food & Wine themed mini Disney Gift Card — a fast, easy and secure way to carry your money on your wrist, and simply the best way to experience the Festival. The is offered as the convenient mini-sized wristlet, or as a full-sized card. Just load or reload the card with any amount you desire starting with as little as $5 and swipe — - you're spared the trouble of getting out your credit card or cash any time you want to pay for food, merchandise and more. You can reload your card as many times as you wish at the majority of festival kiosks. Disney Gift Cards are available throughout Epcot - at Main Entrance Ticket Booths, the Festival Welcome Center, Guest Relations, and select festival locations.
HGTV Home Entertaining Seminars
The HGTV family joins the fun with top personalities appearing each weekend with home entertaining seminars. In these FREE 30-minute seminars, design stars from the network will talk about holiday table setting, herb and vegetable gardening,and kitchen or dining room changes.
Seminar schedules will be posted here as soon as they are available
Other Epcot Food & Wine Festival Highlights
The thrills at the ultimate dining, drinking and music event don't stop. Discover the many taste adventures that await:
Eat to the Beat! Concert Series
Musical entertainment pairs perfectly with culinary fun during the nightly Eat to the Beat! Concert Series. Enjoy a varied lineup of classic rock, soul, R&B, jazz and funk hit-makers! Concerts are FREE with Epcot park admission and are held at 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00 p.m.!
For 2013, the Go-Go’s and four other new musical acts, including Edwin McCain, The Manhattan Transfer, Spin Doctors, and Christopher Cross are set to make first appearances at Eat to the Beat nightly concerts. Nineteen bands are slated, with STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas kicking off the concert series Sept. 27-29. Returning fan favorites include The Pointer Sisters, Smash Mouth, Boyz II Men, Sister Hazel, Air Supply, Hanson and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon
Run around the parks, dine around the World November 8 - 9, 2013! Join runDisney for the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, which will be run at night and finish inside the Epcot World Showcase! Race under the stars through Walt Disney World Theme Parks, and enjoy a private after party at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, exclusively for runners and their friends!
Burn off calories running or cheering at the Tower of Terror 10-Miler race that takes place at Disney's Hollywood Studios October 4 - 6, 2013!
Learn from the masters! Look for renowned chefs to share their talents during this year's low-cost culinary demonstrations and special premium events. Chefs such as Cat Cora ("Iron Chef"), Robert Irvine ("Dinner: Impossible," "Worst Cooks in America," and "Restaurant: Impossible"), and Buddy Valastro ("Cake Boss") will return to this year's festival. Additionally, look for renowned chefs like Warren Brown, Paula DaSilva, Gale Gand, Jamie Deen, Dean Max, Rock Harper, Jeff Henderson, Art Smith, Allen Susser, “Cake Boy” Eric Lanlard, Duskie Estes and John Stewart, Donald Link, Bryan Voltaggio and Emily Ellyn to share their talents at the 2013 International Food and Wine Festival. You can also look for your favorite Food Network or Travel Channel celebrity chef at the FREE meet & greets held at the Festival Welcome Center.
“Discover the Cranberry” featuring the Festival Cranberry Bog
Hosted by Ocean Spray Craisins dried cranberries, the cranberry bog has been a popular feature at the Festival for the past few years and will return in 2013. The bog contains two thousand pounds of cranberries and you can watch as Ocean Spray growers wade through the cranberries in hip-high waders. Learn about the history, harvesting process and health benefits as you sample this unique fruit. This exhibit and Craisins samples are FREE with your Epcot park admission.
Festival Welcome Center
Location: Wonders of Life Pavilion in Future World (between the Universe of Energy Pavilion and Mission: SPACE)
Hours: Open Daily from 9 a.m. until Park Closing
The Festival Welcome Center hosts everything from wine seminars to book signings. Guests can make the most of complimentary Authentic Taste seminars. Culinary demonstrations and wine seminars will also be available for a nominal fee. Also look for premium events such as the Grand Marnier Tasting event, Kitchen Memories, Cheese Seminars and more. If you don't have a reservation for an event, but would like to attend, check at the check-in desk to see if there is any last minute availability; you just never know. The Festival Welcome Center is also the place to pick up Festival keepsakes, including limited edition Festival pins and cookbooks. And while you're there, be sure to check out the lists of famous personalities who will be appearing plus the times of their scheduled book or bottle signings.
The following festival offerings are "usually" included FREE with your Epcot admission:
- Wine Shop Samplings: For those considering purchasing certain wines, complimentary tastings will take place daily at Wine Shop located at the Festival Center.
- Authentic Taste Seminars: Learn about the origins, properties and history of pure ingredients in lively, 30-minute complimentary presentations by subject experts on the Spotlight stage.
- Book Signings and Meet & Greets: Meet celebrated authors and personalities, and have them autograph your purchased book or merchandise. Arrive at the Festival Center early to get a wristband for popular celebrity chef meet & greets and book signings. Check the daily schedules or visit the Festival Information Desk for details or to see which celebrities will be appearing each day.
- Bottle Signings: Meet the winemaker and have your purchased bottle of wine autographed—great for a souvenir or special occasion! Check the daily schedules or visit the Festival Information Desk for details.
- Seasons of the Vine: View a "behind-the-scenes introduction" to wine growing narrated by Jeremy Irons. This 7-minute film runs continuously each day.
Before and after the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, you can find merchandise that celebrates the 18th annual Food & Wine Festival. While you're in the park, visit the Festival Welcome Center, which offers commemorative gifts, specialty kitchen items, a book shop and a wine bar, and at the Wine Shop, during select times of the day, you can sample wines you may be considering purchasing. You'll also find the official 18th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Poster at the Festival Center. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Cookbook has 50 recipes from around the globe including Marketplace favorites and specialty beverages, recipes from culinary demonstrations and Party for the Senses. You can also visit the shops located around World Showcase Promenade for additional Festival merchandise offerings and artisans. Pick up a Food & Wine themed mini Disney Gift Card - a fast, easy and secure way to carry your money on your wrist, and simply the best way to experience the Festival. Just load or reload the card with any amount you desire and swipe - and you're spared the trouble of getting out your credit card or cash any time you want to pay for food, merchandise and more. You can reload your card as many times as you wish. Disney Gift Cards are available throughout Epcot.
- The Festival Center Wine Shop: This wine shop offers hundreds of wines from the celebrated wineries showcased throughout the Festival, as well as spirits, beers and a unique collection of bottles.
- Intermissions Café Hosted by Kobrand: A special way to start your day or "wine" down in the evening, featuring wine, cheese, sandwiches and salad. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. through park close.
- The Stockpot Shop: Shop for commemorative items, such as the event poster, Festival cookbook and an extensive selection of cooking and entertaining products.
- Art of Food and Wine Shop: A feast for your eyes, featuring prints and original artwork.
Exclusive Food & Wine Festival Perks and Events
Tables in Wonderland Sneak Preview
Tables in Wonderland members can usually attend an exclusive Food and Wine Festival sneak preview prior to the Food and Wine Festival opening. More info will be posted as it becomes available.
D23's Sip & Stroll
Disney has announced that D23's popular Sip & Stroll is set to return in October of 2013. Information on this exclusive annual Food & Wine Festival event will be posted as it becomes available.
Other "Foodie" Events Taking Place During the Epcot Food & Wine Festival
• Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic
October 18 and 19, 2013
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin showcases a passion for food and beverage during the Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic. Elevate your knowledge of wine appreciation in a series of beverage seminars or just enjoy great food as your stroll the Causeway. Live entertainment is included.
• Festival of the Masters
November 8 - 10, 2013
Similar to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, the food booths throughout Downtown Disney during this event feature kiosks serving up tapas-sized portions of specialties from Downtown Disney restaurants. The food is quite excellent and the festival also features nearly 150 award-winning artists from across the country showcase their wares throughout Downtown Disney, including painters, photographers, sculptors and jewelry designers and more. The three-day festival features chalk art, live music, specialty foods and family-friendly activities and usually takes place during the Food & Wine Festival.
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Additional Epcot Food and Wine Festival information for 2013 will be added as it becomes available. All information on this page is "tentative" until officially announced by Disney. Typically, official Food & Wine Festival info is released by late summer.
Mobile Web Site: Point the browser of your mobile device to www.epcotfoodfestival.com to enhance your Food & Wine Festival experience with additional info, menus, and more. The location will be able to determine the type of device you are using and display correctly. Those not using a mobile device will be taken to Disney's regular web site.
Updated November 13, 2012