Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Every year the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival just seems to get better and better. The Festival starts around the first of October and runs through the middle of November (2013 - September 27 through November 11). It features food and wine (imagine that), and some good old rock and roll music.
Sample cuisine created by renowned chefs and winemakers from around the world are available at booths set up all around the World Showcase.
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
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The Food and Wine
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Top chefs (no Mrs. Mom, I'm not talking about the TV show again) and winemakers from cites around the world create interesting creations that highlight the city they represent. You can sample food and wine from 27 different stations situated all around Epcot's World Showcase.
Some of the towns represented this year are Santiago Chile, Bologan Italy, and Shanghai China. Each booth has a selection of food items and also local wines.
Booths are located all around the lagoon, including several booths on the Future World side of the lagoon. Each of the International pavilions have at least one booth with offerings from that country. 23 different areas are represented with extra booths that serve specialities like desserts and champagne.
You have to have a ticket to Epcot to enjoy the festival. Food and Drink at the Festival costs money (duh). Each item is priced differently but most items are between $3 and $8. Some of the demonstrations and presentations require a separate charge (see below). The Eat to the Beat Concerts are free.
Daily during the Festival there are demonstrations, presentations, seminars, food, wine and a lot more. Here is some of what you can expect to enjoy through the months.
HGTV comes to the Festival
After the successful debut of HGTV at the International Flower and Garden Show, they are also going to be at the International Food and Wine Festival. Here is the list of stars from HGTV scheduled to attend.
- September 28-30 – “Design Star” Season 7 Winner Danielle Colding
- October 5-7 – Casey Noble – “Design on a Dime”
- October 12-14 – Alison Victoria – DIY Network’s “Kitchen Crashers”
- October 19-21 – Brian Patrick Flynn – HGTV.com, “Design Happens”
- October 26-28 – Meg Caswell – “Meg’s Great Rooms”
- November 2-4 – Marianne Canada – HGTV.com, “Design Happens”
- November 9-12 – Emily Henderson – “Secrets From a Stylist”
Culinary demonstration/Wine presentation
Every day there are 3 demonstrations where feature chefs and wine presenters give tips on how to produce great tasting dishes and pair with some great wines. Demonstration times are 1:00, 2:45 and 4:30. Each session costs $8.00.
Wine Library Tasting - Gary Vaynerchuck
There are 4 daily seminars where a featured beverage expert or featured wine principal gives tips and samples of wines and/or beverages. Times are 12:00, 2:00, 3:45 and 5:30. There is an $8.00 charge for each session.
You can make reservations for either seminar at Disney's International Food and Wine Festival page.
During the International Food and Wine Festival, authors, winemakers and celebrities will be on hand to sign books, bottles or other merchandise purchased at the Festival. Check the daily schedule to see who is available on the day you visit.
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays well known authors speak about popular topics and taste seminars celebrate the history of select ingredients. (No extra charge necessary.)
Eat to the Beat
The "Eat to the Beat" concert series brings "food music" to the American Gardens Theater. Several big name groups play 3 shows a day. Here's the list for 2013 -
- Sept. 27-29 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas
- Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Go-Go’s
- Oct. 2-4 – Air Supply
- Oct. 5-6 – Sister Hazel
- Oct. 7-9 – Sugar Ray
- Oct. 10-11 – Edwin McCain
- Oct. 12-13 – Manhattan Transfer
- Oct. 14-15 – Wilson Phillips
- Oct. 16-17 – The Pointer Sisters
- Oct. 18-20 – Night Ranger
- Oct. 21-23 – Boyz II Men
- Oct. 24-25 – Survivor
- Oct. 26-27 – 38 Special
- Oct. 28-30 – Smash Mouth
- Oct. 31-Nov. 1 – Spin Doctors
- Nov. 2-3 – Christopher Cross
- Nov. 4-5 – Hanson
- Nov. 6-8 – Dennis DeYoung
- Nov. 9-11 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Here's a little preview from Billy Ocean
The best thing about the International Food and Wine Festival is it happens during one of the slowest times of the year crowd wise. Most days during the show crowds in Epcot will be hard to find. The weekends do get a little busier, but the weekdays can be just devine.
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Dad's Bottom Line
Fall is a great time to visit Walt Disney World. The Food and Wine Festival is one of the great traditions of the fall. From great music, to good food, to even some interesting education this time of year is Perfect for a visit.