Your SEO optimized title

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 earlier in 2014 than in years past. This year the dates are September, yes, September 19 through November 20.

The Festival features some good food and wine (imagine that), and some good old rock and roll music.

 

 

You can 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

The sign for the Epcot International Food and Wine FestvalPhoto by WDW Shutterbug

The Food and Wine

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 almost 30 different stations situated all around Epcot's World Showcase.

 

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.

Dad's Favorite Stop

The Canada area in the Food and Wine FestivalPhoto by WDW Shutterbug

The Cost

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.

Yum Yum

Yummy looking food from GermanyPhoto by WDW Shutterbug

 

one day free in the parks

The Demonstrations

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

A wine tasting during the taping of a demonstration at the Intertnational Food and Wine FestivalPhoto by ScrapNancy

Wine/Beverage Seminars

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.

Taste Your Way Around the World

The Taste your way around the world sign at the Food and Wine FestivalPhoto by WDW Shutterbug

Book Signings

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.

Weekend Extras

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

Starship at Eat to the Beat

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 2014 -

  • Sept. 19-21 - Jo Dee Messina
  • Sept. 22-23 - The Pointer Sisters
  • Sept. 24-25 - Rick Springfield
  • 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
  • Oct. 11-12 - Sister Hazel
  • Oct. 13-14 - TBD
  • 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
  • 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

Dad loves Starship

The Crowds

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.

Dad's Crowds at Disney World page

 

The South Korea booth at the Food and Wine FestivalPhoto by WDW Shutterbug

Book your trip

Wanna go see the show? Why not just get started today. Dad friends over at Destinations to Travel will be glad to help you choose the best time to visit Walt Disney World. Can't you just taste the food?

Dad's Destinations to Travel page

 

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.

 

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.