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Countdown to Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Reservations at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 6th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Don’t forget, the phone lines open at 7 a.m. August 14 for reservations for all of the ticketed events for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). And this year, you can book some of the hottest tickets online at epcotfoodfestival.com: Party for the Senses, mixology seminars, “3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery, Epcot wine schools and culinary demos in the Festival Center.

We know seats go fast for the signature events, but there are dozens to choose from – find all of the information to help you plan at epcotfoodfestival.com. And try something new this year!

But we’re looking forward to some of the festival events that don’t need reservations and don’t require a ticket, just admission to the park. Of course, there’s the array of tastes around World Showcase, paired with beer, wine and cocktails – we got a sneak taste of the chocolate chili mousse with salted caramel, and can tell you we’re heading there first.

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort

We love stopping to talk with the cranberry farmers in the beautiful “Discover the Cranberry” featuring the Festival Cranberry Bog hosted by Ocean Spray Craisins Brand Dried Cranberries, and this year we can add the new Watermelon Patch (especially fun for kids) as we’re making the rounds. Chocolate lovers will want to head to the Festival Center for the free “The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar” hosted by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company (yep, there’s chocolate samples while you learn). The Festival Center is the perfect place to cool off when the weather heats up – take a seat and listen to the HGTV folks during complimentary 30-minute seminars. Or sit in on a free Authentic Taste Seminar presented by Driscoll’s Only the Finest Berries. Or just stroll through the Festival Center Wine Shop and sample a few of the wines.

Then, when the sun goes down, head to the Eat to the Beat Concert at America Gardens Theatre, with live entertainment every night at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. during the festival. Favorites are back, but new this year are Smash Mouth (Oct. 11-12); Javier Colon, winner of “The Voice” (Oct. 13-14); Blues Traveler (Nov. 5-6) and Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group STYX (Nov. 7-8).

Can you recommend your favorite happening at the festival?

For recipes from the previous Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, see the posts below:

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12 Comments 6 Replies

1

Cindy from FL on August 6th, 2012 at 9:45 am

Hi Pam!! Where is the list of the mixology/beverage seminars located? Can’t wait to attend!!

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Jennifer on August 6th, 2012 at 10:33 am

So excited for this year’s Festival!! When will the list of Culinary Demonstrations and Wine Seminars be posted? only 1 week until booking opens!

 

Pam Brandon on August 6th, 2012 at 10:45 am

We hope to have posted by end of this week.

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Christin on August 6th, 2012 at 10:58 am

I LOVED the Cranberry Bog from last year. It was really interesting to speak to the Ocean Spray guys and have them explain how Cranberrys are harvested.

My favorites from last year were the Pulled pork in Hawaii, Fish Tacos in Mexica and my favorite Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée in Argentina.

Please tell me these will all be back this year.

 

Pam Brandon on August 6th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Argentina, Mexico and Hawaii ALL return this year!

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Patricia on August 6th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I was wondering what happened to the booth of CHILE,our friends and I love their wines and food. Will they be back this year? let us know.
Thank you

 

Pam Brandon on August 6th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Chile isn’t back this year, but there are more than 2 dozen new dishes to taste at more than 25 Marketplaces, so I bet you’ll find lots of delicious tastes.

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Crystal on August 6th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Does anyone know where on the Epcot site we’ll be able to book tickets this year? I’ve been looking around and don’t see anything – will the link be posted on Aug 14th?

 

Pam Brandon on August 6th, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Link will be live at 7am Aug. 14

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Christine from NY on August 7th, 2012 at 10:48 am

Hi Pam, Are you able to tell me what is in the Shrimp Tacos that are pictured above? They look so good and since I may not make it this year to the festival I would love to make them at home. Thanks!

 

Pam Brandon on August 7th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Don’t have the recipe handy, but the shrimp is in a tempura batter with a mayo-sour cream based sauce and a red cabbage slaw amde with vinaigrette. That’s close!

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Derek on August 7th, 2012 at 11:19 am

Is there a countdown to reservations for the Be Our Guest Restaurant?????

 

Pam Brandon on August 7th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Still no exact date, but soon!

8

kelly on August 8th, 2012 at 9:52 am

OMGosh the overzealous, slightly insane planner in me is going crazy waiting on these seminar/demo schedules, especially since I’m a DVC member and can book them early *this* Friday! Come Disney, give a girl some love — and a chance to properly plan! :-)

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Jennifer on August 8th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Will the exact chefs and food type be released for the culinary seminars prior to Monday? If so, where?

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Stacy from CA on August 9th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I was also wondering about the schedule of demos, but hopefully that will be out before registration begins. My actual question is about the Chimichurri Sauce from last year’s F&W festival cookbook. Was the recipe used for the festival different than the one in the cookbook? I tried making it and didn’t look or taste anything like the one at the Festival itself – other recipes seemed pretty close, but not that one.

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Renee on August 23rd, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Will there be an app for iphones and androids again this year? I really foudn that helpful alst year!

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Linda from PA on September 3rd, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Was wondering if you had to pay to go to the festival & try things out or if they have free things going on too?

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