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Reservations Open Aug. 16 for Special Events for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Pam Brandon

by , Food Writer, Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

Set your alarm for 7 a.m. on Aug. 16, if you have a special event you want to be sure not to miss at this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 30-Nov. 13 at Walt Disney World Resort. That’s when reservations open for ticketed culinary and beverage programs during the 16th annual food, wine, beer and cocktail extravaganza.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Availability is limited! Do you have a favorite event you might recommend?

  • First Bites Opening Reception (Sept. 29, 6:30-9 p.m.)
  • “3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery (Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11)
  • Taste, Shake and Indulge Like the French Grand Marnier Tasting and Interactive Experience (Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5)
  • Epcot Wine Schools (Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 5)
  • Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining (Oct. 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 27, 30, Nov. 1, 2, 3, 7, 10)
  • Kitchen Memories, formerly Celebrating Family & Friends in the Kitchen (Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11)
  • Cheese Seminars (Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12)
  • Party for the Senses (Oct. 8, 15, 22, Nov. 5 and 12 at new times: 7:30-10 p.m.)
  • Food & Wine Pairings (Mondays, Tuesdays)
  • Sweet Sundays (Oct. 2, 9, 16, 223, 30, Nov. 6, 13)

Additional special events will include Italian and French pairings and lunches, as well as Mexican tequila events. To make reservations call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). For event details visit disneyworld.com/foodandwine.

Check back for updates.

Comments

  • It seems that the Half Marathon has superceeded the food and wine event. Why don’t you just started the whole thing Columbus weekend of the race a weekend earlier. Maybe you should go back to the Race for the Taste 3K which was a much better event. Signature events are very important to a whole lot of people. It is why we keep coming back year after year when there are other place we could go. You have had great cast members over the years that we all have gotten to know, maybe not all on a first name basis but they do remember you (its kind of funny but special). Bud (rest his happy soul), Pam, Etc…Vendors: Baked!, Chateau St. Michelle, and all cast members that participate.
    The Party of the Senses is a really great event that was spoiled with the “special” extra that made regular people feel out of place. How lazy can you get. Get your own food. Want to be waited on hand & foot..go to a restaurant. I believe you would get more people attending if they didn’t feel like they didn’t matter.

  • My wife and I love Disney World, especially Epcot. Now that the rates at Disney have gone up again! I just simply go to my site tour-of-Epcot and enjoy and remember Epcot. I always take loads of pictures when we go. We have a annual season pass. I created a special website called Tour of Epcot that has all of our photos on it. There is also videos and music as well. For a complete tour of Epcot with videos photographs and music visit our website. You can take a virtual tour of the Epcot site. This is a really fun site that I am sure you will enjoy. You can explore the entire park and learn your way around. Its almost as good as being there.

  • Last year they took away the Samual Adams tent,are they going to be bringing that back? We love going up there for that and the Beers around the worlds at the Rose and Crown Pub but they had stopped that also. Those things were fun, will they be back?

  • To Roxanne-if you are doing a dining plan – we normally do a “2 cost” dinner on one night @ California Grill or Jiko then we stroll the World Showcase on another night and dine around the countries for dinner. The small plates are perfect for sharing.

    The food & wine festival is one of our favorite times at Disney-we miss the Wine Walk About from Australia.

    The Wine tasting at Animal Kingdom Lodge is wonderful-just an FYI for wine lovers.

  • Where can I find the schedule for this year’s Food and Wine Festival?
    Thank-you!

  • #19 – Roxanne from TX

    Was “Having never been” referring to Walt Disney World or specifically the Food and Wine Festival?
    If you have never been to W.D.W. the following are ‘highly’ recommended (everything else is recommended as well):

    Magic Kingdom: The Haunted Mansion, The Hall of Presidents
    Epcot: Soarin’, The Voices of Liberty (lobby of The American Adventure)
    Animal Kingdom: Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo – The Musical
    Hollywood Studios: Toy Story Midway Mania! (standby entrance)

  • We are travelling with a few couples, all of which are in the restaurant business, specializing in Gastro Pubs. Do you recommend any events NOT to miss? I’d like to get tickets when the tickets are available (starting Aug 16th). Thanks!

  • If you are going to change and eliminate dates for the PFTS at least give a one year notice so DVC/other vacationers can properly plan. We are staying in a 3-bedroom grand at AK (not easy to book) so changing weeks is impossible (flights, reservations). The PFTS was the high point of our annual vacation. Like others (mention above) we have a large group traveling with us and several are first timers. Very disappointing! Please reconsider and add the dates missing (opening and October 29th) Disney planners.

  • To Roxanne – congratulations! We spent our honeymoon (11 years ago!) at WDW, too.

    You will have a great time at the Food and Wine Festival! To answer some of your questions: the dining plans do not cover any of the special events. They are all separately ticketed. Some can be quite expensive, but if you are really into food and wine they can be worth the money.

    Some of the items on the menus at the kiosks around the World Showcase at Epcot are considered “snacks” on the dining plan, so you can use your snack credits there.

    As far as what to do, you should check different discussion groups and Disney sites for descriptions of the special events to see whether they are something that you would really enjoy and would be worth your money. And keep in mind that you can truly enjoy the Festival without doing the special ticketed events as well. The kiosks around WS are a wonderful way to try new foods and wines, and are much more affordable if you are going on a budget.

  • Me and my (will be husband) are going to be at Disney on our Honeymoon during this. We didn’t even realize this was going on till after we had already booked our trip. (We’re going to be there from Oct 10th – 15th) Having never been, what would people recomend we do?
    Also do the dinning plans cover any of these events?

  • Is there really no Party for the Senses on October 29th, I am so disappointed as I was hoping to attend this year. I to vote for a change of their minds!

  • So I have a question. This is our first year at the F&W and I am super excited. I have two boys ages 6 and 3 at the time that we are going. Would they be able to go to the 3D Dessert Discovery? Is this something that other people take their children too? I don’t want to be the only one there with kids. It is probably the only special event during our time that I would think is more kid friendly. I would love to do the PFTS but the cost is a big deterent for me. I am already stretching just to go for this even this time… I’d love advice on this event… Thanks.

  • Apparently the PFTS on the 29th is being displaced by a family-centered event featuring celebrity chefs and their children, healthy recipes and non-alcoholic beverages.

    I know that some PFTS fans were going to have to be displaced for the family event…but am disappointed that it was me.

  • I’m guessing it’s due to Halloween celebrations in other parks…just a guess.

  • @Lynn, the “3D” event is one that you DO NOT want to miss. My wife doesn’t even like sweets, and she had a blast. Desserts like you cannot imagine (could you have imagined Krispy Kreme donuts, sauteed in a chocolate-whiskey sauce?), fruits, cheeses, plus specialty drinks (even aged bourbons), ending with VIP viewing of EPCOT’s fireworks show. I am SUPREMELY DISAPPOINTED that it got moved from Thursday to Friday. I planned this year’s trip so that I would not have to do battle with the weekend crowds. For my trouble? None of the events that I want to attend will be held Sun – Thurs. Oh well, there’s always next year.

  • I have to agree with everyone else on this- I am really disapointed that you do not have a Party for the Senses on the 29th! It is the only time I can go to WDW this year, and have been looking forward to finally enjoying PFTS for the first time in 5 years 🙁 Any chance the planner’s minds can be changed? Pretty please?

    This is quite possibly the worst news I have heard all month.

  • It appears the intent is to concentrate on the Wine & Dine Marathon and afterparty on October 1. As for why there is no PFTS on 10/27, no idea. That is two of the three weekends I plan to be at Epcot, so I don’t know if I will get to a PFTS at all.

  • We are another couple extremely sad and disappointed by the announcement that there is no Party for the Senses opening weekend. We too are DVC members and it’s impossible to switch dates at this point. Very, very sad to miss out this year as we did the 10/2 party w/wine view lounge last year and it was wonderful.

  • Pam is there going to be a Grape Getaway this year?

    • No Grape Getaway this year.

  • Any idea if something is going to be happening the night of Oct 29th in place of Party?

  • Thanks for the updates Pam. I to am deeply disappointed there is no Party for the Senses on Oct 1st. We had our entire visit as Vacation Club members booked around the opening weekend (which we did last year as well)which looks like it will be a bust this year with most events starting on the second weekend. We are DEEPLY DISAPOINTED. Can’t change our arriving airfare either or the Vacation Club accomidations. So we are only staying for two days of the Festival and then we are jumping on a Disney Cruise ship. Disney should really get the info out earlier. Not everyone makes Disney exectutive level pays and can afford to make last minute arrangements.

  • Thank you for this early info! So glad to have 3D Dessert back!

  • Thanks Pam!! Looking forward to making events reservation for Christmastime (especially Candelight) keep up posted!

  • Where can I get more info on what the “3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery is? How about the Kitchen Memories (formerly Celebrating Family & Friends in the Kitchen). Thanks!

    • I’ll do a post soon with descriptions — in plenty of time to make reservations when lines open!

  • No pfts on oct 1st?????? I planned my trip around opening weekend! Is the first bites reception going to be similar in scale at least?as now it is far too late to change dates/ reservations for our group of 6 adults! Disappointed.

  • Pardon me for the 2 posts. I stutter.

  • Pam, Thanks for the updates. According to the PftS schedule there is no Party on Saturday, Oct. 29th. Is that correct? Also, are ‘they’ planning on having the Wine View Room option this year for the PftS?

  • Pam, thanks for the updates. According to your article there is no PftS scheduled for Oct 29. Is there not going to be one that Saturday night? Also will they be bringing back the Wine View Room for the PftS?

    • Correct, no PFTS Oct. 29, and yes, the Wine Room is back.

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