Complete Guide to 2018 Food and Wine Festival Special Events

2018 Food and Wine Festival Special Events

Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival is a little over two months away and guests will be able to enjoy all that it has to offer from August 30th to November 12th. This is one of the most popular events at Epcot so we wanted to share a rundown of all the 2018 Food and Wine Festival Special Events scheduled for this year.

Beginning June 14, 2018, you can book your spot for these limited-time events. Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Tables in Wonderland can all take advantage of early booking starting TODAY!

For 2018 Food and Wine Festival Special Events reservations, please check availability online or call (407) 939-3378. If you’re a Disney Vacation Club Member, you may book online or by calling Member Services at (800) 800-9800.

Click on one of the links below to jump directly to that section or have fun reading about them all!

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Cheese Seminars 

Ripen your acumen for all things cheese at 7 diverse seminars led by notable cheese experts. From France and Italy to the United States, experience the difference in cultures! The seminars are scheduled on select Saturdays from 9:45 AM to 11:15 AM and the cost is $89 per Guest—plus tax, gratuity included

  • Mediterranean Cheeses and Wines
    Hosted by Max McCalman
    September 15, 2018
    Taste amazing wines and cheeses deeply rooted in ancient Mediterranean diets as well as culture.
  • French Cheeses and Wines
    Hosted by Tonda Corrente
    September 22, 2018
    Savor a classic assiette de fromage accompanied by a variety of elegant French wines famous around the world.
  • Italian Cheeses and Wines
    Hosted by Max McCalman
    September 29, 2018
    Enjoy Italian vini and formaggi pairings that provide a delicious glimpse into the country’s noble yet rustic lifestyle.
  • The Great Cheeses and Wines of the United States
    Hosted by David Gremmels
    October 6, 2018
    Summon your inner wine and cheese connoisseur with some of the finest selections produced in America.
  • Great British Cheeses and Ales
    Hosted by Max McCalman
    October 13, 2018
    Learn how traditional British cheeses and ales pair in perfect harmony, something loyal fans have known for decades.
  • Old World Classic Cheeses and Wines
    Hosted by Erin Hedley
    October 20, 2018
    Experience delightfully unique pairings of Europe’s most acclaimed wines and cheeses from various regions across the continent.
  • Season’s Best Cheeses and Wines
    Hosted by Max McCalman
    November 10, 2018
    Sample top seasonal cheeses, both domestic and imported, for a pièce-de-résistance pairing that closes the Festival on a highly delectable note!

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Culinary Demonstrations

Cook up a new kind of cuisine by learning from some of the world’s most celebrated chefs!

During each 45-minute demonstration, renowned gourmets will impart years of kitchen wisdom while whipping up a special delicious dish. Attendees can collect tips and tricks to sharpen their skills, as well as savor the exquisite flavors at each presentation. The demonstrations are scheduled Monday through Saturday at 12:30 PM at the Festival Center Stage and the cost is $17 per guest, plus tax.

Click HERE for the official event calendar for more information, including featured appearances and presentations

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Beverage Seminars

Sample select adult beverages at a 45-minute seminar that puts you in touch with your inner wine, beer or spirit connoisseur. Each day, sommeliers and other beverage experts will share their extensive knowledge at these deliciously informative presentations. Seminars are scheduled Monday through Thursdays 11:15 AM and 2:30 PM, Friday and Saturdays 11:15 AM and 4:30 PM, Sundays 4:30 PM. They are being held at the Festival Center Stage and the cost is $17 per guest, plus tax.

Click HERE for the official event calendar for more information, including featured appearances and presentations

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Party for the Senses

Enjoy a feast that pays tribute to the sensory arts! Join acclaimed chefs, personalities and entertainers for Party for the Senses, an incredible night filled with food, fun and friends. From the delectable menu to impressive entertainment, it’s the perfect opportunity for foodies to mark another year at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival with connoisseurs of all kinds.

The event also includes reserved seating for the 5:30 PM performance of the Eat to the Beat concert series as an added bonus! Party for the Senses is held at World ShowPlace Events Pavilion in Epcot on select Saturdays (September 22, October 6, 13, 20, and November 10) during the Festival from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. The cost is from $229 to $349 per guest – plus tax (gratuity is included).

Each event has 2 seating options:

  • Category #1: Wine View Lounge – Paint the town like a true VIP, with a premium reserved table, premium bar service, artisanal cheeses and a specialty cocktail toast—in addition to all that makes this event the most palatable party of the year!
    • $349 per Guest—plus tax, gratuity included
    • Limited availability
    • 6:30 PM check-in
    • Guests will receive a parting gift
    • Transportation will be provided to and from the park’s Main Entrance at the beginning and end of the event
  • Category #2: Reserved Seating – Indulge in top-notch treatment, with a reserved table on the main floor and a specialty welcome cocktail toast. Your inner connoisseur won’t want to miss it!
    • $229 per Guest—plus tax, gratuity included
    • Limited availability
    • 7:00 PM check-in at the reserved check-in podium located at the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion

Click HERE for the official event calendar for more information, including featured appearances and presentations.

Beginning June 14, 2018, you can book your spot at this limited-time event.

    • Wine View Lounge
      For reservations, please call (407) 939-3378. Disney Vacation Club Members may call Member Services at (800) 800-9800.
    • Reserved Seating
      For reservations, book online by using the Check Availability tool or call (407) 939-3378. Disney Vacation Club Members may book online or call Member Services at (800) 800-9800. Don’t delay—the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival runs from August 30 to November 12, 2018!

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Eat to the Beat Dining Package

Enjoy an amazing meal at select Epcot restaurants, then make sure to save room for the pièce de la résistance—guaranteed seating at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. Festival Guests can feast on fabulous breakfast, lunch or dinner options before seeing performances by some of the music industry’s most iconic acts. Dine, sing, dance… you won’t miss a toe-tapping minute!

Nightly concerts will take place from August 30 to November 12, 2018 at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM within the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot World Showcase. You can see the full concert schedule HERE

Dine on fare from around the world! Each breakfast package includes one (1) buffet or family-style dining (where applicable). Each lunch or dinner package includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert—or one (1) full buffet or family-style dining (where applicable)—along with a non-alcoholic beverage. Each package also includes one (1) guaranteed seat to the Eat to the Beat Concert held on the same day.

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
    Norway Pavilion
    Breakfast: $62 for adults; $37 for kid
    Lunch: $70 for adults; $42 for kids
    Dinner: $70 for adults; $42 for kids
  • Biergarten Restaurant
    Germany Pavilion
    Lunch: $46 for adults; $26 for kid
    Dinner: $52 for adults; $29 for kids
  • Chefs de France
    France Pavilion
    Lunch: $65.99 for adults; $17.99 for kids
    Dinner: $75.99 for adults; $22.99 for kids
  • Coral Reef Restaurant
    The Seas Pavilion
    Lunch: $67 for adults; $22 for kids
    Dinner: $67 for adults; $22 for kids
  • The Garden Grill Restaurant
    The Land Pavilion
    Breakfast: $45 for adults; $27 for kids
    Lunch: $58 for adults; $35 for kids
    Dinner: $58 for adults; $35 for kids
  • La Hacienda de San Angel
    Mexico Pavilion
    Dinner: $80 for adults; $25.75 for kids
  • Nine Dragons Restaurant
    China Pavilion
    Lunch: $50 for adults; $16.99 for kids
    Dinner: $58 for adults; $18.50 for kids
  • Restaurant Marrakesh
    Morocco Pavilion
    Lunch: $52 for adults; $19 for kids
    Dinner: $62 for adults; $19 for kids
  • Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
    United Kingdom Pavilion
    Lunch: $57 for adults; $21 for kids
    Dinner: $57 for adults; $21 for kids
  • San Angel Inn Restaurante
    Mexico Pavilion
    Lunch: $70 for adults; $23 for kids
    Dinner: $80 for adults; $25.75 for kids
  • Spice Road Table
    Morocco Pavilion
    Lunch: $52 for adults; $19 for kids
    Dinner: $63 for adults; $19 for kids
  • Teppan Edo
    Japan Pavilion
    Lunch: $62 for adults; $16.99 for kids
    Dinner: $74 for adults; $20.75 for kids
  • Tokyo Dining
    Japan Pavilion
    Lunch: $62.99 for adults; $16.99 for kids
    Dinner: $74 for adults; $16.99 for kids
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante
    Italy Pavilion
    Lunch: $64 for adults; $22 for kids
    Dinner: $70 for adults; $25 for kids
  • Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
    Italy Pavilion
    Lunch: $54 for adults; $20 for kids
    Dinner: $57 for adults; $24 for kids
  • Dining Details
    • Prices do not include tax or gratuity.
    • Valid Epcot admission is required and not included.
    • Dining reservation start times must be at least 2.5 hours prior to the Eat to the Beat concert showtime.
    • Alcohol will only be served to Guests ages 21 and older.
    • Reservations can be made as early as June 14, 2018. Call (407) WDW-FEST or (407) 939-3378 to reserve your spot. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.
    • Reservations require a credit card guarantee.
    • This experience requires 2 Table-Service Entitlements for Magic Your Way Dining and Magic Your Way Deluxe Dining Packages.
    • Seating will be uncovered and in the second section in the middle of the theater. If Guests need accessible seating, it should be indicated in the reservation.

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Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!

Working side-by-side with chefs, beverage experts and other kitchen wizards, attendees can roll up their sleeves for a hands-on lesson that teaches one of many different culinary and beverage skills. Each guided, interactive experience offers a multi-sensory smorgasbord—from whipping up sweet treats and savory sensations to exploring cocktails, spirits and wines.

The events are scheduled Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30PM to 5:45 PM at the Festival Center Stage and the cost is $39 per guest, plus tax.

Click HERE for the official event calendar for more information, including featured appearances and presentations

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Food & Beverage Pairings at Festival Welcome Center
Pick up useful tips during this engaging collaboration between a featured chef and a beverage presenter. Best part? Attendees get to sample the dish and beverage pairing created during the demonstration!

The pairings are scheduled Friday through Saturday at 2:30PM at the Festival Center Stage and the cost is $25 per guest, plus tax.

Click HERE for the official event calendar for more information, including featured appearances and presentations

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Sunday Brunch with the Chef

Start your day in the most delicious way at our 2-hour event featuring a breakfast buffet and a distinguished, gourmet guest.

During this event, you’ll kick things off with a sparkling wine toast, enjoy an amazing spread of flavorful dishes—and listen to the celebrity guest dish out their favorite tips and tricks. Plus, foodie fans are in for a fabulous pièce de résistance following brunch—a meet-and-greet photo opportunity with the guest of honor.

Brunches are scheduled Sundays from 11:30AM to 1:30PM at the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion and the cost is $129 per guest, plus tax (gratuity is included).

  • September 2: Richard Blais (Top Chef; owner of Trail Blais culinary company in California)
  • September 9: Jamie Deen (co-owner of The Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah, Georgia)
  • September 16: Tiffani Thiessen (actress and author of Pull Up a Chair)
  • September 23: Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto (Chef/owner of Morimoto Restaurants, including Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs)
  • October 7: Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss; owner of Carlo’s Bake Shop in New Jersey)
  • October 14: Art Smith (Top Chef; restaurateur behind Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs )
  • October 21: Geoffrey Zakarian (Iron Chef, Chopped and The Kitchen; restaurateur behind Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Florida)
  • October 28: Carla Hall (co-host of ABC’s The Chew)
  • November 11: Alex Guarnaschelli (Iron Chef and Iron Chef Gauntlet; Executive Chef at Butter in New York City)

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival’s 23rd year runs from August 30 to November 12, 2018. Which one of the 2018 Food and Wine Festival Special Events are you most excited to try?

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