While we are now enjoying the long days of summer before you know it, it will be fall and time for the annual Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT. This year’s festival will be the longest ever covering 75 days from August 31 to November 13, 2017.
Featuring fantastic special events, culinary and beverage demonstrations, celebrity chefs, and the ever-popular World Showcase Marketplace tasting booths, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity!
Marketplace Booths info:
This year, not only have they upped the days to enjoy the festival, they have also upped the number of Marketplace booths from 30 to 35, while a finalized list of all the booths for this year has not been released, here is a list from the 2016 festival:
- Islands of the Caribbean
- Chocolate Studio
- Wine & Dine Studio
- CHEW Collective
- Brewer’s Collection
- Craft Beers
- Desserts & Champagne
- Farm Fresh
- Hops & Barley
- New Zealand
- South Korea
In addition to these booths, there will also be other spots to get Food & Wine Festival food and drink offerings, including Craft Beers, Desserts & Champagne, and Refreshment Outpost, and Joffey’s Coffee & Tea Company will also offer specialty alcoholic drinks at the 4 stands located through EPCOT.
Not confirmed but the rumored new 5 Marketplace Booths will be the following:
- Avocados of Mexico
- Cheese – Hosted by Boursin
- Beer (in the former Segway room of Innoventions)
- Flavored by Fire
- Active Eats
The majority of the Marketplace booths will be found along the lagoon in the World Showcase; with others being found behind MouseGears and along the path to the World Showcase heading toward Canada.
Festival Welcome Center:
The Festival Center is located in what used to be the Wonders of Life pavilion. The gold domed building located next door to the Universe of Energy. Inside you will find different things to do, see and buy. And if you missed them at the front gate, you can also pick up your map, events guide and festival passport. All needed to help you get the most out of your day.
For the 2016 Festival you were able to pick up two items to help you pay for your food and drink around the world here at the Festival Center.
The first was the Tasting Sampler: it was a thick card on a lanyard that held either 8 tasting tabs ($60.00 + tax) or 16 tasting tabs ($109.00 + tax). The Tasting Sampler is good until the end of the festival, so you don’t have to use them all in one day. One tab will let you purchase one drink OR one food item at any of the food kiosk. Limit 1 item per tab. There will be some restrictions, but they seem to be on the higher end food and drink items. If I remember last year, anything over $11, you could not use the tabs on; you had to pay out of pocket for that item. There will be a list of what you can’t use the tabs for on the back of the card. Along with the Tasting Sampler tab card you also received a commemorative pin. This is the only way to get the pin, if you are looking to add it to your collection.
The second was a commemorative Gift card and lanyard with a medallion. This is basically a Disney Gift Card that you have to load a minimum of $200 on to receive the card and lanyard. The gift card can be used like cash at all the kiosk and gift shops and has no restrictions on what you can buy with it. Disney Gift card have no expiration date. So if you don’t use the whole $200 (And I don’t see that happening) you can save the card for another day of your trip or even your next visit to the parks. The card can be reloaded at any time, be it at the food booths, gift shops or guest relation.
Another gift card option in the mini wrist band card, you must put a minimum of $15 dollars on the card when you first purchase it. After that you can put as much or as little on it as you like. Personally, I am a fan of the wrist band gift card. It’s nice not have to take my debit or credit card out every time I go to pay for something. And now you don’t even have to take it off your wrist. You just show the back of the card to the Cast Member and they will scan it, with their hand held scanner. Just like the $200 gift card…you can reload the card with money throughout the day or even bring it back on your next visit and use it again.
If you are on the Disney Dining plan…many of the food items at the Marketplace Booths are available for purchase with your snack credits. When you are looking the menus, anything with this symbol: is a snack credit option.
But all the booths take cash, debit card and credit cards; if that is the route you are looking to take on your festival journey.
Ghirardelli: The Chocolate Experience:
This exhibit is found at the very back of the Festival Center and something everyone should check out. Here you will be able to get a free piece of Ghirardelli chocolate, learn a little chocolate history as well as enjoy the Chocolate Art exhibit. Each piece of chocolate art was put together by Pastry chefs that work at many of Walt Disney World’s Signature Dinning locations. Along with looking at great pieces of chocolate art, you can purchase a little container that will let you mix and match as many chocolate squares as you can fit into it and with nearly every flavor that Ghirardelli makes there for the choosing, filling that container will happen faster than you think. You can also purchase pre-bagged chocolate squares or a small cup of drinking chocolate. As well as try red wines that go well with chocolate, for an additional charge.
Also found at the festival center will be the largest of the festival merchandise shops. Here you will be able to pick up the festival logo merchandise like pins, shirts, hats, aprons, kitchenware, annual pass only items and Dooney Bourke limited release items.
Festival merchandise can also be found through out the world showcase, among the food booths.
The Festival Wine shop can also be found at this location. Here you will be able to browse through hundreds of different wines, champagnes, and Prosecco offered at the food booths for the festival.
The festival center is also the location for the food and drink demonstrations and seminars. It is also the building you will go to for book or wine bottle signings…
Seminars/Demonstration info from 2016, may change for 2017:
Wine/Beverage seminars: Learn tips from a wine or beverage expert and sample the selections. Daily at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:30 pm. Cost is $15, tax included. Call 407-WDW-FEST to book.
Culinary demonstrations: These 45-minute demonstrations will give you tips and samples from chefs and beverage professionals. Daily at 12:00 and 2:00 pm. Cost is $15, tax included. Call 407-WDW-FEST to book.
Mixology Seminars: Learn how to prepare both trendy and classic cocktails from a professional mixologist. Daily at 6:00 pm. Cost is $15. Call 407-WDW-FEST to book.
Back to Basics – Pick up tips from the pros to make your next dinner party a success. Festival Welcome Center, Spotlight Stage. Fridays-Sundays 1:15 and 3:15pm.
Cheese Seminars at the Festival Center: Learn about cheese from experts and other industry professionals. The featured cheese will be paired with selected wines and introduced by a knowledgeable wine representative. Saturdays from 9:15-10:45am. $89 per guest, plus tax, gratuity included.
Book Signings and Meet & Greets: Meet authors and other personalities speaking at the Festival. There will be the opportunity for you to get your purchased books and merchandise items autographed. Check daily schedules.
Bottle Signings: Meet the winemakers and get your purchased bottle of wine autographed. Check daily schedules.
Eat to the Beat Concert Series…every night of the festival a new musical artist or group will take the American Garden theater stage and put on a 15 to 20 minute performance 3 times a night at 5:30pm, 6:45pm and 8:00pm. List of this year’s lineup can be found here.
Other culinary events that will be going on during the festival, but dates have not been released yet, will be:
What’s Cookin’ With… – This plated brunch will be hosted by a celebrity guest. Festival Welcome Center, Chef’s Showcase. Fridays and Sundays from 9:15-10:45am, 10:00am-12:00pm. $129 per guest, plus tax, gratuity included.
Rockin’ Burger Block Party – serving specialty burgers and sliders inspired by musicians. There will be a DJ spinning for guests to take the dance floor. World Show Place Events Pavilion. Theme park admission is required.
Party for the Senses – Held in the World Show Place Events Pavilion, this elegant party is perfect for foodies. Sample great food from famous chefs, 50 wines and beers and live entertainment. Held every weekend in October.
Food & Beverage Pairings – Celebrate the marriage of regional wines and beers as paired with accompanying cuisines. Info from 2016…might change for 2017.
Italian Regional Food and Wine Pairing Luncheon: This 5-course meal will showcase ingredients found across Italy and used in regional specialties. Tutto Gusto at Tutto Italia Ristorante, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:00-2:30pm, $99 per person.
French Family Meal Traditions: Every week, a chef from Monsieur Paul will prepare one of their favorite dishes from their childhood in France. Guests will also receive The Best of Paul Bocuse, a step-by-step recipe book full of food photography. Monsieur Paul in France Pavilion, Fridays and Sundays from 10/7-11/13 1:30-3:30pm, $95 per person.
Hibachi Experience: An interactive experience with six courses prepared at your table by Teppan Edo chefs, showcasing Japanese Teppan cooking techniques. Sake pairings will accompany each course. Teppan Edo, September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1 and 8, 4:30-6:30pm, $160 per person.
Italian Food, Wine vs. Beer Pairing: 4-course menu of Southern Italy’s hearty dishes, regional wines and craft beers. Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30-4:00pm, $88 per person.
Japanese Craft Beer Tasting: Sample various micro brews and discover how they complement the flavors of 6 traditional dishes. Katusura Garden Deck, Japan Pavilion. Select Wednesdays (Spetember 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9), 1:00-2:00pm, $60 per guest, plus tax, gratuity included.
Mediterranean Food & Wine Pairing: A five-course dinner served in the atmosphere of the Moroccan seashore. Spice Road Table, Morocco, Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00-3:00pm, $65 per person.
Mexican Tequila Lunch: Regional dishes from Mexico will be paired with a selection of tequila. La Hacienda de San Angel, Mexico Pavilion, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 12:00-1:30pm, $85 per person.
Moroccan Food & Wine Pairing: Experience authentic Moroccan dishes paired with wines. Restaurant Marrakesh, Morocco at Epcot, select Tuesdays at 3:30-5:00pm (September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8), $62 per guest, plus tax, gratuity included. Theme park admission required.
Parisian Breakfast: Enjoy a French breakfast at Chefs de France. Freshly made baguettes, brioches, croissants, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and orange juice. The baguettes are made from scratch at Les Halles Boulangeries Patisserie. Chefs de France in France Pavilion, select Saturdays 9:00-10:30am (September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November 5, 12), $40 per person.
The Parisian Afternoon: An assortment of finger sandwiches, delicate petit fours and macarons will be served with unlimited mimosas at Monsieur Paul. Select Saturdays 1:30-3:30pm (October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12), $55 per person.
Tokyo Pairing: Enjoy three tasting-size portions of Japanese cuisine, paired with sake and Japanese craft beer. Tokyo Dining, Japan at Epcot. Thursdays, 4:30-6:00pm. $150 per guest, plus tax, gratuity included. Theme park admission is required.
The Signature Dining Series (List from 2016….prices and list could change for 2017)
*All prcies are listed with gratuity, but without tax. Theme park admission is required for all events. Call 407-WDW-FEST to book or check epcotfoodfestival.com to book select events.
The Signature Dinner is a meal with wine pairings. A Host Chef teams with a Representative from one of the hosting wineries who will present the dinner’s wine. Prices are listed per person, plus tax, gratuity included. Theme park admission is not required, except for The Hollywood Brown Derby and Le Cellier Steakhouse.
The BOATHOUSE: 9/15/16, 11:30am, Robert Getchell, $150
ESPN Club: 9/20/16, 12:00pm, Paul Napoli, $119
Narcoossee’s: 9/24/16, 12:00pm, Lawrence Searl, $199
Jiko – The Cooking Place: 9/24/16, 6:00pm, Daniel Sicilia, $199
ESPN Club: 9/27/16, 12:00pm, Paul Napoli, $119
Portobello Country Italian Trattoria: 9/28/16, 7:30pm, Tony Mantuano, $110
ESPN Club: 10/4/16, 12:00pm, Paul Napoli, $119
Trattoria al Forno: 10/5/16, 12:30pm, Christian Rumpler, $139
Yachtsman Steakhouse: 10/6/16, 5:00pm, Joseph Haverlin, $229
Artist Point: 10/8/16, 11:30am, Michael Gonsalvez, $169
Contemporary Catering Chef’s Table: 10/14/16, 7:30pm, Frank Brough, $259
Raglan Road: 10/20/16, 6:30pm, Kevin Dundon, $177
The Hollywood Brown Derby: 10/20/16, 6:00pm, Stephen Shepherd, Craig Schleider, and The Derby Chefs, $199
Victoria & Albert’s: 10/21/16, 6:30pm, Scott Hunnel, $600
The Wave…of American Flavors: 10/26/16, 12:30pm, Russell Palmer, $169
Flying Fish: 10/27/16, 6:00pm, Tim Majoras, $199
California Grill: 10/27/16, 6:00pm, Dennis Thompson, $319
Afternoon Tea at Crescent Solarium: 10/28/16, 1:00pm, Lorene Vanetti, $79
Trattoria al Forno: 11/2/16, 12:30pm, Christian Rumpler, $139
Flying Fish: 11/3/16, 6:00pm, Tim Majoras, $199
Trattoria al Forno: 11/10/16, 6:30pm, $169
Flying Fish: 11/10/16, 6:00pm, Tim Majoras, $199
Jiko – The Cooking Place: 11/12/16, 6:00pm, Daniel Sicilia, $199