2012 Premium Events & Experiences

Meet winemakers, guest chefs and celebrity speakers with this special series of programs and experiences during Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, September 28 to November 12, 2012.

Culinary demonstrations teach you tips and tricks for entertaining, while delicious experiences—such as Party for the Senses—dish up unforgettable flavors.

Please note that these special events and experiences require additional admission fees.

Reservations and Information
Reservations open August 14, 2012 at 7:00 a.m. Call (407) WDW-FEST or (407) 939-3378, view our Special Dining Events online or visit the Festival Welcome Center at Epcot Theme Park (open only during Epcot International Food & Wine Festival) for additional information and reservations.

Party for the Senses

Hosted by Vanity Fair—Maker of Premium Napkins and Plates

Feast on this tribute to the sensory arts! Your evening begins with a reserved seat at the Eat to the Beat concert series at America Gardens Theatre, with musical performances at either 5:30 p.m. or 6:45 p.m. Then, wander among more than 50 tempting tasting stations at World ShowPlace Events Pavilion. Returning this year, Cirque du Soleil®, featuring awe-inspiring acts!

Choose from 3 different experiences:

  • Wine View Lounge: Enjoy a private reserved table, entrance into World ShowPlace Events Pavilion 15 minutes before general admission, a specialty cocktail toast to begin your evening, a premium bar, an artisanal cheese station and more. Limited Availability. Check-in at Wine View Lounge check-in podium at World ShowPlace Events Pavilion. Cost: $270 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included. Epcot admission required.
  • Reserved Seating: Enjoy a reserved table on the main floor, entrance into World ShowPlace Events Pavilion 15 minutes before general admission and a specialty cocktail toast to begin your evening. Limited Availability. Check-in at Wine View Lounge check-in podium at World ShowPlace Events Pavilion. Cost: $170 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included. Epcot admission required.
  • General Admission: Enjoy all of the sights, sounds and, of course, tastes that Party for the Senses has to offer as you explore more than 50 tasting stations throughout the event. Limited seating is available as you dine and sip your way through the evening. Check-in at World ShowPlace Events Pavilion. Cost: $145 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included. Epcot admission required.

Where: World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
When: Select Saturdays, October 6, 13, 20 and 27, and November 3. Enjoy reserved seats at the Eat to the Beat concert series for either the 5:30 p.m. or 6:45 p.m. show, followed by Party for the Senses from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Wine View Lounge and Reserved Seating from 7:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.).

Marketplace VIP Access Chef Tour – NEW!

Festival chefs host your walking tour “around the world” and across the international marketplaces. Learn how the marketplace menus are created as you sample 5 preselected food items and 5 preselected beverages. Guests will also receive a cookbook as part of the tour.

Where: Festival Welcome Center, Spotlight Stage
When: Wednesdays; Approximate 2-hour tour begins at 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $90 per person, plus tax. No gratuity. Epcot admission required.

The Magic of Healthy Living Dinner

Hosted by Driscoll’s® Only The Finest Berries™
Come enjoy a family-friendly evening with Celebrity Chefs and fathers Andrew Zimmern and Bryan Voltaggio. Guests will be treated to a four-course meal, non-alcoholic beverages and tips on how to provide a healthy and flavorful meal from two of the world’s most adventurous eaters!

Where: East Hall, World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
When: Saturday, October 19, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $110.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

Kitchen Memories

This 3-course lunch evokes joyful kitchen memories. A celebrated chef demonstrates how to prepare an appetizer, main course and dessert, while a winery representative pairs each course with a selection of wines.

Where: Festival Welcome Center, Chef’s Showcase
When: Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Cost: $110 or $160 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Theme park admission required.

September 28: Andrea Robinson, Master Sommelier
October 5: Duskie Estes and John Stewart, Zazu Restaurant Farm and Black Pig Meat Co. Santa Rosa, CA
October 12: Emily Ellyn Hummel, Orlando, FL
October 19: George Hirsch, George Hirsch Lifestyle
October 26: Robert Irvine, Robert Irvine’s EAT, Hilton Head, SC ($160/person)
November 2: Art Smith, Art and Soul, Washington DC
November 9: Buddy Valastro, Carlo’s Bake Shop, Hoboken, NJ ($160/person)

Epcot Wine Schools

In a comprehensive program led by a prestigious wine expert, learn about distinctive wine cultures, taste a variety of regional wines and receive a certificate of completion at your celebratory reception.

Where: East Hall, World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
When: Select Sundays. Class from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., light reception from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $135 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

September 30: Andrea Robinson MS in Festival Welcome Center – Wonders Retreat
October 7: Jim Bernau, Founder of Willamette Valley Vineyards, in East Hall, World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
November 4: Sharron McCarthy CSW, BANFI, in East Hall, World ShowPlace Events Pavilion

Cheese Seminars

Say cheese! Learn more about cheese from experienced fromagers. Featured cheese will be tasted and paired with selected wines and/or beers.

Where: Festival Welcome Center, Chef’s Showcase
When: Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Cost: $80 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

September 29: Max Calman, Cheeses from the United States
October 6: Erin Hedley, Cheeses from Spain
October 13: Max McCalman, Cheeses from Italy
October 20: Max McCalman, Cheeses from France
October 27: Max McCalman, Old World Mountain cheeses
November 3: David Gremmels, Cheeses from the United States
November 10: Max McCalman, Old World Maritime Cheeses

Mexican Tequila Lunch

Savor samples of tequila that complement a savory spread of Mexican regional cuisine as you learn about tequila history and production.

Where: La Hacienda de San Angel, Mexico Pavilion
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $70 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

Food & Wine Pairings

Sample 3 regional wines paired with 3 tasting-size portions of cuisine from Japan and Morocco. Featured wines and menu selections change daily.

Tokyo Tastings: Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m at Tokyo Dining, Japan Pavilion
Morocco Tastings: Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Restaurant Marrakesh, Morocco Pavilion
Cost: $55 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining

Savor magical, memorable meals at Signature restaurants across Walt Disney World Resort. The resident chef prepares a magnificent culinary experience while a hosting winery presents the accompanying wines for each dinner.

Prices listed below are per person, plus tax. Gratuity included.

Thu, September 27: Kouzzina by Cat Kora, 8:00pm, $160, Chef Dee Foundoukis and the Kouzzina Chefs
Mon, October 1: *Hollywood Brown Derby, 6:30pm, $160, Chef de Cuisine Craig Schleider
Tue, October 2: Wolfgang Puck Dining Room, 6:00pm, $100, Chef Tony Fraske
Thu, October 4: Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant, 6:00pm, $144, Chef Kevin Dundon
Tue, October 9: Fulton’s Crab House, 6:30pm, $100, Chef Mark Boor
Thu, October 11: Portobello, 6:30pm, $125, Chef Tony Mantuano
Fri, October 12: Jiko – The Cooking Place, 6:00pm, $195, Chef Jonathon P. O’Brien
Thu, October 18: California Grill, 6:00pm, $250, Chef Brian Piasecki
Thu, October 25: *Hollywood Brown Derby, 6:30pm, $160, Chef de Cuisine Craig Schleider
Thu, October 25: The Wave… of American Flavors 6:30 pm $160 Chef de Cuisine Frank Brough
Sat, October 27: Yachtsman Steakhouse, 12:00pm, $160, Chef de Cuisine Anthony R. De Luca
Sun, October 28: Victoria & Albert’s (jacket required), 6:30pm, $495, Chef de Cuisine Scott Hunnel Maître d’Hotel Israel Pérez
Thu, November 1: Flying Fish Cafe, 6:00pm, $185, Chef de Cuisine Tim Keating
Wed, November 7: Bongo’s Cuban Cafe, 6:00pm, $100, To Be Determined
Thu, November 8: California Grill, 6:00pm, $250, Chef de Cuisine Brian Piasecki
Fri, November 9: *Raderberger Beer Dinner in World Showplace Events Pavilion, 6:00 pm, $125, Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann and the Chefs of Epcot

* Indicates venues where theme park admission is required.

Festival Events at Italy Pavilion

Savor the flavors of Italy at special dining events during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, September 28 to November 12, 2012.

Italian Regional Food & Wine Luncheon – NEW! Delight in a leisurely lunch where you’ll enjoy Italian wines paired with freshly prepared Italian dishes.
Where: Tutto Gusto wine cellar, Italy Pavilion
When: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $75 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

Italian Food & Beer Pairing: Delight in a fun pairing of authentic Italian dishes and refreshing Italian beers in a beautiful venue at Via Napoli. You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to Naples!
Where: Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, Italy Pavilion
When: Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $55 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

Italian Food & Wine Pairing: Via Napoli’s chef will pair southern Italian style cooking with a variety of Italian wines that best compliment his creations.
Where: Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, Italy Pavilion
When: Thursdays from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $65 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

Italian White Truffle Lunch: Savor 5 courses, all incorporating white truffles imported directly from Alba, Italy. Each course is paired with a Batisiolo wine from Piedmont.
Where: Tutto Italia Ristorante, Italy Pavilion
When: Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $210 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

Please note:

  • Alcoholic beverages are only served to Guests 21 years of age and older.
  • Schedules and entertainment are subject to change.
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