2012 Special Festival Experiences

From educational experiences to sumptuous tastings to specialty shopping, Guests enjoy a variety of culinary experiences at little to no extra cost—only available during Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, September 28 through November 12, 2012.

These events, seminars and demonstrations can be found at the Festival Welcome Center at Epcot Theme Park, unless otherwise indicated.

New Experiences Included with Admission for 2012

Chocolate Experience: From the Bean to the Bar Hosted by Ghirardelli® Chocolate Company – NEW: Immerse yourself in the seductive sights, scents and flavors of chocolate at this new experience! Marvel at sweet sculptures created by Disney pastry chefs and learn about the food’s fascinating origins. Sample a few sweet treats and shop for gourmet chocolate gifts. Be sure to try Drinking Chocolate (it’s like a liquid candy bar!) or a glass of wine. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. through park close.

The Watermelon Patch Hosted by The National Watermelon Promotion Board – NEW: Visit a real watermelon patch! See watermelons growing and discover fun facts and tips from Mr. Food.

Sampling at the Festival Center Wine Shop – NEW: Visit the Festival Center Wine Shop for daily wine samples provided by our participating beverages companies. Open daily at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Experiences Included in Festival Admission

Book Signings and Meet & Greets: Meet celebrated authors and personalities, and have them autograph your purchased book or merchandise. Check the daily schedules or visit the Festival Information Desk for details.

Bottle Signings: Meet the winemaker and have your purchased bottle of wine autographed—great for a souvenir or special occasion! Check the daily schedules or visit the Festival Information Desk for details.

Authentic Taste Seminars Hosted by Driscoll’s® Only The Finest Berries™: Learn about the origins, properties and history of pure ingredients in lively, 30-minute presentations by subject experts. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 12:15 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Seasons of the Vine: View a “behind-the-scenes introduction” to wine growing. This 7-minute film runs continuously each day.

“Discover the Cranberry” Hosted by Ocean Spray® Craisins® Brand Dried Cranberries: Before entering World Showcase, visit the Cranberry Bog Display. Learn about the history, harvesting process and health benefits as you sample this unique fruit.

Home Entertaining Seminars Hosted by HGTV: In these 30-minute seminars, learn from HGTV and DIY celebrity designers, who will be featuring tips on holiday table setting, herb and vegetable gardening, and kitchen or dining room changes. Friday through Sunday at 12:00 noon, with meet-&-greets at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

  • September 28 – 30, 2012, Danielle Colding, HGTV Design Star Winner, Season 7, Shop This Room, “Entertainment Passport: Your Ticket to Creating a Travel-Inspired Dining Experience”
  • October 5 – 7, 2012, Casey Noble, Design on a Dime, “Gifts that Keep Giving: Holiday Favors that Double as Décor”
  • October 12 – 14, 2012, Alison Victoria, DIY Network’s Kitchen Crashers, “Crash Course for Holiday Décor”
  • October 19 – 21, 2012, Brian Patrick Flynn, HGTV.com, Design Happens contributor, “Express Lane Elegance: Stylish Table Settings from Supermarket Finds”
  • October 26 – 28, 2012, Meg Caswell, Meg’s Great Rooms, “Entertaining in Style: Make It and Make It Fun”
  • November 2 – 4, 2012, Marianne Canada, HGTV.com Special Projects Editor, “Handmade Goodies They Won’t Regift”
  • November 9 – 12, 2012, Emily Henderson, Secrets from a Stylist, “Create Holiday Memories: Style, Share and Preserve Those Family Photos & Cards”

Shopping & Specialty Products

The Art of Food & Wine: A feast for your eyes, featuring prints and original artwork.

Intermissions Café Hosted by Kobrand™: A special way to start your day or “wine” down in the evening, featuring wine, cheese, sandwiches and salad. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. through park close.

The Festival Center Wine Shop: The wine shop offers hundreds of wines from the celebrated wineries showcased throughout the Festival, as well as spirits, beers and a unique collection of bottles. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. through park close.

The Stockpot Shop: Shop for commemorative items, such as the event poster, Festival cookbook and a varied selection of cooking and entertaining products.

Demonstrations & Seminars (Additional Fee Required)

Learn to create mouthwatering recipes or learn a little more about food and wine. The following seminars and demonstrations are available at a fee, in addition to your Epcot theme park admission.

Culinary Demonstrations: Celebrated chefs and beverage professionals offer helpful tips and tasty samples at these 45-minute culinary demonstrations. At 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily. $11 and $14 per person, tax included.

Wine/Beverage Seminars: Meet a featured winery principal or beverage expert, learn a handful of tips and sample the selected wines/beverages. Monday through Thursday at 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.; and Friday through Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. $11 and $14 per person, tax included.

Mixology Seminars: A mixologist demonstrates the art of preparing trendy and classic cocktails, then serves you the final product. Cheers! At 6:00 p.m. daily. $14 per person, tax included.

To secure a spot at any of the above events, book online or call (407) WDW-FEST or (407) 939-3378. Reservations open for booking on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited, so be sure to book in advance.

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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