Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Special Festival Experiences

One of the things that keeps people coming back to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is the fact that there are special events every year. 2012 offers guests a chance to meet authors and chefs, learn about mixing cocktails and see how cranberries are grown, among many other things.

Included in the price of park admission this year:

The Watermelon Patch Hosted by the National Watermelon Promotion Board: This event allows guests to see a real watermelon patch and find out information about watermelons from Mr. Food.

Chocolate Experience: From the Bean to the Bar Hosted by Ghirardelli® Chocolate Company: A chocolate lover’s dream! The sights and scents of chocolate are featured. Try a few samples, including the Drinking Chocolate. Talk to Disney pastry chefs. Marvel at the chocolate sculptures. Pick up some chocolate gifts for those back home.

Sampling at the Festival Center Wine Shop: Samples of wine are available for those 21 and older daily in the Festival Center Wine Shop. The event takes place at 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm.

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Bottle Signings: Check with the Festival Information Desk to find out which winemaker is signing each day and when.

Book Signings and Meet & Greets: The Festival Information Desk will have the schedule. Authors will be available throughout the day to autograph their works and festival merchandise.

Seasons of the Vine: A seven minute film on wine growing runs continuously each day.

Authentic Taste Seminars Hosted by Driscoll’s® Only The Finest Berries™: Held only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the Festival, this 30 minute presentation teaches the origins and history of pure ingredients. It’s held at 12:15pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm and 6:00pm.

“Discover the Cranberry” Hosted by Ocean Spray® Craisins® Brand Dried Cranberries: The popular cranberry bog is back. Located right before the entrance to World Showcase, guests can see how the berries are grown and learn all about the fruit.

Home Entertaining Seminars Hosted by HGTV: 30 minute seminars are hosted by DIY and HGTV celebrity designers. The seminars are held Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and noon. There is a meet and greet those days at 1:00pm and another at 3:00pm. According to Disney, the 2012 schedule is as follows:

Ÿ  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”

Ÿ  October 5 – 7, 2012, Casey Noble, Design on a Dime, “Gifts that Keep Giving: Holiday Favors that Double as Décor”

Ÿ  October 12 – 14, 2012, Alison Victoria, DIY Network’s Kitchen Crashers, “Crash Course for Holiday Décor”

Ÿ  October 19 – 21, 2012, Brian Patrick Flynn,, Design Happens contributor, “Express Lane Elegance: Stylish Table Settings from Supermarket Finds”

Ÿ  October 26 – 28, 2012, Meg Caswell, Meg’s Great Rooms, “Entertaining in Style: Make It and Make It Fun”

Ÿ  November 2 – 4, 2012, Marianne Canada, Special Projects Editor, “Handmade Goodies They Won’t Regift”

Ÿ  November 9 – 12, 2012, Emily Henderson, Secrets from a Stylist, “Create Holiday Memories: Style, Share and Preserve Those Family Photos & Cards”

2012 also includes the following special products, dining and shopping experiences:

The Festival Center Wine Shop: Hundreds of wines are available for sale, as well as beers and spirits from around the world.

Intermissions Café Hosted by Kobrand™: A special café for the Festival featuring wine, cheese, sandwiches and salads.

The Art of Food & Wine: Prints and original artwork are available for sale.

The Stockpot Shop: Find Festival merchandise and commemorative gifts. Cookbooks are cooking products are also for sale.

The following Special Experiences are not included with the price of admission. Reservations are strongly recommended, call 407-WDW-FEST (407-939-3378) on or after August 14 to secure your spot.

Wine/Beverage Seminars: A winery expert will offer tips and samples will be served. Monday-Thursday the seminars are held at noon, 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Friday-Sunday they are offered at 2:00pm and 4:00pm. The cost is $11 or $14.

Culinary Demonstrations: Popular chefs will give their tips and offer samples. The seminars last approximately 45 minutes and are held at 1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm daily. The cost is $11 or $14.

Mixology Seminars: A cocktail mixologist will shows some of the tricks of the trade and then allow the attendees to sample the final results. It’s held daily at 6:00pm. The cost is $14.

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About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.