On July 27, Walt Disney World released its schedule for the 16th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. In addition to the return of some of its popular food and dining events, this year’s festival includes new premium experiences, marketplaces and HGTV-sponsored home entertainment experiences.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is Disney’s annual foodie event. Known casually as Epcot Food & Wine, its 2011 theme is “A Passport to a World of Flavors.” The 45-day event combines international cuisine and drink, special dining and cultural experiences, celebrity chefs and live entertainment in a Disney celebration of food.
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival runs from Sept. 30 – Nov. 13, 2011.
Epcot International Marketplace Kiosks: 30 food and drink booths are located around Epcot’s World Showcase, which offer tapas-sized portions of regional specialties for $3 – $8, along with wine and other drink pairings.
Click here to download a 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival guidemap. Update, Sept. 30: Here is the current version of the guidemap, which reflects the removal of the Portugal Wine Bar; that kiosk did not open for 2011.
The 2011 International Marketplace Kiosks include: Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Caribbean*, Mexico, Scandinavia, China, South Korea, South Africa, Cheese, Brewer’s Collection (beer), Germany, Poland, Italy, Fife and Drum, Hops and Barley, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand, Morocco, Portugal* and Portugal Wine Bar*, Belgium, France, Ireland, Canada, Greece, Dessert and Champagne, Hawaii*, and Craft Beer. (The asterisk indicates new 2011 kiosks.)
See a preview and recommendations for the 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Marketplace Kiosks or compare with the 2010 International Marketplace Kiosks.
Epcot Food & Wine Demonstrations and Seminars:The festival offers a number of culinary demonstrations and wine and beverage seminars. Lasting about 45 minutes, these opportunities allow guests to learn a bit more about the topic from experts, as well as provides samples of the topic at hand. Prices range from $10 – $13 per event. New to the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine are Mixology Seminars and Scent Demonstrations.
See the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Demos and Seminars.
Epcot Food & Wine Premium Events & Experiences: Every year, the festival offers special dining events that offer guests a more in-depth experiences in which they enjoy full meals or extensive tastings, interactions with chefs and beverage experts, and guest speakers. These are popular hard-ticket items that require reservations.
In 2011, Epcot Food and Wine offers the following (with new offerings marked by an asterisk)
- 3D Disney’s Dessert Discovery (with new seating area)
- Best of Bocuse Dinner (5-course meal at Bistro de Paris)
- Cheese Seminars
- Culinary Seminars in Signature Dining
- The Discovery of Chocolate*
- Epcot Wine Schools
- First Bites Opening Reception
- Food & Wine Pairings (Japan and Morocco)
- French Regional Lunches
- Italy Dessert & Wine Pairing*
- Italy Food & Beer Pairing*
- Italy Food & Wine Pairing*
- Italian White Truffle Lunch*
- Kitchen Memories* (formerly Celebrating Family & Friends in the Kitchen)
- The Magic of Healthy Living Dinners*
- Mexico Tequila Lunches*
- Party for the Senses
- Sweet Sundays (brunch)
- Taste, Shake and Indulge Like the French (Grand Marnier tasting)
- Tequila Tastings
- Vertical Wine Tasting
Special Epcot Food & Wine Experiences: This year’s festival, and reflecting HGTV’s involvement, include new, 30-minute home entertainment seminars featuring HGTV celebrities. These events, included with Epcot theme-park admission, take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and are themed to different topics and media personalities. Also new to the festival’s special events at the festival is Ocean Spray’s Cranberry Bog Display.
Returning this year is Authentic Taste Seminars, Authors without Borders, book and bottle signings, and shopping opportunities. Many events will be held at the Festival Welcome Center, which will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., which is located in Epcot’s Future World East and hosts a wine bar.
Eat to the Beat! Concert Series:These free concerts at America Gardens Theatre take place each night of the festival. Musical artists representing classic rock, soul, R&B, jazz and funk place three times each night: at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. The concerts are included with Epcot theme-park admission.
The Epcot Food & Wine festival requires theme-park admission to visit. While some events are included with admission, food and drink at International Marketplace Kiosks have a separate charge. Premium events and experiences are hard-ticket items requiring a separate fee and reservations.
Visit Walt Disney World’s website to learn more about the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. To make reservations for special dining events, starting Aug. 16 at 7:00 a.m. ET, call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378).
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