2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival *HAS ENDED*
Welcome to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival thread. The Festival is scheduled to take place September 28 - November 12 (Disney announced via the Disney Parks Blog that the festival would be extended a day to November 12. Per wdwent.com, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will perform an Eat to the Beat concert on the 12th.)
The date for booking special ticketed events is August 14. The booking date for seminars and demos is August 10 for annual passholders, DVC members and Tables in Wonderland members. Discounts may be available on weekday seminars/demos. Deminar costs are $11/$14.
REMINDER: ONLY THE CULINARY DEMONSTRATIONS, BEVERAGE SEMINARS, MIXOLOGY, PARTY FOR THE SENSES GENERAL ADMISSION, 3D DESSERT GENERAL ADMISSION CAN BE BOOKED ONLINE. You must call for 3D Sweet Seats or PFTS reserved seating/Wine View Lounge.
Go to this site:
Choose the "Dining Event" button under "Make a Reservation."
Choose the event type you want from the dropdown menu labeled "Select an Event."
Enter the date and time of your event. You can choose "anytime" and see multiple entries (note: sometimes ALL the offerings do not show up, use the exact time if you know which one you want)
SPECIAL TICKETED EVENTS
Here is the link to the Disney Food Blog's report on the special events for 2012, released 7/28/12.
THE 2012 FESTIVAL EVENTS BOOKLET is posted at Posts 504 and 505.
Links to the Seminars and Demonstrations (popularly known as Deminars) at the Festival Center:
Mixology (cocktail) Seminars
WORLD SHOWCASE KIOSKS
World Showcase kiosk menus on the Disney site, no prices yet
SWAN/DOLPHIN FOOD AND WINE CLASSIC
For those interested, here is the event website for the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic, October 12-13. This is a separate event, not affiliated with the Epcot festival.
This thread is for discussion of the 2012 Food and Wine Festival only. Please, no discussion of regular restaurant reservations, possible meets, or off-topic chat.
By popular demand, here is the list of ways you may pay for items at the Food and Wine Festival Marketplace Kiosks:
The first post is where the links to festival information will be placed!
Disney Food Blog has a 2012 information page:
They have information on the new Vegan Marketplace, and the Raglan Road Signature Dinner which is already scheduled for October 4.
TIMES FOR EAT TO THE BEAT CONCERTS 2012: 5:30, 6:45 and 8 PM.
Here is the Eat to the Beat Concert lineup:
Night Ranger September 28-30
Sugar Ray October 1-3
Starship Starring Mickey Thomas October 4-7
Boyz II Men October 8-10
Smash Mouth October 11-12
Javier Colon, winner of “The Voice” October 13-14
Air Supply October 15-17
Gin Blossoms October 18-19
Survivor October 20-21
Hanson October 22-23
The Pointer Sisters October 24-25
Sister Hazel October 26-28
Billy Ocean October 29-31
38 Special November 1-2
Howard Jones November 3-4
Blues Traveler November 5-6
Dennis DeYoung, original member of STYX November 7-8
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy November 9-12
For information on the 2011 festival, see reviews at
wdwinfo 2011 Festival information:
CELEBRITY CHEF NOTES FOR CULINARY DEMOS: Find your Favorites
These are only the ones I recognize, I can add more.
Cat Cora, 10/2 and 10/3
Jamie Deen, 10/6 (2 sessions)
Hollis Wilder (Cupcake Wars), 10/6 (be careful, she's using pork)
Jeff Henderson (The Henderson Project), 10/8
Tony Mantuano (Top Chef Masters), 10/11
Ingrid Hoffman (Food Network), 10/12
Grayson Schmitz (Top Chef Texas), 10/12
Paula DaSilva (Hell's Kitchen runnerup), 10/15
Robert Irvine, 10/25 (always good for a show)
Gale Gand, 10/27 (listed as using pastry)
Rock Harper (Hell's Kitchen winner), 11/1
Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss), 11/6 (2 sessions and listed as "savory," don't expect cake)
Warren Brown (Food Network), 11/10
:cool1: :banana: Let the planning and questions begin! :yay: :cheer2:
Woo-hoo!!! Can't wait, I can taste it already....:cloud9:
My favorite time of the year! We skipped last year to go to WDW for Christmas so we are really looking forward to 10 days of food and wine this year! Let the countdown begin.
Also have the Swan / Dolphin Classic going on 10/12 - 10/13
I planned this year's trip so that I can finally check it out.
Got bounce back while there for Star Wars Wknds. I am so excited to be going this year to the festival.
I believe the schedule of special events comes out in August? Can anyone confirm that?
Nobody can confirm exactly when the list will be released.
Last year it came out in bits before it was officially released. Keep an eye on the links in the first post.
The first booking date for events has generally been in August.
For those starting to make plans now, I heard that 10/28 might be the date for the V&A dinner this year. FF's might be 11/1.
This should be treated as unconfirmed/unsubstantiated rumor at best.
I'm so excited, this is our first food and wine festival. I wish we could go when Hanson was playing, yes they are my favorite band :rotfl2: but I can't help when my husbands fall break falls.
Over 12 trips to Disney and this is our FIRST Food and Wine trip!!! I am soooo excited. It will also be my birthday on September 30th. We will only have the first three days of the festival and I hear weekends are very crowded especialy te first weekend but I dont care I will be there!!! We are saving all our snack credits for 10 nights of free dining!:thumbsup2 Hope to get some great tips on this thread:woohoo:
I'm almost confirmed on getting a kid free F&W trip this year!!!! DH has a union conference in October in Orlando and as long as I don't defy odds and get into nursing school this fall (its via lottery with a typical 3-5 year waiting period) then I'm tagging along!
Yay! I've been stalking this board for days waiting to see this thread start. This is the official kick off to my annual F&W festival trip.
Yay, the thread I've been waiting for! We did not luck out with bands for the dates we are there. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to spend my time noshing.
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