2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival: August 30 to November 12, 2018

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crazy4wdw

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Walt Disney World has announced the official dates of the 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, 8/30/18 through 11/12/18.

2018 will be the festival's 23rd year at Walt Disney World and it will run 75 days, the same number of days as 2017.

This will be the thread for all information, questions, answers, and facts regarding the upcoming festival on the Dis!

I hope everyone finds the information posted here helpful in planning their upcoming visit to the 2018 festival.

Bookings for 2018 Food and Wine Festival Special Events begins on June 14!

Bookings for 2018 Food and Wine Festival Special Events for DVC members, Tables in Wonderland cardholders, annual pass holders, and Golden Oak residents begins on June 12!


The complete list of the global marketplace menus and special events was released on July 17th last year.

Reservations for special events started on July 20th for the general public. If you had an annual pass, were a DVC member, or had a TIW card, you could begin to book for some events on July 18th.

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Here's the link to the 2017 Food & Wine Festival planning thread:https://www.disboards.com/threads/2017-epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival-august-31-2017-november-13-2017.3562540/
 

crazy4wdw

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Culinary demonstrations, beverage seminars, and special events

Beverage Seminars:
https://secure.cdn1.wdpromedia.com/dam/disney-world/dining/epcot/food-wine-beverage-seminars/2018-Beverage-Seminars.pdf

Culinary Demonstrations:
https://secure.cdn1.wdpromedia.com/dam/disney-world/dining/epcot/food-wine-culinary-demonstrations/2018-Culinary-Demonstrations.pdf

Cheese Seminairs:

September 15, 2018
Mediterranean Cheeses and Wines
Hosted by Max McCalman
Taste amazing wines and cheeses deeply rooted in ancient Mediterranean diets as well as culture.

September 22, 2018
French Cheeses and Wines
Hosted by Tonda Corrente
Savor a classic assiette de fromageaccompanied by a variety of elegant French wines famous around the world.

September 29, 2018
Italian Cheeses and Wines
Hosted by Max McCalman
Enjoy Italian vini and formaggi pairings that provide a delicious glimpse into the country’s noble yet rustic lifestyle.

October 6, 2018
The Great Cheeses and Wines of the United States
Hosted by David Gremmels
Summon your inner wine and cheese connoisseur with some of the finest selections produced in America

October 13, 2018
Great British Cheeses and Ales
Hosted by Max McCalman
Learn how traditional British cheeses and ales pair in perfect harmony, something loyal fans have known for decades

October 20, 2018
Old World Classic Cheeses and Wines
Hosted by Erin Hedley
Experience delightfully unique pairings of Europe’s most acclaimed wines and cheeses from various regions across the continent.

November 10, 2018
Season’s Best Cheeses and Wines
Hosted by Max McCalman
Sample top seasonal cheeses, both domestic and imported, for a pièce-de-résistance pairing that closes the Festival on a highly delectable note!
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Sunday Brunch with the Chef

September 2:
Richard Blais (Top Chef; owner of Trail Blais culinary company in California)

September 9: Jamie Deen (co-owner of The Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah, Georgia)

September 16: Tiffani Thiessen (actress and author of Pull Up a Chair)

September 23:
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto (Chef/owner of Morimoto Restaurants, including Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs)

October 7:
Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss; owner of Carlo’s Bake Shop in New Jersey)

October 14:
Art Smith (Top Chef; restaurateur behind Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs )

October 21:
Geoffrey Zakarian (Iron Chef, Chopped and The Kitchen; restaurateur behind Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Florida)

October 28:
Carla Hall (co-host of ABC’s The Chew)

November 11:
Alex Guarnaschelli (Iron Chef and Iron Chef Gauntlet; Executive Chef at Butter in New York City
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Party for the Senses: https://secure.cdn1.wdpromedia.com/dam/disney-world/dining/epcot/food-wine-party-for-senses/2018-Party-for-the-Senses.pdf


Food and Beverage Pairings: https://secure.cdn1.wdpromedia.com/dam/disney-world/dining/epcot/food-wine-food-and-beverage-pairing/2018-Food-Beverage-Pairings.pdf

Mix it, Make It, Celebrate it: https://secure.cdn1.wdpromedia.com/dam/disney-world/dining/epcot/food-wine-mix-it-make-it-celebrate-it/2018-Mix-It-Make-It-Celebrate-It.pdf

Eat to the Beat Dining Packages: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/epcot/food-wine-eat-to-the-beat-dinner-package/

Signature Dining Events: https://secure.parksandresorts.wdpromedia.com/media/disneyparks/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Epcot-Signature-Dining-Events_UPDATED.pdf


 
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  • patster734

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    Our APs expire September 24th, and with weddings on September 1st and 22nd, we plan to attend between the September 8th and 15th.
     
  • Kewz1

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    I’ll be there Sept 16-23!

    In the past, how soon after announcing dates were seminars and such announced?
     

    Staticwater900

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    We are going to be in EPCOT on Aug 28th, the last day of your trip. I'm so sad we are missing this. :( Does anyone know if the food booths happen to open a few days earlier? Or if anything will be happening a few days earlier than the official start date?
     

    gharter

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    Looking forward to it again this year. Always a lot of fun. Now just waiting for them to release the dates for the wine and food pairing meals. Got our reservations and APs. Just waiting for the 180 days to get our ADRs.
     

    Dis_Yoda

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    We are going to be in EPCOT on Aug 28th, the last day of your trip. I'm so sad we are missing this. :( Does anyone know if the food booths happen to open a few days earlier? Or if anything will be happening a few days earlier than the official start date?
    With the festival starting on Thursday, they won't have the food booths open a few days early. There may be some booths open on August 29th to work out some kinks but even that is sporadic and they will run out of items.
     

    2xcited2sleep

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    I’ll be there Sept 16-23!

    In the past, how soon after announcing dates were seminars and such announced?
    It’s always varied a bit but typically it’s been in mid to late July. And, again typically, reservations have opened shortly thereafter. I’m not sure if we can expect the same this year as just the announcement of festival dates was several months later than it has been historically. Disney keeping it interesting. :laughing:
     
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    Brocktoon

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    There seems to be a bunch of rumors that the Wonders of Life will not be the festival center this year. So we may be looking at the Odyssey going back to hosting the demos after many years ... and possibly the Innoventions area being utilized for F&W? This indeed could be an interesting year with what Disney plans for the demos and events
     

    crazy4wdw

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    I’ll be there Sept 16-23!

    In the past, how soon after announcing dates were seminars and such announced?
    The details for the seminars and special events were released on 7/17/17 last year so we have a ways to go.
     

    crazy4wdw

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    There seems to be a bunch of rumors that the Wonders of Life will not be the festival center this year. So we may be looking at the Odyssey going back to hosting the demos after many years ... and possibly the Innoventions area being utilized for F&W? This indeed could be an interesting year with what Disney plans for the demos and events
    We're really not sure what's happening here. The Odyssey is scheduled for a rehab so there rumors it will become the festival center. There are also rumors that its just roof maintenance that's being done at Wonders of Life and that it will be ready for use by the time the festival begins.
     
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