2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

September 27 - November 11, 2013

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival began accepting reservations for its premier events on August 13, 2013, at 7 a.m. Eastern. For more details, visit the 2013 links at left. To make reservations, call 1-800-WDW-FEST (939-3378).


NEWS and HIGHLIGHTS from the
Tables in Wonderland, Food and Wine Festival
Sneak Preview held July 27.

Look for a detailed blog with photos later this week!

-- On August 9, the Culinary ($14), Wine/Beverage ($14) and Mixology ($15) demos and seminars in the Festival Center will go on sale for Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members and Golden Oak residents. A $2 discount will be offered for the above groups for Monday-Thursday programs.

-- The new Scotland Marketplace will serve: Seared Scottish Salmon with Cauliflower Puree, Watercress and Malt Vinaigrette; Vegetarian Haggis with Neeps and Tatties (griddled vegetable cake with rutabaga and mashed potatoes), Scottish Banoffee Tart (bananas, Scottish Whiskey toffee, Walker's Shortbread crumbles and sweet cream. For beverages enjoy the Innis and Gunn Beer, a Loch Lomond Cocktail or try the Glenfiddich Flight (12, 15 and 18 years).

-- The Brazil Marketplace will feature a Crispy Pork Belly with black beans, onions, avocado and cilantro. The pairing will be Xingu Black Beer. A Seared Scallop with Ragout of tomatoes, hearts of palm and steamed rice will also be served. Look for the Carnaval Moscato White Sparkling beverage, too.

Down Under, Australia's new dish is Garlic Shrimp with roasted tomatoes, lemon myrtle and rapini. This marketplace will also have a new dessert, Pavlova - a crispy meringue shell with fresh berries and vanilla custard.

-- The South Korea Marketplace will have a "Kimchi Dog with Spicy Mustard Sauce."

-- The Florida Local Marketplace will offer Florida Grass Fed Beef Slider with Monterey Jack and Sweet and Hot Pickles. After its success during the Flower and Garden Festival, the Watermelon Salad with pickled red onions, baby arugula, feta cheese and balsamic reduction, will make its Food and Wine Festival debut. It can be paired with a Florida White Sangria.

-- One of the Polish Marketplace beverages will be the Frozen Szarlotka -- a mixture of Polish vodka and apple pie cider.

-- The Terra Marketplace will feature a Red Blend from the Vegan Vine owned by former NBA player John Salley.

-- The Refreshment Port will become the temporary home of Dole Whips that can have liquors added for additional flavor. This was another popular Flower and Garden Festival Marketplace.

-- Canada will feature a new dish, Seared Rainbow Trout with bacon, frisee and Maple Minus 8 Vinaigrette, as well as the mouth watering "Le Cellier" Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with truffle Butter Sauce.

-- The Pastry Chefs have developed a new dessert trio for the Desserts and Champagne Marketplace: Chocolate Orange Cupcake, Hazelnut Chocolate Cheesecake, and Morello Cherry Pistachio Mousse.

-- Sauvignon Blanc drinkers will want to try the Mohua Sauvignon Blanc found at the New Zealand booth.

Sip, Savor, Repeat! Fresh Global Tastes Tempt the Palate at 18th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 27-Nov. 11

Scotland Marketplace Debuts, Brazil Flavors Return for Encore

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Disney guests can sip and savor fresh flavors from six continents during the 18th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 27-Nov. 11, 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney chefs will debut the authentic tastes of Scotland at the celebrated 46-day festival known for innovative food, wine, beer, cocktails, music and entertainment.  The sizzling aromas of more than 25 ethnic and specialized marketplaces including Africa, Brazil and Florida Local will tempt guests strolling the World Showcase Promenade.  Celebrity chefs like Warren Brown and Jamie Deen will bring culinary cachet to special festival events and demonstrations.

Festival planners will present a delectable menu of premium programming, plus daily wine tastings and mixology seminars.  Nightly Eat to the Beat concerts will keep the party rockin', and five bands will make their festival debut this year.  In Future World, the iconic Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog will return for a third year to introduce families to the cranberry's rich agricultural heritage.

Fresh for 2013:

New marketplace debuts; favorites return -Traditional flavors with a twist will pair with beers, meads and Scotch at the new Scotland Marketplace designed by Walt Disney Imagineering.  Scottish officials were so impressed with the hit Disney film, "Brave," that they contacted festival planners about participating in this year's festival.  The Brazil Marketplace returns by popular demand with an exciting new menu following a one-year hiatus.  Hawai'i is back with its flavorful Kalua Pork Slider, and Terra, which debuted last year, returns with vegan favorite Trick'n Chicken Curry.

Fan favorites rock the house at Eat to the Beat! Concerts – "We Got the Beat" with the Go-Go's (Sept. 30-Oct. 1) and four other musical acts are set to make first appearances at Eat to the Beat nightly concerts.  Also new to the festival stage: Edwin McCain (Oct. 10-11), The Manhattan Transfer (Oct. 12-13), Spin Doctors (Oct. 31-Nov. 1), and Christopher Cross (Nov. 2-3) Nineteen bands are slated, with STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas kicking off the concert series Sept. 27-29.  Returning fan favorites include The Pointer Sisters, Smash Mouth, Boyz II Men, Sister Hazel, Air Supply, Hanson and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Celebrity chefs cook and dish - Renowned chefs like Warren Brown, Paula DaSilva, Gale Gand, Jamie Deen, Robert Irvine, Dean Max, Rock Harper, Jeff Henderson, Art Smith, Buddy Valastro, Allen Susser, "Cake Boy" Eric Lanlard, Duskie Estes and John Stewart, Donald Link, Bryan Voltaggio and Emily Ellyn share their talents during culinary demos and premium events.

Festival Welcome Center buzzes with activities – Guests can make the most of complimentary Authentic Taste seminars.  Culinary demonstrations and wine seminars feature new tastes and sips for a nominal fee.

Reserved culinary events draw foodies — Special culinary programs showcase a lineup of renowned winemakers, guest chefs and speakers like Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson as they participate in elegant dinners, luncheons, seminars and wine schools.

Other festival highlights include:

  • More than 270 chefs including Disney chefs and culinary stars from across the country
  • A complimentary Marketplace Discovery Passport to be stamped at each international marketplace visited for the perfect scrapbook souvenir.
  • Party for the Senses grand tasting events Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, and Nov. 2 featuring tempting bites from eminent chefs, more than 50 wines and beers and live entertainment.
  • Premium events including "3D" Disney's Dessert Discovery on select Fridays, Cheese Seminars on Saturdays and Sweet Sundays on Sundays.

What's Included with Epcot Admission:

Authentic Taste seminars, Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog, special book signings, Eat to the Beat! concerts, cultural adventures, Marketplace Discovery Passport and all attractions and park entertainment are included with regular Epcot admission.

Special Programming by Reservation:

The Party for the Senses grand tasting events and other special wine and culinary programs require reservations and separate event admission.  Guests will be able to call 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378) to make reservations after an August date is announced.  Information and reservations for select events and programs will be at www.epcotfoodfestival.com.