Festival Information

Epcot
2000 International
Food & Wine Festival

October 21 - November 19,  2000


OVERVIEW


Send your taste buds on a trip around the world as you sample foods that are the pride and joy of India, Italy, Greece, Russia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and other international regions. You’re in for a culinary and cultural potpourri complete with food & wine marketplaces, fantastic entertainment, culinary demonstrations, wine seminars, kids’ activities and more.

Polish kielbasa, Norwegian salmon, Caribbean jerk pork, and Russian blinis.  You’ll eat and you’ll eat some more while enjoying Moroccan belly dancers,  Chinese acrobats, Jamaican limbo dancers, and other great entertainers.

You’ll see celebrated chefs and taste world-class wines all on a delightful stroll along World Showcase Lagoon. Connoisseurs of fine dining won’t want  to miss the Winemaker Dinners and Grand Tastings featuring world class chefs and winemakers.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS


This years Food and Wine Festival Highlights include:  Food and Wine Marketplaces, Culinary Demonstrations, For Beer Lovers, Wine Tastings and Seminars, Food and Wine Pairings, and Special Entertainment.

Food and Wine Marketplaces

  • International Marketplaces - 22 marketplaces serve international food and beverages from more than 30 nations, priced from $1 - $4 each. Located around the World Showcase Lagoon.  Countries and Regions: Brazil and Argentina, Canada, China, Africa, Mediterranean, Australia, France, Germany, Greece, Chile, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia and Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, Spain and Portugal, Switzerland and Austria, Scotland, United States.

  • Walt Disney World Marketplace  - culinary specialties of 30 top Walt Disney World restaurants, priced from $1 - $4 each. A different Disney restaurant is featured each day of the Festival.

  • Fine Wine Marketplace - Experience cognac priced at $2 - $25, and champagne priced at $2 - $5.  Two locations around World Showcase Lagoon.

  • Gourmet Market  - on the World Showcase Promenade near Canada, the Gourmet Market features themed merchandise, gourmet food products, and cookbooks from visiting chefs.

  • Wine and Cheese Market  - the World Showcase Promenade near France, the Wine and Cheese Shop features over 160 international wines from participating wineries, including rare and collectible wines. Feast on hand-crafted cheeses paired with wine samplings. A wine tasting counter will be open daily offering Wine Shop samples for guests to try before they buy.

Culinary Demonstrations 

15-Minute Culinary Demonstrations Enjoy 15-minute demonstrations held four times daily at the following marketplaces: China, Japan, France, and the Walt Disney World Marketplace.

45-Minute Culinary Demonstrations held at the Odyssey Center at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Meet celebrity or Disney chefs as they share their recipes. 

For Beer Lovers

International Specialty Beer Garden is dedicated to beer lovers featuring microbrews priced from $2 - $4.

Budworld - is the ultimate Budweiser Experience: An interactive, state-of-the-art exhibit offers an in-depth look at Budweiser's rich history, commitment to quality and the brewing process.

 

Wine Tastings, Seminars, Exhibitions

Large Wine Seminars - In-depth seminars with tastings, featuring renowned wine speakers. Seminars are 45 minutes in length and include Q&A sessions. Conducted daily in the Large Wine Seminar tent between France and Morocco at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 p.m.

Small Wine Seminars - Informal, 20-minute seminars with tastings, held in a tented area on the promenade next to Germany. Held every half hour between 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. daily.

"The Art of Winemaking" - A collection of exhibits located near Canada highlighting the artistry of winemaking.

 

Food and Wine Pairings

A fun way to not only learn about different varieties of wines, but also gain confidence in what selections to choose with your meal whether you're dining in or out.   A winery representative will guide you through four different wines paired with four food samplings. Held Mondays through Thursdays throughout the Festival at the Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot® from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Cost to guests is $25 per person including gratuity. (Does not include tax.)

 

Special Entertainment

Returning to the America Gardens Theatre this year is Cookin', a fast-paced, food-based performance using, among other things, kitchen utensils! Performances take place 10/24 - 11/11, Tuesdays through Sundays at 3:00, 4:30, 5:45 and 7:10 p.m.  

 

Special Wining and Dining

Reserve Dinners -  Guest chefs will each prepare a course perfectly matched to each of the selected reserve quality bottles. The vintners and chefs will appear at your table to discuss that evening’s harmonies of food and wine.

Dinners are from 6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays during the Festival. $125 per person plus tax (includes gratuity). Seating in a private dining room reserved for VIP’s. Limited to 30 guests per dinner. Jackets preferred. Epcot® admission required.  For reservations call (407) 939-7832.

 

Sunday, October 22, 2000 - Champagne: Les Grandes Marques - French Cuisine; Featured Wineries: Pommery, Pol-Roger, Lanson.

Thursday, October 26, 2000 - Burgundy: Les Grands Crus - French Vineyard Cuisine;  Featured Wineries: Patriarche, Prosper Maufoux

Sunday, October 29, 2000 - Bordeaux and Napa: The Best of Both Worlds - Hunter’s Feast Cuisine(wild game);   Featured Wineries: Mondavi, Phélan-Segur

Thursday, November 2, 2000 - Super Tuscans - Tuscany, Italy Cuisine;  Featured Wineries: Querceto, Antinori

Sunday, November 5, 2000 - California Special Releases - Pacific Rim Cuisine; Featured Wineries: Sterling, Geyser Peak

Thursday, November 9, 2000 - Finest Wines and Ports of Portugal - Portuguese Cuisine;  Featured Winery: Broadbent

Sunday, November 12, 2000 - Truffles and Terroir - Truffles Cuisine;  Disney Chef: Scott Hunnel, VICTORIA & ALBERT'S; Featured Wineries: Lynch-Bages, Quintessa

Thursday, November 16, 2000 - French Cellars and Foie Gras - Foie Gras Extravaganza Cuisine;  Featured Wineries: Guigal, Baumard, Hugel

Sunday, November 19, 2000 - Magnums and Maestros - Seasonal Cuisine;  Featured Wineries: Morgan, Edmeades, Fine Estates from Spain

Wine Maker Dinners - casual yet elegant evening -  All of the Winemaker Dinners will boast a different cultural theme. Each course within that theme will be accompanied by wines meticulously selected by their vintners.  And as the evening winds down, you will have the opportunity to meet the celebrity chefs and winemakers. 

Dinners are from 6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays during the Festival. $75 per person plus tax (includes gratuity). Hosted in the Odyssey Center at Epcot. Seating limited to 100 guests per dinner. Epcot admission required.  Resort Casual dress (no tank tops, t-shirts).  Call (407) 939-7832.

Sunday, October 22, 2000 - Great Southwest - Chilean wines of Undurraga, Cousino Macul, and Casa Lapostolle.

Wednesday, October 25, 2000 - Disney’s Modern Masters Present: Masters of the Sea - California wineries Sequoia Grove, Kenwood, and Valley of the Moon 

Thursday, October 26, 2000 - Italy: Beyond Tuscany - Wines from Batasiolo of Piedmont, Nino Negri of Lombardy, and Luigi Righetti of Veneto

Sunday, October 29, 2000 - A Vineyard’s Harvest Napa Valley wineries Joseph Phelps and Beaulieu Vineyard

Wednesday, November 1, 2000 - Disney’s Modern Masters Present: New Tastes of the Old World Wines are Weingut Helmut Klein from Germany, Rouvinez Vins from Switzerland, and Lenz Moser from Austria

Thursday, November 2, 2000 - The Canadian Territories - Inniskillin and Hillebrand Estates, both from the Niagara Peninsula

Sunday, November 5, 2000 - California Wine Country Cuisine  Featured Wineries: La Crema, Smith & Hook

Wednesday, November 8, 2000 - Disney’s Modern Masters Present: America-Inspired Cuisine  : Gloria Ferrer, Wild Horse, Mazzocco

Thursday, November 9, 2000 - A Taste of Spain  Featured Wineries: La Rioja Alta, Martinez Bujanda, Emilio Lustau

Sunday, November 12, 2000 - Cuisine of the Sun  Featured Wineries: Bernardus, Charles Krug

Wednesday, November 15, 2000 - Disney’s Modern Masters present: Asian Infusions   Featured Wineries: St. Supéry, Fess Parker

Thursday, November 16, 2000 - The Pacific Northwest Featured Wineries: Bear Creek, King Estate, Bridgeview

Sunday, November 19, 2000 - Exclusive Sneak Preview… Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Featured Wineries: Cape Classics, Kumala

Grand Tastings - graze from station to station and sample the celebrity chefs’ savory creations. Your palate is pampered by the velvety nectars featured by guest vintners. Call (407) 939-7832  Dinners are from 7 – 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays during the Festival. Cost is $60 per person plus tax (includes gratuity). The dinners are hosted in the Odyssey Center at Epcot and admission is required.

Deb's Mini Review

I attended Epcot's 2nd Annual Food and Wine Festival October 26 - 30th back in 1997.  I had a great time and can't wait to get back this year!  The Marketplace booth at the entrance to World Showcase features a different Disney restaurant each day.  This is a great way to sample some food and perhaps even talk to the chef of restaurants you have been wanting to try.

I found the samples of food almost all above average in quality.  Most booths had both food and wine or beer.  Each of the booths had cooking demonstrations kiosks. Here you could watch chefs make the food being sold in the booth...they explained the process and answered questions.

There were Wine Seminars in a tent near Morocco. Classes were 20 minutes long; held on the hour from noon to 7pm. The 3 classes I attended each included tasting 2 different wines.   I found them fun and informative.

The entire experience quite enjoyable and would highly recommend anyone interested in experiencing new tastes in both food, beverage to check out Epcot's Food and Wine Festival!

Deb's Food and Wine Festival Tip - instead of a traditional dinner; wine and dine your way around World Showcase stopping at each booth for a sample.