Seminars and Culinary Demos at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival

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Presenter at a Wine Seminar

We’re gearing up for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with a series of posts about our favorite time of year! You can see my previous post in this series here!

Travelers to this 16th annual event will find plenty to nosh on at the booths around Epcot’s World Showcase, but visitors looking for more involvement will want to book a low-cost seminar or demonstration (often called “deminars” by F&W veterans)!

Most seminars and demos are relatively cheap (sometimes free ;-)) activities held inside the Festival Welcome Center in Epcot’s Future World (it’s in the old Wonders of Life Pavilion). And in addition to the low-cost of these events, if you are a Tables in Wonderland member, Annual Passholder, and/or DVC member booking a seminar for Monday through Thursday, you’ll be eligible for a discount!

Let’s take a look at some of our Deminar options:

Note: Click the links below to see lists of all deminars available!
Culinary seminars are held daily at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 p.m. and are only 45 minutes in length. About 100 guests are seated facing a show kitchen, where a presenter (sometimes a celebrity chef like Robert Irvine!) creates a dish right in front of your eyes. You’ll get valuable tips from top chefs and wine presenters with the anticipation of getting to taste-test the finished dish. Some of my favorite demos include those presented by Disney-related celebrity chefs like Cat Cora (who headlines Kouzzina) and Kevin Dundon (who headlines Raglan Road).

Presenters at a Culinary Demonstration
Tasting Portion from a Culinary Demonstration

Wine and Beverage seminars are hosted daily at 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00 p.m. These 45 minute sessions will emphasize tips and sips! Most beverage seminars offer three tasting glasses for guests, and a presenter — usually a representative from the winery or brewery involved — will discuss the various attributes of the different tasting portions.

Tasting Glasses From a Wine Seminar

Mixology seminars are new to the festival this year! Featuring presenters discussing different spirits, guests will have the chance to create a mixed drink or two!

Passing Out Tasting Portions at a Demo

New for 2011 is a Scent Demonstration scheduled for October 2nd. No idea what to expect with this one, but I’ll be there!

When you’re done mixing it up with some seminars and demos, take in a Book or Bottle Signing, Taste Seminar, or an HGTV Home Entertaining session. Watch for your fave HGTV designers with Vern Yip starting the festival on September 30th (yay!!). (More on these later!)

Deminars range in cost from $10-13 per person. To book, call 407-WDW-FEST or book online via this link — scroll down to “Demonstrations and Seminars” and click on Make a Reservation.

Check out Food and Wine Festival coverage (including live coverage during the festival) on the Epcot Food and Wine Festival section of

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AJ Wolfe

AJ writes The Disney Food Blog and guest authors at the Touring Plans blog about food in the Disney theme parks and resorts.

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