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Culinary Demonstrations Reviews and Photos

Culinary Demonstrations Reviews and Photos

EPCOT FOOD & WINE EVENT REVIEWS | Special Event | Photos (35)

Special Event
Wine, Beer, Spirits or Beverages
Small Plates, Tapas Style
Special Event $$$*
If the food booths around World Showcase are the stomach of Epcot's Food and Wine Festival, the Culinary Demonstrations are the heart and soul of the annual event. Held each year in a building known as the Festival Center, local and world renowned chefs take the stage three times a day during the festival to share information about their career and the dish that they are preparing on-stage.

Guests receive a sample of the dish that the chef is cooking along with a pairing-sized sample of wine (and sometimes beer) to go along with the dish. (Non-alcoholic beverages are also available as a substitute.) Guests also receive a printed recipe sheet so that you can try to recreate the dish at home.

Putting on a food and wine festival at any level takes an enormous effort by many people. Hosting over 150 culinary demonstrations that take place day after day, over a two month period… is that "next level" that only Disney can do, and it's something that's not duplicated (to the best of my knowledge) at any other festival on the planet. You may be here for just a week, but three culinary demos, three beverage demos, and one mixology demo, happen every single day… for two months, non-stop.

The Culinary, Beverage, and Mixology Demos are among the least expensive "add-ons" or special ticketed events that are offered during the festival. Even if you are not into cooking food... having a place to sit in an air-conditioned building, with a small glass of wine, and a tapas-sized plate of food to sample… isn't a bad way to spend 45 minutes.

Some of the more famous culinary personalities are booked for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday demos and those tend to become "sold out" very soon after booking opens (usually months before the festival begins). The Monday through Thursday demos feature regional chefs that are lesser known, but are equally as talented.

Occasionally tickets can be purchased on the day of the demo at the Festival Ticket kiosk located in the Festival Center, but we would definitely recommend taking a look at the schedule of chefs before your trip, and reserving a seat. For more details about the culinary demos (price, times, and chefs), click here to visit our Food and Wine Festival page, where we have links to the most recent information directly to the Disney site (or information from last year's festival, if the details about the next festival have not yet been released).
REVIEWS BELOW | Culinary Demonstrations
Review Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016
It is almost impossible to write a review that encompasses all of the Culinary Demonstrations that are part of Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival. Each 45 minute event is unique and has quite a bit to do with the visiting chef and what they are preparing.

While I do think it's important to have this category in the Mealtrip.com directory, and to have a unified location where everyone can share which chefs and demos they like (or dislike) the most… this first "review" is a bit more of an overview.

It's no secret that I think the Culinary Demos are the real heart and soul of the annual Food and Wine Festival at Epcot. We've been to food and wine festivals at other theme parks, and where some have offered great food, environment, entertainment, and value… it's the various events that take place in the "Festival Center" that give the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, it's prestige and credibility.

For two months and three times a day, every day… a visiting chef prepares a dish on-stage so you can see and hear what they are doing. You'll get a recipe sheet so that you can make the dish at home (if you're so inclined), a sample of the dish to taste, and a sample of wine (or other "adult" beverage) that's been selected to pair well with what the chef is creating.

Just in scope alone… it's' a big, long activity to sustain for a two month period. You basically have a restaurant that's only open for three hours a day, that has to be fully staffed, that never serves the same dish twice, with that main dish being prepared by over 150 chefs... all with very different personalities. Most of the dishes are amazingly great but some do seem to fall into the "just okay" category in comparison.

That's why we would really like to hear from you! Come back and leave a review for any individual chef and dish combination that you really enjoyed, or really didn't enjoy… and why. You don't have to type a lot in the review box… just let us know who you saw, what they made, and if you thought it was more, or less, than what you were expecting.

That kind of information, all collected in one place... will help point everyone visiting the festival to the chefs that always bring their best!
(*) Price ranges listed are the average cost for one main entree and one soft beverage item, unless otherwise stated. There are many combinations of appetizers, deserts and drinks that will add to your final total. Many parks also use seasonal pricing systems which result in food and beverage costs increasing at peak times. Please check with the location that you are interested in for specific pricing information.
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