The Epcot Intenational Food & Wine Festival is well known as a time to sample cuisine from many countries and regions as World Showcase gets taken over by an assortment of food booths offering all sorts of tasty fare. You can spend quite a bit of money, depending on just how much food and wine you sample. There are also some special premium events, like Party for the Senses, that cost as much as dining at a gourmet restaurant (and it’s well worth the price).
But what if you’re on a budget? Can you have fun with activities that are included in your Epcot admission? Here’s a list of all the free activities at the festival:
The Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog: Get a free sample of dried cranberries as you learn more about this versatile fruit.
Home Entertaining Seminar Hosted by HGTV: There are still several 30-minute seminars left for this seson. See the following HGTV celebrity designers on Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
- Oct. 28 – 30, Kim Stoegbauer, “On-line Party Inspiration”
- Nov. 4 – 6, Lisa LaPorta, “Designed to Sell”
- Nov. 11 – 13, Emily Henderson, “Secrets from a Stylist” and Season 5 winner of “HGTV Design Star”
Authors Without Borders: Renowned food & beverage authors chat about their craft. Times vary on select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the festival.
Authentic Taste Seminars: Learn about the origins, properties, and history of pure ingredients in lively, 30-minute presentations on select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Book Signings/Meet & Greets: Meet celebrated authors and personalities, who will autograph your book and merchandise purchases. Check the daily schedules or visit the Festival Information Desk for details.
Bottle Signings: Winemakers are available to meet you and sign your purchased bottles of wine. Check the daily schedules or visit the Festival Information Desk for details.
Seasons of the Vine: View a “behind-the-scenes introduction” to wine growing in a seven minute film that runs throughout each day of the festival.
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