Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Mixology Seminars
For 2016, the Mixology Seminars have been included with all of the other beverage seminars. So you will need to check the the Food and Wine Festival Beverage calendar for the time you will be there and look for the spirits.
There will be different vendors presenting their product and sharing with you 3-4 drink recipes with samples.
Example of some of the Mixology Seminars Offered
Do not expect this to be a hands on class. You will not be mixing drinks. This is a presentation only as there are about 100 people in attendance and there is no way they could manage the logistics of that.
You will get a presentation of drinks being made.
Instead you will have someone on stage showing you how to mix the drinks and then you will be provided with a small sample of the drink so you get an idea of the taste.
Cast Member Ricky to the rescue
The one seminar I did attend at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is probably not one Disney would like to remember. But at the same time I still laugh out loud when I think back to this train wreck of a mixology seminar.
We chose the BooYa Tequila (since this seminar BooYa Tequila has gone out of business and I am not surprised) mixology seminar because 1- it fit our schedule and 2- tequila is hot right now.
In attendance was my husband, my sister and I. We had gotten Kids Night Out to take care of the kids so we could have an adults night at the festival.
That’s Ricky on the left taking a photo of our slightly tipsy presenter.
As we entered the seating area for our seminar we over heard our host for the evening tell the Disney Cast Member Ricky (soon to be our favorite Cast Member EVER) that they wanted the group to have fun.
We also noticed that our host has probably partaken of a couple of drinks before the seminar. She wasn’t quite all there if you get my drift.
Yep, they have a BooYa-Rita.
The seminar starts and all I can say is ‘Oh My!’. The woman didn’t really give us any information about tequila or BooYa. She would describe (literally) the photos in the presentation and yell ‘BOOYA’ about every 3 minutes. (I unfortunately lost my recording of the ‘BOOYA’ yell. It was my ring tone for a couple of months – it was that good.)
Disjointed was an understatement. It’s like she forgot the entire presentation. And the woman on stage wasn’t any better. I guess she ‘mixed’ the drinks. But she never spoke until the ending to tell us all her best BooYa cocktail.
Remember this is a ‘cocktail’ or mixed drink seminar. She said her favorite tequila cocktail was to serve it in a glass with a lime wedge on the glass. Yep – riveting.
You will get to sample 3-4 drinks.
Now for the star… After each ‘recipe’ Cast Member Ricky would come out with the samples. He would strut, smile, and point at wink at the audience. You never knew what he was going to do but he took a train wreck and had us all smiling and laughing.
Sorry for the poor photo. This is Ricky. His smile stole the show.
We learned absolutely nothing at the seminar (as seen by these notes taken by another seminar attendee) but we had a fabulous time and made memories that will last a life time.
This was about it for BooYa.
- Was this a stellar moment for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival – No
- Will I attend another mixology seminar – Yes
- Do I want to find Ricky again – BOOYA!