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Are you excited about this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival? It is my favorite time of year at Walt Disney World, so you can bet I’m excited. If you’re anything like me,   you want to know all the details of the Festival so you can start your planning! (And I would suspect you are like me; you’re reading this post).

For those of you who love to take part in the Festival’s Premium Events, they go on sale next week, Thursday, July 31. Make sure you have those dialing fingers ready, cause a lot of these events go fast!

There are a TON of events that take place during this event and there’s really something for everyone, whether you’re skilled in the art of fine dining or a you are a complete novice, like me. They also have different events with everyone’s budget in mind too. So, if you’re excited, I’m excited! Let’s get into it!

There are quite a few new events scheduled to take place for this year’s Festival. They include:

NEW – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Boot Camp Series

During the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Boot Camp Series, you will discover the inspiration to create, based off of instruction from an expert in this 2-hour event. The event will take place in the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion East Hall on select Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost is $119 per person. The boot camps include:

  • Food and Wine Pairings 101 (September 21)
    Hosted by Andrea Robinson – Master Sommelier
  • Chocolate (October 5)
    Hosted by Erika Davis – Graycliff Chocolatier
  • Cake Decorating (October 12)
    Hosted by Gabrielle Parisi – Carlo’s Bakery
  • Pickling 101 (October 19)
    Hosted by Allen Susser – Chef Allen’s

NEW – Food For Thought

Hear tales from the journey celebrity chefs and find out what ittakes to reach culinary success. Guests will also get to enjoy 3 tasty bites from the chef’s very own cookbook. You’ll also receive tips and techniques to enhance your skills in the kitchen. The event takes place in the Festival Welcome Center at the Chef’s Showcase on select Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Cost is $169 per person.

  • Norman Van Aken (September 19)
    Norman’s at The Ritz Carlton- Grande Lakes, Orlando, FL
  • Robert Irvine (September 26)
    Robert Irvine’s nosh – Bluffton, SC
  • Andrew Zimmern (October 10)
    Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen – St. Louis Park, MN
  • Jamie Deen (October 11)
    The Lady and Sons – Savannah, GA
  • Rick Bayless (October 17)
    Frontera Grill & Topolobampo – Chicago, IL
  • Bryan Voltaggio (October 24)
    VOLT/ Lunchbox/RangeFamily/MealAggio – Frederick, MD
  • Cat Cora (October 31)
    Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora – Sentosa Island, Singapore

 

NEW – Italian White Truffle & Wine Pairing Dinner

During this 5-course Italian dinner, a variety of regional Italian wines have been selected to pair with each dish featuring white truffles. The event takes place at Tutto Italia Ristorante in the Italy at Epcot on select Thursdays (October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Cost is $295 per person.

NEW – Back to Basics

Here, you’re invited to learn tips from the pros. The event takes place at the Festival Welcome Center at the Spotlight Stage, Fridays through Sundays at 12:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

NEW – Sunday Mornings With… – Hosted by Disney Vacation Club

This plated brunch serves up freshly baked breakfast breads and a sparkling wine toast. In addition on the stage, a highly acclaimed pastry chef or baker will craft 3 sweet treats for you to enjoy. The event takes place at the Festival Welcome Center at the Chef’s Showcase on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Cost is $99 per person.

  • Gale Gand (September 28)
  • Tru & SpriitzBurger – Chicago, IL
    Matt Lewis and Renato Paliafito (October 5)
    Baked – Brooklyn, New York
  • Warren Brown (October 12)
    CakeLove – Washington, DC
  • Buddy Valastro (October 19
    Carlo’s Bakery – Hoboken, NJ
  • Carla Hall (October 26)
    ABC’s The Chew – New York, NY
  • Keegan Gerhard (November 2)
    D Bar Desserts – Denver, CO & San Diego, CA
  • Alex Guarnaschelli (November 9)
    Butter – New York, NY

NEW – Dining Through the Decades, A Tribute to Walt Disney

Sample meals, inspired by some of Walt’s favorites, at interactive cooking stations located throughout the event. Also, enjoy pairing dishes with wines—each with their own unique Disney connection. This event will take place on October 24 at the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.   The cost will be $99 per person for general admission or $119 per person for Reserved Seating, which will included a reserved table, entrance into World ShowPlace 15 minutes before general admission and a special celebration toast.

NEW – Experience Puerto Rico – The All Star Island

This event will take place on September 20. Cost is $99 per person. More details coming soon.

NEWParty for the Senses featuring Disney Chefs Around the World

At Party for the Senses featuring Disney Chefs Around the World, you will follow along from station to station, as the chefs show you samples of cuisine that best represents their culture and the Disney Parks and Resorts they call home! The event takes place at the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion on October 25 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. There are three different categories with which you can choose to enjoy the event. They are:

  • Category #1: Vine View Lounge – Attend Party for the Senses with early entry to the event (7:15 p.m.), a private reserved table, premium bar access, an artisanal cheese station and a specialty cocktail toast to kick off the evening, along with all the other favorites of this event. Cost is $299 per person.
  • Category #2: Reserved Seating – Experience the event beginning with early entry (7:15 p.m.), a reserved table on the main floor and a specialty cocktail toast to ring in the festivities, in addition to everything else that Party for the Senses offers. Cost is $189 per person.
  • Category #3: General Admission – Indulge as you explore more than 50 tasting stations.. Limited seating may be available. Cost is $149 per person.

 

Returning events for this year will include lots of favorites from years past. They include:

 

Party for the Senses

Peruse through savory and sweet selections at more than 50 tempting tasting stations. This event takes place on October 4, 11, 18 and November 1 at the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. There are three different categories with which you can choose to enjoy the event. They are:

  • Category #1: Vine View Lounge – Attend Party for the Senses with early entry to the event (7:15 p.m.), a private reserved table, premium bar access, an artisanal cheese station and a specialty cocktail toast to kick off the evening, along with all the other favorites of this event. Cost is $299 per person.
  • Category #2: Reserved Seating – Experience the event beginning with early entry (7:15 p.m.), a reserved table on the main floor and a specialty cocktail toast to ring in the festivities, in addition to everything else that Party for the Senses offers. Cost is $189 per person.
  • Category #3: General Admission – Indulge as you explore more than 50 tasting stations.. Limited seating may be available. Cost is $149 per person.

Cheese Seminars

Try out cheeses paired with select wines, beers and other beverages in a seminar led by world-class cheese experts. The event takes place at the Festival Welcome Center at the Chef’s Showcase on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $79 per person.

  • English Cheeses & American Wines (September 20)
    Hosted by Max McCalman
  • United States Cheeses & Craft Beers (September 27)
    Hosted by Max McCalman
  • French Cheeses & Wines (October 4)
    Hosted by Erin Hedley
  • Spanish Cheeses & Wines (October 18)
    Hosted by Max McCalman
  • United States Cheeses & Wines (October 25)
    Hosted by David Gremmels
  • Italian Cheeses & Wines (November 1)
    Hosted by Max McCalman
  • A Taste of Europe, Cheeses & Wines (November 8)
    Hosted by Max McCalman

Food and Wine Parings

  • NEW - Mediterranean Food and Wine Pairing: Discover dishes created with Mediterranean and Moroccan inspiration. Event takes place at Spice Road Table in the Morocco Pavilion on Wednesdays – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost is $55 per person.
  • Japanese Food and Wine Paring: A 3-course Japanese dining event, showcasing creative dishes as well as learning about the finer points of the sake, which will compliment each dish. Event takes place at Tokyo Dining in the Japan Pavilion on Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Cost is $55 per person.
  • Morocco Food and Wine Paring: Dine on authentic Moroccan dishes and wines. Event takes place at Restaurant Marrakesh in the Morocco Pavilion on Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Cost is $55 per person.
  • Italian Food and Wine Paring: Enjoy a 4-course meal featuring Southern Italy’s hearty dishes and regional wines. Event takes place at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria in the Italy Pavilion on Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $83 per person.
  • Italian Regional Food & Wine Pairing Luncheon: A 4-course menu comprised Italian and regional specialties and all 4 courses are paired with wines from the cellar to capture the essence of Italy. Event takes place at Tutto Gusto at Tutto Italia Ristorante in the Italy Pavilion on Mondays, Wednesday & Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $94 per person.

3D Disney Dessert Discovery

It’s a dessert lover’s dream! Indulge your sweet tooth with a gaggle of goodies at a “3D” experience. This event takes place on October 3, 10 and 17 and cost is $59 or $99 per person.

Parisian Breakfast

At this buffet, enjoy baguettes with butter and Bonne Maman confiture (fruit preserve), flavorful meats and cheeses, Pain au Chocolat, brie, brioches and golden croissants, and more. Beverages will include coffee, tea, chocolat chaud (French-style hot chocolate), and freshly-squeezed orange juice. The event takes place at Chefs de France in the France Pavilion on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Cost is $39 per person.

French Regional Lunches

Indulge in a 4-course lunch of French cuisine featuring meats, cheeses, sauces, and desserts, paired with vineyard wines. The event takes place at Monsieur Paul in the France Pavilion on Fridays and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $135 per person.

Italian White Truffle Lunch

This 5-course Italian meal sees each dish showcasing white truffles, which will be paired side-by-side with Batasiolo wines hailing from Piedmont. The event will take place at Tutto Italia Ristorante, at the Italy Pavilion on Sunday November 2 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost is $225 per person.

The “Hibachi” Experience

Enjoy a 5-course meal prepared by Teppan chefs. Guests will also be able to sip on sake specially selected for each course. The event takes place in the Nihonbashi Dining Room at Teppan Edo in the Japan Pavilion on September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $120 per person.

Mexican Tequila Lunch

Dine on Mexican cuisine paired with a diverse series of tequila, as the menu offers a range of tequila selections, each one chosen to complement regional dishes of Mexico. The event takes place at La Hacienda de San Angel at the Mexico Pavilion on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $75 per person.

Shake and Indulge Like the French featuring Grand Marnier

The event begins with a glass of mimosa followed by a sampling of Grand Marnier’s finest: Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, Grand Marnier 100th Anniversary and Grand Marnier 150th Anniversary. Guests will also get to pick up tips before topping off the experience with decadent delicacies—including the famous Crepes Suzette and desserts au Grand Marnier. The event takes place at Monsieur Paul in the France Pavilion on Saturdays, September 27 to November 8 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cost is $55 per person.

Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining

Savor specialty creations by the talented chefs behind many signature Walt Disney World Resort restaurants. Each meal is carefully crafted.

  • Narcoossee’s – Dennis Thompson, Chef de Cuisine (September 27) Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at 12:00 p.m. Cost is $149.
  • Flying Fish Café – Tim Keating, Chef de Cuisine (September 27) Disney’s BoardWalk Inn at 1:00 p.m. Cost is $149.
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse – Al Youngman, Chef de Cuisine (September 30) Canada, Epcot
    at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $109.
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place – Jon O’Brien, Chef (October 2) Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge at 6:00 p.m. Cost is $199.
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby – Craig Schleider, Chef de Cuisine (October 2) Disney’s Hollywood Studios at 6:00 p.m. Cost is $189.
  • The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck® Grand Café – Robert Leonardi CCC, Executive Chef (October 2) Downtown Disney West Side at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $110.
  • Raglan Road™ Irish Pub & Restaurant – Master Chef Kevin Dundon (October 2) Downtown Disney Pleasure Island at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $177.
  • Flying Fish Café – Tim Keating, Chef de Cuisine (October 8) Disney’s BoardWalk Inn at
    6:00 p.m. Cost is $189.
  • Fulton’s Crab House – Mark Boor, Executive Chef (October 8) Downtown Disney Marketplace at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $100.
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse – Al Youngman, Chef de Cuisine (October 14) Canada, Epcot
    at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $109.
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby – Craig Schleider, Chef de Cuisine (October 16) Disney’s Hollywood Studios at 6:00 p.m. Cost is $189.
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse – Daniel Sicilia, Chef (October 16) Disney’s Yacht Club Resort at5:00 p.m. Cost is $199.
  • Flying Fish Café – Tim Keating, Chef de Cuisine (October 22) Disney’s BoardWalk Inn at 6:00 p.m. Cost is $189.
  • California Grill – Brian Piasecki, Chef de Cuisine (October 23) Disney’s Contemporary Resort at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $279.
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place – Jon O’Brien, Chef (October 23) Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge at 6:00 p.m. Cost is $199.
  • Victoria & Albert’s – Scott Hunnel, Chef de Cuisine (October 24) Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $549.
  • The Wave… of American Flavors – Frank Brough, Chef de Cuisine (October 30) Disney’s Contemporary Resort at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $159.
  • Flying Fish Café – Tim Keating, Chef de Cuisine (October 30) Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
    October 30 at6:00 p.m. Cost is $189.
  • Flying Fish Café – Tim Keating, Chef de Cuisine (November 5) Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
    October 30 at6:00 p.m. Cost is $189.
  • Portobello Country Italian Trattoria – Tony Mantuano, Executive Chef (November 6) Downtown Disney Marketplace at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $100.
  • Narcoossee’s – Dennis Thompson, Chef de Cuisine (November 8) Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at 12:00 p.m. Cost is $149.

 

Other events for this year’s Festival include the Culinary Demonstrations ($15), Mixology Seminars ($15) and Wine Seminars ($15).

If you are interested in attending one of these special events, you’ll need to call (407) 939-3378. For more information about the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, make sure to visit epcotfoodfestival.com.  (PS: a heads up who are Disney Visa card holders. You’ll be able to book these events in advance, on both July 29 and 30.)

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Posted on July 25, 2014

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