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Chase Lounge Returns for 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

by on July 29, 2014

Chase Lounge at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Chase Lounge at the American Adventure Parlor for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

For the third year in a row, thanks to Chase’s sponsorship of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, the exclusive Chase Lounge will make a return. The lounge will be located, once again, at the American Adventure Pavilion, in the American Adventure Parlor, which is located on the third floor, with its entrance found between the attraction and the gift shop.

The lounge allows guests to have a seat, relax, recharge electronics, grab a complimentary soft drink, read a magazine, check out the interactive festival map, grab a Discovery Passport, and – most importantly – soak up some much needed air conditioning! (Touring and eating around World Showcase gets HOT!) During last year’s festival, beer and wine were also available to purchase; there is no word  yet on whether that option will return this year. Also, in previous years guests could obtain preferred viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth and Eat to the Beat concerts as long as wristbands (which were distributed on a first come, first served basis) were available. No word yet on if that will be available for guests, either. I’ll make sure to keep you posted.

Chase cardholders must present a Disney Visa Card to gain access (though in the past any Chase card would work for entry, and, of course, Epcot theme park admission is required), and each card member may bring up to nine guests. The Chase Lounge will be available from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday during the Festival. Do keep in mind that the lounge often reaches capacity, and when it does, will move to a one person out-one person in system.

I visited the Chase Lounge last year, so if you are curious about how it works, make sure to read my post.

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2014 Eat to the Beat Concert Series Artists Announced

by on May 9, 2014

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The 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is rapidly approaching, especially when you consider the extended festival dates announced for this year. (For those who have missed it, the Epcot Food & Wine Festival will run for an unprecedented 53 days, starting a week earlier than normal on September 19 and lasting until November 10.)

Part of this popular festival is the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, where popular bands and solo artists perform nightly. (Of course, once again, I will miss seeing Hanson…my tween self is very sad.)

Each year sees a number of new artists performing, and this year’s series brings Jo Dee Messina, Los Lonely Boys, and Fuel, all for the first time.

The schedule for this year’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series is:

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Epcot After Hours Wind Down Review: La Cava del Tequila and Spice Road Table

by on April 25, 2014

Epcot After Hours Wind Down Review

You can see Epcot from a unique perspective — for a price — at the new After Hours Wind Down.

Recently, we brought you the first word on Epcot After Hours Wind Down, a brand-new after hours program that began on April 17 at World Showcase in Walt Disney World’s Epcot park. Because we are will to sacrifice almost anything — including sleep, brain cells, and our livers — to bring Touring Plans readers complete coverage, my wife and I volunteered to be opening-weekend guinea pigs for this new food and alcohol tasting adventure (it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it…). Now that our hangovers have cleared, enjoy this exclusive in-depth Epcot After Hours Wine Down review, covering the experiences offered at Mexico’s La Cava del Tequila and Morocco’s Spice Road Table.

 

La Cava del Tequila Wind Down Review

Since I developed a new appreciation for tequila while reviewing Universal CityWalk‘s Antojitos, I chose to attend the Wind Down tasting at Mexico’s La Cava del Tequila, long one of my favorite bars inside any theme park. The tasting sessions are scheduled to begin at 9:20 p.m., but because we watched IllumiNations before from near Morocco (on the opposite side of the World Showcase lagoon), I didn’t arrive until approximately 8 minutes into the session. I suggested that they hold the start time until at least 15 minutes after the closing fireworks, but until that change is made I strongly suggest watching the show from a spot nearby your selected tasting venue.

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Photo Review: A Meat-Eating, Scotch-Swilling Guide to the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

by on November 8, 2013

Guide to Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Beef: it’s what’s for Food and Wine!

The 2013 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival winds down on November 11th, which means you only have one more weekend to enjoy World Showcase‘s 25+ tempting temporary victual and vino vendors. Earlier this snacking season, Daisy Lauren sampled some of the exotic fare found on this year’s menus, and Derek Burgan went in-depth on this year’s enhanced vegetarian options. But you — or your significant other — may not be fond of feasting of fancy foreign finger foods, much less meatles meals. Just in time for the festival’s final days, here is a photographic guide to my top 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival finds for carnivorous men and women who crave the simple pleasures of charred flesh, perhaps served with a side of spirits.

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Observations from Epcot: October 5

by on October 9, 2013

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2013 is in full swing now, and today’s post is all about what you’re going to see on a typical day at Food & Wine. Well, typical in environment but likely not in perspective, so we’ll call this a casual Food & Wine day with Morgan. This is my first Food & Wine Festival, so I’m happy to share with you the ins and outs of what it is, what you can do, and what I found exciting about it all.

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I started out at the Polynesian Resort for a quick look at the construction fences said to be going up for the resort remodel and addition of Disney Vacation Club villas. Fences were, in fact, going up, and at an impressive rate. Sunset Point is closed to all guests currently and the walkway to the Transportation and Ticket Center will also be closed eventually, but was still open on this day. Some rooms will eventually be unavailable due to obstructed views, but for right now, these fences at the TTC end of the property are the only indication that changes are taking place.

The monorail to Epcot was mostly empty, and the ride quick and pleasant as usual. The entrance flower bed has been set up for Food & Wine, and it looks great, but the PhotoPass photogs are set up incredibly close, making for a hard scenery shot. Feel free to use this one and pretend you took it.

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First Look At the 2011 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

by on August 16, 2011

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, it will be in about a month and a half. ;-)

Mexico Marketplace Booth

Epcot Food and Wine Festival bookings begin today, August 16th, and even though the festival is still a month and a half away, it’s always good to start planning early — especially when events book up as quickly as they do at the festival. I’ll be doing a few guest blogs here at Touring Plans about the different parts of the festival, but I wanted to begin with an overview of what you can expect during the event.

Where
Epcot and select restaurants around Walt Disney World
When
September 30-November 13, 2011
What
The largest food and wine festival in the world, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival will be celebrating it’s 16th annual event this year. Accomplished chefs (including some celebrity chefs) from around the world join experts in in the culinary and beverage fields to present a series of events about a variety of “consumable” topics! Pair this with some fantastic Disney magic and some great food, and you have the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Overview — What You Can Expect at the Festival

With 45 full days of culinary adventure, there’s a lot to talk about! I’ll go into more detail in later posts, but to begin, let’s cover the basics. Here are the major events, activities, and draws to the festival:

Special and Signature Events: Taking place in restaurants and event spaces around Epcot and the rest of Walt Disney World, these events range in cost from $55 to $495 and cover a gamut of topics including pizza and beer tastings, desserts and fireworks events, multi-course meals with celebrity chefs, and wine schools that offer a certificate of completion when you’re finished! But there’s so much more! You’ll find more info on these events in our Special and Signature Events coverage over on DFB.

Chefs from "Baked" Present a Culinary Demo

Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations: Ranging in price from $10-13, these events offer guests the opportunity to see a dish made by an expert chef in a show kitchen, learn about select wines and beers, or take a turn at the art of mixology. Culinary demos and beverage seminars usually last about 45 minutes and are often followed by a meet and greet, book signing, or bottle signing with the event presenter. See more details and what events are available in our low-cost seminar and demo coverage over on DFB.

Delicious Baklava from the Morocco Booth

International Marketplace Booths: These are considered by many to be the true draw of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. 30 tasting booths set up around the World Showcase offer guests the chance to indulge in tapas-sized portions of regional and ethnic cuisine as well as sample some great wines, beers, and spirits from the represented countries. Prices for food and beverages range from $3-8, with larger beverages costing a bit more.

This, in my opinion, is the ultimate way to spend a meal during the festival — simply check the booth menus to decide what you want to try, then spend an hour noshing around the World Showcase! It’s lovely. But here’s a tip — in the evenings and on weekends the booths start to develop long lines. If you head to the booths when they first open at 11am, you won’t have to battle the crowds quite as much.

New booths being introduced this year are Hawaii, the Caribbean, Portugal (with its own wine bar!), and Scandinavia (returning from a hiatus). You can see full menus and details about the booths (including food pics) at our World Showcase Booths page.

As you can see, there’s a lot to do at the festival with just those three types of events, but there’s a lot more where that came from. I’ll be back with you soon to detail those different opportunities and give you a few more tips and tricks about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

You can book special events and seminars starting today — August 16th — by calling 407-WDW-FEST! If you’re a Tables in Wonderland member, Disney Vacation Club member, or Annual Passholder for Walt Disney World, you’ll get a discount on seminars and demos offered Monday-Thursday — don’t forget to ask!

Check out all of our coverage (including live coverage during the festival) on the Epcot Food and Wine Festival section of the Disney Food Blog.

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