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With this special series of programs and experiences, you can meet winemakers, guest chefs and celebrity speakers. Wine and beer tastings let you sip from the best in the world while delicious experiences—such as Party for the Senses—dish up unforgettable tastes.
 
Reservations open August 16, 2011 at 7:00 am Call (407) 939 3378  or visit the Festival Welcome Center at Epcot Theme Park for additional information and reservations.
 
Please note that these special events and experiences require additional admission fees.
 
 

Party for the Senses

 
Feast on this tribute to the sensory arts! Your evening begins with a reserved seat at the Eat to the Beat! concert series at America Gardens Theatre. Then, wander among the tempting tasting stations of World ShowPlace Events Pavilion. Returning this year, Cirque du Soleil®, featuring awe-inspiring acts!
 
You can upgrade your experience at Wine View Lounge, an exclusive area within Party for the Senses. Enjoy a private reserved table, entrance into World ShowPlace Events Pavilion 15 minutes before general admission, a premium bar, an artisanal cheese station and more. Limited Availability. 
  • Where: World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
  • When: Select Saturdays, October 8, 15 and 22, and November 5 and 12 from 7:30 to 10:00 pm (Wine View Lounge: 7:15 to 10:00 pm)
  • Cost: $145 per person, plus tax. Wine View Lounge is an extra $115 (a total of $260 per person, plus tax). Gratuity is included. Epcot admission required.
 

The Magic of Healthy Living Dinner – NEW

 

Hosted by Driscolls® Only The Finest Berries™
Enjoy a healthy, family-oriented dinner with such dad chefs as:
  • Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern from “Bizarre Foods”
  • Food Network’s Chris Cosentino from “Chefs vs. City”
  • Bravo’s Brian Voltaggio from “Top Chef”
They’ll demonstrate how to prepare a 4-course meal and flavorful, non-alcoholic beverages. 
  • Where: Festival Welcome Center
  • When: Saturday, October 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
  • Cost: $95.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Theme park admission required.
 

Kitchen Memories – NEW

 

This 3-course lunch evokes joyful kitchen memories. A celebrated chef demonstrates how to prepare an appetizer, main course and dessert, while a winery representative pairs each course with a selection of their wines. 
  • Where: Festival Welcome Center
  • When: Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
  • Cost: $110 and $150 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Theme park admission required.
Date
Chef
Cost
Restaurant
September 30
Scott Hunnel & Erich Herbitschek
$110
Victoria & Albert’s Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
October 7
John Stewart & Duskie Estes
$110
Zazu Restaurant + Farm and Black Pig Meat Co.  Santa Rosa, CA
October 14
Alan Wong
$110
Alan Wong’s Restaurants in Honolulu, HIi
October 21
Robert Irvine
$150
Robert Irvine’s eat! on Hilton Head Island, SC
October 28
Cat Cora
$150
Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
November 4
Art Smith
$110
Table Fifty-Two in Chicago, IL
November 11
Suvir Saran
$110
Devi Restaurant in New York City

 

First Bites Opening Reception

 

Get a sneak peek of the Festival before it officially opens! Savor epicurean samplings from the international marketplaces and preview other highlights. The reception is hosted by Keegan Gerhard and Pam Smith, with performances by Taylor Dayne. 
  • Where: Festival Welcome Center
  • When: Thursday, September 29 from 6:30 to 9:00pm
  • Cost: $175 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Theme park admission required.
 

Vertical Wine Tasting

 

Savor 10 rare vintages across 3 different decades from the Sycamore and Bosché vineyards of the 125-year-old Freemark Abbey Winery. A Napa Valley legend, Freemark Abbey earned a spot center-stage at the 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting!
 
This vertical tasting is presented by wine master Ted Edwards, a 30-year winemaker for Freemark Abbey, and John Blazon, MS, of Jackson Family Wines.
 
Featured Vintages: 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007 (subject to change) 
  • Where: California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • When: Saturday, November 5 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Cost: $225 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included.
 

Epcot Wine Schools

 

In a comprehensive program led by a prestigious wine expert, learn about distinctive wine cultures, taste a variety of regional wines and receive a certificate of completion at your celebratory reception. 
  • Where: Wonders Retreat, Festival Welcome Center
  • When: Select Sundays. Class from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, light reception from 3:00 to 4:00 pm
  • Cost: $135 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Theme park admission required. 
Date
Expert
Restaurant
October 9
Evan Goldstein, MS
Argentina en Fuego
October16
Fred Dame, MS and Brian Koziol, MS
Compare and Contrast Wines From Around the World
October 23
Sharron McCarthy, CSW
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered by Italian Wines
October 30
Charl du Plesis, Wine Maker, Spice Room Winery
South African Wines
November 6
Andrea Robinson, MS
Burgundy and Beyond
  
 

Food & Wine Pairings

 

Sample 3 regional wines paired with 3 tasting-size portions of cuisine from Japan and Morocco. Featured wines and menu selections change daily. 
  • Japan Tastings: Mondays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm at Tokyo Dining, Japan Pavilion
  • Morocco Tastings: Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm at Restaurant Marrakesh, Morocco Pavilion
  • Cost: $55 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Theme park admission required.
 

Cheese Seminars

 

Say cheese! Learn more about cheese from experienced fromagers. Featured cheese will be tasted and paired with selected wines and/or beers. 
  • Where: Festival Welcome Center
  • When: Saturdays from 10:30 am to 11:45 am
  • Cost: $75 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Theme park admission required.
 
Date
Theme
Fromager
October 1
France, Eastern Italy
Max McCalman, Artisanal Premium Cheese Center in New York City
October 8
Old World
Erin Hedley, Artisanal Premium Cheese Center in New York City
October 15
Mountain
Max McCalman, Artisanal Premium Cheese Center in New York City
October 22
Spain
Max McCalman, Artisanal Premium Cheese Center in New York City
October 29
United States
David Gremmels, Rogue Creamery, Central Point, OR
November 5
France
Max McCalman, Artisanal Premium Cheese Center in New York City
November 12
Old World Maritime
Max McCalman, Artisanal Premium Cheese Center in New York City
 
 

Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining

 

Savor magical, memorable meals at Signature restaurants across Walt Disney World Resort. The resident chef prepares a magnificent culinary experience while a hosting winery presents the accompanying wines for each dinner.
 
Prices listed below are per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Theme Park admission not required.
 
Date
Restaurant
Time
Price
Chef
October 6
The Wave… of American Flavors
6.30pm
$155
Frank Brough
October 12
The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck’s Grand Café
6.30pm
$140
Chris Albano
October 13
California Grill
6.30pm
$250
Brian Piasecki
October 18
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant
6.30pm
$120 
Kevin Dundon
October 19
Paradiso 37
6.30pm
$125
Jose L. Camey
October 20
Portobello
6.30pm
$150
Tony Mantuano
October 21
Epcot/Wonder’s Retreat
6.30pm
$195
Jens Dahlmann & Chefs of Epcot
October 23
Victoria & Albert’s
6.30pm
$495
Scott Hunnel
October 25
Kouzzina by Cat Cora
8pm
$155
Cat Cora/Dee Foundoukis
October 26
Kouzzina by Cat Cora
8pm
$155
Cat Cora/Dee Foundoukis
October 27
Kouzzina by Cat Cora
8pm
$155
Cat Cora/Dee Foundoukis
October 27
The Hollywood Brown Derby
6.30pm
$155
Craig Schleider
October 27
Jiko –The Cooking Place
6.30pm
$195
Dennis Thompson
October 27
California Grill
6pm
$250
Brian Piasecki
October 28
Kouzzina by Cat Cora
8pm
$155
Cat Cora/Dee Foundoukis
October 29
Kouzzina by Cat Cora
8pm
$155
Cat Cora/Dee Foundoukis
October 30
Kouzzina by Cat Cora
11am
$125
Cat Cora/Dee Foundoukis
November 1
Citricos
6.30pm
$175
Phillip Ponticelli
November 2
Fulton’s Crab House
6.30pm
$150
Brent Sick
November 3
Flying Fish Café
6.30pm
$175
Tim Keating
November 3
Radeberger Beer Dinner
6.30pm
$155
Jens Dahlmann & Chefs of Epcot
November 9
Yachtsman Steakhouse
12 noon
$175
Anthony R. De Luca
November 10
Bongos Cuban Café
6.30pm
$125
Armando Abreu

 

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