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Wendy
24-08-2011, 06:30 PM
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Fans of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (http://wdisneysecrets.com/index.php/fawf.html)“premium events” can get the party started even before the 45-day festival kicks off.


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At the First Bites Opening Reception (http://wdisneysecrets.com/index.php/fawf/1226-premium-events-a-experiences.html) on Sept. 29, 2011 — the eve of the festival start — Chef Keegan Gerhard of The Food Network will chat with guests during a culinary demonstration that includes a taste of his featured dish. During the 6:30-9 p.m. event, guests can preview epicurean samplings from international marketplaces along with wines and other beverages to be served throughout the Sept. 30-Nov. 13 festival. Entertainment will include pop diva Taylor Dayne.

Once the festival is fully underway, here are some special events guests can enjoy via advance reservation:


Fridays beginning Sept. 30, 2011, the new Kitchen Memories (http://wdisneysecrets.com/index.php/fawf/1226-premium-events-a-experiences.html) event features a three-course lunch by a celebrated chef demonstrating preparation of an appetizer, main course and dessert. A winery representative pairs each course with a special wine during the 10 a.m.-noon events.


Throughout October and into mid-November, guests can travel to Asia Mondays (Tokyo Dining, Japan pavilion) or Africa Tuesdays (Restaurant Marrakesh, Morocco pavilion) for the festival’s popular Food & Wine Pairings. From 3:30-5 p.m., event hosts will present three regional wines paired with three tasting-size portions of cuisine.


Wrapping a day at the festival with a sweet ending is easy to do at “3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery on designated Fridays at the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion. Participants enjoy a variety of desserts and samplings of cordials certain to please any sweet tooth and top off the experience with VIP viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth evening entertainment extravaganza. “Sweet Seats” is an exclusive upgraded “3D” experience that includes a private reserved table, early entry, a specialty beverage and an exclusive dessert offering.


Special wine and culinary programs, including Party for the Senses (http://wdisneysecrets.com/index.php/fawf/1226-premium-events-a-experiences.html) grand tasting events, require reservations and separate event admission.