Saturday, October 1, 2011

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, September 30 - November 13, 2011

2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
If you happen to be in Florida check out the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival from September 30 - November 13, 2011. This looks like an amazing time to try out different cuisines from all over the world with your loved ones. This year's International Food and Wine Festival will feature seminars, tasting events and sumptuous dinners overseen by top Disney Chefs as well as renowned guest Chefs. Over the course of the Festival, there will be 1,200 beer and wine seminars scheduled with complimentary samples.

**All celebrity guests, events and dinners are subject to change without notice.

Eat to the Beat Concert Series - 2011
As with all Disney events, themed entertainment is part of the festivities. Visitors to the Food and Wine Festival can “Eat to the Beat!” The following line-up of performers is scheduled for the 2011 "Eat to the Beat" Concert Series:

09/30 - 10/02 - Taylor Dayne
10/03 - 10/05 - 38 Special
10/06 - 10/07 - Jon Secada
10/08 - 10/09 - Roger Hodgson
10/10 - 10/12 - Billy Ocean
10/13 - 10/16 - Starship
(starring Mickey Thomas)
10/17 - 10/19 - Sugar Ray
10/20 - 10/21 - The Orchestra
(starring former members of ELO)
10/22 - 10/23 - Howard Jones
10/24 - 10/26 - Boyz II Men
10/27 - 10/28 - Gin Blossoms
10/29 - 10/30 - Sister Hazel
10/31 - 11/01 - Hanson
11/02 - 11/03 - The Pointer Sisters
11/04 - 11/06 - Night Ranger
11/07 - 11/08 - Air Supply
11/09 - 11/10 - Richard Marx
11/11 - 11/13 - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Performances are at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 at the America Gardens Theater.

HGTV Design Stars
Head to the festival center to get home entertaining tips from some of HGTV's top designers. Festival manager Michael Jenner says "Think about the way interior decorators design a room … and imagine that same creative process brought to the dinner table. It'll be a great way to get ready for all the holidays coming up." The designers will be making appearances every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the festival.

•Sept. 30-Oct. 2 – Vern Yip, "HGTV Design Star" and "HGTV Urban Oasis"
•Oct. 7-9 – Monica Pedersen, "Designed to Sell"
•Oct. 14-16 – Erin Loechner, "Design Happens"
•Oct. 21-23 – Taniya Nayak, "Designed to Sell"
•Oct. 28-30 – Kim Stoegbauer, "On-line Party Inspiration"
•Nov. 4-6 – Lisa LaPorta, "Designed to Sell"
•Nov. 11-13 – Emily Henderson, "Secrets From a Stylist" and "HGTV Design Star" winner Season 5 "Design Star"

Dining Experiences
To book, call 407-WDW-FEST. First Bites Opening Reception at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival- An opening reception at the Festival Welcome Center features sampling from the Marketplaces, Wine Seminars, Culinary Demonstrations, merchandise location, celebrities and entertainment.

3D Disney's Dessert Discovery- World ShowPlace Pavilion, This is a dessert lover's dream. Select Thursday and Friday evenings you can sample a variety of desserts and cordials. You will also enjoy VIP viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. 2011 dates: 10/7, 14, 21, 28, 11/4, 11.

Mexico Tequila Tastings- La Cava del Tequila, Mexico Pavilion, Taste authentic Mexican tequila. Other offerings include appetizer samples of ceviche and tostada.

Food and Wine Pairings- You will learn about 3 regional wines with 3 tasting size portions of cuisines from select Epcot restaurants. The themes will vary according to location. Featured wineries and menu selections change daily.
•Mondays and Tuesdays

Cheese Seminars- Learn about cheese from the experts at the Artisanal Premium Cheese Center in New York City and other industry professionals. The featured cheese will be paired with selected wines and introduced by a knowledgeable wine representative. 2011 dates: 10/ 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 11/5, 12

Epcot Wine Schools- This school teaches how to taste several regional wines, and concludes with a celebratory reception and certificate of completion. 2011 dates: 10/9, 16, 23, 30, 11/5

Sweet Sundays- A pastry chef or baker demonstrates 3 signature desserts and serves them. Each event includes a warm and intimate breakfast buffet complete with sparkling wines. Sundays from 10:00-12 PM in the Festival Welcome Center. 2011 dates: 10/2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 11/6, 13

Party for the Senses- 2011 dates: 10/ 8, 15, 22, 11/ 5, 12 (7:30-10 pm)

Taste, Shake and Indulge Like the French: Grand Marnier Tasting and Interactive Experience- 2011 dates: 10/8, 15, 22, 29, 11/5

Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining- 2011 dates: 10/6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 27, 30, 11/1, 2, 3, 7, 10

Kitchen Memories (formerly Celebrating Family & Friends in the Kitchen)- Celebrity chefs host this event, demonstrating how to prepare an appetizer, main course and a dessert. A selection of wines will be paired for each course by a winery representative. 2011 dates: 9/30, 10/7, 14, 21, 18, 11/4, 11/11

2011 Food & Wine Festival Marketplaces
Prices of the menu samples usually range from $3.00 - $7.00

Argentina- Beef Empanda, Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree, Terrazas Reserva Chardonay, Terrazas Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Terrazas Reserva Torrontes, Terrazas Reserva Malbec

Australia- Seared Barramundi with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes, Arugula, and Lemon Oil, Grilled Lamp Chop with Roasted Potato Salad and Red Wine Reduction, Lamington (sponge cake dipped in chocolate), Rosemount Traminer Riesling, Marquis Phillips Shiraz, Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet, Nugan Estate Riverina Chardonnay

Belgium- Steamed Mussels with Roasted Garlic Cream, Freshly Baked Waffles with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream, Stella Artois, Godiva Chocolate Ice Coffee, Leffe, Hoegaarden

Brazil- Grilled Pork Skewer with Farofa, Shrimp Stew with Coconut and Lime, Leblon Frozen Caipirinha

Brewer's Collection- Radeberger Pilsner, Schofferhofer Weizen, Hovels, Schlosser Alt, Altenmunster Octoberfest, Altenmunster Dunkel, Altenmunster Marzen, Clausthaler Classic

Canada- Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup, Maple and Moosehead Beer glazed Salmon with Barley Salad, Chicken Chipotle Sausage with Sweet Corn Polenta, Moosehead Beer, Neige Bubble, Neige Sparkling

Caribbean- Ropa Vieja (braised beef) with White Rice, Jerk-spiced Chicken Drumstick, Frozen Dragon Berry Colada, Frozen Rock Coconut Mojito

Charcuterie and Cheese- Cheese Fondue with Croutons and Roasted Potatoes, Applewood Smoked Beef, Duck, and Ham, Martini Prosecco, Ace Joker Hard Cider, MacMurray Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

China- Black Pepper Shrimp with Sichuan Noodles, Pork Pot Stickers, Xinjiang Barbecue Chicken Stick, Tsingtao Beer, Dragon's Hollow Chardonnay, Green Tee Plum Wine Cooler, Happy Lychee

Craft Beers- 8 Craft Beers

Desserts and Champagne- Strawberry Angel Verrine, Pear Streusel Pudding Cake, Dark Chocolate Sensation, Moet and Chandon White Star Imperial, Rose Imperial, Nectar Imperial, Nectar Imperial Rose

France- Escargots Persillade en Brioche (Garlic and Parsley Snails in Brioche), “Coq au Vin sur gratin de macaroni” Red Wine braised Chicken, Mushrooms, Pearl Onions and Macaroni Gratin, Creme Brulee au Chocolate au Lait (Chocolate Milk Crème Brulee topped with Caramelized Sugar), Chardonnay, Bouchard Aine & Fils, Merlot, Chateau de Beauregard-Ducourt Bordeaux, Sparkling Pomegranate Kir, Parisian Cosmo Slush (Ciroc Vodka, Grand Marier, Cranberry)

Germany- Spatzle Gratin with Ham and Cheese, Nurnberger Sausage in a Pretzel Roll, Apfel Strudel featuring Werther's Original Karamell Sauce, S.A. Prum Essence Riesling, Hooked Riesling, Gunderlock Diva Spatlese Riesling, Rudi Wiest Rhine River Riesling, Radeberger Pilsner, Hovels,
Altenmunster Octoberfest

Greece- Greek Salad with Pita Bread, Spanakopita, Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki, Baklava, Boutari Moschofilero, Enoteca Emery Athiri Mountain Slopes, Boutari Naoussa, Atlantis White

Hawaii- Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise, Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips, Seven Tiki Mai Tai, Kona Longboard Beer, Kona Pipeline Beer

Hops and Barley- Boston style Crab Cake with Cabbage Slaw and Remoulade, New England Lobster Roll, Pecan Bread Pudding, Samuel Adams Beers: Boston Lager, Octoberfest, Cherry Wheat, 15th Anniversary Festival Beer Coastal Wheat Light, Cream Stout, Blackberry Witbier, Latitude 48 IPA

Ireland- Lobster and Scallop Fisherman's Pie, Kerrygold Cheese Selection, Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Ganache

Italy- Ravioli Di Formaggia all Emiliana (Baked Cheese Ravioli with Creamy Beef Bolognese Sauce, Parmesean Cheese, and Melted Mozzarella), Cappellini con Gamberi Piccanti (Cappellini Pasta with Spicy Shrimp), Cannoli al Cioccolato (Chocolate Covered Cannoli Shell Filled with Sweet Ricotta Cheese, Chocolate, and Candied Fruit), Dasani Water, Primavera Smoothie, Fantinel Prosecco, Placido Chianti, Placido Pinot Grigio, Moretti

Japan- Spicy Tuna Roll, California Sushi Roll, Tuna Sensation, Wabu Ribettes, Kirin Draft Beer, Hatsumago sake, Denemon Junmai sake

Mexico- Tamal de Pollo, Taco de Chilorio, Esquites (Pan Fried Corn and Spices), Churro, Dos Esqis Beer, Passion Fruit Frozen Margarita, Conga Fruit Punch, Wine L.A. Cetto Chardonnay, Wine L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah

Morocco- Beef in a Pita Pocket, Falafel Pita Pocket, Baklava, Amazigh Red wine, Sangria, Tangerine Mimosa Royale, Iced Mint Tea, Casa Beer

New Zealand- Seared Sea Scallop with Vegetable Slaw and Lemon Oil, Lamb Slider with Tomato Chutney, Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay Merlot/cabernet Sauvignon, Villa Maria Private Bin Unoaked Hawkes Bay Chardonnay, Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Pinot Noir

Poland- Kielbasa and Potato Pierogies with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream, Golabki (Pork stuffed cabbage), Chopin Strawberry Balsamic Chiller

Portugal- Calamari Salad with Fennel, Smoked Paprika and Olive Oil, Linguica Sausage with Onions, Peppers and Olives, Pastel de Nata, Bridao Classico Tinto, Caves Vale do Rodo Douro, Xairel Cartaxo Tinto, Caves Bonifacio Red Wine

Scandinavia- Taste of Scandinavia (Cured Salmon, Herring, and Shrimp Salad), Swedish Meatballs with Lingon Berries, Rice Pudding with Berry Compote, Xanté, Xanté Sunshine

Singapore- Shrimp Cake with Singapore Noodle Salad, Coconut Braised Beef Rendang with Jasmine Rice, Singapore Sling, Tiger Beer

South Africa- Flavors of Africa (Salad, Bread, and Spreads), Seared Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Puree and Mango Barbecue Sauce, Goats do Roam White, La Capra Pinotage, La Capra Shiraz, La Capra Chardonnay

South Korea- Lettuce Wraps with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw, Barbecue Short Rib with Steamed Rice and Cucumber Kimchi, Honey Ginger Tea, Jinro Chamisul Soju, Bohae Bokbunjajoo(Black Raspberry Rice Wine)

United States- Jumbo Turkey Leg, Popcorn in a Souvenir Bucket, Popcorn, Jalapeno Cheese Stuffed Pretzel, Cream Cheese Pretzel, Pretzel, Cheese Sauce, Chocolate-Chip Cookie, Frozen Slushes, Soft-serve Ice Cream, Frozen Lemonade, Bud Light, Samuel Adams Specialty Brew, Sutter Home Wine

2011 Food & Wine Festival Welcome Center
The Welcome Center is located in Future World East from 9:00 am. - 9:00 pm.
Features include:
•Wine seminars (check the daily schedule - $8/12 person)12 PM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM
•Bottle signings by wine authorities (check the weekly schedule)
•Champagne and Wine Bar
•Official book signings (check the daily schedule)
•Merchandise Shop
•Culinary demonstrations 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM $9 and $13 per person
•Taste Seminars (Friday - Sunday) 2:00 and 6:00 PM
•Authors without Borders featuring food and wine authors (Friday - Sunday) 12:15 PM, 4:00 PM
•Season of the Vine 10/1-11/14 Daily seminars throughout the day

The following listing are the special events that require an admission fee and reservation. Theme park admission may also be needed depending on the event selected - Note that all events/appearances are subject to change without notice.

•Kitchen Memories
•Chocolate Discoveries Seminars
•Party for the Senses
•Signature Dinners
•First Bites Opening Reception
•Cheese Seminars
•Wine Schools
•Sweet Sundays
•Mexico Tequila Tastings
•Food & Wine Pairings

Kitchen Memories - 2011
Formerly Celebrating Family & Friends in the Kitchen, This is a 3-course lunch that highlights preparing a meal with family and friends. The hosts will demonstrate how to prepare an appetizer, main course and dessert. Each course will be paired with a selection of wines.

Fridays from 10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. at the Festival Welcome Center
•10/7- John Stewart & Duskie Estes, ZAZU Restaurant; $110
•10/14- Alan Wong, Alan Wong's Restaurants; $110
•10/21- Robert Irvine, Robert Irvine's Eat!; $150
•10/28- Cat Cora - Kouzzina by Cat Cora, Disney’s BoardWalk Resort; $150
•11/4- Art Smith, Table Fifty-Two; $110
•11/11- Suvir Saran, Devi Restaurant; $110
Price: $110-$150
Theme park admission is required.

Chocolate Discoveries Seminars - New for 2011
Guests get to sample four different chocolates in their natural bar form while presenters discuss the flavors. Guests will then be able to taste a savory chocolate dish, chocolate desserts and even chocolate-inspired wine and cocktails.
October 9th and 16th and November 6th. Afternoons
Price: $70. Theme park admission is required.

A Party for the Senses - 2011
This popular event takes place each Saturday during the Food and Wine Festival at the World ShowPlace Pavilion located between Canada and United Kingdom Pavilions. Live entertainment presented by Cirque du Soleil. From 7:30 to 10:00pm, you'll enjoy a comfortable lounge filled with tasting stations and entertainment. Each tasting station will be a new sensation for the senses.

NEW this year is the Wine View Lounge - a private area with reserved tables, premium bar and artisinal cheese station.
Every Saturday during the Festival; 7:30 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.
Price: $145 for a standard ticket, Wine View Lounge access is $260
(includes private tables, entrance 15 minutes early, premium bar, artisanal cheese station and more)

Signature Dinners - 2011
The Signature Dinner is a meal with wine pairings. A Host Chef teams with a Representative from one of the hosting wineries who will present the dinner's wine.
•The Wave…of American Flavors: October 6 Frank Brough, 6:30PM, $155
•The Dining Room – Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe: October 12 Chris Albano, 6:30PM, $140
•California Grill: October 13 Brian Piasecki, 6:30PM, $250
•Raglan Road Signature Dinner: October 18 Master Chef Kevin Dundon will host this Signature Dinner. Enjoy a phenomenal dinner while the Chef discusses each dish and describes the tantalizing flavors within. Reservations for this special evening can be booked directly with Raglan Road (407) 938 0300.
•Paradiso 37: October 19 Jose L. Camey, 6:30PM, $125
•Portobello Yacht Club: October 20 Tony Mantuano, 6:30PM, $150
•Epcot Wonders Retreat: October 21 Jens Dahlmann and Chefs of Epcot, 6:30PM, $195
•Victoria & Albert's Signature Dinner: October 23 Chef Scott Hunnel, 6:30pm, Cost is $495 per person, plus tax/gratuities.
•Kouzzina by Cat Cora: October 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 Cat Cora, 8:00PM, $155
•Hollywood Brown Derby: October 27 Craig Schleider, 6:30PM, $155
•Jiko Signature Dinner: October 27 Dennis Thompson (Chef) and Robin Back from Spice Route and Fairview Winery in the Paarl wine district of South Africa present a wine-pairing dinner in the beautiful Jiko Cape Town Win Room. Dinner is seven courses. $195. 6:30pm. For reservations, email
•Kouzzina Signature LUNCH: October 30 Cat Cora; 11am; $125
•Citricos: November 1 Phillip Ponticelli, 6:30PM, $175
•Fulton's Crab House: November 2 Brent Sick, 6:30PM, $150
•Flying Fish Cafe: November 3 Tim Keating, 6:30PM, $175
•Radeberger Beer Dinner: November 3 Jens Dahlmann and Chefs of Epcot, 6:30PM, $155
•Yachtsman Steakhouse LUNCH: November 9 Anthony R. De Luca, 12PM, $175
•Bongos Cuban Cafe: November 10 Armando Abreu, 6:30PM, $125

Cheese Seminars - 2011
Learn about cheese from professionals from the Artisanal Premium Cheese Center in New York City as well as the Rogue Creamery in Oregon. The cheese will be paired with selected wines.
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. — 11:45 a.m. in the Festival Welcome Center
•10/01 — France — Max McCalman
•10/08 — Italy — Erin Hedley
•10/15 — Old World Mountain- Max McCalman
•10/22 — Spain — Waldemar Albrecht–Luna
•10/29 — United States—David Gremmels
•11/05 —France — Max McCalman
•11/12 — Old World Maritime— Max McCalman
Price: $75 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included.
Theme park admission is required.

Epcot Wine Schools - 2011
This session teaches you how to distinguish several regional wines by taste. There will be a celebratory reception and certificate of completion.
1:00 — 4:00 p.m. at the Wonders Retreat.
•10/09 — Evan Goldstein MS•10/16 — Fred Dame MS & Brian Koziol MS•10/23 — Sharron McCarthy CSW
•10/30 — Charl du Plesis, Winemaker
•11/06 — Andrew Robinson MS
Price: $135 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included.
Theme park admission is required

Food & Wine Pairings - 2011
Pair 3 regional wines with 3 tasting-size portions of food from select Epcot restaurants. A wine representative will be at each session - themes will vary with location. Featured wineries and menu selections change daily.
•Wednesdays & Saturdays, 2:00–4:00 p.m. — Tutto Italia Ristorante - Italy Pavilion
•Mondays, 3:30–5:00 p.m. — Tokyo Dining - Japan Pavilion
•Tuesdays, 3:30–5:00 p.m. — Restaurant Marrakesh - Morocco Pavilion
Price: Italy - $65; Morocco and Japan - $55
Theme park admission is required.

Mexico Tequila Tastings - 2011
Taste authentic Mexican tequila, while learning about its history and traditions. There will also be samplings of ceviche and tostada.
La Cava del Tequila, Mexico Pavilion
Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Price: $45.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included.
Theme park admission is required.

New for 2011 - Mexico Tequila Tastings Plus Lunch
Get a taste of authentic Mexican tequila and lunch as well.
La Hacienda de San Angel Restaurant
Saturdays and Sundays: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Price: $65 per person

Sweet Sundays - 2011
Festival Welcome Center (Wonders of Life Pavilion). If you want to satisfy your Sweet Tooth, then this is the event to choose. Top Pastry Chefs will prepare three desserts for you to sample. The session
begins with sparkling wine and a breakfast buffet.
Sundays: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $90 per person plus tax, gratuity included.
Theme park admission is required
•10/02 — John Hui, The Lodge at Pebble Beach•10/09 — Cake Boss Buddy Valestro, Carlo's Bakery
•10/16 — Elizabeth Falkner, Citizen Cake and Orson
•10/23 — Gale Gand, TRU
•10/30 — Geraldine Randlesome, Geraldine's Creative Cutters
•11/06 — David Guas, Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar and Eatery
•11/13 — Warren Brown and Mary Meyers, CakeLove and Love Cafe

For further information go to:

-Sophia/Two Frys

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