Archive | Food & Wine Festival

Mama Monday : Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2013

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

Hi Mamas, This week we are taking a peek at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2013! There are a lot of affordable and even free things to do as part of this festival, but today’s post is dedicated to the more exclusive selections to choose from. I will not be covering them all because there are so many to choose from. I am going to pick a few that I think sound exceptionally fun.
Bookings for these have already been opened up(August 13, 2013). You may call 407-WDW-FEST to book any of these or your travel agent(ahem, me), can also book these for you. But do act fast. These events will sell out!
Cheese Seminars-I love cheese and trying new kinds of cheeses so these sound like a little slice of heaven to me. The seminar will be lead by a cheese master, otherwise known as a Maître Fromager. Wine is also paired with the cheeses and I have heard that it is free flowing. But there’s really only so much wine you can consume in an hour and fifteen minutes. Here is the lineup for this year. I would love to do the French and the Italian one!
When: 10:30-11:45AM
Where: Festival Welcome Center, Chef’s Showcase
Pricing: $80 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot Admission required.

September 28: Max McCalman, French Cheeses and Wines
October 5: Max McCalman, United States Cheeses and Microbrews
October 12: Erin Hedley, Spanish Cheeses and Wines

October 19: Max McCalman, Italian Cheeses and Wines
October 26: Max McCalman, Old World Cheeses and Wines
November 2: David Gremmels, United States Cheeses and Wines
November 9: Max McCalman, Mediterranean Cheeses and Wines

Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining
These are wine dinners taken to another level! Many are extremely intimate affairs. You will have face time with the chefs, often a celebrity chef at that. The meals all include the wine pairings and an informational portion as you go throughout the evening.

Price is per person. Gratuity is included. Park admission is required for restaurants inside the park.

The ones I think look the most amazing are the ones at Flying Fish, Le Cellier, The Hollywood Brown Derby, Jiko, Narcooesee’s, and The Beer Dinner. Of course Victoria & Albert’s doesn’t look bad either but that is the most expensive option of them all. I do think I would splurge on one of these over the others even if the price is higher. * are new to the lineup this year.

*The Chocolate Dinner, World ShowPlace: September 27, 6PM Cost: $160; Leonard Thomson, Chef de Cuisine; 100 guests 

Kouzzina: September 27, 8PM Cost: $160; The Kouzzina Chefs; 24 guests
Artist Point: September 28, 12PM Cost: $140; Chef Marco Chaves; 36 guests
Raglan Road Irish Pub: October 3, 6:30PM Cost: $155; Kevin Dundon, Master Chef of Raglan Road; 65 guests
Jiko – The Cooking Place: October 3, 6PM Cost: $195; Chef Jon O’Brien; 30 guests
The Hollywood Brown Derby: October 3, 6PM Cost: $165; Craig Schleider, Chef de Cuisine and The Hollywood Brown Derby Chefs; 14 guests
Kouzzina: October 4, 8PM Cost: $160; The Kouzzina Chefs; 24 guests
*Le Cellier Steakhouse: October 8, 11:30AM Cost: $90; Al Youngman, Chef de Cuisine; 70 guests
Fulton’s Crab House: October 8, 6PM Cost: $100; Mark Boor, Executive Chef; 50 guests
The Hollywood Brown Derby: October 10, 6PM Cost: $165; Craig Schleider, Chef de Cuisine and The Hollywood Brown Derby Chefs; 14 guests
The Flying Fish Cafe: October 10, 6PM Cost: $185; Tim Keating, Chef de Cuisine; 38 guests
Kouzzina: October 11, 8PM Cost: $160; The Kouzzina Chefs; 24 guests
Yachtsman Steakhouse: October 12, 12PM Cost: $160; Anthony R. De Luca, Chef de Cuisine; 30 guests
Victoria & Albert’s: October 16, 6PM Cost: $525; Scott Hunnel, Chef de Cuisine; 16 guests
Wolfgang Puck Dining Room: October 16, 6:30PM Cost: $110; Tony Fraske, Executive Chef; 80 guests
The Wave…of American Flavors: October 17, 6:30PM Cost: $160; Frank Brough, Chef de Cuisine; 44 guests
Citricos: October 18, 6PM Cost: $140; Phillip Ponticelli, Chef de Cuisine; 10 guests
Kouzzina: October 18, 8PM Cost: $160; The Kouzzina Chefs; 24 guests
The Beer Dinner, World ShowPlace: October 18, 6PM Cost: $125; Jens Dahlmann, Executive Chef, Epcot; 100 guests
Portobello: October 24, 6:30PM Cost: $95; Tony Mantuano, Executive Chef; 80 guests
*The Burns Supper, World ShowPlace: October 24, 6PM Cost: $125; Leonard Thomson, Chef de Cuisine; 100 guests
The Hollywood Brown Derby: October 24, 6PM Cost: $165; Craig Schleider, Chef de Cuisine and The Hollywood Brown Derby Chefs; 14 guests
Jiko – The Cooking Place: October 24, 6PM Cost: $195; Chef Jon O’Brien; 24 guests
Kouzzina: October 25, 8PM Cost: $160; The Kouzzina Chefs; 24 guests
Victoria & Albert’s: October 27, 6PM Cost: $525; Scott Hunnel, Chef de Cuisine; 16 guests
Kouzzina: November 1, 8PM Cost: $160; The Kouzzina Chefs; 24 guests
California Grill: November 7, 6:30PM Cost: $260; Brian Piasecki, Chef de Cuisine; 40 guests
Narcoossee’s: November 9, 12PM Cost: $140; Dennis Thompson, Chef de Cuisine; 30 guests



French Regional Lunches : Moving right along we head to another event that is on my must try list-The French Regional Lunches. Of all the pavilions, I have always found the French one to be one of the most authentic when it comes to the food and wine. I think one of these would be delectable!

When: Fridays and Sundays, 12-3PM
Where: Monsieur Paul, France pavilion
Pricing: $99/person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.
Date/Region/Presenter/Winery as follows:
September 27: Bordeaux, Jorge R. Hernandez, Andre Lurton
September 29: Bordeaux, Jorge R. Hernandez, Andre Lurton
October 4: Champagne, Wayne Ballard, Nicolas Feuillate
October 6: Champagne, Wayne Ballard, Nicolas Feuillate
October 11: Côtes du Rhône, Lydia Tremble, J.L. Colombo
October 13: Côtes du Rhône, Lydia Tremble, J.L. Colombo
October 18: Côtes du Rhône, Jerry McVey, Delas
October 20: Bordeaux, Eva Bordarier, Domaine Barons de Rothschild
October 25: Bordeaux, Jacques de la Giraudiere, Clarence Dillon Wines
October 27: Bordeaux, Jacques de la Giraudiere, Clarence Dillon Wines
November 1: Champagne, Wayne Ballard, Nicolas Feuillate
November 3: Champagne, Wayne Ballard, Nicolas Feuillate
November 8: South of France, Laurent Sauvage, Fortant
November 10: South of France, Laurent Sauvage, Fortant

And this just sounds decadent-The Italian White Truffle Lunch.  This is a five course meal centered around truffles imported from Alba, Italy. Of course there are wine pairings as well. I think I would probably need a long nap after this event though.

When: November 3, 12-3PM
Where: Tutto Italia Ristorante, Italy pavilion
Pricing: $225/person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.

While I’ve listed some of the events that are on my bucket list for the Food & Wine Festival, I have not even begun to cover all of the exclusive options. There are sake tastings, tequila pairings, an entire array of chocolate and other desserts,  celebrity chef presentations, etc. The list goes on and on!
If there is something in particular you are most interested in, choose that weekend and work your trip around it. Otherwise, just pick from the list that is there during your stay. I would love to help you plan your Food & Wine Festival Getaway!
0

Powered by WordPress. Designed by Woo Themes