Friday, July 15, 2016

Premium Events for the 21st Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Another day closer to the fall season means more news from the Epcot Food & Wine Festival camp!  There are so many events during the festival.  Some events are included with Epcot admission (for example, the Eat to the Beat concert series) and some events cost extra.  These events that cost extra range from a small seminars to "premium events".  

Today we are going to cover those "premium events" and the 21st Epcot International Food & Wine Festival's “premium events” include some you won't want to miss.
  • Dining Events at Disney's Resorts: Four all-new interactive culinary adventures in the Disney resorts encourage you to ask the experts, taste and cook alongside our chefs at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney Yacht Club Resort.
  • The new “Mix It, Make It Celebrate It” hands-on workshop gives you the opportunity to learn cake decorating, garnishing, cocktail mixing and other fun activities from the masters.
  • Cheese Seminars will be held select Saturdays during the festival. During these popular events, attendees will learn “the wheys of the world” paired with wine, beer and other beverages. The cost is $89 per guest plus tax (gratuity is included). This years hosts include:
  • Max McCalman will host Great British Cheese and Ales (September 17); Italian Cheeses and Wine (October 15th); Fabulous Old World Cheese and Wines (October 29); and Season' Best Cheeses and Wines (November 5)
  • Tonda Corrente will host Mediterranean Cheeses and Wines (October 1)
  • Erin Hedley will host French Cheeses and Wines (October 8)
  • David Gremmels will host World-Class Cheeses and Wines of the United States (October 22) 
  • The Rockin’ Burger Block Parties that were super popular last year are back for just three Fridays at World ShowPlace! Each party features a celebrity chef and all-you-can-eat specialty sliders paired with beverages. Guests can join Chef Maneet Chauhan on September 30, Chef Alex Seidel on October 14, and Chef Jehangir Mehta on November 11.  Each event has 3 different seating options that range in cost of $99 - $199 per guest plus tax and gratuity. 
  • The Yelloween Masquerade Party for the Sense will be held both October 28 and 29, is an elegant, dance-the-night-away, gourmet tasting party with Champagne, wine, craft beers and specialty cocktails paired with food.
  • This year’s Party for the Senses will be every weekend in October (that’s it!). During the party guests can relish the sights, sounds, scents and tastes of this event. The October 8th party will feature all the new chefs from Disney Springs and the October 15th party will feature Disney chefs from around the world.
  • What’s Cookin’ With … These events allow guests to start the day with some of the country’s top celebrity chefs and a plated brunch and sparkling wine toast. The fun starts with a demo, and the chefs answer questions from the audience and share secrets of their successes. The brunch is on select Fridays and Sundays at 10 a.m. Guests include:
    • Friday, Sept. 16 – Elizabeth Falkner
    • Sunday, Sept. 18 – Bryan Voltaggio
    • Friday, Sept. 23 – Andrea Robinson
    • Sunday, Sept. 25 – Robert Irvine
    • Friday, Sept.30 – Graham Elliot
    • Sunday, Oct. 2 – Buddy Valastro
    • Friday, Oct. 7 – Jamie Deen
    • Sunday, Oct. 9 – Cat Cora
    • Friday, Oct. 14 – Emily Ellyn
    • Friday, Oct. 21 – Andrew Zimmern
    • Sunday, Oct. 23 – Rock Harper
    • Sunday, Oct. 30 – Geoffrey Zakarian
    • Friday, Nov. 4 – Alex Guarnaschelli
    • Sunday, Nov. 6 – David Guas
    • Friday, Nov. 11 – Sarah Fioroni
    • Sunday, Nov. 13 – Jehangir Mehta

Reservations for these amazing events opn at 7 a.m. next week on Thursday, July 21, 2016. But if you're a Chase cardholders, you can book with limited availability beginning 7 a.m. July 19, 2016!
If you're wanting to visit Walt Disney World during the Food & Wine Festival you've still got plenty of time to do so and at a discount!  Email me at - or fill out the easy and fast form below - and I'll be more than happy to help you plan a magical vacation! Plus not only will you get my Disney Vacation Planner services for FREE, qualified vacation packages will earn a free gift card to take on vacation with you!
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