14 September 2012

Five Must Try Experiences at Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Blue. Today we are sharing with you top 5 must-do/try experiences at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is my favorite special event at Walt Disney World (followed by Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party). There is so many different foods and dining experiences offered it's hard to not find something you like.

Some experiences are included in your park admission, others can be enjoyed for a small fee or a hefty price. My must-do/try in no particular order...

Culinary Demonstrations, Wine and Beverage Seminars, and Mixology Seminars
Culinary demos, and wine and beverage seminars cost $11/$14. Mixology seminars cost $14. Learn how to make some of your favorite drinks and food. Various chefs, including some celebrity chefs, show you how and you get the recipe to take home. Over the years seminars have been taught by Cat Cora, Robert Irvine and The Hearty Boys - Dan and Steve. Wine and beverage seminars will teach you all about the history and process.

I've enjoyed all and couldn't pick one over the other. Getting to sample the food, wine and drinks is fantastic and it only costs a little bit of money.

Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray at 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Eat to the Beat Concert Series
Taking place nightly Sept. 28 - Nov. 11 at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 pm, catch some of your favorite acts from the 80s, 90s and today. This years bands include: Sugar Ray (a favorite of mine), Smash Mouth, Javier Colon ("The Voice" winner), Gin Blossoms, Night Ranger, Hanson, Billy Ocean and Blues Traveler - just to name a few.

This is a great way to see a concert for free (well, almost... you did have to pay to get into Epcot after all). It's one of the festival events that I never miss and I find that the bands are always great.

Party for the Senses
Depending on which of the three experiences you choose prices range from $145 to $270.

The evening starts off with reserved seating at Eat to the Beat Concert Series. Following the showing, you  enjoy an evening of wandering through the tasting stations and entertainment from Cirque du Soleil.

A party this is so how can you go wrong! Food, drink and great entertainment, what else do you need?

Steamed Mussels in Hoegaarden beer Broth from Beligum

With small plates and drinks ranging from $2 to $9 and more than 25 countries, there is something for everyone. Argentina, Belgium, Caribbean Islands, Greece, Poland, Scandinavia and South Korea are just a few of the countries that offer culinary creations and beverages.

It's one of my favorite things to do. I find that you need to plan on spending just one day dining from marketplace to marketplace and forgetting all about having an actual meal.

Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining
Prices for this experience range from $100 to $495.

At this event chefs from Disney's signature dining restaurants prepare a culinary experience accompanied by wine as they walk you through the menu. Chefs include Kevin Dundon from Raglan Road, Scott Hunnel and Israel Perez from Victoria & Albert's, and Jens Dahlman, the chef who makes the Food and Wine Festival happen.

This is one of the few times that you'll get to experience the food as it is prepared by the head chef and have him or her present it to you.

For more information on the special events offered at this years Food and Wine Festival click here.

If you were to choose five must-do experiences, what would they be?

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  1. Great post - I don't think I could choose, I want to experience them all!

  2. We did just what you suggested, we skipped a sit down meal and just ate at the booths around World Showcase. We loved it! I can't wait to get back and try it again!

  3. This is one of my favorite festivals too, the food is always great. And the concerts too!

  4. Excellent ! My Favorite Festival As Well As My Son, The Chef...With A BA In Culinary Arts From NECI...We Can't Wait For The Epcot Food And Wine Festival 2012...We Will Arrive Nov. 7-17 2012

  5. Great tips! I'll be there opening weekend. Can't wait!


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