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Food & Wine Festival
October 24 - November 22, 1998
International Food & Wine Festival Toasts Finest Cuisine and Vintages
July 1998 A Disney Media Release
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The finest wines will flow while renowned chefs prepare savory culinary samplings for guests at the third annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Oct. 24-Nov. 22 at Walt Disney World Resort. The outdoor festival around World Showcase celebrates the authentic cuisine, wine, entertainment and cultures of more than 30 nations.
There's something for every palate, as guests travel around the "world" sampling international cuisine with appetizer-sized tastings priced at $1 to $3. Culinary creations will come from the 11 World Showcase nations -- including Mexico, France and Morocco -- as well as from other international "marketplaces" such as Spain, Poland, Brazil, India, Greece, Russia and several eastern Mediterranean countries.
Disney guests with a taste for further culinary adventure can meet the masters in a private setting as they prepare an array of signature dishes during a five-course Winemaker Dinner series. At Grand Tastings, the best tastes of 16 wineries are paired with cuisine from 14 celebrated chefs in an atmosphere of live entertainment. And if brewing is your bag, there's the Budweiser Beer School every afternoon between 1 and 6 p.m. for an in-depth look at the brewing process.
More than 50 of America's top chefs, including culinary queen Julia Child, will reveal secrets of their regional specialties through demonstrations scheduled twice daily at the Odyssey pavilion in Future World. Many chefs will participate in book signings and question-and-answer sessions. The guest chef line-up also includes Jean-Louis Palladin of Napa, Las Vegas; Bradley Ogden from The Lark Creek Inn in Larkspur, Calif.; and Rick Bayless of Chicago's Frontera Grill.
Winemakers will pour more than 200 national and international vintages throughout the month-long celebration. Special wine marketplaces will showcase wineries from Austria, Argentina, Portugal, Chile, Australia and South Africa. Master sommeliers including Fred Dame, Larry Stone and Joseph Spellman will lead a series of wine-tasting lectures and seminars.
The Specialty Beer Garden located near France will add to the mix with samplings of 18 boutique beers from regional breweries.
Lots of fun is in store for the children, too. Food-themed activities will be set up along the World Showcase promenade.
Admission to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, including culinary demonstrations and daily wine seminars, is included in the regular Epcot adult ticket price of $42.
Winemaker Dinners presented by world-renowned chefs and winemakers each Thursday, Friday and Sunday are $75 per person. Grand Tastings each Saturday evening are $55 per person, with proceeds from the silent auction benefiting non-profit industry organizations, and featuring guest chefs who support food industry and hunger relief charities.
For more information or reservations for special events and programs, call 407/824-4321.
Last Updated 10/26/98