Epcot's
2004 International
Food & Wine Festival

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Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival doesn't begin until October 1, but the phone lines were buzzing on July 20 (1-407-WDW-FEST) as folks made their reservations for all the special events that are part of the festival.

The Festival Welcome Center will be located at Innoventions Plaza. Be sure to stop here first to find out about all the activities planned during your visit. There will be free wine seminars, KitchenAid equipment to dream about and a Champagne and Sparkling Wine Bar.

Around World Showcase will be more than 25 booths featuring food and wines from around the world, a la appetizer portions, costing from $1.00 to $4.50.

The Eat to the Beat Concert Series returns to the America Gardens Theatre with three shows nightly from groups such as the Beach Boys, Three Dog Night, Chubby Checker and more.

Special Exhibits include Valencia, Spain; Australia; South Africa; the Tortilla Cocina (which may be familiar to those who have visited Disney's California Adventure); Peru; New Zealand; Celebrate the Harvest; New England Fair; History of Beer; Backyard BBQ; Oktoberfest; Great Beers of the World; and Time for Tea.

Family fun includes Epcot's Jr. Chef Program and Pumpkin and Melon Mania, both at the Land.

The Odyssey will feature complimentary culinary demonstrations and the Terrace will offer wine seminars.

Ticketed events include:

Party for the Senses - Begins with VIP seating at 5:45 p.m. for Eat to the Beat concert, followed by a tastebud feast with 23 chefs and over 60 wines and beer from 6:30 - 9:30pm. Park Admission Required

$95 per person plus tax, includes gratuity
Saturday October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6 and 13
World ShowPlace pavilion (formerly Millennium Village)

Food and Wine Pairings - Three wines tasted and paired with three foods with a winemaker present. Park Admission required.

$35 per person plus tax, includes gratuity

"Sake, Sushi and Sashimi"
Mondays - October 4, 11, 18, 25, and November 1 and 8
Mitsukoshi Restaurant, Japan; 3:30 - 5:00pm

"Mediterranean Family Style"
Tuesdays - October 5, 12, 19, 26 and November 2 and 9
Restaurant Marrakesh, Morocco; 3:30 - 5:00pm

Featured Wines and Selections Change Daily:

Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays - October 1-November 12
Coral Reef, Living Seas; 3:30 - 5:00pm
Le Cellier Steakhouse, Canada 3:00 - 4:30pm
Le Cellier SOLD OUT 10/6

Saturdays and Sundays - October 2-November 4
L'Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante, Italy: 2:30-4 p.m. (except 10/16-17 due to Wine School)
Bistro de France, France: 2:30-4 p.m. (except 10/23-24 due to Wine School)

Brewer's Dinners - It's all about beer - Limited brews from international and domestic brewers with unique menu selections. Park Admission Required.

$55 per person plus tax, includes gratuity

Stella Artois and Boddingtons
Wednesday October 6, 20, and November 3
Rose and Crown Pub, United Kingdom; 4:00-6:00pm

Boston Beer Company
Wednesday October 13, 27 and November 10
American Adventure VIP Lounge; 4:00-6:00pm

Lunch and Learn - At the Odyssey, watch the chef prepare a four-course lunch and enjoy with wines to complement the dishes. Offered Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 10:30am - 1:00pm; Park Admission Required

$75 per person plus tax, includes gratuity

October 1 - New England Culinary Institute; Piper Heidsieck
October 2 - TBA; Gloria Ferrer
October 3 - Bob Waggoner, Charleston Grill and Wally Joe, Wally Joe's Memphis; Fess Parker wines

October 8 - Alan Wong, Alan Wong's Restaurant; Matanzas Creek wines
October 9 - Art Smith, author and chef for Oprah Winfrey; Zaza Mesa wines
October 10 - Cat Cora host of Food Networks "Melting Pot"; Robert Mondavi Family of wines

October 15 - Giuliano Hazan, Cooking School Verona Italy; Masi wines
October 16 - TBA; Chateau Souverain
October 17 - Celebrity Chefs from New Zealand; New Zealand Wine Association

October 22 - Cass Abrahams from Capetown, South Africa; South African wines
October 23 - Paula Deen, Food Network's "Paula's Home Cooking"; Australian Premium Wines
October 24 - Ken Vedrinkski, Sienna, Daniel's Island, SC and Michael Kramer, McCrady's, Charleston, SC; Wente wines

October 29 - Julie Sahni, author of Classic Indian Cooking; Geyser Peak wines
October 30 - TBA; Atalon wines
October 31 - John Ash, author of California Cuisine; Bonterra wines

November 5 - Southern Living; Edna Valley wines
November 6 - TBA, Jade Mountain wines
November 7 - Brooke Vosika, Four Seasons; Stonestreet wines

November 12 - TBA; Charles Krug wines
November 13 - Rick Bayless, Frontera Grill; B.V. Vineyards
November 14 - Allen Susser, Chef Allen's; Harlford Court wines

Sweet Sundays - Also at the Odyssey, you can enjoy three pastry treats; Sundays from 7:00 - 8:30pm; Park Admission required

$55 per person plus tax, includes gratuity

October 3 - Roland Mesnier, author and White House Pastry Chef
October 10 - Antony Osborne, Culinard
October 17 - Steve Kie and Collen Apete, pastryarts.com
October 24 - Dominique & Cindy Duby, authors of "Wild Sweets: Exotic Desserts & Wine Pairings."
October 31 - TBA
November 7 - Keegan Gerhard, Windsor Court, a Pastry Art and Design Magazine top-10 pastry chef in 2002
November 14 - Colette Peters, whose New York company has been cooking up divine desserts for 20 years

Exquisite Evenings at Epcot - All Exquisite Evenings Reported SOLD OUT 7/21/04 - The most prestigious dining experience of the Festival. Team of Celebrity Chefs and WDW Chefs prepare your meal. Winemaker will showcase wines from 2-3 vineyards. Live entertainment and private viewing for IllumiNations. Takes place at World ShowPlace; This is the only event you do NOT need admission into Epcot.

$185 per person plus tax, includes gratuity

October 3 - Fess Parker Frontiers
WDW Executive Culinary Team
Fess Parker Winery

October 8 - South American Sensations
Randy Zweiban, Nacional 27; Martin Rios, the Old House
Casa Lapostlee and Concho y Toro
Host: Evan Goldstein

October 15 - Pure New Zealand
New Zealand's Culinary Finest
Brancott Vineyards
Host: Fred Dame

October 17 - Italian Impressions
Roberto Donna, Galileo and Enzo Fargione, Barolo
Castello Banfi, Antinori wines
Host: Fred Dame

October 22 - Pacific Northwest
Thierry Raulureau, Rovers; Eric Tanaka; Pastry Cindy and Dominque Duby
St. Michelle, King Estates and Inniskillin wineries
Host: Doug Frost

October 24 - French Finesse
Dominque Macquet, Dominique's; Marc Orfaly, Pigalia; Joel Antunes, Joel's; Pastry - Jacques Pfeiffer
Chateau Lynch-Bages wines
Host: Robin Kelley O'Connor

October 29 - California Dreamin'
Mark Franz, Farallon; Tim Keeting, Four Seasons; Pastry Emily Luchetti, Farallon
Caymus Vineyards, Flora Springs wines
Host: Andrea Immer

November 5 - Awesome Aussies
Andrew Ormsby, Tucker
Pensfolds wines
Host: Matt Lane

November 7 - Tour de France
Michael Ginor, Hudson Valley Foie Gras; Laurent Gras, 5th Floor
Pierre Sparr, Antonin Rodet wines
Host: Bernard Sparr

November 12 - Exclusively Espana
Wayne Johnson, Addaluca; Santi Zabaleta, Taberna Del Alabardero; Pastry Carol Salazar, MGM Grand Hotel
Moniccillo, Osbourne, Malpica wines
Host: Larry Shone

Signature Dinners - Five-course dinners at select restaurants; A guest chef will join the resident chef. Wines from 2-3 wineries will be presented. 6:00pm - 9:00pm

$125 per person plus tax, includes gratuity

October 10 - Cape Jewels at Jiko the Cooking Place
Cape Classics wine

SOLD OUT! October 31 - Celebrating the Harvest at California Grill
MacMurry Ranch and Rancho Zabaco wines

SOLD OUT ! November 14 - Tales of the Vine at California Grill, Niebaum-Coppola and Stag's Leap wines

Vertical Tastings - At the Beach Club featuring 10 vintages; Martha's Vineyard Lounge at the Yacht and Beach Club; Saturdays from 2:00 - 3:30pm

Price Range from $95-$150 per person

October 2 - Originally Australian - Pensfolds St. Henri Shiraz and one vintage of Penfolds Grange Shiraz

October 9 - Stars of South Africa - Kanonkop's Paul Saeur Cabernet Sauvignon

October 16 - Italian Delights - Antinori's Tignanello Super Tuscan Red Wine

October 23 - Brilliance of Bordeaux - Chateau Lynch-Bages Cabernet Sauvignon

October 30 - Napa's Noble Wines - Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

November 6 - Gems of Germany - Dr. Loosen Single Vineyard Riesling

November 13 - Napa's Classic Cabernets - Niebaum-Coppola Rubicon Red Meritage

Wine Schools - Daylong programs featuring winemakers, a wine pairing luncheon and certificate.

$125 per person plus tax, includes gratuity
9:00am - 3:00pm

October 16 and 17 - Banfi Italian Wine School - a morning tasting by Sharron McCarthy, lunch of Italian specialties and an afternoon of more tasting. L'Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante, Italy

October 23 and 24 - Bordeaux Wine School USA - Robin Kelly O'Connor will conduct the wine tasting from Lynches winery. The Bistro de Paris, France

October 30 and 31 - Napa Valley Wine School - a new wine school offering hosted by Peter Merks and lunch of California Cuisine, Wonders of Life VIP Lounge, Future World

November 6 and 7 - Australian Wine School - samples of Penfolds, Rosemount Estate, Wynns and Lindemans with Australian specialties from the outback.

Divine Dinner at Citricos - Sunday October 3; 5:30pm and 7:30pm Australian cuisine and wine at $125 per person.