The 14th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival


Epcot Wine and Food Festival 2009

Epcot Wine and Food Festival 2009


Celebrating its 14th year, the 2009 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will be held from September 25 – November 8th.  Your Epcot admission is all that’s needed to participate in this popular venue.

The Festival Welcome Center features a Wine Shop where you can purchase your favorite selection as well as other event souvenirs.

There are marketplaces featuring food, wine and beer. The appetizer sized portions usually range in price from $3.00 – $7.00 and provide the perfect opportunity to try the traditional cuisine from around the world.

This year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will play host to seminars, tasting events and sumptuous dinners overseen by top Disney Chefs as well as renowned guest Chefs.

Over the course of the Festival, there will be 1200 beer and wine seminars scheduled with complimentary samples.

As with all Disney events, themed entertainment is part of the festivities. Visitors to the Food and Wine Festival can “Eat to the Beat!”

The following line-up of performers is scheduled for the 2009″Eat to the Beat” Concert Series:

09/25 – 09/27 – Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy
09/28 – 09/29 – Richard Marx
09/30 – 10/03 – Starship10/04 – 10/06 – En Vogue
10/07-  10/08 – Better Than Ezra
10/09 – 10/11 – Sister Hazel
10/12 – 10/13 – Kool & The Gang
10/14 – 10/16 – Spyro Gyra
10/17 – 10/18 – Jon Secada
10/19 – 10/20 – Sister Sledge
10/21 – 10/22 -Vanessa Carlton
10/23 – 10/25 – Taylor Dayne
10/26 – 10/28 – Boyz II Men
10/29 – 10/31 – John Waite
11/01 – 11/02 – Taylor Hicks
11/03 – 11/05 – Billy Ocean
11/06 – 11/08 – Los Lobos

Performances are at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 at the America Gardens Theater.


2009 Food & Wine Festival Welcome Center

 The Welcome Center is located in Future World East from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Features include:

  • Wine seminars (check the daily schedule – $8/person)
  • Bottle signings by wine authorities (check the weekly schedule)
  • Champagne and Wine Bar
  • Official book signings (check the daily schedule)
  • Merchandise Shop
  • Culinary demonstrations (check the daily schedule – $8/person)
  • Taste Seminars (Friday – Sunday)
  • Authors without Borders featuring food and wine authors (Friday – Sunday)


The History of Beer in America

 Seminars daily at 11:50, 12:35, 2:05, 3:35, 5:00 and 6:05 featuring the history of beer and methods used in its production – at the American Adventure pavilion

Hosted by The Boston Beer Company, brewers of Samuel Adams

Taste of Puglia, Italy

 Seminars daily at the Italy Pavilion

Hosted by Taste of Puglia (Apulia) Italy. Apulian chefs will demonstrate the cooking techniques that this Southern Italian region is noted for, especially olive oil, pasta and gourmet cooking ingredients.



 Rose Walk near Imagination Walkway

Hosted by Edy’s Ice Cream.  Visitors can purchase ice cream as well as test their “ice cream personalities.”

World Showcase Wine Walk

Purchase a Wine Walk Passport for $20 in one of the wine shops in Germany, France or Italy’s pavilions.  This allows you to sample six hand-selected wines.

The New York State Wine Adventure

 Between the Refreshment Port and Canada Pavilion

Hosted by The New York Wine and Grape Foundation.  Featuring award-winning wines from New York by the glass or the bottle


Beer Hop

 Between France and Morocco Pavilions

Purchase a Beer Passport and sample beers from around the world.

 2009 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Marketplaces

  • Prices of the menu samples usually range from $3.00 – $7.00
  Tip: Get a map when you enter the park and circle the items and locations that you definitely want to try. It will help you pace yourself so you don’t fill up at the first few stands.
  • Athens, Greece: Greek Salad, Spanakopita
  • Bangkok, Thailand: ** NEW** Chicken and Coconut Soup, Green Papaya Salad with shrimp
  • Barcelona, Spain: Red Snapper Escabeche, Crema Catalana
  • Bolonga, Italy: Cannelloni, Polpetti (Italian meatballs)
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: Beef Empanada with Tomato Salsa, Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Pureé
  • Cape Town, South Africa: Mealie Soup with Crabmeat and Chili Oil, Seared Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Purée, Mango Barbecue Sauce
  • Cork, Ireland: Lobster & Scallop Fisherman’s Pie, Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Bailey’s Ganache
  • Krakow, Poland: Kielbasa and Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream, Braised Pork Shank with Cabbage and Fresh Herbs
  • Marrakesh, Morocco: Kefta, Falafel, Baklava
  • Melbourne, Australia: Barramundi Fish, Grilled Lamb Chops
  • Mexico City, Mexico: Chilaquiles, Quesadilla con Chorizo
  • Montreal, Canada: Cheddar Cheese Soup, Maple Glazed Salmon, Spicy Chicken Sausage with Sweet Corn Polenta, Maple Sugar Candy
  • Munich, Germany: Spaetzle Gratin with Ham and Cheese, Apple Strudel
  • New Delhi, India: Mango Lassi, Rava Masala Dosa, Gulab Jamun
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: Crawfish Étouffée, Chicken and Andouille Gumbo, Praline Bread Pudding, Bourbon Caramel Sauce
  • Paris, France: Escargot Persillade en Brioche, Cabernet Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes
  • Rio de Janiero, Brazil: **NEW** Shrimp Stew with Coconut and Lime, Grilled Pork Skewer with Farofa
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico: Ham Croquette, Arroz con Pollo, Guava Cookie
  • Santiago, Chile: Rock Shrimp Ceviche, Corn and Cheese Arepa
  • Shanghai, China: Chicken Ürümqi, Shrimp or Beef Rice Pancake, Pork Pot Stickers, Caramel Ginger Ice Cream
  • Tokyo, Japan: California Sushi Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Sukiyaki Beef Roll
  • Vienna, Austria: Goulash mit Servietten Knoedel, Mushroom Soup with Chive Dumplings, Sachertorte
  • Wellington, New Zealand: Lamb Slider, Seared Sea Scallop with Vegetable Slaw and Lemon Oil
  • The Brewer’s Collection: Pretzel Bread with Cheese, Landjäeger, large selection of beers
  • Desserts and Champagne: **NEW** Austrian Bundt Cake, Strawberry Shortcake, Frozen Grand Marnier Parfait, Orange Coulis, Champagne
  • Hops & Barley: Crab Cake with Cabbage Slaw and Remoulade, New England Lobster Roll
  • The Mouse Selection: selection of cheeses


Celebrating Family & Friends in the Kitchen – 2009

This is a 3-course lunch that highlights preparing a meal with family and friends. The hosts will demonstrate how to prepare an appetizer, main course and dessert. Each course will be paired with a selection of wines.

Fridays from 10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. at the Festival Welcome Center

  • 10/02 — Suvir Saran – American Masala and Devi, New York, New York
  • *10/03 — The Deen Brothers – Jamie Deen and Bobby Deen – The Lady &
    Sons Restaurant, Savannah, Georgia ($130)
  • 10/09 — Patti LaBelle – Recipes for the Good Life
  • 10/16 — Dean Max and Paula DaSilva – 3030 Ocean Restaurant,
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 10/23 — Alan Wong – Alan Wong Restaurant, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 10/30 — Cat Cora – Kouzzina by Cat Cora, Disney’s BoardWalk Resort ($130)
  • 11/06 — Andrea Immer Robinson, M.S. – Everyday Dining with Wine with
    John Robinson

* This is a Saturday program.

Price: $110.00-130.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included.

Theme park admission is required.


Cheese Seminars – 2009

 Learn about cheese from professionals from the Artisanal Premium Cheese Center in New York City. The cheese will paired with selected wines.

Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. — 11:45 a.m. in the Festival Welcome Center

  • *09/26 — Spain — Waldemar Albrecht–Luna
  • 10/03 — France — Max McCalman
  • 10/10 — Italy — Erin Hedley
  • 10/17 — United Kingdom — Waldemar Albrecht–Luna
  • 10/24 — United States — Max McCalman
  • 10/31 — France — Waldemar Albrecht–Luna
  • 11/07 — Italy — Max McCalman

*Program in Wonders Retreat

Price: $75 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included.

Theme park admission is required.


Epcot Adventures in Wine Varietals – 2009

An expert wine educator will discuss the regional influences in wine. Each event will focus on a different varietal, giving guests the opportunity compare samples to learn how different wine-making methods affect the characteristics of the wine.

Saturdays, 1:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m. in the Wonders Retreat.

  • 10/10 — Celebrating the Zinfandel Grape – Brian Koziol, M.S.
  • 10/24 — Celebrating the Pinot Noir Grape – Jean Charles Boisset,
    President, Boisset Family Estates
  • 11/07 — Celebrating the Cabernet Sauvignon Grape – Andrea Immer Robinson, M.S.

Price: $80 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included.

Theme park admission is not required.


Epcot Wine Schools – 2009

This session teaches you how to distinguish several regional wines by taste. There will be a celebratory reception and certificate of completion.

1:00 — 4:00 p.m. at the Wonders Retreat.

  • 10/03 — Taste Wine Like a Master – John Blazon, M.S., Brian Koziol, M.S and
    George Miliotes, M.S.
  • 10/17 — Wines from Monterey, California – Peter Figge, M.S.
  • 10/24 — Exploring the Burgundy Varietal’s Chardonnay & Pinot Noir Around the World – Fred Dame, M.S.
  • 11/08 — Wines from South Africa – Robin Back, Proprietor of Fairview Wines

Price: $125.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included.

Theme park admission is not required.


Food & Wine Pairings – 2009

Pair 3 regional wines with 3 tasting-size portions of food from select Epcot restaurants. A wine representative will be at each session – themes will vary with location. Featured wineries and menu selections change daily.

  • Saturdays, 2:30–4:00 p.m. — Tutto Italia Ristorante – Italy Pavilion
  • Mondays, 3:30–5:00 p.m. — Tokyo Dining – Japan Pavilion
  • Tuesdays, 3:30–5:00 p.m. — Restaurant Marrakesh – Morocco Pavilion

Price: $55.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included.

Theme park admission is required.


French Regional Lunch Series – 2009

 Bistro de Paris – French Pavilion

Select Sundays: 12:00

  • 10/04Bordeaux – Jorge Hernandez representing Andre Lurton
  • 10/11Cotes du Rhone – Lydia Tremble representing J.L. Colombo
  • 10/18Alsace – Alexandra Marshall representing Maison Trimbach
  • 10/25Champagne – Frederic Goossens representing Champagne Pommery
  • 11/01Burgandy – Jean Charles Boisset, President of Boisset Family Estates

Price: $95 per person plus tax, gratuity included

Theme Park admission required


Mexico Tequila Tastings – 2009

Taste authentic Mexican tequila, while learning about its history and traditions.  There will also be samplings of ceviche and tostada.

La Cava del Tequila, Mexico Pavilion
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

Price: $35.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included.

Theme park admission is required.


A Party for the Senses – 2009

                                                    Hosted by Vanity Fair

This popular venue takes place each Saturday during the Food and Wine Festival at the World ShowPlace Pavilion located between Canada and United Kingdom Pavilions. You’ll begin this memorable evening with reserved seating at the 5:45pm performance of the Eat to the Beat Concert in the America Gardens Theatre. 

From 6:30 to 9:00pm, you’ll enjoy a comfortable lounge filled with tasting stations and entertainment. Each tasting station will be a new sensation for the senses.

NEW this year is the Wine View Lounge – a private area with reserved tables, premium bar and artisinal cheese station.

Every Saturday during the Festival; 6:30 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

  • 09/26 — Celebrating Spanish Cuisine
  • 10/03 — Celebrating Comfort Foods with a Twist
  • 10/10 — Celebrating South American Cuisine
  • 10/17 — Celebrating Classical Cuisine
  • 10/24 — Celebrating Asian Cuisine
  • 10/31 — Celebrating The Fall Harvest
  • 11/07 — Celebrating Italian Cuisine

Price: $135 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Theme park admission is required.

Wine View Lounge access is $75 per person, plus tax (in addition to admission for Party for the Senses.). Gratuity included.


Signature Dinners – 2009

 The Signature Dinner is a meal with wine pairings. A Host Chef teams with a Representative from one of the hosting wineries who will present the dinner’s wine.

  • 10/01 (6:30 p.m.) — Jiko–The Cooking Place (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge)
    Chef: Suvir Saran, Host Chef: Brett Hill
  • 10/01 (7:00 p.m.) — Portobello Italian Trattoria (Downtown Disney)
    Chef: Tony Mantuano, Host Chef: Steven Richard
  • 10/13 (6:15 p.m.) — Raglan Road (Downtown Disney)
    Host Chef: Kevin Dundon
  • 10/15 (5:30 p.m.) — Flying Fish Café (Disney’s Boardwalk Resort)
    Host Chef: Tim Keating
  • 10/16 (6:30 p.m.) — bluezoo (Lake Buena Vista, Florida)
    Chef: Todd English, Host Chef: Christopher Windus
  • 10/22 (6:30 p.m.) — The Wave (Disney’s Contemporary Resort)
    Host Chef: Frank Brough
  • 10/25 (6:30 p.m.) — Victoria & Albert’s (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa)
    Host Chef: Scott Hunnel
  • 10/29 (6:30 p.m.) — California Grill (Disney’s Contemporary Resort)
    Host Chef: Brian Piasecki
  • 10/30 (6:30 p.m.) — Wonders Retreat (Jean Claude Boisset vs. Jean Charles Boisset Wines)
    Host Chef: Jens Dahlmann
  • 11/05 (6:30 p.m.) — Cítricos (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa)
    Host Chef: Phillip Ponticelli

Price: $100.00-$375.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included.

Theme park admission is not required.


Sweet Sundays – 2009

Festival Welcome Center (Wonders of Life Pavilion)

If you want to satisfy your Sweet Tooth, then this is the event to choose. Top Pastry Chefs will prepare three desserts for you to sample. The session begins with sparkling wine and a breakfast buffet. $80 per person plus tax, gratuity included

  • 09/27 — Andrew Shotts – Garrison Confections (Central Falls, Rhode Island)
  • 10/04 — Warren Brown – Sugar Rush (Food Network) and CakeLove (Washington D.C.) & Mary Meyers – CakeLove (Washington D.C.)
  • 10/11 — David Guas – Bayou Bakery (Arlington, Virginia)
  • 10/18 — Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito – Baked (Brooklyn, New York)
  • 10/25 — Claire Clark – The French Laundry (Yountsville, California)
  • 11/01 — Geraldine Randalsome – Creative Cutters (Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada)
  • 11/08 — Jacques Torres – Jacques Torres Chocolates (New York, New York)

Sundays: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Park admission is required




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