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Disney — By Jenni Ingersoll on July 13, 2010 at 7:00 am
Filed under: Disney Special Events, Disney-World, Epcot, featuredarticle

Delicious Discoveries Awaits Disney Festival Guests

From the First Bites Opening Reception guests to Walt Disney World will not want to miss a morsel of  Delicious Discoveries, the  15th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  The gastronomic event will begin on October 1 and run through November 14.

During those fabulous forty-five days, Epcot (map) is enhanced with over 25 international marketplaces, including newly added Belgium and South Korea, in which to sample food, wine, beer and spirits.  Featuring the cuisine, culture and entertainment of six continents, it is a food and wine lovers paradise.

At least 250 Disney and celebrity chefs will conduct culinary demonstrations and host tasting events.¬† Foodies can select from a wide menu of the festival’s special program and event categories that require reservation and fee, as well as Epcot admission.

Here is a sampling of what is in store:

  • First Bites Opening Reception on September 30, the night before the official opening, will serve as a preview of the festival.¬† Held in the Festival Welcome Center, there will be¬† samplings from the Marketplace, wine seminars, culinary demos and lots of celebrity chefs on hand.
  • A new addition to this multi-senses festival is 3-D Disney’s Dessert Discovery held on select Thursday and Friday evenings and will offer guests dessert samplings and cordials. Guests will be handed a special pair of vision glasses and¬† escorted to a VIP viewing area for the nightly Illuminations show
  • Like no party you have ever attended before, Party for the Senses is held every Saturday night of the Festival, showcasing two dozen stations from artisan cheeses to desserts and brings together the talents of¬† Disney chefs and chefs from across the country.¬† And, like every great party, this one will also feature live entertainment
  • Taste, Shake and Indulge – hosted by Grand Marnier, this one is right up my alley!¬† Held at Bistro de Paris at the France Pavilion, guests will be invited to Taste this liqueur made since 1827, work with a mixologist to create and Shake up a few cocktails on your own and Indulge in fabulous desserts like Crepes Suzzette and Souffles featuring Grand Marnier as an ingredient.

Other returning favorite special events include:

  • Celebrating Family and Friends in the Kitchen – watch cooking demonstrations from some of your favorite celebrity chefs
  • Epcot Wine Schools
  • The very popular – Mexico Tequila Tastings
  • Food and Wine Pairings held at select World Showcase pavilions including Morroco, Italy and Japan
  • Sweet Sundays – this featured brunch holds added sweet touch of famous pastry chefs creating three desserts for your indulgence.¬† What a way to start off the week!

Additional information on these mouthwatering experiences including dates, times and prices  can be found online.

Beginning at 7:00 am on July 20th, the phone lines will open to begin booking reservations for theses special events.  Guest may call 407-WDW-FEST for additional information and to book reservations.  HINT:  These events are very popular and many do sell out, if you see one that you truly want to experience, call now!

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