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Raise a Glass at Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

posted on April 8th, 2011 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

With one of the finest collections of South African wines in the U.S., sommeliers at Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge love sharing tastes.

Each Wednesday from 3-4 p.m., take a journey through the wine regions of South Africa and sample three delicious vintages paired with cheese and fruit. Reservations can be made at 407-938-7149.

Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

It’s easy to plan ahead for a delish dinner – six already are planned featuring delicious South African-inspired cuisine paired with South African wines, with the winemakers and chef describing each course.

May 4 – Post House Winery with Nick Geber. The Post House farm is in one of the preeminent wineries in South Africa’s Stellenbosch region.

June 8 – Featuring Alex Dale, founder of Radford Dale Wines with Vinum vintages from the Stellenbosch region.

June 15 – Ken Forrester Wines from the slopes of Helderberg Mountain in the heart of the Stellenbosch region, often referred to as the home of Chenin Blanc and other award-winning wines.

September (date to be announced) – Mulderbosch Vineyards featuring from the Stellenbosch area, featuring winemaker Richard Kershaw who creates handcrafted and individual wines

October 27 – Robin Back with popular Spice Route and Fairview Winery in the Paarl wine district of South Africa. (This dinner is part of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival events.)

For reservations, call 407-938-7149.

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Jacob on April 8th, 2011 at 11:29 am

Jiko is one the best restaurant on property. Last time we were there, Chef Mace took care of all our needs and I cant wait to go back!



Kimberly from MA on April 8th, 2011 at 11:36 am

We ate here last year on our trip. I had the spicy Mac & Cheese… SO GOOD. I also had Lavendar Ice Cream, I didn’t know flower flavored deserts could taste so delicious!!


Amber on April 8th, 2011 at 11:31 pm

I loved eating here when we stayed there for our anniversary. This post makes me want to go back!!!


Jeff on April 11th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I had the best wine of my life at Jiko – a chenin blanc. I didn’t write the name down, though! Is there anywhere to get the wine list? I’ve scoured the web, but I can’t find it.


Jason on April 25th, 2011 at 10:59 am

It probably was the Molderbosch Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc