We tend to repeat the events we love most at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, but this year we’re stepping out to be adventurous and try some of the more unusual offerings.
Scotland is new this year, and it’s on our radar to learn about Scottish cuisine starting with Scotland: Land of Food & Drink opening weekend at World ShowPlace Events Pavilion. It’s a veritable Scottish party for the senses from 7:30-10 p.m. on September 28, with tasting stations offering some of Scotland’s trademark dishes. Cost is $95 plus tax and gratuity, or reserved seating for $115 plus tax and gratuity. Epcot admission is required.
Another out-of-the-box idea from the Scottish folks is The Burns Supper (named after Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns) in World ShowPlace from 6-9 p.m. on October 24. Just 100 guests will enjoy a six-course dinner with Disney Chef Leonard Thomson, pairing classic Scottish dishes with exquisitely aged whisky. For instance, Chicken Bonnie Prince Charlie with Drambuie, apples and almond paired with The Balvenie Single Barrel 12; slow-cooked Scottish salmon and hardwood smoked haddock paired with The Balvenie Single Barrel 15; Scotch Whisky-infused seared Angus beef served with The Balvenie DoubleWood 17. Sign us up. Cost is $125, Epcot admission required.
Chocoholics will appreciate the Chocolate Dinner hosted by Ghirardelli at World ShowPlace on September 27 – seriously, six courses of chocolate-inspired dishes, such as Maine lobster with white chocolate beurre blanc paired with chocolate rosemary braised short ribs, baked Brie with dark chocolate caramelized onions and, for dessert, milk chocolate risotto with drunken cherries and pistachio brittle. That’s just a taste, each course paired with exquisite wine.
And while many events sell out within days, here are a few we found that still have spots – hurry, seats go fast!
The new Spirits Confidential is another that has piqued our interest, from 8-10 p.m. on November 1 at World ShowPlace. Master distillers and mixologists will share insider stories and educate as we get in the “spirit.” And, as always, plenty of interesting tastes will be paired with the beverages.
If you can’t make the November 1 events, the France pavilion is hosting “Taste, Shake and Indulge Like the French” every Saturday during the festival from 2:30-4 p.m. Grand Marnier, family owned since 1827, will give you a taste of a range of exceptional Cognacs. Then you learn how to muddle and shake like a pro. Crepes Suzette and desserts made with Grand Marnier are the icing on the cake.
If you want to get serious about sipping wine, there still are spots in the Epcot Wine School from 1-4 p.m. on October 27 with Jim Berneau from Willamette Valley Vineyards. You’ll taste several wines and conclude with a reception and certificate of completion.
Kitchen Memories offers a fun series with lots of delicious tastes and stories from notable chefs. It’s a leisurely three-course lunch paired with wines from 10 a.m – noon each Friday during the festival, except for October 25 and November 1 as these dates are sold-out. We promise you won’t leave hungry.
And there still are some spots left in the Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining series that takes you to restaurants all across Walt Disney World Resort.
Call 407-WDW-FEST (407-939-3378) for to check availability, for additional information and reservations. Or visit www.epcotfoodfestival.com.
See you at the festival!
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