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2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Preview Dinner Details

Thanks to Zanna from Zannaland, who graciously agreed to cover the Tables in Wonderland 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Preview Dinner for us on July 16th, 2011! Here are a few tidbits of info she gathered at the event… . Please note that all photos are copyright Suzannah DiMarzio for Disney Food Blog and are not to be used without explicit permission from Disney Food Blog.

First, A Few Announcements:

The event revealed some important info, including the following:

  • The Festival Guide will be published on www.disneyworld.com/foodandwine on August 12th.
  • A weekly Festival Guide will be available at Epcot during the festival.
  • Reservations open August 16th at 7:00am ET — book events by calling 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378) or book online at www.disneyworld.com/foodandwine.
  • Epcot will close at 10pm on select Fridays and Saturdays during the festival.

Don’t forget to check out the 6-page Special Events Guide with all the details as published by Disney.

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Theme

The new theme this year is a nod to travel from a pre-World War I perspective, with vintage luggage tags with a culinary flair and transportation icons.

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Theme Intro

The banners that will be seen throughout the World Showcase will be strikingly similar to one another this year!

Event Banners and Textures

Banner Example

Front of Park Planter

Mid-Park Planter

Mid-Park Planter

Some topiaries will also be re-purposed from the Flower and Garden Festival and updated with a travel theme.

Donald and Daisy will be repurposed for the Food and Wine Festival

New World Showcase Booths and Menu Items

There are three brand new World Showcase booths at this year’s Festival, and one newly returning booth. The marketplace kiosks have been shuffled around and many are in a new home so be sure to check your Festival guide map to find your favorite countries. The new Hawaii and Caribbean kiosks are slated to join the family in the front of World Showcase, and Australia will also be moved to the front area.

Here are the details on the new booths as well as a peek at the new menu items we’ll get to sample!

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Hawaii Marketplace

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Hawaii Marketplace

Kalua Pork Slider from Hawaii Marketplace

Kalua Pork Slider (Disney Photo)

Mai Tai

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Scandinavia Marketplace

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Scandinavia Marketplace

Scandinavia Swedish Meatball with Lingon Berries

Scandinavia Swedish Meatball with Lingon Berries

Xante Sunshine Cocktail

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Caribbean Marketplace

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Caribbean Marketplace

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Caribbean Marketplace Menu

Caribbean Jerk Chicken and Mango Salsa at upper left and upper right of plate

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Portugal Marketplace

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Portugal Marketplace

Ropa Vieja and Rice in center of plate

We also now know which booths will be represented at the festival! The booths that will be at this year’s Festival are as follows:

2011 World Showcase Booths -- Photo copyright Suzanna DiMarzio for Disney Food Blog

Zanna had the opportunity to sample the shrimp on the barbie from the Australia booth:

Australia Booth Shirmp on the Barbie with Citrus Glaze

And the new Craisin Bread:

Craisin Bread

She also sampled the New Zealand Sea Scallop:

New Zealand sea scallop appetizer

And here’s this year’s dessert trio: White Chocolate Macadamia Mousse with Dark Chocolate Pearls (Hawaii); Tres Leches Verrine (Portugal); Pastel de Nata (Portugal). This is served with an Apple Ice Wine from Canada.

Trio of Desserts

Festival Passports

The Festival Passports will be back again with even more fun as you travel to each represented cuisine around the World Showcase lagoon.

Passport Front

Passport Inside

New Events for the 2011 Festival

As we’ve reported, there are several new events being introduced at the festival this year. Here are a few details!

For a detailed look at dates, times, prices, and presenters, visit our 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events Page and our 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations Page. For overall details from the event and breaking news, visit our 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page.

Italy Pavilion Events
The Italy Pavilion will introduce:

  • Italy Food & Beer Pairing, Tuesdays from 2-4pm at Via Napoli; $50
  • Italy Food & Wine Pairing, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2-4pm; $65
  • Italy Dessert & Wine Pairing, serving wines that have not been available in the US previously, Thursdays from 2-4pm; $50
  • Italian White Truffle Lunch, Sunday, October 23 from 12-3pm; $175

France Pavilion Bocuse Dinner
This dinner will honor Chef Paul Bocuse and his contributions in Epcot. See details on our 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events Page.

Monday, November 7 from 6:30-10pm, $245

France Bocuse dinner

Vertical Wine Tasting Event
Taste 10 vintages from Freemark Abbey, which is celebrating 125 years of winemaking in Napa Valley.

Saturday, November 5, 1-3pm at California Grill, $225

Vertical Wine Tasting Info

Sweet Seats at Disney’s Dessert Discovery Announced
These VIP seats are the 3D event’s answer to the Wine View Lounge at the Party for the Senses. The upgraded experience includes a private table, early entry to the event, specialty beverage and dessert offering, and more.

$80 — limited availability. Must be booked by phone.

Sweet Seats Info

Other New Seminars and Events
Don’t forget to catch these seminars and demonstrations!

  • *New* Mixology Seminars, Daily at 6pm, $12 (TiW $10, M-Th)
  • Culinary Demos and Wine/Bev Seminars are back. Culinary seminars are Daily at 1, 3, and 5pm; costs are $11 and $13 (TiW $9 and $11, M-Th). Beverage Seminars are Daily at 12, 2, and 4pm; costs are $10 and $12 (TiW $8 and $10 M-Th)

The new Cranberry Bog will hold court in the middle of the Festival!

Cranberry Bog Info and Map

Tasty Updates about This Year’s and Next Year’s Festivals

  • The Wine View Lounge returns to the Party for the Senses.
  • Next year, the Festival will introduce a Chocolate Festival with chocolate sculptures!

For a detailed look at dates, times, prices, and presenters, visit our 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events Page and our 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations Page.

For overall details from the event and breaking news, visit our 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page.

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20 Comments

  1. Holly says:

    Thanks for all of the yummy info – now I am even more excited for this year’s Festival! Can’t wait to eat our way through each and every booth :-)

  2. Sally says:

    Thanks for taking the time last night (this morning!) to post all this. Whew $$$ events this year!

  3. Jean says:

    Thanks for update. All sounds delish, however not very vegan/vegetarian friendly. So far, all we can do is drink some of those lovely concoctions, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But we would like to sample some food, too. Any suggestions?

  4. AJ says:

    Holly — Me too!

    Sally — Yep; expensive ones, indeed. :-) I stick with the low-cost ones!

    Jean — There will definitely be some veggie dishes at the festival — no worries! Not sure about vegan though; those can be harder to find.

  5. JoAnn says:

    I can’t wait. I may sign up for the Italy Food and Wine Pairing.

  6. Laurie says:

    Unfortunately, we’re having to leave for home on Friday, Sept. 30 but will be in EPCOT on Thurs., Sept. 29. Will there be any part of the F&W Festival open that day? (if you’re allowed to tell).

  7. AJ says:

    Jo Ann — I can’t wait to hear all about it!!

    Laurie — YES! They usually do a preview day on the Thursday before the festival officially begins. If they do it again this year, you’ll have a chance to visit some of the World Showcase booths!

  8. JoAnn says:

    I’ll let you know if I decide to sign up and will write a review if you would like. It won’t be until the last weekend of the F & W Festival.

  9. Laurie says:

    Yay!!! Thank, AJ.

  10. maria says:

    AJ, I am so excited! Zanna-great job and great pix!! Pair all of this up w 38 special, starship, sugar ray & night ranger..oh my! lol :)

  11. AJ says:

    Jo Ann — Sounds good! Let me know.

    Laurie — No Problem! I hope they do it this year!

    Maria — No kidding!!

  12. Todd says:

    Will the US not have a booth?

    So far I see that Chile, Puerto Rico, Spain and USA are out and Scandinavia, Caribbean, Portugal and Hawaii is in.

    Maybe the country of Hawaii is taking the USA’s place…. lol

  13. AJ says:

    Todd — Yep; I think Hawaii will take the USA’s place in the marketplaces this year.

  14. Jennifer says:

    So many places that I want to check out!! I can’t wait, haha. Thanks AJ and Zanna for all the great info!

  15. Louis says:

    I am a vegetarian and would like to know what my options are! I want to go to food and wine and want to know where i can go !!

  16. Grace says:

    Thanks for the great info! We have our trip all planned and this is the highlight for us! I have been dying to know what the menus are going to be! Looks like the only thing I will miss will be the samosas at the India marketplace. I will be sad not to see that one. Oh, and no lobster rolls!!! Oh no – that’s going to be sorely missed. We usually stop there at least twice every day….

    But excited about Scandinavia and a chance to get a Belgian waffle since that marketplace wasn’t there last time we visited in 08!

  17. JoAnn says:

    I decided to sign up for the Italy Food and Wine Pairing.

  18. AJ says:

    Grace — There WILL be lobster rolls! They’ll be at the Hops and Barley booth this year!

    JoAnn — Awesome!! I’d love for you to review it if you’re interested.

  19. JoAnn says:

    Absolutely

  20. Grace says:

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!! You just made my day!!!!! Thanks AJ!

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