Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Japan Food and Beverage Pairing

We are ramping up for another fantastic Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Today, we’re reviewing a fun Special Event from the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

We are heading over to Tokyo Dining in the Japan Pavilion for the Food and Beverage Pairing experience. The light meals feature beverages paired with tasting-sized portions of the restaurant’s cuisine.

I’ve enjoyed dinner at Tokyo Dining as well as lots of fun meals at Teppan Edo, so I was pretty sure I was in for a treat! While we’d done the Morocco food and beverage pairing event, we’d not yet experienced the Japan version. Here we go!

Atmosphere

When I arrived for the Food and Beverage Pairing, I checked in at the stand that serves both Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining. The cool, sleek waiting area features simple, modern decor and comfortable low lighting.

Waiting Area Serves Both Tokyo Dining and Teppan Edo

This area is also shared by the two restaurants.

Tokyo Dining and Teppan Edo Waiting Area from Another Angle

Step into the Tokyo Dining seating area, and the same modern Japanese vibe is prevalent throughout. A sushi show kitchen takes up space along one wall.

Tokyo Dining Seating and Open Sushi Kitchen

The other side of the restaurant is dominated by [Read more…]

2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths, Dole Whip, Discounts, Special Events, and More

I had the wonderful opportunity of attending the Epcot Food and Wine Festival preview yesterday evening at Walt Disney World’s Epcot, and I have more new information to share about the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Below, you’ll find:

As always, you can visit our Epcot Food and Wine Festival index page for ALL updates at any time.

2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth and Menu Information

We’ve got ALL THE CONFIRMED 2013 EPCOT FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL BOOTHS for you today!!

Be sure to check out our 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Page for updated menus, food photos, and more as the Festival gets closer!

The New Zealand Booth is back this year!

OFFICIAL 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths:
Africa
Argentina
Australia
Belgium
Brazil < -- RETURNING AFTER HIATUS! Brewer’s Collection Canada Cheese China Craft Beers Desserts & Champagne Florida Local France Germany Greece Hawaii Hops & Barley Ireland Italy Japan Mexico Morocco/Mediterranean New Zealand Poland Refreshment Port <-- EXPANDED MENU! Scotland <-- NEW Singapore South Korea Terra Vegan Remember -- stay tuned to our 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus and Booths page and our Disney Food Blog Newsletter for more details!

We have also confirmed that a brand new dessert will be coming to the Australia Booth — a Pavlova with Fresh Driscoll’s Berries and Vanilla Custard. And a new kids’ dessert will pop up at the Desserts and Champagne Booth — a “frozen s’more” smoothie!

New Food Offerings Including a New Dessert for Australia -- Click to Enlarge

News From the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Preview!

We’ve got great news for Disney Dole Whip lovers!!

Dole Whip Debuts at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Dole Whip Is Coming to the 2013 Food and Wine Festival!

That’s right! It was such a huge hit at the Flower and Garden Festival earlier this year that it’s back by popular demand.

There’s one major change, though — this time around, the Dole Whip will be orange!

And there are plans to serve with a liqueur once more. While the flavor profile isn’t finalized, I can tell you it’s going to be a very delicious addition to the enhanced Food and Wine Festival Menu at the Refreshment Port!

Sneak Peek! New Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menu Item PHOTOS!

I did get the chance to try a couple of the new (and returning) items for this year! Take a look!

Scotland Booth — NEW this year!

The Scotland booth will be debuting at this year’s festival!

We now know the menu, and we are also getting a sneak peek of the [Read more…]

News! 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events, Dates, and Prices; Booking Begins August 13th

Great news! We’ve got another few pieces of the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival puzzle! And we now know that booking for Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events will begin on August 13th at 7am ET! Call 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378).

The big news? French Regional Lunches are coming back this year…and Italian Regional Lunches are continuing! We’ll also see a few new additions to the festival special events docket.

Be sure to check out our 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events page for ALL of the details on these options; and check out our 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival page for all of the latest news and updates on this year’s festival.

New Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events for 2013

Scotland, Land of Food And Drink (Sept. 28), $95 or $115
Spirits Confidential (Nov. 1), $80 or $95
Parisian Breakfast (Saturdays), $37
Hibachi Experience (Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5), $120

We’ll have more details for you about these events on our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events Page as soon as they’re released!

Imported Beers at a Food and Wine Festival Special Event in Italy

Returning Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events for 2013

“3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery (Oct. 4, 11 and 25), $55 or $90 (sweet seats) — See a review here!
Epcot Wine Schools (Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 3), $135 per person
Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining (more than 25 dinners throughout the festival; prices vary)
Mixology Series: Taste, Shake and Indulge Like the French (Saturdays), $65
Kitchen Memories (Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8), from $110-$170
Cheese Seminars (Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9), $80 — see a review here!

Cheese at Food and Wine Festival Cheese Seminar


Party for the Senses (Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2), $145, $180 or $285 — See a review here!
Food & Beverage Pairings (Tuesdays, Thursdays), $55 — See a review here!
Sweet Sundays (Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10), $99
The Discovery of Chocolate (Oct. 13 and 27), $75
Italian Regional Lunches (date and price TBD)
French Regional Lunches (date and price TBD) — See a review here!
Mexican Tequila Lunches (date and price TBD) — See a review here!

There are plenty more where these came from! We’ll have more details for you about these events and MORE on our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events Page as soon as they’re released!

Grilled Scallop with Chile de Arbol Foam and Huitlacoche Mushroom at Food and Wine Festival Tequila Lunch Pairing

2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations

Don’t forget about our pick BEST VALUE of the festival — the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations!

Dates and times for these are usually the last pieces of information we get on the festival, but we do know that Culinary Demos ($14), Mixology Seminars ($15), and Beverage Seminars ($14) will again be offered at this year’s festival. Stay tuned for more information on our 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page!

Chef Cat Cora at a 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demonstration

More Epcot Food and Wine Festival Information

2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Index

2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus and FOOD PHOTOS: Coming Soon!

2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Marketplace Booth/Kiosk MENUS and FOOD PHOTOS <–UPDATED with all new photos from 2012!
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fans Facebook Page
2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events (Updated 6-12)
2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Low-Cost/Free Seminars and Activities: Coming Soon!
2013 Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule: Full List Available (5-16 update)
2013 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend Events
2013 Tower of Terror 10-miler Events
2013 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic: Menus, Booking Info available!
2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Reviews, and 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Reviews
2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival’s Gluten Free Items

News! The DFB Guide to the 2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available for pre-order!

The best part? By pre-ordering, you automatically get our 2012 Food and Wine Festival Guide for FREE, instantly! That means you can start planning NOW for your trip!

Use code prefoodwine at check-out for a $3 discount!