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EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2012

The Food and Wine Festival

I’ve been going to the Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT since 2005.  A lot has changed since then, some for the better and some not so much.

To be sure, it’s a lot of fun to attend.  There are wine seminars in the festival center, absolutely scrumptious appetizer-sized servings and wine pairings around the World Showcase, and the events are typical Disney — they’re top billing.

Food and Wine 2012

Food Around the World

The World Showcase, which starts at Canada and finishes up at Mexico, provides the setting for the main part of the Food and Wine festival.  Participating countries sponsor kiosks where appetizer-sized samples are paired with various wines from the region.  You’ll also find kiosks for countries that aren’t part of the permanent World Showcase countries.  The menu, shown to the right, is an example found at the kiosk for Australia. There are also some states (Hawaii) that have their own kiosk between Mexico and Canada.

Wine is not the only beverage offered at all of the kiosks, because not all countries feature wine.  For example, Germany had beer on the menu.

World Showcase Example Menu

Party for the Senses

One of the main events we like to experience is the Party for the Senses, which is a big foodie and wine fest.  There are kiosks set-up serving appetizer-sized portions of gourmet selections.  On either side of many of them were wine stations sponsored by different wine producers.  Most producers offered wines in the $10 – $20 range.

Wines being offered (left); Tenderloin over risotto (right)

Ken Forrester of Ken Forrester Vineyards (South Africa)