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k5jmh
06-21-2011, 10:53 AM
http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2011/06/reservations-open-aug-16-for-special-events-for-epcot-international-food-wine-festival/



Reservations Open Aug 16 for Special Events for EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Set your alarm for 7 a.m. on Aug. 16, if you have a special event you want to be sure not to miss at this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 30-Nov. 13 at Walt Disney World Resort. That’s when reservations open for ticketed culinary and beverage programs during the 16th annual food, wine, beer and cocktail

Availability is limited! Do you have a favorite event you might recommend?
First Bites Opening Reception (Sept. 29, 6:30-9 p.m.)
“3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery (Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11)
Taste, Shake and Indulge Like the French Grand Marnier Tasting and Interactive Experience (Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5)
Epcot Wine Schools (Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 5)
Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining (Oct. 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 27, 30, Nov. 1, 2, 3, 7, 10)
Kitchen Memories, formerly Celebrating Family & Friends in the Kitchen (Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11)
Cheese Seminars (Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12)
Party for the Senses (Oct. 8, 15, 22, Nov. 5 and 12 at new times: 7:30-10 p.m.)
Food & Wine Pairings (Mondays, Tuesdays)
Sweet Sundays (Oct. 2, 9, 16, 223, 30, Nov. 6, 13)

LMO429
06-21-2011, 11:50 AM
Do u have to call to book a hard ticket event or can you do it online?

BriarRosie
06-21-2011, 01:55 PM
Do u have to call to book a hard ticket event or can you do it online?

You have to call. They don't book the events online. (407) WDW-FEST is the number the foodies use when calling. It's just an alternate extension of WDW-DINE.

These events can get pricey. Some of them are Victoria and Albert's expensive. Check out the dedicated sticky thread on the top of the main Restaurants forum. The moderator keeping the thread updates the first post when new information gets released.

SamSam
06-21-2011, 04:47 PM
:banana:Wahoo, I am so looking forward to this year's Wine and Food Fest.

Lori....wish you were going.

BriarRosie
06-22-2011, 02:04 PM
:banana:Wahoo, I am so looking forward to this year's Wine and Food Fest.

Lori....wish you were going.

I'm doing my own International Food and Wine Fest...on a smaller scale. And inside the countries represented. :laughing: I think I can sacrifice the Epcot festival just this once. ;)

But I wish I was going because I'll miss seeing you guys! :hug:

SamSam
06-22-2011, 10:15 PM
I'm doing my own International Food and Wine Fest...on a smaller scale. And inside the countries represented. :laughing: I think I can sacrifice the Epcot festival just this once. ;)

But I wish I was going because I'll miss seeing you guys! :hug:

Your traveling overseas....lucky you! Think of us while you're there. :goodvibes

LMO429
06-23-2011, 09:28 AM
You have to call. They don't book the events online. (407) WDW-FEST is the number the foodies use when calling. It's just an alternate extension of WDW-DINE.

These events can get pricey. Some of them are Victoria and Albert's expensive. Check out the dedicated sticky thread on the top of the main Restaurants forum. The moderator keeping the thread updates the first post when new information gets released.

Do u happen to know the actual numbers to WDW-DINE..i have a blackberry and the numbers on the keypad do not correspond to letters. which is quite frustrating sometimes

jcvalenti
06-23-2011, 09:42 AM
The only one of these "Hard Ticketed" events I've done at Food & Wine was a "Wine School" lecture by Karen MacNeil back in 2008. I thought it was fantastic, and well worth the $150 or so we paid per ticket. I was hoping to attend another seminar this time down, but they are apparently only doing Wine School seminars on Sundays this year (which seems silly to me), and that's when we are heading home. Too bad.

k5jmh
06-23-2011, 09:50 AM
Do u happen to know the actual numbers to WDW-DINE..i have a blackberry and the numbers on the keypad do not correspond to letters. which is quite frustrating sometimes

Lauren, Quick Blackberry trick -

If you Dial the letters while holding down the ALT button, the letters will dial as the corresponding number on the dialpad.

So for example you'd dial 1-877-ALT+W ALT+D ALT+W, etc and it will dial through

NancyIL
06-23-2011, 09:55 AM
I'm doing my own International Food and Wine Fest...on a smaller scale. And inside the countries represented. :laughing: I think I can sacrifice the Epcot festival just this once. ;)



There's nothing like the real thing, baby! ;)

DisneyKevin
06-23-2011, 10:06 AM
There's nothing like the real thing, baby! ;)

Sure there is.

Snacking through Harrod's food stalls, having lunch in a Parisian bistro, dining in Disneyland Paris......seems a like the real thing to me.:thumbsup2

k5jmh
06-23-2011, 10:08 AM
Sure there is.

Snacking through Harrod's food stalls, having lunch in a Parisian bistro, dining in Disneyland Paris......seems a like the real thing to me.:thumbsup2

Are you saying that there are still spots available for the London/Paris Adventure, Kevin? ;)

LMO429
06-23-2011, 10:14 AM
Lauren, Quick Blackberry trick -

If you Dial the letters while holding down the ALT button, the letters will dial as the corresponding number on the dialpad.

So for example you'd dial 1-877-ALT+W ALT+D ALT+W, etc and it will dial through

OMG! amazing thank you for the tip..i had no idea..this would have came in handy when I had to deal 1 800 ADT when our house alarm was going off :rotfl:

NancyIL
06-23-2011, 12:10 PM
Sure there is.

Snacking through Harrod's food stalls, having lunch in a Parisian bistro, dining in Disneyland Paris......seems a like the real thing to me.:thumbsup2

I know Lori is going to London and Paris, and that's what I was referring to!

DisneyKevin
06-23-2011, 12:11 PM
There's nothing like the real thing, baby! ;)

Sure there is.

Snacking through Harrod's food stalls, having lunch in a Parisian bistro, dining in Disneyland Paris......seems a like the real thing to me.:thumbsup2

Didja ever type something and walk away and realize that you got the whole thing wrong?

I originally read this as Nancy saying that "there is nothing like the real Food and Wine Festival"....hence my response.

After I walked away...I realized that she meant that there was nothing like going to the original countries. :idea: Duh!

I'm not always the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree.:rolleyes1

DisneyKevin
06-23-2011, 12:12 PM
I know Lori is going to London and Paris, and that's what I was referring to!

Didja ever type something and walk away and realize that you got the whole thing wrong?

I originally read this as Nancy saying that "there is nothing like the real Food and Wine Festival"....hence my response.

After I walked away...I realized that she meant that there was nothing like going to the original countries. :idea: Duh!

I'm not always the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree.:rolleyes1

I was typing this as you responded.

Sorry for the confusion.

NancyIL
06-23-2011, 12:13 PM
Didja ever type something and walk away and realize that you got the whole thing wrong?

I originally read this as Nancy saying that "there is nothing like the real Food and Wine Festival"....hence my response.

After I walked away...I realized that she meant that there was nothing like going to the original countries. :idea: Duh!

I'm not always the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree.:rolleyes1

That's okay, Kevin - we all have days like that!

BriarRosie
06-23-2011, 12:30 PM
Quick response I will amend later:

You possibly can book events online other than just the festival center deminars this year. I will post about it in a little while when I have time and a normal keyboard.

BriarRosie
06-23-2011, 01:31 PM
There's nothing like the real thing, baby! ;)

Sure there is.

Snacking through Harrod's food stalls, having lunch in a Parisian bistro, dining in Disneyland Paris......seems a like the real thing to me.:thumbsup2

popcorn:: Now this was getting good...

I know Lori is going to London and Paris, and that's what I was referring to!

And I totally interpreted your response to me as such. ;)

Didja ever type something and walk away and realize that you got the whole thing wrong?

I originally read this as Nancy saying that "there is nothing like the real Food and Wine Festival"....hence my response.

After I walked away...I realized that she meant that there was nothing like going to the original countries. :idea: Duh!

I'm not always the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree.:rolleyes1

Bwahahahaha! :rotfl2: If that's not a tag fairy line, I don't know what is! At least you didn't say "excuse me" to a statue of a guy taking a photo. Just sayin'. :rolleyes1 Still, I did get my entertainment value from the exchanges. :thumbsup2

I think I'll go post the F&W info update now.

BriarRosie
06-23-2011, 01:42 PM
I saw a lot of activity on the sticky thread for the Food and Wine Festival on the Restaurants board. I'll link to some of the more interesting changes.

Let me start by saying that a couple years ago, the only things we were able to book online were the Festival Center food and wine deminar tickets. Advance purchase was (and presumably still is) non-refundable, but those who are annual passholders, Tables in Wonderland card holders, and DVC members were able to get a couple dollars in discount based on limited availability.

None of the special events like Party for the Senses, Culinary Adventures in Food and Wine signature dinner events, French Regional Lunch, etc...none of those were able to book online. We all had to do the 7am phone call.

However, the Disney Food Blog has been busy posting updated information about some new events and changes that appear to be taking place for bookings.

Follow this link to the Chef Marianne Hunnel interview about the festival. (http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2011/06/21/interview-marianne-hunnel-epcot-food-wine-festival-content-development/)

The parts that interested me dwelled on that the discounts for deminars seem to be for Mon-Thurs only. I believe they changed this because the weekends are usually the "headliner" chefs.

Highlighted directly from the Disney Food Blog link:

Booking and Discounted Pricing:
Culinary demos and beverage seminars as well as special events will be available through online booking again this year, and will open August 16th. Sweet Seats and Wine View Lounge tickets must be purchased by phone.

The fact they mentioned special events leads me to believe we can book them online for the first time ever. But they say that the VIP upcharge seating for the 3D Dessert Discovery (Sweet Seats) and Party for the Senses (Wine View Lounge) still must be booked by phone.

Be sure to check out the full interview. Lots of great info so far.