***2009*** Epcot Food & Wine Festival ENDED NOV. 8

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  1. copperbrick

    copperbrick DIS Veteran

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    Michelle, thank you (and everyone who responded to the free wine and food class "is it REALLY free" post I posted. Your pics are the greatest!

    This is the most awesome forum. I love the people here.

    As for the free food and wine . . . all I can say is WHOOOOOO-HOOOOO! :banana::cool1::yay::cheer2:

    What's amazing is that I didn't know we scheduled our vacation during the Food and Wine Festival. This is perfect. With hubby and me, it's all about the food! Oh good grief I can hardly stand it!
     
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  3. blissventure

    blissventure Thinks oeufs à la neige is the best dessert that w

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    We pulled out our glasses from The Party for the Senses (from last year) yesterday and enjoyed using them. :goodvibes
    Now I'm just waiting with anticipation for the release of further information. -
    We're planning to do the PTFS again this visit on Oct 10th. :cloud9:
     
  4. chip&dale&fun

    chip&dale&fun DIS Veteran

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    Michelle - Hi - hope all has been good with you this past year. Can you believe it is time to get excited about food and wine again??????
     
  5. oybolshoi

    oybolshoi <marquee><font color=green>You say vacation addict

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    We're hoping that there will be more events to choose from this year at last year's painful but still do-able prices. ;)

    TDC Nala ... Would it be OK to link a bunch of F&W reviews here for the newbies to look at so they might have a better idea of what some of the "vets" are talking about? I'd be happy to start it off tonight after I get back from the office (and I'm not just talking about pimping my own ... BriarRosie and Kabuki and TheDISFamily come to mind initially as some great examples to use).

    Let me know if it's worth the trouble. Thanks. :goodvibes
     
  6. TheDISneyFamily

    TheDISneyFamily <marquee><font color=peach>°O° DIS Friendship Pixi

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    I know! :yay: It's nice to 'see' you again! :goodvibes My daughter will be living down in Disney on the College Program, so she will be updating us on ALL of the F&W events this year! She's going to try and attend as many events as she can. :dance3:

    Unfortunately, my F&W reviews are long gone, so don't bother looking for them. The only one still floating around on the DIS is our last family V&A dinner. I'll pipe in here every so often when I can answer something. :thumbsup2

    I agree, if you want to get up to speed really quick on the Food & Wine Festival, read oybolshoi, BriarRosie, and Kabuki's excellent reviews!!!
     
  7. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala <font color=red>1937, what a year that was<br><fon Moderator

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    You all may link anything you like if it is about the Food and Wine Festival. I'd actually like to put them in the first post but I never figured out how to give the links a name. Will follow yours if you post them and put them in the first post if they're about the Food and Wine Festival.
     
  8. kabuki

    kabuki <font color=green>It's free if you pass out in the

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    1st! Thank you both DISneyFamily and Oybolshoi for the nice comments on the reviews. I am in GREAT company!
    TDCNala - I hope I am doing this the way you want!
    Here are links to my past Food and Wine Reviews!

    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1983874

    WE took 1300 pictures I better do a report! (updated 2/20 DONE!) Food Booths 2008


    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1624523Wine Classes? Beer School? How do I sign up? Review w/pics

    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1982564 PFTS 2008
     
  9. webray

    webray Love the wineauxs!

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    The locals...drive straight to EPCOT for F&W, before going home, and don't have to pay for parking because they have annual passes (well most of them anyway)
     
  10. Melanie151

    Melanie151 Earning My Ears

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    Does this happen every year? We are trying to plan when we will attend and this would fit nicely into our schedule. We are only looking at trying a few snacks at the different pavilions.
     
  11. oybolshoi

    oybolshoi <marquee><font color=green>You say vacation addict

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    Ahhhh, would that be the life or what? :cloud9:
     
  12. MissMet

    MissMet DVC Member, former NY Mets Season Tkt Holder & Blo

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    Were the gift cards on the wrist band new for '08?? I don't remember them my last two times. Where do you buy them? Does it cost extra for them or is it just like buying a normal gift card?

    Thanks guys.

    Can't wait!!! :cool1:
     
  13. *KeepMovingForward*

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    Yes, I believe last year the gift card wristband made its debut at the festival. We bought one at the Festival Center in Future World and then another at the festival merchandise stand at the beginning of the showcase. They are just like any other Disney gift card (no surcharge/extra cost).

    ETA: Here's a pic of the giftcard wristband:
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  14. MissMet

    MissMet DVC Member, former NY Mets Season Tkt Holder & Blo

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    Love it! :)

    Thanks.
     
  15. BelleLovesTheBeast

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    The wristbands were great last year. Not only are they an easy way to pay for things but they make great souvenirs too.
     
  16. kathiewe

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    That depends on what you are considering "local" many, like myself, who live less than 2 - 3 hours away will take off early Friday and go for the weekend. We have actually changed our F&W dates because of the increased FL local weekend attendance. Preferring to arrive Saturday evening and leave Tuesday. That way we still catch some of the Sunday weekend events but still miss the big local crowds.
     
  17. BriarRosie

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    Thanks for the shout out. Here are some relevant food and wine reviews I did from last year's festival. My signature links to my various food reviews, and in the first post of every review I did, I linked directly to each review in a handy index. I'm thanking my lucky stars I did that back then. Makes it much easier to copy and paste them here.

    2008:Quick F&W kiosk taste and Kitchen Conversations with Robert Irvine

    2008:Epcot Festival Kiosks Nosh Heard 'Round the World

    2008:Party for the Senses - Part 1

    2008:Party for the Senses - Part 2

    2008:French Regional Lunch - Burgundy at Bistro de Paris

    2008:Festival kiosks - Part Deux
     
  18. enchantingodin

    enchantingodin You may have noticed that I'm not all there myself

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    I lived in East Orlando for 3 years. I had a SP - not a AP, as did most everyone I knew living in Central FL. Mostly because we didn't want to bother going in high season anyway as it's not only too hot but also WAY too crowded. :crowded:

    Even still it doesn't seem like it would be worth the hassle to me. Most (not all) locals work east of OBT. Unless they're in the service/tourism industry that is. Which is about 1/2 hour drive on a GOOD day to the parks. Let alone 5 o'clock rush hour. And on a friday? On I-4? Hello gridlock. For what? An hour or 2? Again - I know I wouldn't bother. :scared:

    Maybe others will. Who knows for sure. But with everything else going on in the other parks (F!, eve EMH @ AK, MNSSHP) I'm hoping it'll be dead during the day anyway and I can get most of it done before any locals do decide to show up. :teeth:

    All I can do is plan the best way I can with what I've got. :upsidedow
     
  19. kathiewe

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    Agreed, I'd be interested to see the number of local who have full APs. We also SPs because its way too crowded for us during the high season. I cannot think of anyone we has a full AP -- we actually had them the first year we moved here and then got smart and went to the SP.

    You are also right about traveling I-4 during rush hour. I do consulting work in Orlando and if you hit I-4 in the evening life can be hell both directions from outside Tampa to outside Orlando. :scared1: Not sure anyone would want to rush to Epcot and have to deal with that.:eek:
     
  20. oybolshoi

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    Here are some F&W events we've attended over the last couple of years. I'm not going to include any food booths in here because mine are so scattered that it would be painful for anyone to have to go through them. :laughing:

    Please keep in mind that some events offered in one year were not offered in another and there is no guarantee that they will be offered at this year's festival either. That said, I hope this is a little helpful for those of you who may be wondering about some of the different things that the festival has to offer.

    2008 F&W Festival

    Free Wine Seminar - Banfi Wines

    Party for the Senseless, Part I
    Party for the Senseless, Part II

    French Regional Lunch - Bistro Paris

    Kitchen Conversations w/Robert Irvine


    2007 F&W Festival

    Food & Wine Pairing - Le Cellier

    Party for the Senseless, Part I
    Party for the Senseless, Part II
    A Truly Senseless Summary

    Scotch & Food Pairing - Rose & Crown Pub


    2006 F&W Festival

    Food & Wine Pairing - Coral Reef

    Sweet Sundays, Part I
    Sweet Sundays, Part II

    Food & Wine Pairing - Restaurant Marrakesh
     
  21. kathiewe

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    Thanks for the reviews. So, if you were to pick a great date event for F&W what would it be? While we have go every year for the last 5 we have only done 1 event and I don't think they still have that one.

    Thanks for recomendations.
     

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