So I finally finished up my (what was) live Dining Review from WDW, and I need something to keep me occupied until Food & Wine starts in California on April 16, 2010. I thought that if I started my review now, it might make it come faster! So for those of you die-hard Epcot F&W Festival people who don't know it, yes, Disney's California Adventure also has a F&W Festival sponsored by Vanity Fair and it takes place in the opposite time of year so it is possible to hit both in one year. I did in 2009! The Festival is in it's 5th year now, and I have been attending events since before it became a full fledged Festival. In year two when it was still "Food & Wine Weekends", I attended a Winemaker Dinner at Steakhouse 55 with Beaulieu Vineyards for my birthday present. They have been one of my favorite wineries for years...but back to the Festival. In the third year I started attending the Napa Rose Cooking School. This is one hell of a pricey Event, but I wouldn't miss it for the world! Each year we make a four course meal (well we get to watch how the desserts are made). That we get to eat, complete with wine pairings. Everyone gets a chef's coat and we also get the cookbook which has all the previous years recipies in it too. The cooking school is limited to sixteen participants, and takes place on a Saturdays during the Festival. It sells out every year. In fact one of the dates sold out in three hours! What I prefer about the CA Festival vs Florida is that I live closer and can attend any events that I want! But not only that, the signature events appeal to me a lot more than what I've seen in the Florida Festival. I'll be attending all sorts of events, and reviewing them here. Three weekends, I'll be using our DVC points to stay over at the GCV and the other three I will be driving in for the Winemaker Dinners. Until the Festival starts I'll recap past Festival happenings. First off here is the game plan: April 16-19 - Stay in a Studio at the GCV. Friday night Dinner at Steakhouse 55, Saturday Cooking School, Sat & Sun, check out the tasting plates at the "Taste of California" Marketplace, and Sunday night Wine Maker Dinner at Club 33 with the Lasseter Family Winery, and John & Nancy Lasseter will be there! April 23 - Winemaker Dinner @ Steakhouse 55 - Buena Vista Carneros May 1-2 - Stay in a Studio at the GCV, Dinner at the Chef's Table at Napa Rose, It's my birthday!), May 2 Lunch at Club 33 May 7 - Brewmaster Dinner @ Steakhouse 55 - Karl Strauss Brewery, now sold out! May 21 - Winemaker Dinner @ Steakhouse 55 - Groth Vineyards & Winery, now sold out May 29 - Stay in a 1 Bedroom at the GCV, Taste (Equivalent of Party of the Senses) Saturday So here it goes!