'09 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival
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Thanks for posting. I've looked through Disney's pamphlet and looked back through old threads regarding prior years' F&W festivals, but I'm still undecided whether to make a weekend of it, spend a lot of dough, and take my wife for her birthday (weekend of October 10, focus on South American food). Although we live nearby, we have never been to the F&W Festival. It seems that most people enjoy the Party for the Senses the most, and I see that this year there's a Wine View "VIP-style" upgrade for an extra $75.00 (on top of the $135.00 the plebes pay for the "regular" Party for the Senses experience).
My question: what caliber of food and wine are we talking about here? I don't care so much about hob-nobbing with whoever, but I would like to know that I'm getting value in terms of exposure to different wines and foods that go beyond the standard fare at a "Taste of _____ (choose your U.S. city) 2009". Any initial impression on the $75.00 upgrade? How cheap is Disney when it comes to upgrades like these? Am I likely to be paying for "privacy" only, or is there likely to be significantly different food/wine in there? As it look like the focus is on South American food that weekend, I don't want to be spending through the nose to be "wowed" by arepas and a Malbec I can get down the street for $9.00.
Alternatively, are there other events that others would recommend as worth the loot?
Thank you in advance for any responses.
First of all, whatever you go to, make your reservations on August 11 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378). The best events fill up fast. Second, Noice: It depends. The more expensive the event, the better the food is. I once went to an Exquisite Evening and it couldn't have been more superb. Some dinners are good but not mind-blowing. But, all are run well, have at least very good food, have at least respectable wines ... overall, they're all a treat and worth a splurge. Two of my favorite things are walking around the World Showcase and sampling the appetizer-size foods, and the Party for the Senses. But the wine classes, the themed dinners, etc.--all impressive.
re: Rona Gindin
As someone who use to do a lot of the dinners (some where incredible values, I remember one 5 course meal, back when they served two different wines with each course, and ending it with a shot of Louis XXIII for $65 for the whole meal) , i've cut way back in recent years. I've found that it they are inconsistent in value and quality. As for the Party for the Senses, it's enjoyable and in recent years they have added some good entertainment. But all in all I'd rather spend that $135+ on dinner at V and A's, Flying Fish( food is as good as it's ever been these days at Flying Fish), or California Grill etc
Thank you for your thoughtful responses, and the reminder about reservations opening on August 11. It was with that deadline in mind that I made my inquiry now. I will peruse the pamphlet a bit more and see if there's anything else we should check out, or if we really are better off going to V & A's, as we've never been there, either. Thanks again.