I agree with you, Hunt, about Disney not giving the event the service
it needs. I spent all day Friday (and WAY too many dollars at the food
kiosks) at the Festival, and three people asked me (or others nearby)
what was going on to cause a line to form at the tastings and cooking
demos. The kiosks with the samples are easy to find, but the truly
educational stuff about wines, cooking and cuisine are "hidden" from
all but those who follow WDW news and traditions religiously.
To me, this year's Festival is at least as good as the past ones. (The
official tee-shirt is very cool.) However, one of the wine tasting
sites is located in the large hallway next to "Character Connection,"
and the noise from the meet-and-greet drowns out the guest speaker if
you're sitting in the back.
In article .com, dannh54
We've uploaded all the food menus with their requisite prices for
Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival, which soft-opened on
Thursday, October 28. Check them out at http://www.arondaparks.com,
along with scanned images of the official Festival program. More WDW
coverage will be uploaded soon.
Thanks for the link. While some might see it as advertising, it provides a big
service to the wine & food crowd.
Though it has been going on for quite a few years, Disney has never given this
event the service that it deserves and needs. I've attended several and have
had to scout out the actual events, often by word-of-mouth from exhibitors/
producers. Even those with inside "membership" to various Disney programs,
know little about the Epcot event and what it entails.
I'll be missing this year's festival, even though a favorite chef, Alan Wong,
will be there. Travel will keep me away until early Nov. However, next year I
hope to once more be in attendence and will check out your site (bookmarked)
in the future.