Info released on the 2011 Sip & Stroll event. Anyone planning on going?
DATES October 16–17, 2011
LOCATION Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort
TIME Check in begins at 6 p.m. on October 16
TICKETS Available Tuesday, September 13, Cost: $195 per person
Join the D23 Team as we once again celebrate the savory sensations of Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival with a weekend of unique events and experiences just for D23 Members. The festivities begin Sunday evening as we gather for a reception on the second floor of The American Adventure pavilion, featuring a selection of wine and artisan cheeses. Beer and non-alcoholic beverages will also be served to set the tone for a fabulous event.
We will then proceed to the foyer of The American Adventure rotunda for a sumptuous dinner served in the rotunda with special guest, Disney Legend Bob Gurr. In keeping with our “American adventure,” each station will be themed to a different region of the United States. Guests will be able to enjoy New Orleans crayfish soup, crisp California greens, Pacific Coast salmon, basil-seared North Carolina chicken breast with Georgia peaches, Midwestern grass-fed beef medallions with a Washington State Cabernet Demi and much more! The cross-country dessert selection includes Key Lime Pie, Louisiana pecan squares and other sweet treats.
Monday morning we will convene inside the World Showplace in Epcot’s World Showcase for a morning of culinary delights. Marianne Hunnel and Michael Jenner, event content development area manager and operations manager, respectively, for the festival will give guests a look at the rich (and delicious!) history and highlight some of the new additions to this year’s event.
Then it’s time for a pairing party! Expert chefs and food and wine aficionados will walk guests through a selection of wine and beer pairings with international delicacies from Hawaii, the Caribbean, Portugal, and Scandinavia—all regions being highlighted in this year’s Festival.
That afternoon, guests can join D23 head Steven Clark and others from the D23 Team as we sip and stroll our way around World Showcase—stopping in two special locations around the lagoon for a special Sip & Stroll treat.
Also during the day, take some time to get out of the sun and relax! The VIP lounge inside The American Adventure parlor will be open just for D23 Members as a place to enjoy some water or lemonade. If you haven’t seen the elegantly designed lounge, you will definitely want to stop in for a look and a libation. You also won’t want to miss the selection of exclusive D23 merchandise on display in the lounge, including our new collection featuring Bacchus, the god of wine, as from Fantasia, and his pal Jacchus, which will be available for order. All purchases will be shipped directly to your home!
That evening we will gather at the America Gardens Theatre for reserved seating to the Eat to the Beat concert, featuring Sugar Ray (“Fly,” “Every Morning,” “Someday”).
We’ll then walk over to Isle de France, in front of the French pavilion for private, reserved viewing of the nighttime spectacular IllumiNations and a dessert party that will include such sweet sensations as fresh strawberries, coffee-dusted compressed chocolate brownies, a doughnut flambé station and more! The perfect way to end a fantastic food-filled weekend!
Included with the cost of your ticket:
•Private wine and cheese reception Sunday evening on the second floor of The American Adventure rotunda
•Dinner Sunday evening inside the foyer of The American Adventure
•Exclusive presentations Monday at the World Showplace from Marianne Hunnel and Michael Jenner
•A pairing party inside the World Showplace with flavorful wines and beers pairs with cuisines from Hawaii, the Caribbean, Portugal, Italy, France and Germany
•A “sip and stroll” Monday afternoon with members of the D23 Team, with meeting times for special goodies
•Access Monday to the VIP lounge inside theThe American Adventure parlor with exclusive D23 Merchandise
•Private VIP seating at Sugar Ray’s Eat to the Beat concert
•Private dessert party and viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Isle de France