Sparkling wine and gourmet cuisine might not immediately come to mind when one thinks of a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida.
But right now during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which runs until Nov 14, the park has been transformed into a culinary amusement park. Epcot has attracted an exciting line-up of celebrity chefs like Cat Cora of The Food Network, Boston’s Todd English and Art Smith of Table 52 fame to do cooking demonstrations and appearances. I’m looking forward to seeing Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods at a Celebrating Family & Friends Luncheon Oct. 22 and Gale Gand at her Sweet Sunday dessert tasting and brunch on Oct. 24. Throughout the park, international chefs are serving up tastes of German spaetzle, Spanish Serrano ham and Korean barbecued ribs paired with regional wines and beers.
I’ll be speaking on Oct. 22, 23 and 24 as a part of Authors Without Borders, a program that features cookbook authors talking about their favorite subjects. I’ll be sharing what I love about “Bubbly: The Happiest Drink on Earth” and exploring international sparkling wines in my cocktail recipe book The Bubbly Bar: Champagne & Sparkling Wine Cocktails for Every Occasion (Clarkson Potter, 2009).
On Monday, Oct. 25 I’m mixing up my Stiletto Cocktail, giving tips on entertaining with bubbly and signing books for the discerning gourmands who are part of Disney’s Grape Getaway, a luxurious four-night package of exclusive food events and tastings limited to 100 guests.
Since one cannot live on great food and wine alone, there’s a series of free concerts called Eat to the Beat, featuring acts like Boyz II Men, 38 Special, Billy Ocean and Rick Springfield.
With all the good wine and food flowing at Epcot, it’s sure to be the happiest place on earth.