Food & Wine Weekends at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek are set to return next month, once again aligning with Disney's signature event.
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicks off Aug. 25 while the folks at Waldorf and Hilton are keeping to the more traditional start with a launch date of Sept. 8. (Editorial note: I say traditional because the idea of F&W in the August heat feels too much to me.)
In previous years, the Waldorf and Hilton team would all but confirm their event was designed specifically to align with Disney's, but they know it's a great complement to what's offered at the park. You get access to absolutely delicious food and beverage service without having to pony up an admission fee first.
Here's what's being offered at the luxury properties this year:
The Taste of Bull & Bear
Select Friday and Saturday nights, 6pm – 10pm, Bull & Bear
Experience an exclusive tasting five-course menu comprised of exquisite food and wine pairings – prepared by the illustrious chefs of Waldorf Astoria Orlando. Reservations recommended, please refer to, “The Taste of Bull & Bear,” when making a reservation. Call 407-597-5413. ($)
The Taste of La Luce
Friday and Saturday, 6pm – 11pm, La Luce at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
From the kitchen of La Luce at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, enjoy an exclusive four-course menu with recommended wine pairing featuring the best of La Luce. Menu may be paired with wine flights for an additional fee. Reservations recommended, please refer to, “The Taste of La Luce,” when making a reservation. Call 407-597-3600. ($)
The Taste of Zeta Asia
Friday and Saturday, 5pm – 10pm, Zeta Asia at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.
Guests can enjoy an exciting epicurean journey at Zeta Asia, exploring perfect pairings of sake or beer with favorite Asian-inspired dishes. ($)
Saturday 4:30pm – 5:30pm, Peacock Alley
Muddle, mix and sample! Guests partake in an interactive experience creating their very own specialty cocktails.
Sip, Swirl & Savor – A Wine Tasting Experience
Select Friday and Saturday nights, 5pm – 7pm, outside of La Luce at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Before dinner, sample an array of wines which will be offered as a complement to The Taste of La Luce dinner menu. Regardless of your wine knowledge, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more from an experienced sommelier.
Bar du Chocolat and Champagne Tasting
Select Friday and Saturday nights, 7pm – 10pm, Peacock Alley
A decadent selection of à la carte chocolate treats hand-crafted by Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s world-class pastry team. A selection of champagnes are available, as well. Highlights include chocolate truffles, exotic chocolate cakes and bowls of beautiful bon-bons. ($)
Select Friday and Saturday nights, 7pm – 10pm, MYTH Bar at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Whether indulging in a pre or post-dinner treat, guest can visit the Macaron Bar to try an assortment of flavors, hand-made by the resort’s world-class pastry team. ($)
Nightly, Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Astoria After Dark
Friday and Saturday, 6pm – 10pm, WA Kids Club
Adults are not the only ones to have fun. The WA Kids Club is offering a nightly children’s program including dinner and a non-stop roster of fun activities – providing parents some “adult time” in which to experience Food & Wine Weekend activities. ($)
Waldorf Astoria® Spa Tuscany Wine Special
Daily, Waldorf Astoria Spa
Experience the powerful antioxidants of red wine powder, red grape seed extract, crushed grape seeds and pure grape seed oil as you indulge in an extravagant Tuscany Wine Wrap or Pedicure. To book an appointment at Waldorf Astoria Spa please call 407-597-5360. ($)
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