On Saturday, October 7, 2017, I had the privilege of attending Party for the Senses at Epcot, along with my adult daughter. The annual event is part of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. It is held on select Saturday evenings, and begins at 7:30, although you can check in as early as 4:30. Included in the price is Reserved Seating for the 5:30 or 6:45 Eat to the Beat concert. Since the weather was not cooperating we decided to skip the concert and head right to the main event.
Check in for Party for the Senses takes place between Canada and the United Kingdom. It was easy to find, even in the rain. There are several Cast Members along the way if you have any questions. We were directed to a table, where we gave our names and received wrist bands. We were also given a card with our table assignment. The tables are arranged by colors and numbers. Since the party had not yet started, we were then asked to wait in the nearby queue area.
At 7:30, they let people in. Even though the area was packed it was still orderly. Everyone found their seats. At each place setting there was a plate and a souvenir wine glass. The plate had a cutout in it, the idea was to use that to hold the glass so that you could get food and wine from each station. There was also a menu at each seat, which explained which station was serving what. The food and the wine pairings were listed on the menu, as well as the chefs responsible. The stations were all marked with some type of food for a symbol, such as grapes or a mushroom. That was to help us identify each station. There were plenty of Cast Members around to help.
My daughter and I are both vegetarians, and she is allergic to dairy, and at first we thought that we would both have a hard time finding enough to eat. It turned out to not be a problem. There were a couple of vegetarian options on the menu and one that was listed as vegan, but that wasn’t all that we could have. My advice to anyone who follows a special diet or who has food allergies is to wait a little while until most people have eaten. Then you won’t have to wait in line, and you can speak directly with the chef. We discovered that many of the options were adaptable, and we both left full. The only minor disappointment was that there were no desserts that were dairy free.
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The music for the evening was provided by John Pizzarelli. His light jazz style fit in perfectly for the mood of the evening. As the night went on, many people took to the dance floor. The artist and the theme of Party for the Senses Changes each party. The menu does as well. This makes it a different experience each time.
I personally can’t comment on the wine pairings because neither of us drink, so I asked several people what they thought. Everyone raved about how well each wine complemented the dishes. There were sommeliers on hand to answer questions.
To me, the best part of the evening wasn’t the food or the music, it was the Cast Members who worked so hard to make it an incredible evening. From Anna who was in charge of our table, to the Cast Members who we asked questions to at the beginning as we were trying to figure everything out, to the people working at each station and wanting to please each and every guest; they were all exceptional.
The venue where Party for the Senses takes place can hold approximately 1,000 people. Theme park admission is required. There is no dress code, in fact, we saw everything from people who were wearing theme park attire to others who wore formal wear. Most were somewhere in between. There are three different seating options available. Guaranteed Seating costs $179 per person. You’ll be seated at a large table with other guests, but that’s part of the fun since you can make new friends and learn what their favorites are. (The Red Velvet White Chocolate Donut was a hit at our table.) Reserved Seating will get you and your party a private table. That costs $199 per person. The ultimate experience is Wine View Lounge. This choice includes a private table, a specialty cocktail toast, a full bar, artisanal cheeses, special transportation, and more. Wine View Lounge costs $329 per person.
If you are looking for an adult experience (this is not for the kids) and would like to taste great foods from fantastic chefs, accompanied by the perfect wine pairings, Party for the Senses could be exactly what you are looking for. The party runs from 7:30 until the park closes. If you plan to go, you’d better make a reservation by calling 407-939-3378 immediately. For 2017 there are only three dates left; October 14 and 21, and November 11.
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