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Food and Wine festival is fast approaching! In addition to new menu items, Epcot has announced seven new experiences for 2014.

Most of these experiences are “add-ons” and cost between $55 and $295 per person, and will require reservations (which can be made starting July 31)  However, there is one single free experience that is new for 2014. Read on to find out more!

1. Food and Wine Festival Boot Camp

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Are you a novice foodie? Would you like to learn some culinary basics? Epcot is holding four two-hour “boot camp” sessions during the course of Food and Wine Festival, covering everything from cake decorating to food and wine pairings. These sessions are completely interactive and will take place at the World ShowPlace Events Pavillion East Hall.

The event is held selected dates and costs  $119 per person. 

2. Food for Thought

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Ever wanted to know the stories behind your favorite celebrity chef’s favorite dishes? Food for Thought is a new experience that allows guests to sample three “small bites” from a celebrity chef’s repertoire and then hear about the chef’s inspiration for each piece and learn tips for recreating the dish at home. Celebrity chefs featured at this event include Cat Cora, Robert Irvine, Andrew Zimern, and more.

Each session runs an hour and 45 minutes and will cost guests $169 each. 

3. Italian White Truffle & Wine Pairing Dinner

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A 3-hour, 5 course Italian dinner featuring dishes prepared with white truffles. Each dish is also paired with the finest regional wine. This event is one of the most premium events offered at this year’s Food and Wine festival, and is offered every Thursday in October at 6PM inside the Tutto Italia Ristorante. 

And the cost for such an opulent meal? $295 per guest.

4. Mediterranean Food & Wine Pairing

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If you don’t have $300 per person to spend on a single meal, there are lower-cost events to enjoy, including the Mediterranean Food & Wine pairing event. Sample small potions of popular Mediterranean dishes with small sips of wine inside the Spice Road Table restaurant.

This event will take place every Wednesday from 1-3PM and will cost guests $55 each to experience.

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If you think about it, everything is fake, except nature...even Europe.

Like sheep to the slaughter. That people will pay $55.00 for tiny bites of "small potions of popular Mediterranean dishes with small sips of wine" baffles me. I eat at the most amazing local Greek and all kinds of other ethnic places all over NYC and environs, for reasonable prices, and enjoy these experiences tremendously.

Still don't understand why people even want to go to this made up place with made up mascots running around and pay triple what you would for the same stuff elsewhere. Bring your kids to Europe or somewhere else in the world. Someplace real.

Because it is... fun... and an 8 hour plane ride with small children to get to Europe is... not... for anyone...

Folks are stuck with 'real' for most of their lives. Vacations to theme parks and themed resorts are a chance to experience the realms of fiction and fantasy at a more tactile level, plain and simple. That's why folks do it, to take a moment to step away from all that reality.

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