This from Eddie Nickell, co-owner of Funky Monkey and the anticipated Bananas Diner:
Start limbering up your dialing fingers, tickets for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will go on sale to the general public at 7 a.m. July 20. Many of the top tickets will likely be gone by 7:05. Here's the information from Disney Central:
Bistro de Paris, the upstairs cousin to Les Chefs de France at Epcot, has been named the best theme park restaurant by readers of Theme Park Insider. The Web site's publisher, Robert Niles, made the announcement Friday following weeks of voting. Runners up were Chefs de France and Mythos, both past winners. The roster also included Garden Grill, the rotating restaurant at Epcot's Land pavilion, and Tokyo Dining, the serene sushi place at the Japan pavilion (you probably could have figured that out).
As with last year, Niles asked me to write some comments about the finalists. In my review of Chefs de France and Bistro, I mentioned that fans of the Bistro may want to revisit again soon because it may not exist this time next year. Nothing is set in stone, and who knows what changes in plans might occur due to economics. But there are some changes in mind. Sorry, can't share what I've heard just now -- sworn to secrecy, and all that. But if it goes through as I've heard, it's going to be huge news.
On the five Saturdays in October during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Grand Marnier will present a tasting of its full range of liqueurs, including the 100 and 150 year olds. After the tasting, guests will learn how to shake and muddle special Grand Marnier cocktails, then taste flambeed crepes Suzette and frozen souffle glace prepared by the chefs of Bistro de Paris. All of this for $45, which is probably less than a taste of the 150 year old Grand Marnier alone. The cost includes tax and gratuity, but not addmission to Epcot, which is required. Tastings will be at the Bistro from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Still no official announcement on ticket sales start date, but be sure to put this one on the top of your list. It's going to sell out fast.
(By the way, despite a little tease I gave you a few days ago that led some of you to think the Bistro is going away, it is not. But I stand by my original statement.)
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