Spain Pavilion update

Oct 02, 2002 in "Epcot International Food and Wine Festival"

Posted: Wednesday October 2, 2002 by WDWMAGIC Staff
It seems that the Spain Pavilion is only to be part of the Food and Wine Festival, and not a full blown pavilion at this time. Although of course the presence at the festival may be an indicator of a plan for a permanent pavilion at some later stage.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Andalucia, a colorful corner of Spain known for its superb sherries, olive oils and gastronomic delights, earns the spotlight with a new exhibit at the seventh annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Oct. 19-Nov. 17.

The 3,500-square-foot “Discover Andalucia, Spain” experience, located in World Showcase near the Germany pavilion, brings the region of Andalucia to life with a small, terraced olive-tree exhibit, weathered stucco buildings and courtyard, flamenco dancers and an olive oil tour. The free-flowing tour concludes with a complimentary sherry tasting.

Andalucia, a region in the southwest of Spain bordered on the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, is the largest sherry producer in the world and is famous for its tapas and light cuisine created with the area’s enduring olive oils.

The Andalucia, Spain experience, created in participation with the economic development branch of the Andalusian government, includes:

An olive oil tour in buildings reminiscent of those found throughout Andalucia. It features the history of the region’s olive oil production, the agriculture at the core of cultivation and production, a re-creation of a traditional olive oil press and a tasting of the final product with information about olive oil’s health benefits.
A sherry tour that demonstrates the traditional solera cask aging system and a tasting of sherry served to guests by an authentic veneciador.
Craftsmen and artisans showcasing crafted wares and traditional products.
A traditional Andalusian courtyard with fountain and arches.
A tapas bar with gazpacho and other appetizer-sized portions, plus wine and sherries of the region.
Authentic flamenco performances throughout the day.
The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival around the World Showcase Lagoon features more than 20 food and wine marketplaces, free wine-tasting seminars and culinary demonstrations, a specialty beer garden and the new “Eat to the Beat” Concert Series with daily performances by popular entertainers. In addition to the 11 World Showcase countries, festival marketplaces will serve up samplings from South Africa, Greece, Chile and other countries and regions.

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