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The Rockin' Burger Block Party first appeared in 2015 as part of Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival. The event is held on a few select nights during the festival in the palatial World ShowPlace Events Pavilion. Entertainment (so far anyway... the event is fairly new) is supplied by a DJ (background music) and one visiting chef takes to the stage for a small presentation about burgers and their current activities (chefs like Maneet Chauhan, Buddy Valastro and the cast of The Chew have made appearances).
The Party features over a dozen different mini-burgers that have been created by Disney chefs and partner/guest chefs just for the event. Each party could feature different burgers, but they do not seem to deviate too far from a "gourmet mini-burger and side" offering. Items like "Chef Dale's Asian Cheese Burger" featuring a Duck Burger topped with Butterkase Cheese, Bulgogi Braised Pork Belly and Sweet Thai Chili Sauce on a Sesame Bun with a Side of Kimchi Slaw, was very popular at the 2015 event. A more recognizable burger at the event was "The CHEW Burger" which offered an All-Beef Sirloin, Short-Rib, and Brisket Patty, Cheddar Cheese, Caramelized Onion, Mustard and Sweet Hot Pickles on a Mayo Toasted Sesame Bun with a side of Green Apple Slices. All of the burgers are built-to-order, so if there's an item listed on the burger that you don't like, just ask the chef not to put it on your burger!
Also available are three or four "finger foods" which act as appetizers of sorts, and a "sweet station" that features three or four desserts. This is by no means a dry party though, there are over two dozen adult beverages to sample as well, including beer, tequila, flavored vodkas and wines. Be sure to check out our "photos" page to get an up close look at just some of the food and beverage offerings and the event surroundings.
The Rockin' Burger Block Party is a "pay-once and forget" activity, once you've paid for your reservation into the event, you can enjoy anything and everything the party has to offer, for no additional fees, as much as you like… until the end of the event. (Some seating levels do sell-out in advance, so it's good to be on the phone with Disney booking when reservations open.)
There are three admission levels for the two-hour event, Category #1 is referred to as "Nosh Pit" seating and includes 15 minute early entry to the event, private reserved table (and chair), a specialty cocktail to start the party and a premium bar that only Category #1 guests have access to.
Category #2 is called "Reserved Seating" and includes 15 minute early entry to the event, a reserved table (and chair), and a specialty cocktail to start the party.
Category #3 is the "General Admission" level and while you can enjoy all the food and beverages that the party has to offer, seating may be limited depending on how many guests are present. (It's best to think of Category #1 as a "strolling" option.
For the 2016 Food and Wine season, Category #1 is $199, Category #2 is $119, and Category #3 is $99, plus tax (gratuity included), Epcot admission is required.
(*) Price ranges listed are the average cost for one main entree and one soft beverage item, unless otherwise stated. There are many combinations of appetizers, deserts and drinks that will add to your final total. Many parks also use seasonal pricing systems which result in food and beverage costs increasing at peak times. Please check with the location that you are interested in for specific pricing information.