Summer Matsuri at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs


Walt Disney World fans love food festivals. For that matter, all types of theme park fans flock to food festivals. Even the Swan/Dolphin resort hotels hold food festival events periodically at their location near Disney’s Boardwalk. Yet have you ever wanted to attend a food festival run by an “Iron Chef?” What about one run by one of the original “Iron Chefs”, Masaharu Morimoto. Most USA citizens will know him as an incredibly talented Japanese chef. He is best known as an Iron Chef on the Japanese TV cooking show Iron Chef and its spinoff Iron Chef America. He is also known for his unique style of presenting food. If you were a fan of the Iron Chef America series, some of his uses of the ice cream machine developed legendary status of their own.


As you may know, Morimoto Asia restaurant resides with Disney Springs. Since opening, this place demands some effort to acquire a dining reservation due to high food quality. However, what if you could attend a limited food festival at this restaurant? If you find yourself in Lake Buena Vista area on August 7th, that possibility exists.

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According to the restaurant’s website, they will offer a food festival of sorts on August 7th from 12 noon until 3:30pm. The price point looks reasonable considering several entrées at Morimoto Asia will cost you over $100 normally. The marketing for this event promises a sensational day of immersion into Japanese culture at the Summer Matsuri. The “Matsuri” originally based the purpose of the festival on showing devotion to the divine. Many powerful and wonderful Japanese traditions have been added to this.

According to Morimoto Asia website, on Sunday, August 7, from 12-3:30 p.m., the first floor of the restaurant will come alive with Matsuri, the Japanese cultural festival with tasty and traditional Japanese street food, taiko drummers, and family-friendly games. Also, on the second floor, guests can visit food stations hosted by culinary experts that will teach them the techniques of preparing fish while also enjoying delicious samplings. Guests will also have access to a wide selection of Japanese beers and sake.

Adult admission costs $60 and children cost $30. The option of purchasing a booth for $400 exists. These booths provide a special experience for up to four guests. Admission price includes delicacies at all the food stations, samples from the vendors, and a seafood-driven educational tasting component. A cash bar will also be available.

If you find yourself in the Lake Buena Vista area on August 7th, tickets are available on their website. This event could offer a great “rest day” from the theme parks if you are on a theme park vacation. One thing we know for sure, the food tastes great at Morimoto’s Asia.

As always, eat like you mean it!

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