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Celebrity Chefs Join Fun for Rockin’ Burger Block Parties at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Fans of Andrew Zimmern, Buddy Valastro and “The Chew” celebs won’t want to miss the Rockin’ Burger Block Parties, a new add to this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

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Andrew Zimmern (host of the Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods”) will kick off the first party on September 25, welcoming guests and reminding them to vote for their favorite burger of the night. Next up, the cast of ABC’s “The Chew” will be at the party on October 8. And, finally, “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro will launch the final burger party on November 6.

It’s always fun to see the celebrity chefs out on the town, and the Rockin’ Burger Block parties look like a blast, with more than a dozen sliders at each party, from a coffee-crusted beef short rib burger topped with smoked Gouda, garlic potato string and sangria ketchup to a shrimp and scallop burger topped with spicy Thai slaw and cilantro-lime mayo (with a side of smoked sea-salted fried edamame). As you pair burgers and beverages inspired by top recording artists, a DJ will spin their best and most popular tracks.

Other savory and sweet bites assure you’ll leave satisfied, from spicy-sticky pig wings to a cinnamon roll fireball bread pudding with cream cheese glaze. Bites are paired with craft beers, wines, cocktails and more.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite burger!

Dates are September 25, October 8 and November 6 from 7-9 p.m. Cost is $99; $119 for reserved table on main floor, early admission at 6:45 p.m., and a specialty cocktail; or $199 for Nosh Pit seating with a private reserved table, early admission at 6:45 p.m., specialty cocktail and premium bar.


Meet John Lasseter, Celebrity Chef Cat Cora at Epcot International Food & Wine Fest Dinners

Pixar fans will love the opportunity to meet John Lasseter – yes, he’s an animation genius, but he also makes delicious California wines (with beautiful labels, too). You can meet John and his wife Nancy for lunch at 12:30 p.m. October 19 at Citricos, where Chef Philip Ponticelli will pair Lasseter wines with seasonal cuisine. Cost is $130.

Cat Cora fans will be happy to hear that two wine dinners have been added to the line-up for this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, with Chef Cat on hand to greet diners at 8 p.m. October 2 and October 4. Cost is $170 for a five-course dinner with wine pairings in the restaurant’s cozy CoraNation Room.

Celebrity Chef Cat Cora

And three very famous dads are teaming up for what promises to be one of the coolest Food & Wine Fest dinners this year – Michael Voltaggio has been added to the line-up, joining his brother Bryan and Andrew Zimmern on stage for the family-friendly Magic of Healthy Living Dinner at 6:30 p.m. October 19 at Epcot World Showplace. Brothers Bryan and Michael shot to the front of the celebrity chef pack in 2009 on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” and Andrew is best known for his show “Bizarre Foods” on the Travel Channel, so diners are guaranteed entertainment with their memorable four-course dinner. Cost is $110 and includes tip and non-alcoholic beverages. (Park admission required).

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