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9 Dishes You Don’t Want to Miss at the 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort

9 Dishes You Don’t Want to Miss at the 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort

We’re counting down the days to Aug. 31 and the opening of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. And with 75 days this year, there’s plenty of time to sip and taste your way through the 35 Marketplaces circling World Showcase Lagoon and stretching into Future World.

Still, the sheer amount of food and drink can be overwhelming, so we’ll give you a head start by sharing our favorites from the multiple chef tastings of new dishes and from working on the new cookbook for this year’s festival.

In no special order, here are nine new tastes that we recommend not missing at this year’s festival:

9 Dishes You Don’t Want to Miss at the 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort

1. Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread and Red-Eye Gravy at the Farm Fresh Marketplace is the trifecta of Southern cooking.
2. Sounds kooky, but the Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions and Spicy Mayonnaise is a winner in the Hawai’i Marketplace.
3. The Bougatsa at the Greece Marketplace is ethereal: warm phyllo strudel with sweet vanilla custard, lemon honey syrup and cinnamon. East dessert first!
4. The Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas, and Basmati Rice in the India Marketplace is vegetarian, gluten friendly and delicious.
5. Spain Marketplace gives us the perfect carry-around nibble: Charcuterie in a Cone with a selection of imported Spanish meats, cheeses and olives with an herb vinaigrette.

9 Dishes You Don’t Want to Miss at the 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort

6. Spain gave us another new favorite, the Sweet Olive Oil Cake with Powdered Sugar and Lemon Curd. Sublime.
7. If you love the Cheddar Cheese soup at Le Cellier, the Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread at the Ireland Marketplace will make you happy. Nicely pairs with the new Guinness Blonde American Lager.
8. We’re fans of the Cauliflower Risotto with Pulled Chicken, Artichokes, Spinach, Parmesan Cheese and Aged Balsamic at the new Almond Orchard Hosted by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze. (They’re also pouring Dom Pérignon and Vueve Cliquot at this Marketplace.)

9 Dishes You Don’t Want to Miss at the 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort

9. Scallop fans will love the Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn and Butterbean Succotash and Chili-chipotle Butter Sauce at the new Coastal Eats Marketplace. They’re pairing the dish with a nice pinot gris from Oregon.

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival dates are Aug. 31- Nov. 13. The Party for the Senses grand tasting events, signature dinners and other special wine and culinary programs require reservations and separate event admission.

Start Planning How to Experience 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Start Planning How to Experience 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Opening day of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is earlier than ever this year – Aug. 31, with lots of new tastes and sips around World Showcase Lagoon and stretching in to Future World.

Here’s a rundown of the Festival Marketplaces to keep handy and help you plan ahead. The festival runs through Nov. 13. For more information, visit epcotfoodfestival.com. Look for booking dates for special events soon!

Epcot Legacy Showplace

  • Chilled Scotch Egg wrapped in Sausage with Mustard Sauce
  • Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich
  • L’Orange Cotton Candy: A mixture of Lime and Orange Cotton Candy (vegetarian)
  • Bright Horizons: Sprite® with Multi-flavored Boba Pearls (non-alcoholic)
  • M.I.A Beer Company 305 Golden Ale, Doral, FL
  • Playalinda Brewing Company Blonde Ale, Titusville, FL
  • Florida Beer Company Passport 35 Triple Chocolate Milk Stout, Cape Canaveral, FL
  • JDub’s Passion Wheat, Sarasota, FL
  • Central 28 Trekkerbier Farmhouse Ale, DeBary, FL
  • Cigar City Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, Tampa, FL
  • Eastern Florida Flight
    • M.I.A. Beer Company 305 Golden Ale
    • Playalinda Brewing Company Blonde Ale
    • Florida Beer Company Passport 35 Triple Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Western Florida Flight
    • JDub’s Passion Wheat
    • Central 28 Trekkerbier Farmhouse Ale
    • Cigar City Guayabera Citra Pale Ale

Flavors from Fire

  • Piggy Wings: Roasted Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame Seeds
  • Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes, Pickled Onions, and Blonde Ale Beer Fondue featuring BelGioioso
  • Romano and American Grana Cheeses
  • Sweet Pancake with Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sausage, Onion Jam, and Maple Butter Syrup
  • Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder, and Raspberry Dust
  • Orlando Brewery Smokin’ Blackwater Porter
  • Ravenswood Zinfandel, Napa Valley
  • Swine Brine featuring Evan Williams Bourbon

Light Lab Beverages

  • T=C2: Tonic Water and Cotton Candy (non-alcoholic)
  • RGB: Citrus Apple Freeze (non-alcoholic)
  • Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux with Boba Pearls
  • Left Hand Brewing Company Polestar Pilsner, Longmont, CO
  • Playalinda Brewing Company Robonaut Red Ale, Titusville, FL
  • Elysian Brewing Space Dust IPA, Seattle, WA
  • Sixpoint Brewery Mad Scientist Radiant Flux, Brooklyn, NY
  • Founders Brewing Company Green Zebra Watermelon Gose Ale, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Blue Point Brewing Company Hoptical Illusion IPA, Patchogue, NY
  • Space Flight
    • Left Hand Brewing Company Polestar Pilsner
    • Playalinda Brewing Company Robonaut Red Ale
    • Elysian Brewing Space Dust IPA
  • Light Flight
    • Sixpoint Brewery Mad Scientist Radiant Flux
    • Founders Brewing Company Green Zebra Watermelon Gose Ale
    • Blue Point Brewing Company Hoptical Illusion IPA

Earth Eats Inspired by ABC’s “The Chew”

  • Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce (vegetarian)
  • Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots, and Feta Cheese
  • Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle (gluten friendly)
  • Kurt Russell’s Gogi Wines Chardonnay “Goldie,” California
  • Kurt Russell’s Gogi Wines Pinot Noir, California
  • Redstone Meadery Black Raspberry Mead

Active Eats

  • Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers, and Green Onions
  • Roasted Verlasso® Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri (gluten friendly)
  • Sweet Avocado Crema with Strawberries, Yellow Cake, and Tortilla Streusel (vegetarian)
  • M.I.A. Beer Company HRD WTR Cucumber & Lemon Lime Hard Sparkling Water, Doral, FL
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Riesling, Washington
  • Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Coastal Eats

  • Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado Lemongrass Cream
  • Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette
  • Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn and Butterbean Succotash and Chili-chipotle Butter Sauce
  • Erath Pinot Gris, Oregon
  • Soter Planet Pinot Noir, Oregon

The Chocolate Studio

  • Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel (gluten friendly)
  • Sweet Dark Chocolate Raspberry Torte with Whipped Cream and Raspberry Dust (vegetarian)
  • Justin Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
  • Banfi Rosa Regale, Piedmont
  • Lenotti Recioto della Valpolicella, Italy
  • RL Buller Fine Muscat

The Cheese Studio Hosted by Boursin® Cheese

  • Braised Beef “Stroganoff” with Tiny Egg Noodles, Wild Mushroom, and Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce
  • Savory Caramelized Onion Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Tart with cold Arugula Salad and Aged Balsamic (vegetarian)
  • Cheese Trio: Profiterole topped with Boursin® Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese and Orange Apricot Jam; Smoked Salmon Pinwheel with Boursin® Shallot and Chive Cheese and Everything Seasoning; Strawberry Macaroon with Boursin Pepper Cheese
  • Leth Steinagrund Gruner Veltliner, Austria
  • Liberated Pinot Noir, California

The Wine & Dine Studio

  • Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts, and Wild Mushrooms featuring Melissa’s Produce
  • Pulled Duck Confit with Cannellini Bean Ragoût and Zinfandel Reduction
  • Trio of Artisan Cheese (vegetarian): Fromager d’Affinois de Excellence with Toasted Baguette; Point Reyes Original Blue with Apricot Jam; Point Reyes Toma with Honey
  • Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese: Trio of Artisan Cheese Paired with Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc, St.
  • Francis Chardonnay and Recuerdo Malbec
  • Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford
  • St. Francis Chardonnay, Sonoma County
  • Recuerdo Malbec, Argentina
  • Eden Canyon “Jolie” Red Blend, California
  • Meiomi Rosé, California

Islands of the Caribbean

  • Jamaican Beef Patty with Mango Salsa
  • Mojo Pork with Black Beans, Cilantro Rice, and Pickled Red Onions (gluten friendly)
  • Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce (vegetarian)
  • Carib Lager
  • Caribbean White Sangria
  • Frozen Mojito

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New Zealand

  • Steamed Green Lip Mussels with Garlic Butter and Toasted Breadcrumbs
  • Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney
  • Seared Venison Loin with Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce and Kumara Purée
  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
  • Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir, Marlborough
  • Frozen Wine Cocktail featuring Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

Australia

  • Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion, and Snap Peas (gluten friendly)
  • Grilled Lamb T-Bone with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies (gluten friendly)
  • Lamington: Yellow Cake Dipped in Chocolate and Shredded Coconut (vegetarian)
  • Coopers Brewery Original Pale Ale
  • Robert Oatley McLaren Vale Shiraz
  • Hope Estate “Wollombi Brook” Semillon, Hunter Valley

The Almond Orchard Hosted by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze®

  • Cauliflower Risotto with Pulled Chicken, Artichokes, Spinach and Parmesan Cheese with Aged Balsamic
  • Fire-roasted Tomato Hummus topped with Blue Diamond® Salt & Vinegar Almonds served with Blue Diamond Nut Thins®
  • Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae with Fresh Berries and Crunchy Chocolate Oats

Patagonia

  • Beef Empanada
  • Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Purée (gluten friendly)
  • Verum Pinot Noir, Rio Negro
  • Bodega Noemía de Patagonia “A Lisa” Malbec, Rio Negro

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Hawai’i

  • Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad, Pickled Cucumbers, and Wasabi Cream
  • Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions, and Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts
  • Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Lager
  • Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine
  • Mai Tai featuring Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum

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Farm Fresh

  • Crispy Chicken with Griddled Cornbread and Red Eye Gravy
  • Roasted Beet Salad with Green Beans, Feta Cheese, Minus 8 Vinaigrette, and Toasted Walnuts (vegetarian and gluten friendly)
  • Gumption Citrus Freak Hard Cider, Middlebury, VT
  • Woodchuck Raspberry Hard Cider, Middlebury, VT
  • Two Henrys Elderberry Cream Hard Cider, Plant City, FL
  • Florida Orange Groves Mango Mama Wine
  • Cider flight

Greece

  • Loaded Greek “Nachos”: Pita Chips, Meatless Sausage Crumbles, and Vegan Tzatziki (vegetarian)
  • Taste of Greece: Stuffed Grape Leaves with Lemon Dill Sauce, Grilled Octopus and Feta Cheese Dip with Warm Pita
    Spanakopita (vegetarian)
  • Bougatsa: Warm Phyllo Dough Strudel with Sweet Vanilla Custard, Lemon Honey Syrup and Cinnamon (vegetarian)
  • Domaine Skouras Moscofilero, Peloponnese
  • Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko, Santorini
  • Argyros Atlantis Red Blend, Santorini

Thailand

  • Marinated Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Stir-fried Vegetables
  • Seared Shrimp and Scallop Cake with Cold Noodle Salad
  • Red Hot Spicy Thai Curry Beef with Steamed Rice
  • Helfrich Gewürztraminer, Alsace
  • Singha Lager

Mexico

  • Rib Eye Taco: Marinated Rib Eye, Roasted Chipotle Sauce, and Grilled Scallions on a Corn Tortilla
  • Tequila Chipotle Shrimp: Served on a Black Bean Huarache garnished with Red and Green Cabbage, Queso Fresco, and Crema Mexicana
  • Cajeta Mousse served with Cajeta Sauce and White Chocolate Flakes
  • Prickly Pear Margarita
  • Classic Pomegranate Margarita
  • Mexican-style Sangria
  • Pacifico Lager with Floater

China

  • Beijing Roasted Duck Bao Bun with Hoisin Sauce
  • Spicy Chicken Bao Bun
  • Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles
  • Chicken Potstickers
  • Mango Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk (non-alcoholic)
  • Tsingtao Lager
  • Ritzy Lychee with Courvoisier Cognac VS and Smirnoff Vodka
  • Happy Peach with DeKuyper Peach Liqueur and Myers’s Dark Rum
  • Kung Fu Punch with Smirnoff Vodka and Bols Triple Sec
  • BaiJoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice

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India

  • Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips (vegetarian)
  • Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas, and Basmati Rice (vegetarian and gluten friendly)
  • Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews, and Warm Naan Bread
  • Pistachio Cardamom Bundt Cake with Chocolate Coconut Mousse (vegetarian)
  • Mango Lassi (non-alcoholic)
  • Sula Chenin Blanc, Nashik
  • Sula Shiraz, Nashik
  • Kingfisher Lager

Africa

  • Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, and Pap (gluten friendly)
  • Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew with Vegan Yogurt and Quinoa (vegetarian)
  • Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket with Mint Raita (vegetarian)
  • Ernie Els “Big Easy” Chenin Blanc, Western Cape
  • Simonsig Pinotage, Stellenbosch
  • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz, Western Cape
  • Wine flight

Brewer’s Collection

  • Lebkuchenherz: Decorated Gingerbread Heart
  • Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered)
  • Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse Naturtrüb
  • Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen Pomegranate Beer
  • Beer flight

Germany

  • Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese
  • Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll
  • Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce (vegetarian)
  • Lebkuchenherz: Decorated Gingerbread Heart
  • Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered)
  • Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett, Mosel
  • Dr. Heyden Oppenheimer Sacträger Riesling Spätlese, Rheinhessen
  • Selbach Riesling Classic Dry, Mosel
  • Wine flight

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Spain

  • Charcuterie in a Cone with a selection of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses, and Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette
  • Traditional Spanish Paella with Shrimp, Mussels, Chicken, and Crispy Chorizo (gluten friendly)
  • Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops and Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar, and Smoked Paprika (gluten friendly)
  • Sweet Olive Oil Cake with Powdered Sugar and Lemon Curd
  • Rafael Palacios Bolo Godello, Valdeorras
  • Bodegas y Viñedos Artazu Garnacha Rosado, Navarra
  • Casa Castillo Monastrell, Jumilla
  • Wine flight

Italy

  • Crispy Calamari with Spicy Pomodoro Sauce
  • Absolut Penne: Vodka Sauce with Shrimp
  • Cannoli al Cioccolato: Chocolate-covered Cannoli Filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate and Candied Fruit
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chianti
  • Prosecco
  • Corbinello
  • Moscato
  • Frozen Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila
  • Moretti Lager Beer
  • Moretti La Rossa Double Malt Beer

Hops & Barley

  • New England Lobster Roll
  • Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese served on Griddled Garlic Toast
  • Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing (vegetarian)
  • New Belgium Brewing Fat Tire White Ale, Fort Collins, CO
  • Anchor Brewing Liberty Ale, San Francisco, CA
  • Orange Blossom Brewing Foxtail Cold Brew Coffee Pilsner, Orlando, FL
  • Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands
  • Atalon Pauline’s Cuvée Red Blend, Napa Valley
  • Beer flight

Japan

  • Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumpling
  • Salmon BLT Sushi Roll
  • Teriyaki Ginger Pork
  • Pom Pineapple Sake Cocktail
  • Kara Tamba Tarekuchi Dry Sake
  • Yukikiage “Snow Shadow” Junmai Sake
  • Sapporo Lager

Morocco

  • Kefta Pocket: Seasoned Ground Beef in a Pita Pocket
  • Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions, and Tzatziki Sauce (vegetarian)
  • Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce (vegetarian)
  • Mimosa Royale: Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice topped with Orange Liqueur
  • Les Trois Domaines Guerrouane White Wine, Meknes
  • Moroccan Sangria
  • Casa Pale Lager

Belgium

  • Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes
  • Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream (vegetarian)
  • Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream (vegetarian)
  • Hoegaarden Witbier
  • Leffe Blonde Belgian Pale Ale
  • Stella Artois Hard Cidre
  • Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • Beer flight

Brazil

  • Escondidinho de Carne – “Little Hidden One”: Layered Meat Pie with Mashed Yucca (gluten friendly)
  • Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato, and Onions (gluten friendly)
  • Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread (vegetarian and gluten friendly)
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Barbosa Black Beer, Doral, FL
  • Lidio Carraro Chardonnay
  • Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça

France

  • Moelleux au Fromage de Chèvre et Épinards: Warm Goat Cheese Pudding with Spinach (vegetarian and gluten friendly)
  • Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley
  • Boeuf Bourguignon, Purée de Pommes de Terre:Cabernet Sauvignon Braised Beef with Mashed Potatoes
  • Crème Brûlée à la Confiture de Framboises: Crème Brûlée with Housemade Raspberry Jam (vegetarian and gluten friendly)
  • La Passion Martini Slush: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, Cranberry and Passion Fruit Juice
  • Chardonnay, Bouchard Ainé & Fils
  • Château les Graves de Barrau Merlot and Cabernet Blend, Bordeaux
  • St-Germain Sparkling Kir: Sparkling Wine and St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 Pale Lager

Ireland

  • Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy
  • Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread (vegetarian)
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard
  • Twinings® Pumpkin Chai Tea and Caramel Shake (non-alcoholic)
  • Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
  • Guinness Blonde American Lager
  • Twinings® Pumpkin Chai Tea Frozen Cocktail with Caramel Vodka

Scotland

  • Fresh Potato Pancake with Scottish Smoked Salmon and Herbed Sour Cream
  • Traditional Scottish Lamb Stew with Neeps and Tatties
  • The Tipsy Laird: Whiskey-soaked Cake with Lemon Cream and Toasted Oats (vegetarian)
  • Belhaven Brewery Scottish Ale
  • Citrus Thistle featuring Hendrick’s Gin

Canada

  • Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll
  • “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce (gluten friendly)
  • Moosehead Radler: Lager infused with Grapefruit, Grape and Lemon Juices, New Brunswick Neige Premiere “Apple Ice Wine”, Québec
  • Fielding Estate Red Conception, Niagara Peninsula

Kenny G, 10,000 Maniacs, Squeeze Among 11 New Acts for 2017 ‘Eat to the Beat’ Concert Series

Kenny G, 10,000 Maniacs, Squeeze Among 11 New Acts for 2017 ‘Eat to the Beat’ Concert Series

As if you think the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival couldn’t get any better – you were wrong!

With a record number of days (75) and a record number of Global Marketplaces (35), we are also amping up the Eat to the Beat concert series with 11 new artists including Jazz Legend Kenny G, and pop superstars like 10,000 Maniacs and Squeeze.

Returning favorites like Taylor Dayne, Christopher Cross, .38 Special and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy welcome the newcomers – with performances every night of the Festival.

Kenny G, 10,000 Maniacs, Squeeze Among 11 New Acts for 2017 ‘Eat to the Beat’ Concert Series

Here’s the full line-up:

  • 8/31 – 9/1 – Delta Rae (“Bottom of the River”)
  • 9/2 – 9/3 – The Hooters (“And We Danced”) NEW
  • 9/4 – 9/5 – Baha Men (“Who Let the Dogs Out”) NEW
  • 9/6 – 9/7 – Fuel (“Shimmer”)
  • 9/8 -9/10 – STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas (“We Built This City”)
  • 9/11 – 9/12 – Lauren Alaina (“Road Less Traveled”) NEW
  • 9/13 – 9/15 – Plain White T’s (“Hey There Delilah”)
  • 9/16 – 9/17 – Sister Hazel (“All For You”)
  • 9/18 – 9/20- Air Supply (“All Out Of Love”)
  • 9/21 – 9/22 – David Cook (“Light On”)
  • 9/23 – 9/24 – Everclear (“Santa Monica”)
  • 9/25 – 9/27 – Sugar Ray (“Every Morning)
  • 9/28 – 9/29 – 38 Special (“Hold On Loosely”)
  • 9/30 – 10/1 – Mark Wills (“19 Somethin’”) NEW
  • 10/2 – 10/3 – American Authors (“Best Day of My Life”) NEW
  • 10/4 – 10/5 – Christopher Cross (“Sailing”)
  • 10/6 – 10/8 – Devon Allman (“Ragged & Dirty”) NEW
  • 10/9 – 10/11 – Dennis DeYoung: The music of STYX (“Come Sail Away”)
  • 10/12 – 10/13 – Taylor Dayne (“Tell It To My Heart”)
  • 10/14 – 10/15 – Jeffrey Osborne (“On The Wings of Love”)
  • 10/16 – 10/17 – Postmodern Jukebox (Various Hits) NEW
  • 10/18 – 10/20 – 10,000 Maniacs (“Because the Night”) NEW
  • 10/21 – 10/22 – Toad The Wet Sprocket (“Walk on the Ocean”)
  • 10/23 – 10/24 – Kenny G (“Songbird”) NEW
  • 10/25 – 10/26 – Billy Ocean (“Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car”)
  • 10/27 – 10/29 – Tiffany (“I Think We’re Alone Now”)
  • 10/30 – 11/1 – Hanson (“MMMBop”)
  • 11/2 – 11/3 – Blue October (“Into The Ocean”) NEW
  • 11/4 – 11/5 – Living Colour (“Cult of Personality”)
  • 11/6 – 11/8 – Boyz II Men (“End of the Road”)
  • 11/9 – 11/11 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (“Go Daddy-O”)
  • 11/12 – 11/13 – Squeeze (“Tempted”) NEW

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival opens Aug. 31 and runs through Nov. 13.

Performances are 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 p.m. daily, and included in Epcot admission. (Lineup is subject to change; songs listed are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the concert play list.)

Bookings Begin July 21 for Premium Events for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

While there are plenty of events included with Epcot admission for the 21st Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, this year’s “premium events” include some don’t-miss options.

Party for the Senses

Here are a few top picks:

  • Four all-new interactive culinary adventures in the Disney resorts encourage guests to ask the experts, taste and cook alongside our chefs at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney Yacht Club Resort.
  • The new “Mix It, Make It Celebrate It” hands-on workshop gives guests the opportunity to learn from the pros – cake decorating, garnishing, cocktail mixing and other fun activities.
  • The always-popular Cheese Seminars return. Learn “the wheys of the world” paired with wine, beer and other beverages with Max McCalman along with other experts.
  • Rockin’ Burger Block Parties are back for just three Fridays at World ShowPlace – and each party features a celebrity chef and all-you-can-eat specialty sliders paired with beverages. Join Chef Maneet Chauhan on September 30, Chef Alex Seidel on October 14, and Chef Jehangir Mehta on November 11.
  • You’ll want to masquerade in chic yellow and black for the Yelloween Masquerade Party for the Senses October 28 and 29, an elegant, dance-the-night-away, gourmet tasting party with Champagne, wine, craft beers and specialty cocktails paired with food.
  • This year’s Party for the Senses will be every weekend in October (that’s it!). October 8 features all the new chefs from Disney Springs; October 15 is a reprise of last year’s popular evening with Disney chefs from around the world.
  • What’s Cookin’ With … some of the country’s top celebrity chefs will begin the morning with a delightful plated brunch and sparkling wine toast. The fun starts with a demo, and the chefs answer questions from the audience and share secrets of their successes. The brunch is on select Fridays and Sundays at 10 a.m.

Guests include:

  • Friday, September 16 – Elizabeth Falkner
  • Sunday, September 18 – Bryan Voltaggio
  • Friday, September 23 – Andrea Robinson
  • Sunday, September 25 – Robert Irvine
  • Friday, September 30 – Graham Elliot
  • Sunday, October 2 – Buddy Valastro
  • Friday, October 7 – Jamie Deen
  • Sunday, October 9 – Cat Cora
  • Friday, October 14 – Emily Ellyn
  • Friday, October 21 – Andrew Zimmern
  • Sunday, October 23 – Rock Harper
  • Sunday, October 30 – Geoffrey Zakarian
  • Friday, November 4 – Alex Guarnaschelli
  • Sunday, November 6 – David Guas
  • Friday, November 11 – Sarah Fioroni
  • Sunday, November 13 – Jehangir Mehta

Included in regular Epcot admission are the Back to Basics series, special book signings, Eat to the Beat concerts, cultural adventures, Festival Passport and attractions and park entertainment.

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner for information on how to book your event!

New Resort Experiences And Celebrity Chef Participants Set For The 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

A new lineup of popular celebrity chefs and a series of first-time Disney resort cooking and dining experiences will add culinary appeal to the 21st Epcot International Food & Wine Festival when it returns to Walt Disney World Resort Sept. 14-Nov. 14, 2016.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Celebrates 20 Years of Flavors from Around the World

Culinary notables Geoffrey Zakarian, Maneet Chauhan, Duff Goldman, Elliott Farmer, Masaharu Morimoto and Graham Elliot will step up to the stove to host their first festival special events such as seminars and culinary demonstrations. Other chef icons like Robert Irvine, Cat Cora, Norman Van Aken, Elizabeth Falkner, Buddy Valastro and Jamie Deen will return to entertain foodies and inspire their palates at premium events that include Party for the Senses grand tastings featuring reimagined entertainment.

For a second consecutive year, ABC’s Emmy-Award-winning lifestyle series, “The Chew” will arrive to produce a full week of programs on the show’s exclusive Epcot festival stage.

And, for the first time, you can enjoy the following festival experiences at Walt Disney World Resort hotels:

  • “Brunch with a Twist at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa” — a sumptuous 5-star, 5-course meal prepared by the resort’s award-winning chefs
  • “The Secrets of Flavor at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort” — a three-course lunch that gives you a ‘sensory-food connection’ at Yachtsman Steakhouse
  • “Culinary Adventures with a Master Chef” at Disney’s Contemporary Resort — a hands-on chef’s table experience in a professional working kitchen
  • “Behind the Scenes at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto” at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort — an entertaining tour of the whimsical Trader Sam’s, followed by lunch and a special mixology session

More details regarding these exciting experiences and other Epcot International Food & Wine Festival details will be shared when available.

Dates Announced for Epcot Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort

We’re excited to share that the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival returns to Walt Disney World Resort Sept. 14-Nov. 14, 2016.

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That means almost two additional weeks – from 53 days to 62 – of deliciousness, foodie fun, culinary events, celebrity chefs, seminars, music concerts and more.

Stay tuned for more updates about this favorite fall event!


Book The Ultimate Day at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Now that the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is in full swing (running through November 16), why not make it an extra-special event with the Ultimate Day at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival?

An exclusive VIP tour that lasts all day long, it’s your chance to enjoy an exclusive beverage demonstration, special seating for What’s Cookin’ With … a delicious plated brunch with a celebrity chef, an introduction to the NEW Sustainable Chew Marketplace hosted by Disney chefs, expedited access to some of Epcot’s favorite attractions, VIP seating for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, a select viewing location for the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks extravaganza and so much more.

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The Ultimate Day at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is the … well … ultimate way to experience this annual favorite of tastes, grapes, brews and good times.

Offered Fridays and Sundays throughout the festival, the price is $399 per person (21 and up only), plus tax. Discounts are available for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members and Disney Rewards Visa® Cardholders. Epcot admission is required.

For reservations or more information, please contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner.


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.


Check Out The Rockin’ Burger Block Party and Yelloween Masquerade Party At Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival

With the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort just a few weeks away, now is a great time to remind you about this year’s Premium Events. Here’s a closer look at two of the delicious offerings available during the festival, which takes place Sept. 25-Nov. 16, 2015.

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At the Rockin’ Burger Block Party in World ShowPlace, you can feast on a selection of delectable burgers, sliders and finger foods, including a coffee-crusted beef short rib burger, a spiced lamb burger, a shrimp and scallop burger, spicy-sticky pig wings, veggie pot stickers and cheeseburger spring rolls. You can even vote on the best burger of the night. Plus, you will party the night away with a live DJ, and enjoy a variety of craft beers, wines and cocktails.  And, for a sweet end to the evening there are over-the-top desserts to enjoy, including cinnamon roll fireball bread pudding, snickerdoodle-crusted apple custard crisp and chocolate ganache brownies.

Dates for the Rockin’ Burger Block Party are Sept. 25, Oct. 8 and Nov. 6 from 7-9 p.m., with hosts ABC’s “The Chew” joining the fun on Oct. 8. The cost is $99 plus tax; $119 plus tax for reserved table on main floor, early admission at 6:45 p.m., and a specialty cocktail; or $199 plus tax for VIP Nosh Pit seating with a private reserved table, early admission at 6:45 p.m., specialty cocktail and premium bar.

For one night only, you can grab your yellow and black attire for the elegant Yelloween Masquerade Party Oct. 31, 2015 from 7-9:30 p.m. This very special Party for the Senses event celebrates Halloween with an alluring array of menu items paired with champagne, wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails. You can revel the night away with tantalizing music and magnificent visuals in a unique experience unlike any other Party for the Senses event. The dress code for this mysterious masquerade is stylish and charming, so be creative and dress in your best yellow and black

The cost is $169 plus tax general admission; $199 plus tax for a reserved table on the main floor with specialty cocktail toast, and $319 plus tax for a private reserved table, early entrance at 6:45 p.m., specialty cocktail toast, artisanal cheese station and more.

Book your Premium Event reservations by calling your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner. Admission to Epcot is required.


Tickets Going Fast for Rockin’ Burger Block Party, Yelloween Masquerade Party

While it’s still summertime, tickets are selling fast for special events at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, opening September 25 for 53 days of fun, through November 16.

If you’re picking and choosing from the hundreds of special events and culinary demos, here are two all-new parties for 2015 – and tickets are going fast.

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If you love a designer burger, the Rockin’ Burger Block Party in World ShowPlace lets you pick and choose from more than a dozen sliders at each party – where to begin? How about a coffee-crusted beef short rib burger topped with smoked Gouda, garlic potato string and sangria ketchup? Or a spiced lamb burger topped with feta, pickled watermelon rind and za’atar aioli. Go all out with the mixed grill burger topped with fried egg, bacon grease fries and nacho cheese sauce.

If you’re not a meat fan, there’s still plenty to choose from, such as a shrimp and scallop burger topped with spicy Thai slaw and cilantro-lime mayo (with a side of smoked sea-salted fried edamame), or a grilled grouper patty topped with butter lettuce, vine-ripened tomato and lime aioli.

Along with the burgers, there are finger foods like spicy-sticky pig wings, veggie pot stickers and cheeseburger spring rolls. Mini-rolls, perfect for a bite or two, include moonshine barbecued meatballs, chickpea and roasted corn fritters and Caribbean spiced seafood cakes.

Sweet endings are over the top, too: cinnamon roll fireball bread pudding with cream cheese glaze, snickerdoodle-crusted apple custard crisp and Valrhona chocolate ganache brownies.
It’s an all-you-care-to-eat affair, with burgers paired with craft beers, wines, cocktails and more. And you can burn a few calories – there’s a DJ, so you can shimmy or quick step your way to the next gourmet burger station. (A fun twist: you get to vote on the best burger of the night.)
Dates are September 25, October 8 and November 6 from 7-9 p.m., with hosts of ABC’s “The Chew” joining the fun on October 8. 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.

And for one night only, we’re planning our chic yellow and black costume for the elegant Yelloween Masquerade Party, a very special Party for the Senses from 7-9:30 p.m. Octpber 31 in celebration of Halloween. “Yelloween” is a reference to the night’s top pour – golden Champagne. Think elegant, and plan to eat, drink and party the night away with special entertainment. Cost is $169 plus tax general admission; $199 plus tax for a reserved table on the main floor with specialty cocktail toast, and $319 plus tax for a private reserved table, early entrance at 6:45 p.m., specialty cocktail toast, artisanal cheese station and more.

For reservations to these and other special events, contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner. Admission to Epcot is required.


Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Announced for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Disney has been cooking up something special for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2015! Beginning September 25, while supplies last, take part in Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak and help Remy as he ventures around World Showcase at Epcot collecting ingredients for his signature dish, Ratatouille.

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Record your discoveries as you help Remy find each ingredient by placing the corresponding sticker on the specially themed map to represent that location.

Maps and stickers can be purchased for $9.95, plus tax at the following locations in the park. Note: Maps, stickers and surprise available while supplies last. No discounts apply. Purchasing limits may apply.

Whether you choose to search for each ingredient or not, return your map to the redemption location at Port of Entry by November 16, 2015 at Port of Entry to pick up your surprise.

What’s the surprise? Take a look! You will have the opportunity to receive one of the pins featured here.

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Theme park admission is not included, however is required to participate. Maps, stickers and surprise available while supplies last. Information subject to restrictions and change without notice.


New Experiences During the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, celebrating it’s 20th year, returns to the Walt Disney World Resort Sept. 25-Nov. 16, 2015 with more than 30 global marketplaces to explore.

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For the first time ever, the festival is stretching into the park’s Future World with four new food and beverage marketplaces.

Along the walkway toward Future World West, you can enjoy the new Artistry of Wine & Cheese festival area, which will feature the Cheese Studio (offering a cheese sampler served on an artist’s palette to pair with wines) and the Wine Studio with premium wines on tap.

Near the Epcot Character Spot, you can discover the new Next Eats area, featuring the Sustainable Chew and Chew Lab marketplaces inspired by ABC’s Emmy-Award winning lifestyle series  “The Chew,” starring co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz. Sustainable Chew will offer three dishes, and Chew Lab will show off hot culinary tech trends like a Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel.

While many festival events are included in regular theme park admission, including the new Back to Basics series, special book signings, Eat to the Beat concerts, cultural adventures, Marketplace Discover Passport, as well as attractions and park entertainment, you can also look forward to over-the-top premium events, including:

  • Rockin’ Burger Block Party – You can get a glimpse of the cast of ABC TV’s “The Chew” at this new premium event on Oct. 8 in World ShowPlace. They’ll enjoy specialty burgers and sliders inspired by top names in the music industry such as Dave Matthews and his Dreaming Tree Wines and Carlos Santana’s Casa Noble Tequila. (Two additional Burger Block Parties are set for Sept. 25 and Nov. 6.) This event includes VIP seating with a specialty cocktail toast, premium bar and more.
  • Yelloween Masquerade Party for the Senses – This first-time event on Oct. 31 will be one in a series of popular Party for the Senses premium events. You can experience an elegant, dance-the-night-away, gourmet tasting party with Champagne, wine, craft beers and specialty cocktails paired with food.
  • Another Party for the Senses you won’t want to miss takes place Oct. 24, and features Disney chefs from the United States, Europe and Asia cooking their favorite cuisine that represents their cultures as well as the Disney Parks and Resorts they call home.
  • Additional Party for the Senses dates are Oct. 3, 10 and 17, and each evening starts with a reserved seat at the Eat to the Beat concert series at the America Gardens Theatre. Following the show, you will head to World ShowPlace for a sensational evening with more than 50 tasting stations, and performances by Cirque du Soleil
  • What’s Cookin’ With …You can begin the morning with a delightful plated brunch and sparkling wine toast. Culinary celebs will demo a favorite dish and then sit down with the emcee to answer questions from the audience and share secrets of their successes. The brunch happens every Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. during the festival.

Guests include:

  • Sept. 27: Andrew Zimmern
  • Oct. 2: Amanda Freitag presented by Mylan
  • Oct. 4: Bryan Voltaggio
  • Oct.9: Jamie Deen
  • Oct.11: Carla Hall
  • Oct.16: Gale Gand
  • Oct. 18: Cat Cora
  • Oct.23: Allen Susser
  • Oct. 25: John Ash presented by Verlasso
  • Oct. 30: Robert Irvine
  • Nov. 1: Erika Davis
  • Nov. 6: Buddy Valastro
  • Nov. 8: David Guas
  • Nov. 13: Alex Guarnaschelli
  • Nov. 15: Sarah Fioroni

Other premium events include the Mexican Tequila Lunch, Japanese Craft Beer Tasting and the new French Family Meal Traditions.


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20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Expands Into Future World

For the first time ever, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is stretching into the park’s Future World with four new food and beverage marketplaces.

The festival opens September 25 and runs through November 16, and will feature more than 30 global marketplaces for sipping and noshing throughout the park.

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Along the walkway toward Future World West, the new Artistry of Wine & Cheese festival area will feature the Cheese Studio (offering a cheese sampler served on an artist’s palette to pair with wines) and the Wine Studio with premium wines on tap – each keg keeps the wine super fresh and holds the equivalent of 26 bottles, eliminating bottle, cork, cardboard and paper waste. Bottles, corks and materials from other marketplaces are recycled.

Then, near the Epcot Character Spot, the new Next Eats area will debut with Sustainable Chew and Chew Lab marketplaces inspired by ABC’s Emmy-Award winning lifestyle series “The Chew,” starring co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz. Sustainable Chew will feature three dishes, and Chew Lab will show off hot culinary tech trends like a Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel.

Beginning July 15, you can call your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner for more details. Booking for premium events like the new Rockin’ Burger Block Party (details soon!), Party for the Senses and Signature Dining Experiences will begin July 30.


First Look at 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Get ready for an exciting 53 days for the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, celebrating two delicious decades from September 25 – November 16.

Now noted as one of America’s top food festivals by the Travel Channel, the 20th rendition promises plenty of celebrity chefs and new marketplaces, but also traditions that guests look forward to each year.

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Look for favorite chefs such as Cat Cora, Jamie Deen, John Ash, Robert Irvine and Buddy Valastro onstage for demos and premium events (John Ash was at the very first Epcot fest back in 1996, and returns for 2015.) In all, more than 270 Disney chefs and culinary stars from across the U.S. will be showcased.

And for those who can’t wait to take a trip around the world at the 25-plus Marketplace kiosks, look for both new dishes (pepper bacon mac ‘n cheese at Farm Fresh Marketplace, seared venison loin in New Zealand) and returning classics (yes, the pierogies are still there in Poland, as well as Belgian waffles and kalua pork sliders in Hawaii). Wines, beers, Champagne, cocktails and mocktails are paired with good eats at each stop.

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Eat to the Beat concerts are already lined up with favorites such as Tiffany, Chaka Khan, Boyz II Men and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. And the favorite Party for the Senses grand tasting events are back every Saturday night in October featuring more than 50 wines and beers with tempting bites from eminent chefs.

Other fun stuff: the Ocean Spray cranberry bog is back. And Chase cardholders can chill out, grab a complimentary soft drink and try some interactive fun at the Chase Lounge in American Adventure. For kids of all ages, Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak takes you on a scavenger hunt for little Remy statuettes (maps, stickers and prizes are involved). New premium events includes “French Family Meal Traditions” lunches on Fridays and Saturdays, a “Rockin’ Burger Block Party” on select dates, and new beverage events including “Exploring Wines from 1996 to Now.”

Happy 20 years, Epcot International Food & Wine Festival! We can’t wait to celebrate. More details to follow.


Epcot Food & Wine Festival Dates Announced for 2015

It’s official! Epcot International Food & Wine Festival launches September 25 and runs through November 16 this year – 53 days of sweet and savory tapas-sized dishes and beverages, plus tasting seminars, culinary demos, signature dining experiences, live entertainment and more.

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Check back for more information. We’ll share all the information right here as details unfold.


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