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November 25, 2016

2017 Food and Wine Festival Dates Announced

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Dates Announced for the 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Mark your calendar: August 31 through November 13 will be a record 75 days of global culinary creations, celebrity chefs, premium events, Eat to the Beat concerts, and more.

October 26, 2016

Yelloween Party for the Senses Still Booking Guests

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Bookings Still Open for Party for the Senses Yelloween Masquerade Oct. 28 and 29 at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

There’s still time to plan for the premier masquerade event of the year – the Yelloween Masquerade Party for the Senses at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Oct. 28 and 29!

Inside the park’s elegantly decorated World Showplace pavilion, party guests can sample delicacies from more than 50 gourmet tasting stations while enjoying spirited entertainment. The dress code is yellow-and-black chic at this themed masquerade party, and the Champagne, wine, craft beers and specialty cocktails will flow throughout the evening.

The distinguished lineup of chefs includes G Garvin of Atlanta and Keegan Gerhard of Denver on Friday night; Jerome Brown of Raleigh, N.C. and Orlando’s own Kevin Fonzo on Saturday night. A sampling of the tasty bites: Friday, Disney’s own Chef Dom Filoni of Citricos will serve pan-seared wild-caught striped bass with cauliflower puree, sautéed fennel and grapefruit beurre blanc. Chef Fonzo on Saturday plans a roasted porchetta with polenta and pickled veggies.

The event includes reserved seating for an Eat to the Beat concert before the Yelloween Party. Performing Friday and Saturday at America Gardens Theatre will be (new!) Living Colour. Guests can book reservations for the party, which runs from 7-9:30 pm. at 407/939-3378.

July 13, 2015

20th Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Announces Future World Marketplace Expansion

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Milestone Celebration Sept. 25-Nov. 16 to Offer New Tastings and Premium Events; Event Bookings Will Begin July 30

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (July 13, 2015) – Walt Disney World Resort announced today that four new food and beverage marketplaces will open in Future World during the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase Sept. 25-Nov. 16, 2015. It’s the first time in the festival’s 20-year-history that global marketplace experiences, now numbering more than 30, have expanded from the park’s World Showcase into Future World.

During the 53-day festival, the new Artistry of Wine & Cheese area featuring the Cheese Studio and Wine Studio marketplaces will evoke the ambiance of Napa Valley with grape vines and welcoming pergolas along the walkway to Future World West.

At the Cheese Studio, a cheese sample platter will be served on an artist’s palette to pair with wines.
The Wine Studio will serve premium wines on tap and showcase palate-pleasing wine varietals organized by color in artful displays.

At the new Next Eats area near the Epcot Character Spot, Sustainable Chew and Chew Lab marketplaces will be 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. “The Chew” announced July 2 that the show will broadcast from Epcot during the festival.

At Sustainable Chew Marketplace, guests can taste delicious dishes inspired by “The Chew” co-hosts.
At Chew Lab, food science meets the hottest culinary tech trends to present innovative dishes like the Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel.

“The Future World festival marketplace expansion gives our guests more reasons than ever to help us celebrate 20 delicious festival years,” says Jens Dahlmann, general manager of Epcot Food & Beverage. “Adding even more sizzle, our collaboration with ABC’s ‘The Chew’ brings the cachet of a major daytime network television series and its celebrity hosts.”

More news to celebrate:

One of a series of popular Party for the Senses premium events will be the first-time Yelloween Masquerade Party for the Senses 31, an elegant, dance-the-night-away, gourmet tasting party with Champagne, wine, craft beers and specialty cocktails paired with food. Guests will be encouraged to masquerade in chic yellow and black. Reservations will open July 30, 2015, for festival premium events also to include the Mexican Tequila Lunch, Japanese Craft Beer Tasting, French Family Meal Traditions and dozens of events including Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining.

“The Chew” cast will host a new premium event: the Rockin’ Burger Block Party 8, with 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.

The Dominican Republic Marketplace will return with fresh flair, serving new dishes including Pescado con Coco – seared grouper, pigeon peas with rice and coconut sauce. And at the Festival Center, the new Monday-through-Thursday “Spotlight on Dominican Republic” will showcase the country’s culture, crafts and culinary delights with artists and chefs at the Festival Center.

Two 20th-year celebratory wines were created just for this fall’s festival: a Napa Valley Festival Chardonnay and a Paso Robles Festival Cabernet Sauvignon. Guests will be able to purchase tastes of both wines at the Sustainable Chew marketplace, and the Festival Center Wine Shop will carry bottles.

At the new Artistry of Wine & Cheese, each keg of premium wine on tap will hold the equivalent of 26 wine bottles, eliminating bottle, cork, cardboard and paper waste from labels. Recycling and repurposing of glass bottles and corks from other marketplace locations will be part of the 20th-year festival story.

July 2, 2015

Epcot Food and Wine Festival News: ABC’s 'The Chew' at the Festival; Two Future World Marketplaces Debut

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ABC’s “The Chew” is leaving its Manhattan studio for the first time in the show’s history to broadcast from the 20th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. The Emmy-Award® Winning lifestyle series will tape five shows with co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz on Oct. 7, 8 & 9 to air during the week of Oct. 12 -16 on “The Chew.”

“We are beyond excited to be invited to celebrate such an important food event,” said Gordon Elliott, executive producer of “The Chew.” “What a great way to kick off our fifth season. We are planning a terrific series of shows for our viewers and live audience that will use every available piece of magic the park and our show can muster. Stay tuned!” he added.

“The Chew” shows from Epcot will showcase festival highlights as well as food and beverage from “around the world” of Walt Disney World Resort. From stellar dining experiences to immersive dining that transports guests into cherished stories, “The Chew” will explore Disney Parks restaurants that offer innovative, fun and healthful dining choices and share some of their favorites.

In addition, “The Chew” will be featured in two themed marketplaces located at the new Next Eats area of Future World – the first time in the festival’s history that new culinary experiences have expanded into the Future World area of the park.

At the new Sustainable Chew Marketplace, festivalgoers can enjoy three delicious dishes inspired by “The Chew” co-hosts. From savory pork spareribs with red wine and fennel with cheesy mascarpone grits and ricotta & zucchini ravioli with tomato sauce to vanilla panna cotta with fresh figs and pistachio brittle, “The Chew” has something for everyone during this milestone 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival celebration. The eco-home-inspired marketplace will offer guests a chance to learn more about how food is grown and the importance of food sustainability. Herbs and vegetables harvested from The Land pavilion greenhouses at Epcot will flavor the marketplace dishes.

A second new Future World marketplace at Next Eats will feature the Chew Lab, where Disney chefs are collaborating with “The Chew,” to create a cutting-edge marketplace inspired by food-science labs and the hottest culinary tech trends.

Visit TheChew.com for information on how to obtain tickets to be part of the live audience during “The Chew” broadcasts at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

“The Chew” will continue to update viewers on additional festival plans throughout the summer. Tune in weekdays 1:00pm/ET and visit TheChew.com.

May 28, 2015

20 Years of Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival - Details

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Milestone Celebration Queues Up New Tastings and Events

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - A global culinary journey celebrating 20 delicious years of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will tantalize taste buds from Sept. 25-Nov. 16, at Walt Disney World Resort. The 2015 festival, presented by Chase, will welcome celebrity chefs, debut new marketplace tastes from around the world and celebrate guests favorite dining traditions.

Disney chefs and festival programmers are whipping up a feast of surprises to celebrate the 20th annual event in style. New wine tastings, rockin' parties and culinary experiences built around the 20-year milestone will bring together loyal festival fans and first-timers. As part of the celebration, Chef Remy of the Disney animated film "Ratatouille" will invite guests to join a culinary scavenger hunt.

Growing in scope each year since 1996 and lauded by the Travel Channel as one of America's top food festivals, the 53-day Epcot event features inspired bites and sips from around the world at more than 25 outdoor marketplaces, nightly Eat to the Beat concerts of many musical genres, signature dinners and featured tasting events.

This fall, the 20th festival will debut dishes like Pepper Bacon Mac 'n Cheese at the Farm Fresh Marketplace and refreshing sips like the Scottish Citrus Thistle at the Scotland Marketplace. Culinary icons like Cat Cora, Jamie Deen and John Ash will entertain foodies and inspire their palates at new and returning premium events that include weekly Party for the Senses grand tastings in October.

Festival guests can pair wines and beers with savory and sweet dishes as they stroll the World Showcase Promenade and earn stamps on their complimentary festival passports. Champagne, cocktails and "mocktails" also will bubble up on festival menus. In Future World, the popular Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog returns for a fourth year so that families can discover the cranberry's rich agricultural heritage and learn fun facts about the tart fruits.

Whether guests' taste buds prefer savory, spicy, sweet (or all of the above), there are plenty of delectable surprises at every stop along the way. Here's a sneak peek:


New marketplace menus debut and chefs celebrate festival favorites
- Among many dishes set to debut are Seared Venison Loin with Wild Mushroom Ragout and Kumara Dumpling at the New Zealand Marketplace and Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Peppers, Onions and Snap Peas at the Australia Marketplace. For many, there's nothing like a yearly dip into classic favorites like the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup.

Four new Eat to the Beat concert acts debut; fan favorites return to festival stage -Rock singer-songwriter David Cook opens the Eat to the Beat concert series Sept. 25-27. Four new acts in the concert series lineup - Tiffany, Everclear, Maxi Priest and Chaka Khan - will belt out chart-topping tunes. Other popular acts, including Wilson Phillips, Smash Mouth, The Pointer Sisters, Jo Dee Messina, Boyz II Men and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, will return to rock the America Gardens Theatre stage this fall.

Celebrity chefs dazzle - Renowned chef and cookbook author John Ash, who participated in the inaugural Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in 1996, will return to celebrate the 20th milestone year. Other notable chefs including Cat Cora, Robert Irvine, Jamie Deen, Rock Harper, Kenny Gilbert and Buddy Valastro will cook for Epcot guests and share their culinary know-how during demos and premium events.

Ratatouille rocks - Remy's Ratatouille Hide & Squeak invites kids of all ages to join a World Showcase scavenger hunt for little Remy statuettes hidden around the park's World Showcase. Maps, stickers and prizes are involved.

Festival Center gets cookin' - Guests can join culinary demonstrations, beverage seminars and mixology seminars daily for a nominal fee. More festival fun will include the complimentary Back to Basics weekend series featuring epicurean tips and tricks from the pros.

Chase Lounge offers perks - Anyone who owns or wants to own a Chase debit or credit card will find complimentary refreshments and interactive fun at the Chase Lounge at American Adventure.

Get ready for . . .

More than 270 chefs including Disney chefs and culinary stars from across the country.
Party for the Senses grand tasting events every Saturday in October showcasing tempting bites from eminent chefs, more than 50 wines and beers and live entertainment.
Premium events including the new "French Family Meal Traditions" lunch on Fridays and Sundays; new "Rockin' Burger Block Party" on select dates; and new beverage events to include "Exploring Wines from 1996 to Now" that salutes the festival's 20th year.

Included with Epcot Admission:

Back to Basics series, Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog, World Showcase Scavenger Hunt, special book signings, Eat to the Beat concerts, cultural adventures, Marketplace Discovery Passport and all attractions and park entertainment are included with regular Epcot admission.


Special Programming by Reservation:

The Party for the Senses grand tasting events, signature dinners and other special wine and culinary programs require reservations and separate event admission. When a reservation booking date is announced this summer, guests can call 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378) and get details at EpcotFoodFestival.com.

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October 1, 2013

Air Supply to Perform October 2-4 in Epcot's "Eat to the Beat" Concert Series

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Air Supply ("All Out of Love") will perform October 2-4, 2013, as part of the 18th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival "Eat to the Beat" concert series.

Shows are nightly at America Gardens Theatre in Epcot's World Showcase at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.

Performances are included with Epcot admission.

September 28, 2013

The Go-Gos Perform Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in "Eat to the Beat" Concert Series

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The Go-Go's ("We Got the Beat") will perform September 30-October 1, 2013, as part of the 18th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival "Eat to the Beat" concert series.

Shows are nightly at America Gardens Theatre in Epcot's World Showcase at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.

Performances are included with Epcot admission.

September 25, 2013

Starship Starring Mickey Thomas Kicks Off 2013 "Eat to the Beat" Concert Series

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Starship starring Mickey Thomas ("We Built This City") will perform September 27-29, 2013, as part of the 18th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival "Eat to the Beat" concert series.

Shows are nightly at America Gardens Theatre in Epcot's World Showcase at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.

Performances are included with Epcot admission.

June 12, 2013

Reservations for Epcot Food and Wine Festival Premium Events Begin August 13!

(from the Disney Parks Blog)

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Reservations for premium events for the 18th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which runs September 27-November 11, will begin at 7 a.m. on August 13.

From the Party for the Senses grand tasting experience on select Saturday nights to a new taste of Scottish cuisine, there are lots of experiences available. Price per ticket:

  • New Scotland, Land of Food And Drink (Sept. 28), $95 or $115
  • New Spirits Confidential (Nov. 1), $80 or $95
  • New Parisian Breakfast (Saturdays), $37
  • New Hibachi Experience (Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5), $120
  • "3D" Disney's Dessert Discovery (Oct. 4, 11 and 25), $55 or $90
  • Epcot Wine Schools (Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 3), $135 per person
  • Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining (more than 25 dinners throughout the festival; prices vary)
  • Mixology Series: Taste, Shake and Indulge Like the French (Saturdays), $65
  • Kitchen Memories (Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8), from $110-$170
  • Cheese Seminars (Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9), $80
  • Party for the Senses (Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2), $145, $180 or $285
  • Food & Wine Pairings (Tuesdays, Thursdays), $55
  • Sweet Sundays (Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10), $99
  • The Discovery of Chocolate (Oct. 13 and 27), $75

Additional events include Italian and French pairings and lunches, and a Mexican tequila lunch. Guests also can book special festival experiences including daily Culinary Demonstrations ($14), Mixology Seminars ($15) and Wine, Beer or Spirit Seminars ($14). Inside-the-park festival dining experiences as well as culinary and beverage programs require park admission fees. Event updates and details will be posted on the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Facebook page in August.

Reservations may be made starting August 13 by calling 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378).

September 26, 2012

Ocean Spray’s Cranberry Bog Exhibit is a Feast for the Eyes

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Ocean Spray's Cranberry Bog Exhibit is a Feast for the Eyes at
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Cranberry cooperative shares the secrets behind the taste, health, and heritage of the exceptional cranberry

LAKEVILLE-MIDDLEBORO, Mass. (Sept. 26, 2012) - What do you get when you combine the imagination and magic of Walt Disney World with the mystery of fall's favorite fruit? A truly exceptional exhibit- an over 1,300 square-foot free-standing cranberry bog to be exact! From Sept. 28 to Nov. 12, visitors to the 2012 Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival will have a chance to feast their eyes on the beauty of the cranberry harvest and discover the cranberry's secrets - from its unique taste to its rich heritage and long history of health benefits.

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Multi-generation Ocean Spray® cranberry growers and Disney cast members will be on hand to share the mystery of the cranberry through this awe inspiring display complete with 1,500 pounds of fresh, floating cranberries. Visitors will also have an opportunity to sample Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries, the official fruit snack of the Walt Disney World® and Disneyland® Resorts, and enjoy them in an assortment of menu items at participating restaurants inside the theme park.

"The cranberry is an exceptional autumn fruit that people know very little about," said Larry Martin, vice president global marketing, Ocean Spray. "Our collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering on this exhibit gives us an opportunity to showcase the cranberry to thousands of visitors who may never have the opportunity to see how truly stunning a cranberry harvest is, and then show them how to incorporate cranberries into everyday dishes and cuisines around the world."

In addition to the harvest demonstration, guests visiting the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival are encouraged to explore culinary demonstrations by Disney chefs, who will share their secrets on how to transform ordinary fare into full-flavored dishes using Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries.

For more tasty cranberry secrets and recipes, visit www.oceanspray.com.

Cranberry lovers are also encouraged to share their exceptional secrets with Ocean Spray at Facebook.com/oceanspray or @oceansprayinc on Twitter.

Discover the Secrets of the Exceptional Cranberry

- Cranberries are one of only three native fruits cultivated in North America.

- Inside the cranberry are four secret chambers. These tiny air chambers help the cranberries stay afloat when the bogs are flooded for harvest.

- If you strung all the cranberries produced in North America last year, they would stretch from Boston to Los Angeles more than 565 times.

- Over the years, there have been more than 1,000 cranberry recipes added to Ocean Spray's Cranberry Kitchen.

- Cranberry products contribute to whole-body health and are rich in powerful nutrients. Find out more at www.cranberryhealth.com.

July 5, 2012

HGTV Stars Coming to Epcot's Food and Wine Festival

HGTV stars are also known for their ideas and helpful hints for kitchen makeovers, party planning, and catering. Several will be appearing as special guests during this year's Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

Here's the current schedule:

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September 28-30 - "Design Star" Season 7 Winner (To be announced July 25)

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October 5-7 - Casey Noble - "Design on a Dime"

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October 12-14 - Alison Victoria - DIY Network's "Kitchen Crashers"

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October 19-21 - Brian Patrick Flynn - HGTV.com, "Design Happens" contributor

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October 26-28 - Meg Caswell - "Meg's Great Rooms"

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November 2-4 - Marianne Canada - HGTV.com, "Design Happens" contributor

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November 9-12 - Emily Henderson - "Secrets From a Stylist"

October 24, 2011

Boyz II Men - Eat to the Beat Concerts

Eat to the Beat concert series features Boyz II Men on October 24-26, 2011.

The concerts, which are included with Epcot admission, will be at the America Gardens Theatre nightly at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.


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June 13, 2011

2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

From the Disney Parks Blog...

Details will continue to unfold between now and the start of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, themed "Passport to a World of Flavors," but here are the early highlights for the 16th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

From Sept. 30-Nov. 13, Epcot World Showcase Promenade features a panoply of delicious tastes, wine and cocktail pairings and other drinks, live entertainment and special culinary fun. More than 25 international marketplaces feature tapas-sized portions ($3 to $8) paired with beer, wine and cocktails.

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What's hot this year? Here are the headlines:

• Hawaii, the Caribbean islands and Portugal all debut Marketplaces - look for Kailua pork sliders in Hawaii, ropa vieja in the Caribbean and calamari salad in Portugal.

• The new Odyssey Lounge opens, where guests can check in with friends and family back home, play games and surf the web while enjoying a specialty cocktail or a glass of wine or beer. There's even a charging station for mobile phones and other electronic devices.

• Celeb chefs are back - top culinarians like Jeff Henderson, Cat Cora, Alan Wong, Gale Gand, Suvir Saran, Jamie Deen, Rock Harper, Celina Tio and more. All told, more than 270 chefs participate.

• There's always fun stuff at the Festival Welcome Center, from a wine bar to tasting seminars and free sessions with cookbook authors.

• Eat to the Beat! Concert Series is back at America Gardens Theatre with first timers the Pointer Sisters, The Orchestra starring former members of ELO and Gin Blossoms. Taylor Dayne kicks it off opening weekend.

• Also back are First Bites Opening Reception on Sept. 29 (one time only); Kitchen Memories (formerly Celebrating Family and Friends in the Kitchen); Mixology Seminar, and "3D" Disney Dessert Discovery. And of course the grand Party for the Senses!

• A new Cranberry Bog display by Craisons tells the story behind the cranberry's rich agricultural heritage.

The Party for the Senses grand tasting events and other special wine and culinary programs require reservations and separate event admission. Guests can call 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378) for information and to make reservations for special events and programs (Aug. 16 is the date you can start booking). Festival details are available at www.disneyworld.com/foodandwine.

May 27, 2010

World Showcase Presents Delicious Discoveries Oct. 1-Nov. 14 at 15th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Chefs Whip Up Global Goodies from South Korea, Belgium, and More

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Like a fine wine that improves with age, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival celebrates 15 years Oct. 1-Nov. 14 with an unrivaled global tasting experience.

Where on the planet can foodies sample the cuisine, culture and entertainment of more than two dozen countries during a 1.3-mile stroll around a picturesque 40-acre lagoon? Only at Walt Disney World Resort, where more than 25 international marketplaces around the World Showcase promenade at Epcot invite guests to taste tapas-sized portions and sip wines, beers and spirits from six continents.

This year, Disney and celebrity chefs are teaming with winemakers and brew masters from around the world to commemorate 15 years of Delicious Discoveries. During the six-week festival, guests will discover:

§ Two new tasting marketplaces - Belgium and South Korea -plus new menu offerings at popular returning marketplaces including Singapore, Argentina, Chile, Poland, South Africa, Australia, U.S.A., Spain and others.

§ Celebrity chef appearances starring top culinarians like Warren Brown, Cat Cora, Todd English, Gale Gand, Robert Irvine, Art Smith, Andrew Zimmern and more.

§ A complimentary Marketplace Discovery Passport to be stamped at each international marketplace visited for the perfect scrapbook souvenir.

§ Daily wine seminars, bottle signings, author events and culinary demonstrations at the Festival Welcome Center.

§ Eat to the Beat! concerts three times nightly at America Gardens Theatre.

§ Two Epcot restaurants grand opening just in time for the festival: Via Napoli at the Italy pavilion and La Hacienda de San Angel at the Mexico pavilion.

New Sips, Fresh Bites

Whether sampling steamed mussels with roasted garlic cream at the new Belgium marketplace or sipping the trendiest wines from South Africa and Chile, festival guests can make a day of grazing their way around the World Showcase promenade. Tapas-sized portions of regional specialties run $3-to-$8 each, and recommended wines and beers make perfect pairings at each marketplace. To make grazing simpler and more fun, guests can purchase a festival-themed mini-Disney Gift Card that can be loaded and reloaded at several park locations. The card comes attached to a band that can be worn conveniently on the wrist and used for purchases at park marketplaces, restaurants and shops.

Live regional entertainment includes music, acrobatics and improv performances along the promenade. Evening Eat to the Beat! concerts at America Gardens Theatre feature acts from many musical genres. Appearing for the first time on the Eat to the Beat! stage are: Sugar Ray, Air Supply, Howard Jones, 38 Special, Roger Hodgson (formerly of Supertramp,) Hanson and Rick Springfield. Kicking off the festival Oct. 1-3 is fan-favorite Taylor Dayne, and wrapping the event Nov. 12-14 is crowd-pleaser Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Each fall, the festival attracts a diverse audience of more than 1 million guests ranging from wine connoisseurs and epicures to novices wishing to boost their culinary IQs. Special culinary programs showcase a lineup of renowned winemakers, guest chefs and speakers participating in elegant dinners, luncheons, seminars and wine schools.

Festival highlights include:

· The Festival Welcome Center, with a Wine Bar, Authentic Taste Seminars, Authors Without Borders weekend conversations and more.

· Some 250 chefs including Disney chefs and guest chefs from across the country conducting culinary demonstrations and hosting dinners and tasting events. Guest chefs on tap include Debbie Gold, Rock Harper, Jeff Henderson, Robin Miller, Jamie Deen and many other culinary stars.

· New events that include 3-D Disney's Dessert Discovery and a festival preview night, First Bites Opening Reception, on Sept. 30.

· Popular returning events that include Celebrating Family and Friends in the Kitchen, Epcot Wine Schools, Mexico Tequila Tastings and Food and Wine Pairings.

· The weekly Party for the Senses grand tasting event with tempting bites from eminent chefs, more than 50 wines and beers and live entertainment.

Festival guests can enjoy fresh Epcot experiences including the latest Future World high-tech fun at Innoventions. They also can go "under the sea" at The Seas with Nemo & Friends, "up in the air" at Soarin' in The Land pavilion or "out of this world" at Mission: SPACE. In World Showcase, new and updated restaurants welcome guests at the Italy, Japan, Mexico and China pavilions.

Included with Epcot Admission

Authentic Taste seminars and Authors Without Borders programs with special book signings at the Festival Center, Eat to the Beat! concerts, cultural adventures, Marketplace Discovery Passport and all attractions and park entertainment are included with regular Epcot admission.

Special Programming by Reservation

The Party for the Senses grand tasting events and other special wine and culinary programs require reservations and separate event admission. Guests can call 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378) for information and to make reservations for special events and programs. Festival details should be available at www.disneyworld.com/foodandwine by mid-July.

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About Epcot's Food and Wine Festival

This page contains an archive of all entries posted to Disney and Florida Attractions News Blog in the Epcot's Food and Wine Festival category. They are listed from oldest to newest.

Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival is the previous category.

Festival of the Masters is the next category.

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