International Food & Wine Festival Grows to 75 Days,
Runs Aug. 31-Nov. 13, 2017
Celebrate 35 Years of Epcot during Delicious Dine-Around
|LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – A record
number of global food and wine marketplaces – 35 in all –will sizzle
with new edible delights to celebrate 35 years of Epcot during the
22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Aug. 31-Nov. 13, 2017.
The annual Disney culinary tour of flavors will expand in 2017 for a
longer-than-ever 75-day run.
Growing in scope as one of America’s top food festivals each year
since 1996, the Epcot event will run for 13 additional days of
inspired sips and bites throughout the park’s World Showcase and
Future World. Guests will have a chance to mix and mingle with
celebrity chefs, experience hands-on culinary workshops and
demonstrations at the Festival Center, and get their gourmet groove
on at nightly Eat to the Beat concerts.
Here’s the latest festival buzz:
- New marketplaces will be
announced this summer. In addition, India (2009) and
Spain (2010) marketplaces will return for an encore. For a
third year, global marketplaces will extend into Future World to
offer brand-new taste sensations. Disney chefs are in the
kitchen whipping up delicious new bites like the Madras Red
Curry vegetarian dish and Pistachio Cardamom Bundt Cake to be on
the menu at the India marketplace. At the Spain marketplace,
delectable Charcuterie in a cone promises to be a guest
- Three times nightly Eat to
the Beat concerts – 225 concerts in all on the America
Gardens Theatre stage — will rev up the World Showcase vibe with
new musical acts and returning festival favorites spanning a
broad range of eras and genres such as rock, pop and rhythm and
- “Mix It, Make It, Celebrate
It!” hands-on workshops, which debuted in 2016 at the
Festival Center, return with fresh opportunities for guests to
interact with visiting chefs, bakers, mixologists and other
pros. Event hosts and topics will be announced this summer.
- Popular TV chefs and other
culinary icons will entertain foodies and inspire their
palates at Festival Center demonstrations. Those same stars of
the kitchen also will create new dishes for premium events such
as Party for the Senses grand tastings with new concepts and
- Festival focus on family
will spotlight inspired dishes geared toward children’s palates
and culinary demos designed to inspire family fun.
|Throughout the festival’s 75-day
run, park guests can pair wines, beers and ciders with savory and
sweet dishes as they stroll the World Showcase Promenade using their
complimentary festival passports as a guide.
As guests explore, they’ll find something for everyone in the
- A Ratatouille-inspired
adventure will return as Chef Remy gives families a chance
to play together during this culinary scavenger hunt.
- The complimentary Back to
Basics Festival Center weekend series will share epicurean
tips and tricks from the pros. Book and bottle signings by some
of the world’s top vintners will be scheduled, and The Chocolate
Experience: From Bean to the Bar, hosted by Ghirardelli, will
offer guest samples.
- Culinary Demonstrations and
Beverage Seminars will offer daily learning and tasting
opportunities at the Festival Center. On select Saturdays,
Cheese Seminars will be a fromage aficionado’s delight.
|Bookings for premium festival events
will open this summer.
- Party for the Senses
grand tasting events will showcase creative bites and
palate-pleasing sips from eminent chefs and beverage experts
plus new live entertainment.
- Resort premium events
will include a Grand Floridian Brunch with a Twist and Culinary
Adventures with a Master Chef.
- Specialty Dining and Pairing
events will be on tap at a number of World Showcase
|Included with Epcot Admission:
Back to Basics series, book signings, Eat to the Beat
concerts, cultural adventures, Festival Passport and all
attractions and park entertainment are included with regular Epcot
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.
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