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24th Epcot International
Food & Wine Festival Expands to 87 Days Global Dining Delights and
Festival Fun on Tap Aug. 29-Nov. 23
A culinary mashup of global cultures and gourmet
innovation will bring irresistible bites, sips, entertainment and
family fun to the 24th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival,
Aug. 29-Nov 23, 2019. This year, the celebrated summer-into-fall
festival at Walt Disney World Resort will add a dozen extra days,
expanding the foodie celebration to a delicious 87 days.
Epcot guests can begin with the aromas and flavors of 30 festive
global food and wine marketplaces that extend from Future World to
encircle the World Showcase promenade. Guests also can explore
opportunities for special tastings and pairings, plus premium dining
events featuring chef personalities such as Maneet Chauhan, Rick
Bayless, Rock Harper and Florida darling Art Smith. Reservations for
special programming and premium festival events open May 15 and can
be made by calling (407) WDW-FEST.
Back by popular demand, the Disney du Jour Dance Party in Future
World will expand to seven days a week. Sundays through Thursdays, a
DJ will lead the interactive fun. Fridays and Saturdays, Radio
Disney stars will pump up the mix with live performances.
Actress-singer Meg Donnelly, from the Disney Channel original movie
“Zombies,” will appear opening weekend, and more weekend celebrity
headliners will join the lineup throughout the festival.
Other family activities on tap are Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak
scavenger hunt and the popular Candy Sushi interactive experience.
Throughout the event, guests can dish with their favorite celebrity
and Disney chefs, and book seats for tasting and dining events in
Mexico, France, Japan, Italy, Morocco and other World Showcase
pavilions. Guests can also get their gourmet groove on during the
Eat to the Beat Concert Series that runs three times nightly Aug.
29-Nov. 19. Eat to the Beat Dining Packages, available at select
table-service locations, will include guaranteed concert seating.
The first of five popular Party for the Senses events – each a
delectable tribute to the sensory arts – will kick off Sept. 21 in
the park’s World Showplace Events Pavilion.
More highlights from the 24th Epcot International Food & Wine
- 30 Global Marketplaces, plus additional
locations across the festival, will present fresh flavors at a
variety of marketplaces such as Africa, where the new
Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin with sweet potato and corn mealie pap with Kachumbari slaw will tempt guests to return for
seconds. At Earth Eats marketplace guests can dig into the new
plant-based Cottage Pie with carrots, mushrooms and peas topped
with mashed cauliflower and white beans.
- The back-by-demand Sunday Brunch with the
Chef series in World Showplace Events Pavilion will kick off
Sept. 1 with celebrity Chef Jamie Deen and continue on select
Sundays through Nov. 17. The chef lineup includes Cat Cora,
Carla Hall, Fabio Viviani, Andrew Zimmern, Buddy Valastro,
Richard Blais, Robert Irvine, David Burtka, Graham Elliot and
- Three times nightly, the
Eat to the Beat
Concert Series – 249 concerts in all – will rev up fans at the
America Gardens Theatre stage through Nov. 19 with the biggest
musical menu of top talent in the festival’s history, including
new acts Lauren Daigle (contemporary Christian), Kris Allen
(pop, alt-rock), Sawyer Brown (country) and Boyce Avenue (rock,
pop). Returning festival favorites spanning a broad range of
eras and genres include Plain White T’s, Sugar Ray, Hanson,
Sheila E. and Boyz II Men. Showtimes Sundays through Thursdays
will be 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday shows are
slated for 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m.
- Eat to the Beat Dining Packages will let
guests choose their favorite restaurant for a delicious
breakfast, lunch or dinner plus guaranteed concert seating that
The grandest of the festival’s hot-ticket tasting events,
for the Senses at World Showplace Events Pavilion will welcome
acclaimed chefs and vintners Sept. 21, Oct. 5, 12 and 19 (All
Disney Chef Night!) and Nov. 9. This event showcases creative
bites and palate-pleasing sips with sensational live
entertainment featuring Femmes of Rock, who wowed guests last
year with their blistering solos and innovative arrangements.
- “Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on
workshops on select Mondays and Thursdays through Nov. 14 will
offer new opportunities for guests to work side-by-side with
visiting chefs, bakers, mixologists and other pros.
- Popular TV chefs and other culinary icons
will entertain guests and inspire their palates on select dates
at festival seminars and other events. Some of the big names on
tap are Bryan Voltaggio, Kenny Gilbert, Maneet Chauhan, Jet Tila,
Shaun O’Neale, Keegan Gerhard, Dan Pashman and Rock Harper.
- Book & Bottle Signings by some of the world’s
top vintners and chefs will return on select dates this year, in
addition to the popular The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to
the Bar, hosted by Ghirardelli, offering guests samples.
- Culinary Demonstrations (available through
16) and Beverage Seminars (available through Nov. 17) will offer
learning and tasting sessions select days throughout the
- And don’t forget about the exciting new
merchandise to commemorate the Festival!
Chef Minnie will join
Chef Mickey this year to bring a “sprinkle” of fun to the
festival. This new merchandise line depicts them busily making
cupcakes and other delectable desserts with ingredients that
include rose-gold accents and a little sparkle.
- Chef Minnie will also bring her sense of
style to a new cupcake headband and other festival apparel.
Guests can also celebrate the Festival with returning favorites
including the Taste Your Way Around the World, Brews, Figment,
and Remy collections.
Included with Epcot Admission
Eat to the Beat concerts through Nov. 19 only, Disney du Jour Dance
Party, Festival Passport and all attractions and park entertainment
are included with regular Epcot admission.
Special Programming by Reservation
Party for the Senses, Sunday Brunch with the Chef, Cheese Seminars
and other special wine and culinary programs require reservations
and separate event admission. Reservations for special programming
and premium festival events open May 15 and your Academy Travel
representative can assist with the reservations. More information
can be found at TasteEpcot.com.
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