Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Aug. 31-Nov. 13, 2017

Epcot International Food Wine Festival

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Don’t Miss The 22nd Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – There will be a record number of global food and wine marketplaces at the Epcot International Food Wine Festival – 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 Walt Disney World Resort culinary tour of flavors will expand in 2017 for a longer-than-ever 75-day run.

epcot food and wine festival

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Bigger and Better Every Year.

The Epcot International Food Wine Festival is 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.

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Hang With Celebrity Chefs at The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

When you visit the Epcot International Food Wine Festival, you can mix and mingle with celebrity chefs, experience hands-on culinary workshops, and demonstrations and get their gourmet groove on at nightly Eat to the Beat concerts. They also can book special tasting experiences at Epcot and at Disney resort restaurants. Family fun will be in the mix with kid-friendly dishes geared toward young palates and a Ratatouille-inspired culinary scavenger hunt.

Warning: Event highlights at the Epcot International Food Wine Festival will tempt taste buds, music fans, and fun seekers:

Here are some fun facts about the 22nd Epcot International Food Wine Festival festival celebration.

•Now 75 days long, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival began in 1996 with a first run of 30 days

•At the 2017 Epcot International Food Wine Festival, 35 global marketplaces will include five new marketplaces to help celebrate 35 years of Epcot –they include Active Eats, Coastal Eats, Flavors from Fire and Light Lab, all expanding into the park’s Future World area. The Almond Orchard, hosted by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, is the fifth new marketplace located along the World Showcase promenade

•At this years Epcot International Food Wine Festival producers of ABC’s “The Chew” will tape 5 episodes of the show before 5 festival guest audiences numbering in the hundreds for each show Oct. 4-6 against a backdrop of the park’s iconic Spaceship Earth

•The 22nd Epcot International Food Wine Festival will feature 39 new marketplace dishes and 65 new cocktails, beers, wines and ciders

•This year, more than 50 domestic and international wines will be offered at global marketplaces at the Epcot International Food Wine Festival

•This 2017 Epcot International Food Wine Festival will feature more than 50 wineries and more than 35 breweries from around the world, including local craft beer operations, will be represented at festival marketplaces

•The new “Disney Food and Wine Festivals Coast to Coast Cookbook” by Pam Brandon and the Disney Chefs features 50 irresistible recipes, 26 recipes from the Epcot festival global marketplaces and 24 from Disney’s California Adventure at this years Epcot International Food Wine Festival.

•5 Party for the Senses grand tastings will take place at World Showplace during the festival run. In all, the festival will feature 177 premium events ranging from Signature Dinners and Food & Wine Pairings to “What’s Cookin’ With”and additional festival events in World Showcase pavilions and Walt Disney World resorts

•Guest chefs and Disney chefs numbering 197 will present culinary demonstrations and will cook for Epcot International Food Wine Festival events

•Celebrity chefs and visiting culinarians from 11 countries and 23 U.S. states will participate in the festival at culinary demos, book signings, and special tasting events and dinners will be a big part of this years Epcot International Food Wine Festival

•379 culinary demos, beverage and interactive seminars will take place during the 75-day festival. That’s equal to more than 6,360 hours of scheduled seminars at the Festival Center. These include the fun-filled Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! interactive events, plus more

•During Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak festival scavenger hunt, guests can help Remy scour the park for the ingredients to make his signature dish, ratatouille. Along the way, they’ll find 15 Remy statuettes hidden throughout World Showcase and the global marketplaces. Guests can purchase their map and stickers at select merchandise locations, then take their completed maps to Disney Traders at the entrance to World Showcase or World Traveler at International Gateway to choose a new surprise, compliments of Chef Remy

•225 Eat to the Beat concerts will be performed;11 musical acts will appear for the first time at this year’s festival featuring entertainment ranging from rock and soul to funk and blues

•The Festival Passport (previously called the Marketplace Discovery Passport) was introduced in 2010 for the 15th annual festival; today, the complimentary passport will feature pages with all 35 festival marketplaces and other outdoor food and beverage locations with special festival offerings such as Refreshment Cool Post, Fife & Drum Tavern and Refreshment Port

•More than 1,200 fireworks will explode each night over World Showcase Lagoon in IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth nightime spectacular at this years Epcot International Food Wine Festival

•100,000-plus desserts, including Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts (new at Hawaii) and Sweet Olive Oil Cake with Powdered Sugar and Lemon Curd (new at Spain), are expected to be served at the Epcot International Food Wine Festival

•In 1997, during the festival’s second year, festival planners introduced the first Grand Tasting culinary extravaganza; in 2002, the event was renamed and moved to World Showplace as Party for the Senses, now featuring dozens of food and beverage stations and, in 2017, confirmed seating for all guests plus new and different themed entertainment and surprises for each event at the Epcot International Food Wine Festival