Get ready to taste your way around the world at the 19th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The Disney World special event is slated for September 19 through November 10, 2014 – a record 53 days long! The culinary event is the highlight of the fall season at Disney. With the purchase of Epcot tickets, you’ll gain access to world-renowned cuisine, entertaining concerts and excellent culinary programs geared towards to the foodie in all of us.
Fresh things to do for the 2014 event include:
New Festival Marketplaces and Food: Two new marketplaces have been added to Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival. The Patagonia Marketplace will offer dishes inspired by the flavors of Argentina and Chile, while the Farm Fresh Marketplace (replacing the Florida Local Marketplace) will serve local flavors and drinks. Stop by the Brazil Marketplace to taste their popular crispy pork belly and their new tilapia with coconut water lime sauce dish. Satisfy your eastern European cravings at the Polish Marketplace, serving a new sauerkraut pierogi and pork goulash. In total, there are more than 25 ethnic and regional marketplaces at which you can sample international cuisine.
Boot Camp Series: This interactive challenge event will whip you into culinary shape with intense basic training enabling you to really step it up in the kitchen and tackle epicurean challenges reserved for the best
Food for Thought: On Friday mornings, visitors can attend celebrity cookbook events with their favorite culinary talents.
Sunday Mornings With…: Enjoy a plated brunch featuring a bakery or pastry chef, who will create three delicious desserts for sampling.
Activities returning to Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival include:
Appearances by Celebrity Chefs: Chefs in attendance include Warren Brown, Dean Max, Allen Susser, Rock Harper, Erika Davis, Jennifer Hill Booker, Paula DaSilva, Dana Herbert, Jerome Brown, Duskie Estes, John Stewart, Gale Gand, Jamie Deen, and “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro.
Eat to the Beat Concert Series: A variety of acts will appear during the concert series, including Boyz II Men, Smash Mouth, Fuel, Wilson Phillips, David Cook, Hanson, and Sister Hazel, among others. For the complete Eat to the Beat Concert schedule, click the schedule link.
Festival Welcome Center: Home to a champagne and wine bar, educational wine seminars and celebrity chef book signings, the Festival Welcome Center also hosts culinary demonstrations.
Reserved Culinary Events: Special culinary programs include presentations by winemakers, elegant dinners, luncheons, seminars and wine paring schools. A few of the featured events include a Mediterranean Food & Wine Pairing, as well as an Italian White Truffle & Wine Pairing Dinner and Mexican Tequila Lunch. These unique dining experiences can be reserved starting on July 31 by calling 407-939-3378.
Party for the Senses: Sample great food from famous chefs, 50 wines and beers and live entertainment. Tasting events are scheduled for October 4, 11, 18 and November 1 from 7:30-10pm.
More than 270 chefs will appear during Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, conducting culinary demonstrations and hosting dinners and tasting events. Servings for the sumptuous appetizer sized portions served range from $3-$8; drinks are $3-$6. Purchase Epcot Disney tickets to be a part of this international flavor-filled festival.
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