Culinary Thrill Rides, Boarding Now at Epcot

The party has started at the 22nd annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival, happening now through November 13.

The festival is one of America’s most beloved gastronomic gatherings, featuring food from dozens of countries and beverages chosen to pair perfectly with the unique flavors of each dish.

This year, festivalgoers can sample creations from 35 different international exhibits. Choices range from wholesome eating to downright decadence.

Health nuts can jog over to The Almond Orchard for their Cauliflower Risotto with chicken, artichokes, spinach and Parmesan. Seafood fans can dive into the Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw featured at the Coastal Eats marketplace.

Not in the mood to calorie count? Visit the Flavors From Fire exhibit, and inhale a savory plate of Smoked Corned Beef finished with a Blonde Ale Beer Fondue. Afterward, visit the Light Lab and refresh your palate with a sparkling glass of Blanc de Bleu Cuvee Mouseux with Boba tapioca pearls.

There are also standout dishes from two returning-favorite exhibits: Spain, featuring a new handheld cone of spiced charcuterie, and India, offering a new dessert, a velvety Pistachio Cardamom Bundt Cake.

Wine, beer and spirit enthusiasts will have barrels of options with unique adult-beverage pairing options at each exhibit. But that’s just the beginning.

Visitors can also splurge on optional beverage-focused seminars at the Festival Center. Each seminar costs an extra $17 per person but gives attendees the opportunity to hear stories and insights from dozens of American and international wineries, breweries and distilleries. Speakers include representatives from Piper Heidsieck Champagne (France), King’s Estate Winery (Oregon), The Macallan (Scotland) and Bell’s Brewery (Michigan), to mention a few.

Catch The Beat

The foodie fun keeps going with daily Eat to the Beat music concerts, chef-hosted Back to Basics cooking demonstrations and book and bottle signings from celebrity chefs and winemakers.

Want To Go?

This year’s festival runs longer than any year before it, a full 75 days, from August 31 to November 13. But don’t dally if you want to attend the special events, such as the Party for the Senses Grand Tastings and pairing events at the Epcot resorts and restaurants.

Whatever your culinary pleasure, the 22nd Annual Epcot Food and Wine Festival will be a deliciously unforgettable experience. Plan your adventure now by visiting or by calling (407) WDW-FEST (939-3378). Bon appétit and salute!


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