The 22nd annual EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival begins August 31 and runs through November 13 (yes 75 days of food and drink). This very popular event at Epcot has grown every year since 1995! As EPCOT will be celebrating its 35th year, there will be 35 Marketplaces wrapping the World Showcase and spilling over into Future World.
Adding to the fun are the Eat to the Beat concerts, featuring artists like Starship, Air Supply, Christopher Cross, Taylor Dayne, 10,000 Maniacs, Kenny G or Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (just to name a few).
Check out the schedule for celebrity chefs as they do culinary demonstrations and, even better, there are hands-on culinary workshops all within the Festival Center. If you're a fan of the ABC show The Chew, you're in for a treat! They will have a kiosk and will also host their show October 4-6 in Epcot during the Festival.
For those specialty dining fans, there are Grand Tasting Events, Festival Packages & Activities, Specialty Dining & Pairing events and the Party for the Senses that has a new theme every week!
Families and children can play Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak - a massive scavenger hunt throughout the park. Pick up the game board at Port of Entry or World Traveler shops. Hunt for Remy hiding in every country (see photo) and add the correct sticker to your game board. When you finish and turn in your game board, you will receive a special Remy pin.
Some quick tips… a Mini Festival Gift Card wristlet that you can load with money and swipe at each and every kiosk that you wish to dine and drink lets you watch spending and not reach for a wallet every time.
Don’t forget as you indulge in these great foods there is always the opportunity to take home the 2017 cookbook and share some of your experience at home.
Cheryl Copeland Lewis is a Senior Vacation Specialist with Coasters & Castles Travel. She recently moved to the Orlando area and is excited to share her love of Disney with her clients.