22nd annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival Opens Aug. 31

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22nd annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival Opens Aug. 31

August 28, 2017 - 09:16
Photo Courtesy of Disney World

by HERNANDO SUN STAFF

The 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Aug. 31 to Nov. 13 will feature a record number of global food and wine marketplaces. Totalling 35 in all, they will sizzle with new edible delights to celebrate 35 years of Epcot. This year, the annual Walt Disney World Resort culinary tour of flavors will be for a longer-than-ever 75-day run.
Epcot event will run for 13 additional days of inspired sips and bites throughout the park’s World Showcase and Future World.

Park guests 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.

Epcot will introduce five new global marketplaces of fun and delicious menu surprises. Throughout the festival’s 75-day run, park guests can pair wines, beers and cocktails with savory and sweet dishes as they stroll the World Showcase Promenade using their complimentary festival passports as a guide.

The complimentary Back to Basics Festival Center weekend series will share epicurean tips and tricks from the pros. Book and bottle signings by some of the world’s top vintners will be scheduled, and The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar, hosted by Ghirardelli, will offer guest samples.

Daily learning and tasting opportunities will be offered at Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars at the Festival Center.

Special dining experiences can be booked ahead: Guests can book some events at epcotfoodfestival.com and call 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378) for all others.