August 31st marks the opening day of the 22nd annual EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. There is more time to savor and sip this year as the festival will be running 13 more days than last year, concluding on November 13th.
In honor of EPCOT’s 35th birthday this year, the festival will have a grand total of 35 Marketplaces for guests to explore. This record number of booths, up from a little over two dozen last year, will span across World Showcase and into Future World.
EPCOT’s International Food & Wine Festival has more to offer than just strolling through the park and sampling new and creative dishes. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in hands-on culinary workshops and demonstrations at the Festival Center, dine at the Party for the Senses event, see favorite celebrity chefs, and enjoy musical artists playing nightly at the Eat to the Beat Concerts. Disney will be releasing the schedule for these events this summer. So stay tuned!
Chefs are currently hard at work creating new dishes for the Marketplaces. Each dish perfectly paired with a wine, beer or cider. Some of the new dishes that will be available is the new crispy chicken with griddled cornbread and red-eye gravy for the Farm Fresh Marketplace and the spicy Korma Chicken with cucumber-tomato salad, almonds, cashews and warm naan bread from the India Marketplace. These recipes will also be available in the 2017 cookbook.
Other exciting dishes include the charcuterie in a cone from the Spain Marketplace and pistachio cardamom cake with a dollop of chocolate coconut mousse at the India Marketplace.
Kids will enjoy themselves with the return of the popular Ratatouille-inspired scavenger hunt and also culinary demos and dishes geared towards kids’ palates.
The festival will also host specialty dining and pairing events, in addition to Party for the Senses, at World Showcase restaurants. The resorts will also get in on the fun with events such as Brunch with a Twist at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is easily one of the most popular and most anticipated events at Disney World. With more food and more fun, this year’s Food & Wine Festival is sure to be amazing.
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