I know summer is in full swing right now but if you are a Disney fan like myself you are already planning for the much anticipated International Food and Wine Festival. Disney is also already looking ahead to this fall, as new details have been released about this year’s 22nd edition of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, which will again take place for a whopping 75 days, kicking off earlier than ever on August 31st and running until November 14th. Though we’ve known the basics for this year’s event for some time, a few cool and new details have emerged about just what exactly we can expect from this milestone year.
We know the 2017’s event will, of course, feature some menu updates to kiosks around the World Showcase as well as the return of the Ratatouille-based scavenger hunt, and the Party for the Senses event, but this years event will also see a number of new changes that look to increase the scope of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival and make its 2017 edition quite the celebration for the taste buds.!!
New kiosks Debuting This Year
If you are a frequent guest like myself you come to expect your favorites year after year at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. However, each year also brings new choices to this annual event as well. It has now been confirmed that this year’s event will feature 35 marketplaces, including two newbies: India and Spain. This number isn’t a coincidence as it is EPCOT’S 35th anniversary this year.
I must say having India represented this year is really a great thing. It is the first time that India has been represented at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival (which is odd considering the popularity of Indian food). Now calling Spain a “new” kiosk is a little strange, only because if my memory serves me well pain was a part of the 2011 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival as well.
Returning favorites include France, Farm Fresh, Africa and much more. To get full list visit the Disney Food Blog.
New menu items
Along with returning favorites like Mac and Cheese, Escargots, and chocolate from the chocolate Studio as well as food from The Chew kiosk we will also have some new dishes. Those new dishes include items like:
- Crispy chicken with griddled cornbread and gravy at the Farm Fresh marketplace
- Charcuterie in a cone at Spain marketplace
- Spicy Korma chicken and the pistachio cardamom cake from the India marketplace.
The Chew + Seminars
Not only will The Chew be returning to film (Bucket list) but there will also be some great seminars and Celebrity chef demonstrations. Some celebrity chef that are confirmed are Cat Cora, Duff Goldman and Jamie Dean among others.
Events and seminars include Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It, Rockin’ Burger Block Party, Cheese Seminars, Culinary Adventures with a Master Chef and many others. To get the full list and to reserve ticket visit, Disney.
Eat To The Beat Concert Series
Though the star of the Epcot International Food and Wine festival is undoubtedly the variety of amazing things to nibble and sip, the Eat to the Beat concert series(my personal favorite) has always been a highlight as well. This year will bring a record high 225 total performances as part of this year’s event.
Artist includes Kenny G., David Cook, 38 Special and much more. Eat to the Beat concerts are free with Epcot admission throughout the festival. You can catch up to three shows per night at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM in the America Gardens Theater, located in the America Pavilion. Check out our Eat to the Beat Concert page for details and times.
Have you ever attended a food and Wine Festival? What is your favorite part?