The 17th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival opens! [Video]


Wine Tasting (credit: The Walt Disney Company) Wine Tasting (credit: The Walt Disney Company)

Disney News: The Event for foodies begins its 46 day run!

With the latest wines, cocktails and beers to try, new marketplace booths for sampling and first-time bands hitting the America tastes, the 17th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival starts today with tons to do! Please see the many articles we’ve featured on various aspects of the festival so you can navigate all the offerings. There are 160 celebrated U.S.  and Walt Disney World chefs involved in the 46 day event, and the amount of food is astounding -  1.5 million treats and 300,000 wine servings! In fact, with lobster alone, 5,000 pounds will be served for three dishes  at the Hops & Barley and Ireland marketplace. You have from September 28th to November 12th, 2012 to take part in one of the largest food and wine events in the world but note that you need to make reservations and purchase tickets for the grand tasting events and some wine and culinary workshops and programs. Watch our video below to see what is taking place.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The Marketplaces

The event starts at the Festival Welcome Center in Future World but when you make your way along the promenade you’ll enter the heart of the festival at the World Showcase Lagoon. You can taste authentic cuisine from six continents along with wine, beer and cocktail pairing. And the portions are small so you can try a variety of items, priced from $3-$8. And there are desserts at every marketplace along with other sweet treats and food experiences.

The Programs

There are more than 300 wine and beer seminars alone, along with various food experiences and luncheons. Some are already sold out but there are a variety, such as the HGTV Designer series which are free, so make sure you take a look.

The Entertainment!

If food isn’t enough of a show stopper, check out the following options to round out your day:

  • Eat to the Beat! concerts: bands from rock and soul to funk and blues such as Night Ranger and Smash Mouth will be performing
  • Cultural exhibits will be on display from 25 international regions
  • Performances are regularly scheduled by the various pavilions from acrobats and musicians to dancers and comedy troupes
  • Stay long enough to watch over 1,200 fireworks light up the sky during “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth”

The Video

Watch the video for some of the festival highlights:

Tell us…

When are you going to the Food & Wine Festival?