Epcot Celebrates 20 Years of Food & Wine

Disney isn’t just for the kiddos. If you take a trip to Disney during your stay at Sea Shells Beach Club this fall, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is worth a visit.

Now in its 20th year, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival runs from Sept. 25-Nov. 16, bringing more than 30 global marketplaces to explore, with new ones this year that will expand the event into the park’s Future World.

Due to all there is to taste and try, it’s even worth an overnight stay in Orlando.

One of the new options is the Artistry of Wine & Cheese located by Future World West. It features a Cheese Studio (just those two words together sound pretty great) where you get a cheese sampler served on an artist’s palette to pair with wines, and the Wine Studio with premium wines on tap.

Also new this year is the Sustainable Chew and Chew Lab marketplaces inspired by the ABC television series The Chew. Sustainable Chew will offer three dishes, and Chew Lab will show off hot culinary tech trends like a Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel (this can’t possibly be anything short of heaven).

Here are a few other not-to-miss happenings that are included in your Festival pass.

Eat to the Beat
Enjoy rockin’ tunes from various artists, perfect for the live music buff.

Global Marketplaces
Taste your way around the world.

Festival Center
Be sure to find out giveaways and events are happening at the Center so you don’t miss something great.

There are also premium events, like the Rockin’ Burger Block Party, that can be reserved for additional cost.

The phone lines open July 30 to begin booking your reservations. Call 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378). Some events can be booked online at epcotfoodfestival.com.

Have you been to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival or other great food festivals near Daytona Beach? Tell us about your favorites.

Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actor (and active) with local community and city theatre.