Epcot Food & Wine Festival

7 Things to Look Forward to at This Year’s Epcot Food & Wine Festival

This year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is starting tomorrow (8/31/17). To get ready for this fall festival let’s take a look at some of the fun events and food we have to look forward to this year.

Eat to the Beat

The Eat to the Beat concert series, held at the American Gardens Pavilion, features musical acts we all remember.

  • Delta Rae – 8/31 – 9/1
  • The Hooters – 9/2 – 9/3
  • Baha Men – 9/4 – 9/5
  • Fuel – 9/6 – 9/7
  • STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas – 9/8 – 9/10
  • Lauren Alaina – 9/11 – 9/12
  • Plain White Ts – 9/13 – 9/15
  • Sister Hazel – 9/16 – 9/17
  • Air Supply – 9/18 – 9/20
  • David Cook – 9/21 – 9/22
  • Everclear – 9/23 – 9/24
  • Sugar Ray – 9/25 – 9/27
  • .38 Special – 9/28 – 9/29
  • Mark Wills – 9/30 – 10/1
  • American Authors – 10/2 – 10/3
  • Christopher Cross – 10 /4 – 10/5
  • The Devon Allman Band – 10/6 – 10/8
  • Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX – 10/9 – 10/11
  • Taylor Dane – 10/12 – 10/13
  • Jeffery Osborne – 10/14 – 10/15
  • Postmodern Jukebox – 10/16 – 10/17
  • 10,000 Maniacs – 10/18 – 10/20
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket – 10/21 – 10/22
  • Kenny G – 10/23 – 10/24
  • Billy Ocean – 10/25 – 10/26
  • Tiffany – 10/27 – 10/29
  • Hanson – 10/30 – 11/1
  • Blue October – 11/2 – 11/3
  • Living Colour – 11/4 – 11/5
  • Boyz II Men – 11/6 – 11/8
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – 11/9 – 11/11
  • Squeeze – 11/12 – 11/13

Culinary Demonstrations

Throughout the festival there are many culinary demonstrations to take advantage of. These demonstrations cover topics such as pastries, tuna, fish, turkey, scallops, pork, mahi, quail, vegetarian, beef, shrimp, salmon, catfish, duck, seafood, lamb, escargot, veal, lobster, venison, cobia, rabbit, halibut, charcutrie, shellfish, chicken, pumpkin, mussel, crab, elk and wreckfish.

The Food

It’s not called the FOOD and wine festival for nothing. The food offerings are always plentiful, varied and delicious and this year’s festival appears to be no exception. This year features tastes from Africa, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Coastal Eat (Food from the Pacific coast), Farm Fresh, France, Germany, Greece, Hawaii, India, Ireland, Islands of the Caribbean, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Moroco, New Zealand, Patagonia, Scotland, Spain and Thailand.

TIP: If you are planning on spending a day at the Food & Wine Festival, do not make a table service reservation. There are so many amazing tastes throughout the festival that you will not want to fill up on a big meal.

Beverage Seminars

Just like the food demonstration, there are a plethora of beverage seminar during the festival. These seminars feature topics such as wine, tequila, whiskey, beer, champagne, bourbon, vodka, sparkling sake, liqueur, scotch, moonshine, cognac and mescal.

Guest Chef Presentations

Famous chefs from around the world offer a one-of-a-kind experience for guests to not only watch the chef prepare a meal but also enjoy the meal that’s prepared.

  • September 3 – Shaun O’Neale
  • September 10 – Alex Guarnaschelli
  • September 15 – Stuart O’Keeffe
  • September 17 – Jet Tila
  • September 22 – Art Smith
  • September 29 – Graham Elliot
  • October 6 – Jamie Deen
  • October 8 – Geoffrey Zakarian
  • October 15 – Bryan Voltaggio
  • October 20 – Robert Irvine
  • October 22 – Robert Irvine
  • October 27 – Cat Cora
  • October 29 – Cat Cora
  • November 3 – Carla Hall
  • November 10 – Sarah Fioroni
  • November 12 – Buddy Valastro

Live Tapings of The CHEW

For several years the ABC daytime show The CHEW has filmed their show live from the Food & Wine festival. This year the live tapings will take place October 4-6.

Dole Whip with Bacardi Coconut Rum

Ok, so this is kind of a joke but still… It’s a Dole Whip! With Rum! It is offered at the Refreshment Port near the entrance of the World Showcase along with the world famous “Cronuts”.

Are you headed to this year’s festival? If so, make sure to let us know about your experience at the festival by tweeting us @MQPodcast. We’d love to know about your favorite food, events, and seminars.

Sue Nowicki is an alumna of the 2014/15 Disney Parks Moms Panel. She used to spend her time being team mom all of her daughter’s sports teams where she filled the roles of secretary, navigator, head cheerleader, treasurer, athletic trainer and team psychologist. Now that she her daughter has gone to college, if you can’t find her, check the closest corner where she is likely crawled up in a ball crying. Just kidding, she is now trying to find her new place in life all while keeping her love of Disney close to her heart. You can follow her on Twitter @MQPodcast.

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