2013 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Sept 27 – Nov 11

Next month, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, one of the largest food and wine festivals in the nation (if not the world) opens for its 18th year.  Over the course of its 46 day run, 1.5 million food samples, 300K wine tastings, and 360K beer servings, will be sold to eager foodies.  New for 2013 is a Scotland Marketplace, inspired by Disney•Pixar’s 2012 Academy Award winning film BRAVE, where visitors can sample Scottish whisky, salmon, vegetarian haggis, and a Banoffee tart.  Brazil also returns with a kiosk on the World Showcase Promenade after missing the 2012 event.  In addition to food and wine, the festival has daily concerts, and some of the new performing acts include The Go-Go’s, Manhattan Transfer, and Wilson Phillips.  Continue reading for all the details on the 18th Epcot International Food and Wine Festival from Walt Disney World’s press release.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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From Walt Disney World’s Press Release

Disney guests can sip and savor fresh flavors from six continents during the 18th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase Sept. 27-Nov. 11, 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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Disney chefs will debut the authentic tastes of Scotland at the celebrated 46-day festival known for innovative food, wine, beer, cocktails, music and entertainment.  The sizzling aromas of more than 25 ethnic and specialized marketplaces including Africa, Brazil and Florida Local will tempt guests strolling the World Showcase Promenade.  Celebrity chefs like Warren Brown and Jamie Deen will bring culinary cachet to special festival events and demonstrations.

Festival planners will present a delectable menu of premium programming, plus daily wine tastings and mixology seminars.  Nightly Eat to the Beat concerts will keep the party rockin’, and six bands will make their festival debut this year.  In Future World, the iconic Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog will return for a third year to introduce families to the cranberry’s rich agricultural heritage.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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Fresh for 2013:

New marketplace debuts; favorites return – Traditional flavors with a twist will pair with beers and Scotch at the new Scotland Marketplace designed by Walt Disney Imagineering.  Scottish officials were so impressed with the hit Disney film, “Brave,” that they contacted festival planners about participating in this year’s festival.  The Brazil Marketplace returns by popular demand with an exciting new menu following a one-year hiatus.  Hawai’i is back with its flavorful Kalua Pork Slider, and Terra, which debuted last year, returns with vegan favorite Trick’n Chicken Curry.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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Fan favorites rock the house at Eat to the Beat! Concerts – “We Got the Beat” with The Go-Go’s (Sept. 30-Oct. 1) and five other musical acts are set to make first appearances at Eat to the Beat nightly concerts.  Also new to the festival stage: Edwin McCain (Oct. 10-11), The Manhattan Transfer (Oct. 12-13), Wilson Phillips (Oct. 14-15), Spin Doctors (Oct. 31-Nov. 1), and Christopher Cross (Nov. 2-3).  Nineteen bands are slated, with STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas kicking off the concert series Sept. 27-29. Returning fan favorites include The Pointer Sisters, Smash Mouth, Boyz II Men, Sister Hazel, Air Supply, Hanson and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Celebrity chefs cook and dish – Renowned chefs like Cat Cora, Warren Brown, Paula DaSilva, Gale Gand, Jamie Deen, Robert Irvine, Dean Max, Rock Harper, Jeff Henderson, Art Smith, Buddy Valastro, Allen Susser, Andrew Zimmern, Erika Davis, Ben Sargent, Carla Hall, “Cake Boy” Eric Lanlard, Duskie Estes and John Stewart, Bryan Voltaggio and Emily Ellyn share their talents during culinary demos and premium events.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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Festival Welcome Center buzzes with activities – Guests can make the most of complimentary Authentic Taste seminars.  Culinary demonstrations and wine seminars feature new tastes and sips for a nominal fee.

Reserved culinary events draw foodies — Special culinary programs showcase a lineup of renowned winemakers, guest chefs and speakers like Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson as they participate in elegant dinners, luncheons, seminars and wine schools.

Other festival highlights include:

  • More than 270 chefs including Disney chefs and culinary stars from across the country.
  • A complimentary Marketplace Discovery Passport to be stamped at each international marketplace visited for the perfect scrapbook souvenir.
  • Party for the Senses grand tasting events Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, and Nov. 2 featuring tempting bites from eminent chefs, more than 50 wines and beers and live entertainment.
  • Premium events including “3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery on select Fridays, Cheese Seminars on Saturdays and Sweet Sundays on Sundays.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort © Disney. All Rights Reserved

What’s Included with Epcot Admission:

Authentic Taste seminars, Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog, special book signings, Eat to the Beat! concerts, cultural adventures, Marketplace Discovery Passport and all attractions and park entertainment are included with regular Epcot admission.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.