We are currently in the final days of the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, so our attention now immediately turns to Epcot’s other yearly festival, the incredible Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
The festival is a celebration of wonderful delicacies from around the globe. This year will be the 19th annual event, and it is scheduled to open earlier than ever, beginning on Friday, September 19, lasting through Monday, November 10 – an unprecedented 53 days.
As is always the case during these events, quite a few brand new experiences will be introduced with this year’s Festival.
First we’ll start with the Marketplace Booths, which are one of the most popular features of this event. An all new booth will debut called the Patagonia Marketplace, showcasing items from both Argentina and Chile. Dishes will include fresh, sustainable roasted Verlasso salmon, quinoa salad and arugula chimichurri. Also, the Florida Local Marketplace will be renamed the Farm Fresh Marketplace and will serve local flavors, like the new and delicious-sounding “Bacon and Eggs” dish featuring applewood-smoked, pepper-coated bacon, sweet corn, potatoes, Hollandaise, and pickled jalapeños. Other booths will see brand new menu items, including the Brazil Marketplace, which will serve Moqueca de Pescado, a fresh tilapia dish featuring coconut lime sauce and steamed rice.
There will be 25 Marketplace Booths in total found around the World Showcase Promenade this year.
A multitude of new events will be introduced for the 2014 event. The first is the new and complimentary Back to Basics weekend series, which will take place at the Festival Center. It will feature guest presenters who will share tips and tricks of the pros. Also debuting will be a dinner showcasing Walt Disney’s culinary predilections; a foodie “Boot Camp Series”, which will include an interactive experience featuring challenges to hone your “inner chef;”and a Friday morning celebrity chef nosh-and-chat cookbook event called “Food for Thought.” Guests also won’t want to miss experiencing a new event called, “Sunday Mornings with…” which will feature a plated brunch starring an acclaimed pastry chef or baker who will be crafting three favorite desserts for sampling.
Another of the big draws for this event are the acclaimed chefs who will be on hand, showcasing their skills at the culinary demos, as well as at the premium events. Some of the renowned celebrities for this year’s festivities will include:
- Warren Brown
- Rock Harper
- Jennifer Hill Booker
- Erika Davis
- Paula DaSilva
- Gale Gand
- Dana Herbert
- Jamie Deen
- Jerome Brown
- Dean Max
- “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro
- Allen Susser
- Duskie Estes
- John Stewart
For those who are curious, the special hard ticketed events that take place during the Festival (like Party for the Senses and signature dinners) will go on sale at some point this summer and I’ll be sure to keep you posted when!
It’s already shaping up to be a very exciting Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Oh and make sure to look for me at the Farm Fresh Marketplace, as I’ll be first in line for that “bacon and eggs” dish!