More Details about the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

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They’re coming back! If you are a fan of the ABC daytime show, “The Chew”, have I got some great news for you! The five co-hosts, Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz, will be returning to record five shows live from the 21st Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. The show will tape on October 5-7 and will air on ABC from October 10-14. For those who missed the show taped at Epcot last year, the hosts shared stores of Disney adventures, played games, and created tasty dishes and drinks. Those looking to attend a taping will be able to find out more information soon.

In addition, throughout the festival, fans of “The Chew” will be able to stop at The Chew Collective in the Next Eats section located in Future World. Dishes will include Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots and Feta Cheese; Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce and Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle. Festival guests also can sip this year’s exclusive new Festival Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon at The Chew Collective.

Those who visit the Festival Center will be able to watch screenings of “The Chew”, with show highlights, cooking and entertaining tips, as well as same-day episodes of the show Monday through Friday at 1:00 p.m.

Let’s move onto the new celebrity chefs who will be making appearances at this year’s festival. Geoffrey Zakarian, Maneet Chauhan, Duff Goldman, Elliott Farmer, Masaharu Morimoto and Graham Elliot will join longtime favorites Robert Irvine, Cat Cora, Norman Van Aken, Elizabeth Falkner, Buddy Valastro and Jamie Deen.

Finally, for the first time ever, some Epcot Food and Wine Festival experiences will take place at some of the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels.  Guests can experience “Brunch with a Twist at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, “ a 5-star, 5-course meal prepared by the resort’s award-winning chefs; “The Secrets of Flavor at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort,” a three-course lunch at Yachtsman Steakhouse; “Culinary Adventures with a Master Chef” at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, a hands-on chef’s table experience in a professional kitchen; and “Behind the Scenes at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto” at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, an entertaining tour of Trader Sam’s, followed by lunch and a special mixology session. Bookings for all special events will begin on Thursday, July 21.

This year’s festival will bring about 39 new or re-imagined marketplace dishes and 47 new cocktails, beers, wines and ciders on the menu, including a seared scallop with truffled celery root puree, Brussels sprouts and mushrooms at Wine & Dine Studio; mojo pork with black beans and rice at Islands of the Caribbean; and loaded Greek “nachos” at the Greece Marketplace (they are vegan!)

If you want other details of what to expect during the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, make sure to check out my previous post. Stay tuned to the TouringPlans blog, because as we get closer to this year’s Festival, more great details will be released soon and I’ll make sure to have them here for you!

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Rikki Niblett

I am a co-host of the Be Our Guest Podcast and do lots of other fun Disney stuff all around the interwebs! You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram at @RikkiNibs or on Facebook at

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