Food and Wine Festival Press Release

Food and Wine Festival Press Release

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival opens Oct. 1 with the theme, “Celebrating 15 Years of Delicious Discoveries.”  But don’t get the impression that means the fest merely will be a six-week stroll down a culinary memory lane.

Rather, the 15th annual festival Oct. 1-Nov. 14 will combine the familiar with sipping-and-nibbling adventures to places yet unexplored.  To Belgium.  To South Korea.  To charcuterie and cheese.  To an event where the main course is a “sweet tooth’s” dream.  To signature dining adventures where they’ve never been before. To music concerts by artists who’ve never stepped onto the America Gardens Theatre stage before.

Even before the first pour of the festival, “new” will be the word of the day during the first-ever First Bites Opening Reception on Sept. 30, the eve of the festival opening.  There’ll be epicurean samplings from some of the festival’s 27 International Marketplaces, Wine Seminars, Culinary Demonstrations, merchandise locations, celebrities and entertainment – a true sneak peek of the festival during an upscale, reservation-only evening in the Festival Welcome Center.

Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining, showcasing signature restaurants during memorable meals complemented by special wines, features four new venues.  The 15-stop series kicks off Oct. 5 with a date at Paradiso 37.  Later in the festival, there’ll be new experiences at Kouzzina by Cat Cora, Bongo’s Cuban Café and Fulton’s Crab House.

3D–Disney’s Dessert Discovery, on select Thursdays and Fridays, combines a variety of desserts and samplings of cordials with VIP viewing of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” to provide a sweet finish to a festival day.

More information about the festival is available at  For additional details about special programs, click the “Special Festival Experiences” link on the left side of the page.  To make reservations for special experiences, call 407/939-3378.

Included with Epcot admission are Authentic Taste seminars and Authors Without Borders programs with special book signings at the Festival Center, Eat to the Beat! concerts (including shows in October featuring four newcomers to the lineup), cultural adventures, Marketplace Discovery Passport and all attractions and park entertainment.

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