Extended Epcot International Food & Wine Festival equals more fun for the family

The 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will run for 75 days this year, which gives you more days to soak in the dynamic atmosphere of one of Walt Disney World’s most popular events. The Food & Wine Festival can certainly draw in large and, shall we say adult crowd, but don’t let that discourage you from making a fun family trip out the delicious event.

This year the festival will bring new marketplaces as well as bringing back some delicious favorites.

From Walt Disney World’s press release:

  • Five new global marketplaces will present fun and delicious menu surprises. At Active Eats, the Sweet Avocado Crema with strawberries, yellow cake and tortilla streusel is happy-heart food. The Almond Orchard hosted by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze features a nutrient-packed Cauliflower Risotto with pulled chicken, artichokes, spinach and parmesan cheese. At Coastal Eats, swoon-worthy tastes from the sea include Lump Crab Cake with Napa cabbage slaw and avocado lemongrass cream and Seared Scallops with roasted corn and butterbean succotash with chili-chipotle butter sauce. At Flavors from Fire, Disney chefs turn up the heat with Smoked Corned Beef with warm crispy potatoes, pickled onions and Blonde Ale Beer Fondue. The Light Lab lets guests get playful with spirited concoctions like the Bleu Spectrum with Blanc de Bleu Cuvee Mousseux with Boba Pearls.
  • Returning for an encore are India (2009) and Spain (2010) marketplaces. Delicious new bites like the Madras Red Curry vegetarian dish and Pistachio Cardamom Bundt Cake will be on the menu at the India marketplace. At the Spain marketplace, delectable Charcuterie in a cone promises to be a guest favorite.

Here you can sample iconic foods from countries all around the world. Great way to entice the little ones to try new foods! Many of the marketplaces feature vegetarian options, as well as gluten-free, eliminating the trouble of not finding foods suitable to dietary needs.

Another Disney guest favorite, “Eat the Beat” concert series, will return this year with a roster of musical eliteness three times a week. Performers like Boyz II Men, Taylor Dane, 10,000 Maniacs, Hanson, and Squeeze (just to name a few) will be hitting the stage performing many of their classic hits. Consider this an opportunity to expose your children to some of the “old-school” classics of your youth.

Concerts take place at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily.  The lineup (subject to change and included in Epcot admission) includes:

Aug. 31-Sept. 1     Delta Rae “Bottom of the River”

Sept. 2-3     The Hooters NEW! “And We Danced”

Sept. 4-5     Baha Men NEW! “Who Let the Dogs Out”

Sept. 6-7     Fuel “Shimmer”

Sept. 8-10     STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”

Sept. 11-12     Lauren Alaina NEW! “Road Less Traveled”

Sept. 13-15     Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah”

Sept. 16-17     Sister Hazel “All For You”

Sept. 18-20     Air Supply “All Out of Love”

Sept. 21-22     David Cook “Light On”

Sept. 23-24     Everclear “Santa Monica”

Sept. 25-27     Sugar Ray “Every Morning”

Sept. 28-29     38 Special “Hold On Loosely”

Sept. 30-Oct. 1     Mark Wills NEW! “19 Somethin’”

Oct. 2-3     American Authors NEW! “Best Day of My Life”

Oct. 4-5     Christopher Cross “Sailing”

Oct. 6-8     Devon Allman NEW! “Ragged and Dirty”

Oct. 9-11     Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX “Come Sail Away”

Oct. 12-13     Taylor Dayne “Tell It to My Heart”

Oct. 14-15     Jeffrey Osborne “On the Wings of Love”

Oct. 16-17     Postmodern Jukebox NEW! Various Hits

Oct. 18-20     10,000 Maniacs NEW! “Because the Night”

Oct. 21-22     Toad The Wet Sprocket “Walk on the Ocean”

Oct. 23-24     Kenny G NEW! “Songbird”

Oct. 25-26     Billy Ocean “Get Outta My Dreams”

Oct. 27-29     Tiffany “I Think We’re Alone Now”

Oct. 30-Nov. 1     Hanson “MMMBop”

Nov. 2-3     Blue October NEW! “Into the Ocean”

Nov. 4-5     Living Colour “Cult of Personality”

Nov. 6-8     Boyz II Men “End of the Road”

Nov. 9-11     Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “Go Daddy-O”

Nov. 12-13     Squeeze NEW! “Black Coffee in Bed”

The little ones can also enjoy a culinary scavenger hunt designed just for them! A Ratatouille-inspired adventure will return this year giving families a chance to play together as they go on the hunt for Remy throughout the World Showcase.

And yes, the Food & Wine Festival will also host plenty of tasting events, specialty dining and pairing events, workshops, and demonstrations for those foodie enthusiasts. And although some of these events require separate admission fees, the majority of the festival is included with park admission.

So bring the kids and make this year’s Food & Wine Festival a destination on your family’s itinerary. Experience cuisine from around the world, the sights and sounds of the beautiful Epcot landscape, and don’t forget the attractions! Full details available on Disney’s official Epcot International Food and Wine Festival website.

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