The Walt Disney World Resort global dine-around – the 24th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – starts today, Thursday, September 29th and runs through Nov. 23rd with irresistible bites, sips and non-stop family fun. That’s 87 delicious days of Festival-exclusive edibles and entertainment, such as a Candy Sushi-making experience, Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt, the rockin’ Eat to the Beat Concert Series and Disney du Jour Dance Party. We will be taking you along for many an adventure during the festival as well as some surprise visits during it’s run.
Grab your Festival passport (it’s free) and get going! Opening week is set to thrill foodies at more than 30 global marketplaces, filled with eats like the warm raclette Swiss cheese debuting at The Alps Global Marketplace, a brand-new location for this year’s event. Follow your nose to the jerk-spiced chicken grilled on site for all to savor at the Islands of the Caribbean Global Marketplace-yes-this we may have to try! And get ready for a taste of autumn at the Appleseed Orchard Global Marketplace near Le Cellier Steakhouse, where a chill vibe plus charcuterie and cheese nibbles pair well with fresh apple-enhanced libations plus fanciful flights with spice and kick.
Toast the Festival kickoff with us at Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar, where mimosas will be served individually or as a flight for those who can’t choose between vibrant fruity flavors like key lime and blood orange.
Then get ready to bust some moves this opening weekend when Radio Disney ‘Next Big Thing’ artist alum Meg Donnelly (“With U,” Disney Channel’s “Zombies”) ratchets up the fun factor at the Disney du Jour Dance Party, Aug. 30 and 31 in Future World. The Dance Party runs daily, with Disney Characters and Radio Disney artists appearing each Friday and Saturday. More new artists will be announced this week, adding to the concert series’ smorgasbord of family fun!
Make a date to groove with the Plain White T’s (“Hey There Delilah”) at the debut of this year’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series, Aug. 29-31. Or celebrate with new Festival act Sawyer Brown (“Thank God for You”) who’ll take the stage and round out Labor Day weekend of top tunes Sept. 1 and 2. Of course, we will try to get front row seats (you know we always do) for Mercy Me on September 3 and 4th. The outdoor concerts are included with theme park admission and located at America Gardens Theatre, running Sundays to Thursdays at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m. from Aug. 29 – Nov. 19.
Are you planning on going to Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival. Have you been to previous ones? What is your favorite thing to get? Do you have a traditional kiosk that you visit? Let us know where you would like us to visit when we take you there soon “through the lens of this livestreamer.” Haven’t been to Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival yet? Then click on the live stream replay below and check out all of the fun!