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2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Dates Announced

by on November 25, 2016

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This year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival has just ended, but we now know when the 2017 festival will occur. Next year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival is slated to take place for a record number of days – 75 days total; it will now occur from August 31 until November 13.

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival not only features incredible new and favorite dishes at the marketplace kiosks, but guests can also experience seminars, concerts, events, private meals, celebrity chefs, and more.

Each year, the Festival is a blast and as more details get released, I’ll make sure to let you know them!

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival Premium Events On Sale July 21

by on July 18, 2016

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For those of you who enjoy participating in the great Premium Events that the Epcot Food and Wine Festival offers, you’ll be able to make your reservations beginning on July 21. Even better news is that for those of you who are Chase Visa cardholders, Annual Passholders, and Disney Vacation Club members, you’ll be able to book as early as July 19! (Though keep in mind that availability will be limited during the early booking window.)

Here are just some of the premium events that you will be able book beginning this week for this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival:

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival International Marketplace Menus Released

by on July 12, 2016

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The 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is going to be here before we know it. Information about this year’s events has been coming out lately, what with the announcement of the performers for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series yesterday. But today, I have information about the International Marketplace menus for this year’s event!  (Which let’s be honest…is one of the best parts of the festival. There’s nothing like getting to walk around the World Showcase promenade sampling delicious food and beverages!) Standby favorites will be returning like cheddar cheese soup from Canada and the Kalua Pork Slider from Hawaii, and new dishes, like loaded Greek “nachos” from the Greece Booth, will be delighting palates.

So, let the planning process begin. I’ve got my list started! Here’s what you can expect to experience this year at the Marketplaces for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival:

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Eat to the Beat Concert Series Artists Announced for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2016

by on July 11, 2016

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Details are slowly, but surely coming in about the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival and today, we have the full concert line up for the fantastic Eat to the Beat Concert Series. During this concert series, bands and solo artists perform some of their most popular songs nightly.

In addition to the new artists for this year (which include artists like Wang Chung, Plain White T’s, Jeffrey Osborne, and Toad the Wet Sprocket), many favorites will be returning, including Air Supply, Boyz II Men, Sugar Ray, Hanson, and Dennis DeYoung.

This year’s schedule is as follows:

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More Details about the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

by on June 27, 2016

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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.

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New Details About the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

by on May 13, 2016

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Back in February, I let you all know that this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival would be running for a grand total of 62 days, (up from 53 days), from September 14 through November 14. Today, we have a glimpse of a few of the fun things you can expect to experience during this year’s festival.

For the second year in a row, the Marketplace Kiosks will extend into Future World. Also new for this year will be hard soda floats at the Desserts & Champagne marketplace. In addition, a savory vegan dish will debut at the Greece marketplace, and the popular Farm Fresh marketplace will showcase Florida’s flavors with new savory dishes.

The Eat to the Beat concert series will be returning with new artists, including Wang Chung. The “Everybody Have Fun Tonight!” band will open the Eat to the Beat concert series Sept. 14-15. More new acts will join the concert series lineup, including Delta Rae and Toad The Wet Sprocket and popular acts, including Wilson Phillips, Boyz II Men and Jeffrey Osbourne, will return to the America Gardens Theatre stage this fall.

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runDisney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend Sees Major Changes

by on March 11, 2016

Wine and Dine Half Marathon

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Last year, was my first year running the Wine and Dine (Half) Half Marathon. It was an interesting experience (especially since they halved the race due to weather, so I only had to run 7 miles, instead of 13), but what makes it more interesting is that it was also the last time, it appears that this race would be run at night.

You see, today, Disney has announced that they have made some major changes to the Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend. The first change being that the Wine and Dine Half Marathon will now be run in the morning, just like the other runDisney races currently are. The Wine and Dine will now take place on Sunday, November 6.

But I know what you’re thinking…what about the after race party that took place following the race? Well, the good news is that the Post Race Party will take place Sunday evening for those who ran the Half Marathon at the Epcot to celebrate the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, with the evening finishing with exclusive runner access during the later hours. After experiencing the Wine and Dine, I can say that this is a good change because after running last year, with how late it was by the time I finished, I wanted nothing more than to just go to sleep; I had zero energy to head back into Epcot to party. It will be nice for those running to actually be able to ENJOY the party.

But wait! That’s not all! Those aren’t the only changes occurring with this race weekend!  The popular holiday-themed 5K called Mickey’s Holiday 5k, will now be moving to Friday morning, November 4. In addition, the weekend will now include the first-ever Disney Wine & Dine 10K on Saturday, November 5 with Chef Remy as the host.

Of course, with a 10K added to the Half Marathon Weekend, this also means that Wine and Dine Weekend is now a Challenge Weekend. For those who run both the 10K and the Half, you will therefore be participating in Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge where runners will receive two inaugural finisher medals as well as the half marathon medal!

This race weekend just got even better! I know I’m excited!

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Dates Announced for 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

by on February 17, 2016

Epcot Food and Wine FestivalIt is time. Time for details to start trickling out about the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Ok, so we don’t have a lot of information, but we do have a very important, key piece of information and that is the dates for this year’s festival.

This year, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival will run for an additional two weeks…that’s right, two extra weeks of delicious food and beverages, for a total of 62 days! Guests can experience the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival from September 14 through November 14.

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival not only features incredible new and favorite dishes at the marketplace kiosks, but guests can also experience seminars, concerts, events, private meals, celebrity chefs, and more.

The Festival is a blast each year! As more details get released, I’ll make sure to let you know them!

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Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever November 5, 2015: Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Liliane Opsomer

by on November 5, 2015

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Take a Best Week Ever walk around the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! (Photos by Seth Kubersky)

I hope everyone enjoyed last week’s Disneyland vacation with Daisy Lauren as much as I did! For this Best Week Ever, we are back in unseasonably sunny Orlando for a visit to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with one of our favorite people. There are only a couple weeks left before Epcot’s annual orgy of eating and drinking ends, but it’s not to late to share the excess with a friend. So this week, I took a walk around World Showcase with Liliane Opsomer, the co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids and the master of all things social media for The Unofficial Guides. Grab your MagicBand and a box of Zantac, and join us as we eat our way around the world!

 

When I arrived at noon, Epcot appeared quite a bit busier than you might hope a weekday in early November would be. Welcome to Jersey Week! Thanks to teachers’ conferences in New Jersey, wait times were jacked up throughout the park, with Spaceship Earth posting a 35 minute standby queue as I entered.

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates

by on September 25, 2015

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Today is the first day of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With that being said, there are a few things that I wanted to update you on, if you are going to the Festival this year.

The first update is about the Chase Lounge. Once again, the Chase Lounge is back in the same location as it previously was; on the third floor of the American Adventure Pavilion. Guests can go to the Lounge to cool off, grab a beverage, re-charge your batteries (phone or personal), and simply relax. However, there are a few new things that have been added to the lounge’s amenities. Enhancements for this year include a dedicated Festival Information desk, a social media photo booth, and a station where guests can email recipes from the festival. (Yum!) In addition, periodically throughout the festival, the lounge will host animation sketch classes and will feature caricature artists for guest enjoyment. Guests will also be able to pick up wristbands for special seating for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series.

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