Foodies rejoice! Today marks the kick-off of the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival! Now in it’s 19th year, the festival seems to expand with new offerings and experiences annually. This year the festival runs through November 10th.
The 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival features over 25 global marketplaces offering delectable bites, desserts and beverages. Three new food locations have been added; Puerto Rico Marketplace offering Caribbean inspired specialties, Patagonia Marketplace where you can sample South American cuisine, and Farm Fresh Marketplace featuring fresh fare straight from the farm to you. Personally, the FlanCocho, a vanilla caramel custard with chocolate coffee cake, at Puerto Rico Marketplace sounds divine.
In addition to the delicious cuisine, you can enjoy the sounds of the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. Each night the American Gardens Theatre is transformed into a lively entertainment hub in this outdoor concert series. Over the course of the festival more than 20 chart-topping bands and solo artists will take the stage. New performers include Jo Dee Messina, Fuel, Jim Brickman, Los Lonely Boys, David Cook and more!
Over at the Festival Center, celebrity chefs Jamie Deen, Warren Brown, Jennifer Hill Booker and “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro present culinary demonstrations and seminars.
New premium dining events include Epcot Food & Wine Nights LIVE! – a separately ticked after-hours party including six complimentary menu items from several Festival marketplaces, live music, entertainment and a DJ. And, the Ultimate Day at Epcot Food & Wine allows Guests to savor the flavors of the festival in a refined, carefree setting.
Theme Park Admission to Epcot is required. While most Epcot International Food & Wine Festival events are included with admisison to the Park, several experiences require a separate purchase or admission fee, including food and refreshment samples, entry into Premium Experiences and Culture Dining Opportunities. Availability is limited for some experiences. Events may be rescheduled or cancelled at any time.