Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2016 Logo.svg
Begins August 30, 2018
Ends November 12, 2018
Frequency Yearly
Venue Epcot
Location(s) Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida
Country United States
Inaugurated 1995
Activity Wine, Food Tasting, Social Events
Website Official website Edit this at Wikidata

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is an annual food festival at Epcot, in the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, typically from late September to mid-November, though in recent years the start date has moved forward to late August. Special kiosks are set up around the World Showcase with food and drinks that reflect various countries.[1][2] The activities, themes and corporate sponsors have changed over the years since the festival began in 1995.[3][4]

Admission to the basic festival is included with park admission, but guests must purchase the food and drink separately. Activities have included concerts, books signings and demonstrations.[5] Certain special events require a separate admission pass.

History[edit]

The miniature train display in the Germany Pavilion was created for the first Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in 1995.[6]

George Kalogridis, president of the Walt Disney World Resort since 2013, conceived the idea for the festival.[7]

On February 15, 2016, it was announced that Disney California Adventure would be hosting its own Food & Wine Festival, only on the weekends, during April 2016, after a five year hiatus.[8][9]

2014[edit]

The Wonders of Life Pavilion being used as the Festival Center during the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The Orlando Sentinel reported that the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival was to include 100,000 dessert portions, 360,000 beer servings, 300,000 wine pours, 1.5 million tapas-size food samplings and visitors from over 25 nations.[10]

The event ran from September 19 to November 10, a total of 53 days, which was the longest in the festival's 19-year history.[11]

The 2014 booths were Africa, Australia, Belgium, Block & Hans, Brazil, Brewer's Collection, Canada, China, Craft Beers, Desserts & Champagne, Farm Fresh, Fife & Drum, France, Germany, Greece, Hawai'i, Hops & Barley, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Patagonia, Poland, Puerto Rico, Refreshment Port, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Terra, and the Refreshment Cool Post.[12]

2014 Eat to the Beat Concert Series[edit]

Dennis DeYoung performing during the 2014 Eat to the Beat Concert Series

Eat to the Beat is a series of concerts during the festival at the America Gardens Theater. Performers performed three times during the day, at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8:00 pm. The performers for the 2014 series were Jo Dee Messina, The Pointer Sisters, The Commodores, Christopher Cross, Hanson, Air Supply, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Sugar Ray, Fuel, Sister Hazel, Richard Marx, Billy Ocean, Night Ranger, Smash Mouth, Jim Brickman, Los Lonely Boys, Wilson Phillips, Dennis DeYoung (original member of STYX), 38 Special, Boyz II Men, David Cook, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.[13]

2015[edit]

The 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival ran from September 25 through November 16. The 2015 festival saw the additions of new booths including the Cheese Studio, the Wine Studio, Intermissions Café, The Outpost, Chew Lab, and Sustainable Chew, the latter two being inspired by the ABC show The Chew,[14] as well a Dominican Republic booth. Also, the Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog returned for its fourth year after a one-year absence.[15] Two countries did not return from the 2014 lineup, Puerto Rico and Singapore.[16]

2015 Eat to the Beat Concert Series[edit]

The lineup included the return of Dennis DeYoung, Starship with Mickey Thomas, Christopher Cross, The Pointer Sisters, 38 Special, and Air Supply, alongside newcomers Tiffany, Maxi Priest, Everclear, and Chaka Khan.[17]

2016[edit]

The 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival runs from September 14 through November 14. The 2016 festival sees the additions of new booths including the Brewer’s Collection, the Chocolate Studio and the Islands of the Caribbean. Not returning from the 2015 lineup include the booths of Fife & Drum, The Outpost, and Terra. The Wine Studio will combine with the Cheese Studio to become the Wine & Dine Studio, while The Chew Lab and Sustainable Chew will combine to become The Chew Collective.[18][19] The festival also includes new premium events at some of the Disney resorts for the first time, including events at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort & Disney's Yacht Club Resort.[20]

2016 Eat to the Beat Concert Series[edit]

The lineup includes the return of Dennis DeYoung, Starship with Mickey Thomas, Fuel, Sugar Ray, Los Lobos, Wilson Phillips, Blues Traveler, Christopher Cross, 38 Special, Chaka Khan, Billy Ocean, Hanson, Boyz II Men, Sister Hazel, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Air Supply, alongside newcomers Wang Chung, BoDeans, Plain White T’s, Jeffrey Osborne, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Living Colour, Soul Asylum, & Delta Rae.[21]

2017[edit]

The 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival ran from August 31 through November 13.[22]

2018[edit]

The 23rd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will be held from August 30th to November 12th, 2018.[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heather McPherson (September 17, 2014). "Epcot chefs set a global buffet of eclectic tastes". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ Jeff Houck (September 27, 2013). "The Sip: Everywhere a food fest, but Epcot worth the trip". Tampa Tribune. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Walt Disney World Resort World History Digest". Walt Disney World News. Archived from the original on August 5, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Food & Wine Festival, 2011 Edition". Yesterland. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sneak-Peek-Sunday: Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival". Modern Mouse Radio. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Epcot's Garden Railway Miniature Train". Disney Dispatch. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ Jason Garcia (January 19, 2013). "George Kalogridis: From clearing tables to Disney World chief". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved September 18, 2014. From 1995 to 2000, Kalogridis ran Epcot, Disney World's second-busiest theme park. He conceived and launched the park's International Food and Wine Festival to help generate attendance during a typically slow period in the fall. It is now one of Disney World's largest annual events. 
  8. ^ "Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival Coming Weekends in April". Disney Parks Blog. 
  9. ^ MacDonald, Brandy (April 4, 2016). "Food fest returns to Disney California Adventure with pricey VIP offerings". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 22, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Epcot chefs set global buffet of eclectic tastes for Food and Wine Fest". Orlando Sentinel. 
  11. ^ "Get your taste buds ready! Epcot food and wine fest begins Sept. 19". Florida Today. 
  12. ^ "Epcot Food and Wine Festival Map". wdwinfo.com. WDW Info. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  13. ^ Fickley-Baker, Jennifer. "2014 Eat to the Beat Concert Lineup Announced for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival". disneyparks.disney.go.com/blogs. Disney Parks. Retrieved November 1, 2014. 
  14. ^ Brandon, Pam. "20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Expands for First Time into Future World". disneyparksblog.com. Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  15. ^ Cruz, Georgina. "Are your taste buds ready for Florida fall food festivals?". orlandosentinel.com. Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Global Marketplaces". disneyworld.com. Walt Disney World. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Eat to the Beat Concert Series". Dining at Disney. Retrieved May 26, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Global Marketplaces at the 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival". Walt Disney World. Archived from the original on July 20, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  19. ^ Cox, Danny. "Disney Releases Info For 2016 Epcot Food And Wine Festival: Eat To The Beat Concert Series, Menus, More". Inquisitr. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  20. ^ Brandon, Pam. "Celebrity Chefs and New Experiences at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels Set for the 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival". Disney Parks Blog. Disney Parks. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  21. ^ Lim, Victoria. "Eat to the Beat Lineup Announced for 21st Epcot International Food & Wine Festival". Disney Parks Blog. Disney Parks. Retrieved July 20, 2016. 
  22. ^ Lim, Victoria. "Dates Announced for the 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival". Disney Parks Blog. Disney Parks. Retrieved November 26, 2016. 
  23. ^ Stovall, Charles. "The 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Brings 75 Days of Fall Fun Aug. 30 – Nov. 12". Disney Parks Blog. Disney Parks. Retrieved March 12, 2018. 

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