July is here which means that the start of Food and Wine Festival season is right around the corner! The 24th Epcot International Food and Wine Festival begins on August 29, 2019 and this exciting 87-day event can’t get here quick enough. What’s new to the festival line up? Let’s cover the latest Disney announcements!

Appleseed Orchard Marketplace
This new marketplace will be located in the Canada pavilion near Le Cellier Steakhouse. While the theater where the “O Canada!” film takes place is upgrading its projection-system and refreshing the film with new footage, this area is transforming into a new festival destination. It will offer an exciting variety of ciders, craft brews, wines, and lite bites! Guests can pair apple-inspired beers, cocktails, and ciders like the Apple Blossom Sky with a Charcuterie and Cheese. For a kid-friendly option, Appleseed Orchard Marketplace will offer the Frozen Apple Pie drink! All brews, wines, and ciders will be offered as flights or individually.

The Alps Marketplace
Another new global marketplace to keep an eye out for is The Alps Marketplace. This new kitchen will over sweet and savory Swiss-inspired dishes! Enjoy tastes like Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons, and Baguettes or Venison Stew with Crushed Potatoes. Pair these dishes with a refreshing Frozen Rosé or wine flight for a perfect bite!

Emile’s Fromage Montage
This year families can sample an array of delicious cheeses with Emile’s Fromage Montage. Taste your way through the festival’s various dishes serving up cheese in inventive ways! Guests who purchase any five cheese dishes from the official Global Marketplaces listed in the Festival Passport will want to make sure they collect a stamp for each cheese dish purchased. After collecting all five stamps, bring the stamped Festival Passport to Shimmering Sips and you’ll receive a complimentary specialty cheesecake available just for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!

ESPN Tailgate Tastings
Football lovers, this news is for you! Enjoy tailgating fun during the festival with no picnic baskets or grills required. Bookings for new Tailgate Tastings hosted by ESPN’s Monday Night Football have officially begun. On select Sundays starting September 8, 2019 until November 17, 2019 guests can enjoy a 45-minute program that pairs gridiron grub with a beverage tasting, both inspired by the cities’ pro teams playing that Monday night! While tasting the dishes you’ll even learn how to prepare them for your next tailgate party.

Disney du Jour Dance Party
On Sundays through Thursdays during Food and Wine Festival a DJ will lead the interactive fun at the Disney du Jour Dance Party. Fridays and Saturdays will include live performances from Radio Disney artists and even a few of your favorite Disney characters! The current lineup includes Meg Donnelly on August 30-31, Jenna Raine on September 13-14, Sky Katz on October 11-12, and JACMAC on October 18-19.

Eat to the Beat Concert Series
There are even more new acts joining the growing roster for this year’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series! Taking place from August 29, 2019 until November 19, 2019, this concert series is officially the festival’s longest ever. Save the date for 98°, a guest favorite, who will be returning on October 7-9 this year. Eat to the Beat Concert Series will also be welcoming newcomers BBMak on November 15-16 and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra on November 17-18!

If you’d like to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth in 2019, there’s never been a better time to start planning your vacation! Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival will be something special this year during its record 87-day run, so what are you waiting for?