Festival time at Epcot in Walt Disney World is the best time, and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is the biggest of them all. This massive event is happening now through November 13, featuring the best in global cuisine, live entertainment and more.
This is the 22nd year for the event, running a record 75 days for 2017. To celebrate Epcot's 35th anniversary, there are 35 food booths this year! In fact, there are so many that the booths are not only located around World Showcase, but for the first time ever, they're also set up in Future World. Along with returning favorites like the Cheddar Cheese Soup in Canada and New England Lobster Roll from American Adventure, there are many new international dishes ready for you to sink your teeth into.
New food booths located in the Next Eats courtyard feature forward-thinking dishes with a focus on conservation and sustainability. These delicious eats are taking things to the next level, including the amazing Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip and Seared Scallops from Coastal Eats. Nearby, Flavors from Fire offers foods that celebrate all things spicy! The Piggy Wings are a big hit this year. They're roasted pork wings covered in a tangy Korean BBQ Sauce.
Also new for 2017 is the innovative Light Lab, located in the heart of Future World. This glowing bar serves up unique concoctions that glow in the dark and are prepared like science experiments by flavor technicians dressed in lab coats. And it wouldn't be Food & Wine without the wine. Visit The Wine and Dine Studio at The Art of Pairing to not only sample a glass or two, but you can also learn how to pair wines with different types of food like cheeses and chocolates. The Dark Chocolate Raspberry Torte from The Chocolate Studio is a dessert you won't want to miss.
When traveling around the world in World Showcase, be sure to check out the incredible Teriyaki SPAM Hash with Potatoes from Hawaii. Despite what you may think about SPAM, this dish is a taste explosion that everyone is talking about. Some other booths to check ou include Spain, returning to the event after a few years of absence. Here you can get the popular Charcuterie in a Cone and Sweet Olive Oil Cake. India and Thailand offer exotic flavors and some of the tastiest food of the festival.
In addition to all the great food and drinks, the Epcot Food & Wine Festival also features live music and events daily. Catch performances by the biggest names in music nightly at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. You can meet your favorite celebrity chefs and learn from the best during live cooking seminars and much more. Everything’s included with your general admission to Epcot.
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is running now through November 13. Be sure to get your discounted tickets to Walt Disney World from Best of Orlando before setting off on your culinary adventure.
Orlando, FL – 9/27/17
By: Alicia Stella
(Photos: Alicia Stella)