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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The details below are for the completed 2010 event unless otherwise indicated. They will be updated for 2011 when that information becomes available.

The 16th edition of Epcot's annual celebration of international foods and wines will run for six weeks, from September 30 through November 13, 2011. Throughout World Showcase, guests will discover 27 "International Marketplaces" offering delicacies associated with the country in question (not necessarily the same one as the pavilion in which it's found).

A free Eat to the Beat concert series performs throughout the festival at the America Gardens Theater. Special programs and chef events are also presented throughout the festival. Highlights are presented on this page, but many more details can be found in the official program guide from Disney (PDF, opens in another window).

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  • Next Event Scheduled: September 30óNovember 13, 2011.
  • Frequency: Annual
  • Location: Throughout World Showcase and the various national pavilions.
  • Event Began: 1996
  • Park Admission Required: Yes.
  • Admission Requirements: Generally included with standard park admission to Epcot, though various special events do have their own separate tickets.
 
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Festival Center events

The Festival Welcome Center is located in the former Wonders of Life pavilion is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Inside the center, some of things you can do include:

  • Pick up your Marketplace Discovery Passport (free), which you can get stamped as you try out the food at the International Marketplaces.
  • Culinary Demonstrations; three times daily ($13/person, $9 for children).
  • Wine seminars; three times daily ($12/person)
  • Celebrity Book Signings; twice per day, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
  • Purchase various festival and topical items at The Stockpot Shop, The Cellar, or Tasteful Chapters.

Special Seminar series

  • Sweet Sundays (hosted by Martini) - Every Sunday a top pastry chef will teach you how to make three dishes. Festival Welcome Center, $85/person.
  • Celebrating Family & Friends in the Kitchen - Every Friday a top chef or food celebrity demonstrates a three course meal,with wine pairings. Festival Welcome Center, $110/person.
  • Epcot Wine Schools - Some Saturdays, a top wine professional demonstrates regional winves. Wonders Retreat, $125/person.
  • Cheese Seminars - Every Saturday, a cheese expert pairs select cheeses with wines. Festival Welcome Center, $75/person.
  • Mexico Tequila Tastings - La Cava del Tequila's tequila master shows off the product. La Cava del Tequila (Mexico Pavilion), $45/person.
  • French Regional Lunches - Some Fridays and Sunday. Experience a prix fixe menu from a region of France as prepared by the chefs at Bistro de Paris. $95/person.

International Marketplaces

23 national kiosks are scattered throughout World Showcase offering intriguing dishes and wines from around the world.

  • Argentina (participating since 1996) - cheese empanadas with roast corn; grilled beef skewer with a chimichurri sauce
  • Australia (1997) - seared barramundi with cherry tomatoes; grilled lamp chop with potato salad
  • Belgium (2010) - steamed mussels with garlic cream; fresh waffles with berry compote and whipped cream
  • Brazil (1996) - grilled pork skewer with farofa; shrimp stew
  • Canada (1996) - cheddar cheese soup; maple-glazed salmon with lentil salad; chicken chipotle sausage with sweet corn polenta
  • Chile (1997) - shrimp ceviche; beef and corn pie (pastel de choclo)
  • China (1996) - black pepper shrim with sichuan noodles; pot stickers; barbecue chicken skewer
  • France (1996) - escargots persillade en brioche; braised short ribs with mashed potatoes; creme brulee
  • Germany (1996) - spatzle with ham and cheese; sausage in a pretzel roll; apple strudel with caramel sauce
  • Greece (1996) - Greek salad with pita; spanakopital; chicken souvlaki with tzatziki; baklava
  • Ireland (2001) - lobster and scallop fisherman's pie; cheese plate; chocolate lava cake with Bailey's Irish Cream ganache
  • Italy (1996) - Polpettine toscane with breadstick; cheese ravioli with a bolognese sauce; chocolate cannoli
  • Japan (1996) - spicy tuna roll; california roll; wafu ribbettes
  • Mexico (1996) - chicken tamale; taco de chilorio; fried corn
  • Morocco (1996) - beef pita; falafal pita; baklava
  • New Zealand (1997) - seared sea scallop; lamb slider
  • Poland (1996) - kielbasa and potato pierogy; pork stuffed cabbage
  • Puerto Rico (2005) - chicken soup with rice; medianoche sandwich
  • Singapore (2005) - shrimp cake with Singapore noodles; coconut beef rendang with rice
  • South Africa (1997) - Flavors of Africa (salad, bread, spreads); seared beef tenderloin with sweet potato puree
  • South Korea (2010) - pork lettuce wraps with kimchee; barbecue short ribs
  • Spain (1997) - Serrano ham and chorizo plate; seared tuna with romesco sauce; almond cake
  • United States (1996) - bison chili; heirloom tomatoes with cheese, onions, and basil

Eat to the Beat Concert Series 2011

Free with park admission, the Eat to the Beat concert series brings name acts tothe America Gardens stage three times each evening at 5:15, 6:30, and 7:45. Seating is first come, first served.

  • Sept. 30-Oct. 2 Taylor Dayne
  • Oct. 3-5 – .38 Special
  • Oct. 6-7 – Jon Secada
  • Oct. 8-9 Roger Hodgson, formerly of Supertramp
  • Oct. 10-12 Billy Ocean
  • Oct. 13-16 Starship starring Mickey Thomas
  • Oct. 17-19 Sugar Ray
  • Oct. 20-21 The Orchestra, starring former members of ELO
  • Oct. 22-23 Howard Jones
  • Oct. 24-26 Boyz II Men
  • Oct. 27-28 Gin Blossoms
  • Oct. 29-30 Sister Hazel
  • Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Hanson
  • Nov. 2-3 The Pointer Sisters
  • Nov. 4-6 Night Ranger
  • Nov. 7-8 Air Supply
  • Nov. 9-10 Richard Marx
  • Nov. 11-13 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy


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