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What’s New for the 17th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

This just in: the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival was named by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s top food and wine festivals. Chefs are cooking up fantastic new experiences for this year’s fest, which open September 28 and runs for a record 46 days through November 12.

There’s no better setting for noshing, sipping and wandering than Epcot’s World Showcase, with a one-of-a-kind backdrop of architectural icons from around the globe.

Fresh for 2012:

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  • Two new festival marketplaces: TERRA Marketplace offers vegan menu items, including Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice and Chili Colorado with House-Made Chips and Cashew Cheese. The FLORIDA Marketplace introduces fresh twists on regional flavors. There are more than 25 ethnic and regional marketplaces in all.
  • Feel like a VIP with Marketplace Chef Tours. Each Wednesday, festival chefs host a walking-and-tasting tour around World Showcase with stops at several international marketplaces. You get to taste five marketplace dishes and five beverage items, like beer, wine and cocktails – and learn a few culinary secrets.
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  • More kid-friendly tastes. Kids of all ages can try inventive new sips during the family’s marketplace dine-around. Pair with yummy bites like beef empanadas and cheese fondue (new this year).
  • Don’t miss (free) Eat to the Beat! Check out pop acts like Smash Mouth (October 11-12) and Javier Colon, winner of “The Voice” (October 13-14). With 18 different bands, look for Blues Traveler (November 5-6) and Dennis DeYoung, original member of STYX (November 7-8). Night Ranger kicks off the concert series September 28-30, and other returning fan favorites include Boyz II Men, The Pointer Sisters, Sister Hazel and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
  • Back for an encore: look for HGTV designers, celeb chefs, culinary demos and wine seminars, and special culinary programs – more than 270 chefs are showing off for the festival. And, yes, the fab Party for the Senses returns October 6, 13, 20, 27 and November 3.

The Party for the Senses grand tasting events and other special wine and culinary programs require reservations and separate event admission. Guests can call 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378) for information; August 14 is the date you can start booking. Festival details are available at

Read more of the latest news from Epcot in the posts below:


  • Can you tell me when the event listing will come out for this years food and wine fesitval?


  • I’m also have the same situation with the above allergy posters. I, too, have had to wait in line at each booth the past 2 years to then talk with a chef via radio whether or not something was gluten free. It would be nice it it was posted on the sign OR if we could stop by the festival center and find out the information there. It takes so much time to wait in each country’s line to find out if something is safe for me to eat. PLEASE PLEASE DISNEY, make it easier this year for us….THANKS!!!

  • Hey all you Vegans out there, International “FOOD” and wine festival may not be a good thing for you to go to, unless you enjoy temptations!

  • I agree with the previous two commenters. A posted ingredient list would be nice because my family deals with multiple food allergies.

  • I also have Celiac disease and LOVE the food and wine festival. In the past, I’ve waited in line (sometimes for a bit) at various booths and asked the servers to radio the “on-call” chef. I’ve always received a response, but it would be wonderful if this information was on the signs and I didn’t need to wait in line to only find out that I could NOT eat any of the yummy delicacies. I’ll be at this year’s festival in October; I can’t wait!

  • I have Celiac disease and in the past your food booths have been unable to give me gluten free information. The Disney World restaurants do an outstanding job providing this information as well as gluten free buns, pizza, etc. It would be great if your pricing signs could indicate gf after an item or at least have gluten free information available at all the food booths. I will be visiting again this November.

  • any update on Disney California Food and Wine? I miss it soo much!! it haunts me sometimes.

  • What is the trickin chick’n actually made with? as well as the chilli? what is the substitute? I can’t have tofu and was just wondering.

    • Substitute is soy-based protein.

  • You had me with the photo of cheese fondue! Thanks Pam for getting my day off on a yummy note!

  • Awesome information! We are so looking forward to this! We will be visiting in early October, and it will be our first F&W Festival!! Can’t wait!!

  • As a vegetarian, I’m very excited about the new offerings. Though I can say, I’ve never managed to go hungry in past years either! The Food & Wine Festival is my favorite Disney special event. Looking forward to hitting it at least a couple of weekends in 2012.

  • Thank you for posting the Party for the Senses dates so early this year! When will reservations for them open up?

  • I’m SO excited about this! The vegan options sound delicious!


  • If I am reading this correctly, some booths will include non-alcoholic beverages from the country as well?! I HOPE SO!

    • Yes!

  • When will reservations open for Party for the Senses? I spoke to two different Cast Members at the number you’ve listed above, and they both told me reservations could not be made at this time.

    • Reservations for Party for the Senses open Aug. 14.

  • I see. Yes, “cheese” would have been more correct than just… cheese. 😛

  • My wife is vegetarian so she’ll be happy to see she has more options this year. Though now she won’t have an excuse to just try the desserts. 😉

  • Cashew Cheese is a non-dairy vegan “cheese”. I found several recipes for it on the internet. It sounds delicious.

  • “Chees by denfinition, is not vegan.”

    It is if it’s made from cashews! As someone who has made cashew creams and cheeses in the past, I can say with confidence that it is delicious and worth trying!

  • “TERRA Marketplace offers vegan menu items, including (…) Cashew Cheese”.

    Cheese, by definition, is not Vegan.

    • The cheese is actually made from raw cashews. I probably should have put “cheese” in quotation marks. 🙂

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