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Celebrate 35 Years of Epcot at the 22nd International Food & Wine Festival

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

It’s August – and that means we’re now just weeks away from unveiling a record number of amazing food and wine Marketplaces (35) to celebrate 35 years of Epcot at the 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This year’s event is bigger and better than ever and we have an early peek at what’s to come with Epcot chef Gregg Hannon.

As many of you know, the 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is expanding for a longer-than-ever 75-day run (Aug. 31-Nov. 13, 2017). The event will be part of the park’s 35th anniversary day on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 and feature several new experiences. Here are a few favorites:

Kenny G

New Acts for 2017 “Eat to the Beat” Concert Series will amp things up this year. There will be 11 new artists, including Jazz Legend Kenny G, and pop superstars like 10,000 Maniacs and Squeeze. Blog author Charles Stovall has the complete list here.

New Marketplaces are coming to the Festival – and India and Spain marketplaces will return for an encore. Our global marketplaces will extend into Future World to offer brand-new taste sensations. Take a look at Pam Brandon’s story here.

ABC’s ‘The Chew’

ABC’s “The Chew” is returning to tape five festival shows that will air Oct. 9-13. With Spaceship Earth as the backdrop, the Emmy Award-winning show hosts will again delight a live audience with on-stage cooking and stories of their Disney adventures plus segments from across Walt Disney World Resort. Here’s our earlier story with more details.

Popular TV chefs and culinary icons will entertain at Festival Center demonstrations. Those same stars of the kitchen will create new dishes for premium events such as Party for the Senses grand tastings with new concepts and themes. You can book premium events right now from the blog.

“Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops are also returning with fresh opportunities for guests to interact with visiting chefs, bakers, mixologists and other pros. Check out our main page for details.

As we get closer to opening day on August 31 – we’ll be sharing more details so keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for the latest.


  • When would Disney announce the dates for the 2018 Food and Wine Festival? I see this year it started a few weeks earlier and I am wondering if it will be the same next year. Thank you for any information

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