Epcot Food and Wine expands in duration and flavor profiles


Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2017 is set to be the biggest, boldest and most flavorful to date. Celebrating 35 years, this Disney festival beckons all foodies for the culinary journey.

One of the most popular, well attended events at Walt Disney World is the annual Epcot Food and Wine Festival. 2017 marks the 35th year for the festival. To mark the occasion, the event is expanding to 75 days of gourmet delights.

Epcot Food and Wine, photo by Cristine Struble

In addition to the longer duration, the food festival expands the many culinary delights that it offers. Since global cuisine is popular, Epcot announced the return of both India and Spain to the festival. While the menus aren’t set, Disney suggested that dishes like Madras Red Curry vegetables, pistachio cardamom bundt cake and charcuterie in a cone might be served.

Even though the delicious bites and beverages are the stars, true foodies enjoy participating in the food creation. Last year saw the debut of Mix It Make It Celebrate It. This hands-on workshop returns. Foodies can learn from culinary elite all the tricks of the trade.

Tackling the annual Epcot food festival is a multi-day affair. With so many bites, beverages and experiences, a single day turns into a gluttonous event. Even just eating a bite from each kiosk can be difficult on one day.

Food, food and more food

Epcot Food and Wine, photo by Cristine Struble

Personally, I would recommend a weekend of enjoyment at the annual food and wine event. Over the two day period, guests can try a variety of bites and beverages without feeling overwhelmed.

If you do attend, grab a culinary passport upon arrival. The passport lists each dish and beverage at the festival. Some items are featured in pictures. The passport can help you narrow down the must-try, don’t miss bites.

The annual Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2017 will be held August 31 through November 13. The food festival is included with park admission. Food and wine bites vary in cost but generally range from $5 to $15.

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I have marked my calendar for the annual event. With over 75 days of culinary delights, I hope to spend several days at the festival making my way through all the bites. Of course, I might have to walk hundreds of times around the World Showcase to burn off the extra calories. But, each bite is definitely worth it.