Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Plans for EPCOT Food and Wine Festival 2011 announced today!

While not all of the details are ready, enough were announced today to set mouths watering and schedules planning for this year's EPCOT International Food & Wine Festivals. The festival will run from September 30 to November 13, so there will be plenty of time to get in and enjoy this massively-popular foodie event.

More than 25 marketplaces will be featured this year, all serving delicious and inexpensive tapas-style offerings, plus wines, beers and cocktails from the featured countries. Three BRAND NEW marketplaces will debut this year: Hawaii (featuring Kahlua pork sliders), the Caribbean (featuring ropa vieja) and Portugal (featuring calamari salad).

Here's the scoop on the rest of the new stuff, straight from the official Disney Parks Blog:

  • The new Odyssey Lounge opens, where guests can check in with friends and family back home, play games and surf the web while enjoying a specialty cocktail or a glass of wine or beer. There’s even a charging station for mobile phones and other electronic devices.
  • Celeb chefs are back – top culinarians like Jeff Henderson, Cat Cora, Alan Wong, Gale Gand, Suvir Saran, Jamie Deen, Rock Harper, Celina Tio and more. All told, more than 270 chefs participate.
  • There’s always fun stuff at the Festival Welcome Center, from a wine bar to tasting seminars and free sessions with cookbook authors.
  • Eat to the Beat! Concert Series is back at America Gardens Theatre with first timers the Pointer Sisters, The Orchestra starring former members of ELO and Gin Blossoms. Taylor Dayne kicks it off opening weekend.
  • Also back are First Bites Opening Reception on Sept. 29 (one time only); Kitchen Memories (formerly Celebrating Family and Friends in the Kitchen); Mixology Seminar, and “3D” Disney Dessert Discovery. And of course the grand Party for the Senses!
  • A new Cranberry Bog display by Craisins tells the story behind the cranberry’s rich
  • agricultural heritage.
  • 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 and to make reservations for special events and programs (Aug. 16 is the date you can start booking). Festival details are available at www.disneyworld.com/foodandwine.


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