Archive for the Food & Wine Festival Category

Top Reasons to Visit Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

September 13, 2016

From cooking demos and live music to delicious food and wine, there are so many reasons for you to experience this year’s Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World® Resort! Let’s take a closer look at one of those tempting opportunities – the Rockin’ Burger Block Party.

 

Rockin’ Burger Block Party

 

When you think of burgers, they usually start with beef and a bun – but the rules are different at this event. You might find the beginnings of a traditional sandwich, and then the chefs take the flavor to a whole new level with patties like an Indian-inspired Malai Chicken Mushroom Burger or a pork slider with aji amarillo chile slaw and avocado on brioche.

These are just two of seven impressive burgers at the first party on Sept. 30, 2016. Other parties will take place on Oct. 14 and Nov. 11 where all-new creations will be featured, with music and plenty of libations adding to the fun. You can even vote for your favorite burger!

Check out all the top reasons for you to visit the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 14-Nov. 14, 2016 in this video!

 

 

 

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Eat to the Beat Concert Series 2015

June 3, 2015

Eat To The Beat Concert Series 2015

 

Four new “Eat to the Beat” concert acts debut and several fan favorites return to America Gardens Theater during the 20th Annual Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 25-Nov. 16, 2015.

 

Scheduled to perform are:

  • David CookSept. 25-27, 2015
  • Wilson PhillipsSept. 28-29, 2015
  • Christopher CrossSept. 30-Oct. 1, 2015
  • StarshipOct. 2-4, 2015
  • Smash MouthOct. 5-7, 2015
  • The Pointer SistersOct.8-9, 2015
  • 38 SpecialOct. 10-11, 2015
  • Rick SpringfieldOct. 12-13, 2015
  • Sugar RayOct.14-16, 2015
  • The S.O.S. BandOct. 17-18, 2015
  • Air SupplyOct.19-21, 2015
  • FuelOct. 22-23, 2015
  • Tiffany (NEW!)Oct. 24-25, 2015
  • Dennis DeYoungOct. 26-28, 2015
  • Jo Dee Messina Oct. 29-30, 2015
  • Everclear (NEW!)Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2015
  • Boyz II MenNov. 2-4, 2015
  • Sister HazelNov. 5-6, 2015
  • Big Bad Voodoo DaddyNov. 7-9, 2015
  • HansonNov. 10-12, 2015
  • Maxi Priest (NEW!)Nov. 13-14, 2015
  • Chaka Khan (NEW!)Nov. 15-16, 2015

Please note: Daily show times take place at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Entertainment and appearances are subject to change without notice.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2014

September 30, 2014

The entrance to Epcot during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2014

 

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is the yearly food-fest that draws huge crowds consisting of both Disney lovers and food lovers!  I’m here with Disney Vacation Planning Advice for attending the Festival.

 

If you’re looking for loads of pictures of the mouth-watering food, you’ll want to head on over to this review on OurFloridaProject.  You’ll find prices, reviews of the different booths, tastings, and seminars. Just make sure you don’t drool all over your keyboard looking at the pictures.

 

My advice is going to be pretty simple, and practical:

 

1. Avoid the Food & Wine Festival on Weekends!  Not only is the Festival usually much more crowded on weekends, but the likelihood of encountering drunken idiots who are trying to drink around the World Showcase increases exponentially.  In addition to raucous behavior which parents do not want their children to witness, these besotted Guests have been known to leave puddles of vomit in public areas.  While there are plenty of Guests who are able to drink around the world and maintain a reasonable level of sobriety, it just isn’t worth going on weekends.  There’s nothing that puts a damper on your magical Disney Vacation like having some drunken woman in her mid forties mistake you for Ray Romano and insist on showing you the tattoo of Donald Duck on her inner thigh.

 

2.  Have a budget.  If you’re on a Disney Dining Plan decide how many Snack credits you’re going to use at the Festival.  If you’re paying out of pocket, get one of the re-loadable Disney Gift Cards and only spend a pre-set amount.  (Those cards also come with a wristband attached so you can conveniently pay for your purchases without reaching into your wallet.)  Failing to have a budget is a sure way to spend a whole lot more money than you wanted to, and you do not want your Disney souvenir to be five or ten extra lbs around your midsection.

 

3. Don’t forget about the seminars, demonstrations, and the Eat to the Beat Concert series.  There is a lot of focus on the food available for purchase, but the seminars, etc., can really be the highlights of your trip and are usually well worth the money.  Admittedly, this usually involves planning ahead, but I’m sure you know someone who is an expert at planning Disney Vacations if you don’t want to plan yourself.

 

4.  Expect to eat on your feet.  There aren’t very many places to sit and eat the food you purchase.  It’s so bad that people have been known to use the top of garbage cans as makeshift tables.  I mean, if you have to eat on top of a garbage can, Disney World is probably the best (cleanest) place to do it, but still… it’s gross.

 

That’s my advice, short & sweet.

A collage of pictures from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2014