4 Changes That Are Coming to This Year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Though the summer season at Walt Disney World has yet to begin, Disney is already looking ahead to this fall, as new details have been released about this year’s 22nd edition of the Epcot Interntional Food and Wine Festival, which will again take place for a record 75 days, kicking off earlier than ever on August 31st and running until November 14th. Though we’ve known the basics behind this year’s event for some time, a few intriguing new details have emerged about just what exactly we can expect from this milestone year.

Though 2017’s event will of course feature the requisite menu updates to kiosks around the World Showcase as well as the return of the Ratatouille-based scavenger hunt, and the Party for the Senses event, this year will also see a number of new changes that look to increase the scope of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival and make its 2017 edition quite the celebratory affair! Though we’re expecting even more to be announced as we move closer to this event’s September start date, here are five confirmed changes that already have us excited for this year’s event!

1. Two “new” kiosks will be debuting this year

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Though frequent guests have come to expect their favorites year after year at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, each year also brings new choices to this annual event as well. It has now been confirmed that this year’s event will feature 35 marketplaces, including two newbies: India and Spain. That 35 number isn’t an accident by the way, and corresponds with Epcot’s 35th anniversary.

However, though this really is the first time that India has been represented at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival (which kind of feels like an oversight considering the popularity of Indian food, even over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom), calling Spain a “new” kiosk is a little false, as Spain was a part of the 2011 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival as well.

While we don’t know yet which kiosks will be returning alongside these two new options, both India and Spain have been requested for years, and it is great to see these two popular destinations added in 2017.

2. New menu items have been confirmed

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While we’re going to have to wait several more months before we get full menus for this year’s festival, Disney has released a few teaser menu items to get fans’ mouths watering nearly four months before this year’s festival gets underway:

  • Crispy chicken with griddled cornbread and gravy at the Farm Fresh marketplace
  • Charcuterie in a cone at Spain marketplace
  • Spicy korma chicken and the pistachio cardamom cake from the India marketplace.

3. Preliminary information on seminars released

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It wouldn’t be the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival without beverage seminars and culinary demonstrations, and while we don’t have the full lineup for this year just yet, we do have some preliminary information about what to expect at the Festival Center this fall:

  • Every Saturday guests can enjoy special cheese seminars
  • The Back to Basics Festival Center weekend series will share tips and tricks from professionals in the culinary industry, as well as host bottle and book signings.
  • Ghirardelli’s “The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar,” which also includes free samples will be open in the Festival Center during regular operating hours

4. Some artists announced for Eat to the Beat

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Though the star of the Epcot International Food and Wine festival is undoubtedly the variety of amazing things to nibble and sip, the Eat to the Beat concert series has always been a highlight as well. This year will bring a record high 225 total performances as part of this year’s event. And though we don’t know all of the acts yet, here’s a partial schedule for 2017:

Delta Rae — August 31 – September 1

38 Special – September 28 – 29

Jeffrey Osbourne – October 14 – 15

Starship featuring Mickey Thomas — October 27-29

As they have in years past, concerts are free with admission, and daily show times take place at 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM.

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This year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival may still be several months away, but it looks like it will be bigger and better that ever, with a little something new for guests of all ages. From the kid-focused Ratatouille scavenger hunt to the new India and Spain kiosks, there will be plenty of all-new things to see and do at the 2017 edition of this blockbuster event. Are you planning on checking out any of these new additions to this year’s event?


-Originally published in: Theme Park Tourist by Amanda Kondology May 5,2017

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