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New Global Marketplaces, ESPN Tailgate Tasting and Entertainment Surprises Add to Epcot Food & Wine

I am already counting down to Aug. 29 and the launch of the 24th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and now we have new updates on our favorite festival!

New Martketplaces!

We can't wait to check out the new Appleseed Orchard Marketplace which will offer a unique variety of craft brews, ciders, wines and cocktails like the Apple Blossom Sky while nibbling on Charcuterie and Cheese. This new marketplace will be located next to Le Cellier Steakhouse in World Showcase.

More savory treats will debut at the brand-new The Alps Marketplace, where you can dip into your dish of Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguette, or Venison Stew with Crushed Potatoes paired with a refreshing Frozen Rosé. 

Also new this year, you can enjoy Emile’s Fromage Montage where they can sample a variety of delicious cheeses served in inventive ways. If you need to know one thing about me it's that cheese is my favorite food so this is right up my alley! Purchase any five cheese dishes from the official Global Marketplaces listed in the Festival Passport and make sure to collect a stamp for each cheese dish purchased. Once you’ve collected all five stamps, bring the stamped Festival Passport to Shimmering Sips for a complimentary specialty cheesecake unique to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. 

New Events

Who doesn't love tailgating food? Well now you can pair your football fandom with festival fun! Bookings start today for the new Tailgate Tasting hosted by ESPN’s Monday Night Football, available select Sundays starting September 8 – November 17. The 45-minute program will pair gridiron grub with a beverage tasting inspired by the cities of pro teams playing each Monday night, and you’ll even learn how to prepare the dishes for your next tailgate party!

The Disney du Jour Dance Party has expanded to every day of the week, with weekend Radio Disney artist appearances. Sundays through Thursdays, a DJ will lead the interactive fun. Fridays and Saturdays will feature performances by Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country artists and appearances from a few of your favorite Disney characters including:

  • Meg Donnelly (“With U,” Disney Channel’s Zombies) Aug. 30-31

  • Jenna Raine (“A Letter to Me”) Sept. 13-14

  • Sky Katz (“Like This,” Disney Channel’s Raven’s Home) Oct. 11-12

  • JAGMAC (“Like a Band”) Oct. 18-19

Eat to the Beat Concert Adds More Acts!

More NEW acts are joining the roster for the festival’s longest-ever Eat to the Beat Concert Series, returning this year from Aug. 29 – Nov. 19. Be sure to save the dates:

  • 98° (“Give Me Just One Night”) Oct. 7-9

  • Newcomers BBMak (“Back Here”) on Nov. 15-16 and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra (“Un Gran Dia en El Barrio”) Nov. 17-18.  

New Merchandise:

Chef Minnie will join Chef Mickey this year to bring a “sprinkle” of fun to the festival. The new merchandise line shows them busily making cupcakes and other delectable desserts with ingredients that include rose-gold accents and a little sparkle. Chef Minnie will also bring her sense of style to a new cupcake headband and other festival apparel.

News & Media Source: Disney Parks Blog



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