Every year around this time Disney’s Epcot is filled with the sights and smells of food from around the world. Through November 12 they will be Celebrating Culinary Adventures with the 17th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. It is touted as a food and wine lover’s paradise and I can tell you from experience that when you go you won’t be disappointed.
They have almost 30 international food and beverage marketplaces that serve tapas-sized portions of local area specialties pared with a wine or other regional beverage. Some of the countries represented include, Argentina, South Korea, Belgium and New Zealand.
After you’ve had your fill of delicious food from around the world showcase you can head to the Festival Center where you can experience culinary demonstrations featuring celebrated chefs offering helpful food preparation tips; then sit in on wine and beverage, mixology and cheese seminars, most of which offer samples.
Meet celebrity Chefs Andrew Zimmern, Andrea Robinson, Robert Irvine, Bryan Voltaggio and Michael Voltaggio, as well as television personality Bethenny Frankel, also hear author and nutrition expert, Dr. Wendy Bazilian, these are just a few who are scheduled to appear. There will be meet and greets with both book and bottle signings where you can get your favorite wine maker or author to autograph your purchase. There will be hundreds of bottles of wines of all kinds and from vineyards all over the world for sale. Most of these seminars can be seen for an additional fee.
When you’re ready to work off a little of your food and wine head to the America Gardens Theatre at the World Showcase where you can shake your groove thing while enjoying a concert. Different artists, such as Air Supply, .38 Special and Sugar Ray are scheduled to appear throughout the month as part of the Eat to the Beat concert series so be sure to check the schedule for your favorites before visiting.
Many of the food and wine seminars are being hosted by celebrity chefs and winemakers who are all experts in their fields.
There are hundreds of bottles of wine for sale from Pinot Greco, Rieslings, red and white Zinfandels to Merlots and Shiraz. You’re sure to see your favorite or even find a new favorite.
This delicious Shrimp on the Barbie with Pepper Berry Citrus Glaze from Australia was one of the first things we tried.
One thing I was looking forward to trying was the Grilled Lamb Chop with mint pesto and potato crunchies from Australia, – yum! I also tried their Rosemount Estate Traminer Riesling which was equally delicious.
While passing Italy we couldn’t resist this Ravioli di Formaggio All’emiliana which was baked cheese ravioli, creamy beef bolognese, with parmesan and mozzarella. I don’t know about you but the smell of garlic always makes me hungry.
My husband Kirby Collins and I have been to the last several Food and Wine Festivals and will continue to enjoy them for years to come.
Just outside the Moroccan Pavilion this beautiful, talented belly dancer, along with some musicians, entertained the crowd.
While we were there we enjoyed a show by Starship who sing ‘We Built this City’ a song I’ve always loved and the older ‘Go ask Alice’, it was a great show.
Overall if you enjoy food, wine, good music, great shows, interesting seminars and hanging out with friends in general the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is one of those annual Disney events that is not to be missed. The festival only last for a few more weeks so be sure to make your plans to get to it. We’ll see you there.
Originally Published on October 21st, 2012