Just when you’ve digested all the awesomeness of this year’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, it’s time to start prepping for the 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival — only this year, there’s some serious culinary firepower coming in for a visit!
This year’s festival runs from September 14 – November 24, and will feature an incredible lineup of celebrity chefs who will cook and entertain throughout the 62-day festival.
Disney Parks Blog reports:
Geoffrey Zakarian, Maneet Chauhan, Duff Goldman, Elliott Farmer, Masaharu Morimoto and Graham Elliot are the newcomers for 2016, joining longtime favorites including Robert Irvine, Cat Cora, Norman Van Aken, Elizabeth Falkner, Buddy Valastro and Jamie Deen. And, yes, ABC’s “The Chew” is back for a week of taping their Emmy Award-winning show!
It’s also worth noting that, for the very first time, the celebration of the festival will be reaching beyond Epcot, and into the rest of the Walt Disney World Resort. Check out some of the spectacular opportunities awaiting guests:
- “Brunch with a Twist at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa” — a sumptuous 5-star, 5-course meal prepared by the resort’s award-winning chefs
- “The Secrets of Flavor at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort” — a three-course lunch that gives guests a ‘sensory-food connection’ at Yachtsman Steakhouse
- “Culinary Adventures with a Master Chef” at Disney’s Contemporary Resort — a hands-on chef’s table experience in a professional working kitchen
- “Behind the Scenes at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto” at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort — an entertaining tour of the whimsical Trader Sam’s, followed by lunch and a special mixology session
You know what else is awesome about this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival? How about 39 new or re-imagined marketplace dishes? Or maybe 47 new cocktails, beers, wines and ciders? Some dishes include an elegant seared scallop with truffled celery root puree, Brussels sprouts and mushrooms at Wine & Dine Studio.
Also worth mentioning are the mojo pork with black beans and rice at Islands of the Caribbean; loaded Greek “nachos” at the Greece Marketplace, and a peanut butter and white chocolate mousse from The Chew Collective.
Make sure to visit epcotfoodfestival.com for more details on all of the festival’s events, including scheduling. So what do you think? Are you ready to celebrate with one of the largest (and longest) food festivals in the country? Let me know in the comments below and, as always, stick with ITM for all your Disney news!