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Epcot Food and Wine Festival


Get set for a culinary adventure as Epcot wines & dines visitors during their annual Food and Wine Festival.

The festival, running from September 30th, 2011 to November 13th, 2011 will feature culinary events, parties, live musical entertainment, and over 25 booths overflowing with international cuisine from countries on 6 different continents. In addition to these events, celebrity chefs and winemakers will lead seminars and demonstrations as well as appear at book signings.

Compliment your meal with live music as Epcot's Food and Wine Festival presents the Eat to the Beat! Concert series. With a lineup as varied as the food in the festival, visitors can expect performances from hitmakers from Starship to Boyz II Men.

To enter the festival regular Epcot Theme Park admission is required. Some events require ticket fees in addition to park admission.


Marketplaces & Promenade
More than 25 international marketplace kiosks serve up tapas-sized portions of regional specialties. Explore countries on 6 continents through their most mouthwatering foods and beverages!

Eat to the Beat! Concert Series
Musical entertainment pairs perfectly with culinary fun during the nightly Eat to the Beat! Concert Series. Enjoy a varied lineup of classic rock, soul, R&B, jazz and funk hit-makers!

Seminars and Demonstrations
Learn from the masters with the Festival's exciting schedule of seminars and demonstrations featuring the fresh ingredients and secret techniques that go into some of the world's most extraordinary dishes and drinks.

Special Festival Experiences
A special series of programs and experiences brings you renowned winemakers, guest chefs and speakers. Wine and beer tastings let you sip from the best in the world while delicious experiences such as the Party for the Senses dish up unforgettable tastes.

Festival Welcome Center
The Festival Welcome Center hosts wine seminars and book signings and offers sparkling champagnes and wines at the Wonder Bar. It's also the place to pick up Festival keepsakes, including limited edition Festival pins and cookbooks. And while you're there, be sure to check out the lists of famous personalities who will be appearing plus the times of their scheduled signings.

Festival Shopping
Before and after the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, you can find merchandise that celebrates the 14th annual Food & Wine Festival. While you're in the park, visit the Festival Welcome Center, which offers commemorative gifts, specialty kitchen items, a book shop and a wine bar. You can also visit the shops located around World Showcase Promenade for additional Festival merchandise offerings and artisans.

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon
Run Around The Parks, Dine Around The World. While you're here, join us for the Inaugural Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, which will be run on a brand new half marathon course at the Walt Disney World Resort, at night! Race under the stars through Walt Disney World Theme Parks, and enjoy a private after party at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival exclusively for runners and their friends! Plus enjoy a full slate of weekend fun. Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 10:00 p.m.

Eat to the Beat! Concert series at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Live retro sounds of pop, rock, jazz and funk fill the night when top musical acts unleash their greatest hits during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Three new Eat to the Beat! acts - The Pointer Sisters, Gin Blossoms and The Orchestra starring former members of ELO - and 15 returning bands take their turn on the America Gardens Theatre stage. Shows are scheduled 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. daily.
The lineup (subject to change and included in Epcot admission) includes:

Sept. 30-Oct. 2 Taylor Dayne "Tell It to My Heart"
Oct. 3-5 38 Special "Hold on Loosely"
Oct. 6-7 Jon Secada "Just Another Day"
Oct. 8-9 Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp "Give A Little Bit"
Oct. 10-12 Billy Ocean "Caribbean Queen"
Oct. 13-16 Starship starring Mickey Thomas "We Built This City"
Oct. 17-19 Sugar Ray "Fly"
Oct. 20-21 The Orchestra starring former members of ELO (NEW) "Don't Bring Me Down"
Oct. 22-23 Howard Jones "No One Is to Blame"
Oct. 24-26 Boyz II Men "End of the Road"
Oct. 27-28 Gin Blossoms (NEW) "Hey Jealousy"
Oct. 29-30 Sister Hazel "All for You"
Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Hanson "Give a Little"
Nov. 2-3 The Pointer Sisters (NEW) "He's So Shy"
Nov. 4-6 Night Ranger "Sister Christian"
Nov. 7-8 Air Supply "Lost in Love"
Nov. 9-10 Richard Marx "Right Here Waiting"
Nov. 11-13 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy "Go Daddy-O"

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