The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, which starts on September 14 at Walt Disney World, had a special preview to show off some of the food and beverage offerings slated for the two-month event. Every year, the festival takes over the park, with food kiosks all around World Showcase and spilling into Future World and the Festival Center in the old Wonders of Life pavilion. Several of the chefs behind the festival were on hand at the preview to talk about new and returning menu items, including main dishes and desserts:

Executive Chef Mike Deardorff also talked about the marketplaces where visitors to the festival can graze on the most tempting food items:


Beverages are also a big part of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, with some guests coming expressly to drink their way around the "World." Marianne Hunnel talks about the wine, beer, and other adult libations on tap for 2016.

She also shared details of the special events, which include dinners, demonstrations, and more, and the Eat to the Beat concert series:

Culinary Director Gregg Hannon was happy to show off the menu items served at the special preview.

More about the festival.

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival runs through November 14 this year. Walt Disney World is continuing its partnership with The Chew, with a show taping slated to take place during the event and a namesake food kiosk featuring Chew-approved dishes.

The various foods.

If you'd like to see some of the dishes coming to Epcot when the festival kicks off in September, check out the photos accompanying this article. They represent just a small fraction of the dishes that will be available at the various kiosks.

So much to see and do.

It's hard to experience this event all in one day because there's so much to see, do, and eat. Here are some ways to make the most of your time at this popular event:

  • Visit on a weekday. This event is just as popular with locals as it is with tourists, and the local crowd tends to come out on the weekends. You'll encounter shorter lines at the food kiosks if you visit during the week.
  • Do both lunch and dinner at the event. It's best to visit Epcot more than once to fully experience the festival, but you might not be able to do that. If not, come early to do a lunch time around of dining, then start all over again at dinner time.
  • Plan your must-eats ahead of time. Even if you do a double round of dining, you won't come close to trying everything at the festival. Look online at the Walt Disney World website or get a free passport in the park on the day of your visit and plan out the items you absolutely must try. That will give you the necessary focus to avoid getting drawn in by other items.

In addition to those tips, you may want to book a dinner package if you come for an Eat to the Beat concert to guarantee your seat.

You can also book one of the special events, like Party for the Senses, for a true VIP experience of food, drink, and fun.

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