The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, which comes to Walt Disney World on September 14 and runs through November 14, sums up its two main activities in its title. It draws people to Florida each year to indulge in special cuisine, wine, and other beverages at this popular Disney event. Yes, you'll want to bring your appetite and indulge in cuisine from the kiosks and tastings and dinners, but the festival has much more to do than just eating and drinking. It features other activities that, along with the regular rides and attractions, will easily fill up a whole day at the theme park and keep you busy from opening time until the Illuminations show caps things off at night.

Eat to the Beat concerts at Epcot

In addition to food, the arrival of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival also heralds the arrival of the Eat to the Beat concert series. These live concerts take place daily at the America Gardens Theater, featuring a wide range of music from performers like Wang Chung, Christopher Cross, Tiffany, Dennis DeYoung, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The concerts run three times each day and are free with Epcot admission. If you're a groupie and want to ensure that you'll have a seat, you can purchase a lunch or dinner package that includes the show. See highlights from a previous Starship concert at Walt Disney World in the video below:

Shopping for Epcot International Food and Wine merchandise

Each year, this popular Walt Disney World festivalfeatures a wide variety of specially themed merchandise for the event, from t-shirts and other trinkets to cookbooks and cookware.

It's featured in kiosks around the park and also in the Festival Center in Future World near Ellen's Energy Adventure. It's fun to casually browse the unique merchandise that Disney creates each year as you stroll around the park, but the Festival Center offers an air-conditioned shopping experience if you're visiting on a particularly warm Florida fall day.

Scavenger hunt with popular Disney character

Remy from the Disney-Pixar movie 'Ratatouille' was well known as a chef, so it's fitting that the talented little rodent visits the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. No, he doesn't cook up his signature dish at one of the kiosks. Instead, he leads families on the Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt throughout the park.

They search for Remy statuettes hidden all around World Showcase and match ingredient stickers on their special map. Those who successfully find all the ingredients turn in their completed maps for special prize.

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