By David Sibila
It's no secret that the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort has become a pilgrimage for those seeking tasty food and culinary adventures. This annual fall food festival, along with a growing dining scene in Orlando, has proven to satisfy even the most serious of foodies according to Wallethub.com - who recently named Orlando as the best foodie city in the U.S.
From endless trays of sparkling wine to copious amounts of gourmet burgers, we call out to those lovers of food-fueled experiences with our fresh take on five treats you're sure to enjoy at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, going on now through Nov. 14, 2016.
Rock Out with the Burger Block Party
Celebrity chefs join forces with Disney's finest to create a smorgasbord of the tastiest burgers across the Walt Disney World Resort. Feast on burgers from STK, Raglan Road Irish Pub, Disney's Beaches and Cream and the new D-Luxe Burger. See what it's like with our "Slider Cam" video.
Rockin' Burger Block Party takes place on select Friday nights during the festival and includes all-you-care to eat gourmet burgers, tasty and healthy sides, along with signature beer and wine tastings and plenty of desserts. Pricing for this ticketed event starts at $99.00 (Epcot admission not included).
Take in a Party for the Senses
Savor the moment of walking into a room full of the top chefs from across Walt Disney World and even celebrity chefs from around the world, who are all ready to serve up the most delicious delights imaginable. Along with signature beer, wine and cocktails pairings, this is party will gratify your hunger for tasty treats.
The Party for the Senses takes place on select Friday and Saturday nights during the festival and features over 50 culinary food stations, along with music, dance and surprise entertainment. Pricing for this ticketed event begins at $169.00 (Epcot admission not included).
Travel to France without your passport
Be treated like family when you join the chefs at Monsieur Paul in the France Pavilion. Featuring a custom menu of dishes prepared in France's own Le Creuset cast iron pots, enjoy rustic tastes from around some of the country's most famous regions.
The reservation only dining event takes place on select Fridays and Sundays during the festival. The all-inclusive meal, from hor d'oeuvres to dessert, along with French wine parings, is priced at $95 per guest, plus tax (gratuity included). Bon Appétit!
Sip and Stroll through a square in Italy
Imagine yourself sipping cocktails and dining al fresco while taking in views of some of the most romantic and iconic locations in Italy. Sip and stroll through this Italian piazza with festival exclusive Limoncello and Orangecello Cocktails ($11.75 each) along with a variety of Italian favorites from the Via Napoli beverage and gelato cart.
Enjoy true Italian pizza by the slice available at the Via Napoli Pizza Window, open during the festival and through the Christmas holiday season. Perfectly pair your personal slice of heaven with an Eat to the Beat concert at the nearby America Gardens Amphitheater.
Take in a concert beneath the stars
There's no better way for foodie fans to blowout the night than with the sounds from your favorite bands, from classic to pop. The daily Eat To the Beat Concert Series is open seating but reserved seating is available through a variety of dining packages.
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Written by David Sibila, Senior Manager of Content and Social Media for Visit Orlando. He's a TV producer turned content and social media strategist, hands-on dad and a casualty of four rescued pets.