By David Sibila
With a cornucopia of food festivals and special events, fall in Orlando really is the most delicious time of the year. At the top of the menu is the 21st Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort. With all new tastes over 62 days of thrilling fun for your taste buds, it's no wonder why foodie fans everywhere #LoveOrlando.
At this year's festival (Sept. 14 - Nov. 14, 2016), 47% of the food tasting plates will be new at the more than 30 global marketplaces. Featured at a recent Tables in Wonderland event, we've listed a few of our favorite bites and special events that are guaranteed to fill your belly and leave you with a feeling of culinary satisfaction.
(NEW) At the Wine & Dine Studio Marketplace you can discover what promises to be a festival favorite - Seared Scallop, Truffled Celery Root Puree, Brussel Sprouts, & Wild Mushrooms.
While you're at the Wine & Dine Studio, carnivores will get a thrill out of the Pork Tenderloin with Cannellini Bean Ragout & Zinfandel Reduction.
The popular Festival Private Label California Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are back this year and available by the bottle or by the glass.
One of our faves is the New England Lobster Roll available at the Hops & Barley marketplace, rightfully located outside of the American Adventure Pavilion.
The Chocolate Studio Marketplace (yep, you read that right, CHOCOLATE!) returns with our favorite sparkling, red wine, the Rosa Regale from northern Italy.
The Rockin' Burger Block Party and Party for the Senses are back for more extraordinary culinary experiences. These exclusive events (additional costs) are a great way to enjoy the all of the best that the festival has to offer while being treating like a foodie VIP.
Other festival favorites not to miss are the Eat to the Beat concert series, including a new dining package available on selects nights where guests can enjoy dinner at one of 15 Epcot restaurants, and a guaranteed seat at the concert.
Keep checking back with Visit Orlando for more updates as they develop for this one-of-a-kind festival that will keep your taste buds rocking all the way to the New Year.
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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.