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First-time and returning marketplaces are bringing fresh new dishes and drinks to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, while can't-miss concerts, cooking demonstrations, celebrity appearances and more are also on tap.

By Erin Connett

As the temperatures drop and the days shorten, fun fall events can be found all over Orlando. Several of them, such as Magical Dining Month (Aug. 25–Oct. 12), Food & Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria (Sept. 8–Nov. 13) and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic (Oct. 27–28), are culinary extravaganzas. If you want to experience one of the biggest fall feeding frenzies in the destination, mark your calendar to attend the 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Boasting a record-breaking 35 Global Marketplaces in honor of Epcot's 35th anniversary, this year's Food & Wine Festival promises to be bigger and tastier than ever. Marking its longest edition yet, the festival runs for a full 75 days — from Sept. 14 through Nov. 14. Concerts, cooking workshops, celebrity appearances and more are part of the many activities you and your family can experience this year. But with so much going on, you'll need a game plan to make the most of it. To help, we've put together a list of our favorite new dishes and must-do activities. Bon appétit!

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Coastal Eats (Adjacent to Club Cool)

To get a taste of the seaside, the new Coastal Eats marketplace is where to go. Try the Lump Crab Cake with Napa cabbage slaw and avocado lemongrass cream, or the Seared Scallops with roasted corn, butterbean succotash and chili-chipotle butter sauce for an edible tour of the world's oceans. Need something to wash it down? Grab a perfectly paired wine from the Pacific coastline while you're here.

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India (Adjacent to the China Pavilion)

If you're craving something with sugar and spice, head to the India marketplace for the Pistachio Cardamom Bundt Cake with chocolate coconut mousse. If you're the type who prefers to eat dinner first, try the Korma Chicken, featuring cucumber tomato salad, almonds, cashews and warm naan bread. And good news for vegetarian visitors: The Madras Red Curry and Warm Indian Bread options are delicious, too.

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Spain (Across From the Germany Pavilion)

At the Spain marketplace, the delectable Charcuterie in a Cone promises to be a guest favorite. Consisting of imported Spanish meats, cheeses, olives and herb vinaigrette, this combination of ingredients offers savory and tangy flavors in an easy grab-and-go form.

Other options include Traditional Spanish Paella with shrimp, mussels, chicken and crispy chorizo, or a Seafood Salad, chock-full of shrimp, bay scallops and mussels, extra virgin olive oil, white balsamic vinegar and smoked paprika. Just try to save room for the Sweet Olive Oil Cake with powdered sugar and lemon curd.

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Flavors From Fire (Behind Fountain View)

Some like it hot, and those who do will adore the new Flavors From Fire marketplace. All of the menu items at this stop feature food and drink "touched by fire." For something completely new, try the Sweet Pancake with spicy chipotle chicken sausage, onion jam and maple butter syrup. It's sweet, spicy and savory all in one bite. Want a smokier flavor? The Smoked Corned Beef, which comes with warm crispy potatoes, pickled onions and blonde ale beer fondue, is the way to go.

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Craft Beers (Inside the Odyssey Center)

All this food is sure make you thirsty. Each marketplace offers different ways to refresh, from wine flights and margaritas to even more exotic options, but brew hounds will not want to miss the Craft Beers marketplace. We're particularly enamored with Passport 35, a commemorative triple chocolate milk stout that was specially brewed by the Florida Beer Company to celebrate 35 years of Epcot. It's a limited edition, so grab one while you can.

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Beyond Food & Wine

The fun doesn't have to stop when you're full. Epcot's Eat to the Beat Concert Series returns this year with new performers like Kenny G and 10,000 Maniacs. You can also check out one of many culinary demonstrations and seminars to learn from the pros, including Food Network stars.

For something more interactive, try the "Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!" workshops for hands-on practice with professional chefs, bakers and mixologists. You're sure to get your fill of this festival, no matter how you do it.

More to Discover

These tasty delights and special events will be featured all season long at the 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, but it might take a few visits to hit them all. Discover even more fall events on our blog, such as Magical Dining Month and 10 weeks of Halloween happenings, plus news on Orlando attractions.

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