Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival Has Officially Begun

Epcot International Food Wine Festival

Today, Friday, marks the official start of Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival at the Walt Disney World Resort. To add even more fun, this year is the 20th anniversary of the event! Staring back in 1996, people from all over have enjoyed a wide variety of food and other yummy items.

Taking part from now till November 16, be sure to stop on by and check out all these goodies. Disney Parks Blog shared a few things that are a must…

*Chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern kicks off the first Rockin’ Burger Block Party tonight at World Showplace (you might still snag a ticket); “The Chew” celebs will be there on Oct. 8, and Cake Boss Buddy Valastro will welcome guests on Nov. 6.

*Party for The Senses – five in all this year, including a “Yelloween Masquerade Party” on Oct. 31, with up to 50 food and beverage stations and show-stopping entertainment.

*Free Eat to the Beat concerts – David Cook this weekend, coming up Chaka Khan, Wilson Phillips, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Pointer Sisters and more!

*Celeb chefs doing all sort of fun demos – Cat Cora, Robert Irvine, Jamie Deen and more – John Ash, who was at the very first festival in 1996, is back for the 20th. More than 250 chefs in all during the 53-day festival.

*If you’ve got a Chase debit or credit card, check out the Chase Lounge at the American Adventure pavilion for free refreshments (and a spot to take a break from the Florida fall sunshine).

*The Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog is back, a floating carpet of 900 pounds of red berries that’s fun for all ages.

*Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt is aimed at little ones, but fun for any age. Details at the Festival Center.

What is your favorite part of this event?

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