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Featured Event August 2017: Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Our pick for Greater Orlando’s top event in August

What would autumn be without Walt Disney World’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival? A lot less tasty—and this year, it will stick around for two extra weeks, starting on August 31 and running till November 13, marking its longest run yet. As always, guests will have the opportunity to feast on delectable entrees, appetizers, desserts, spirits and other beverages from a wealth of nations, and they’ll also be treated to culinary events, celebrity chefs, seminars and live music concerts.

Also setting a record is the number of food-and-beverage kiosks, which are expanding to 35 in all. Six all-new entries have been announced, and in addition to staples like Mexico, Italy, France, China and Brazil, India and Spain will be represented for the first time since 2009 and 2010, respectively.

The popular “Eat to the Beat” concert series is outdoing itself, too, with an unprecedented 32 musical acts set to perform. Musicians appearing at Epcot for the first time will include The Hooters, Mark Wills, 10,000 Maniacs, Kenny G and others, who will be joined by numerous returning favorites.

Additionally, ABC’s Emmy-winning talk show, The Chew, will record five shows at the festival. Production is set for October 4-6 against the park’s Spaceship Earth attraction, and the episodes are slated to air from October 9-13. The show will also host a kiosk and feature segments highlighting available food and beverages throughout the event’s run.

Don’t forget about demonstrations from celebrity chefs, hands-on workshops and other features, including a spotlight on dishes geared toward children’s palates. Regular park admission is required, and parking starts at $20 per vehicle but is free for seasonal and annual passholders.

This article originally appeared in Orlando Family Magazine’s August 2017 issue.