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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival to debut new marketplace, dining events

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On May 15, Walt Disney World announced initial details about the 2014 annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. In addition to being the longest-running festival in the event’s 19 years, the food event will debut a new marketplace kiosks and premium dining events this fall.

In 2014, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (Epcot Food & Wine) begins a week early than in previous years, opening Sept. 19. The event also runs a record-setting 53 days to end Nov. 10. That’s a week longer than in the past.

Every year, Epcot Food & Wine Marketplaces populate Epcot World Showcase during the festival. These kiosks sell Disney guests sample-size portions of regional cuisine and beverages, offering a chance to enjoy a global tasting tour. This year will feature more then 25 marketplaces that will serve food and a variety of beverages (beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks).

New to 2014 will be the Patagonia Marketplace, which will feature the flavors of Argentina and Chile. Its menu will include such items as fresh, sustainable roasted Verlasso salmon, quinoa salad and arugula chimichurri. Also new to the festival will be Farm Fresh Marketplace – replacing the Florida Local Marketplace – with its “Bacon and Eggs” dish featuring applewood-smoked, pepper-coated bacon, sweet corn, potatoes, Hollandaise and pickled jalapeños. Many other kiosks will change up their menus.

The 2014 Epcot Food & Wine will also introduce a foodie “Boot Camp Series,” which Walt Disney World bills as a “interactive experience with epicurean challenges to hone your ‘inner chef.’” The new “Food for Thought” will offer a Friday morning celebrity nosh-and-chat cookbook event. A premium dining event, “Sunday Mornings With…” features a brunch, celebrity chefs and three dessert samples; this will be familiar to regular festivalgoers as a variation as the “Sweet Sundays” event.

A new complimentary experience – a welcomed surprise – has also been added; the “Back to Basics” experiences will take place at the Festival Welcome Center and will offer guests culinary tips. Plus, some new-to-the-festival musical acts will perform at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. Fans of the free concert should know, however, that many favorite performers will return over the festival's run.

These new offerings join such popular Epcot International Food & Wine Festival dining events and experiences as celebrity chef appearances, “Party for the Senses” and the “Parisian Breakfast.” The cranberry bog also returns, one of the visual highlights of the event.

Admission to the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is free with valid Epcot theme-park admission. Marketplace items and many dining experiences have an additional charge.