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Walt Disney World extends 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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On Feb. 18, Disney announced the dates for the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This year, the popular Walt Disney World (WDW) fall foodie festival adds another week to the festivities, beginning even earlier in the fall.

This year, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (Epcot Food & Wine) will run from Sept. 19 through Nov. 10. As the Disney Parks Blog notes, that's a record 53 days. Menu information for the Marketplaces, the food and wine booths that surround World Showcase, has not been released.

The Food & Wine announcement closely follows the release of full menus for the 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (Epcot Flower & Garden) that begins in March. Traditionally a showcase of Epcot’s topiaries, flowers and landscaping, the spring festival has been adding “Outdoor Kitchens” that also serve food and drink.

Combined, Epcot Food & Wine and Epcot Flower & Garden provide 128 days of outdoor food kiosks. More than a third of the Epcot’s year is now devoted to two special events that, in part, promote Epcot as the WDW theme park as the foodie park, the place to experience global culture by eating and drinking around “the World.”

The decision to add mid-September dates to Epcot Food & Wine also may help bring Disney guests to WDW during what is traditionally considered a non-peak travel period. And there may be guest interest in yet another extension of the fall festival.

Epcot Food & Wine’s end date still leaves guests doing the runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, a night race taking place on Nov. 8, without much time to enjoy to enjoy the 2014 festival. In the past, some runDisney participants have expressed hope WDW would change the dates of the Wine & Dine race weekend or extend the Epcot Food & Wine; doing so would make it easier for these guests to both run the race and more fully sample more the festival's offerings.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is included with theme-park admission; sampling the Marketplace menus requires additional purchase. For more information, visit the Walt Disney World page dedicated to the festival.

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