The 16th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will run from September 30 to November 13, 2011. The 45-day fest is one of the largest and longest food and wine events in the country.
There will be three new tasting marketplaces -- Hawaii, Caribbean Islands and Portugal -- plus new menu offerings at popular returning marketplaces. Look for exotic cocktails to be a new focus.
The Hawaii kiosk will offer Kalua pork sliders and tuna poke with seaweed salad and lotus root chips to team with a Seven Tiki Mai Tai or a Kona Longboard or Pipeline beer. The Caribbean Islands marketplace will serve ropa vieja with rice and jerk-spiced chicken with mango salsa and a beverage menu featuring a frozen Dragon Berry Colada and frozen Rock Coconut Mojito.
The new Portugal marketplace will have the Portugal Wine Bar with offerings to pair with calamari salad with olives and smoked paprika. The Scandinavia marketplace will return after a hiatus with a fresh new Xante Sunshine cocktail made from Xante pear and cognac liquer. And the Canada marketplace will introduce its apple ice wine.
Celebrity chefs scheduled to appear include Jeff Henderson, Cat Cora, Alan Wong, Gale Gand, Suvir Saran, Jamie Deen, Rock Harper, Celina Tio, Robert Irvine, Andrew Zimmern, Buddy Valastro, Warren Brown, Art Smith and Keegan Gerhard.
New this year, HGTV will offer home entertaining seminars each Friday, saturday and Sunday. And Craisins will offer a cranberry bog display.
Plus there will be the usual seminars, bottle signings, author events and culinary demonstrations.
And, is that a new official logo for this year?
More as it becomes available.