The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicks off July 15th, 2021 and will be sponsored by CORKCICLE. The event runs through November 20th – 129 days! That said, you will find on the Walt Disney World website that around 10 Global Marketplaces will open October 1st – many choices will be available before then, but Belgium, Brazil, Ireland, India and some other locations are listed for that later date. New Global Maretplaces include Lobster Landing and Rotunda Bistro.
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Global Marketplaces will include favorite dishes from Hawaii, Australia, Germany, Canada and Greece as well as new dishes. There will be an upcoming Foodie Guide that will give information on specific dishes. New Global Marketplace concepts will be coming to Morocco (Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina with traditional Moroccan cuisine, like grilled kebabs and a falafel pita), The American Adventure (Rotunda Bistro) and throughout the park in July with more marketplaces opening in the fall.
CORKCICLE will be the presenting sponsor for the first time ever. The Disney Parks Blog says, “If you visit Shimmering Sips Global Marketplace and four other locations during the event, you’ll discover several sparkling beverage options available for purchase in an exclusive keepsake CORKCICLE premium beverage container.” There will also be other official event merchandise.
The entertainment will be similar to what we’ve seen over the past year with Voices of Liberty, Mariachi Cobre and Jammin’ Chefs. Local bands will also play music at the America Gardens Bandstand presented by Florida Blue Medicare Friday through Monday evenings.
Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak will also be making its return – just in time for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure to open this fall. Emile’s Fromage Montage is another way to enjoy the Ratatouille theme – purchase five participating dishes from select Global Marketplaces, including a passionfruit cheesecake with toasted macadamia nuts. Collect five stamps for a prize!
The festival is available with theme park admission and a park reservation for the same date. Visit TasteEPCOT.com for more information.