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The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival makes the Horizon West Communities the Perfect Location

Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 2:23PM

As Fall closes in around the U.S. the communities of Horizon West near Orlando, Florida are in the perfect location to maximize your enjoyment of Walt Disney World’s EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival.    The Festival dates for this year are from September 25, 2015 to November 16, 2015.

Here are my best suggestions for making the most of one of the year’s top events at Walt Disney World:

  1. Live close – five minutes is wonderful, but anywhere within an hour is great.

  2. Annual or Premium Annual are best as they include free parking and no blackout dates as offering discounts on merchandise and some dining experiences.   An added bonus is you can go as often as you like.

  3. Go multiple times – there is simply no way to enjoy the vast number of culinary, entertainment, and educational experiences in one day.

  4. Obtain a Festival banded gift card and preload it so all you have to do is walk up to each kiosk, order, and swipe your card.   Each time you will receive an updated receipt showing your new balance.   If you run out, no worries you can easily add more.

  5. Go on line and check the website, https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival/ .   That will enable you to see the vast array of opportunities available and make the most of your time.

  6. You will want to sample so many of the culinary choices available to you, so build in down time by attending one of the educational workshops, or enjoy one of the wine or beer flights, or make your way to the American Gardens Theater in front of the American Adventure and enjoy an Eat to the Beat concert.   Better yet, to cool off, go inside the American Adventure Rotunda and enjoy the many education displays of Americana in refreshing air conditioning, and be sure to stay for a concert by America’s only premiere fulltime acapella choral group, the Voices of Liberty.   After the 15 minute concert you will also be invited to attend one of Disney’s best audioanimatronic shows, also called The American Adventure.   It is great!

  7. Stay well hydrated – drink plenty of water.   It is still warm in Florida this time of year.   (Hint: you can buy bottled water, but Disney’s entire potable water system is filtered so there is really no need, spend your money on all the great food and wine available at the festival.

Below are some of the great experiences available to you at this year’s EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival:

Taste Your Way Around the World


Cheese Studio

Wine Studio




Bier Flight



Craft Beers

Desserts & Champagne

Dominican Republic

Farm Fresh





Hops & Barley






New Zealand




South Korea

Sustainable Chew

Chew Labs


Rockin’ Music for Every Taste

David Cook   September 25 to September 27, 2015

Wilson Phillips   September 28 to September 29, 2015

Christopher Cross   September 30 to October 1, 2015

STARSHIP Starring Mickey Thomas   October 2 to October 4, 2015

Smash Mouth   October 5 to October 7, 2015

The Pointer Sisters   October 8 to October 9, 2015

38 Special   October 10 to October 11, 2015

Rick Springfield   October 12 to October 13, 2015

Sugar Ray   October 14 to October 16, 2015

SOS Band   October 17 to October 18, 2015

Air Supply   October 19 to October 21, 2015

Fuel   October 22 to October 23, 2015

Tiffany  October 24 to October 25, 2015

Dennis DeYoung (original member of STYX)   October 26 to October 28, 2015

Jo Dee Messina    October 29 to October 30, 2015

Everclear   October 31 to November 1, 2015

Boyz II Men   November 2 to November 4, 2015

Sister Hazel   November 5 to November 6, 2015

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy   November 7 to November 9, 2015

Hanson   November 10 to November 12, 2015

Maxi Priest   November 13 to November 14, 2015

Chaka Khan   November 15 to November 16, 2015


Festival Center—open 9:00 AM to park closing at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

Marketplace Passport

The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar - Hosted by Ghirardelli® Chocolate Company

Stockpot Shop

Wine Shop

Intermissions Café

Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak

Bottle Signings

Book Signings and Meet & Greets

Seasons of the Vine

Back to Basics


What's New! - 2015 Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival

Rockin’ Burger Block Party

What’s Cooking with…(Celebrity guests)

Beverage Bootcamp

Japanese Craft Beer Tasting

Tokyo Tasting

Festival Tasting Sampler Package


A Lesson from the Pros

Tutoring with a Twist

From the Winery to the Glass

Let Your Tastebuds Explore

Choose Your “Drill Sergeant”

Brunch with the Greats

Say “Cheese”!

Transform into an International Cheese Whiz

Make reservations today by calling (407) 939-3378.

ABC's The CHEW – 2015 Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival

ABC's The Chew – Live from Epcot!

2 New Festival Marketplaces from The Chew

A Night of Blockbusting Burgers

Special Ways to Party

Full List of Celebrity Chefs Appearing at the Festival

Adam Mali
Alex Guarnaschelli
Allen Susser
Amanda Freitag
Andrea Robinson MS
Andrew Yeo
Andrew Zimmern
Bob Waggoner
Brian & Shanna O’Hea
Bryan Voltaggio
Buddy Valastro
Carla Hall
Cat Cora
Cathal Armstrong
Celina Tio
Chris Prosperi
Christopher Lee
Clay Conley
David Gremmels
David Guas
Didier Rosada
Dominique Macquet
Duskie Estes
Emily Ellyn
Erika Cline
Fritz Sonnenschmidt
Gale Gand
The Hearty Boys, Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh
Huda Mumin
James Boyce
Jamey Fader
Jamie Deen
Jennifer Bushman
Jennifer Hill Booker
Jerome Brown
Joseph Murphy
Joe Rodriguez
John Ash
John Colletta
John Stewart
Jonathan Benno
Jonathon Sawyer
Keegan Gerhard
Ken Vedrinski
Kenny Gilbert
Kent Rathbun
Kevin Dundon
Kevin Fonzo
Kevin Johnson
Kevin Sbraga
Lisa Bailey
Matthew Gennuso
Max McCalman
Noah French
Norman Van Aken
Pam Smith RD
Pam Brandon
Paula DaSilva
Pascal Oudin
Peng Looi
Piero Premoli
Pano Karatassos
Richard Capizzi
Robert Irvine
Rock Harper
Sarah Fioroni
Terry Letson
Warren Brown

There are so many great reasons to live in one of the scores of communities that make up Horizon West area that surrounds the Walt Disney World Resort and there are stunning new communities and homes for every size family and budget.   To find your dream home in the middle of all the magic call Mike Horton at Wendy Morris Realty today (813-777-6842).

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