Starting Sept. 19, meeting attendees at the Walt Disney World Resort will have the opportunity to feast their senses at the 19th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, presented by Chase. The annual festival kicks off a week early this year and runs a record 53 days until Nov. 10.
The Food & Wine Festival is one of the many seasonal events that take place at the Walt Disney World Resort throughout the year. Each offers seasonal entertainment and food that can add a festive overlay for groups meeting at the resort at these times of year.
Guests at the Food & Wine Festival can pair wines and beers with savory and sweet dishes from more than 25 ethnic and specialty marketplaces as they stroll the World Showcase Promenade and earn stamps on a complimentary festival "passport" souvenir. More than 270 chefs (including Disney's very own renowned chefs) will feature their signature cuisines at individual booths.
With the excitement of the Food & Wine Festival comes a variety of event options for meeting planners holding conferences or meetings at the Walt Disney World Resort during these dates. Some of these unique event options include:
• Farm-to-Table Dining - Experience a savory Florida Farm-to-Table event, where local, fresh ingredients and an outdoor fall setting bring the perfect feast right to your table. With colorful surroundings, aroma and rustic décor, this event is a true celebration of the natural beauty and freshness of field and farm.
• Culinary Teambuilding - Interactive culinary experiences instill a sense of teamwork and camaraderie among attendees. Using sustainable ingredients grown in the Land pavilion in Epcot, teams work together to create a four-course meal that "serves" as the group's lunch or dinner.
• Festival Events - Meeting planners also have the opportunity to reserve VIP seating at some of the festival's premier events. From mixology seminars to Parisian breakfasts, attendees can wind down from their events with an indulgent culinary experience.
Entry to the Food & Wine festival is included with theme park admission, including special "After 4:00" tickets, as well as other tickets available exclusively for meeting and convention attendees.
In addition to these seasonal events, customizable events are always available for groups meeting at Disney. Virtually any type of event imaginable can be produced through the creative resources of the Disney Event Group. Whether it's the entire meeting or a gala or breakout, Disney can customize it to reflect the the group's brand or event messaging. The team can also add as signature entertainment experiences that only Disney can deliver.
For more information on festival activities available to groups at the Walt Disney World Resort, call 321-939-7129.