The 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is an annual favorite of Orlando residents. The 75-day event runs this year from August 30 to November 12 at Epcot's  World Pavillion and is the perfect way to transition from summer to fall.

The World Pavilion is already a fun locale for locals and tourists alike to be exposed to cultures from around the world. During the Food & Wine Festival, there are more than 30 global food and beverage marketplaces that take over the area around the lagoon. 

People will have the opportunity to participate in fun events and meet celebrity chefs during the multicultural food festival in Orlando. Major culinary creators like Robert Irvine, Maneet Chauhan, and Keegan Gerhard are already scheduled to attend. 

Many of them will be involved in the Wednesday and Thursday workshops titled, "Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It." Each Friday through Sunday, there is a Food & Beverage Pairing in the Festival Center. 

Orlando Dining At Its Finest: See The World Through Your Pallet At The Epcot Food & Wine Fest 2018

Visits from top chefs and vintners happen during five Party for the Senses at World Showplace. While listening to live music, parkgoers, and snack on different foods and drink wines from around the world on September 22, October 6, October 13, October 20 and November 10. 

The other Disney World event that is musically-leaning is the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. There will be three nightly shows and 225 acts scheduled to participate overall, including Vertical Horizon, Sheila E, 98 Degrees, MercyMe and Glass Tiger. 

There are several new activities coming to the Food & Wine Festival as well. The Taste Track global marketplace will debut and offer specialty croissant doughnuts. 

Something that is sure to become a highlight of the event is the new Orlando Sunday Brunch with the Chef, staring on September 2 at the World ShowPlace with TopChef All-Star Richard Blais. Other chefs like Jamie Deen, Tiffani Thiessen, Masaharu Morimoto and Buddy Valastro will appear on select Sundays throughout the rest of the Food & Wine Festival run. 

New foods are also going to wow pallettes at the Orlando attractions Food & Wine Festival. Disney chefs are working on dishes like Butternut Squash Ravioli, Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak, and a New Brunswick Slider. 

Many of the activities, including book signings, Eat to the Beat concerts and the Festival Passport, are included with regular Epcot admission. Several events require special in-advance booking.

Enjoy the great dining experience that the Epcot Food & Wine Festival has been putting on since 1996. Let us know what your favorite event is each year in the comments below. 

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