Central Florida Foodie Events for October 2017

5th Annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic: Food offerings: Roasted tenderloin from Shula's; weiner schnitzel from the beer garden, BBQ pork from Cib's Smokehouse

October 2017 is an exciting month for Central Florida foodies, with special dinners and food festivals happening all month long.

In addition to the extension of Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, many places are celebrating Oktoberfest and National Taco Day, as well.

Here are some of the great food and drink events you might want to check out:

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2017 International Food and Wine Festival Starts August 31

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Foodies get ready…the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival starts today at Walt Disney World, celebrating its 22nd year.

With 39 new dishes and 65 new cocktails and beverages, the annual festival features 35 marketplaces featuring food and beverage samples representing countries around the world.

With so many options, you’ll want to prepare by taking a look at the menus we posted earlier this month.

This year’s festival beer is the Florida Beer Company Passport 35 Triple Chocolate Milk Stout, which can be found at the Craft Beer marketplace. While there, try the cheeseburger and cheddar cheese macaroni handwich, a returning dish in honor of Epcot’s 35th anniversary.

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Central Florida Foodie Events for September 2017

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is only one of the many foodie events happening in September 2017

September 2017 is an exciting month for Central Florida foodies, with special dinners and food festivals happening all month long.

Here are some of the great food and drink events you might want to check out (listed chronologically):

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Menus for the Marketplaces at the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

It’s almost time for the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, and we have the full listing of food and beverage that will be available at the marketplaces.

Each marketplaces centers on a specific country, featuring dishes native to that country. There are also a couple of marketplaces that group food to a concept, allowing more latitude in the menu.

We don’t have prices to share, but based on recent years, most samples will cost between $3-$8 per item.

To help you plan your visit(s) to the fest, here are all the food and beverage marketplaces to enjoy:

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D23: Ratatouille Attraction Coming to France Pavilion at Epcot By 2021

Ratatouille Attraction Coming to France Pavilion at Epcot By 2021

Two new attractions were announced for Epcot at this weekend’s D23 Expo, and one of them will be inspired by Disney*Pixar’s Ratatouille film.

Located in the France Pavilion of the World Showcase, it will be similar to the 4-D attraction Ratatouille: The Adventure that opened at Disneyland Paris in 2014.

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Breaking News: Universe of Energy to Close at Epcot August 2017

Universe of Energy to Close at Epcot August 2017

It was announced this weekend at D23 Expo the Universe of Energy attraction at Epcot will be closing in August 2017.

The Universe of Energy is one of the park’s original rides, opening on Epcot’s opening date of October 1, 1982. It featured numerous films that presented information on the subject of energy, as well as a ride through a primeval diorama complete with audio-animatronic dinosaurs.

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D23: Guardians of the Galaxy Attraction Coming to Epcot By 2021

Guardians of the Galaxy Attraction Coming to Epcot By 2021

Two new attractions were announced for Epcot at this weekend’s D23 Expo, and one of them will be Guardians of the Galaxy-inspired.

This attraction will not be the same as the recently opened Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, which debuted at Disney California Adventure park earlier this year..

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D23: Walt Disney World to Add New Space-Themed Restaurant at Epcot

Walt Disney World to Add New Space-Themed Restaurant at Epcot

The D23 news is flying fast and furious, and word comes that a new space-themed restaurant will be coming to Epcot.

It will be located adjacent to the park’s Mission: SPACE attraction, according to Disney. Perhaps it will occupy the space where the Wonders of Life building currently sits mostly unused, but that wasn’t clarified during the D23 reveal by Walt Disney Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald.

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Full List of 2016 Epcot Candlelight Processional Narrators at Walt Disney World

Candlelight Processional at Epcot - Neil Patrick Harris

The Candlelight Processional at Epcot is a highlight of the holidays in Orlando, and this is the full list of the narrators for the 2016 shows, which start November 25 and run through December 30.

A part of Disney’s Holidays Around the World celebration, the Candlelight Processional is a nightly dramatic re-telling of the Christmas story with celebrity narrators, and a mass choir singing traditional and contemporary Christmas songs with the symphonic strains of the Walt Disney World orchestra.

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2016 Epcot Candlelight Processional Narrators and Dining Packages Announced

Candlelight Processional at Epcot - Neil Patrick Harris

One of the highlights of the holiday season at Walt Disney World is the Candlelight Processional at Epcot, and some of the narrators for the 2016 edition have been announced.

A part of Disney’s Holidays Around the World celebration, the Candlelight Processional is a nightly dramatic re-telling of the Christmas story with celebrity narrators, a mass choir singing traditional and contemporary Christmas songs – along with the symphonic strains of the Walt Disney World orchestra.

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Orlando Dining News Round-Up June 3, 2016: The Ravenous Pig, Dandelion Communitea Cafe, CaddyShanks

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: special dinners, limited menus, new openings, and a few closings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

The Ravenous Pig

The Ravenous Pig has ended their lunch menu and are now only serving a dinner menu. The good news is they have also launched a new summer dinner menu with items like King Salmon, Seminole Pride Beef, Raw Oysters and Brandade Ravioli. (Above photo courtesy The Ravenous Pig)

Sister restaurant Cask & Larder is now open on Mondays starting June 6. To celebrate the first Monday, they are offering Pig Head Carnitas Steam Buns & 2 Beers for $25

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Tutto Italia at Epcot to Offer Summer Prix Fixe Lunch

Tutto Italia, the fine dining Italian restaurant at Epcot, is launching a special prix fixe three-course lunch from May 3 through August 31.

Tutto Italia at Epcot - interior

The restaurant is set within the Italian Pavilion at the back of Epcot’s World Showcase, and on a sunny weekday afternoon I joined several other bloggers and media to learn about this new lunch, as well as sample a few dishes.

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Walt Disney World to Live Stream Illuminations March 21 #DisneyParksLive

This Monday, March 21, Walt Disney World will live stream that night’s performance of “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” from Epcot.

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

The popular show starts at 9pm, but tune in online at 8:50pm for a behind-the-scenes look at the operation of this nighttime favorite.

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Complete Menus for 2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Starting Today

The 23rd Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, starts today, March 2, at Walt Disney World, and while horticulture is the primary focus, food is very much in the forefront, too.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - Beef Brisket Burnt Ends HashWith thirteen Outdoor Kitchens serving up food and beverage around the World Showcase, one needs to pace themselves to enjoy it all.

To help you do that, we got a complete list of the menus being served at each Outdoor Kitchen:

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2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Begins March 2

The 23rd Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, the popular spring festival at Walt Disney World known for its tasty edibles, sweeping floral displays and dazzling topiary creations, starts tomorrow March 2, 2016.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Guests of the 2016 festival can celebrate spring with culinary creations and libations from the festival’s thirteen Outdoor Kitchens, including the new Cider House and La Isla Fresca offerings.

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