We are only at the beginning of summer, but it's time to start counting the days until the Epcot Food & Wine Festival debuts. We've already learned that the festival will be taking place this year for a grand total of 87 days, a new record. For 2019, the festival will begin on the same exact day Galaxy's Edge opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios, August 29th, so it may not be too much of a crowded day at Epcot. The popular event will run all the way to November 23rd, before an entire makeover takes place to get ready for Festival of the Holidays. Today, we've got updates on three major entertainment components to the festival.
Earlier in May, we got a first look at the different musical acts that will be performing this year and part of the Eat to the Beat Concert series. Favorites like Boyz II Men and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will all be returning, but we've just learned about a few more new acts. Newcomer India (“Mi Mayor Venganza”) will make her Epcot concert series debut Oct. 5 and 6. Taylor Dayne (“Tell it to My Heart”) returns Oct. 3 and 4, and Kenny G (“Songbird”) is back Oct. 14 and 15. Enjoy guaranteed concert seating by booking an Eat to the Beat Dining Package, available at participating Epcot restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner reservations. For a full list of musical acts, click here.
Additionally, we now have more details on culinary demonstrations and dining events featuring celebrity chefs. Sunday Brunch with a Chef will be returning this year, but it will move to the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion behind the UK and Canada. This is because the previous Wonders of Life building, which served as the Festival Center, is under construction to make way for a new experience. New chefs coming to this dining event for 2019 include restauranteur Fabio Viviani (Sept. 15), Food Network star and cookbook author Aarti Sequeira (Nov. 17), and David Burtka (Oct. 13), celebrity chef, author of “Life is a Party” and husband of actor Neil Patrick Harris. For more details, click here.
Other returning favorites to the festival are the Candy Sushi demonstrations, which is especially designed for junior chefs, and The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar hosted by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. Candy Sushi allows little ones, and adults, to learn how to roll sushi but with fun candy ingredients instead of raw fish. This will take place daily inside Sunshine Seasons at The Land Pavilion at 3:30pm & 5:30pm. However, unlike like last year, the seminar is not free and priced at $10 per guest and reservations can be made here. And finally, if you're worried that some elements of the festival will be missing this year due to the construction at the previous Festival Center, don't worry. Favorites like the The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar will still be featured. For 2019, The Chocolate Experience will move to The Land Pavilion as well.