(This post is a guest post from Christina Loiacono.)
Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival
Each fall, Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival gives wine and food lovers another reason to flock to sunny Orlando. This year the Festival kicks off on September 27th and will feature an array of cultures and cuisines from six continents. Regular admission to the park covers your Marketplace Discovery Passport (to be stamped at each location you visit), the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, Authentic Taste Seminars, and, of course, all of the regular Epcot attractions! Tastings are not included, but will be available for $3-$8 each.
The Festival lasts a whopping 46 days – so there is sure to be plenty for you to try; however, if you want a true Orlando foodie experience, you should make sure to venture into the surrounding area. Below, I’ve highlighted some great places for you to check out, be you a beer, wine, or food lover:
Central Florida Foodie Highlights
For Beer Lovers: Orlando Brewing is brewing up craft beers right in the heart of Orlando and they’re Florida’s only USDA-Certified organic brewery! Stop by most Mondays-Saturdays for a free tour of their facilities.
For Wine Lovers: Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards is located just west of downtown Orlando in Clermont FL. They’re offering complimentary tours and tastings seven days of the week, and coming up Nov 8-10th they’ll be hosting their annual Holiday Open House featuring their regular tours and tastings combined with local artisans and musicians to put you in a festive mood!
For Foodies: HCCMO’s Latin Food & Wine Festival will be featuring a Grand Tasting on the evening of October 19th in Crane’s Roost Park in Upper Altamonte. Admission to the event is free, though food samples from local restaurants and distributors will range from $1-$7 each.
For more Orlando Food & Wine, check out this list of ongoing activities in the area: http://www.zerve.com/d/orlando/food-wine.