Each fall at the Walt Disney World Resort, global flavors combine with festival fun to feature culinary delights from six continents at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. This year, the festival will take place from Sept. 25 through Nov. 16, 2015, offering plenty to do and see for meeting attendees, and unique special opportunities for meeting professionals who select a Disney convention resort as their event venue.
Located around Epcot’s World Showcase Lagoon, the festival boasts 30 international marketplaces, each serving up unique food and beverage tastes for Guests to sample and enjoy. Other offerings include signature dining events with world-renowned chefs, culinary demonstrations, seminars and even an “Eat to the Beat” concert series with nightly performances. And, best of all, with specially priced “After 2PM” or “After 4PM” Theme Park tickets, meeting and convention attendees can experience the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival* in their free time, after their meetings end.
While this renowned festival offers attendees the opportunity to sample a taste of flavors and cultures from around the globe, it also offers exclusive opportunities for meeting professionals. Featuring built-in engagement, networking opportunities and culinary delights, the festival itself can serve as the inspiration and backdrop for special group experiences that can easily be incorporated into a conference agenda or overall group program:
- Farm-to-Table Dining Events – Groups can savor a “Florida Farm-to-Table” event, where Disney Chefs showcase local, fresh ingredients against the backdrop of a one-of-a-kind setting. With colorful surroundings and rustic décor, this event is a true celebration of the natural beauty and freshness of field and farm.
- Group Culinary Activities – Interactive culinary experiences instill a sense of teamwork and camaraderie among attendees. Using sustainable ingredients grown in the Epcot’s Land Pavilion, teams work together to create a four-course meal that “serves” as the group’s lunch or dinner.
- VIP Seating and Access to Festival Events – Give attendees special access to savor all the culinary action! Meeting planners can reserve VIP seating and access for their group at some of the festival’s premier events. From the ever-popular “Party of the Senses” to Parisian breakfasts to mixology seminars, attendees can savor these indulgent culinary experiences before or after their meetings.
Stay tuned for more updates on the 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival! Let us know, if you could host a fall meeting or convention at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, how might your group be able to take advantage of this world-class event? Tell us on Twitter and Facebook!
*Note: Premium events and some culinary programs require advance reservations and separate event admission purchase.