foodandwine1aThe 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is making culinary getaways a breeze in Central Florida.
 
You can make a quick stop in Australia for a grilled lamb chop slathered with mint pesto and then pressed with potato crunchies made from smashed salt- and vinegar-flavored chips; head to Canada for a wild-mushroom filet mignon with truffle butter; and spend a layover in Poland for a bite of zapiekanki, a hefty portion of cheese bread topped with toasted mushrooms, caramelized onions and a house-made sriracha ketchup.
 
All in one day — or 46 — at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which begins Sept. 28 and runs through Nov. 12. Wow, we’re getting hungry just thinking about it!
 
These new global-marketplace menu items are just some of the additions at the 17th annual food and beverage indulgence. Also on tap are vegan dishes, child-friendly options at kiosks, and a showcase for local farmers.
 
The festival is also a prime location for spotting celebrity chefs. Among the nationally known participants in this years festival are the Food Network’s Robert Irvine, Cat Cora, Gale Gand and Jamie Deen and TLC’s “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro.
 
Local stars are coming out as well: Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant Wine Bar in College Park, Scott Hunnel of Disney’s award-winning Victoria & Albert’s and Hollis Wilder, two-time winner of Food Networks’ “Cupcake Wars,” and owner of Sweet! by Good Golly Miss Holly in Orlando. We’re partial to Sweet! though, Miss Holly really does have the cupcakes in town!
 
If you’ll be staying in a Homes4uu Vacation Home during the time that the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is happening you should definitely make plans to attend!
 

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

 
What: A passport to a world of flavors at Epcot’s World Showcase
 
When: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, Sept. 28-Nov. 12
 
How much: A one-day pass — $89 plus tax general admission, $83 plus tax ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger — includes Authentic Taste seminars, HGTV seminars, special book signings, Eat to the Beat concerts, cultural adventures, Marketplace Discovery Passport and all attractions and park entertainment. Tapas-size food portions are $3-$8 each; special programs and events $11-$ $270
 
Parking: $14
 

 

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