LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- After eight years and millions of delectable food and wine samplings, the month-long Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will lengthen its run to 45 days beginning Oct. 1, 2004.
In recent years, the popular festival has grown dramatically, attracting a diverse audience of wine connoisseurs and gourmands, as well as droves of wine "amateurs" eager to boost their wine IQs. In addition, the wine fest's Eat to the Beat! nightly concerts, with acts that that have included Sister Sledge and Three Dog Night, have drawn additional crowds since their 2002 festival debut.
"Each year, we host the largest, longest wine fest in the world, and as demand for our food and wine events increased, we knew it was time to grow even more for our guests," said Epcot vice president Brad Rex. "We're happy to announce the festival will expand by 15 additional days and run from Oct. 1 through Nov. 14, 2004."
During the 2003 event, festival chefs served up appetizer-sized tastings of international foods at the rate of nearly 28,000 per day. More than 125 celebrity and Disney chefs conducted culinary demonstrations or hosted special dinner- and tasting-events. And, at least 840 wine and beer seminars delivered complimentary tastings to festival guests.