New Patagonia Marketplace will debut at this year's Epcot Food and Wine Festival

May 15, 2014 in "Epcot International Food and Wine Festival"

Posted: Thursday May 15, 2014 2:38pm EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

As the 2014 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival begins to wrap up, food and drink lovers can now turn their attention to the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

New this year on the World Showcase promenade will be Patagonia Marketplace, which combines the flavors of Argentina and Chile featuring a salmon dish with a kick. Florida Local Marketplace will be replaced with the new Farm Fresh Marketplace, featuring a new “Bacon and Eggs” dish with applewood-smoked, pepper-coated bacon, sweet corn, potatoes, Hollandaise and pickled jalapeños. Finally, the Brazil Marketplace will feature Mocequa de Pescado, a fresh tilapia dish featuring coconut lime sauce and steamed rice.

Along with the new marketplaces, expect to see your favorites return when the festival begins on September 19 2014. This year's event is the longest in its 19 year history, running a total of 53 days, through to November 10 2014.

Also new this year will be Back to Basics series at the Festival Welcome Center. The complimentary weekend series will feature guest presenters with epicurean tips and tricks from the pros. Culinary demonstrations and mixology and wine seminars will continue to offer new tastes and sips for a nominal fee.

Other festival highlights include:

  • More than 270 chefs including Disney chefs and culinary stars from across the country.

  • Party for the Senses grand tasting events Saturday evenings showcasing tempting bites from eminent chefs, more than 50 wines and beers and live entertainment.

  • Premium events including the back-by-demand “Parisian Breakfast” on Saturdays; new “Sunday Mornings with…” plated brunch starring an acclaimed pastry chef or baker crafting three favorite desserts for sampling; and new “Boot Camp Series” interactive experience with epicurean challenges to hone your “inner chef.”

  • Opening night through Sept. 21, new festival act Jo Dee Messina will rock the house at America Gardens Theatre as part of Eat to the Beat. Other new beats on tap include Rick Springfield (Sept. 24-25); Fuel (Oct. 9-10); Jim Brickman (Oct. 23-24); Los Lonely Boys (Oct. 25-26); and David Cook (Nov. 6-7). The Pointer Sisters (Sept. 22-23), Christopher Cross (Sept. 26-27) and other fan favorites will return to play the festival stage. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Nov. 8-10) will close the event.

  • Renowned chefs such as Warren Brown, Rock Harper, Jennifer Hill Booker, Erika Davis, Paula DaSilva, Gale Gand, Dana Herbert, Jamie Deen, Jerome Brown, Dean Max, “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, Allen Susser, Duskie Estes and John Stewart will share their talents during culinary demos and premium events.
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PhotoDave219Oct 02, 2014

All of the menus are also available on the Disney food blog.

BrerJonOct 02, 2014

You can pick up passports from the Festival Center or many of the booths which list each booth and have a checklist of the food and drink options. Getting a stamp from each booth in it is also good fun.

DznyGrlSDOct 02, 2014

Is there a downloadable/printable checklist for all of the F&W booths this year? It would be nice to have a list of everything available (food an drink-wise) to take along.

FerretAfrosSep 23, 2014

I wonder if the 6oz beer is partially an attempt to speed up service. When pouring beer, they often have to wait for the head to go down, which can slow down the amount of time before someone gets their food. I can only assume that a 6oz beer would need less resting time than a 12oz or 20oz. Since wine and mixed drinks don't need to rest, that could explain why those pours are unchanged The Brewer's Collection booth was added a few years ago to assist the Germany booth, which has historically had a high beer-to-food ratio and a slow queue to match. Germany continues to sell a lot of beer (though presumably less than in the past, with the Brewer's Collection next door) and the queue continues to move slower than at booths with less of a beer presence Additionally, it makes it easier to forecast demand a little. If there's a long line, you can start pouring a couple beers in advance, knowing that everybody will get the same size

misterIDSep 23, 2014

I wasn't, and didn't intend to. I was responding to the same person you were about the crowds. It can get gross and annoying. Some people don't seem to mind it, obviously.

jakemanSep 23, 2014

Meh...I've never experienced anything horrible, but I'm not going to get into a micturiting match about what we've have or haven't seen over the years.

Pumbas NakasakSep 23, 2014

Party hard.

misterIDSep 23, 2014

I was going to say that the behavior is as bad as the crowds from my experience.

jakemanSep 23, 2014

Not from a behavior standpoint, just from a crowd management standpoint.

danlb_2000Sep 23, 2014

We were there this past Saturday around 5:00 PM and the crowds were heavy, but manageable. We didn't wait more then 5 minutes to get served at any of the Food and Wine kiosks. Don't know if it got worse later in the evening.

PhotoDave219Sep 23, 2014

Why was there yesterday. And it felt like a busy weekend from the rest of the year. Lots of cast members… How do I know that? Because clearly cast members aren't smart enough to put their IDs away after they come through the gate.

jakemanSep 23, 2014

They are pretty unbearable if you are only used to the weekday crowd.

PhotoDave219Sep 23, 2014

Nope. That's a wine booth. Because we all want wine while we smell funnel cake, right?

PhotoDave219Sep 23, 2014

At the normal beverage locations that sell larger portions. For example, inside the Liberty Inn counter Service location. They sell normal sized beer.