Exciting news: this year's Food and Wine Festival dates have been announced!
The "Taste of EPCOT" name appears to be dropped this year, and the festival will be running from July 15th through November 20th this year, giving you LOTS of time to hopefully binge on some Hawaiian Sliders or Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup! (I mean why wouldn't we see these fan favorites make a comeback after so many years!)
Some of the parks beloved entertainment will be performing at Food and Wine again this year. You will be able to chill out with some eats and drinks while watching Mariachi Cobre, the Jammin' Chefs, and the Voices of Liberty again! No word has been posted on the return of the Eat to the Beat concert series as of yet.
(Jammin' Chefs, Undercover Tourist)
The Walt Disney World website has also announced the return of Remy's Hide and Squeak Scavenger Hunt! This is a great activity if you have younger kids (and frankly, fun for grown-up kids like me too) which involves searching for hidden Remy statues all over the park! You can visit Food and Wine Festival locations, but the website also says you can find these at Port of Entry, Mouse Gear, and World Traveler. You'll then search for all the hidden Remys, and place a sticker to the corresponding location on your map; if you find all the locations, you can redeem your map for a prize! Maps last year were 7.99, but prices have not been announced this year yet.
(Disney Food Blog)
In other similar news, Disney has shared that they will be releasing reusable bamboo sets of utensils that include a knife, fork, and a spoon. These all come in a pouch that can be clipped to a bag or key chain for your convenience. This could possibly be the beginning of a gradual shift to reusable utensils rather then the plastic cutlery seen the parks. A similar thing was done in 2018 with the shift from plastic to paper straws around the parks. These will be available at certain Disney Springs locations in the spring.
(written by Evelyn Rowdabaugh)