Food, wine, music galore at Epcot festival



Boyz II Men will perform next month at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

For Floridians seeking a little culinary adventure – and a little culture – close to home, this could be an ideal time to venture into Disney World.

The 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is still going on, with a taste of international cuisine available daily at the park’s World Showcase and Future World areas.

This year, the festival was expanded to 75 days. It started on Aug. 31 and ends Nov. 13. Park guests can get a taste of international food and drinks in the park’s World Showcase and Future World areas.

Culinary workshops and demonstrations are plentiful during the festival. There also are opportunities to meet celebrity chefs and see them in action.

Celebrity chefs scheduled next month at the festival are:
•Carla Hall, co-host of the “The Chew” on ABC and a “Top Chef’’ contestant, Nov. 3
•Kenny Gilbert, “Top Chef’’ Season 7 contestant and owner of Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen in Fernandina Beach and Gilbert’s Social in Jacksonville
There also have been a diverse lineup of artists performing as part of the “Eat to the Beat Concert Series.’’ And some of the country’s top artists are still scheduled to take the stage.
R&B legend Billy Ocean will perform Oct. 25 and 26. Popular band Living Colour is scheduled Nov. 4-5. And annual festival favorite Boyz II Men performs Nov. 6-8.

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