Epcot's
2006 International
Food & Wine Festival

2006 Dates:
September 29 through November 12, 2006

Fun Facts About 11th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
690,000 Tasty Festival Treats; 33,000 Bottles of Wine, Champagne


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The party is bigger and better than ever before as the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival celebrates 11 years of first-rate wine and cuisine Sept. 29-Nov. 12 at Walt Disney World Resort. The six-week-long outdoor festival serves up the authentic cuisine, wine, entertainment and cultures of more than 25 international regions. Exotic new Thailand and Argentina marketplaces offer exciting new tastes, and a new Turkey cultural experience showcases Turkish coffee, cuisine and crafts. The festival is the largest food and wine event of its kind in the world, beginning at the Festival Welcome Center in Future World and fanning around the promenade encircling World Showcase Lagoon.

Here are a few of the remarkable facts about the 11th annual event:

* More than 300 national and international wines
* More than 76 kinds of international foods, each appetizer-sized portion priced $1.50-$4.50
* More than 160 of America's most celebrated chefs and Walt Disney World chefs
* 1,200 wine and beer seminars featuring more than 100 topics
* More than 1,200 fireworks rockets exploding each night over World Showcase Lagoon in "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" grand finale to the festival
* 135 Eat to the Beat! concerts performed
* 33,000 bottles of wine and champagne
* 1,200,000 hors d'oeuvre plates
* 750,000 beer cups
* 690,000 sumptuous samplings including spicy tuna rolls and vegetable curry with jasmine rice and lemongrass
* 600,000 forks
* 337,500 wine glasses
* 100,000 miniature desserts including traditional apple strudel, baklava, Bailey's trifle and kiwi custard roll
* 32,000 quesadillas
* 28,500 pieces of sushi
* 17,000 shrimp on the barbie
* 16,500 escargot
* 13,000 Spanikopitta
* 10,500 servings of maple glazed salmon
* 9,750 servings of lamb chops