The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival runs from September 25 to November 8.
I know: Epcot?
Full disclosure: I had a bunch of jokes ready (sample: anyone know a good recipe for mouse?) but have decided, after reading the program, not to be such a snot. Seriously: it looks like a lot of good, albeit fairly expensive, fun.
For example: on September 26, Raimond Prüm of S.A. Prüm will lead a seminar on Mosel Rieslings. Hearing a member of the Prüm family talk Riesling is like hearing a member of the Edison family talk light bulbs.
For another example: Sure, there’s a fair amount of musical cheese served up to go with the wine (e.g., Taylor Hicks), but the music isn’t generally going to suck. Big, Bad Voodoo Daddy (9/25-27), Better Than Ezra (10/7-8) and Los Lobos (11/6-8) will play three shows a day. The only stay-away-at-all-costs booking is Starship, which will close their summer tour of mall openings and county fairs by reprising the worst rock’n'roll song ever thrice daily from September 30 to October 3.
The local interest highlight is a culinary demonstration/wine presentation conducted by Peng Looi, executive chef of Asiatique and owner of August Moon. Looi is one of this area’s certified geniuses, and if for no other reason than his presence, the crowd at Epcot is in for a treat.