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Here's the highlights of Epcot's popular Food & Wine Festival opening Friday

Eat and drink “around the world” with 30 food booths and more demonstrations.

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Eat and drink “around the world” with 30 food booths and more demonstrations.

Now in its 20th year, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival opens Friday and runs through Nov. 16, with 30 different food booths and more cooking and tasting demonstrations than ever in this popular way to eat and drink your way "around the world."

Over the next 53 days there will be nearly 400 culinary demonstrations and mixology seminars, and wine lovers will find more than 300 domestic and international wines offered. You'll find loaded mac and cheese with pepper bacon mac, Australia's grilled sweet and spicy bush berry shrimp and old favorites like Canada's cheddar cheese soup.

ABC's The Chew will tape five episodes with chefs Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Michael Symon, Daphne Oz and lifestyle-entertaining expert Clinton Kelly on Oct. 7-9 to air Oct. 12-16. Audience tickets are already sold out.

Free concerts are included in the nightly Eat to the Beat concert series, starting with singer-songwriter David Cook on Friday through Sunday, followed by pop stars Wilson Phillips Monday and Tuesday. Tiffany, Everclear, Maxi Priest and Chaka Khan are among the acts in the lineup that will be playing in front of the American Adventure at the outside amphitheater. Be prepared to wait hours in line to grab a seat.

For the kids, Remy's Ratatouille Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt sends them out to scour the park for ingredients to make ratatouille. Along the way, they'll find 12 Remy statuettes hidden in each of 11 countries of the World Showcase. You can redeem the 12 stickers you collect for one of six pins at Epcot's Port of Entry.

General admission starts at $97 for a one-day ticket at epcotfoodfestival.com. Food tastings are not included, so budget wisely as you roam the festival.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

Here's the highlights of Epcot's popular Food & Wine Festival opening Friday 09/24/15 [Last modified: Thursday, September 24, 2015 4:39pm]
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