Food and wine aficionados, take note: These celebrations and tastings are worth a trip.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
When the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival hits Lake Buena Vista, Florida (September 30 to November 13), the Disney theme park will transform from Goofy to gourmet. Don’t miss the World Showcase Promenade, with 25 international food kiosks, or a visit to The Stockpot shop for a copy of the marketplace cookbook. disneyworld.com/foodandwine
Taking place September 23 to 25, the bon appÉtit presents chicago Gourmet in Millennium Park is an haute version of Taste of Chicago — more intimate, more choices, and yes, more money. A two-day pass runs $250 per person ($175 extra for the Grand Cru event). Also on the menu: wine seminars from master sommeliers. chicagogourmet.org
Over Labor Day Weekend (September 2 to 5) the los Angeles Times and Food & Wine “The Taste” is an epicurean extravaganza focusing on L.A.’s dynamic culinary scene. Events take place in Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and downtown Los Angeles, and this year’s stars include Food Network golden child and CL cover girl Giada De Laurentiis and Roy Choi, godfather of the food truck movement. events.latimes.com/taste
Food Network New york City Wine & Food Festival
From Ted Allen to Michelle Bernstein, the food network new York City Wine & Food Festival (September 29 to October 2) is the ultimate celeb-studded event for a cause. All proceeds benefit the Food Bank For New York City, which fights hunger in the five boroughs, and Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America. nycwineandfoodfestival.com