I’m super excited to be posting this information about the upcoming 2015 Epcot Food & Wine Festival. This year’s Food & Wine Festival will feature a series of all new culinary demonstrations and educational seminars for guests who want to learn more about cooking with food allergies — all free of the top 8 common allergens.
The series is in partnership with Mylan, the company that brings you EpiPen®, who signed a multi-year alliance with the Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts last year. The partnership previously included access to EpiPen® in the theme parks, which included an EpiPen® Auto-Injector symbol on park maps and new signage at all of the First Aid stations.
As a part of the alliance, Mylan has been planning a variety of educational resources designed to increase awareness of and preparedness for severe allergic reactions. That includes this year’s festivities at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.
The EpiPen® on Location website reports that Chef Amanda Freitag and other chefs will prepare delectable dishes free of the top eight allergens. Auggie Maturo, actor from the TV show “Girl Meets World,” and his family will also be on hand to share tips and tricks for navigating playdates and school parties for kids with severe allergies. Both Chef Amanda and Auggie will be at the Festival Welcome Center during select times between Oct. 2 – 4, 2015. How cool is that?
I’ve been visiting the Epcot Food & Wine Festival for years gluten free and dairy free, and the culinary demonstrations have always been a challenge with a special diet. I’ve some amazing experiences with Chef Kevin Dundon from Raglan Road Irish Pub (where I got to go on stage!), Chef Tony Marotta from Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, and Chef Suvir Saran of Top Chef fame. But, I’ve also had some struggles getting safe options and enjoying the culinary demonstrations as fully as other non-special diets guests. So, I’m thrilled to see culinary demos that are top 8 free!
Even more exciting is that Mylan is giving away several trips to Disney World for lucky winners that include:
- A three-night/four-day vacation for four to visit the 2015 Epcot® International Food Wine Festival
- Opportunity for meet-and-greets with Amanda Freitag and Auggie Maturo and tickets to a culinary demonstration between Oct. 2 – 4
- A vacation travel kit prepared by Nina Garcia
- A resort stay
- Theme park tickets
- And much more!
For all the details on how to enter to win, check out the EpiPen® on Location website!
Are you as excited as I am about the upcoming Epcot Food & Wine Festival now that Mylan is offering these allergy-friendly culinary demonstrations?