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A sneak peek at 2013 Epcot Food & Wine Fest

A hint of autumn in the air is the first signal that the 2013 edition of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World is upon us.

Always a great event for food photography, the festival is in its 18th year and features a bevy of new items, including featured dishes from the newly added Scotland kiosk. The festival debuts Friday Sept. 27 and runs for a record 46 days, through Nov. 11.

After photographing an exclusive sneak peek of festival dishes with Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann, I learned some interesting facts about the festival:

• A remarkable 1.5 million samplings of the tapas-size items are served during the duration of the festival.

• 220 menu items are served, representing 25 international regions and countries, with 300 varieties of wines from around the world.

• 360,000 beers are served during the festival.

• 100-plus celebrity chefs and 160 Walt Disney World chefs team up to feed the tens of thousands of foodie fans that flock to the festival.

Want to see more about the festival? 

• To see my jazzy, multimedia video preview of the 2013 festival, click here.

• To see my photo gallery on featured 2013 festival dishes, click here.

• To see how a 'Behind The Scenes' gallery on this year's photographs were produced, click here.

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