Disney’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival menus released

Start making your foodie plan of attack by perusing the newly released menus for this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. The event will be held from Aug. 30-Nov. 12. Park admission is required.

This year’s festival doesn’t have as many new marketplaces as last year: the Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar. The Festival Center Wine Shop will serve food and drink as well.

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5 Summer Music Festival Discoveries In 2018

Hot weather and pop music have always gone together.

Since the creation of Bonarroo in the early aughts, summer music festivals have edged toward the center of millennial culture — crowned by Beyonce’s appearance at this year’s Coachella. But they’ve also become a driver of live music sales — SXSW alone has boosted Austin’s economy by $350 million in 2018. As the mere number of festivals continues to grow, ranging in genre and location across the world, it has become impossible to absorb it all. But while the headliners grab all the attention, I’m more interested in the artists lower down the bill. So here’s a list of five pop and rock acts I discovered this summer at music festivals, mostly in the New York area:

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LA Film Festival announces its 2018 competition lineup

Alfred Molina, Michelle Monaghan and Common star in "Saint Judy," a world premiere in the L.A. Muse section of the 2018 L.A. Film Festival.

The L.A. Film Festival announced its 2018 competition lineup Tuesday, with 40 feature films, 41 short films and 10 short episodic works from around the world screening over the course of the eight-day event.

Of the festival’s films, 42% are directed by women and 39% are directed by people of color.

“Our mission of finding fresh new voices from different geographical and cultural axes remains true,” festival director Jennifer Cochis said in a statement. “These storytellers are united by their ability to transport, impact and inspire audiences with the power of their craft.”

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Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival 2018

  Hubby Jenkins

The Sugar Maple Traditional music festival, which marks its 15th anniversary this year, has a lineup and a structure that consistently aims to add a bit of context to how local audiences conceive of American folk music. The artists themselves tend to have a genuine interest in pursuing and re-interpreting the elusive strands that informed the folk music we hear today, highlighting little-known material and reminding us that folk music can’t and shouldn’t be neatly codified. Carolina Chocolate Drops member Hubby Jenkins (Saturday, 5:30 p.m.) uses banjo, guitar, and a supple but gravelly voice to make songs from across the history of blues, ragtime, and “old-time” music feel fiercely present—not really through attempting to update these traditions, but by inhabiting them with neither inhibition nor pretense. Nashville quartet Hawktail (Friday, 7:30 p.m.) channels bluegrass traditions into instrumentals that often make space for complexity and contemplation, favoring lyrical bowed bass parts as much as it does rapid-fire fiddle and mandolin.

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Flavored Nation in Columbus features one iconic food from every state (can you guess Ohio’s?)


50 booths, 50 food items, one from each state
If you had to pick one food item to represent Ohio, what would it be?

Cincinnati chili, pierogi, corn on the cob? Good answers all, but Richard Gore, a native New Yorker, came up with a sweeter choice: Buckeyes, the chocolate and peanut butter concoction made to look like a nut.

You’ll get to sample Ohio buckeyes – plus a food item representing each of the country’s 49 other states – at the inaugural Flavored Nation food event, coming to Columbus next month.

There will be 50 booths with 50 chefs creating one iconic food dish from every state.

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Literature events company to create ‘immersive’ festival performances

Very excited to hear about this and hope the idea spreads.  I’ve wanted to do something similar for years.  I used to have a notebook of “literary themes” to work from for parties, especially viewing parties with books made into films.  Love the idea of whole festivals built around it!  If you want to “escape” reality, why not go “all in”, eh? 🙂

I’d really like to see regional literary festivals throughout the USA much the way you find Renaissance Festivals with a different book chosen each year for each festival.  Would be so much fun!  Books would have to be chosen a year or two in advance though to allow time for cosplayers and set designs, but so fun!

A new literature events company called Story Machine Productions plans to “revolutionise the experience of books” by creating “immersive performances” at festivals inspired by book content alone.

The outfit – spearheaded by Norwich publisher Sam Ruddock (pictured), a former Waterstones bookseller – aims “to do for literature and human knowledge what Secret Cinema has done for film: create exciting celebrations of the written word”. This it will do by remaining “100% faithful” to chosen texts while working with filmmakers, dancers, actors, musicians and visual artists to widen their appeal, presenting what it hopes will be a creative new platform for publishers and authors to promote their books and “stand out in a crowded marketplace”.

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