Tourism December 21, 2015 | 3:38 pm

Dominican rhythms, cuisine back to Epcot annual food & wine fest

Orlando, PRNewswire.- The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism was thrilled to return to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – which celebrated its 20th anniversary Sept. 25-Nov. 16 in Orlando, FL – after an eight-year hiatus. The booth’s much-anticipated return brought back authentic Dominican flavors and Caribbean heat, giving guests the opportunity to awaken their senses through a selection of traditional cuisine, drink and more, along with experiencing unparalleled Disney-style events.

Dominican Republic’s return to the festival for the first time since 2007 was lauded by national publications, local outlets and bloggers alike – including USAToday, Yahoo!, The Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Times, Examiner.com and many others – with combined coverage resulting in more than 25 million impressions.

Ready to show off its smiling island culture to the event’s estimated 1,663,140 attendees over the course of 53 days, Dominican Republic showcased elements of its rich culture through gastronomy, entertainment, artistry and history in an expansive space, designed to offer a glimpse into the six key touristic destinations of Santo Domingo, Punta Cana, La Romana-Bayahibe, Puerto Plata, Jarabacoa-Constanza and Samana.

Each space depicted the diverse beauty of the region, along with highlights of key attractions. Sounds of live merengue entertainment radiated from the space, capturing the ears of passersby and drawing them in with the beats of the beloved music of the country.

Sight and sound were not the only senses captivated. Dominican Republic most importantly offered visitors an authentic taste of the country with an all-new menu featuring the dishes Pescado con Coco (seared grouper, pigeon peas with rice and coconut sauce), Yucca Souffle topped with griddled cheese, Lechon Asado (roasted pork with traditional mangu, pickled red onion and avocado) and Carmel Flan with rum-roasted pineapple. Famous traditional beverages featured national-favorite Presidente beer and cocktails mixed with world-renowned Barcelo rum.

In addition to the outdoor presence, Dominican Republic offered mixology classes and was spotlighted as part of the marketplace indoor culinary demonstrations, with famed Dominican chefs demonstrating an assortment of authentic recipes. Guests interacted with the chefs to learn the art of Dominican cooking, taking the recipe with them to try at home. To top it all off, the country participated in Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival’s sensational Party for the Senses, a tribute to the sensory arts, every Saturday during the festival’s duration.

For more information visit www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.

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