Farm Fresh is one of the new kiosks for the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, although the building is a familiar one. You may recognize it as Florida Local from the 2012 and 2013 F&Ws, or as Florida Fresh from Flower & Garden in 2013 and 2014. The new menu, however, is one that both Matt and I were very excited to try.
The main attraction to us for Farm Fresh were the food items that were being served: Nueske’s Pepper Bacon Hash and the Griddled “Yard Bird.” Both were of interested to us for their own reasons. We really enjoy Neuske’s bacon when we spot it on menus around property (especially on top of the grits at The Wave), and while the “Yard Bird” is still simply chicken, the Habanero sauce definitely caught my attention. And neither of them photograph particularly well. ;)
First up, we have Nueske’s Pepper Bacon Hash with Sweet Corn, Potatoes, Hollandaise, and Pickled Jalapeno. This dish is essentially finely diced, rendered-until-mostly-crisp, smoky bacon. It’s tossed with a few cubes of potatoes and kernel of corn. It’s then topped with Hollandaise and garnished with pickled jalapenos.
Good morning! As many of you know, today marks the soft opening of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which officially starts September 19, 2014. Matt and I will be at the park today eating as many items as we can for coverage on the blog. While my focus will be photos with the “real” camera for full reviews, I’ll also be posting iPhone shots to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, so be sure to follow along!
Are you a fan of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival AND Dooney & Bourke purses? This year, you can find a Food & Wine-inspired collection of Dooney & Bourke bags! The pattern features Chef Mickey in an assortment of colors on a black background.
A leather hangtag features the festival’s logo on three of the bags, while the wristlet will not have one. Festival Center (the former Wonders of Life pavilion; the yellow dome tucked between Universe of Energy and Mission Space) will have the bags on display beginning September 19th, and will go on sale September 29th.
If you want to get your hands on one of these bags, they will only be available at Festival Center and not on the Disney Parks online store (at least for now).
The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival begins in ONE WEEK, and David Kennedy of disneypodcast.net wants to make your experience at the Festival a little bit easier to navigate. He’s created the Food and Wine Tracker app for iOS (iPhone), and it’s available for FREE.
Dave decided to create the app per a friends suggestion to make an app that makes the event a bit more social. Whether you’re at the festival or just seeing what’s happening, you can see which dishes are trending and what’s getting good reviews. Did you try a dish? You can give it a thumbs up or down, write a review, or rate it on a 5-star scale. There’s also an option to Tweet about it, and it uses #EpcotFoodAndWine as the hashtag so you can see what others are tweeting about during the Festival. For those without iOS, there is a basic web version here you can access in your phone, tablet, or computer’s browser.
Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15th and runs through October 15th, and shortly after it begins, so does the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival! Of course, the Hispanic and Latin flavors will be present through the entire festival, which goes until November 10th. Here’s another look at what we have to look forward to on the menus, and some more information about Puerto Rico!
From the Disney Parks Blog: “At the festival’s Puerto Rico experience and marketplace, guests will be transported against a colorful backdrop of Old San Juan created by Walt Disney Imagineering as the festival’s first two-story marketplace. There, guests can explore the history and culture of Puerto Rico. More tastes will include Frituras Sorullitos (sweet polenta fries), Bolitas de Queso (cheese fritters with mayo ketchup) and FlanCocho (vanilla caramel custard with chocolate coffee cake).
Puerto Rico also will host “Experience Puerto Rico – The All Star Island” gala, a premium event in the park’s World ShowPlace pavilion at 7:30 p.m. on September 20. Guests can enjoy the foods, beverages and entertainment of Puerto Rico during the island’s premier dining celebration.”
- To eat:
- Ensalada de carrucho: Caribbean conch salad with onion, tomato and cilantro (gluten free)
- Carne guisada con arroz blanco: Slow-braised beef with Puerto Rican-grown rice (gluten free)
- Friturias: Sorullitos (sweet polenta fries) and bolitas de queso (cheese fritter with mayo ketchup)
- FlanCocho: Vanilla caramel custard with chocolate coffee cake
- Gasolina Sangriiia
- Medalla Light Beer
- Frozen San Juan Breeze
- Frozen San Juan Breeze with Don Q Limón Floater
- Chilled Club Caribe Mango Rum (neat)
Do you have moths flying out of your wallet yet? No? Well a new Epcot International Food & Wine Festival VIP experience has been announced!
The daylong Ultimate Day VIP Tour at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival begins at the VIP Lounge within the Festival Center at the Wonder’s Retreat. The tour includes “Champagne, a beverage tasting, six-course tapas-style lunch, wine, private backstage tours, time on some of the most popular Epcot attractions, food and beverage pairings with Disney chefs, VIP seating at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, reserved seating for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks spectacular and more.” You’ll travel around World Showcase with Disney VIP guides as well, “highlighting special moments not everyone gets to experience.”