Category Archives: Epcot

2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is Almost Official!

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It’s not much of a secret that today is preview day for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. Cast Members get a run at working the kiosks, but sometimes they might not be serving all the dishes, or they open at later times than they would during the official start. Until I am able to get a full reviews up, the best way to see what’s going on is by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter and Instagram, as those will be the most timely outlets to which I’ll be able to share information! We can’t wait!

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Dave’s Food and Wine Tracker Returns with Updates

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival officially begins Friday, and David Kennedy of disneypodcast.net has made some updates to the app he created for the Festival last year. The Food and Wine Tracker app for iOS (iPhone) is available for FREE.

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Dave created the app per a friend’s suggestion to make 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. New this year is the ability to create a wishlist of items you’d like to try. For those without iOS, there is a basic web version here you can access in your phone, tablet, or computer’s browser.

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20th Anniversary Cookbook Coming to Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

2015 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and this year’s cookbook is celebrating that fact, according to the Disney Parks Blog (be sure to visit the site for the recipe for this year’s Pepper Bacon Mac and Cheese from the Farm Fresh Marketplace!).

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This year’s cookbook is going to be heftier than previous recipe collections, as it also includes 50 pages of history, photos, and memories from the past 20 years. Recipes date back to 1996 and feature dishes that represent the festival since then. Epcot Executive Chef Gregg Hannon is bringing back some classic dishes to the menus, including pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese puffs), apple strudel in Germany, spicy chicken sausage with polenta in Canada and the lobster roll at Hops & Barley, all of which will be featured in the book. You’ll also find Canadian Cheddar Cheese soup, Belgian waffles with berry compote, and bo ssam from South Korea.

The festival runs for 53 days, from September 25-November 16, and you can visit Epcotfoodfestival.com for more official information.

Lunch at Electric Umbrella

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Not much has changed to the menu at Electric Umbrella since my last visit to the Epcot restaurant almost a year ago, when I ordered the French Dip Burger. Entree prices remain unchanged, however, the Hand-tossed Caesar with Chicken has been replaced by an Energy Salad with Roasted Chicken, and its price has been upped by $2.

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Sodas are still $2.99 with unlimited free refills (RFID has not been added here yet). The Slushies are new to the menu, Dasani is 25 cents more, coffee, hot tea, and hot cocoa are up by 10 cents, and Beso del Sol Sangria has been replaced by the pricier Strawberry Margarita and Pina Colada. Desserts are up 10-40 cents, and the Kids’ Cheeseburger has received a 50 cent bump.

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I had been wanting to try the Sausage and Pepper Sandwich for a while, which replaced the Meatball Sub a couple of years ago, and finally stopped by on my way out of the park. The sandwich features Italian Sausage Chunks, Peppers, Onions, Tomato, Provolone Cheese and is served with Grapes or French Fries, of which I chose the latter.

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FastPass+ Reservations Available for Eat to the Beat Concerts during Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Fans of the Eat to the Beat Concert Series will be glad to know they can book dealing via FastPass+ during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, according to the Disney Parks Blog. As of today, you can log on to My Disney Experience to reserve a spot up to 60 days in advance.

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Snacks from Japan: Calbee Jagabee – Butter Soy Sauce

Our “Snacks from…” series treats you to different snacks found in the World Showcase pavilions at Epcot. Find more reviews here! Continuing our series, we head to Mitsukoshi in the Japan Pavilion!

It’s been over a year since we paid a visit to World Showcase for our “Snacks from” series. On a recent trip to Mitsukoshi, I spotted a few items I hadn’t seen before, so I picked them up. Today’s Snack from Japan is Calbee’s Jagabee: Butter Soy Sauce Flavor. These “thick, whole cut potato crisps” feature Kikkoman Soy Sauce. While I’ve had several snacks from Calbee, the Jagabee line is one that I’ve not yet tried. A quick Google search shows several online retailers for this product, with several options available on Amazon.

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Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie’s Tartine aux Fromages

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While I’ve been a fan that Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie’s in Epcot’s France pavilion has been open for breakfast for two and a half years now, I’ve never taken advantage of the option (however, I have brought home food which I’ve enjoyed for breakfast the next day). After using up some morning Fastpasses, I made my way to pick out something to eat.

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While several items on the menu stood out, I knew I wanted to try something I hadn’t ordered before. I opted for the Tartine aux Fromages: a combination of Country Bread, Tomato Sauce, Swiss, Parmesan, and Goat Cheese. The Cast Member asked if I would like it warmed up, to which I replied, “Yes.” In the past, I’ve had the Pissaladière, which didn’t spend enough time toasting, but the Tartine came out perfectly.

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