Category Archives: Food & Wine Festival

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.

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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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Firsts

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The 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival promises a tasting celebration of epic proportion Sept. 25-Nov. 16, 2015, with more global marketplaces than ever and a first-time culinary collaboration with ABC’s Emmy-Award winning lifestyle series “The Chew.”

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For the first time in the festival’s 20-year history, guests can sip and sample at marketplace experiences — now numbering more than 30 – in the park’s new Future World tasting areas. Festival guests also can see “The Chew” tape five shows before an Epcot audience Oct. 7-9 to air Oct. 12-16.

Disney chefs and festival programmers are whipping up a feast of surprises to celebrate the 20th annual festival in style. New wine tastings, lively parties and other culinary experiences built around the 20-year milestone will unite loyal festival fans and first-timers.

During the 53-day festival, presented by Chase and recognized by the Travel Channel as one of America’s top food festivals, Epcot will brim with epicurean discoveries:

  • The new Artistry of Wine & Cheese area will feature the Cheese Studio and Wine Studio marketplaces where premium wines will be available on tap and cheeses will be served on an “artist’s palette” as part of a wine-and-cheese pairing.
  • At the new Next Eats area near the Epcot Character Spot, Sustainable Chew Marketplace will offer guests a taste of delicious dishes inspired by “The Chew” co-hosts. At Chew Lab, food science meets the hottest culinary tech trends with dishes like the Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel.

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  • New marketplace dishes like the Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp (Australia), Pepper Bacon Mac ‘N Cheese (Farm Fresh) and Seared Venison Loin with Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce (New Zealand) will tempt taste buds. The Dominican Republic Marketplace will return with fresh flair and an all-new menu with dishes that include Pescado con Coco – seared grouper, pigeon peas with rice and coconut sauce.

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Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Prize Pins

The prize you receive when you complete Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has been released by the Disney Parks Blog. Starting September 25, guests can take part in the scavenger hunt around World Showcase helping Remy collect ingredients for his signature dish, ratatouille.

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To play, guests can purchase a map with stickers at Disney Traders, Festival Center, Pin Central, Port of Entry and World Traveler (International Gateway). As they make their way around World Showcase, they can record the ingredients they find by placing the corresponding sticker on the map. Whether the map is completed or not, it can be returned to the redemption location at Port of Entry by November 16 to receive a pin. The price is $9.95, plus tax, and maps, stickers and surprise pin are available while supplies last. There will be no discounts and purchasing limits may apply.

Fall 2015 Mickey Monitor Food News

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The Fall 2015 Mickey Monitor is out, and for once, Matt and I each received a copy and on the same day. This basically never happens. Either one or the other gets a copy, or we receive them weeks apart. Anyway, this issue has a bunch of information on Food & Wine, so let’s take a look! You can click for larger images as well.

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As we know, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary and runs from September 25 through November 16. Being introduces are several “Buds” representing different Flavors. They kind of give me a Kitchen Kabaret vibe. We also know that the kiosks are expanding past World Showcase and into Future World.

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