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Opening Less Than a Month Away for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on September 2nd, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


A little fun news on the beverage front: the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will be among the first venues in Florida to serve wine on tap in 5-gallon kegs under the new Florida law that allows wine to be dispensed from sustainable stainless-steel containers.

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Two locations – the Festival Center and Refreshment Cool Post – will be serving from kegs, with a Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir at Cool Post and a Cabernet and Chardonnay in the Festival Center.

“The wines on tap offer guests a fresh glass of wine with every pour,” says Marianne Hunnel, in charge of Content Development for the festival. “They’re good quality, mid-range wines, and when we tasted side by side with the bottle and keg, we couldn’t tell the difference.” From an environmental perspective there is less waste. No need for bottles, cardboard, corks or labels.

On the culinary front, sometimes it’s the little things – we got a taste of the “vegetarian haggis with neeps and tatties” from the new Scotland Marketplace, and it may be our new favorite. In case you’re wondering, in English we translate that as a “griddled vegetable cake with rutabaga (neeps) and mashed potatoes (tatties).” The name of the dish may sound odd to many of us, but the crispy, peppery haggis and mellow veggies are a real treat.

Berbere-Style beef with onions at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Scottish Banoffee Tart at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Other delightful new-for-2013 bites we tried and recommend: the sweet, griddled lobster tail with garlic herb butter from the Hops & Barley Marketplace; Berbere-style beef with onions, jalapeños, tomato, okra and pap (grits) from Africa Marketplace; and the gooey Scottish banoffee tart (banana-toffee is such a delish combo). On the beverage side, kids are going to love the drinkable Frozen S’Mores from Desserts & Champagne, grown-ups will be lining up for the Orange Dole Whip with Crème de Cacao White.

With more than 40 new dishes and 80 new beverages, it will take a while to work our way around World Showcase Lagoon Septemember 27-November 11. Keep an eye on www.epcotfoodfestival.com for updates.

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Take 5: 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 24th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


First Look at Merchandise for 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

This year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is just a month away! A few weeks back, we took a sneak peek at some of the merchandise you’ll see at the festival; which kicks off September 27, 2013 at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. Designs paid homage to Disney•Pixar’s “Ratatouille,” as well as to classic Disney characters Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and Goofy. Let’s look back and highlight any other news about this year’s 46-day festival that you might have missed.

Take 5: 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort

  1. What’s Your Favorite Dish? Trying All 29 Marketplaces in One Day at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – At last year’s festival, Disney Parks Blog author Gary Buchanan tried food from every marketplace! Check out which one he liked best.
  2. Plenty of New Tastes at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Marketplaces – This year’s festival cook book includes a shrimp dish from the Australian Marketplace. Try it out tonight!
  3. Ready, Set, Dial! Reservations for Epcot International Food & WIne Festival Premium Events Begin August 13 – It’s not too late to make your reservations for this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! Call today for details on the 46-day event.
  4. Scotland, the Newest Marketplace for 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Loch Lomond signature cocktails and will be served this year to recreate Scotland at Epcot.
  5. The Go-Go’s, Edwin McCain, & Others Join the 2013 ‘Eat to the Beat’ Musical Line-Up at Walt Disney World Resort – A festival isn’t complete without live music! Check out the line-up of artists playing throughout the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this fall.
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First Look at Merchandise for 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on August 6th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


First Look at Merchandise for 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

I’ve been drooling ever since my fellow author Pam Brandon shared an easy recipe from the new cookbook coming to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This 46-day festival begins on September 27, and I can’t wait to enjoy several trips around the world. As time ticks toward the start of the event, I caught up with Disney Design Group artist Randy Noble to learn more about this year’s featured artwork.

First Look at Merchandise for 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival First Look at Merchandise for 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

 
“This year’s artwork is based on artwork created by Walt Disney Imagineering that you will see throughout the event,” explained Randy. “The art has a humorous point of view, which is different from the imagery found in the previous year’s events. For this whimsical image, I used pastel colors to create a softer look for the overall image. If you look carefully, you will spot Remy from Disney•Pixar’s ‘Ratatouille‘ in the top of the chef’s hat.”

The bumbling, yet-unnamed chef inspired a new item for the festival this year – a seven-inch bobble figurine of the chef. The figurine was sculpted by artist Robert King and looks awesome (especially the details on Spaceship Earth!). Look for this chef artwork on additional items like a reusable tote bag and more.
First Look at Merchandise for 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

While the chef is a new character for this year’s event, we are also introducing a small art program featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy as chefs. The character artwork was created by Disney Design Group artist Brian Blackmore, with digital rendering done by artist Dan Salgo. You may recall similar artwork introduced last year in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot.
First Look at Merchandise for 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Another character returning this year is a 12-inch Duffy the Disney Bear dressed in a new chef outfit. He joins other new items like a Mouse ear headband with a chef’s hat, a new cranberry bog pin featuring Chip ‘n’ Dale, and a new three-inch Vinylmation figure designed by Disney artist Thomas Scott. The limited edition Vinylmation figure features Gusteau from “Ratatouille” and will be packaged in a mystery box. The more common figure (edition size 2,250) will be in full color, while the monochromatic variant figure (edition size 250) will be rarer to find.

Stay tuned for additional updates as we get closer to the start of the festival.


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Ready, Set, Dial! Reservations for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Premium Events Begin August 13

posted on July 30th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Fans of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival know that it’s best to set their alarms and dial promptly at 7 a.m. August 13 if there is a premium event they want to attend. And this year there are even more new experiences, including a Parisian breakfast, a Scottish party and a Hibachi dinner in Japan.

Ready, Set, Dial!  Reservations for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Premium Events Begin August 13

The number to call? 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Dates for this year’s fest are September 27- November 11, and you can see the full list of options at www.epcotfoodfestival.com.

We had a sneak peek at a few more of the dishes for this year’s Marketplace kiosks at this past weekend’s Tables in Wonderland dinner, including our favorite from Brazil: crispy pork belly with a dollop of pureed black beans and a fresh topping of sweet onions, avocado and cilantro micro-greens. The crowd went crazy for the South Korea marketplace’s kimchi hot dog with spicy mustard sauce and Florida Local’s grass-fed beef slider with Monterey Jack and sweet and hot pickles. Scotland’s seared Scottish salmon with cauliflower puree, watercress and malt vinaigrette, is served alongside a returning favorite, Canada’s Le Cellier wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle butter sauce. Oh my!

We tried a fantastic Brazilian black beer, sangria made with Florida citrus, and a bubbly Moscato from Brazil, all fun, unusual pairings – just a handful of the amazing finds that will be poured at the fest.

But the news that got the biggest applause is the return of the Dole Whip, a winner at this past spring’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. They’ll give it a different twist for all – it will be orange (not pineapple), and you can indulge with a splash of crème de cacao white.

Click here to view a list of delicious creations you’ll find at the Marketplaces, all wonderfully paired with wine, beer and cocktails – subject to slight changes as chefs and sommeliers perfect the festival.

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Plenty of New Tastes at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Marketplaces

posted on July 11th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


We’ve just put the finishing touches on recipes for the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival cookbook and got a taste of some of the delicious new Marketplace dishes we shot for this year’s book. From seared rainbow trout in Canada to venison sausage in New Zealand and lemongrass chicken curry in Singapore, the new cookbook features recipes that you can carry home to recreate a special taste of the festival.

From September 27-November 11, you’ll have 46 days to sip and nosh your way around more than 25 World Showcase Marketplaces. What’s new this year? You’ll find Florida grass-fed beef sliders with Monterey Jack and sweet and hot pickles at the Florida Marketplace. New England clam chowder with a side of Tabasco at Hops & Barley. Braised short ribs in Cabernet with mashed potatoes in France. A kimchi hot dog with spicy mustard sauce in South Korea. Vegetarian haggis at the new Scotland Marketplace. There are 40 adventurous new dishes and more than 80 new beverages all around World Showcase. And that’s just on the promenade!

Here’s an easy recipe from the new cookbook from the Australia Marketplace to get you started thinking about all the wonderful flavors at this year’s festival. Stay tuned for more details.

Garlic Shrimp at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Marketplaces

Garlic Shrimp with Tomatoes, Lemon and Broccoli Rabe
Serves 8

    24 medium shrimp (16/20), peeled and deveined
    1 tablespoon coarse salt
    1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
    1/4 tablespoon chili powder
    3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    3 tablespoons oil from sun-dried tomatoes
    2 tablespoons chopped garlic
    1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
    3/4 pound broccoli rabe, cut into thirds
    Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  1. Season shrimp with salt, pepper, and chili powder.
  2. Heat olive oil and sun-dried tomato oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  3. Add shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes, tossing once or twice. Add garlic, tomatoes, and broccoli rabe; cook another 2 to 3 minutes, tossing once or twice.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and zest. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Cook’s notes: The “16/20” refers to the size of the shrimp, meaning 16 to 20 per pound.

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

posted on June 16th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Premium Event Reservations Open Aug. 13 for this Year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort
Mark your calendars – On August 13, we begin booking reservations for premium events for the 18th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. And this week, Pam shared a list of experiences planned for this year’s 46-day fest, including some new ones:

  • New Scotland, Land of Food And Drink (Sept. 28), $95 or $115
  • New Spirits Confidential (Nov. 1), $80 or $95
  • New Parisian Breakfast (Saturdays), $37
  • New Hibachi Experience (Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5), $120

There are many more experiences, including The Discovery of Chocolate, to be found in Pam’s original Epcot International Food & Wine Festival story. Also, here’s the all-important number to keep handy: 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378).

And did you catch the water performance by The Aqualillies during their visit to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort? The synchronized swimming team showed off their skills with style in the resort’s Big Blue Pool – the largest pool we have at the entire the Walt Disney World Resort.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Disney Parks After Dark: Mysterious Island at Tokyo DisneySea – The “Disney Parks After Dark” series continues with a beautiful view of Mysterious Island at Tokyo DisneySea.

A Look Back: Sailing Ship Columbia Debuts at Disneyland Park 55 Years Ago This Week – In honor its 55th anniversary, take a look at some new and vintage photos of the Sailing Ship Columbia at Disneyland park.

New Savory Treat at Disneyland Park: Slow-Roasted Pork Shank – The slow-roasted pork shank, which debuted at Gaston’s Tavern at Walt Disney World Resort, is now on the menu at Edelweiss Snacks in Fantasyland at the Disneyland Resort!

Finish That Disney Parks Sign: A ‘Tangled’ Poster at Magic Kingdom Park – Jenn asked us to identify what prestigious collection will be on display in the Lavender Tea Room at Magic Kingdom Park.

Retelling a ‘Tale as Old as Time’ with New Vinylmation Series Debuting at Disney Parks on June 21 – Take a look at the new “Beauty and the Beast” Vinylmation series that is set to debut at Disney Parks on June 21.

Cruise Over to Car Masters Weekend at Downtown Disney This Father’s Day – Car Masters Weekend returns to Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort June 15-16.

Like Father, Like Son: Kevin Rafferty and Kevin Rafferty, Jr. – In honor of Father’s Day, enjoy an interview with a father-son duo that help create two generations of magic for Disney Parks.

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Premium Event Reservations Open Aug. 13 for this Year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 12th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


They’re some of the hottest tickets in town, so get ready to dial at 7 a.m. on Aug. 13 when the phone lines open to book reservations for premium events for the 18th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 27-Nov. 11.
Premium Event Reservations Open Aug. 13 for this Year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort
The all-important number to keep handy: 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378). Some of the popular events sell out fast, and there are new events this year, too, during the 46-day fest. From the over-the-top Party for the Senses grand tasting experience on select Saturday nights to a new taste of Scottish cuisine, there are lots of opportunities. Price per ticket:

  • New Scotland: Land of Food & Drink (Sept. 28), $95 or $115
  • New Spirits Confidential (Nov. 1), $80 or $95
  • New Parisian Breakfast (Saturdays), $37
  • New Hibachi Experience (Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5), $120
  • “3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery (Oct. 4, 11 and 25), $55 or $90
  • Epcot Wine Schools (Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 3), $135 per person
  • Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining (more than 25 dinners throughout the festival; prices vary)
  • Mixology Series: Taste, Shake and Indulge Like the French (Saturdays), $65
  • Kitchen Memories (Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8), from $110-$170
  • Cheese Seminars (Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9), $80
  • Party for the Senses (Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2), $145, $180 or $285
  • Food & Wine Pairings (Tuesdays, Thursdays), $55
  • Sweet Sundays (Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10), $99
  • The Discovery of Chocolate (Oct. 13 and 27), $75

Additional events include Italian and French pairings and lunches, and a Mexican tequila lunch. Guests also can book special festival experiences including daily Culinary Demonstrations ($14), Mixology Seminars ($15) and Wine, Beer or Spirit Seminars ($14). Inside-the-park festival dining experiences as well as culinary and beverage programs require park admission fees. Event updates and details will be posted on the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Facebook page in August.

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Scotland, the Newest Marketplace for 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on May 20th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Our team of chefs and beverage experts are cranking up fast for the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, with food, wine, beers and cocktails taking center stage around the World Showcase Promenade and all across Walt Disney World Resort.

Look for classic Scottish dishes that are still in the development phase, but the cocktail of choice will be a Loch Lomond, a popular Scotch whisky martini that is simply Scotch and Drambuie. Scotland is just one of more than 25 ethnic and specialized marketplaces – and we’re happy that Brazil returns this year, a crowd favorite that was missing in 2012.
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Hawaii is back with the fab pork slider, as well as the vegan Terra Marketplace that debuted last year.

Favorite celeb chefs are back. Look for Jamie Deen, Robert Irvine, Gale Gand, Art Smith, Buddy Valastro, Bryan Voltaggio, Warren Brown and others to make appearances at special events and on stage in the Festival Center. Wine tastings, mixology seminars, cheese seminars, live entertainment and the engaging Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog give guests of all ages plenty to see and do. More than 270 chefs and culinary stars from the U.S. will be there.

The 46-day festival runs September 27-November 11. You can start making reservations in August at 407-WDW-FEST (date to be announced soon)! Keep an eye on www.epcotfoodfestival.com for updates.

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The Go-Go’s, Edwin McCain & Others Join the 2013 ‘Eat to the Beat’ Musical Line-Up at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 16th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will return to the park Sept. 27-Nov. 11, and we just received the list of performers who will participate in the Eat to the Beat concert series.

New acts coming this year include the Go-Go’s, Edwin McCain, The Manhattan Transfer, Wilson Phillips, Spin Doctors and Christopher Cross. There are also many returning favorites, including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Boyz II Men.

The Go-Go’s, Edwin McCain & Others Join the 2013 ‘Eat to the Beat’ Musical Line-Up at Walt Disney World Resort

Check out the full schedule below:

  • Sept. 27-29 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Go-Go’s
  • Oct. 2-4 – Air Supply
  • Oct. 5-6 – Sister Hazel
  • Oct. 7-9 – Sugar Ray
  • Oct. 10-11 – Edwin McCain
  • Oct. 12-13 – Manhattan Transfer
  • Oct. 14-15 – Wilson Phillips
  • Oct. 16-17 – The Pointer Sisters
  • Oct. 18-20 – Night Ranger
  • Oct. 21-23 – Boyz II Men
  • Oct. 24-25 – Survivor
  • Oct. 26-27 – 38 Special
  • Oct. 28-30 – Smash Mouth
  • Oct. 31-Nov. 1 – Spin Doctors
  • Nov. 2-3 – Christopher Cross
  • Nov. 4-5 – Hanson
  • Nov. 6-8 – Dennis DeYoung
  • Nov. 9-11 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Which group would you love to see? If you have a favorite, tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Seats Added for Popular ‘Kitchen Memories’ with Art Smith, Buddy Valastro at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on October 31st, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Two of the most popular celebrity chefs for this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival are hosting Kitchen Memories lunches – and due to demand, they’ve added a handful of seats!

Art Smith, amiable chef-owner of one of D.C.’s premier dining spots, Art and Soul, will be on stage from 10 a.m. to noon this Friday. (He also was Oprah’s personal chef.)

Art Smith, Chef of D.C.'s Art and Soul, Will Host Kitchen Memories Lunch at This Year's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Buddy Valastro, the famous “Cake Boss” from Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken, N.J. , is cooking from 10 a.m.-noon November 9.

Buddy Valastro, Famous 'Cake Boss' From Carlo's Bake Shop in N.J., Will Host Kitchen Memories Lunch at This Year's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

More than just a meal, the three-three-course lunch gives the chefs a chance to tell their own culinary tales of growing up. They’ll also show guests how to make an appetizer, main course and dessert, each served with a wine pairing and a sommelier to explain.

Both are in the Festival Welcome Center Chef’s Showcase. Cost is $110 or $160 with wine, plus tax, gratuity included. Epcot admission is required.

To make a reservation, call 407-WDW-FEST (407-939-3378).

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