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Seats Added for Popular Lunches at Italy for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on September 30th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Good news! The Italian Regional Food & Wine Luncheons that have sold out for this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival have added more seats, starting with this Saturday’s lunch.

Tutto Gusto in Italy Pavilion at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Setting is the new Tutto Gusto wine cellar, where guests enjoy authentic Italian food paired with a variety of regional Italian wines from noon-2 p.m. It’s a wonderful way to escape the mid-day heat, leisurely dine and learn a little about Italy’s finest.

Lunches are every Wednesday and Saturday during the festival. Cost is $75 plus tax, gratuity included, Epcot admission required.

For reservations, call 407-WDW-FEST.

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Fans Get Early Start Today at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on September 28th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Even before the 11 a.m. opening of World Showcase, guests got an early start on opening day of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at the Festival Center, sipping Ghirardelli gourmet drinking chocolate and, yes, sipping wine by 10 a.m. at Kitchen Memories with Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, who shared stories from her own kitchen with husband John.

Guests at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort

Out on the promenade, guests started noshing at 11 a.m. when the Marketplaces opened for business. The new Terra Marketplace just across the bridge from Future World was a happy surprise for guests we chatted with as they tasted the vegan Trick’n Chick’n Curry and the Chili Colorado. Fans from last year were lining up for the Kalua Pork Slider in Hawaii, and we overheard guests talking about other favorites: the Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie at the Ireland Marketplace, the Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw at the South Korea Marketplace, Linda Bean’s Perfect Lobster Roll at the Hops & Barley Marketplace.

We encouraged them to head over to Canada for the new Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce, and not to overdo and save room for dessert – but plenty of guests were starting there with a morning glass of bubbly and the trio of mini-sweets.

HGTV's Daniell Colding at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort

We cooled off in the Festival Center, and picked up some great tips – Andrea Robinson says she add a flourish of smoked sea salt to her guacamole for a little zip, And HGTV’s Daniell Colding (pictured above) took us on a trip around the world with decorating ideas inspired by Morocco, Sweden, Mexico and France.

So much to do, just 46 days to try it all! The festival runs through Nov. 12. Do you have a favorite taste our readers shouldn’t miss?

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A Look at Festival Center Merchandise for the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on September 27th, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


“2012

I’ve been looking forward to the return of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival since the day the 2011 festival ended. This year, the festival returns to Epcot from September 28 through November 12. I love this event as it combines a few things I enjoy: food and beverages from around the world, and great music during the Eat to the Beat Concert Series (can’t wait to see Big Bad Voodoo Daddy again). This past week, I stopped by the Festival Center at Epcot while the merchandise events team was setting the Festival Store. The Festival Center operates daily from 9:00 a.m. to park close, and is the best place to find an assortment of goods. Here is a look at some of my favorites from this year.

“2012

In July, Lindsay Voigt, product developer for this event, told me about the colorful “Sketch” program she was introducing for the Festival. It was nice to finally see the entire assortment in one sport. I loved the four mini-dishes with different icons, and the set of four stemless wine glasses would be a nice addition to my cupboard.

“2012

This year, there are several different apparel options for both women and men. We are introducing a new program called “Brews Around the World,” which features a shirt, sweatshirt, some glassware and a bottle opener. I personally like the “Mission: Around the World” shirt as it always feels like I’m on a mission to visit each booth during the festival.

“2012

One thing that will help during my multiple visits this year is a new food tray. It conveniently contains a checklist and a place to hold glasses (no more balancing act!).

We will be holding a special week-long sale of select items from October 8-14 via the Disney Parks online store. We will offer the ever popular festival cookbook, the shirts seen in the third image above, the set of two wine glasses and the “Brews Around the World” glassware. I hope to see you in World Showcase in the coming weeks. I’ll most likely be at the Hawai’i booth.

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Top 10 New Tastes for This Year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on September 26th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


The countdown has begun! The 17th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival opens Friday, and the chefs are putting last-minute touches on the tastes in the 29 Marketplaces around World Showcase Lagoon. We’ve been lucky enough to sneak in the kitchen for a few tastes, and here are our Top 10 “must tastes” for this year.

  1. The new Florida Local Marketplace shrimp ceviche. Pair with key lime wine for a taste of the Sunshine State.
  2. Also at Florida Local, we can’t get enough of the white corn arepa with Mangalitsa pork rillette and Zellwood sweet corn salad. Doesn’t get any fresher than this.
  3. Trust us when we tell you, you won’t believe the chili Colorado is vegan at the new Terra Marketplace. You have to taste it just to say you’ve tried vegan chili with crunchy housemade chips and cashew cheese.
  4. The grilled lamb chop in Australia – it’s back, but this year the finish is a-mazing: salt & vinegar potato chip crumbles with a kicky mint pesto. Oh yeah.
  5. In Belgium, the steamed mussels are back, but they’ve ditched the cream for Hoegaarden Beer broth and a baguette for sopping up the juices. We like it better than the cream.
  6. We just might recommend starting at the Dessert and Champagne Marketplace and digging into the dark chocolate mousse with chili and salted caramel. It’s a small serving, so the guilt factor is low and it’s worth every calorie.
  7. Canada kicks it up with a favorite dish from Le Cellier Steakhouse brought out on the promenade just for Food & Wine – the buttery wild mushroom beef filet mignon with a splash of truffle butter sauce. You may want to go ahead and order two.
  8. Zapiekanki – Yes, it’s hard to pronounce, but step up at the Polish Marketplace and order this street food that most closely resembles pizza bread with cheese, mushrooms, onions and a drizzle of homemade ketchup. Comfort food.
  9. Frozen Strawberry Nesquik® – Childhood is calling at the Desserts and Champagne Marketplace. They added this just for kids, but we think adults will love this just as much as a glass of bubbly.
  10. Bacardi Torched Cherry Frozen Cherry Limeade – The finale, this slushy drink guarantees a brain freeze if you don’t slip it slow, which isn’t easy. Tart, icy and just right for a hot afternoon.

Check out John Graham’s videos that give you the lowdown on what to eat…

…and sip.

Enjoy! Let us know your favorite tastes.

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‘Taste Your Way Around the World’ with a Disney Gift Card at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Presented by Chase

posted on September 21st, 2012 by Virginia Scanlon, Manager Alliance Management, Disney Gift Card Services


This sure looks appetizing! For the fourth year in a row, Disney Gift Cards will release an exclusive design celebrating this year’s theme for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase: “Taste Your Way Around the World.”

Disney Gift Card Design for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase: 'Taste Your Way Around the World' Disney Gift Card Design for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase: 'Taste Your Way Around the World' Featuring Mini-Sized Wristlet

This design will be available exclusively at Epcot for a limited time during the festival. It is offered as a full-sized card as well as a convenient mini-sized wristlet so you can literally have it on-hand as you hop from country to country.

Activate your Disney Gift Card for as little as $5 and just swipe to pay for food and more. Your Disney Gift Card can even be reloaded as many times as you want at the majority of festival kiosks. When the festival is over, you can continue using your card since, like all Disney Gift Cards, it’s good for practically all things Disney here at the Walt Disney World Resort and beyond.

Once you arrive at the festival, pick up your own Disney Gift Card, available at Epcot ticket booths and select festival locations. And be sure to keep your Disney Gift Card as a special souvenir once the festivities are over. Bon appetit!

UPDATE: Greetings! Hope everyone has been enjoying the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival as much as we have! With the mini Disney Gift Card having to undergo a last-minute makeover from the wrist coil to the blue band, the Disney Gift Card team greatly appreciates everyone’s understanding. The Disney Gift Card is simply the best way to enjoy the festival by expediting purchases throughout the event and we are pleased to continue this wonderful tradition again this year. Cheers!.

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Skinnygirl Entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel Added to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Lineup

posted on September 18th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today, we’re happy to announce that entrepreneur and sassy television star Bethenny Frankel has been added as a last-minute addition to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival lineup. Hey, a lady always knows how to make an entrance, right?
Skinnygirl Entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel Will Appear at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Bethenny, who you may know from Bravo TV’s “Bethenny Ever After” and her recently debuted talk show “Bethenny,” is also the creator of Skinnygirl Cocktails and a former personal chef.

A Discussion with Bethenny Frankel – Skinnygirl, Hosted by Beam, Inc.,” will take place November 3 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. During this 30-minute “talk show”-style seminar, Bethenny will discuss how she developed her unique, low-calorie adult beverage products, and her years spent creating healthy dishes in the kitchen.

This event is included in park admission.

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We’re Almost Ready for the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, How About You?

posted on September 12th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will return to Walt Disney World Resort Friday, Sept. 28, and preparation is already flowing at a fast pace behind the scenes.

Here’s a look at just how two of our chefs are adding character to this year’s event.



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Meet John Lasseter, Celebrity Chef Cat Cora at Epcot International Food & Wine Fest Dinners

posted on September 6th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Pixar fans will love the opportunity to meet John Lasseter – yes, he’s an animation genius, but he also makes delicious California wines (with beautiful labels, too). You can meet John and his wife Nancy for lunch at 12:30 p.m. October 19 at Citricos, where Chef Philip Ponticelli will pair Lasseter wines with seasonal cuisine. Cost is $130.

Cat Cora fans will be happy to hear that two wine dinners have been added to the line-up for this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, with Chef Cat on hand to greet diners at 8 p.m. October 2 and October 4. Cost is $170 for a five-course dinner with wine pairings in the restaurant’s cozy CoraNation Room.

Meet Celebrity Chef Cat Cora at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort

And three very famous dads are teaming up for what promises to be one of the coolest Food & Wine Fest dinners this year – Michael Voltaggio has been added to the line-up, joining his brother Bryan and Andrew Zimmern on stage for the family-friendly Magic of Healthy Living Dinner at 6:30 p.m. October 19 at Epcot World Showplace. Brothers Bryan and Michael shot to the front of the celebrity chef pack in 2009 on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” and Andrew is best known for his show “Bizarre Foods” on the Travel Channel, so diners are guaranteed entertainment with their memorable four-course dinner. Cost is $110 and includes tip and non-alcoholic beverages. (Park admission required).

To book any of these dinners, call 407-WDW-FEST. Check epcotfoodfestival.com for more event details.


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Countdown to Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Reservations at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 6th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Don’t forget, the phone lines open at 7 a.m. August 14 for reservations for all of the ticketed events for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). And this year, you can book some of the hottest tickets online at epcotfoodfestival.com: Party for the Senses, mixology seminars, “3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery, Epcot wine schools and culinary demos in the Festival Center.

We know seats go fast for the signature events, but there are dozens to choose from – find all of the information to help you plan at epcotfoodfestival.com. And try something new this year!

But we’re looking forward to some of the festival events that don’t need reservations and don’t require a ticket, just admission to the park. Of course, there’s the array of tastes around World Showcase, paired with beer, wine and cocktails – we got a sneak taste of the chocolate chili mousse with salted caramel, and can tell you we’re heading there first.

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort

We love stopping to talk with the cranberry farmers in the beautiful “Discover the Cranberry” featuring the Festival Cranberry Bog hosted by Ocean Spray Craisins Brand Dried Cranberries, and this year we can add the new Watermelon Patch (especially fun for kids) as we’re making the rounds. Chocolate lovers will want to head to the Festival Center for the free “The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar” hosted by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company (yep, there’s chocolate samples while you learn). The Festival Center is the perfect place to cool off when the weather heats up – take a seat and listen to the HGTV folks during complimentary 30-minute seminars. Or sit in on a free Authentic Taste Seminar presented by Driscoll’s Only the Finest Berries. Or just stroll through the Festival Center Wine Shop and sample a few of the wines.

Then, when the sun goes down, head to the Eat to the Beat Concert at America Gardens Theatre, with live entertainment every night at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. during the festival. Favorites are back, but new this year are Smash Mouth (Oct. 11-12); Javier Colon, winner of “The Voice” (Oct. 13-14); Blues Traveler (Nov. 5-6) and Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group STYX (Nov. 7-8).

Can you recommend your favorite happening at the festival?

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Update: And the Winner Is…

posted on July 26th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Here’s a quick update on special speakers for the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival from our friends at HGTV. We are truly pumped to have the newly-crowned HGTV Design Star with us during the opening weekend of the festival.
HGTV 'Design Star' Winner Danielle Colding Will Appear at the 2012 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

For those who didn’t watch Tuesday’s “Design Star” finale, interior designer Danielle Colding came out on top, wowing the judges with both her design acumen and her on-camera presence. Danielle’s new show is called “Shop This Room,” where she examines how the process of finding a spectacular piece of artwork, furniture, or an accessory can lead the way to inventive new concepts for design.

In addition to Danielle, festival guests can see these HGTV and DIY Network stars:

  • September 28-30 – Danielle Colding (“HGTV Design Star” Winner, Season 7, “Shop This Room”) – Entertainment Passport: Your Ticket to Creating a Travel-inspired Dining Experience
  • October 5-7 – Casey Noble (“Design on a Dime”) – Gifts That Keep Giving: Holiday Favors That Double as Décor
  • October 12-14 – Alison Victoria (DIY Network’s “Kitchen Crashers”) – Crash Course for Holiday Décor
  • October 19-21 – Brian Patrick Flynn (HGTV.com, “Design Happens”) – Express Lane Elegance: Stylish Table Settings from Supermarket Finds
  • October 26-28 – Meg Caswell (“Meg’s Great Rooms”) – Entertaining in Style: Make It and Make It Fun
  • November 2-4 – Marianne Canada (HGTV.com Special Projects Editor) – Handmade Goodies They Won’t Regift
  • November 9-12 – Emily Henderson (“Secrets from a Stylist”) – Create Holiday Memories: Style, Share and Preserve Those Family Photos & Cards

For more information on the 17th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, presented by Chase, you can check out epcotfoodfestival.com. And don’t forget to check back on the Disney Parks Blog for updates.

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