Welcome to the opening day of the 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!
If you’ve been following along, you know that we already have World Showcase booth menus and prices (and tons of brand new food photos!), special event information, low-cost event information, details about visiting chefs, Eat to the Beat concert specs, breaking news, and more, here on our 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Overview Page!
I’m excited to continue to bring you coverage of the Festival; but today, I wanted to give you a little peek at what I’m looking forward to over the next 45 days…
New Food! New Drinks!
While Disney often brings back old favorites to the Food & Wine Festival, they also like to surprise us with new indulgences! A few of our favorite new food items at the Festival this year include:
- Rib-eye Tacos ($5.50 at the Mexico Booth)
- Linguica Sausage with Onions, Peppers, and Olives ($4.00 at the Portugal Booth)
- Xante Sunshine cocktail ($7.25 at the Scandinavia Booth)
- Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise ($3.00 at the Hawaii Booth)
But don’t stop there! There’s plenty to discover at the festival this year! Check out the menus and food photos on our Epcot Food and Wine Festival booth pages to start planning your visit!
Yes. There will indeed be a cranberry bog at this year’s Food & Wine Festival! Craisins is a new sponsor with Disney, and we get to benefit!
We’ll have plenty of coverage of this bad boy soon!
The Cake Boss
I’ve never seen the Cake Boss on TV, but I’m going to see him in person next weekend!
Seeing celebrity chefs is one of the fun aspects of the Food & Wine Festival; and learning from them — up close and personal — is always a treat! I think this is gonna be a fun one, don’t you?! Can’t wait to do the review!
You don’t think you know who he is, but you do. You know a whole bunch of his songs, I promise; you just didn’t know that he sang them.
Keep an ear out for new chart toppers The Gin Blossoms and The Pointer Sisters this year, as well as old favorites like Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy, and, of course, Howard Jones!
See the full list of Eat to the Beat concerts here!
The Xante Mixology Seminar
Mixology seminars are brand new at the festival this year, and I was lucky enough to score seats to one that features a spirit sold at the returning Scandinavia Booth this year!
To learn more about the mixology seminars, check out our low-cost events page for a link to the full list! These can be booked right now, and cost $12 per person.
What Are YOU Looking Forward To?
Are you headed to the festival this year? Let us know in the comments below what you can’t wait to sample or see!
Don’t forget — for over 135 pages of information, touring strategies, photos, and more about this year’s festival, check out our DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book!