News! Dates, Menus Announced for the 2016 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

We have more exciting news for you today about upcoming Fall events in Walt Disney World!

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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort has announced the dates, menus, and seminars for their 7th Annual Food and Wine Classic. Circle Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29, 2016, on your calendars!

The Food and Wine Classic also coincides with the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. And once again, the Food and Wine Classic will include both Seminars and The Causeway.

The Beer Garden, which was first introduced in 2014, is also returning, and will offer a wide range of beers from all over the world as well as local brews!

Guests can also enjoy more than 40 tasting stations featuring dishes from the resort’s 17 restaurants and lounges as well as more than 30 wineries on the CausewaySeminars offer an immersive educational opportunity, as participants delve deeper into the crafting of beverages, food and beverage pairing, and cooking demos. Let’s take a closer look at both!

The Beer Garden

The Beer Garden

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies from the Australia Booth

We’re in “WE CAN’T WAIT” mode when it comes to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, and we’re already talking about it and planning for it!

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But since we can’t be there right now, it’s fun to cook up some of our favorite dishes at home! Lamb chops might not be an everyday kind of meal around your house – it certainly isn’t in the regular rotation at our house – but these Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies make a nice weekend dinner for the family.

Or maybe you’re planning a casual dinner party for friends – these would be the perfect main dish!

These aren’t too fancy or labor-intensive when it comes to grilling lamb chops – which is one of the reasons we love this recipe. It really is quick and easy, and since it’s one of the most beloved dishes at the Food and Wine Festival, we’re pretty sure it’ll be a winner at your house, too.

And the “potato crunchies” – well, that’s just a fancy name for crushed salt and vinegar potato chips! It doesn’t get easier than that!

Ready to expand your entree range in the kitchen and give your kids potato chips for dinner? Read on! ;-D

Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies

Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies

Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies

Australia Marketplace Booth
Serves 4

Ingredients:

Mint Pesto with Feta Cheese:
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon coarse salt, divided
3/4 cup olive oil, divided
1/4 cup mint leaves, washed and dried
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Lamb Chops:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
4 Australian lamb chops
1/3 cup crushed salt and vinegar potato chips, for garnish

Instructions:

For mint pesto with feta cheese:
1. Place garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 cup olive oil into a blender or food processor. Blend to a paste.

2. Gradually add mint leaves and pulse until emulsified. Gradually add remaining oil.

3. Adjust seasoning with remaining salt, as needed. Refrigerate until ready to use. Mix in feta just before serving.

For lamb chops:
1. Combine olive oil, pepper, and salt in shallow dish large enough to place the lamb chops in a single layer. Coat both sides of chops with oil.

2. Grill lamb chops, uncovered, over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, turning once, or until desired doneness.

To serve:
1. Spread 1 tablespoon pesto on each lamb chop. Sprinkle crushed potato chips evenly over each grilled lamb chop.

2. Refrigerate remaining pesto in sealed container.

Start Your Planning Today! The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book is now available for Pre-Order!

DFB Guide to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival sample pages

 

Want even more great tips? This 240+-page guide to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever. Order your 2016 edition today and get the 2015 edition for FREE, immediately!

Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist to carry with you as you Eat around the World!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a $3 discount!

Be sure to check our main Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page frequently for updates, and also check out Epcot Food and Wine Festival 101 for even more information about the festival!

Happy cooking!

Will you be grilling lamb chops for your next family dinner? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

Joffrey’s Master of the Roast Exhibit at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

We have another new experience to show you today from the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Joffrey's Presents Master of the Roast

Joffrey’s Presents Master of the Roast

We all know that Disney has really, seriously upped their game where coffee is concerned. Gone are the days when you couldn’t get a decent cup of coffee in the ‘World. And a lot of the credit for the transformation goes to Joffrey’s.

While you may be most familiar with Joffrey’s for the numerous kiosks that they operate throughout the Parks, their presence at Disney goes a lot further than that.

Stop for that morning latte or Americano at Contemporary Grounds, and you’re drinking Joffrey’s. Or the next time you savor that special roast at your favorite Disney Signature Restaurant, and you’ll be happy to know that Joffrey’s is responsible.

Happy, why? Because you can now also take their signature roasts home with you, thus extending the deliciousness of your vacay just a wee bit longer. [Read more…]

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival: 20th Anniversary Festival Merchandise

Sure, Eating and Drinking Around the World is a MUST DO at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. But don’t forget to save time for the shopping too!

Of course, there’s a TON of Festival Merch available this year — just like always.

But I mostly wanted to share with you the really special stuff that’s available to mark this year’s milestone 20th Anniversary.

Let’s take a look!

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise

Whether you’d like to wear your souvenir or eat and drink off of it, you’ll find just the right piece to take home with you.

Grey, long-sleeved T-Shirts bear the main logo of the 2015 20th Anniversary Festival.

Festival T Shirt

Long Sleeved Festival T-Shirt

We found a slightly different version in a short-sleeved, burgundy model as well. [Read more…]

First Look: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic 2015

Earlier this week, we had the chance to check out a sneak preview of some of the wonderful offerings at the 2015 Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic.

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The Swan and Dolphin Resorts’ companion event to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival kicks off TONIGHT! And if you haven’t gotten your tickets already, no worries — you can purchase them at the Will Call Table.

The Food and Wine Classic consists of two different offerings. You can attend informative seminars, where you can learn about everything from Cheese Pairings and Pasta Making to Wine Blending and how to make the perfect Caipirinha!

But there’s also the Causeway Grandtasting. Set up between the two resorts, the Causeway offers tasting-size portions of special dishes that represent all of the resort’s restaurants. There are also additional areas highlighting the diverse talents of the Swan and Dolphin Culinary Team.

I have plenty of new stuff to share with you, and there are some great food and drinks returning. Let’s take a look around at what the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic has to offer this year!

NEW! Carnival Corner

Carnival Corner will be a brand new addition to this year’s Food and Wine Classic! The area, inspired by sweets and treats from childhood, will showcase the Swan and Dolphin Food Trucks/Trailers.

Carnival Corner Food Truck -- Funnel Cake Truck

Carnival Corner Food Truck — The Funnel Cake Truck Is Ready To Go!

In this special area, guests can enjoy four different fun foods: Mac and Cheese, Corn Dogs, Funnel Cakes, and Nitro Kettle Corn! [Read more…]

Review and Preview: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Beer Garden

It’s almost time for one of our favorite events of the Fall season — the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic!

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The weekend food festival is celebrating its sixth year, and once again in 2015, it will be held over Halloween Weekend. If you haven’t already, mark your calendars for Friday October 30 and Saturday October 31.

The Classic began as a weekend companion event to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. It’s comprised of two major components: Food and Beverage Seminars, and the Causeway Grand Tasting.

Food and Beverage Seminars allow you to go in depth as you learn about a wine, beer, spirits, or even pasta. For more information, check out our reviews of the Modern Mixology Seminar and the From Base to Bubbles Seminar, two of the educational events that we’ve attended through the years.

The Causeway Grand Tasting invites guests to enjoy appetizer portions of dishes prepared by each of the restaurants located within the Swan and Dolphin. In addition to the restaurant tents, there are beer, wine, and sake tents located throughout the promenade.  [Read more…]

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Rockin’ Burger Block Party

Today, we are heading back to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival for a look at a brand new Special Event!

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One of the new events introduced this year is the Rockin’ Burger Block Party, and DFB has been at two of the parties.

Join us today as we share our experience, which includes visits with a few celebrity guests and an incredible variety of burgers.

And if you like what you see, there are still tickets left for the November 6th Party, which features Cake Boss Buddy Valastro! Just call (407) 939-3378 to make your reservations.

Atmosphere

The Rockin’ Burger Block Party sounds like it might take place outside…but no.

The event is held in World ShowPlace, the events pavilion that’s tucked away behind giant doors in World Showcase. If you haven’t been there before, you’ll find the entrance between the Canada and UK Pavilions.

Just look for the Events Cast Members, and they’ll point the way!

Entrance

Entrance

Check-in for the event is located inside the main entrance. The party actually takes place in the large room that’s beyond. [Read more…]

2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book Halfway Point Sale

Can you believe it?? We’re already over halfway through the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival in Walt Disney World.

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And we’re marking the occasion with a celebratory sale on our popular Disney Dining e-Books

Snap up your books now, and don’t forget to take advantage of the bundle discounts for your upcoming trips!

When you opt to get in on the celebration of savings, you’ll know our most recommended snacks, dining tips, and Disney food recommendations. See what other readers are saying about the DFB Guide Books HERE!

This Week’s Deals

We’ve done all the intensive work and research for you! When you get our Disney Dining e-Book bundles, you’ll arrive Walt Disney World with a well-tested strategy to save money, save time, and have the best Disney World trip possible. All you have to do is HAVE FUN! [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: The Parisian Afternoon — Sandwiches, Macarons, and Bubbles

We’re spending a leisurely afternoon at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

While we love taking a turn around World Showcase to try all the great eats, it’s always fun to take in a few of the Festival’s Special Events each year as well. And you can always count on a terrific experience when you book events in Epcot’s France Pavilion.

Join us today as we head up the spiral staircase for a special Parisian Afternoon at Monsieur Paul.

Atmosphere

Monsieur Paul is a hidden gem in Epcot’s France Pavilion. Nope — I’m not speaking figuratively. I mean, it’s actually hidden. To find it, head back through France as though you’re going to visit Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie. It’s a little easier to find than it used to be, though, thanks to the awning that bears the restaurant’s name.

Monsieur Paul Entrance

Monsieur Paul Entrance

You’ll find the check-in desk right inside the door. For Festival Special Events, the host or hostess will ask for your name, and then cross it off the printed list. At this time, you’ll head up the Art Nouveau staircase… [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Our Favorite Gluten Free Dishes for 2015

Sometimes, eating with food sensitivities or dietary preferences can be a bit of a drag. And that’s never more the case than when you’re on vacation.

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But once again this year, Disney is taking its commitment to offering gluten free options seriously at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

To that end, not only will you find some delicious dishes that don’t contain gluten; they’re clearly marked in the free Food and Wine Festival Passports that you can pick up at the Festival!

Today, we’re highlighting a few of the more interesting gluten free options that we’ve tried so far. And if you love sampling your way around the World sans gluten, check out our handy page listing ALL of the Festival’s gluten free options this year!

“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

Ok…this one’s a no-brainer! It’s a DFB restaurant favorite already.

But truly, this is the MOST wonderful time of the year — because you can get the “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce at the Canada Booth without an advance dining reservation!

Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

Deliciously satisfying, this is one dish that I never, ever want to share. Get your own if we’re Food and Wine-ing it together! [Read more…]