News: FULL Booth Menus Released for the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival!

The Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival is returning to Disneyland on April 1st! And you know what THAT means, don’t you?

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That means it’s time to start figuring out what you want to EAT the most! So, if you’re planning on attending the weekend-only Festival from April 1 through May 1, take a gander at the MENUS for the eight Festival Marketplaces, each of which will celebrate spring in California in their own way. [Read more…]

News! 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Preliminary Dates

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fans — it’s tiiiiiime!

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As you know, here at DFB we report as SOON as we have any Epcot Food and Wine Festival info. And today we have a FIRST LOOK at a couple of the artists you can expect to return for the 2016 Eat to the Beat concert series!

If you’re new to the Food and Wine Festival, here’s a little background. Eat to the Beat is a concert series that takes place during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which runs this year from September 14-November 14. The series features musical acts from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s each year, and concerts take place throughout most evenings of the Festival.

Since this partial list is preliminary, be sure to stay tuned to the Disney Food Blog for additions and/or changes to the schedule! We will bring you all the latest news first!

Eat to the Beat concerts are performed three times per evening, so you have three opportunities every night to see your favorite acts — at 5:30PM, 6:45PM, and 8:00PM.

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2016 Eat to the Beat Concert Line Up…So Far

Note: this schedule is subject to change.

September 16-18: Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas
October 20-21: Christopher Cross

We’ll be updating our Eat to the Beat Schedule Page as soon as we have more bands confirmed! Taking in an Eat to the Beat concert is a great way to unwind and continue the fun of the Food and Wine Festival into the evening. [Read more…]

News: Two NEW Challenges Join the Wine and Dine Half Marathon in 2016!

We don’t often report on runDisney news here at the DFB (unless it has to do with WHAT you’re going to eat BEFORE your race and WHERE you’re going to eat after to celebrate your accomplishment!).

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But we make a small exception for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon… ‘cuz wine. And DINE! And also because it takes place in tandem with the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, our favorite celebration of the year!

So we thought we’d chime in with some news about the 2016 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, which will take place November 3 – 6, 2016.

Here’s the RUNdown, along with details on two NEW challenges debuting this year!

Wine and Dine Half Marathon

First: the Half Marathon — typically a nighttime race — will take place in daytime hours moving forward, beginning at Epcot at 5:30 AM on Sunday, November 6th. An updated course will bring runners through Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Please note that the Post Race Party will take place on Sunday evening, and runners will have exclusive access during “later hours,” according to runDisney. (This is AWESOME, because it means you don’t miss out on party fun if you’re a slower runner…not that I have any experience in that department at all, of course. ;-D)

2015 Epcot Wine and Dine Medal

2015 Epcot Wine and Dine Medal

Wine and Dine 10K — NEW!

Second: a Disney Wine & Dine 10K has been added to the weekend, with Chef Remy on the way to host the race! The race will start at Epcot at 5:30 AM on Saturday, November 6th. (There will still be a 5K race as well :-D; Mickey’s Holiday 5K will take place at Animal Kingdom on Friday, November 4.)

Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge — NEW!

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Disneyland Food and Wine Festival Event Booking Now Available!

You KNOW how excited I am about the return of the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival, right? Well, if you’re with me on that — and can’t wait ’til it starts NEXT MONTH (!!!!!) — I’m happy to let you know that booking is now available for the Festival events!

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Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Events

There are currently two types of bookable events at the Festival this year: the Beverage Seminars and the Celebrity Kitchen events. Both can currently be booked at Disneyland.com and require pre-payment.

Beverage Seminars

DCAFWF Beverage Seminars are built to showcase the art and science behind some of the world’s most popular adult beverages. Up to 75 guests will enjoy a 45-minute lesson led by an expert winemaker, sommelier, brewmaster or industry expert. The outdoor seminars take place on the Sonoma Terrace at Golden Vine Winery and include up to 3 sample tastings!

When:   Fridays: 2:00, 4:00 & 6:00 PM
Saturdays: 12:00, 2:00, 4:00 & 6:00 PM
Sundays: 12:00, 2:00, 4:00 & 6:00 PM
Where:  Sonoma Terrace, located at Golden Vine
Winery, Disney California Adventure Park
Price:    $15 per person, plus tax

See a full list of Beverage Seminar dates, times, and presenters here!

Disneyland Food and Wine Festival Beverage Seminar

Disneyland Food and Wine Festival Beverage Seminar

Celebrity Kitchen

On Stage 17, celebrity chefs like Robert Irvine and Guy Fieri will entertain the audience with a 90-minute demonstration from a demonstration kitchen on the main stage.

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News! 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Offers 2 Full Months of Delicious This Year!

The countdown is ON for September 14, 2016. Why? Because THAT’S the day the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival begins!

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But it gets even better… because this year, the Festival has been extended to run 62 days. It won’t wrap up until November 14th. That means TWO FULL MONTHS of the Food and Wine Festival! (NOTE: The festival usually begins on a Friday, so the fact that it’s starting on a Wednesday this year is…weird. Stay tuned to DFB just in case they change their tune and start it on the 16th instead!) [Read more…]

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

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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!

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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.

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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…]