Introduction to Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival

If it’s a Wednesday in May, it must mean…Mirror Image Post day!!! Hooray!!! That’s right, today you get a two-fer — Ryan from Main Street Gazette and yours truly here at the Disney Food Blog are reviewing “mirror-image” food topics in Disneyland and Disney World. This week we’re taking a look at Disney’s Food and Wine Festivals, and I get to talk about Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival — which is going on RIGHT NOW!

Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival Overview

Disneyland Resort’s Food and Wine Festival is a fun, diverse, and exciting six weeks full of celebrity chefs, California cuisine, artistic exploration, great wine, and good beer. And here’s something you might not know — the festival takes place primarily within the gates of Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park!

Chef Showcase Stage

This year, the Festival is celebrating its fifth anniversary! It’s still a rather small festival, but with blockbuster seminars from chefs like Guy Fieri, Cat Cora, Keegan Gerhard, and Robert Irvine, along with fantastic wine and beer walks, tastes of incredible California ingredients, and a hip, “never-know-what-to-expect-next” atmosphere, the Festival fits its location and fills its six week stint perfectly.

How do you know what’s happening, and when? Disney has it [Read more…]

Name Revealed for “Hacienda de San Angel,” Werther’s Comes to Epcot, and Other News

Just wanted to share a few more tidbits of news about the newest restaurants in Epcot’s World Showcase as well as some other Epcot food news!

Via Napoli and Hacienda de San Angel

First, as you know, Epcot will be revealing two restaurants this fall: Hacienda de San Angel is the new name for what was known as the Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico pavilion. This location will serve as a counter service eatery during the day, and a table service eatery at night.

Via Napoli, in the Italy pavilion, will be a brand new 300-seat restaurant in Epcot’s World Showcase. The recent news is that the wood-fired pizza ovens in the restaurant will represent three volcanoes in Italy!

The two will open in September, and should be added to Disney’s Advanced Dining Reservations availability in July or August, according to the announcements made at today’s D23 Flowers and Fireworks event.

Stay tuned this week for even more details and announcements about Via Napoli and Hacienda de San Angel! To follow the News stories about these restaurants, check out these links:
Cantina de San Angel construction pics
Cantina de San Angel Concept Art Released
More News on Cantina de San Angel refurb and Via Napoli
Naples Review: Is this What We Can Expect From Via Napoli?
Via Napoli Concept Art Released
Our Guess on the Italy Pizzeria Menu
Italy Pizzeria Construction Pics
Disney Parks Blog Confirms Pizzeria

Werther’s Candy Store Comes to Germany

Word is that Germany’s Goebel Shop in the World Showcase will become a Werther’s Candy Shop by September, 2010. While you’re waiting, check out what it might look like via this The Disney Blog link — seems that Werther’s has shot candy commercials in Epcot’s Germany, turning that exact store into a Werther’s shop…

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates

As you know from our previous post, it looks like Belgium and South Korea will be joining the other country-specific booths on Epcot’s World Showcase Promenade this Fall at the 2010 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

Belgium, Singapore, and South Korea Rumored to be New 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

According to the twitter feed of a friend at the D23 Flowers and Fireworks event this weekend, we’ve learned some exciting new information about the 2010 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!

As you know, the festival revolves around dozens of country-specific tasting booths, which are set up along the World Showcase Promenade. Every year, Disney World has added one or two new booths to the mix (last year, we got to sample Thailand and Brazil).

Word is that this year, Epcot will be introducing Belgium, Singapore, and South Korea to the line-up! (I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping for chocolate in that Belgium booth!)

There are other surprises, too! Disney’s introducing a special 3D Dessert party and more! Stay tuned to our Epcot International Food and Wine Festival page for the latest info!

Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 16th, 2010

Disney's California Food & Wine Festival Discoveries

Welcome to the round-up this week! Some pretty cool news popped up this week — Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports is selling tickets to the Wine & Dine Half Marathon’s After-Party! Let me know if you’ll be there!

And we’re still adding posts to our coverage of Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival — check it out!

Finally, be sure to check out our Guide to WDW Table Service Restaurants! It includes detailed information about every table-service restaurant as well as an index of Disney Food Blog mentions of each restaurant! Very useful if you’re planning where to dine in Disney World. Now — on to the round-up!

Progress City USA has a pretty “juicy picture” from 80’s Disneyland…

Cakewrecks has a series of “Mickey wrecks.”

Touring Plans heads to Jiko in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

etckt has more great photography in his review of Italy’s Tutto Italia.

The Disney Blog has news of progressive kids’ cooking classes in Downtown Disney on June 12th.

Main Street Gazette showcases one of our favorite menus in Disney World.

Meet the World has an awesome series on Club 33 in Disneyland: Part I: Before Arriving, Part II: Arriving and Exploring, Part III: the Food.

Theme Park Insider visits Disneyland’s Troubadour Tavern.

Only WDWorld shares a tour of Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge — this is a tour anyone can take, so feel free to visit yourself!

Chip and Co shares some favorite counter service meals in WDW.

The Coolest Coke Machine You’ve Ever Seen

Microdosing technology. PurePour. RFID scanners. On-Board Computer. Wondering what I’m talking about? A Coke machine, of course. And it’s right there for you to try at Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival!

Coca-Cola has been hard at work developing a technologically superior machine that doesn’t just offer 6 choices…it offers 106 choices. You want orange Diet Coke right now? You got it. Wanna mix it with lemon or grape Fanta? Go right ahead! (Cool, right?) We stumbled across this machine when we were sampling some of the California Food & Wine Festival signature items at the Festival Center in the back of Disney’s California Adventure. I had no idea how to use it at first, but once you get up there and start pressing buttons, it’s pretty “intuitive.”

Freestyle Coke Machine in Disney's California Adventure

Close-Up of Coke Freestyle Machine

The machine has three steps: [Read more…]

Wine and Dine Half Marathon News!

Good news! If you want to celebrate with your favorite runners after Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon on October 2nd, you can now purchase Wine and Dine Half Marathon after-party tickets for $35 per ticket! Just call 407-WDW-IRUN for details and to order your ticket. (They’re saying we’ll get some great after-hours access to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, too!)

Also, FYI, the Wine and Dine Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay races are now both 50% full, so get your registrations in soon!! You can also still register for the Mickey’s Halloween Family Fun Run 5K, taking place on the morning of October 2, 2010.

We’ll see you there!

My After Party Ticket

(hat tip to StitchKingdom)

Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 9, 2010

Welcome to the Disney Food Post Round-Up! The big news this week: FREE DINING! Yep, it’s been announced. Check out the details for 2010 Disney World Free Dining Promotion right here. AND, if you’re in a humorous mood, check out my tongue-in-cheek “pros and cons of free dining in Disney World,” which I wrote up last year!

Also, I’m home from a wonderful week exploring Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival and will continue posting coverage of the event throughout the month, but you can check out information about the Festival and my posts to date here! Now — on to the round-up!

Cakewrecks has an awesome series of Star Wars cakes in honor of Star Wars day. (BTW, don’t forget to check out the latest Star Wars Weekends info over at Studios Central!)

Family Rambling has a great recap of her weekend eating around Walt Disney World!

Playground Magazine has a Q&A with managing editor Jenny Fauser, who discusses great tips for Dining in Disney World.

Main Street Gazette visits the Main Street Confectionery in Disney World! (Note: Main Street Gazette and Disney Food Blog will be blogging about “mirror image” locations in Disney World and Disneyland throughout the month of May, so stay tuned! Click the following link to see my corresponding piece for this week about Disneyland’s Candy Palace.)

Babes in Disneyland has everything you ever wanted to know about Disneyland Corn Dogs!

Theme Park Insider poses some interesting answers to the question, “What would you do to help make theme park food better [read: healthier] for visitors?”

Tikiman Pages has some favorite recipes from the Polynesian Resort! (Sorry, Tikiman! Hadn’t seen this page before or I would have posted it sooner!)

Vintage Disneyland Tickets has a 1969 train menu from the Union Pacific Railroad Streamlined “Domeliner” service to Los Angeles, which features Disneyland on its front and back covers! (OK, argue if you want that this isn’t “Disney food,” but it’s cool and you know it.)

Disney Every Day has a Sushi review at California Grill in Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Chip and Co has a review of Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

The Orlando Sentinel brings us a blast from the past — a Lau Lau Clams recipe originally from the Papeete Bay Verandah’s dinner buffet! (Thanks to George Taylor from Imaginerding.com for the tip!)

And if that’s not enough reading for you, be sure to check out the DisMarks Disney Blog Carnival 3rd edition! There’s tons of great Disney articles from both new and veteran Disney bloggers. :-)

Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival — Merchandise

Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival has some fantastic merchandise for sale! You can find aprons, button-down shirts, t-shirts, pins, coasters, artwork, and more — all showcasing Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival’s tagline, “The Art of Flavor.”

You can find merchandise in several locations throughout the Disneyland Resort, including the Food and Wine Festival Center in Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park, the gift shop in Disney’s Grand Californian Resort and Spa, and the Food and Wine Festival merchandise cart in the center of Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park. Here are a few of our favorite items:

Must-Read: DisMarks Disney Blog Carnival #3

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For those of you who enjoyed the first and second Disney Blog Carnivals, the third edition has been published!

Just head over to DisMarks to see lots of great articles and blog posts about your very favorite subject — Disney!

By the way, a blog carnival, in case you haven’t seen one before, is a collection of posts submitted from different bloggers on a similar topic. It often takes place weekly or monthly, like an online magazine.

DisMarks.com is a Disney-focused social news website where you can go vote for your favorite Disney articles and blog posts. They launched a brand new Disney Blog Carnival a couple of months ago, which is scheduled to occur about every two weeks — so stay tuned for even more great Disney articles all in one place.

If you’re a Disney blogger and want to participate in the next Disney Blog Carnival, everyone is welcome. Submissions for the next carnival are due on May 15th, and you can submit your articles or blog posts right here.

Snack Attack: Matterhorn Macaroon

Check out this fun addition to the Blue Ribbon Bakery in Disneyland!

Matterhorn Macaroon

This Matterhorn Macaroon, named and shaped after the famous Matterhorn mountain icon in Disneyland, is a new arrival on the snack scene in the west coast park.

A “mountain” of coconutty goodness dipped in white chocolate “snow,” it’s a fun reminder of the other times Disney’s made edible representations of their well known iconic structures — castles, Mickey Mouse, and Spaceship Earth being just a [Read more…]