Review: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Beer and Pizza Tasting Event

Beer lovers beware! Beer and Pizza Tastings at Via Napoli in Epcot’s Italy is a new event being offered at this year’s 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

We got a chance to head to the very first one last week, and we really enjoyed ourselves! Here are the specs on these new-this-year events:

When: Tuesdays from 2-4pm
Where: Via Napoli, Italy, Epcot
Pricing: $50, plus tax. Gratuity included.

All beers

Atmosphere

We checked in for this event at the regular podium at Via Napoli and were then escorted into the side room at the restaurant (the side room had recently been enclosed — it was all open to the elements last year when the [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Food Pictures: Canada and Australia Booths

It’s time for more 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival booth food pictures! Today we’re headed to two of the most popular booths at the Festival — Canada and Australia!

As always, if you want to see full coverage of each booth, check out our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Pages! Click on any booth or country name for detailed information, menus, photos, and prices.

Australia

Australia brings back the favored lamb chop for the third year in a row, pairing it this time with a potato-goat cheese salad, which is quite good! A fun flavor and great texture. Again, the lamb deserves all of the accolades it’s getting.

Grilled Lamb Chop with Potato-Goat Cheese Salad and Shiraz Reduction -– $5.75

A surprise winner for me at the festival this year was the Shrimp on the Barbie with Pepper Berry Citrus Glaze. The shrimp were very well-cooked and I really enjoyed the (more spicy than I expected) glaze!! Great flavor on these.

Shrimp on the Barbie with Pepper Berry Citrus Glaze -– $4.50

And, again, the Lamington is a fantastic dessert. Offering three different textures and flavors — moist sponge cake, rich chocolate ganache, and coconut — it’s like eating a [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Center and More Merchandise

It’s a rainy day here at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, so what better thing to do than shopping? We stopped at the Festival Center to see what we could find! Please excuse the smartphone pics — the rain was coming down pretty hard and I didn’t want to risk the DSLR!

Over at Tasteful Chapters, you’ll find the cookbooks from this year’s Festival presenters as well as plenty of other interesting food and beverage books. There are also some nice comfy couches and chairs for relaxing.

The Intermissions Cafe is the perfect place to grab a bite between seminars!

Intermissions Cafe

Intermissions Cafe Menu

Over at the Festival Center merchandise area, we found some great new items.

Back again this year are bags made out of recycled banners from last year’s Food and Wine Festival! This year there are small make-up bags and large messenger bags for sale.

Make-up bags recycled from last year's banners

Recycled Messenger Bags

These always go super quick, so make sure to get them now! (The cast member told me that they’re selling through them rapidly this year as well.)

If you’d like to try to order them via Disney World Mail Order, here are the UPC [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Food Pictures: Portugal and Scandinavia Booths

It’s time for more 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival booth food pictures!

As always, if you want to see full coverage of each booth, check out our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Pages! Click on any booth or country name for detailed information, menus, photos, and prices.

Today, let’s take an in-depth look at Portugal and Scandinavia!

Portugal

A brand new booth this year, Portugal brings some very different tastes to the Festival. We started out with the calamari salad with fennel, olive oil, and smoked paprika. The flavor here mostly comes from the fennel and olive oil, but the dish is unlike any other at the Festival!

Calamari Salad with Fennel, Olive Oil, and Smoked Paprika

The Pastel de Nata in Portugal is a fun and unique dessert. Basically a custard in a crust, the simple, light flavors tasted like vanilla to me! Definitely worth a try.

Pastel de Nata

The Linguica Sausage with onions, peppers, and olives (mostly olives…) was outstanding. A super-spicy sausage accented with delicious flavors from the vegetables made for a hearty and savory dish. This was my [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Food Pictures: Hawaii and Caribbean Islands Booths

It’s time for more 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival booth food pictures! As always, if you want to see full coverage of each booth, check out our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Pages! Click on any booth or country name for detailed information, menus, photos, and prices. We also wanted to share quick reviews of the booths during the festival.

Today — we’re off to two brand new World Showcase booths: Hawaii and the Caribbean!

Hawaii

Hawaii delights with a delicious pork slider this year — the added sweet and sour Dole pineapple chutney and spicy mayonnaise add even more layers of flavor.

I really liked this one, and was surprised to see pineapple baked into the roll!!

Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise -- $3.00

The Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad is less “up my alley” than the pork slider, but it was very fresh and high-quality. I’ve been hearing raves from seafood lovers!

Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips -- $3.75

The Mai Tai in Hawaii was lovely!! This is a must-buy for those [Read more…]

Food & Wine Festival Merchandise at Disneystore.com

Epcot International Food and Wine Festival merchandise is on sale at Disneystore.com!

No plans to visit the festival this year? Bring the festival to your home with one of these commemorative items. Did you tour the festival and forget to get a souvenir? Order your favorite items now by clicking the appropriate links below!

Sold Out items have been noted. Check back frequently to see if new inventory is available!

Four unique stemless wine glasses perfect for toasting your Food & Wine memories!

Stemless Wine Glasses

Cheers to Food and Wine with these two wine glasses!

Make a toast!

Wine lovers will adore this [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Food Pictures: Brazil and Mexico Booths

We’ve been exploring the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival booths for a few days now, and you can see photos of just about every food and drink menu item available on our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Pages! But we also enjoy sharing quick reviews of the booths during the festival.

Mexico
Mexico is a true winner this year. The booth brought out a favorite from the La Hacienda de San Angel restaurant — shrimp tacos!

Crispy Shrimp Taco -- $3.75

The rib-eye tacos were MY favorite, though. (Are you surprised? I’m pretty sure my middle name is rib-eye at this point.) Flavorful and tasty!

Rib Eye Tacos -- $5.50

The flan was a [Read more…]

First Look! 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Merchandise

We gave you a sneak peek of some of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise here, but, as usual, there are a few more pieces added in once you arrive at the Festival Shop in the World Showcase!

As always, read all about the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, see booth menus and photos, and more, on our Epcot Food and Wine Festival pages!

Food & Wine Festival Coffee Mugs

The Food and Wine Festival Cookbook is extremely popular every year, and they only sell it for a limited time! Check out the UPC code below and order one! To order, call 407-363-6200 or email wdw.mail.order@disneyworld.com to place an order.

2011 Food & Wine Festival Cookbook

Price and Code for Cookbook

And are we surprised to see [Read more…]

Disney Launches Food & Wine Festival App

Bring your smartphones to the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! There’s a new Food and Wine App! Just scan the QR code (looks like Spaceship Earth!) found on any of the booth menus at the festival.

2011 Caribbean Menu -- see the QR Code at the upper right

This app will give menus and prices for each booth, the videos we highlighted here, and recipes. Find out what events are being offered and if the event that interests you is still available or sold out. Look for concert schedules, food locations, and social media sharing tools.

QR code for Food and Wine App

Of course, we just have to mention that the Disney Food Blog is STILL your resource for World Showcase booth food photos — these are not yet available on the Disney app as far as we can tell! ;-) We’ve updated our individual booth pages with this year’s menu photos and pricing, too!

We’ll see you at the Festival!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Photo Tour

During a short (and sweaty) walk about the “circle” today, I snapped some shots of the new Epcot Food and Wine Festival signs and booths that are starting to appear in World Showcase!

International Gateway Signage

Here are a few of the new booths this year: Hawaii, Caribbean, Portugal, and Craft Beers!

Hawaii Booth

Craft Beers Booth

Caribbean Booth

Portugal Booth

The booths this year have a “scan” function on the menu for your smartphone. As far as I can tell, it just uploads the menu to your smartphone. Will have to try it this [Read more…]