2011 Wine and Dine Half-Marathon Finish Line Party Brochure and Map!

Jut a couple of weeks until the Epcot Food and Wine Festival begins, and that means that those of us who have been training for the Wine & Dine Half-Marathon and Half-Marathon Relay get to anticipate the Finish Line Party!!

After running the 2011 Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, it’s time for fun at the Finish Line Party, featuring Epcot attractions and food kiosks from the 2011 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! The party will be held on Saturday, October 1, from 10:30 p.m.- 3:00 a.m.

runDisney recently published the the 2011 Finish Line Party brochure, which offers all of the details on attractions, refreshments, events, and more! (Did someone say Rose & Crown Pub??!??!?!?!)

Click the images below to see larger versions of the Wine & Dine Half-Marathon brochure and map!

Brochure and Map - click image for larger version

Finish Line Party Map - click image for larger version

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Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 18, 2011

2011 Hawaii Booth

We’re counting the days until the Epcot Food and Wine Festival officially opens!

Come see us at WDW Foodie Fest at the Beach Club on October 2nd between 11am-1pm!

Latest Disney Food News

WDW Foodie Fest — Two Weeks Away!

Do you enjoy food? Meeting with other Disney Food Fans? Scavenger hunts? Games? Stop by our WDW Foodie Fest events happening throughout the week from October 2-8!

Our Main Event, open to everyone, FREE, and serving Mickey Bars and other snacks, happens on October 2, 2011! See the schedule of events here!

The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book Reviews

We’re honored that our newest Mini-Guide is getting such positive reviews! Thanks to Magical Kingdoms for this quote!

Whether you’ve visited the Food and Wine Festival before or not, you’ll find useful information in this mini guide. …[The] format means it’s perfect for reading on the go, and taking with you to the parks for instant reference whilst at the Food & Wine Festival. …The guide is simply bursting with information and tips to help you get the most from the Food & Wine Festival.

Read the full review here! Thanks again to Magical Kingdoms!

And Now…On to the Round-Up!

WDW for Grown-ups asked their readers to chime in on their “can’t miss” Disney restaurants! Is yours included??

A Wedding Cake Blog gives us a dose of adorableness with this Mickie and Minnie cake topper!

Disney Hipster Blog inspires a new way to drink around World Showcase — introducing the Epcot Shandy!

Main Street Gazette does an awesome and thorough review of the Liberty Inn vegetable burger! Looks yum.

Epcyclopedia notes that Splitsville, the new bowling/dining/entertainment center in Downtown Disney, will begin construction soon!

Daydreaming Disney! shares how her WDW food passion was inspired by the Disney Food Blog! (Thanks, Emma!)

Disney Parks Blog highlights a new dining experience at House of Blues in Disneyland!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menu Item Videos!

Thanks to Stitch Kingdom for tipping me off to some very cool news for my fellow Epcot Food & Wine Festival fans! This year, Disney’s created videos giving sneak peeks of seven of the World Showcase booth menu items — including two brand new-to-the-festival items!

Check out full World Showcase Booth Menus and pictures of many of the World Showcase Food Items on our World Showcase Booths Index Page!

Strawberry Martini

This item hails from the Poland Booth. Check out the rest of the Poland Booth Menu items here!

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

This is a brand new dish at the festival, and you’ll find it at the new Caribbean Booth! See the rest of the Caribbean Booth Menu items here as well as a picture of the new Caribbean booth that was just constructed in [Read more…]

First Look: New Epcot Food and Wine Festival World Showcase Booths Are Up

The International Marketplace booths are being installed around World Showcase for the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

We’re adding the new booth photos to our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus pages as we get photos of them, so feel free to check them out while you’re planning your culinary trip around the World Showcase!

This Year’s New World Showcase Booths


The Portugal booth is the place to go for calamari this year; and don’t forget that there will be a wine bar right next door to this booth!

I love the tiled sign!

2011 Portugal Booth


Aloha! No plans to see Aulani any time soon? Then stop by the Hawaii booth in Epcot for Tuna Poke! Note the thatched roof and lava-rock walls on [Read more…]

WDW Foodie Fest Scavenger Hunt Sneak Peek!

Only 18 days until our second annual WDW Foodie Fest in Walt Disney World!!

As you know, we’ve already announced two more WDW Foodie Fest events (for a total of four!), but we’ve got more news today on our Main Event!

WDW Foodie Fest Main Event

Taking place on October 2, 2011, from 11am-1pm at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, the WDW Foodie Fest Main Event is an Open House full of food (just ordered even more Mickey Bars and Mickey Rice Krispie Treats for the menu!) and games (should you have the inclination). All are welcome!

But for those of you who are a bit more adventurous, we also prepare a WDW Foodie Fest Scavenger Hunt through the Epcot Food & Wine Festival! (Guests will need Epcot admission if they’d like to take part in the Scavenger Hunt.)

Scavenger Hunt Sneak Peek

Similar to last year’s Hunt, we’ll have two options: the “Grown-Ups” hunt and the “Family” hunt. Usually, kids over the age of 8 should be able to handle the “Grown-Ups” hunt — it’s just a bit tougher than the “Family” hunt, which is designed for younger kids to enjoy.

When you arrive at the WDW Foodie Fest, grab a Mickey Bar and head on out to Epcot with your Scavenger Hunt clues. Those who finish and get the correct answer to the master clue at the end of the Hunt will be entered in our drawing for prizes!!

Could ice cream be the answer?

This year’s Scavenger Hunt is nearing completion, and we wanted to give you a sneak peek at a couple of the questions! Do you know the answers…?

What is the street address number of La Hacienda de San Angel?

What Funnel Cake topping in the American Adventure pavilion costs just $1.00?

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Exclusive New Wines to Debut at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival

Wine lovers will want to visit the Enoteca Castello wine shop in the Italy pavilion during this year’s Epcot Food & Wine Festival, where they can sample two new wines exclusive to the Disney Parks.

For $6 per glass, they’ll be pouring these two new wines from the Sogno d’Ialia label, which means “dream of Italy”. If one (or both ;-)) are to your liking, bottles can be purchased at Enoteca Castello or The Cellar in the Festival Welcome Center for $16.95 each. The wines are made in [Read more…]

Fun Food-Related T-Shirts by 4Parks1Blog

Mark over at 4Parks1Blog has created really cute t-shirts that are perfect for anyone headed to the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, WDW Foodie Fest and/or the Swan and Dolphin Annual Food and Wine Classic.

I am a Leg Man

Fine Dining Shirt

World Showcase shirt

Foodie shirt

To order, visit this link. Prices range from $22.99 to $28.99 for Kids, Women’s, and Uni-Sex shirts. And there’s a Labor Day sale on right now!

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Coupons valid from 9/01/2011 to 09/06/2011 11:59 pm Mountain Time. Disney Food Blog does not receive any payment from purchase of these items.

Review: Catching Up With Disney Chefs in Chicago

I absolutely love when we get to publish posts like this. Disney chefs are often incredible stars in the culinary world, and it’s always fun to see where they’ve been and where they’re going! You don’t always expect the chefs behind a theme park kitchen to be trend-setters, but Disney hires only the best… . Welcome Werner Weiss from Yesterland with an interesting review of a recent cooking event in Chicago highlighting two folks with connections to Disney!

I had the pleasure of attending all five of the F.I.T. City Cooking Demos at the “Good Health is Always in Fashion!” event on August 26, 2011, at Macy’s on State in Chicago.

Macy's on State retains numerous references to when it was the flagship store Marshall Field's

The five featured Chefs — Ryan Hutmacher of the Centered Chef; Tom Douglas, who has ten restaurants in Seattle; Meg Colleran Sahs of Terzo Piano at the The Art Institute of Chicago; Randy Zweiban of Province in Chicago; and John State of Seasons 52 in Schaumburg, Illinois — all did a great job. The demos were all interesting and entertaining — and smelled good. Macy’s employees served samples of each Chef’s dish to the audience. The demos and samples were free.

You may wonder why this event should be of interest to readers of the Disney Food Blog. It’s because two of the participants have strong ties to Walt Disney [Read more…]

9 Top Tips for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is now less than a month away! And we asked Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fans on facebook to share their personal tips for navigating the festival!

We received some valuable information that has been Festival-tested! For example, Michelle O. shared a personal experience warning of the dangers of sipping around the world before attending a seminar on The World’s Sharpest Knife. Learn from her experience. Bring first-aid or sip AFTER the knife session!

Here are a few more tried and tested tips…

Tip #1: Share

Facebook Fans Michelle J. and Susan S. advise Festival-goers to share their eats with family and friends. Joline S. agrees: “Share what you buy so you have enough room to try more things.”

Heather P. likes to share too! “If you want to try more than one item at each booth have everyone that is with you order something different so that you all can have a taste.”

Sharing is Caring at the Ireland Booth: Lava Cake, Fisherman's Pie, and Meade

Tip #2: Meal Planning and Touring Strategies

Sometimes planning ahead and taking your time while at the festival are the best ways to make sure you’ll be able to sample everything that you want. (Psst… taking a look at our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus and Food Photos will help with the planning ahead!)

Christopher N. has mastered a dining (and grazing!) technique: “We plan a day where our lunch and dinner dining is at the festival booths. We start at one end of World Showcase with a preplanned idea of what items we want to try. We take our time and [Read more…]

Disney World’s Flying Fish Cafe Wine Dinners Announced

The Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort will be hosting Wine Dinners during the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival.

Five delicious dinners are slated, in addition to the Signature Dinner scheduled for November 3rd (which we’ve heard is sold out, but we hope it’s not)!

Add a Flying Fish Wine Dinner to your Festival touring plans for a truly memorable occasion. We absolutely adore Flying Fish Cafe, and I hope you will, too!

Flying Fish Chef's Counter

Wine Dinners Are On the Following Dates:

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