Epcot Food and Wine Festival Food Pictures and Review: Mexico and Germany Booths

We’re back with another 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival booth review today with pictures from two more favorite spots: Mexico and Germany!

Looking for your other favorites? Check out our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Pages!

Click on any booth or country name here for detailed information, menus, photos, and prices.

Mexico

This crowd favorite had some big menu changes in 2011 – and came out a winner! Many of the items from last year are back for 2012, and there are a couple of nice additions that I loved. Let’s take a look!

With the popularity of Mexico’s La Cava del Tequila, we’re seeing the first introduction of tequila shots at the Food and Wine Festival (score!).

And while the Tequila Flight, featuring Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo Tequilas is a bit pricey, it’s a great presentation and a fun way to compare different tequilas alongside terrific eats! This was a winner for me!

Tequila Flight: Tequila Blanco, Reposado and Anejo

I absolutely loved the ribeye taco last year, and this year’s Taco de Filete, featuring beef tenderloin and a medium-spicy Cascabel Pepper Sauce does not disappoint. The wilted scallion provides a nice punch of color and taste as well.

Taco de Filete with Cascabel Pepper Sauce and Scallions Served on a Flour Tortilla

The Crispy Shrimp Taco, back again from La Hacienda de San Angel restaurant, was a clear winner in 2011. It continues to [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Food Pictures and Review: Canada and Ireland Booths

Time to visit two of my most favorite booths — Canada and Ireland!

If you’d like to see full coverage of each Marketplace available at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, check out our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Pages! Just click on any booth or country name and you’ll see detailed information, menus, photos, and prices.

Here we gooo!

Canada

I was super excited when I found out that Canada would be offering one of my favorite Le Cellier dishes of all time – the “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce!

Mushroom Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

I was worried that it would be overdone, but not only was it perfectly cooked, there was actually plenty of truffle butter sauce! And that’s saying a lot, because I love it so much that I always order extra!

The much-loved [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Festival Center and Chase VIP Lounge Photo Tour

Greetings from the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! For those of you coming to Walt Disney World over the next month and a half for the festival, here’s a quick tour of the Food and Wine Festival Center!

Festival Center - Outside View

Located in Future World (within the old Wonders of Life Pavilion – go left at MouseGear), this is where you’ll head for many of the culinary demonstrations and seminars.

You’ll also find HGTV events here, as well as some terrific Festival merchandise.

Let’s take a little tour, shall we?

Festival Center Sign

Festival Center Attractions

When you come down the ramps to enter the building, you’ll find helpful Cast Members at the Information Booth ready to answer all of your questions and steer you in the right direction.

This is also where you’ll find your Food and Wine Festival Passports – great for gathering stamps to commemorate your mission to eat and drink your way around the World!

Information

The info booth is also where you’ll go to get wristbands for celebrity chef meet-and-greets and book signings. 2 signings per wristband this year!

The check-in area is where you’ll go when you’re ready to check in for any seminars or demonstrations that you’ve signed up to attend. TIP: Head to the check-in area if you don’t have a reservation for an event, but you’d like to attend. They just might have some openings!

Demo and Seminar Check In

This interactive [Read more…]

2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise

The Festival Center, headquarters for the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, is officially open!

Here are some of the fun souvenirs that you can take home to remember the 2012 Festival long after you’ve sipped and sampled your way around the World!

Food and Wine Festival Center Merchandise Display

Taste Your Way Around the World T Shirt

What are you planning on taking home?

Festival T-Shirts and Wearables

As always, the Festival is offering LOTS of different t-shirts in different styles for men and women. One of the coolest 2012 adds is the “Brews Around the World” line, which features this awesome t-shirt, sweatshirt, glasses, and a bottle opener. (We’ll show you the glasses in just a bit!)

Brews Around the World T Shirt

I love the color of this women’s shirt!

Women's T Shirt

And it’s about time we have a “Mission Around the World” shirt, [Read more…]

Best of the Fest: NEW Items at the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Booths

The time has finally arrived! Today is Opening Day for the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival in Walt Disney World!

Dessert Trio at Desserts and Champagne Booth

But, as many of you know, yesterday was a “soft opening” for the tasting booths in Epcot’s World Showcase…which means I GOT TO EAT STUFF!

Yep — I sampled just about every single item on the menus yesterday (yes, I’m very, very full), and I’d love to share some of my favorite NEW eats for 2012!

2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival NEW Favorites

Remember, if you want to see ALL of the photos I took yesterday and ALL of the food items available at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival this year, you’ll want to head over to our individual booth pages here.

Just click on the country you’d like to see and we’ll share both the menu and all of the food photos!

OK, let’s get started!

Spinach and Paneer Pocket at South Africa Booth

This is a brand new item at the festival this year, and I’ve definitely been looking forward to trying it.

Spinach and Paneer Pocket at South Africa Booth

A savory (and actually quite large!) pocket filled with ample amounts of spinach and paneer cheese, this vegetarian snack definitely makes the list. Get it in South Africa.

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

Well, I was definitely excited when I found out the Canada Booth was going to bring the fabulous Le Cellier filet with truffle butter sauce to the festival. But I was ecstatic when it turned out to be delicious!

Mushroom Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

I mean, come on — what if they overcooked it? What if there wasn’t enough truffle butter sauce? There was so much that could go wrong.

But it didn’t. The meat was tender and flavorful (and not overcooked — hooray!). And there was…dare I say it?…ENOUGH truffle butter sauce for me. ME! (That’s saying something, since I’m the person who orders an extra side of truffle butter sauce when I’m at the restaurant.)

Lemon Custard Verrine with Blueberry Compote at Desserts and Champagne Booth

You guys know how I feel about lemon curd…and how I feel about lemon curd paired with blueberries…so you can imagine how I feel about the Lemon Custard Verrine with Blueberry Compote at this year’s Desserts and [Read more…]

Tour the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival With Us…Online!

Hey there, Disney food fans!

2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Planter

The time is nigh for us to Eat Around the World at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

I’d love to have you follow along and share your thoughts with us on our social media channels this weekend!

Where’s AJ Today?

Here’s where you’ll be able to find me sharing updates, photos, videos, and more starting tomorrow and heading all the way through next week:

All aboard! I’ll be tweeting @DisneyFoodBlog World Showcase Booth photos and reviews this weekend. And don’t forget to tune in for some pics and notes from my first Cheese Seminar on Saturday!

Subscribe to us on the Disney Food Blog YouTube Channel where I’ll be posting fun updates and features from the festival!

Facebook.com/DisneyFoodBlog will offer pics and reviews as well. Don’t forget to check out Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fans on facebook for All Food and Wine Festival, All the Time!

We’ll be pinning our coverage of the Food and Wine Festival at Pinterest.com/AJWolfe! Keep an eye on our boards!

And, of course, you’ll find us right here at DisneyFoodBlog.com, putting together some fantastic posts all about our adventures at the Festival. These will include our favorite new additions to the festival, reviews of seminars and demonstrations, a special report from the Cranberry Bog, and more!

Don’t forget — if you’re headed to Disney World, our must-do DFB Sales of the Week this week offer incredible discounts on our Disney Food Blog e-Book Bundles, including our popular [Read more…]

NEWS!: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Prices, VIP Lounge, and More!

As we’re gearing up for the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival that starts this Friday, September 28th, we’ve got a few new updates for ya!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Prices and Disney Dining Plan Info Now Available

I’ve been hitting the pavement in Epcot to grab pics of all of the World Showcase Booth Menus and record prices for this year’s eats and drinks!

2012 Florida Marketplace Booth Menu - Click for larger image

You can check out our individual booth pages to see prices for the menu items as well as information on what’s available for a Disney Dining Plan Snack Credit this year!

Chase “Disney’s Visa Cardmember Lounge” Debuts in Epcot

Disney’s Visa Cardmembers will receive access to a new Chase Lounge in Epcot during the Festival!

Cardmembers and their guests can relax, enjoy a beverage, and rest up for more food and wine! Open 9am – 7pm each day of the Festival, the lounge is located on the Festival Center’s second floor. UPDATE: We’re getting word that this is open to ALL Chase cardholders, so it’s worth a shot even if you don’t have the mouse on your card.

For access, just present your Disney’s Visa Card.

New World Showcase Booth Construction Premiers

We’re always on the look-out for changes at the festival, and we’ve found some fun construction updates this year! At the World Showcase Marketplace Booths, it looks like three of our favorite spots have gotten a refurb.

Check out what seems like updated or even brand new booth construction for these countries: Argentina, Ireland, and New Zealand!

2012 New Zealand Marketplace Booth

New Gift Card Design Unveiled for the Food and Wine Festival

Food and Wine Festival gift cards work just like other Disney Gift Cards, but they’re so much more [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey from Greece

One of the surprise hits of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival last year was the Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey from the super popular Greece Booth.

I was so glad to see that this menu item is back at the booth in 2012! (To see more photos and Food and Wine Festival menus, be sure to check out our complete list of Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths, Menus, and Food Photos!)

Greece Booth

A perfect combination of sweet and salty flavors, this dish also introduces interesting textures into the mix with the griddled cheese and nuts. It proved to be so popular last year that distributors had a hard time keeping up with the demand — the dish sold out several times toward the end of the festival!

Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey at Greece Booth

If you’d like to sample this delicious option from the Greece booth, then be sure to line up early. But if you can’t make it to this year’s Festival or if they run out again, here’s a simple and yummy method for making this appetizer in the comfort of your own home!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS:
2 teaspoons finely chopped pistachios (about 10 pistachios)
12 ounces kasseri cheese*
4 teaspoons honey, for garnish
toasted baguette slices, for serving

INSTRUCTIONS: [Read more…]

“Countdown to the Festival” Sale: Celebrating Epcot’s 30th Anniversary!

There are only ten days left until the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival begins in Walt Disney World…and we’re celebrating with a brand new deal on our Disney Dining guidebooks! After all, Epcot’s 30th Anniversary is on October 1st and we want to honor this amazing park by offering our readers a fantastic Epcot-Centric deal.

So, in honor of Epcot’s 30th anniversary AND the countdown to the Festival, we’re offering savings on our Epcot Guidebooks!

Don’t miss a single highly-recommended snack! Get in on our “Countdown to the Festival” Savings now!

This Week’s Deals

This week, we’re introducing a brand new deal (and bringing back an old favorite)!

Stay tuned every week leading up to the Food and Wine Festival to see what bundles and e-Books go on sale next!

“Focus on Epcot” Bundle Sale

This Festival bundle packs in our DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival AND the The DFB Mini-Guide to Epcot Snacks!

This week only you can get these two incredible Disney Dining Guides together for $3 off using code THIRTY.

This Bundle is already sold at a discounted price (that’s what bundles are all about, right?), and offers a great deal to anyone headed to Epcot this Fall. But with our extra $3 off this week, you get a fantastic deal on these DFB guides.

Find out more about the “Focus on Epcot” Bundle here!

DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

And our Food and Wine Festival countdown month celebration also includes an amazing discount on our 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book !

This best-selling guide is yours this week for [Read more…]

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Countdown Sale! Back By Popular Demand…

We’re down to just a couple of weeks until the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival opens in Walt Disney World!

As you know, here at DFB we’ve been celebrating our countdown with sales on our Disney Dining Guidebooks, and this week we have one of our previous sales back by popular demand!

Want to make sure your visit to Walt Disney World is as delicious as possible? Come with us as we celebrate with a month of savings!

This Week’s Deals

We got requests from readers to bring back this particular offer for one more week, so here it is! Don’t miss your chance to take advantage of this great deal this week.

Disney Food Blog Guide Bundle

Our Disney Food Blog Guide Bundle is on sale for the FIRST time ever…AGAIN! ;-)

This bundle packs in all of our e-Books, including the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Guide, and this week only you can get $4 off using code SAVINGS.

This Bundle is priced at a huge discount already (over 25% off), offering a great deal to anyone headed to Walt Disney World. But with our extra $4 off this week, you get the best deal we’ve ever offered on the DFB. Find out more about the Disney Food Blog Guide Bundle here!

DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

And, of course, our Food and Wine Festival countdown month continues with an extra special discount on our best-selling 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book!

This 160-page Guide to the best Food and Wine Festival in the World is yours this week for [Read more…]