Disney Food Post Round-Up: June 24, 2012

Fear NOT! The Cranberry Bog is back at this year's Festival!

Howdy all! It’s time for another fun round-up of the latest Disney food news and a few great Disney food articles from around the interwebs!

Disney Food News

Fun Disney Food info from this week…

  • Great news about the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Find out some of the new World Showcase Booth dishes, Chefs that will be at the Festival, new events, and more!
  • Fresh cut fruit, fruit bowls, Noodle Salads, and more vegetarian options now available at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.
  • Mortimer’s Market is open in Disney California Adventure in the Disneyland Resort!
  • Get a first look at Fillmore’s Taste-In at Cars Land, Disney California Adventure!

We’ve got more food news (including more info about the new food tent in Typhoon Lagoon and changes to the menu at Animal Kingdom’s Bradley Falls kiosk…plus LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

DFB Snack Attack Tickets On Sale June 26

Disney Food Fans, we’re excited to announce that tickets for this year’s WDW Foodie Fest SNACK ATTACK will be available for purchase on June 26th, 2012, at 12pm ET.

Last year, tickets sold out in under two hours! So plan accordingly. :-)

The Second Annual Snack Attack on October 3, 2012, will feature a tailor-made menu full of our favorite Walt Disney World snacks — all in one place AND an exclusive, private view of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth in Epcot! Click here to read more about this event and how to get tickets!

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

On to the Round-Up

AKL Resort.com serves up the recipe for Jiko’s Macaroni and Cheese!

Disney Tourist Blog shares how to maximize the value of the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan. This is super smart dining, folks!

Main Street Gazette heads to Jiko for the Grilled Berkshire Pork Loin.

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups suggests a date night at Epcot’s Mexico pavilion.

Gastropod Travels reviews a meal at Remy on the Disney Cruise Line!

WildernessLodgeSite.com has budget-friendly meals at a DVC villa.

Disney Parks Blog features new drinks at Disney California Adventure, summer treats at the parks, and more peeks at new DCA eats!

Disney’s Wedding Blog showcases a glittery Cinderella slipper wedding

2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival News: Menu Items, Events, and Chefs

Once again this year I had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing Chef Marianne Hunnel, a long-time Disney Chef who has been in charge of development for the Epcot Food & Wine Festival for the past 7 years!

For a bit of background on Chef Hunnel as well as some info about how the Epcot Food & Wine Festival comes together each year, be sure to read our 2011 interview of Chef Hunnel!

She’s truly one of the most joyful and delightful people I’ve ever spoken with — you can tell this woman is passionate about the Festival and about making sure that Disney guests are pleased with their experience, and that she has a blast doing her job.

Chef Marianne Hunnel

2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Taste Your Way Around the World

The Epcot Food and Wine Festival theme this year is: Taste Your Way Around the World, and it will take place from September 28th through November 12th — a whole 46 days!

As always, you should keep an eye on our 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival page for details throughout the summer. We’re updating all the time over there so that you have the latest news and information.

And, luckily, Chef Hunnel was able to tell us some interesting details that we get to share exclusively with you today! Here are a few fun secrets and tips to keep in mind if you’re headed to Epcot this Fall!

New and Returning Items at the World Showcase Booths

While many of the fan favorite menu items will be returning (yep — the Canadian Cheddar Cheese soup is back!), some booths will feature past menu items with a “twist,” says Hunnel.

For example, the steamed mussels at the Belgium booth will be slightly different than guests remember.

And it sounds like the Australian lamb chop will return with a mint pesto sauce this year (subject to change, of course).

Belgian mussels with garlic and cream

Germany will introduce a twist on the ham and cheese spaetzel with a new schinken noodle gratin dish.

Also, New Zealand has traded in the lamb slider for a lamb meatball with tomato chutney.

There will be around 12 dishes that will be completely new to the World Showcase Marketplace Booths this year! Here are just a few…: [Read more…]

2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival News: New Marketplaces and More!

As we mentioned in our recent round-up, the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival has upped the ante by one day this year — extending its original dates to September 28-November 12, 2012!

But that’s not all the new info we have about our favorite time of the year!

New Food and Wine Festival Marketplace Booths

This year, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival will debut a Vegan Marketplace Booth, called TERRA (which we reported on last week), and a new Florida Marketplace Booth!

TERRA Vegan Marketplace
At TERRA, guests will indulge in vegan specialties like Trik’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice and Chili Colorado with House Made Chips and Cashew Cheese (YUM!).

Chili Colorado with House Made Chips and Cashew Cheese

Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Florida Marketplace
The new Florida Marketplace will offer fresh local flavors with a twist! Check out this Florida Shrimp Ceviche with Fire Roasted Veggies and Crispy Plantains!

Florida Shrimp Ceviche with Fire Roasted Vegetables and Crispy Plantains

VIP Marketplace Chef Tours

This sounds like an amazing addition! On Wednesdays, Food and Wine Festival Chefs will host walking tours of the [Read more…]

Snack Attack is BACK! Save the Date: October 3, 2012…

Save the date on October 3rd at 8:30pm for Snack Attack, a returning Disney Food Blog WDW Foodie Fest event combining some of your favorite Disney World snacks and an incredible, private view of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth in Epcot!

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

And when I say “favorites,” I mean it! No boring, bite-sized desserts here! You’ve never seen a dessert party like this (well…unless you were there last year)!

What’s the Snack Attack?

The Snack Attack, Featuring DFB Favorites is a private, exclusive dessert and fireworks party that will be held on a private terrace at the United Kingdom pavilion, and DFB is working with Disney to provide a unique menu for the lucky attendees.

Last year’s event featured a dessert buffet with some classic Disney Food Blog favorites including…

School Bread from Norway at the 2011 Snack Attack

Starring Rolls’ Butterfinger Cupcakes
Classic Disney Popcorn
Animal Kingdom Lodge Zebra Domes
Mickey Ice Cream Bars
Norway’s School Bread
Writer’s Stop’s Carrot Cake Cookies
Boardwalk Bakery’s Cheesecake Brownies
Starring Rolls’ Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes

And [Read more…]

2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Debuts A Vegan Marketplace

Great news for those visiting the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival with a special diet!

As part of the World Showcase Marketplaces serving tapas-sized portions of International foods, the Festival is introducing a completely vegan kiosk this year! We’re hoping that means that special diets will be catered to more than ever before at this year’s event.

Vegan Marketplace at Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this year will introduce the first ever vegan-only “TERRA” marketplace, which will include dishes like this Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice Curry with Basmati Rice.

Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Stay tuned for more details about this exciting development. Here’s hoping nothing changes!

As always, Disney Food Blog is YOUR SOURCE for the most detailed information about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Check out our 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page for [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Series Announced!

Great news! The Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Series has been announced for 2012!

Interesting additions this year include:
Smash Mouth
Javier Colon
Blues Traveler
Dennis DeYoung from STYX

Check out our Eat to the Beat Concert Page for the whole line-up to see who will be performing when you’re at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival this year!

We’re working on gathering details and info, so stay tuned for the latest here on the Disney Food Blog!

Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 8, 2012

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar

Happy Easter! Lots of Disney food awesomeness happening around the world this week!

We got to see the concept art for the Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in Epcot, we’re reporting some great news about the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, we’re seeing new entrees added to the menus at several Disney restaurants, and more!!

Disney Food News

Here’s the latest…

We’ve got more delicious news on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

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Screen Shot of the Disney Restaurant Search Tool

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On to the Round-Up

WildernessLodgeSite.com stops by the Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge.

Magical Trash features the themed garbage cans at Columbia Harbour House.

Walt Disney World For Grown Ups visits the Bellevue Lounge at the Boardwalk Resort.

Main Street Gazette finds a meal combo deal at Joy of Tea in Epcot’s China pavilion.

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World shares a weekend of Walt Disney World eats.

Running at Disney reviews a pre-race meal at Via Napoli before running the Princess Half-Marathon.

Daveland fascinates us with an interesting look at the vintage Casa de Fritos once located in Disneyland’s Frontierland.

DisneyParks Blog hops over to the Grand Floridian for a look at the first-ever edible Easter egg display at this resort. These pieces are too beautiful to eat!

New Band Added to 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Roster

For Detailed Information about the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, click here!

UPDATE: The Full List of Eat to the Beat Concerts has been announced for 2012! Check out the list here on our Eat to the Beat Concerts page!
News is starting to trickle out about who’s going to be at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival on the America Gardens Theatre stage for the Eat to the Beat Concerts!

You can keep an eye on the list with us over on our Eat to the Beat Concerts page! But the newest info we have includes the addition of Smash Mouth to the list — a new band for the Concert Series — as well as the return of Gin Blossoms, The Pointer Sisters, Air Supply, and Starship!

Let us know if you see any new tour dates for us to add to the list! :-)

In the meantime, be sure to keep an eye on our 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival page; it’s being updated daily!

2012 Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon! runDisney invites you to a nighttime race that takes place during the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival.

Date: November 9-10, 2012 — note that the date has been moved from the standard first weekend in October this year!

I had an AWESOME time running the half-marathon relay last year with my friend Todd Perlmutter, and I’m hoping to be able to swing an extra Disney trip this year to run again!

Get ready to run under the stars as you race through Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Epcot. Along the way, find motivation from on-course entertainment as you set your sights on the finish line. It’s not over once your sporting that finisher medal! Celebrate your achievement at the after-hours race party at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.

Specially priced hotel rooms are also available for Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon participants! Stay at [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 1, 2012

Complimentary Champagne Toast at Victoria and Albert's Chef's Table

Happy New Year, everyone!! We hope your year is filled with delicious treats and lovely toasts, but most of all, we hope your year has a little Disney in it!

To start things out right, here’s a recap of the Disney Food news that’s been happening over the past week while we were all stuffing ourselves with fudge, cookies, and egg nog (oh, wait, that was just me?). ;-) Believe it or not, there were a LOT of developments last week!

Brand New Disney Food News

For more delicious food news, stop by our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis! And don’t forget to follow along on our 2011 Holiday Dining page!

On to the Round-Up!

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups hangs out at the Dawa Bar in the Animal Kingdom. Sigh — so relaxing!! One of my favorite places!

Tokyo Disneyland Club 33 Pins!

RocketNews24 shares six reasons Tokyo Disneyland’s secret restaurant Club 33 is awesome! I’m LOVING the pics in this one!

SamLand Disney takes a power lunch at The Brown Derby restaurant. Check out the vintage phones!

Gorillas Don’t Blog shares a vintage Disneyland photo of the Red Wagon Inn, Walt’s personal favorite restaurant in 1955.

AllEars.net celebrated 15 great years at the beginning of December, and did so with some delicious Disney food.

Main St. Gazette celebrates the season with some Pumpkin Fudge! Great pic, Ryan!

Disney Parks Blog shared recipes for two of Trader Sam’s holiday cocktails! If you can’t make it to Disneyland, make one at home!