Disney Food Post Round-Up: October 2, 2011

Hooray! Today begins WDW Foodie Fest 2011, our annual Disney Food Blog meet-up!

For those of you in Walt Disney World, we hope to see you at Ariel’s Restaurant at Disney’s Beach Club Resort today between 11am-1pm. Our meet-up is free and we can’t wait to meet you.

For more details about WDW Foodie Fest, check out www.WDWFoodieFest.com.

Disney Food News

Here’s the latest in the Disney Food World this week…

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

More great reviews for our newest DFB Mini-Guide! We hope this book is helping lots of folks who are visiting the festival this weekend! Pick up your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book today!

Samland Disney recently reviewed the guide; here’s an excerpt:
Bottom line. If you are going to the Food and Wine Festival in 2011 then you should have already purchased this e-book. If not, but are a big fan of the event, you may want to consider buying it as it is one of the most comprehensive summaries of the festival with lots of photos.

Read the full review here! You can also see Sam’s review on MiceChat.com!

Here’s what Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups has to say:
I missed a lot of the festival last year trying to tackle it without a plan. Not this year though; I’ve downloaded the Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival to my iPhone and all the information I need will be right at my fingertips throughout vacation.

Read the full review here!

On to the Round-Up!

A Wedding Cake Blog features a Mickey and Minnie pumpkin cake topper. Fall cuteness!

Yesterland.com has his first Food & Wine Festival overview up!

Main Street Gazette reviews the new Columbia Harbour House menu!

AllEars.net Has gathered photos of Festival Merchandise as well! A cute Chef Goofy big fig is in the mix!

Karen and Mike Westfall posted a pic of their new little girl’s very first Dole Whip! I couldn’t help but post that!

First Dole Whip

Guest Review: Epcot Food & Wine Festival French Regional Lunch

Thanks to Brenda Meng, who writes a hilarious blog about food at her own Gastropod Travels, for putting together this detailed review of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival “Frunch” (French Regional Lunch) at Bistro de Paris on October 10, 2010!

Table Setting

I love the French… their fearless use of heavy cream, their puzzling adoration of Jerry Lewis, their glorious national obsession with cheese. Any country that manages to produce nearly 400 distinct cheese varieties gets a gold star in my belly’s book of delights –- in fact, it almost makes up for [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.

Disneyland Food & Wine Festival Twitter Contest

Disneyland is currently holding a twitter contest! Each week during Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival, Disneyland will be giving away 2 1-Day, 1-Park tickets and a $50 Disney Gift Card

Here are the details from the Disney Parks Blog:

As promised, here’s more information on how you can participate in Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival Twitter Sweepstakes:

1. Follow us on Twitter by going to twitter.com/disneyland.
2. To enter, reply between 12:01 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. (PT) Wednesday with #DisneyFWFest & “Enter me in Disney’s California F&W Festival Sweepstakes.”
3. Sweepstakes open to US residents 18 and over. No purchase necessary. 1 winner selected per week, on 4/14, 4/21 and 4/28/10. Void where prohibited. Please read the detailed rules to find out all the details.
4. Winners will be notified by direct message the day after such Wednesday sweepstakes, and such winners should follow the directions in that message. In order to win and receive a direct message from @Disneyland, you must follow @Disneyland. Winners must reply by email with their full name, email address, physical mailing address and phone number within 24 hours of the time of such winning notification. Tickets and Disney Gift Cards will be shipped to the winner overnight. Tickets must be used by May 31, 2010, the final day of the Festival, or their use will be forfeited.

Good luck! I’ll see you at the Festival!

Visit our F&W Festival page for more info on Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Kiosk Countries and Menus

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Click Here for 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus for the World Showcase Booths!

Below, you’ll find the 2009 Booths and Menus from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. While many are being duplicated for the 2010 festival, click on the link above to see full menus and photos for the 2010 Booths.

Come hungry, and sample some tapas-sized portions of these delicious items all the way “around the world!”

Athens, Greece
Location: Canada Pavilion

* • Greek Salad with Pita Bread
* • Spanakopita (Savory Spinach and Cheese Pastry)
* • Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki
* • Baklava
* • Beverage Selection: Boutari Moschofilero, Boutari Santorini, Kourtaki Mavrodaphne of Patras, Tsantali Rapsani

Bangkok, Thailand – NEW
Location: Africa Outpost

* • Chicken and Coconut Soup, with Mushrooms, Lemongrass & Ginger
* • Green Papaya Salad with Shrimp
* • Beverage Selection: Singha Beer

Barcelona, Spain
Location: Mexico Pavilion

* • Taste of Spain (Serrano Ham, Chorizo, Manchego, Olives, Tomato Bread)
* • Red Snapper Escabeche
* • Crema Catalana
* • Beverage Selection: Poema Cava Brut, Bodega Don Olegario Albariño, Poema Verdejo, Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial

Bologna, Italy
Location: Italy Pavilion

* • Pizza
* • Cannelloni
* • Polpetti (Italian Meatballs with traditional tomato sauce)
* • Beverage Selection: Prosecco, Chianti Placido, Pinot Sartori, Acqua Panna, Primavera (Strawberry, Banana, and Peach Slush)

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