Well, we lost the REAL Disneyland Food and Wine Festival this year, but those lucky enough to live near Disneyland or who happen to be on vacation there at the moment can consider taking part in the mini “Food and Wine Festival” that is happening at three of Downtown Disney’s Restaurants through June 3rd!
According to the Disney Parks Blog, Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival will not be held in 2011 and 2012. This decision is due to the significant construction happening in Disney California Adventure over the next two years and the difficulty it presents for an event like the Food & Wine Festival.
This festival, which just celebrated its 5th year in 2010, was much loved by Disneyland devotees and Disney food fans the world over. And after five years of climbing the ranks of American food festivals, bringing some incredible celebrity names to the table, and delivering what I felt was a very special event that only a place like Disneyland could produce (i.e. it was hip), I’m sad to hear that it will be postponed (just postponed, right, Disneyland? I know you didn’t say for sure it was coming back, but it is, right? It is???).
My feeling when I visited the festival in 2010 was that Disneyland had gained a lot of ground over the past five years and was poised to grow the Food and Wine Festival into an even bigger success. I’m very sorry to hear that the potential is now there to lose ground on the progress and traditions that they’ve made, but I also know that Disneyland clientele will welcome the festival back with open arms if and when it re-appears.
I know I’ll be there.
In the meantime, you can check out our coverage from Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival 2010 here.
Only a week left before my trip to WDW. There will be lots of updates of course, but for now, let’s go over the news…
- Pricing reduced for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Grape Getaway by $300 per person.
- La Hacienda de San Angel is scheduled to open to walk-ins on September 16th. Reservations will be bookable for after October 15th.
- The Muppets are teaming up with Cat Cora in the new Muppet Kitchen!
- Say goodbye to your favorite DCA farmer’s market restaurants…
- Check out our exclusive sneak peek at the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic tasting menu, with photos!
- “Eat at Flo’s and Get Gas!” proclaim the new Cars Land billboards lining the upcoming park area.
And now, on to the Round-Up!
What Now Kathie?! shares her updated recipe of Le Cellier’s Cheddar Cheese Soup!
Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily offer up the Frito Kid in acrylic paints!
Caribbean Beach Resort Fan Site and members from its facebook page offer a tribute to the Banana Cabana Pool Bar!
Main St. Gazette offers tips for touring the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
The Contemporary Resort Fan Page gives an overview of lunch at the Contemporary Resort.
Disney Parks Blog showcases the Haunted Mansion’s Halloween Holiday Gingerbread House!
Pee Dee Foodie remembers the day Tigger took his hat at Crystal Palace.
Touring Plans‘ blogger Caroline Baggerly anticipates her run and gives tips regarding the Wine and Dine Half-Marathon in Disney World.
Two Boos Who Eat offers a personal review of the 2010 Disneyland Food and Wine Festival.
Tom Bricker gave me permission to show this awesome time-lapse Beaches and Cream Kitchen Sink video! Enjoy:
More Disney Food News than you can shake a stick at this week, folks. Here’s our weekly news round-up to start off:
- Belgium, Singapore, and South Korea join the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Marketplaces
- Disney adds new events to the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival schedule, including a 3D Dessert Party…
- Hacienda de San Angel (the new name of Cantina de San Angel) and Via Napoli come out with exciting news, new cast member costumes, photos, and tastings this week!
- Disney’s Newest Patent: Does This Mean the End of Refillable Mugs in Disney World?
Whew! Are you all news-ed up? Me, too. Now on to the Disney Food stories of the week from around the web. Sit back, relax, and enjoy…
Parkeology has a very cool look at an outdoor cafe in Epcot’s France, which isn’t quite as outdoor as it used to be…
Designing Disney shows us the imagineering behind Victoria’s Home Style Restaurant in Disneyland Resort Paris.
At About.com: Theme Parks, my good friend and theme park guru Arthur Levine showcases his video about some great Disney World restaurants.
The DVC Life hashes out the fair/unfair conundrum regarding DVC members and free dining.
Kati’s Kupcakes showcases her newest Disney-themed sweet treat: Princess Cupcakes. But if Tinkerbell is your favorite, check out…
Disney Everyday, where you’ll find the creation of a Tinkerbell cake and cupcakes!
disUnplugged shares a trip to Disneyland’s Downtown Disney restaurant, Catal, for breakfast.
Also, Disney Parks Blog shares the secret to making their Minnie Mouse caramel apples:
Finally — don’t forget, this is your last full week to enjoy Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival! You can see our ever-evolving coverage along with a full schedule of events on our Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival Info Page.
Bonjour, my foodie friends! This weekwe heard about the Disney Dream’s exclusive adults-only restaurant — Remy! If you’re booked for a Disney Dream cruise, I’d love to hear if Remy will make the cut for your dining arrangements. (Check out the full press release and photos at StitchKingdom)
And don’t forget — Disneyland’s Food and Wine Festival starts THIS COMING WEEKEND! (Check out DisneyGeek’s cool pic of the Festival Showplace banners!) You know I’m gonna be there in just two short weeks to start my reporting, but in the meantime, check out all the exciting events that are scheduled to take place: Disney’s 2010 California Food and Wine Festival.
Finally, I want to take a moment to thank and “toast” a brilliant person, Alain Littaye, who has written one of my favorite Disney-related blogs, Disney and More, for three years. I’m sad to see the blog end, Alain, but I look forward to seeing your stamp on many Disney-related projects in the future. Thank you for sharing your immense knowledge of and interest in Disney with your readers.
And now, on with the Round-Up!
The WDW Today Podcast kindly brought me on as a guest last week to discuss Food Quality vs. Atmosphere in Disney World Restaurants. I clearly need to take some public speaking lessons, but the discussion is still very interesting!
Disney World Basics looks at one of Disney’s strategies to create healthier options for dining in the parks — Kids’ Picks!
Main Street Gazette heads over to the Rose and Crown Dining Room for a delicious dining review!
The DVC Life takes a look at whether Jiko in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is worth the $100+ price tag.
Chef Druck Musings shares some secrets about her favorite character meals in Disney World.
Thanks to Zannaland for posting this very cool interview about a fellow blogger! (Wink, wink) The ensuing comments about tart-n-tiny candy is my favorite part.
The Disney Blog reports the potential shuttering of the final Goodings Supermarket near Disney World.
Disney Parks Blog celebrates the top honors received in Orlando Magazine by several Walt Disney World restaurants.
The Disney Chick makes Gourmet Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies from the Main Street Bakery. Go on. You know you want to click.
OC Register has a fun story about what Disneyland’s doing with the leftover fry oil from their kitchens! Here’s a hint: it has to do with Park transportation… .
Chip and Co shares some dessert options for people with Diabetes dining in Disney World restaurants.
DisUnplugged heads to Disneyland’s Plaza Inn for dinner!
Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival takes place at Disney’s California Adventure Park from April 16 to May 31, 2010. The festival includes delicious culinary demonstrations, wine seminars, celebrity chefs and more — all highlighting the wonderful dishes California has to offer along with a look at international cuisine.
Like Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, some events are included with Park admission, others require separate tickets and reservations.
What Can I Do There?
Here’s just a sampling of the events available at the 2010 Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival. To see ALL of the events available, including dates, times, prices, and reservation information, visit our Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival page!:
- “Taste of California” Marketplace: Sample unique foods created specifically for the festival, wine and beer pairings, and tapas-sized portions of gourmet items.
- Chef Showcase Stage: See celebrity and noted chefs, including chefs from the Disneyland Resort, showcase their expertise!
- NEW! Brewmaster Dinner: The Karl Strauss Brewing Company hosts this delicious and educational event, where gourmet dishes are expertly paired with, well, suds
Date: Friday, May 7
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Steakhouse 55
- Napa Rose Cooking School: Chef Andrew Sutton enlightens guests, leading them through the creation of a 4-course meal. (I hope it includes that hot cocoa he made on the Guy Fieri Disneyland Holidays show!)
Date: Saturdays, April 17, May 1, 8, 15 and 22
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Napa Rose, Disney’s Grand California Hotel®
- Wine, Beer and Spirits Education and Tasting Seminars: Seminars will be led by noted winemakers, brewers, and distillers. Some will also include Disneyland sommeliers.
- Junior Chef: A favorite from previous years, this is cooking class for chefs ages 11 and under.
- Festival Wine Walks: This is a lot like the World Showcase Wine Walk in Epcot! Each walk allows you to purchase a tasting passport and select up to four tastes from around the world, or from a single region.
- Festival Beer Walk: Sample beers, lagers, and ales from around the world.
- Much More!!: Remember: these are just a few of the options available during the festival! Check out our Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival page for ALL of the details, including times, dates, prices, and reservation information!
I’ll see ya there!
Now, everyone’s posting some really fun things about Disney food in the past couple of weeks, so I can’t wait to share the latest with you.
First, however, I need to share some news — one of my favorite counter-service offerings, Animal Kingdom’s Picnic in the Park, will become a “seasonal” offering after January 2, 2010. “Seasonal” in Disney-speak can mean anything from open once a decade to open all the time except when it rains, so we’re not really sure what it means in this case.
Now, on to the Round-Up!
Daveland Blog shares some cool Blue Bayou photos from Disneyland.
Samland’s Disney Adventures shares a fun imagineering detail about Tony’s Town Square, which includes information about Le Chapeau next door, Walt Disney, Lillian Disney, and a puppy… .
The Disney Blog has an awesome story about a giant Wall-e made of donated food cans, which will eventually benefit local food banks.
Cake Wrecks reminds us that even though a lot of us are getting fatter, our character cakes are getting fatter, too!
Imaginerding found some interesting books at Animal Kingdom’s Restaurantosaurus…
Teacups and Toasters has a series of posts on the Disney Wonderland Tea you can find throughout the parks and resorts.
The Orange County Register reported in December that Robert Irvine is possibly being courted for an appearance at the Disneyland Food & Wine Festival.
Laughing Place reports that Epcot’s Refreshment Port, which used to be home to McDonald’s products, is now selling Latin-inspired foods such as empanadas and dulce de leche sundaes.
Cooking With Mickey is looking for your suggestions for recipes you’d like to see on the blog!
Main Street Gazette highlights a video and notes from Gary Vaynerchuk’s Portuguese Wines presentation in Epcot.
WDW Magic has the news that Studio Catering Company will be closed from February 15th, to March 27th, 2010.
Disney Every Day shares a video of the Boma Breakfast Buffet.
Great links this week! Have a good first week of 2010!