News! La Passion Martini Slush Debuts at the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The 2014 Food & Wine Festival is starting one week earlier this year (beginning on September 19 and running through November 10)!

Food and Wine Festival Updates

But we keep getting details, and they’re coming faster and faster these days!

So far we’ve gotten the chance to check out the Eat to the Beat Concerts and a few Special Events. We’ve even heard the news that a new Patagonia Booth will be debuting at the 2014 Festival and we’ve got details on the 2014 Wine and Dine Half Marathon!

New La Passion Martini Slush Coming to the Food and Wine Festival Marketplace!

And today, we’ve got the skinny on a new slush being introduced at the France Food and Wine Festival booth this year.

The “La Passion Martini Slush” replaces the Cosmo Slush this year. Ingredients for this newly perfected cocktail include Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, Cranberry & Passion Fruit Juice!

La Passion Martini Slush

La Passion Martini Slush

This cocktail will — at least for the 53 days of the Festival — find its place in France among the granddaddies of them all: the Grand Marnier Orange Slush and Grey Groose Citron Slush, available all year long at Les Vins de Chefs de France.

Grand Marnier and Grey Goose Slushes in Epcot's France Pavilion.

Grand Marnier and Grey Goose Slushes in Epcot’s France Pavilion.

Oh, and be sure you stop by the Les Vins de Chefs de France any time of year to check out the “Featured” menu. You may encounter even more [Read more…]

Disney Food Pics of the Week: Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Hello, friends! Well, today I thought I’d bring you a special addition of Disney Food Pics of the Week, featuring some of YOUR best photos capturing that most magical time of the year. Yep, I’m talking about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Here are a few mouthwatering shots YOU shared with our Disney Food Blog Photo Extravaganza group on Flickr of Food and Wine Festival items that are returning to the 2013 Festival this year…

Escargots Persillade en Brioche from the France Marketplace Booth

The France Marketplace Booth is always a popular stop as you taste your way around the World. What a fantastic pic of a classic festival dish, Escargots Persillade en Brioche (Garlic and Parsley Snails in Brioche)!

Photographer: txcrew

Escargots Persillade en Brioche

Guests have enjoyed this one for years, and we’re happy to report that it’s back for 2013!

Mongolian Beef in a Steamed Bun from the China Marketplace Booth

Mongolian Beef in a Steamed Bun proved to be a popular dish in 2012 for guests stopping by the China Marketplace Booth.

Photographer: Lisa Lamb

Mongolian Beef in a Steamed Bun

This fantastic photo really captures the [Read more…]

2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Preview: France and Greece

Just a couple more weeks, and we’ll all be checking out long-awaited 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

While we look forward to trying some brand new experiences, like the Scotland Booth, there are plenty of returning fan favorites as well. Two of my favorite booths over the past couple of years have been the France and Greece Marketplace Booths.

Boasting delicious bites and long lines, these are spots that you should try and hit early in the day before the crowds swell! Let’s check out what they’ll be offering in 2013…

France

The France Marketplace Booth is one of the original marketplaces that debuted for the very first Food and Wine Festival eighteen years ago. I can’t imagine having this event without it!

2013 France Marketplace Booth Menu

What’s back this year? Staples like snails and creme brûlée, but also a past festival favorite. This booth offers, really, a full MEAL when you think about it! Appetizer, entree, dessert, drinks!

  • Escargots Persillade en Brioche (Garlic and Parsley Snails in Brioche)
  • Boeuf Bourguignon (Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet with Mashed Potatoes)
  • Crème Brûlée au Chocolat au Lait (Chocolate Milk Crème Brûlée topped with Caramelized Sugar)
  • Beer Kronenbourg Blanc
  • Chardonnay, Macon-Villages, La Côte Blanche
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Château Bonnet
  • Sparkling Pomegranate Kir
  • Eiffel Sour Cosmo Slush (Vodka, Grey Goose Cherry Noir, Grand Marnier, Cranberry Juice)

For the last two years, the France booth has offered Coq au Vin with Macaroni and Cheese, and there have been rave reviews (from me especially!).

This year, Boeuf Bourguignon created with Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet and served with Mashed Potatoes are back on the menu — a return from 2010. Thanks, as always, to Kelly Amey from Changing Latitudes for this pic!

Braised Short Ribs

The Escargots Persillade en Brioche have been a [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Food Pictures: Ireland and France Booths

It’s time for more 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival booth food pictures! Today we’re headed to two more popular booths: France and Ireland!

As always, if you want to see full coverage of each booth, check out our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Pages! Click on any booth or country name for detailed information, menus, photos, and prices.

Ireland
Ireland has long been one of the most beloved booths at the festival. This year, the Kerrygold Cheeses return, along with the famed Fisherman’s Pie and the Lava Cake!

Kerrygold® Cheese Selection (Aged-Irish Cheddar, Dubliner and Ivernia Cheese) with apple chutney and brown bread -– $3.50

Everytime I passed by this booth I could smell this buttery, delicious pie! Don’t forget — you can get it with a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan!

Lobster and Scallop Fisherman’s Pie–$5.75

This Lava Cake was a true winner again this year! It was my first “bite” after running the [Read more…]

Guest Review: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Seafood Dishes

Thanks to Disney Food Blog reader Galloping Gourmand for relaying his reviews about a few seafood dishes featured in this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

This was my first trip to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, and while I couldn’t go to any events I was determined to make the most of it. I arrived early so I could ride all the rides I wanted (first load on Soarin’!) and maximize my eating time. I saw it as an opportunity to try things I have never tried before and ignore the myriad of health problems one could get from eating them all in a 10 hour period. Some of these are international foods that are hard to get where I live (near NYC, so not many of those) and others are things that I’ve simply never tried before.

Here are a few reviews of seafood dishes around the [Read more…]

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Food Pictures: France, Italy, and Japan Booths

We’re headed out to the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival again today, but first I wanted to share a few more of the items we sampled yesterday! Don’t forget, to see full coverage of each booth — including food pictures, menus, and pricing — check out our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Pages! Just click on any booth name for detailed information!

France
We sampled the Cosmo Slush and Milk Chocolate Creme Brulee yesterday — both incredible, but I was really taken with the Cosmo Slush!! Of course, the escargot and Short ribs are back again this year, too! You can see more pictures, the full menu, and prices on our France Booth Page!

Cosmo Slush and Milk Chocolate Creme Brulee

Italy
We sampled everything edible in Italy and were blown away! The ravioli is superb; the polpettine were delicious (loved the sauce); and while the cannoli [Read more…]