EPCOT’s 20th annual International Food & Wine Festival kicked off this week and all reports are that the food selections are once again out of this world. Part of that may be attributed to the chefs, mixologists, and food innovators who are developing a new… Read More »Walt Disney World expands its culinary horizons with new Flavor Lab
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One of the most popular non-food aspects of EPCOT’s International Food & Wine Festival are the Eat to the Beat concerts in the America Gardens Theater. The shows run 3 times a night and feature some well-known artists and bands. Disney has just announced that… Read More »Fastpass+ added to Eat to the Beat Concerts at EPCOT’s Food & Wine Festival
We’re just over a month away from indulging in every foodie’s favorite festival of the year. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival promises tastes and entertainment of epic proportion from Sept. 25-Nov. 16, 2015 adding more global marketplaces than ever and a first-time culinary… Read More »EPCOT Food & Wine Festival Expands for 20th Anniversary
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival continues a multi-year relationship with Chase offering new benefits for its card holders this year. The festival, running from September 25 through November 16, 2015, will welcome celebrity chefs, debut new marketplaces and tastes from around the world… Read More »EPCOT Food & Wine Festival extends relationship with Chase card holders
We have more details to share about this year’s 20th anniversary EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. For the first time ever, the famous epicureal marketplaces will expand beyond the World Showcase to locations in the park’s Future World area. Also the popular Ocean Spray… Read More »EPCOT Food & Wine Festival Adds Future World Booths
With EPCOT’s spring festival now in the books, it’s time to look forward to a fall festival full of flavor and traditions. This will be the 20th year of the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. So be sure to plan at least one visit… Read More »2015 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival Details
What would the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival be without the wine. Not as well attended, that’s for sure. As astute observers have noted, Disney has expanded the adult beverage portion of the festival significantly the last few years. It’s not just some great beer, although there is that, but a number of mixed drinks have been added to the menus as well.
At the recent Media Day, we had the good fortune to meet and hear from Chef Marianne Hunnel the Content Development Manager Epcot Food and Wine Festival. She gave us a run down on what’s new in the adult beverage category this year.
While at the media day, I had the very good fortune to try many of the new options. Up first, and sadly not pictured, was the Caposaldo Sweet Peach Sparkling Moscato. This is the perfect drink for a brunch or lite lunch. The peach flavor was not overpowering, the bubbles were strong, and the aroma was perfect. This Moscato is one of my new favorite drinks.
After warming up with the sweetness of the Moscato, we moved onto a savory option. A Tsatziki Martini was available for sampling. Made with organic cucumber infused vodka, yougurt liqour, lemon juice, simple syrup, and dill, it was not at all like any martini I’d ever had before. I’m not a big fan of savory drinks in the first place, and I think this one could have used more punch and less dill. Plus the dill bits floating around led to an awkward encounter at some point in the middle of the drink. If savory drinks are your thing, give this one a try. Otherwise, you can safely pass on this Martini (try the Sake Martini at the California Grill if you’re dying for a great martini that’s tropical paradise in a glass… end plug).
To kick off the 2014 EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival local media were invited to taste a few of the new selections and have the chance to meet some of the chef’s and brands involved in the festival. Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann gave the following welcoming speech sharing a little history of the event and describing not only the food we were about to sample, but the new marketplaces as well.
I was able to taste a number of the new small bites available at this year’s event. It was hard to pick a favorite, they were all so good, but there were definitely a few surprises.