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9 Must-Do’s For Fall Visits to Walt Disney World Resort

9 Must-Do’s For Fall Visits to Walt Disney World Resort

Happy first day of fall!

The Walt Disney World Resort is chock-full of fun to celebrate this season, with the return of annual festivals, events and more.

Here are our suggestions for 9 must-do’s this fall at Walt Disney World Resort.

1. Celebrate Epcot’s 35th Anniversary – Visit Epcot on Sunday, October 1, to celebrate the park’s 35th anniversary with a ceremony, exclusive celebration merchandise, a special edition of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” and more.

9 Must-Do’s For Fall Visits to Walt Disney World Resort

2. Visit Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – The world of Pandora – the World of Avatar is can’t-miss adventure this fall. Here, guests can soar on a banshee, sail down a sacred river and explore a world of glowing rainforests and floating mountains. Don’t forget to stop into Satu’li Canteen for some exotic eats.

9 Must-Do’s For Fall Visits to Walt Disney World Resort

3. Check Out “Happily Ever After” at Magic Kingdom Park – Magic Kingdom Park’s new nighttime fireworks show is truly must-see entertainment. This stunning nighttime extravaganza features lasers, lights and projections – plus characters and scenes from more than 25 Disney films and awe-inspiring fireworks.

4. Dine Around the World at The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – This guest-favorite fall event is back with 35 specialized marketplaces with unique menus for guests to enjoy.

5. Attend an Eat to the Beat Concert – This year’s Eat to the Beat concert lineup at Epcot features 32 bands, including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Sugar Ray, Boyz II Men and more. Concerts are held at the park’s America Gardens Theatre and are included in park admission.

9 Must-Do’s For Fall Visits to Walt Disney World Resort

6. Celebrate At Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Magic Kingdom Park is already hosting this guest-favorite event that features “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” “Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular” and more. Available dates are: September 22, 24, 26 and 29; October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31; and November 1.

7. Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend takes place Nov. 2-5, and includes Kids Races, a 5K, a 10K and a Half-Marathon.

9 Must-Do’s For Fall Visits to Walt Disney World Resort

8. Celebrate the Holidays Early at a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Magic Kingdom Park will light up with excitement of the holiday season starting November 9, with the return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Party nights include “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade,” “Holiday Wishes” fireworks and more. Event dates are: November 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 and 28; and December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22.

9. New Merchandise at Disney Parks – Keep your eye out for new Disney merchandise to debut this fall, including new items that celebrate Epcot’s 35th anniversary, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties and more.

What’s Cookin’ With… at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

What's Cookin' With... at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Dine with gourmet dignitaries and learn the secret ingredients to their success at this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

Eat, Drink and Ask Questions

Roll out the red carpet when gourmet VIPs gather for a celebration of global cuisine!

Start the day in a most delicious way—at plated breakfasts featuring celebrity chefs and other industry experts. While enjoying the VIP guest’s favorite dish, listen to tips, tricks and insights into what makes his or her selection so extraordinary.

Plus, foodies are in for a fabulous pièce de résistance, which includes a cooking demo, question-and-answer session and sparkling toast. Salud!

General Event Details

  • Festival Center, Chef’s Showcase
  • Select Fridays and Sundays throughout the Festival
  • $129 per Guest—plus tax, gratuity included

Dates and Chefs in 2017

  • September 3 – Shaun O’Neale
  • September 10 – Alex Guarnaschelli
  • September 15 – Stuart O’Keeffe
  • September 17 – Jet Tila
  • September 22 – Art Smith
  • September 29 – Graham Elliot
  • October 6 – Jamie Deen
  • October 8 – Geoffrey Zakarian
  • October 15 – Bryan Voltaggio
  • October 20 – Robert Irvine
  • October 22 – Robert Irvine
  • October 27 – Cat Cora
  • October 29 – Cat Cora
  • November 3 – Carla Hall
  • November 10 – Sarah Fioroni
  • November 12 – Buddy Valastro

Please note: each event has one seating option. Epcot admission is not included with the event ticket. Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 years of age and older. All events are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Chefs & Master Sommeliers Announced for 2018 Adventures by Disney Rhine Food & Wine Sailings

Chefs & Master Sommeliers Announced for 2018 Adventures by Disney Rhine Food & Wine Sailings

While the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival just kicked off yesterday, Adventures by Disney is already prepping for its 2018 Food & Wine sailings along the Rhine River. The timing is fitting, as these 8-day, 7-night adult-exclusive epicurean sailings, departing in fall of 2018, expand on the theme of international eats by taking guests to the heart of Europe to indulge in the authentic foods from 4 different countries!

The sailings are hosted by renowned chefs and sommeliers, serving up extraordinary food and beverage experiences both on and off the ship. On the Sept. 24, 2018 sailing, Scott Hunnel, Executive Chef at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, including the AAA Five Diamond award-winning Victoria and Albert’s, will be hosting culinary presentations and demonstrations. Joining him onboard the river cruise ship will be George Miliotes, one of only 236 Master Sommeliers in the world, who is also behind Wine Bar George at Disney Springs which will open in early 2018.

Chefs & Master Sommeliers Announced for 2018 Adventures by Disney Rhine Food & Wine Sailings

On the second sailing, departing on Oct. 8, 2018, guests will be joined by Chef Rudolf “Rudy” Muller, Executive Chef and Culinary Director at Hong Kong Disneyland along with Brian Koziol, Master Sommelier and Concept & Development Director, Food and Beverage at Walt Disney World Resort.

While cruising along Europe’s Rhine River, you’ll also make visits to world-famous breweries and award-winning wineries, partake in gourmet demonstrations and workshops, sip your way through local beer and wine pairings on culinary walking tours, and much more. These activities will allow you to discover the unique culinary history and culture of four countries—Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Bookings for these special sailings are now open! And, don’t miss the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, taking place now through Nov. 13.

World Showcase to Feature New and Returning Musical Acts During the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

World Showcase to Feature New and Returning Musical Acts During the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The delicious bites available in the record 35 Marketplaces at the 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival aren’t the only treats you’ll find at the park this fall! We’ve also got an exciting lineup of live entertainment planned. In addition to the “Eat to the Beat” Concert Series, featuring 11 new artists, you’ll also want to look for authentic performers throughout World Showcase, with some new acts and returning favorites.

Suroît – New to Epcot, this renowned band hails from Canada’s Magdalen Islands in eastern Quebec. For four decades, their infectious sound has embraced influences from Cajun, Celtic, bluegrass and rock music. Join Suroît on the Mill Stage at the Canada pavilion, August 31 – October 1.

World Showcase to Feature New and Returning Musical Acts During the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Margret Almer & The Bavarian Band – World-famous yodeler Margret Almer makes an encore appearance at Epcot this fall. She’ll be performing with The Bavarian Band at the Germany pavilion, beginning August 31 and continuing through the holiday season.

Musique Aramenco – Another returning favorite takes the stage at the Morocco pavilion September 1 – December 30. Musique Aramenco presents a fusion of traditional and modern Moroccan music.

Bodh’aktan – Back by popular demand, Bodh’aktan mixes Quebecois, folk and polka to make fantastic rock and dance music. After rocking stages across Quebec, the United States and Europe, this incredibly popular, kilted band is returning for an Epcot encore at the Canada pavilion October 2 – 22.

World Showcase to Feature New and Returning Musical Acts During the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Raffy – This musical quartet makes their Epcot debut October 23 – November 26 on the Mill Stage. Raffy’s infectious energy has been embraced across Canada through a live tour, appearances on television and radio airplay of their first hit single.

This fall, you’ll have lots of reasons to head out to World Showcase for all the singing, dancing, sipping and dining during the 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

Fall Festivals, Parties, Concerts & More Return to the Walt Disney World Resort Aug. 25

Fall Festivals, Parties, Concerts & More Return to the Walt Disney World Resort Aug. 25

Nothing beats a fall visit to Walt Disney World Resort. In just a few weeks, the season will return early, giving guests more time than ever to experience favorite festivals, parties and more.

Here’s what’s on tap this fall at Walt Disney World Resort.

Fall Festivals, Parties, Concerts & More Return to the Walt Disney World Resort Aug. 25

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties Begin Aug. 25 – This guest-favorite fall event will return to Magic Kingdom Park on select nights, beginning Aug. 25. This hard-ticket event features Halloween decor, special entertainment, Disney characters in costumes, trick-or-treating (for all ages!), Disney attractions, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, and so much more. This year’s event dates are: Aug. 25 and 29; Sept. 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29; Oct.1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31; and Nov. 1, 2017. Guests are also welcome to dress up for the event (be sure to double-check the park’s costume guidelines before you go).

Fall Festivals, Parties, Concerts & More Return to the Walt Disney World Resort Aug. 25

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Returns Aug. 31 – This year’s festival will offer 75 days of culinary fun that will include: 35 global marketplaces (including five new ones!), a selection of 39 new marketplace dishes, 65 new cocktail selections, 225 Eat to the Beat concerts and much more. ABC’s “The Chew,” will also return to broadcast five episodes from the festival this year. For a full look at what to expect at this year’s festival, click here.

Fall Festivals, Parties, Concerts & More Return to the Walt Disney World Resort Aug. 25The Great Irish Hooley Returns Sept. 1-4 – The 6th Great Irish Hooley music festival will return to Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs in just a few weeks. Celebrating Irish song, dance, food and drink, the Great Irish Hooley kicks off performances beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, and continues each day and night through late Monday and into the wee hours. This year’s Hooley entertainment headliners include: Elevation, Lisa Canny Band, Gary O’Meara Band, The Raglan Roots Coalition, Jake Richardson, Over the Bar, Rollickin’ Rua and Aaron O’Sullivan. The Raglan Road Irish Dancers, as well as champion Irish dancer Ciaran Keating, will also share their talents on stage.

Fall Festivals, Parties, Concerts & More Return to the Walt Disney World Resort Aug. 25

Disney Night of Joy Returns Sept. 8-9 – The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will again host Disney Night of Joy, two evenings filled with joyous gospel, hip-hop, pop, rock, praise and adult contemporary music. This year’s lineup includes performances by artists like TobyMac, MercyMe, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman and many others. Browse the full lineup here and grab tickets now.

Which fall offering are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments section below.

What’s New in Walt Disney World Resort Dining: 16 for 2016

2015 was full of culinary news for Walt Disney World Resort, and 2016 promises to be equally exciting, especially at Disney Springs. From new restaurants to more fun with Disney characters, here’s a look ahead at 2016.

1. Sunday brunches are the hot weekend ticket. Narcoossee’s Waterfront Brunch at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a new one, and Brunch at the Top debuts February 7 at California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

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2. Get over to the new Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom Park and try a rice noodle bowl, sustainable local farm-raised shrimp in chili-garlic sauce, or the Kungaloosh!, an African-inspired chocolate cake with caramelized bananas with cashew-caramel ice cream. This is an all-new menu for the Disney chefs.

3. Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival expands to 90 days, March 2 to May 30 (from 75 days last year). Fresh garden produce, savory bites and sweet treats will be abundant at the festival’s Outdoor Kitchens, returning for a fourth year with guest favorites and new food and beverage offerings.

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4. Tiffins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will celebrate the art of traveling, featuring foods from places that inspired the creation of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Open for both lunch and dinner. (“Tiffin” is an Indian English word for a midday meal or a type of container used to carry food while traveling).

5. Adjacent to Tiffins, Nomad Lounge will feature hand-crafted cocktails using the art of mixology with African, Asian and South American flavors, beers and wines from those regions, and a selection of specialty non-alcoholic beverages in addition to small bites.

6. Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s BoardWalk will temporarily close the end of January, then reopen in the fall with a whole new look – and while the kitchen is working on new menu items, Chef Tim Keating promises that potato-wrapped snapper and the popular New York strip steak will be back. Stay tuned for details.

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7. Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine at Disney’’s Hollywood Studios debuted in 2015, but guests can look forward to new themes coming in 2016, including Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine, Minnie’s Springtime Dine, Minnie’s Summertime Dine and Minnie’s Halloween Dine.

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8. Let’s start 2016 with a taste of the chocolate at The Ganachery at Disney Springs – the proprietary blend of chocolate and cream made right in the shop is not to be missed. The lovely little space elevates sweets to an experience akin to a wine tasting.

9. Coming to Disney Springs in early 2016 is STK, a modern steakhouse mixed with the ambiance of a sleek lounge and emphasizing a social and fun environment. It will be one of the largest STK locations in the world, occupying 14,000 square feet in a two-story building, including a main level and a rooftop-dining area with incredible views of Disney Springs.

10. Sprinkles, the world’s first cupcake bakery, as named by Food Network and others, will serve up handcrafted cupcakes, slow churned ice cream and homemade cookies at Disney Springs in 2016. Their innovative Cupcake ATM will satisfy sweet-toothed epicureans 24/7.

11. Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza also comes to Disney Springs in 2016, a modern day “pizza joint” known for its custom-built artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s’more pies. The fast-casual restaurant will feature an interactive assembly-line format that allows guests to customize their pizza, choosing from over 40 fresh toppings.

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12. Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine will showcase the cuisine of Chef Art Smith at Disney Springs when it opens in Summer 2016. Smith, who was born and reared in the town of Jasper, Fla., on the Florida-Georgia border, will feature farm-to-fork cuisine that showcases the bounty of Florida, and design inspired by turn-of-the century Florida architecture of the late 1800s.

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13. Also opening in Summer 2016 at Disney Springs, Frontera Fresco by Chef Rick Bayless will showcase the gourmet Mexican cuisine that has made Chef Bayless a culinary legend. The restaurant will feature authentic Mexican specialties such as hand-crafted tortas, tacos, salads, fresh-made guacamole and classic Mexican braised meat entrees, all prepared from time-honored recipes with natural, locally sourced ingredients. Frontera Fresco also will serve an extensive selection of margaritas, cocktails and craft beers and wine.

14. Look for a re-imagined Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs as the flagship venue is transformed into a star-themed Planet Hollywood Observatory to match the look and feel of Disney Springs. As part of the makeover, the venue will add a new outdoor terrace and bar space called Stargazers and feature live entertainment.

15. Also at Disney Springs, new Disney quick-service locations and kiosks will be blooming this spring. Perfect for a quick bite.

16. Two new Disney cookbooks for 2016: a new Delicious Disney: Sweet Treats book due out in the fall, and one celebrating both the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (dates still TBD for the food & wine fest when the book will debut).


31 Days of Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2015 Recap

This week, Travel With Rick‘s 31+ Days of Epcot‘s Food and Wine Festival may be over, but Rick and Leslie Howard share their favorite food, beverages, and moments from this year’s event!

Hope you enjoy today’s video, be sure to leave a comment and share it with your friends!


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“Eat to the Beat” Concert Series Lineup Announced for 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Four new “Eat to the Beat” concert acts debut and several fan favorites return to America Gardens Theater during the 20th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 25-Nov. 16, 2015.

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Scheduled to perform are:

  • David CookSept. 25-27, 2015
  • Wilson PhillipsSept. 28-29, 2015
  • Christopher CrossSept. 30-Oct. 1, 2015
  • StarshipOct. 2-4, 2015
  • Smash MouthOct. 5-7, 2015
  • The Pointer SistersOct.8-9, 2015
  • 38 SpecialOct. 10-11, 2015
  • Rick SpringfieldOct. 12-13, 2015
  • Sugar RayOct.14-16, 2015
  • The S.O.S. BandOct. 17-18, 2015
  • Air SupplyOct.19-21, 2015
  • FuelOct. 22-23, 2015
  • Tiffany (NEW!)Oct. 24-25, 2015
  • Dennis DeYoungOct. 26-28, 2015
  • Jo Dee Messina Oct. 29-30, 2015
  • Everclear (NEW!)Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2015
  • Boyz II MenNov. 2-4, 2015
  • Sister HazelNov. 5-6, 2015
  • Big Bad Voodoo DaddyNov. 7-9, 2015
  • HansonNov. 10-12, 2015
  • Maxi Priest (NEW!)Nov. 13-14, 2015
  • Chaka Khan (NEW!)Nov. 15-16, 2015

Please note: Daily show times take place at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Entertainment and appearances are subject to change without notice.


Marketplaces and Menus for Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival 2014

As Summer begins to turn into Fall our thoughts begin to drift towards our favorite time of year: Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival!

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Disney has released the new menus and marketplaces for this years event and we wanted to share them with you.  Do you have a favorite?

Africa

  • Beef tenderloin tips berbere style with okra, jalapeños, tomato and pap
  • South African bobotie with turkey and mushrooms (gluten free)
  • MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc
  • Fairview Pinotage
  • The Wolftrap Red: Syrah, Mourvèdre and Viognier

America Adventure Coffee Cart

  • Apple Maple Spice Latte, Hot or Iced

Australia

  • Garlic shrimp with roasted tomatoes, lemon myrtle and rapini (gluten free)
  • Grilled lamb chop with mint pesto and potato crunchies (gluten free)
  • Pavlova: Crispy meringue shell with fresh berries and vanilla custard
  • Coopers Brewery, Original Pale Ale
  • Chateau Tanuda Grand Barossa Dry Riesling
  • St. Kilda Chardonnay
  • Nine Stones Shiraz

Belgium

  • Potato and leek waffle with beer-braised beef
  • Belgium waffle with warm chocolate ganache and whipped cream
  • Belgium waffle with berry compote and whipped cream
  • Hoegaarden
  • Stella Artois
  • Leffe Blonde
  • Stella Artois Cidre
  • Chilled coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • Beer flight (featuring 4 4-ounce servings): Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Leffe Blonde and Stella Artois Cidre

Block & Hans

  • Robert Mondavi, Fume Blanc
  • The Great American Wine Company, Chardonnay
  • The Great American Wine Company, Red Blend
  • Robert Mondavi, Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Domaine Chandon Brut Sparkling Blanc de Noir
  • Still River Winery Apple Ice Wine

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Brazil

  • Mocequa de pescado: Regal Springs premium tilapia with coconut lime sauce and steamed rice (gluten free)
  • Crispy pork belly with black beans, tomato and cilantro (gluten free)
  • Pao de queijo: Brazilian cheese bread
  • Cocada: Brazilian coconut candy
  • Kaiser Brewery Xingu Black Beer
  • Carnaval Moscato Sparkling White Wine
  • Tannat Reserve
  • Frozen Caipirinha

Brewer’s Collection

  • Radeberger Pilsner
  • BraufactuM Colonia
  • BraufactuM Palor
  • Schöfferhofer Grapefruit
  • Altenmünster Oktoberfest
  • BraufactuM Roog
  • BraufactuM Darkon
  • BraufactuM Progusta IPA
  • Beer flight 1 (featuring 4 4-ounce servings): Radeberger Pilsner, BraufactuM Colonia, BraufactuM Palor and Schöfferhofer Grapefruit
  • Beer flight 2 (featuring 4 4-ounce servings): Altenmünster Oktoberfest, BraufactuM Roog, BraufactuM Darkon and BraufactuM Progusta IPA

Canada

  • Canadian cheddar cheese soup
  • Seared rainbow trout with bacon, frisee and maple Minus 8 Vinaigrette (gluten free)
  • “Le Cellier” wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle butter sauce (gluten free
  • Moosehead Lager
  • La Face Neige Apple Ice Wine
  • La Face Neige Sparkling
  • Mission Hill Family Estate Syrah

China

  • Beijing roasted duck in steamed bun with hoisin sauce
  • Mongolian beef in a steamed bun with chili mayo
  • Black pepper shrimp with Sichuan noodles
  • Chicken potstickers
  • TSINGTAO Beer
  • Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Riesling
  • Francis Ford Coppola Su Yuen Syrah
  • Kung Fu Punch with vodka and triple sec
  • Happy Lychee with tequila and vodka
  • Mango green tea with popping bubbles

Craft Beers

  • Sierra Nevada, Kellerweis® – Chico, CA
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Punkin Ale – Milton, DE
  • Shiner Brewery, Wild Hare Pale Ale – Shiner, TX
  • Abita Brewing Company, Purple Haze – Abita Springs, LA
  • Goose Island, 312 Urban Wheat Ale – Chicago, IL
  • Florida Beer Company, Sunshine State Pils – Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Magic Hat Brewery, Dream Machine IPL – South Burlington, VT
  • Terrapin Beer Company, Rye Pale Ale – Athens, GA
  • Beer Flight 1 (featuring 4 4-ounce servings): Sierra Nevada, Kellerweis; Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Punkin Ale; Shiner Brewery, Wild Hare Pale Ale; and Abita Brewing Company, Purple Haze
  • Beer Flight 2 (featuring 4 4-ounce servings): Goose Island, 312 Urban Wheat Ale; Florida Beer Company, Sunshine State Pils; Magic Hat Brewery, Dream Machine IPL; and Terrapin Beer Company, Rye Pale Ale

Desserts & Champagne

  • Dessert Trio: Passion fruit coconut creamsicle, blueberry lime cheesecake roll and chocolate espresso opera cake
  • Guylian Belgian chocolate seashell truffles
  • Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé
  • Möet & Chandon Nectar Impérial
  • Ruinart Blanc de Blanc
  • Dom Pérignon
  • Frozen S’mores featuring Monin® Toasted Marshmallow Syrup

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Farm Fresh

  • Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon hash with sweet corn, potatoes, hollandaise and pickled jalapeños (gluten free)
  • Griddled “yard bird” with braised greens (gluten free)
  • Orlando Brewing Company, I-4 IPA – Orlando, FL
  • Ba Ba Black Lager, Uinta Brewing Company – Salt Lake City, UT
  • Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale, Bold City Brewery – Jacksonville, FL
  • Florida Cracker Belgian Style White Ale, Cigar City Brewery – Tampa, FL
  • Florida Orange Groves, Key Limen-Key Lime Wine
  • Chateau St. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Eroica® Riesling
  • St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel
  • Beer Flight (4 4-ounce servings): I-4 IPA, Ba Ba Black Lager, Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale and Florida Cracker Belgian Style White Ale

Fife & Drum

  • Ghirardelli® ice cream sundae
  • Mmmhops Pale Ale

France

  • Tartelette aux escargots: Escargot tart with garlic, spinach, bacon and parmesan
  • Gratin de crozet de savoie: Wheat pasta gratin with mushrooms and Gruyere cheese
  • Boeuf bourguignon: Braised short ribs in cabernet with mashed potatoes
  • Crème brûlée caramel fleur de sel: Sea salt caramel crème brûlée topped with caramelized sugar
  • Beer Kronenbourg Blanc 1664
  • Chardonnay, Macon-Villages, La Côte Blanche
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Château Bonnet
  • Sparkling Pomegranate Kir
  • La Passion Martini Slush: vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, cranberry and passion fruit juice

Germany

  • Schinkennudeln: Pasta gratin with ham and cheese
  • Roast bratwurst in a pretzel roll
  • Berliner: Yeast doughnut filled with apricot jam
  • Altenmünster Oktoberfest
  • J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett
  • Selbach-Oster Mosel Riesling Spätlese
  • J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Auslese
  • Kallstadter Kobnert Spaetburgunder Spätlese Dry Barrique Style

Greece

  • Vegetarian moussaka
  • Griddled Greek cheese with pistachios and honey (gluten free)
  • Chicken gyro with tzatziki Sauce
  • Spanakopita
  • Domaine Skouras Moscofilero
  • Domaine Siglas Assyrtiko/Athiri
  • Alpha Estate Axia Syrah-Xinomavro
  • Tzatziki martini featuring Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka and BOLS Natural Yoghurt Liqueur

Hawaii

  • Kālua pork slider with sweet and sour Dole® Pineapple chutney and spicy mayonnaise
  • Tuna poke with seaweed salad and lotus root chips
  • Kona Brewing Company, Big Wave Golden Ale
  • Kona Brewing Company, Castaway IPA
  • Maui Splash Sweet Pineapple Wine
  • Aulani Sunrise featuring Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum

Hops & Barley

  • Artisan cheese plate featuring Cabot Cloth wrapped cheddar, Purple Haze chèvre goat cheese and Cave Man blue cheese
  • Baked lobster alfredo
  • Florida grass fed beef slider with pimento cheese
  • Fresh baked carrot cake with Craisins® and cream cheese icing
  • Samuel Adams® Octoberfest
  • New Belgium Brewing Company Snapshot
  • Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat®
  • Leinenkugel’s Seasonal Shandy
  • La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
  • Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, Cambria Estate Winery
  • Beer flight (featuring 4 4-ounce servings): Samuel Adams Octoberfest, New Belgium Snapshot, Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat and Leinenkugel’s Seasonal Shandy

Intermissions Cafe

  • Southwest chicken wrap
  • Vegan trio
  • Fruit & cheese plate
  • Side salad
  • Grapes
  • Tuna salad with pita
  • Asian chicken salad
  • Key lime tart
  • Brownie
  • J Vineyard Pinot Gris (Wine on Tap)
  • Franciscan Chardonnay (Wine on Tap)
  • Di Seño Malbec (Wine on Tap)
  • Acrobat Pinot Noir (Wine on Tap)
  • MARTINI Prosecco
  • Caposaldo Sweet Sparkling Peach Moscato
  • Iron Horse Fairy Tale Cuvée
  • Medalla Light Beer
  • Einstök Icelandic White Ale
  • Angry Orchard Hard Cider – Crisp Apple
  • Assorted soft drinks
  • Dasani Water

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Ireland

  • Lobster and seafood fisherman’s pie
  • Kerrygold® cheese selection: Reserve cheddar, Dubliner with Irish Stout and Skellig
  • Warm chocolate pudding with Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur Custard (gluten free)
  • Guinness® Draught
  • Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
  • Chilled Irish Coffee featuring Bunratty Potcheen
  • Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur

Italy

  • Ravioli alla caprese: Cheese ravioli, tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan and basil
  • Filetto di pollo, con funghi al marsala: Chicken tenderloin, cremini mushrooms, marsala sauce and ciabatta bread
  • Cannoli al cioccolato: Chocolate-covered cannoli filled with sweet ricotta, chocolate and candied fruit
  • Moretti Lager Beer
  • Moretti La Rossa Beer
  • Procecco, Bosco del Merlo
  • Pinot Grigio, Placido
  • Chianti Classico, Placido
  • Frozen Primavera with limoncello and tequila

Japan

  • Spicy hand roll: Tuna and salmon with Kazan Volcano sauce
  • Teriyaki gyoza bun: Steamed bun filled with chicken, vegetables and sweet teriyaki sauce
  • Chirashizushi: Salmon, shrimp, crab and egg served over seaweed salad and ginger rice
  • Kirin Draft Beer
  • Sake: Kikusui Ginjo
  • Sake Sunrise
  • Sparkling Peach Sake Gell

Liberty Inn

  • Hess Shirtail Chardonnay
  • SIMI Cabernet Sauvignon

Mexico

  • Shrimp taco: Fried shrimp, pickled habanero pepper and onions on a flour tortilla
  • Rib eye taco: Marinated rib eye, roasted chipotle salsa and grilled scallions on a corn tortilla (gluten free)
  • Sweet corn cheese cake
  • Dos Equis Beer
  • Sangria
  • Tequila Flight
  • Mango-strawberry margarita

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Morocco

  • Kefta pocket: Ground seasoned beef in a pita pocket
  • Spicy shrimp roll with cilantro and mint sauce
  • Baklava
  • Casa Beer
  • Guerouane White
  • Sangria
  • Mimosa Royale: Sparkling wine and orange juice topped with orange liquer

New Zealand

  • Steamed green lip mussels with garlic butter and toasted bread crumbs
  • Venison sausage with pickled mushrooms, baby arugula and black currant reduction (gluten free)
  • Lamb meatball with spicy tomato chutney
  • Kim Crawford Pinot Gris
  • Mohua Sauvignon Blanc
  • Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay
  • Kim Crawford Pinot Noir

Patagonia

  • Beef empanada
  • Grilled beef skewer with chimichurri sauce and boniato purée (gluten free)
  • Roasted Verlasso salmon with quinoa salad and arugula chimichurri (gluten free)
  • Pascual Toso Sparkling Brut
  • Terrazas Reserva Malbec
  • Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier
  • Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir Rosé

Poland

  • Kielbasa and potato pierogi with caramelized onions and sour cream
  • Sauerkraut pierogi with pork goulash
  • Okocim Brewery, Okocim O.K. Beer
  • Blaufraenkische Donausonne, Hungarian Wine
  • Frozen Szarlotka (apple pie) featuring Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

Puerto Rico

  • Ensalada de carrucho: Caribbean conch salad with onion, tomato and cilantro (gluten free)
  • Carne guisada con arroz blanco: Slow-braised beef with Puerto Rican-grown rice (gluten free)
  • Friturias: Sorullitos (sweet polenta fries) and bolitas de queso (cheese fritter with mayo ketchup)
  • FlanCocho: Vanilla caramel custard with chocolate coffee cake
  • Gasolina Sangriiia
  • Medalla Light Beer
  • Frozen San Juan Breeze
  • Frozen San Juan Breeze with Don Q Limón Floater
  • Chilled Club Caribe Mango Rum (neat)

Refreshment Cool Post

  • Mango Star featuring African Starr Rum
  • frozen yogurt

Refreshment Port

  • Croissant doughnut
  • Fried shrimp with Dole pineapple sweet and sour sauce
  • Fried chicken chunks with Dole pineapple sweet and sour sauce
  • Dole Fruit Squish’ems!™ Apple-Strawberry
  • Dole Whip Soft-serve
  • Dole Whip Soft-serve with crème de cacao white
  • Dragon Berry Refresher featuring Bacardi® Dragon Berry Rum

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Scotland

  • Vegetarian haggis with neeps and tatties: Griddled vegetable cake with rutabaga and mashed potatoes
  • Fresh potato pancake with smoked Scottish salmon and herb sour cream (gluten free)
  • Seared sea scallop with spinach-cheddar gratin and crispy bacon (gluten free)
  • Crannachan: A traditional Scottish dessert trifle
  • Innis & Gunn® Original
  • Loch Lomond featuring Glenfiddich® 12 year
  • Glenfiddich Scotch Selection (12, 15 and 18 year)

Singapore

  • Lemongrass chicken curry with coconut and jasmine rice (gluten free)
  • Seared mahi mahi with jasmine rice and “Singa” sauce
  • Tiger Beer
  • Marqués de Caceres Satinela
  • Singapore Sling featuring Hendrick’s Gin and Cherry Herring

South Korea

  • Kimchi dog with spicy mustard sauce
  • Roasted pork lettuce wrap with kimchi slaw
  • Bokbunjajoo: Bohae black raspberry wine
  • iCing Grapefruit Sparkling Rice Brew
  • Soju Fruit Slushy featuring Jinro Chamisul Soju

Terra

  • Blackened Chick’n Breast, farro wheat and spicy gumbo sauce featuring Gardein™ Chick’n Breast
  • CraB’less CraB Cake with pepper slaw and Cajun remoulade featuring Gardein™
  • Chocolate-blood orange cupcake with tofu icing
  • Red Bridge Ale
  • The Vegan Vine Chardonnay
  • Paperboy Red
  • Fresh Watermelon Juice

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Just Two More Party for the Senses at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

There’s still time to enjoy one of the real treats of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – the Saturday night Party for the Senses, a feast of food, wine, beverages and entertainment that’s a true delight. And while the reserved seating is sold out, our favorite way to experience the party is to stroll and nosh (we never sit, but instead enjoy conversation with the chefs and wine experts, and compare notes with fellow party-goers). The final two parties for this year are on October 27 and November 3.

And while the cuisine changes each week, we always find something delicious at the tasting stations. A recent party featured everything from Peking-style braised duck (Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Resort) to Chef Paula Da Silva’s (1500˚, Miami Beach) buttery lamb belly and spicy tuna tartare cleverly wrapped in a crisp shell from Wolfgang Puck Café at Downtown Disney. All in all, there are nearly two dozen tasting stations with wine, beer and cocktails to pair. You won’t know until you arrive what you’ll be having, but the discovery is part of the fun.

Party for the Senses at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The only thing that stops our noshing is the extraordinary spectacle of Cirque du Soleil, on stage throughout the evening with live music and thrilling acrobatics.

You can start the evening at the Eat to the Beat concert at America Gardens Theatre and end with a stroll around World Showcase and the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks and laser show – it’s a special evening you won’t want to miss. Just come hungry (and leave satisfied).

Price is $145 per person, plus tax. Epcot admission is required. Call 407-WDW-FEST for reservations.

Meet Disney Artist Brian Blackmore at the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Meet Disney Artist Brian Blackmore at the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

I can’t get enough of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. I believe I have been around the world at least five different times this year! My favorite foods kiosks are Hawai’i, Australia and South Korea (hello, lettuce wrap!). A great place to start is at the Festival Center located in Future World next to Mission: SPACE. This themed area is home to food demonstrations, special activities, and an extensive merchandise location. If you enjoy fine art, there is a section within the Festival Center called “The Art of Food and Wine.” This store-within-a-store showcases artwork from several talented artists including Noah, Heather French, Patryk Poslednik, Liné Tutwiler, William Silvers and others.

Artwork from Disney Design Group character artist Brian Blackmore

Artwork from Disney Design Group character artist Brian Blackmore recently joined this section at the Festival Center. You may recall my conversation with Brian back in early September about his artwork found at the Italy Pavilion at Epcot. We recently introduced some canvas wrapped giclées based on that art. Brian also created one-of-a-kind original paintings based on his four designs. Each of these original works will measure 2-feet by 4-feet, and will be introduced starting October 26.

canvas wrapped giclées based on that art. Brian also created

If you are headed to the Festival in the coming weeks, please stop by the Festival Center to meet Brian during these dates and times:

  • Friday, October 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 3 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 4 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Meet John Lasseter, Celebrity Chef Cat Cora at Epcot International Food & Wine Fest Dinners

Pixar fans will love the opportunity to meet John Lasseter – yes, he’s an animation genius, but he also makes delicious California wines (with beautiful labels, too). You can meet John and his wife Nancy for lunch at 12:30 p.m. October 19 at Citricos, where Chef Philip Ponticelli will pair Lasseter wines with seasonal cuisine. Cost is $130.

Cat Cora fans will be happy to hear that two wine dinners have been added to the line-up for this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, with Chef Cat on hand to greet diners at 8 p.m. October 2 and October 4. Cost is $170 for a five-course dinner with wine pairings in the restaurant’s cozy CoraNation Room.

Celebrity Chef Cat Cora

And three very famous dads are teaming up for what promises to be one of the coolest Food & Wine Fest dinners this year – Michael Voltaggio has been added to the line-up, joining his brother Bryan and Andrew Zimmern on stage for the family-friendly Magic of Healthy Living Dinner at 6:30 p.m. October 19 at Epcot World Showplace. Brothers Bryan and Michael shot to the front of the celebrity chef pack in 2009 on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” and Andrew is best known for his show “Bizarre Foods” on the Travel Channel, so diners are guaranteed entertainment with their memorable four-course dinner. Cost is $110 and includes tip and non-alcoholic beverages. (Park admission required).

Countdown to Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Reservations at Walt Disney World Resort

Don’t forget, the phone lines open at 7 a.m. August 14 for reservations for all of the ticketed events for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). And this year, you can book some of the hottest tickets online at epcotfoodfestival.com: Party for the Senses, mixology seminars, “3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery, Epcot wine schools and culinary demos in the Festival Center.

We know seats go fast for the signature events, but there are dozens to choose from – find all of the information to help you plan at epcotfoodfestival.com. And try something new this year!

But we’re looking forward to some of the festival events that don’t need reservations and don’t require a ticket, just admission to the park. Of course, there’s the array of tastes around World Showcase, paired with beer, wine and cocktails – we got a sneak taste of the chocolate chili mousse with salted caramel, and can tell you we’re heading there first.

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We love stopping to talk with the cranberry farmers in the beautiful “Discover the Cranberry” featuring the Festival Cranberry Bog hosted by Ocean Spray Craisins Brand Dried Cranberries, and this year we can add the new Watermelon Patch (especially fun for kids) as we’re making the rounds. Chocolate lovers will want to head to the Festival Center for the free “The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar” hosted by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company (yep, there’s chocolate samples while you learn). The Festival Center is the perfect place to cool off when the weather heats up – take a seat and listen to the HGTV folks during complimentary 30-minute seminars. Or sit in on a free Authentic Taste Seminar presented by Driscoll’s Only the Finest Berries. Or just stroll through the Festival Center Wine Shop and sample a few of the wines.

Then, when the sun goes down, head to the Eat to the Beat Concert at America Gardens Theatre, with live entertainment every night at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. during the festival. Favorites are back, but new this year are Smash Mouth (Oct. 11-12); Javier Colon, winner of “The Voice” (Oct. 13-14); Blues Traveler (Nov. 5-6) and Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group STYX (Nov. 7-8).

Can you recommend your favorite happening at the festival?

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Update: And the Winner Is…

Here’s a quick update on special speakers for the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival from our friends at HGTV. We are truly pumped to have the newly-crowned HGTV Design Star with us during the opening weekend of the festival.

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For those who didn’t watch Tuesday’s “Design Star” finale, interior designer Danielle Colding came out on top, wowing the judges with both her design acumen and her on-camera presence. Danielle’s new show is called “Shop This Room,” where she examines how the process of finding a spectacular piece of artwork, furniture, or an accessory can lead the way to inventive new concepts for design.

In addition to Danielle, festival guests can see these HGTV and DIY Network stars:

  • September 28-30 – Danielle Colding (“HGTV Design Star” Winner, Season 7, “Shop This Room”) –Entertainment Passport: Your Ticket to Creating a Travel-inspired Dining Experience
  • October 5-7 – Casey Noble (“Design on a Dime”) – Gifts That Keep Giving: Holiday Favors That Double as Décor
  • October 12-14 – Alison Victoria (DIY Network’s “Kitchen Crashers”) – Crash Course for Holiday Décor
  • October 19-21 – Brian Patrick Flynn (HGTV.com, “Design Happens”) – Express Lane Elegance: Stylish Table Settings from Supermarket Finds
  • October 26-28 – Meg Caswell (“Meg’s Great Rooms”) – Entertaining in Style: Make It and Make It Fun
  • November 2-4 – Marianne Canada (HGTV.com Special Projects Editor) – Handmade Goodies They Won’t Regift
  • November 9-12 – Emily Henderson (“Secrets from a Stylist”) – Create Holiday Memories: Style, Share and Preserve Those Family Photos & Cards

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