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2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens Food Guide

The 2016 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival has officially started and it’s running for 90 days this year, from March 2nd until May 30th. This festival always has something new to see with Disney character topiaries, gardens, seminars and how-to demonstrations. There’s also many things to eat and drink with savory dishes, sweet treats, craft beers, wines and more at the festival’s Outdoor Kitchens.   (click image to enlarge) A few new things for this year’s Flower & Garden Festival: • New Harmony Gardens Musical Playground • New acts to Garden Rocks Outdoor Concert Series (weekends only) • New gardens and Disney-themed topiaries • 3 new Outdoor Kitchens serving food and beverages: Bauernmarkt Farmer’s Market, Cider House and La Isla Fresca   (click image to enlarge)   (click image to enlarge) We were invited to a special Tables in Wonderland event to preview some of the dishes and drinks from this year’s Flower & Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens. A number of dishes were available to taste and we had our videographer/photographer, Thomas Babiarz of …

4th Annual ‘Great Irish Hooley’ features Top Bands, Dancers and Craft Beers at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant Sept. 4-7

This Labor Day weekend is the 4th annual “Great Irish Hooley” featuring the best of Irish entertainment with headliner Screaming Orphans who will take over the Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant. The celebration runs from Sept. 4-7 to celebrate the half-way mark to St. Patrick’s Day and will commemorate the iconic pub’s 10th year at Downtown Disney with the high-voltage energy of seven top Irish bands, authentic step dancing, and first-rate contemporary Irish cuisine by celebrity chef Kevin Dundon.    click to enlarge Delightful small bites and a Shandy made with Raglan Road IPA & lemonade to start the kickoff for the ‘Great Irish Hooley’ celebration I attended on Friday, September 4, 2015.   click to enlarge In addition to its featured menu of beer, wine, spirits, and cocktails, Raglan Road will spotlight four limited-edition craft beers brewed just for the Hooley by Ireland’s Rye River Brewing Company.   click to enlarge A citrusy Raglan Road Fruit Salad Weiss Beer, a McGargles Francis Tropical American IPA, Raglan Road Saison, and McGargles Jims CO2 Stout. The craft beers that we tasted were …

Swine & Sons Provisions Opens In Winter Park, FL

Swine & Sons Provisions is the newest concept from the Swine Family Restaurant Group, from James and Julie Petrakis, chefs and owners of The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder. Chef James describes Swine & Sons as a “neighborhood deli meets grocery store” where almost everything is made in-house or locally produced. This space specializes in a number of food options including made-to-order butcher sandwiches, takeout charcuterie, signature spices and rubs, scratch-made biscuits, daily pastry offerings, seasonally inspired homemade ice cream and much more. It’s a place where patrons can take food to-go or dine-in at a communal table or casual seating. A daily “Blue Pig Specials” menu offers to-go dinners (about 30 plates a night) that will feature signature dishes or classics, like their buttermilk fried chicken, and be accompanied by a variety of scratch-made sides. The specials menu may change weekly and is updated on Swine & Sons’ website every Monday.   (click image to enlarge) Located directly west of Cask & Larder, this is the third Winter Park location for the Petrakis’. …

Izakaya Pop-Up at Redlight Redlight with Kappo

When two great local Orlando businesses collaborate on beer and food, it can only turn into one awesome event! Kappo at East End Market will be doing a Izakaya Pop-Up at Redlight Redlight on Sunday, March 29th. This event is tomorrow! Kappo is serving a Japanese inspired menu that will include Yakitori, Kushiyaki, Karaage, and more. Redlight Redlight has two beers that they created just for this event and on tap will be a Sorachi Ace Kölsch and a Miso Gose. This collaboration has been brewing over the last few months, so I’m very excited to see it come to life and experience the food and beer! See detail below…   (click image to enlarge) Who: Redlight Redlight with Kappo What: Izakaya Pop-Up with Japanese-inpired food and hand crafted beer. When: Sunday, March 29, 2015 – starts 6:30pm Where: Redlight Redlight 2810 Corrine Dr, Orlando, FL 32803   Details: The term Izakaya (居酒屋) describes a type of informal Japanese drinking establishment that serves food to accompany the drinks. Join us on Sunday, March 29th as …

Hanson’s Mmmhops Craft Beer Debuts At Epcot Food & Wine Festival – Video Interview

Hanson, the popular music band from the 90’s, has created their own Mmmhops Pale Ale beer and debuted it at this year’s 2014 Epcot Food & Wine Festival. The craft beer is named after their hit song, “MMMBop” and is brewed at their Hanson Brothers Beer Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is the first time Mmmhops is available in Florida and the craft beer can be found at the Epcot’s Festival Center. Hanson recently presented Mmmhops at a beverage seminar at the Festival Center to an excited crowd of fans.   (click image to enlarge) Hanson performing songs from the past to new songs on stage.   (click image to enlarge) Taylor Hanson on keyboard and piano.   (click image to enlarge) I actually tried the Mmmhops beer during a media event a few weeks ago and it’s as the band describes it, an introductory hoppy beer and full-bodied Pale Ale. It was paired with the Florida Grass Fed-Beef Slider with Pimento Cheese (from Hops & Barley marketplace) and the beer went really well with …

2014 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Menu Preview. 35 New Food Items!

The 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is coming up very soon and starts on September 19 and goes until November 10. The festival celebrates its 19th year and runs for a record of 53 days this year. With 25-plus international marketplaces to experience in Epcot’s world showcase, 35 new food items have been added, along with many new wines, craft beers, and beverages. That is a lot of new food and beverages to try!   (click image to enlarge) Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri at Patagonia. Patagonia is a new marketplace this year and replaces Argentina, but combines the flavors of South America in this area that is shared by Argentina and Chile. The Roasted Verlasso Salmon dish was actually the favorite of many media people who attended this preview event. The crispy crust of the salmon with the Arugula Chimichurri made a good combination of flavors and texture.   (click image to enlarge) Baked Lobster Alfredo at Hops & Barley. The Baked Lobster Alfredo is one of those …

2014 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens Food Guide

The 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is still going strong until May 18, 2014. This is the 21st year for the Flower & Garden Festival which started back on March 5th. The festival has a number of Topiaries around Epcot and the Outdoor Kitchens around World Showcase feature seasonal dishes, sweets, craft beers, wines and more. This post is a food guide to the Outdoor Kitchens complete with menus and photos of dishes and beverages.   (click image to enlarge) This is the second year for Outdoor Kitchens at the annual Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. It is important to note this is not a food and wine festival and it is different from the Epcot Food & Wine festival held in the Fall, with completely different food and beverage offerings. The Flower & Garden Festival is to celebrate the Spring time, being outdoors, and enjoying the food and beverages in a laid back atmosphere. “It’s a great fit because Flower & Garden is all about outdoor living and being outside, family and …

2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Intro & Droolius’ Top 5 Picks

This past weekend, the 18th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival started its culinary celebration and will continue until November 11, 2013. That’s about seven and a half weeks of experiencing food from different countries from around the world, with wine and craft beers to consume as well. It’s certainly one of my favorite times to visit Epcot and there are always new dishes and beverages added every year to keep things fresh.   (click image to enlarge) Epcot admission is required to attend the festival and marketplace dishes/drinks have individual pricing. The general admission does include the Eat to the Beat Concert series and the events at the Festival Center may include culinary demonstrations, wine & beverage seminars, and more. There are specialty events that are offered and require additional purchase. You can find details at the official website: Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival website New Dishes For 2013, the festival introduces a few new dishes, with 25 international marketplaces in total and adding Scotland to the lineup. A few of the …

“Ravenous Brewing Company” hosting tap takeovers at The Ravenous Pig (6/13) & Redlight Redlight (6/14)

From Cask & Larder’s Southern Brewery and Kitchen to taps across Florida, Ravenous Brewing Company’s first tap takeovers are tonight (6/13) at The Ravenous Pig followed by Redlight Redlight on Friday (6/14). Featuring Brewmaster Ron Raike’s locally brewed craft beers, available taps Trois Mois Saison, Zum Alt, award winning Red Drum & more. Make sure to stop by these two tap takeovers to get a taste of what’s brewing at Cask & Larder! Event details below…   Image courtesy of Cask & Larder   Who: “Ravenous Brewing Company” What: Tap takeovers at The Ravenous Pig and Redlight Redlight When/Where: June 13, 2013 at The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park, FL June 14, 2013 at Redlight Redlight in Orlando, FL Click the links above to find more details on social media channels. Cask & Larder 565 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park, FL www.caskandlarder.com

2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Intro & Droolius’ Top 10 Food of 2011

The food event that many have been waiting for all year in Orlando, FL is finally here. The 17th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is starting this weekend and is going on from September 28 – November 12, 2012. It’s a culinary celebration with food, wines, beers, and more from around the globe. The festival features marketplaces from various countries and regional parts of the U.S. that serve up small dishes that you can order and even pair with the recommended wines and beers. Some people just eat, while others just drink, and a lot of attendees do both. Either way, it’s a fun festival to experience and this year will be the longest it will be running, a record of 46 days in total.   (click image to enlarge) General Disney Park Admission gets you into Epcot and access to the International Marketplace of food and beverages. Also included are Authentic Taste seminars, HGTV seminars, special book signings, Eat to the Beat Concerts, and all attractions and park entertainment. The popular Eat …

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