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2018 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Menu Preview

The 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is quickly approaching and there’s several new food and drink menu items to explore. The festival goes for 75 days this year, from August 30th until November 12th, and features over 35 Global Marketplaces to entertain your hungry palate. Huge thanks to my friend Megan of www.irunforwine.net for photographing these new marketplace dishes and attending this media preview event on behalf of #TeamDroolius. Just seeing these new dishes has me very excited to attend the festival this year. Here’s a preview of some of the new dishes, desserts and drinks: Jerk-spiced Chicken Lollipop with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad and Mango Chutney Yogurt from Islands of the Caribbean Megan’s favorite dish from the media preview was Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake from the Flavors from Fire marketplace New Brunswick Slider from Hops & Barley marketplace Butternut Squash Ravioli from Wine & Dine Studio marketplace The Steakhouse Blended Burger from Earth Eats marketplace Moqueca: Brazilian Seafood Stew from Brazil marketplace RGB Flight from Light Lab …

Upcoming Orlando Food Events: Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic, Andy Bate’s British Invasion, Fresh From The Field

The weather is cooling down in Central Florida and it’s the perfect time to attend outdoor food events around Orlando. The upcoming events pair food with wine, cocktails, and craft beers. There’s also an indoor Pop-Up dinner with a British chef serving pub fare. Check out the food event details below… Fifth Annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic   Fifth Annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic on Oct. 31 – Nov.1 The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic returns for the fifth year to the Epcot Resort Area hotel from October 31 until November 1, featuring more than 40 food and wine stations; 10 food and wine seminars and the opportunity to meet the masters behind the culinary magic. New to the festival this year is: a Beer Garden, Cheese Course seminar, Fine Art of Sushi and Sake seminar, hands-on Caipirinha seminar, Tequila University. Returning seminars include: pasta-making, Italian wines, modern mixology, beer, wine-blending and champagne. All seminars require separate tickets …

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) The beverage seminar was a talk on how the brothers came up with the beer idea and how they designed this beer to be an introduction to drinking a hoppy beer. The goal was to make it a drinkable full bodied beer with a hoppy flavor, but not go overboard with a hoppy bitter flavor. They were very knowledgable talking about craft beers and brewing, dropping some beer knowledge to the crowd, while keeping it entertaining for the fans. An …

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) I recently attended a media event that let us sample some of the new food and drink items for this year’s festival. With the addition of Patagonia marketplace and the return of Puerto Rico, there’s more flavors to experience in Latin cuisine. Farm Fresh replaces last year’s Florida Local marketplace and the Hops & Barley marketplace gets all new food items. The food we tasted are just a few of the 35 new items for this year. Check out the following dishes that are all worth stopping for on your Epcot Food & Wine …

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Heats Things Up With Spicy Dishes

I’ve been attending the Epcot Food and Wine for 10 years now and there has been a progressive shift towards bolder flavors and a few more spicy dishes at the marketplaces in the World Showcase. Years ago, the festival’s food seemed to play it safe with any strong flavors from spices or any level of spicy heat. However now, you can find a number of dishes that have a spicy kick to wake up your senses.   (click image to enlarge) It’s great to taste the different spices used in dishes from around the world. While the use of certain spices doesn’t always mean spicy, there are a few international marketplaces in the festival that have more of a kick of heat than others. While no dish will set your mouth on fire, there are a few that have more of a spicy bite. If you like to eat spicy food, here’s a list of dishes you might enjoy. *The order of the dishes are according to heat level, from spiciest dish to least.   …

Chef Carla Hall Interview at 2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival – Video

During the opening weekend of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Chef Carla Hall (from ABC’s The Chew and Bravo’s Top Chef) joined the festival for some cooking demos and cooking an appetizer and a few desserts for the Sweet Sundays event. Her energetic personality and dancing was a special treat during a media brunch, where she shared her latest news and answered a few questions from the crowd.   (click image to enlarge) Carla told us about being a big Mickey fan and having an interview with Chef Mickey. She also announced that she will be doing something in January with Newsies, a Disney musical on Broadway. A question from the audience asking about some of Carla’s favorite dishes from Epcot Food & Wine festival reveals that she really enjoyed the Pork Belly Dish (Brazil marketplace) and also Kimchi Dog (South Korea marketplace). Another favorite was the Escargot en Brioche (France marketplace) and she calls it “a popper” — you pop the entire thing into your mouth to get all of the flavors …

Experiencing the Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog at 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog Exhibit has returned once again to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. To celebrate the Cranberry Bog, Ocean Spray hosted a private event for media, giving us a taste of dishes created with Ocean Spray Craisins and an opportunity for us to get into the bog. This was the only chance to actually get into the cranberry bog during the festival, so here’s my experience to share with you all.   (click image to enlarge) The Ocean Spray Cranberry bog is located near the entrance of Epcot’s World Showcase.   (click image to enlarge) A rack of waders are hanging, waiting for us to put them on and wade through the cranberry bog.   (click image to enlarge) Keeping with the theme of Epcot Food & Wine Festival, Ocean Spray presented a passport of flavors with tables representing cuisines inspired by different countries and using the Craisin in dishes. The Disney chefs got really creative and found some very unique ways to cook with the Craisins.   (click image …

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 …

Droolius’ Top 25 Most Memorable Food in 2012

This is my Top 25 of “Most Memorable Food” in 2012. They are all new food and dishes that I experienced this past year, some while traveling and some close to home. A few are from events that I attended and a couple dishes are from restaurants that unfortunately closed. (Try to dine at locally owned restaurants and support small businesses!) Most dishes appear in blog posts from the past year, so check out the links for more info and photos. Photos are in order of when the food was eaten!   (click image to enlarge) 1. Pork Belly ‘n Eggs w/ marsala demi-galze at Finesse (closed restaurant) Lake Mary, FL   (click image to enlarge) 2. Freedom Tower – tower of sweet plantain mash, Cuban marinated pork, cassava mash, fried sweet potato, and tropical chimichurri by CUBANCUBE food truck. From event: South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2012 “Trucks on the Beach” closing party   (click image to enlarge) 3. Bistec Milanesa– Breaded steak, ham, swiss cheese, Spanish creole sauce at Islas Canarias Cafe …

2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival – New Dishes & Twists on Favorites

The 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival is kicking off to a great start this year with new dishes, marketplaces, and a few twists to some favorite dishes. I attended the opening weekend and I was excited to try what was new. There were a few changes to some of the marketplace locations from the past, but to better accommodate the large crowds from what I saw. Being the opening weekend, it was crowded and I only made it a little over half way around the world showcase. I’m posting photos and information on some of the new dishes that I tried so far this year, along with other things new at the festival.   (click image to enlarge) The new title sponsor for this year is Chase, which has a private Chase Lounge for Disney Visa Card members and Chase Card holders. If you hold one of these, make sure to stop by the lounge for a relaxing environment with couches, Coca-Cola fountain drinks, coffee, or water. I do not hold either card, but …

Tasting & Wading In Ocean Spray’s Cranberry Bog at Epcot Food & Wine Festival

On the opening day of the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival, I attended a media event hosted by Ocean Spray. We were able to sample some food and cocktails using fresh cranberries and cranberry products. Later in the evening we were able to actually get into the cranberry bog and experience it.  (click image to enlarge) Visitors to Epcot pass Ocean Spray’s Cranberry Bog, both walking in and out of Epcot’s World Showcase. A great location for photos beside the bog. I was joined by fellow blogger Brian from Centralfloridatop5.com and we were both snapping photos and tweeting live from the event.   (click image to enlarge) We first started out with a few cocktails featuring cranberry juice along with fresh cranberries as a garnish. There was a spread of several plates that highlighted various uses of the cranberry. All were very unique with complimenting flavor combinations. The use of the cranberries gave each dish a touch of sweetness or tartness, also giving the savory food balance. My favorite was probably the Craisin Infused …

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