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New 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival DFB Guide!

It is hard to believe that the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival starts in less than one week! Once again it is the most wonderful time of year for us Disney foodies.  Bring on the lamb chops and cheese soup and tacos and beer and and and…  Clearly I’m not excited at all.

Because there is so much to see and do during the festival, planning is key!  For the past few years, I have relied on the DFB Guides to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival to help me plan what booths I want to visit, what demonstrations I want to book and help me put together a general plan of attack.  There are over 30 booths to choose from and I want to make sure that I don’t miss anything!

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The DFB Guide to the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-book has everything you need to know before heading to Walt Disney World.  From what’s NEW at the festival, to touring strategies, to detailed menus and an entire FAQ section!  Here’s more of what you will find:

  • In-depth descriptions, prices, dates and times of events, seminars, demonstrations, and tasting options at the festival and how to book them
  • A full, daily schedule of events for every day of the festival
  • Details on how and where to use Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits at the festival
  • A list of the most popular items and events and how to experience them
  • An updated Epcot Food & Wine Festival FAQ section with information on how to make your visit more enjoyable
  • Printable checklist of the World Showcase Booth menus
  • Full index of brand new additions to the festival

Since this will be my 6th year attending the festival (WOW!), my first stop in the guide is always the “What’s NEW!” section.  I have my favorites that I MUST get each year (lamb chops and pork lettuce wraps, I’m talking to you!), but I love to try new things.  This is so helpful in prioritizing what new items to try and some of the new events I might want to attend.

2014-DFB-Food-and-Wine-Guide-Whats-NewOne of my favorite features has to be all of the detailed information on the Marketplace Booths.  Each booth has it’s own page, complete with photos of the booths AND food as well as the full menu.  This gets me so excited for what is to come and makes it easy to plan out the booths I MUST visit.  The photos are also great if you are not familiar with a particular dish or ingredient.  Here’s what you’ll find at one of my favorite booths, South Korea:

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Another great feature are the special event listings.  Between the large events, like Party for the Senses, and the smaller culinary demonstrations, there is A LOT to keep track of.  The guide has a full daily schedule of events complete with times.  Are you as excited to see Sister Hazel as my friend Rick is?  No worries, this guide will tell you the dates and times they are performing!

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And that’s not all!  There are fun bonus items like:

  • Eleven themed World Showcase Booth Crawls!
  • Customized touring strategies for the festival based on how much time you have to spend, if you have children, what your priorities are to see, and more!
  • Indexes of food, beer, wine, wineries, and chefs – complete with chef bios!
  • A fun playlist of songs featuring artists appearing at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series

So what’s better than having this awesome e-book downloaded to your phone as you walk around the Festival or on your laptop as you’re planning your trip??  A discount of course!  Right now you can receive $3 off your purchase of the DFB Guide to the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-book by using the discount code CHEFS at checkout.

All books come with a 100% money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose!  But trust me, you won’t want to give it back.  Find out more about the DFB Guide to the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-book here!

Happy eating!!

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Friday Feast: Healthy Options at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival Marketplace Booths (Part 2)

By now you have hopefully digested all of the wonderful dishes that we looked at in Part 1 and are ready to move on to the healthy options at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival for the 2nd half of World Showcase!  If you recall, we ended last week at the South Africa booth which is located between the China and Germany pavilions.  There aren’t many healthy options between here and the America pavilion, but there are some delicious options if you want to splurge.  The Kielbasa & Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onion & Sour Cream is particularly yummy!

This 2nd half of World Showcase is heavy on the seafood.  We’ll start at the Hops & Barley booth where you will find some great New England classics.  The chilled Lobster Claw Cuddler with Herb Mayonaise is so basic and so delicious.  Now the mayo isn’t the best thing to eat, but a few small dips won’t kill you.  This is a nice, light dish on those warm days in the beginning of the festival.

Next up is a new booth this year, Flordia Local.  I’m so excited for this booth!  I’m a big proponent of eating locally and I think it’s great that Disney is taking steps to feature this cuisine.  The Florida Shrimp Cerviche with Fire Roasted Vegetables, Fried Plantains and Cilantro sounds amazing.  Fresh ingredients with a Latin flaire inspired from South Florida are right up my alley.

The New Zealand booth is next along the route, which has moved from it’s former location outside of the UK pavilion.  Here we have Seared Sea Scallop with Kumara Red Curry Puree and Apple Radish Slaw.  This is a new preperation of the seared scallop from past years and it sounds quite interesting.  I like curry, but I just hope it’s not too spicy.  This booth also features a wine from one of my favorite vineyards, Kim Crawford.  I can see this dish pairing well with the crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc.

Next to the Moroccan pavilion is the Belgium booth.  Not only is the food great here, but there is a nice shaded seating area next to the booth which is a prime spot to camp out and grab a few dishes.  If you can resist the decadent Belgian waffle try the Steamed Mussels in Hoegaarden Beer Broth with Baguette.  This is a much lighter version of the mussels from prior years, which had a heavy garlic cream that was delicious but far from healthy.

Now you’ll have to walk the gauntlet of deliciously unhealthy dishes in France, Ireland and Canada to make your way back to the beginning of our journey for the last few booths.  The Greece booth has a nice Greek Salad with Pita Bread, which has tomatoes, onions and feta cheese.

Lastly we come to one of my favorite booths from last year, Hawaii.  This was introduced last year and made a big impact.  The Kalua Pork Slider is to die for…I could eat a dozen of these!  The healthier option here is the Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips which is equally delicious.  The tuna is incredibly fresh and the seaweed salad is surprisingly good.  What a great way to end our journey!

Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips from 2011

As you can see, you can stay on track with a healthy diet and still enjoy all that the Epcot Food & Wine Festival has to offer!  You’ll never feel deprived 🙂 

Don’t forget that the Disney Food Blog has released the “DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival“!!  This e-book is far from mini with 160 pages full of Food & Wine Festival goodness.  The guide has a full, daily schedule of events for the entire 46-day festival, mouthwatering photos of all 29 marketplace booths and the food available at each, and a brand new chapter on What’s NEW at the 2012 Festival!  Also included are touring strategies, an Eat to the Beat! MP3 playlist, and 11 themed booth crawls, a really fun way to experience the festival!  Click here to view more details and make sure to use the discount code CHEFS to get a $3 discount!!

I hope you enjoyed this fun 2-part series on the Food & Wine Festival and will share your festival experiences this fall.  I can’t wait for it to start!  So I’m still waiting to hear from you: what’s your favorite healthy food at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival?

Friday Feast: Healthy Options at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival Markteplace Booths (Part 1)

We are just 49 days away from this year’s Epcot Food & Wine Festival…the most WONDERFUL time of the year!  Today, pre-booking opened for Annual Passholders, Tables in Wonderland, and Disney Vacation Club members.  I was up bright and early to book culinary seminars with Cat Cora from Kouzzina and Kevin Dundon from Raglan Road.  I’ve never been to a seminar during Food & Wine and I’m excited to see these amazing chefs in action.  Booking opens for everyone on August 14th at 7:00 am, so mark your calendars!

While the special events look amazing, we’ll save that for another day.  Today I want to look at the Food & Wine Festival Marketplace Booths.  This year there are 29 booths to choose from….like there weren’t an overwhelming number of choices before!  I was recently going through various menus and noticed that there aren’t many healthy options available.  Now I know there aren’t any calories in WDW 😉 and Food & Wine is a time to splurge, but I have searched out some of the healthier items so I don’t need to be rolled out of Epcot after my culinary journey around the World.  Yes, I will still be having my beloved Coq au Vin from France, the Kielbasa & Potato Pierogies from Poland, and the oh so decadent Chocolate Lava Cake with Bailey’s Ganache from Ireland on my trip, but I have also found some of these less gut busting options to help keep me on track.

Let’s go clockwise around the World Showcase and start at the new Terra booth.  As a former vegetarian, I actually enjoy “fake meat ” and I’m looking forward to this booth.  The Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice not only sounds good, but it looks good from the preview photos.  I’m glad Disney has stepped up and is offering more vegetarian and vegan options at the Food & Wine Festival.  This is something that has definitely been lacking in the past with the majority of vegetarian options being desserts.

You’re actually going to find many of the healthier options right in this beginning area, the next being the Caribbean.  This booth was only introduced last year and the Jerk Spiced Chicken Drumstick with Mango Chutney received many positive reviews.  The chicken is simply grilled and has a nice kick to it.  This is a great carb and gluten free option.

Moving across the pathway, we come to Australia.  This was one of my favorite booths last year.  They are bringing back the simply grilled Shrimp on the Barbie with Pepper Berry Citrus Glaze, which is just delicious!  The Grilled Lamb Chop is back, but this year instead of the Potato-Goat Cheese Salad, it is paired with a Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies.  The pesto is going to be like a kicked up version of mint jelly which is a traditional accompaniment with lamb, so that will be a nice addition.  I’m not thrilled about the potato crunchies and I’m hoping we can order this without them.

Shrimp on the Barbie with Pepper Berry Citrus Glaze from 2011

To finish out this little cluster of healthier options, there is Argentina.  Here they have a wonderful Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree.  Are you sensing a grilled theme here??  Sometimes beef skewers can be tough and chewy, but this is nice and tender.  I really like chimichurri, but they give you a lot and it can be overly oily so use that sparingly.  If you’re wondering what Boniato is (I had to look it up last year), it’s a sweet potato found in South America.  It’s very starchy and a nice accompaniment to the beef.

Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree from 2011
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Now we come to the Asian portion of our journey starting with China.  This year the Barbecue Chicken Stick (which didn’t sound all too appealing) will change to a Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce and Pickled Vegetables…YUM!  I love a good peanut sauce so this is definitely on my must try list.

Across the way is my all time favorite booth at the Food & Wine Festival, South Korea.  The Lettuce Wrap with Roast Port and Kimchi Slawis to die for!  It is incredibly flavorful and actually pretty good for you.  The nice crisp lettuce takes the place of a heavy bun and the pork is just simply roasted with no heavy sauces.  I’m sure I will have at least 3 of these.

Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw from 2011

Next to the China pavilion is the African Outpost where you will find the South Africa booth.  The Seared Filet of Beef with Smashed Sweet Potatoes and Braai Sauce is always a big hit among festival patrons.  The sauce is a tomato based sauce that has a bit of spice to it, but plays nicely off of the sweet potatoes.  This booth also has a wonderful Pinotage that goes wonderfully with the filet. This brings us to about halfway around World Showcase, which is a good point to take a breather from all of this amazing food.  Next week in the Friday Feast, we’ll tackle the 2nd half of the Food & Wine Festival and even more healthy options!

Great news, the Disney Food Blog has released the “DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival“!!  This e-book is far from mini with 160 pages full of Food & Wine Festival goodness.  The guide has a full, daily schedule of events for the entire 46-day festival, mouthwatering photos of all 29 marketplace booths and the food available at each, and a brand new chapter on What’s NEW at the 2012 Festival!  Also included are touring strategies, an Eat to the Beat! MP3 playlist, and 11 themed booth crawls, a really fun way to experience the festival!  Click here to view more details and make sure to use the discount code CHEFSto get a $3 discount!!

Hope this got you as excited for the festival as I am!  So between now and next week, tell me: what’s your favorite healthy food at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival?