Today in our look back at the 2012 Food & Wine Festival, I’m visiting the other two booths featuring US States. In the past, these booths have changed from year to year, but both Florida Local and Hawaii will be returning for the 2013 Festival, the latter for its third straight year.
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We’re still counting down to opening day of the 2013 International Food & Wine Festival at Epcot! This Friday, the Festival Marketplace will officially open and the food photos and reviews will start rolling in. Until then, we’re continuing our look back at last year’s Festival. Today we’re stopping by the booths at the American Adventure pavilion: Hops & Barley and the Fife & Drum Tavern.
When we read the official announcement about the 2013 Food & Wine Festival menus, we did a double take. There were some surprising returns and additions to the Festival, but one Festival Marketplace booth was missing that we thought was a glaring omission. The Scandinavia marketplace will no longer be stationed just outside of the Norway pavilion, which makes Norway the only World Showcase pavilion whose cuisine will not be represented at the Festival at all.
We make no secret of the fact that Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter is our favorite moderate resort at Walt Disney World. We like its intimate size, subdued theming, and proximity to the parks and Downtown Disney. The other moderate resorts are far too sprawling, with long internal bus loops and theming that is not to our tastes. However, we found on our last visit, during which we stayed at the French Quarter’s sister resort, that Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside is actually much more quaint and navigable than we’d first thought. In fact, with its superior amenities, this moderate is now neck-and-neck with our beloved French Quarter.
The France marketplace booth is another that will see some changes for Epcot’s 2013 International Food & Wine Festival. My favorite for the last two years, the coq au vin, may be off the menu. A new boeuf bourguignon dish has been announced as its replacement. I’ll always have the memories (and the pictures).
We’re really excited to start planning for this year’s Food & Wine Festival, and the Festival Marketplace is always our favorite part of the event. We’re amped for this first look at the full menus. Below are the menus for each of the Festival Marketplace booths, along with some commentary and pictures from us.
On our last visit to Walt Disney World, we took a day out of our schedule to visit some resorts, including Disney’s newest value resort, the Art of Animation. Below are some of our favorite photos of the resort grounds, which are themed for the Disney/Pixar animated films Cars, The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo and The Lion King.
On our last visit to Walt Disney World, we carved out an afternoon to take a look around Disney’s new Art of Animation Resort. The sister resort to Pop Century is Walt Disney World’s newest value resort featuring three wings of family suites and a fourth wing of single rooms. While we didn’t stay there on this visit, we may do so one day just to have access to the largest pool on Disney property, and for a good reason to stop at their quick service food court, Landscape of Flavors.
Danny and I had our first date at Disneyland during its 50th anniversary celebration in the summer of 2005. I’m sure it didn’t take you long to do the math and figure out that it’s high time that we seal the deal. So now, eight years later, we’re planning a wedding at the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel.