20th Anniversary Cookbook Coming to Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

2015 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and this year’s cookbook is celebrating that fact, according to the Disney Parks Blog (be sure to visit the site for the recipe for this year’s Pepper Bacon Mac and Cheese from the Farm Fresh Marketplace!).

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This year’s cookbook is going to be heftier than previous recipe collections, as it also includes 50 pages of history, photos, and memories from the past 20 years. Recipes date back to 1996 and feature dishes that represent the festival since then. Epcot Executive Chef Gregg Hannon is bringing back some classic dishes to the menus, including pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese puffs), apple strudel in Germany, spicy chicken sausage with polenta in Canada and the lobster roll at Hops & Barley, all of which will be featured in the book. You’ll also find Canadian Cheddar Cheese soup, Belgian waffles with berry compote, and bo ssam from South Korea.

The festival runs for 53 days, from September 25-November 16, and you can visit Epcotfoodfestival.com for more official information.


One response to “20th Anniversary Cookbook Coming to Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

  1. We just returned from WDW’s Food & Wine Festival and are very impressed on how WDW attempts to extract as much money from visitors to the festival as possible. This is Disneyworld and not Las Vegas.
    Dining: There are many “Special Offers” that are provided at additional cost such as Food & Wine Pairing Lunches (Italy $83/pp), Eat to the Beat Concert packages (Le Chefs de France $76/pp), and Illuminations Dessert Parties ($49/pp). Had we decided to select just three special event offerings of the dozens offered, our cost for a one day visit to the Food & Wine Festival would have cost $628 for the two of us if we didn’t possess annual passes. This is BEFORE we have even sampled any of the food & wine offered in the World Showcase kiosks.
    Beer & Wine: We visited Epcot on Wednesday night, the night before the “soft opening” of the Festival. All the festival kiosks were covered, but cast members were working in and around them preparing for the opening. We stopped at the Refreshment Post for a Yuengling Beer; at $7.50 a bit pricey for a domestic draft beer. On Friday night, the official opening of Food & Wine, we stopped at the same Refreshment Post and were served a plastic cup of Yuengling; only to find that the size of the plastic cup was much smaller than Wednesday. The cast member informed us that WDW does this during Food & Wine.
    Free Wine Glass for Annual Pass Holders: Other than the AP magnets they keep sending and the Disney calendar at Animal Kingdom, I can’t remember any free offerings from Disney, so we decided to take them up on the free port wine glass offering at the Food & Wine Festival. As instructed, we had our photo ID, Festival Passport, and our Magic Band which proves that we are annual passholders. We found our way thru the crowd to the Innoventions Pavilion to stand in line. We arrived at the final destination to get our book stamped and were told that we needed valid proof we were Passholders. I explained that our Magic Bands are proof and Disney’s vast electronic capabilities to track and verify magic bands would prove that were are who we are. This Cast Member refused to do that and told us to go to Guest Relations for verification that we were pass holders and then come back with verification. No thanks. So beware, if you have a Magic Band, this does not meet verification requirements for the free offering.
    In conclusion, Food & Wine left a bad taste on this recent trip.