The Fall 2015 Mickey Monitor is out, and for once, Matt and I each received a copy and on the same day. This basically never happens. Either one or the other gets a copy, or we receive them weeks apart. Anyway, this issue has a bunch of information on Food & Wine, so let’s take a look! You can click for larger images as well.
As we know, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary and runs from September 25 through November 16. Being introduces are several “Buds” representing different Flavors. They kind of give me a Kitchen Kabaret vibe. We also know that the kiosks are expanding past World Showcase and into Future World.
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Tagged 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, 20th Anniversary, Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar, Joffrey's Tea Traders Cafe, Vivoli Il Gelato
Matt and I recently enjoyed an evening at the Polynesian Village Resort. We had an early dinner reservation at ‘Ohana, and parked the truck at around 3:55. We took a quick peek at Trader Sam’s, but at 4:02, they were at capacity and the wait would be 30-45 minutes. Since that really wouldn’t give us time to enjoy the atmosphere before our reservation, we made our way upstairs to our old friend, the Tambu Lounge.
Of course, we each had to start our evening with a classic Backscratcher. This drink features Bacardi Superior Rum, Myer’s Original Dark Rum, and Passion Fruit Juice topped with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and a Bamboo Backscratcher. As per our usual, we asked them to “hold the actual backscratcher.” Despite the juice in this drink, it’s not overwhelmingly sweet when mixed will. Sometimes when we order this drink, it packs a good hit of alcohol, but this was seemed a little weaker then I’ve had in the past. Of course, when drinks are mixed by hand, this can happen. It was still delicious.
Last year, Martha’s Vineyard at the Beach Club Resort introduced the “Martha’s Vineyard Wine Pairings.” Today, the Disney Parks Blog has announced they will be returning this August and continuing into the fall.
The experience includes a wine expert from the winery and a Disney chef to guide guests through the tasting while detailing the notes of each pairing. The tastings take place from 2-3 p.m. and will be available on the following dates:
- August 22 – San Sebastian Winery
*This event includes a takeaway bottle of Castillo Red wine in a lighthouse-shaped bottle. Cost per person is $60 to attend.
- September 26 – Ironstone Vineyard
- October 17 – Napa Smith (The only brewery in Napa Valley, CA)
- November 7 – To Be Determined
Cost varies between $25-40 per person (before tax and gratuity) and includes three wines — or beers for the October 17 event — paired with three small plates. Reservations begin on August 3, and can be made by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dine or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.
Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel will be hosting a special 60th anniversary celebration for the resort on August 10 and 11, according to the Disney Parks Blog. The site notes that “The sessions will include the Tahitian Terrace Tribute Show with Tahitian dancers; a historical overview by Imagineers; and tastes from the original menu of the “gone-but-not-forgotten” Tahitian Terrace tropical restaurant. Guests also receive two drink tickets good for non-alcoholic Tahitian Punch, Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration drink (with alcohol), wine or beer.”
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Tagged Diamond Celebration, Disneyland Hotel, Tahitian Terrace Diamond Luau, Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar