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Chef’s Name Revealed with a Second Look at 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Merchandise
– posted on September 25th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
My favorite event of the year, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, returns to the Walt Disney World Resort starting September 27. I’m counting down the hours until I can try the orange-flavored Dole Whip that my fellow author Pam Brandon mentioned in a previous article. I will be visiting the Festival Center at Epcot next week to give you a first look inside the merchandise location. Until that time, I thought you may enjoy a second helping … I mean look … at some additional items created for the event. One of the most exciting things I learned is that the chef featured in this year’s artwork now has a name.
“We named him Chauncy,” explained Randy Noble, the Disney Design Group artist responsible for this year’s merchandise artwork. “His ‘C-shaped’ wisp of hair under his hat inspired his name. I made him a French chef as it was a nice reminder of a trip my wife and I took to France. I turned to a boys’ name book and found Chauncy which seemed perfect!”
I showed you a few Chef Chauncy items in a previous article. He will also be included on new things like a banner and my usual favorite item, a coffee mug.
Randy also designed the front and back cover of the popular cookbook that contains a host of recipes inspired by things you can enjoy at the Festival (hello, Aulani Sunrise on page 3 and Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup on page 7!).
Speaking of things to enjoy, the development team is also introducing two different sized Woozies this year that contain the Festival logo. The larger Woozie paired with a bottle of wine from event seems like it make a perfect gift.
I hope to see you at the festival!
Offbeat Ideas for This Year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
– posted on September 24th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
We tend to repeat the events we love most at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, but this year we’re stepping out to be adventurous and try some of the more unusual offerings.
Scotland is new this year, and it’s on our radar to learn about Scottish cuisine starting with Scotland: Land of Food & Drink opening weekend at World ShowPlace Events Pavilion. It’s a veritable Scottish party for the senses from 7:30-10 p.m. on September 28, with tasting stations offering some of Scotland’s trademark dishes. Cost is $95 plus tax and gratuity, or reserved seating for $115 plus tax and gratuity. Epcot admission is required.
Another out-of-the-box idea from the Scottish folks is The Burns Supper (named after Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns) in World ShowPlace from 6-9 p.m. on October 24. Just 100 guests will enjoy a six-course dinner with Disney Chef Leonard Thomson, pairing classic Scottish dishes with exquisitely aged whisky. For instance, Chicken Bonnie Prince Charlie with Drambuie, apples and almond paired with The Balvenie Single Barrel 12; slow-cooked Scottish salmon and hardwood smoked haddock paired with The Balvenie Single Barrel 15; Scotch Whisky-infused seared Angus beef served with The Balvenie DoubleWood 17. Sign us up. Cost is $125, Epcot admission required.
Chocoholics will appreciate the Chocolate Dinner hosted by Ghirardelli at World ShowPlace on September 27 – seriously, six courses of chocolate-inspired dishes, such as Maine lobster with white chocolate beurre blanc paired with chocolate rosemary braised short ribs, baked Brie with dark chocolate caramelized onions and, for dessert, milk chocolate risotto with drunken cherries and pistachio brittle. That’s just a taste, each course paired with exquisite wine.
And while many events sell out within days, here are a few we found that still have spots – hurry, seats go fast!
The new Spirits Confidential is another that has piqued our interest, from 8-10 p.m. on November 1 at World ShowPlace. Master distillers and mixologists will share insider stories and educate as we get in the “spirit.” And, as always, plenty of interesting tastes will be paired with the beverages.
If you can’t make the November 1 events, the France pavilion is hosting “Taste, Shake and Indulge Like the French” every Saturday during the festival from 2:30-4 p.m. Grand Marnier, family owned since 1827, will give you a taste of a range of exceptional Cognacs. Then you learn how to muddle and shake like a pro. Crepes Suzette and desserts made with Grand Marnier are the icing on the cake.
If you want to get serious about sipping wine, there still are spots in the Epcot Wine School from 1-4 p.m. on October 27 with Jim Berneau from Willamette Valley Vineyards. You’ll taste several wines and conclude with a reception and certificate of completion.
Kitchen Memories offers a fun series with lots of delicious tastes and stories from notable chefs. It’s a leisurely three-course lunch paired with wines from 10 a.m – noon each Friday during the festival, except for October 25 and November 1 as these dates are sold-out. We promise you won’t leave hungry.
And there still are some spots left in the Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining series that takes you to restaurants all across Walt Disney World Resort.
Call 407-WDW-FEST (407-939-3378) for to check availability, for additional information and reservations. Or visit http://www.epcotfoodfestival.com.
See you at the festival!
First Look at Merchandise for 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
posted on August 6th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
I’ve been drooling ever since my fellow author Pam Brandon shared an easy recipe from the new cookbook coming to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This 46-day festival begins on September 27, and I can’t wait to enjoy several trips around the world. As time ticks toward the start of the event, I caught up with Disney Design Group artist Randy Noble to learn more about this year’s featured artwork.
“This year’s artwork is based on artwork created by Walt Disney Imagineering that you will see throughout the event,” explained Randy. “The art has a humorous point of view, which is different from the imagery found in the previous year’s events. For this whimsical image, I used pastel colors to create a softer look for the overall image. If you look carefully, you will spot Remy from Disney•Pixar’s ‘Ratatouille’ in the top of the chef’s hat.”
The bumbling, yet-unnamed chef inspired a new item for the festival this year – a seven-inch bobble figurine of the chef. The figurine was sculpted by artist Robert King and looks awesome (especially the details on Spaceship Earth!). Look for this chef artwork on additional items like a reusable tote bag and more.
While the chef is a new character for this year’s event, we are also introducing a small art program featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy as chefs. The character artwork was created by Disney Design Group artist Brian Blackmore, with digital rendering done by artist Dan Salgo. You may recall similar artwork introduced last year in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot.
Another character returning this year is a 12-inch Duffy the Disney Bear dressed in a new chef outfit. He joins other new items like a Mouse ear headband with a chef’s hat, a new cranberry bog pin featuring Chip ‘n’ Dale, and a new three-inch Vinylmation figure designed by Disney artist Thomas Scott. The limited edition Vinylmation figure features Gusteau from ‘Ratatouille’ and will be packaged in a mystery box. The more common figure (edition size 2,250) will be in full color, while the monochromatic variant figure (edition size 250) will be rarer to find.
Stay tuned for additional updates as we get closer to the start of the festival.