Yay! I am so excited! Food & Wine is only one short week away!
Huh? What’re you talkin’ about, Bob? The 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival doesn’t “take the stage” until September 19th!
Oh, so, OK. The 2014 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival starts one week from today! But, why should we care? What’s the Disney “tie in”?
Well, Rick Howard and John Donahue of Kingdom Magic Vacations are coming to The ATL! That’s right! That’s what my excitement is all about.
You remember Rick and John, don’t you? At last Fall’s Food & Wine, Mrs. All in WDW and I got the opportunity to guest host their video podcasts on Epcot’s Australian, Brazilian, and Singaporean festival marketplaces.
Well, next week, we’ll take them on a weekend tour through Atlanta’s Food & Wine as well as to several of our favorite ATL hang-outs! Stay tuned to us late next week in order to follow along with all the fun and frivolity!
In the meantime, you can follow them this weekend as they tackle another city’s Food & Wine. They’re taking on “The Big Easy”. They’re in New Orleans! Follow them on Twitter at @RickKMV, @TravelwithRick, and @johncdonahue!
Oh, and, by the way, did you catch the report that A.J. Wolfe and the Disney Food Blog published last week? It spread the first real news we’ve seen about the 2014 edition of Epcot’s marquee event. Check out DFB for the full text, but I’m intrigued that she reports that there will be a Patagonian kiosk. Patagonia?
Patagonia is a region located at the southern end of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile. Does this mean that Argentina’s booth disappears from the “party”? I hope not. I just acquired a taste for their Grilled Beef Skewer.
At any rate, A.J. mentions that Patagonia might serve us a roasted salmon. OK, I love salmon, but, like I said, will we still get our beef skewer? She also tosses out the possibility of an arugula chimichurri. Hey! The skewers come with chimichurri! Maybe there’s hope?
Apparently, the Brazil booth will return in 2014. It will come with a Tilapia dish that includes a coconut lime sauce with steamed rice. Sounds good. It also sounds a bit like Singapore’s 2012-13 tilapia creation. That was good. I’ll bet Brazil’s will be as well.
This leaves me to wonder, however. Will Brazil bring back their Crispy Pork Belly? Uh, they’d better. If not, Mrs. All in WDW will be pretty disappointed.
Evidently, the Florida (Local?) booth is being replaced this year! In 2013, their Grass-Fed Beef Slider was dry as dust. Their Shrimp Ceviche was “Just OK”. In 2012, their White Corn Arepa was bland and greasy. Maybe a change was due.
A.J. reports that, at the “Farm Fresh” marketplace, we’ll “… be treated to a new ‘Bacon and Eggs’ dish featuring applewood-smoked, pepper-coated bacon, sweet corn, potatoes, Hollandaise, and pickled jalapeños.” Hmm. Breakfast at Food & Wine? OK. I’m intrigued.
Let me end with this … my BIG prediction. Here goes … I’m going to predict that the Scandinavian marketplace will make its triumphant return in 2014. It was excluded from the festival’s 2013 line-up. It comes back this year!
Oh, who am I kidding? That wasn’t that big of a stretch, was it? After all, the Disney-verse is pretty Frozen-obsessed, isn’t it? Let’s put it this way, if I’m wrong, credit me with one very bad guess. If I’m right, you heard it here first!