“Wishing” for “Hallo”Wishes?!

Hey, Food & Wine!  Pardon this short interruption for a minute or two, eh?

We’ll get back to the rest of your menus – as well as the unveiling of the All in WDW 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival FINAL Top 25! – quickly enough!

My friends, on our last trip, Mrs. All in WDW and I got the chance to witness HalloWishes (from very afar) for the first time.  Wow!  What a phenomenal fireworks display!  Have you had the chance to see it?  I hope so!

Anyway, the experience put me to mind of some of my favorite pictures.  Up until enjoying HalloWishes, I didn’t think there was anything better than watching Wishes from the Top of the World Lounge.

Crowning Disney’s Bay Lake Tower, the Top of the World Lounge provides an outstanding vantage point for seeing “Wishes” come true.

Thanks to Rick Howard of Kingdom Magic Vacations, we were able to enjoy that experience late last year.  Thanks, again, Rick!

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Yes! Food & Wine is only a week away!

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.

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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!

Don’t Forget! Food & Wine Festival – LIVE!

Did you set your alarms?  Did you write yourself a note?  One week from tonight is All in WDW’s “big night”!  Don’t miss it!

Write it down … Monday, July 29th from 7 PM to 9 PM.  Go ahead!

What’s all the commotion?

One week from tonight, you can see me LIVE (yes, live!) on “Travel with Rick” with Rick Howard, John Donahue, and their friends!

Rick wants to invite you to watch a Live Stream of Travel with Rick’s Food & Wine planning and strategy sessions from Disney’s Boardwalk Villas on Monday, July 29th from 7 PM to 9 PM.  Yes, YOU are invited to watch via Internet!  Just use the link above to go straight to USTREAM!

We’ll be planning several new, fun, and interactive activities for this year’s festival including live streaming, “Sip and Strolls”, and a whole new Food & Wine festival ranking system!  Tune in so that you can find out how you can weigh in with your opinions.  What dishes were good?  What plates were better left uneaten?  You tell us!

Stay tuned for more information  – either here at All in WDW or directly on Travel with Rick’s Food & Wine ’13 information page!

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Big News! Food & Wine Festival – LIVE!

Good morning, “World” of All in WDW!!!

We are 74 days away from the festival of all festivals!  But, to hold us over, we can look forward to some exciting shorter-term events.

Just one week from this Saturday, All in WDW will be able to report directly from the Tables in Wonderland “2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sneak Preview” special event – “Taste Your Way Around The World”!

Then, just two days later, and two weeks from tonight, you can see me LIVE (yes, live!) on “Travel with Rick” with Rick Howard, John Donahue, and all of their friends!  Yes, my friends, set your alarms, mark your calendars, and sit by your computers. All in WDW will be live and on the air!

What’s all this about “Food & Wine – Live”?!

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Have You Dined in Scotland?

Hey, folks!  Are you anxious for Food & Wine 2013 to arrive?  Did you know it’s only 105 days away?  Well, let me ask you one more question … did you get a chance to check out my attempt to get a step ahead of Epcot Executive Chef Jens Dahlmann?

If you missed it yesterday, click this link to see Chef’s (uh, I mean “my”) menu for this year’s Food & Wine newcomer – Scotland.  What do you think?  What’ll you have?  Let me know what catches your eye!

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