I am super, ultra, mega excited for the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. As a DVC member, I was on the phone at 8 a.m. on Friday, booking my culinary, wine and mixology demonstrations. I’ve booked one of each this year, and I can’t wait!
I’ve been planning for my Food & Wine trip in earnest: meet ups with friends, dessert parties and my first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. It’s going to be amazing. But it’s also a little overwhelming. I’m a F&W veteran, but even I have some trouble wrapping my head around what’s new and returning.
That’s where the glorious AJ Wolfe and her tireless team come in. Just this morning, they released the Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, and of course, I downloaded it immediately and spent much of the afternoon flipping through the e-book on my iPad.
The book includes a daily schedule of events for each day of the 46-day festival. I just want to make sure you got that: this guide includes a full listing of every. single. event. happening each day of the festival, including Eat to the Beat concerts, special lunches, wine bottle signings, opportunities to meet with celebrity chefs. Everything.
These daily schedules will be be enormously helpful for those of you who are planning to book your seminars, demonstrations and other special events starting this Tuesday, August 14, at 7 a.m. (Booking will be available online as well as by phone. Head over to Disney Food Blog for the details.)
Daily schedules are great, but if you’re not sure whether you need the Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival to plan your Food & Wine adventure: YOU DO. Here’s why:
For festival newbies, there is an incredible introduction section that outlines everything about the festival, from the where to buy products to where to find food to which special events are offered and how to book them. It’s a ten-page primer, and you won’t find such fully detailed information anywhere else.
As if that’s not enough, there’s a robust new list of frequently asked questions, covering details like, “How do I get to the Festival?” and “Are the booths open in the rain?” (Truth: I didn’t even know the answer to that last one. Now I do.)
And for festival veterans, like me, there are seven full pages outlining what’s new at this year’s festival, including a new Ghirardelli Chocolate Experience (yum!) and a watermelon patch (hopefully with free samples). For those of you who do the runDisney thing, there’s even a full chapter on the new Tower of Terror 10-Miler.
Another highlight I love: the Eat to the Beat playlist. The guide includes a list of hits from all of the Eat to the Beat performers along with links to where you can download them. I loaded a few onto a Grooveshark playlist, so I could listen while I read through the e-book. It got me so hyped for the festival!!
And here’s something everyone can love: awesome crawls.
Since the Food & Wine booth items were released a couple of weeks ago, I’ve heard several folks complain about the loss of high-profile vegetarian items (like bunny chow). Mini-Guide to the rescue: one of the 11 different food crawls featured in the guide is strictly for vegetarians.
The “Vegetarian Crawl” includes delights like a chili Colorado with house-made chips and cashew cheese at the all-vegan Terra booth and a yogurt panna cotta from the Dessert and Champagne booth. Not only are there mouth-watering photos of both in this delicious e-book, but there are many more veggie-friendly options to choose from.
While I was glad for my vegetarian friends, I am most looking forward to the “New Stuff Crawl” and the “Cocktail Crawl.” Whatever you’re interested in—from touring with kids to touring with a cheeseaholic—there’s a crawl for you. They’re almost worth the price of the book on their own!
So what are you waiting for? Download your copy of the Mini-Guide today. And big bonus: Mouse on the Mind readers get an extra special $3 discount on the book this week. Just use the code CHEFS at checkout.
Which booth are you most looking forward to? Let us know!
Disclosure: I paid for this e-book, and I was not financially compensated for writing this review.