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2008 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival

It’s coming. The 2008 South Beach Wine & Food Festival – Food Network’s Celebrity Chef’s will be there…The Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain will be there…will you be there?

2008 Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival

February 21 – 24 2008
Miami Beach, Florida

I am a bit curious to the changing name…Food Network’s South Beach WINE & Food Festival – the emphasis on alcohol over gastronomical delights leads to a pause when you note that Food & Wine magazine is a presenter.

But enough of trivialities, it is sure to be a Bacchanal Bash for one and all.

A few event tickets are left at: http://www.sobewineandfoodfest.com/2008/tickets.php


Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival

September 28, 2007 – November 11, 2007

Foodies delight! Disney’s Epcot® Food & Wine Festival will greet the sunburned and over-beached with bite-sized morsels, a variety of beverages from fruity to bubbly, and a seemingly never stopping series of education/entertaining concerts, lectures, and classes come the fall. The festival features foods native to various countries around the globe. Foodies can “Eat to the Beat!” to the music of classics such as The Village People (10/26 – 10/27), The Beach Boys (10/02 – 10/03), and David Cassidy (0/14 – 10/16).

Destinations in the showcase offer international treats for beginning epicureans. The World Showcase consists of: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, The Great American Adventure, Japan, Morocco, France, The United Kingdom, and Canada, but other countries will be represented in various displays and kiosks around the lake central to Disney’s Epcot®.

All of the main destinations in World Showcase, but Norway and Morocco, I feel are represented in many cities local restaurants or markets and on a past visit to Orlando, Florida’s Disney World’s Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival (now isn’t that a mouthful?), I decided to sample some delectable something from each of these two less gastronomically represented countries.

For Norway, I opted to indulge my sweet-tooth and tried a Firklover bar – creamy Norwegian milk chocolate with chopped hazelnuts made by Freia in a light blue wrapper – an unusual color in American food packaging. For Morocco, I fell in love with the Bastilla – a Moroccan phyllo pastry enveloped mixture of poultry, almonds, cinnamon, confectioner’s sugar, and spices served with a slice of orange and sprinkled with extra cinnamon and sugar. It’s a dessert and a dinner in one!  And offered at the Restaurant Marrakesh.