D23′s Epcot 30th Anniversary Celebration – September 30th, 2012

A round-up of things from the web …

From the D23 Official Disney Fan Website… Event Highlights

From other blogs

Chip & Company “D23 Presents: Epcot’s 30th Anniversary Celebration“ The Geek’s Blog “D23 Epcot 30th Anniversary Celebration Pictures” and “D23 Epcot 30th Anniversary Celebration – Some initial thoughts/observations” (some insightful comments on the D23 event)

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Epcot’s 30th Anniversary – the D23 Event

On September 30th, we attended the D23 EPCOT 30th Anniversary Celebration. Nora really wanted to do this, and nick wanted to humor her (although he grumbled about having to go to a whole day of boring powerpoint presentations).

The good news… it wasn’t an entire day of boring powerpoint presentations.

The bad news… about

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012 – Wrap Up

This year, we decided to “rate” the items from the tasting booths. In summary…

BOOTH ITEM RATING Australia Grilled Lamb Chop 9 South Africa Spinach & Paneer Pocket 8.5 Australia Wines 8 Japan Sake 7.5 China Mango Tapioca Pudding 7.5 South Korea Mung Bean Pancake with Shrimp 6.5 Singapore Seared Mahi Mahi 6 China Mongolian

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Desserts & Champage Booth – Dessert Trio – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012

Trio of desserts

Dark Chocolate Mousse with Chili and Salted Caramel; Yogurt Panna Cotta with Orange Cake, Raspberries, and Pomegranate; and Lemon Custard Verrine with Blueberry Compote

Originally, nora was insistent on trying the Dark Chocolate Mousse with Chili and Salted Caramel, the other two weren’t that interesting to her (after all, she’s never

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Sweet Sundays – Warren Brown, CakeLove – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012

Our tickets and seating…

We attended our first Sweet Sundays with Lisa and Andy near the very end of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The guest chef was Warren Brown and we were eager to see if the food preparation was on par with the sheet cake from the day before or

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Culinary Demonstration – Warren Brown, CakeLove – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012

Warren Brown, CakeLove, Washington, DC November 10, 2012

Wine: Jarvis Merlot David Crane, Presenter

Jarvis Merlot

Talking about Merlot… the movie “Sideways”, while not at all favorable to California Merlot, had the positive effect of causing a lot of bad California Merlots to be “weeded out”… The Merlot grape was originally used in

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Yuletide Fantasy Tour 2012

Taking a tour early this morning – Yuletide Fantasy! The holidays start in earnest …

We took this tour two years ago (here); we had some criticisms and we’ll focus on changes when we blog about this year’s Yuletide Fantasy tour.

2012 Festival of the Masters Downtown Disney

2012 marked the 37th Festival of the Masters. What surprised me is that the event guide indicates it has been held at the Downtown Disney “area” all 37 years. So the Festival of the Masters started in 1975? Wow…

We are not much into art. Nora does lots of handwork and many of her

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Culinary Demonstration – Boma’s – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012

Glenn O’Brien, Boma – Flavors of Africa, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge November 12, 2012

Spice Route “Chakalaka”, South Africa Jim Killems, fun guy and wine educator

Spice Route Chakalaka

We’ve written a lot about South Africa wines over the last few years (here, here, and here), particularly Spice Route wines. Lisa and Andy

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South Africa Booth – Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2012

Spinach pocket – doesn’t look like much, does it?

Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket

We had tasted this earlier in the Festival and had been impressed with it – we were with a large group that day and were quite hungry. So we decided to try it again and see if it really was

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