News! 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival BOOTH MENUS, FOOD PHOTOS, and SPECIAL EVENTS Details!

Woohoo! It’s finally here! We have a WHOLE LOTTA INFO TO SHARE WITH YOU TODAY!

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That’s right — today we are sharing NEARLY ALL of the information that you need to plan your 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival visit!

See the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus and Start Planning!

Be sure to click on our individual pages for each booth to see food photos of most of the dishes!

The festival runs from August 31 through November 13. That’s 75 full days of eating and drinking All the Things Around the World! And general booking for ALL EVENTS begins on Thursday, July 20!

We know that you’re anxious to get planning, so let’s get right to it — here is all the information on everything happening at this year’s Food and Wine Festival!

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths and Menu Items

Once again, the fun is officially expanding into Future World, as Marketplace Booths will once again be located in this part of the park. Enjoy 35 different booths in all to celebrate 35 years of Epcot!

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New in 2017, Epcot is going regional and themed! Lots of the new booths center around a certain theme or food. What does that mean? Read on! [Read more…]

News and Review: Moscow Mule Mocktail Float at Sprinkles in Disney Springs in July

You guys! Run! Run to Sprinkles right now!

Because in addition to selling awesome Cupcakes and Frosting Shots and Cookie/Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches, for the month of July, Sprinkles is also serving up truly refreshing Moscow Mule Mocktail Floats!

That’s right. We’ve all come to know and love Sprinkles in Disney Springs, with its cheerful decor and hyper-cool Cupcake ATM. But we’ve discovered that it’s so much more than a sunny place to grab a cupcake.

In fact, we’ve devoured just about everything on the menu with reckless abandon, stopping in to see what’s new in the dessert case and on the menu every chance we get. Because Sprinkles is always cooking up (or churning out!) something new and interesting. Back in May, they offered a Margarita Cupcake, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

So when we saw that they were offering Moscow Mule Mocktail Floats, we ordered one STAT!

Sprinkles Cast Members Making Magic

Sprinkles Cast Members Making Magic

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Don’t Miss These Five Booths at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival This Year!

I’m so excited that the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is just around the corner! Mark your calendars for August 31-November 13, when we celebrate 75 incredible days of food, wine, and more!

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The festival begins earlier than ever before this year, so we’re busy preparing and planning to make the most of our time there. And I suggest you do the same!

While taking in Low Cost Seminars and Demonstrations or splurging on a Special Event or two is super fun, my favorite festival pastime is still strolling along the World Showcase Promenade and taking in both new and familiar eats and drinks at the festival Marketplace Booths.

Hops and Barley Booth

Hops and Barley Booth

While we await news of just exactly what that means, and to see what if any new booths are announced, today we’re sharing the five booths you absolutely cannot miss at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival this year!

Note — Disney has not released their official list of Epcot Food and Wine Festival booths, yet, so these are subject to change. To make sure you get notified FIRST when this year’s booths are finalized, join the Disney Food Blog Newsletter

So, What’s New?

There’s always something fun and new to look forward to each year. And this year will be no exception. Disney promises 35 booths to celebrate 35 years of Epcot awesomeness. So far, we’re getting a look at two newly returning booths that promise to offer some delicious and exotic fare.

Spain

Spain, last seen on the World Showcase Promenade in 2010, returns to the festival this year. Since Spain has a rich culture of beautifully prepared regional foods, we look forward to seeing this menu!

So far, we’ve confirmed a new Spain menu item, Charcuterie in a Cone. What a cool way to have your snack and stroll with it too. :-D  I’m pretty sure this plus a glass of Spanish wine will be very nice on a festival evening.

Charcuterie in a Cone from Spain ©Disney

Charcuterie in a Cone from Spain ©Disney

In addition, there’s a very real chance that we’ll see variations on dishes that have been featured here before. Look for possibilities such as Seared Albacore Tuna with Romesco Sauce, Snapper Escabeche, Spanish Almond Cake, or Crema Catalana, along with some interesting Spanish wines and beer.

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New DFB Video: Most Popular Restaurants in Disney World — and Good Alternatives If They’re Full!

We’ve all been there, right? You try to score that coveted Advance Dining Reservation, and it just doesn’t happen. So what should you do? Fortunately, that’s what we’re talking about in our latest DFB Video!

Today, we’re sharing the most popular restaurants in Walt Disney World — and what to do when they’re totally booked!

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Be Our Guest Restaurant

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Review: Dinner at Homecomin’ in Disney Springs

We’re back at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen for another visit today!

So…I’m noticing we’ve been there kind of a lot. It’s turning into my go-to restaurant — the place that pops to mind if I have a meeting, or a date night, or just get kind of hungry. And, you know…that’s saying something.

From the surroundings, to the service, to the food (and drinks!), this place is…pretty great.  They offer fantastic cocktails and a decent counter service menu; and their table service options are some of the best in Walt Disney World.

I was recently in Disney Springs on a family trip, and decided that my traveling companions needed to check out this place for themselves. Wanna come along? I thought you might. :-)

Atmosphere

And oh, hey, it’s Homecomin’ now, y’all. Not Homecoming. To drive home that down-home, rural Florida feeling, Chef Art Smith officially decided to drop the “g”. Just FYI.

Outside View

Outside View

We’ve shown you around a couple of times, so I’ll just give you the highlights during this visit. For a full look at the space, inside and out, be sure to check out our very first review of Homecomin’ that shares our first impressions from our first two visits. [Read more…]

Chef Cat Cora Likely Dates for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Cat Cora Fans, it looks like you’ll have a reason to rejoice for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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You’ll also want to keep a close eye on DFB and plan to be up extra early the morning that booking opens for 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events!

Chef Cat Cora has listed on her website that she will appear at the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival twice for “cooking demos and meet and greets.”

We think that points squarely to the fact that Cora will be featured as part of the popular “What’s Cooking With” series.

“What’s Cooking With” events include cooking demos by chefs and other celebrities. After the demonstration is complete, the chef sits down with a host and shares a little about his or her story and the demonstrated dishes.

The audience has the opportunity to try a menu of dishes that the chef has prepared, along with beverage pairings. We’ve had the chance to enjoy several similar events, including demos by Chef Norman Van Aken and Chef Rick Bayless.

Currently, the dates to watch for Chef Cora are Friday, October 20, and Friday, October 27, from 9:45AM to 11:45AM. These are subject to change.

In the past, Chef Cora has also participated in the daily low cost cooking demonstration line up, so we’ll be anxious to see if she returns for a few of those as well. We hope so! (Check out a review of one of her cooking demos from a previous Epcot Food and Wine Festival here!)

Chef Cat Cora at an Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demonstration

Chef Cat Cora at an Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demonstration

And don’t forget — you don’t have to attend any of the events that chefs are appearing at for a chance to get in on a meet and greet.

Chef Cat Cora Book Signing at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Chef Cat Cora Book Signing at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Just visit the Festival Center on the day that your favorite appears (the earlier the better!) to request a wristband, and line up for your chance to chat with your favorites and get their autographs.

Start Your Planning NOW!

News! The DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available for pre-order! And if you pre-order the 2017 edition, you get the 2016 edition (with TONS of great info!) for FREE!!!

This 250+-page guide to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever.

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Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist to carry with you as you Eat around the World!

Order your 2017 edition today and we’ll immediately send you the 2016 edition for FREE to get started on planning right away! Don’t miss a moment of the fun!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a 20% discount!

Be sure to stay tuned to Disney Food Blog for all of the latest coverage about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We’ll have the details FIRST!

Want Even More Details About the Festival?

Here’s what we know so far…

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Index

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth and Menu Index
2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events
2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations
2017 Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule
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2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Wine and Dine Half Marathon
2017 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic
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2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus and FOOD PHOTOS
2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Gluten Free Items

How to Book Epcot Food & Wine Festival Events

To book all special events and demonstrations, call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378) starting TBD. Join the Disney Food Blog Newsletter to find out as soon as we do about details and booking dates! Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars and general admission for some special events may be bookable online at www.epcotfoodfestival.com as well as by phone.

Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Golden Oak Residents may be eligible for a $2 discount (per person, per event) for beverage and seminars and culinary demos taking place Mon-Thurs during the festival. These members will be able to book seminars and demos TBD. Discounts are by phone only at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Stay tuned to DisneyFoodBlog.com and the Disney Food Blog Newsletter for details.

Chase Disney Visa Cardholders can book select special events, demos, and seminars on TBD as well. A limited number of seats are available for the booking date.

Are you excited to see Chef Cat Cora return once again to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival? Leave a comment and let us know if you’ll be attending one of her cooking demos!

Save 40% On EVERYTHING in the DFB Store! Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July, Everyone! For those of you here in the States and around the world who are celebrating, we hope you have a fabulous, fun, and SAFE holiday!

And if you’re like me, Summer means one thing — it’s time to plan a Disney trip! (Let’s be honest…it’s always time to plan a Disney trip.)

Ready to go?

Ready to go?

Are you planning a trip to Walt Disney World during the busy summer season? Or do you have your eyes set on a fall Food and Wine Festival Trip or a Holiday Extravaganza? Whenever you visit, we know one thing for sure: today’s the day to pick up the DFB Guides! We’ve got an awesome deal…but it’s expiring soon!

Save 40% Off EVERYTHING in the DFB Store!

And yes — we mean EVERYTHING — with code 40SALE for a limited time!

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Review: Pleasure Island Drinks for #ThrowbackThursdays in Disney Springs This Summer!

Care to take a walk — or a sip? — down Memory Lane?

Then join us for few drinks at Dockside Margaritas in Disney Springs!

Why??? Because the outdoor Margarita Bar located in the Marketplace is currently serving drinks that used to be served at Pleasure Island. For those unfamiliar, Pleasure Island was once a section of Disney World’s shopping, dining, and entertainment district — then known as Downtown Disney — that put the emphasis on entertainment, offering nightlife for adult guests. Dance clubs included (among others) the 70s and 80s themed 8TRAX, the BET Soundstage, and Mannequins; while comedy spots included the Comedy Warehouse and the much beloved and dearly missed Adventurer’s Club.

So if beverage names like Leisure Suit, Hoopla, Thriller, Punch Line, Funmeister and Kungaloosh mean anything to you, then you’re going to want to belly up with us today at Dockside Margaritas!

Dockside Margaritas at Disney Springs Marketplace

Dockside Margaritas at Disney Springs Marketplace

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News! 2017 Disney World Candlelight Processional Narrators and Dining Packages Announced

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Too soon? ;) Well, not really… not if you’re planning to spend part of the holiday season in Walt Disney World. If that’s the case, we’ve got some great info for you about one of the most popular holiday events at Disney World. Booking is now officially open for the Candlelight Processional Dining Packages! AND we also have the preliminary list of narrators!

Neil Patrick Harris Narrating the Candlelight Processional

Neil Patrick Harris Narrating the Candlelight Processional

You can make your Advance Dining Reservation NOW by booking online at disneyworld.com, or by phone by calling (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).

The Candlelight Processional features the retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator. The reading is accompanied by a robed choir and a full orchestra performing Christmas carols. [Read more…]

News and Review: Rainbow and World of Color Goofy’s Glaciers!

What’s more refreshing and cooling than a slushy on a crazy hot Florida or southern California day? Uh, nothing. The answer is nothing.

Which is why we love Goofy’s Glaciers. These sweet and tart slushies come in several Goofy-worthy flavors like strawberry, blue raspberry, passion mango, and lemonade. And with flavors like these, it’s only natural that  a good Disney food fan would combine them into something even awesome-r.

Enter our DiningInDisney pal Heather Sievers who, as always, has this plan on lock. In fact, she gave this slushie combo a swirl back in May!

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Goofy’s Glaciers World of Color

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