Tips from the DFB Guide: Epcot Food and Wine Festival on a Budget

It’s less than a month before the kick off for the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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All the fun begins on September 25, and runs for more than seven weeks, wrapping up on November 16.

While there are tons of Special Events, including Regional Lunches and Dinners, Pairing Meals, and Demonstrations and Seminars, one thing is for sure: the Festival can get very pricey, very fast.

But you know what? It doesn’t have to be.

Some of the most fun and educational events are low in cost, and there are even free demonstrations and exhibits that you can take advantage of.

Today, let’s spend a little time exploring one the most useful — and one of my favorite! — strategies from the DFB Guide to the Food and Wine Festival, 2015 Edition. We’ve fully updated this popular guide with all of the 2015 information to help you make the most of your visit to this year’s festival.

Ready to experience the yum on a budget? Let’s go! [Read more…]

Review: Lunch at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Including Testing of New Service Style)

Velkommen til Akershus!

Today we’re visiting Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot’s Norway! This Pavilion has certainly seen its fair share of changes over the past year or so, primarily due to the influence of all things “Frozen.” The biggest headline of them all, of course, was the closing of the Maelstrom attraction in October 2014 (prompting a memorial Maelstrom Margarita at La Cava del Tequila in the neighboring Mexico Pavilion) to make way for “Frozen Ever After,” anticipated for a 2016 opening.

But that’s not the only change. We learned that Akershus — best known as being home to the Princess Storybook Dining character meal — had undergone a test alteration of its own. Typically featuring a cold buffet (Norwegian Koldtbord) along with hot breakfast, lunch, or dinner entrees served at your table, a test run recently brought about a new service style to Akershus. While it remains an All-You-Care-to-Eat option, the cold buffet was closed and several of the previous options are now brought to the table and served family style as part of a trial run at this popular restaurant.

This test has since ended, but we were told that it’s now up to guest feedback as to whether it comes back permanently.

Akershus Sign

Akershus Sign

Let’s head back inside the fortress walls to see what’s changed, what hasn’t, and what we think about this proposed update to the serving style at Akershus! [Read more…]

News: Ultimate VIP Tour Experience for the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

More news on the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival front today!

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If you enjoyed the Ultimate VIP Tour Experience for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival last year, we have great news: the package is returning again in 2015! And even better — Walt Disney World passholders can book the Ultimate VIP Tour Experience for a 15% discount!

Not to be confused with the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tasting Sampler, or the Epcot Food and Wine Premium Package, the Ultimate VIP Tour Experience for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival offers you a combination of VIP experiences, special events, and opportunities to learn from Disney Chefs and other Festival notables in a whole new way.

Your special Food and Wine Festival experience, which will last the full day, includes all of the following:

  • Seating for What’s Cooking With…, which includes a champagne toast (See our list of who will be appearing each week on our Food and Wine Festival Special Events Page)
  • A special beverage demonstration, including Wine, Spirits, and Craft Beer, in the VIP Lounge at Festival Center
  • Escort to experience Soarin’ and Test Track attractions
  • A Private Tasting and Pairing Event with Disney Chefs at the new Sustainable Chew Marketplace Booth which includes tasting of 3 of the most popular Food and Wine Festival pairings
  • Backstage VIP Tour of The Land
  • Gold Badge Seating at the Eat to the Beat Concert, plus another champagne toast
  • VIP Reserved area for IllumiNations viewing

Please note that terms and inclusions in the package are, of course, subject to change. [Read more…]

News: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concerts Eligible for FastPass+ Selection

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If you’re hoping to catch one of your favorite acts at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series during the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival — but don’t so much care for the waiting in line part — then we have some good news for you!

Of course, Eat to the Beat Dining Packages are certainly an option (operating in the same fashion as the Candlelight Processional Dining Packages during the holidays). But perhaps you do NOT plan to eat a full meal at a Table Service Restaurant during the Festival, preferring to eat your way around World Showcase throughout the day among the Festival Marketplace Booths.

Well, guess what! You can now select a FastPass+ for your preferred date and concert time for your Food and Wine Festival day at Epcot!

So, how do you begin?

Just login to the My Disney Experience portion of the Disney World website (which is what I did for the screenshots below), or use the My Disney Experience app and begin the FastPass+ selection process.

My Disney Experience

My Disney Experience

You’ll notice that an Eat to the Beat Concert is eligible as a Tier 1 attraction for Epcot. [Read more…]

One Month ‘Til the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

OK, everyone — only one month left ’til the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival begins. But I think we should start celebrating now! So let’s save some dough on the DFB Guides!

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It’s our mission to make sure that every visit you make to Walt Disney World is as delicious as possible. And that goes double for the most wonderful time of the year — the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

So as we count down to the Festival, we’re celebrating with a month of savings!

Start Planning For Your Visit Today with the DFB Guide to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book!

This week, we have two brand new deals for you!

DFB Guide to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Of course, there’s no way that we can kick off a Countdown to the Festival without special savings on the book that WILL help you have your best Disney World visit ever.

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To start the celebration, we’re offering the DFB Guide to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival for $3 off! Just use code COUNTDOWN at checkout to save big on this important DFB Guide!

With more than 240 pages and tons of bonus items, it’s jam-packed with the information that you need to make the most of your festival days! Learn all about the DFB Guide to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival here!

This fan-favorite guide includes customized bonus items that surpass any other Food & Wine Festival coverage that’s out there. These include:

  • A full, daily schedule of events for every day of the festival — this is the only place you’ll find this schedule anywhere!
  • A printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist that you can use to plan, and easily bring with you to the festival
  • Themed World Showcase booth crawls, including “Fun Eats for the Kids,” the “Carnivore Crawl,” the “Continent Crawl,” and so many more!
  • Food and Wine Festival customized Touring Strategies for One Day visits, Budget-Conscious visits, and even one to celebrate the TV Show The Chew!
  • A chapter dedicated to all “New for 2015″ events, menu items, booths, and more
  • Full food, wine, beer, winery, cocktail, and chef indexes, including dates and locations of where you can find your favorites
  • Epcot Food and Wine Festival recipes
  • Top tips on how to use MyMagic+ and the Disney Dining Plan at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival
  • And so much more!

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Review: Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room in Epcot’s UK Pavilion

Join us as we visit Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room for lunch!

The traditional British Pub, located on the edge of the lagoon in Epcot’s UK Pavilion, offers an authentic experience for lunch, dinner, and drinks.

It had been a while since I’d visited the Rose and Crown; so on a recent trip my husband and I made an advance dining reservation and headed over. This is the spot to find comfort food, and I have fond memories of dining here with my parents and older brother back when you had to make your reservations via the World Key kiosks when you arrived at Epcot!

Let’s take a little tour before settling down to eat.

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Like any good British pub, the Rose and Crown anchors the little “village” we know as the UK Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. It’s the first structure you come to on your left as you exit the Canada Pavilion.

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Rose and Crown Pub ©DisneyFoodBlog.com

The Rose and Crown actually offers a couple of different service options. You can head into the Pub and order a pint or anything else from their full bar as well as a few “pub grub” food items, or you can dine at their table service restaurant. (But the English Bulldog, sadly, has still not made a return.) If you’re doing the latter, you’ll check in at a podium outside of the Pub. [Read more…]

Commemorative Wine Glass for WDW Passholders at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

With the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival fast approaching, we know you’re just as excited as we are about this can’t miss event taking place September 25-November 16, 2015!

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And for the 20th anniversary of the festival, Disney World has a special offer for Walt Disney World Passholders. [Read more…]

News: More Details About Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak at the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Editor’s Note: The price for the Remy Map has been lowered from $9.95 to $7.95.

The 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is fast approaching! In little more than a month — September 25, to be exact — the event will kick off a celebration that lasts more than seven weeks.

One of the events that is sure to appeal to families and kids of all ages is Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak!

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This special scavenger hunt sends you on a journey throughout World Showcase in order to help Remy find all of the ingredients for his world-famous Ratatouille. [Read more…]

2015 Food and Wine Festival Booth Preview: Sustainable Chew and Chew Lab Marketplaces

It’s just six weeks away! We’re talking about the beginning of the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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Circle Friday, September 25, because that’s the day that kicks off more than seven full weeks of delicious food and drink in Epcot. And because this is the Festival’s 20th Anniversary, we know that it’s going to be something extra special.

Excitement is building as we look forward to all of the Culinary Demonstrations, Beverage and Mixology Seminars, and other fun Special Events. But mostly, I can’t wait to Dine and Drink Around the World at the Marketplace Booths!

This year, in honor of the 20th Anniversary, the Festival also welcomes the Cast of The Chew, as they film a week’s worth of shows on location from the Festival, and host special events.

But they’ve also been busy creating menus for two brand new Booths — Sustainable Chew and Chew Lab. The two booths will be located in an area called Next Eats Festival Area, which will be located in Epcot’s Future World, marking the first time Marketplace Booths have been located away from the World Showcase Promenade.

Today, we’re going to take a first look at all of the dishes that these special booths will offer. Be sure to add them to your festival plans — I was actually really impressed with the eats here.

Sustainable Chew Marketplace Booth

Sustainable Chew is all about just that — sustainably harvested food. [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Frozen Szarlotka from the Poland Booth

It’s Friday, and that means one thing to me: HAPPY HOUR! :-D

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But it’s also just weeks — WEEKS, PEOPLE! — from the start of the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Beginning on September 25 and running more than 7 weeks, this year’s Festival promises to be extra special as we mark the 20th Anniversary of the event. We’re looking forward to trying some new dishes and revisiting some old favorites.

And of course, along with the eats, there will be plenty of fantastic drink options to enjoy as well. Back again this year is the Frozen Szarlotka Cocktail at the Poland Marketplace Booth. It’s a great pairing with all of the dishes at the Poland Booth, like the Kielbasa & Potato Pierogi with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream as well as the Sauerkraut Pierogi. (Want to make the Kielbasa and Potato Pierogies at home too? Check out our recipe here.)

Frozen Szarlotka (Apple Pie) featuring Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

Frozen Szarlotka (Apple Pie) featuring Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

This is THE perfect drink for Fall in Florida. It has that wonderful flavor of Apple Cider, but it’s nice and icey, which may make you forget for a moment that it’s still 90 degrees outside. And it’s SUPER easy to put together! Take a look. [Read more…]