Tips for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Grown-Up Frozen Drinks You’ve Gotta Try!

The countdown is ON!

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We are just WEEKS away from the beginning of the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival — and I know you’re as excited as we are!!

While we love Special Events and the Festival Seminars and Demonstrations, our favorite way to spend a Food and Wine Festival Day is Eating — and Drinking — Our Way Around the World at the Marketplace Booths.

And while the plethora of beer and wine choices are always awesome, we have a soft spot for the inventive and delicious Grown Up Slushies that the drink team comes up with! We love these so much that they’ve made it #OnTheList as some of our favorite must-have Disney treats.

This year, we’ve already spied several that we think you MUST try if you haven’t already. But we’ve also seen a couple new options that we’re anxious to sample ASAP! And then there are a few old favorites that deserve your time and attention if you get around to them.

Let’s head out for some refreshment, adult-style, with All the Frozen Grown Up Drinks Ya Gotta Try at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

La Passion Martini Slush and Frozen Daiquiri Ice Pop at the France Booth

If you plan to make a serious study of Grown Up Slushies in Epcot, then the France Pavilion has to be the first stop on your list. While the Grand Marnier and Grey Goose Slushies are perennial favorites available year around, there’s always something special to try at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

This year, the La Passion Martini Slush, a vibrant red mix of Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka, Cranberry, and Passion Fruit Juice returns once more.

La Passion Martini Slush

La Passion Martini Slush

In recent years, France has given us another delightful twist on a childhood favorite: Frozen Grown Up Push Pops! [Read more…]

News: Joffrey’s Coffee Adds “Le Cellier Blend” to Its Disney Collection

We have a little news that might brighten your day if Le Cellier Steakhouse in Epcot’s Canada Pavilion is a favorite stop of yours. Joffrey’s has added Le Cellier Blend to its Disney Parks and Resorts Specialty Coffees Collection!

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Pretend You’re Here! — With Le Cellier Blend from Joffrey’s

Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company, based in Tampa, is the official specialty coffee provider for Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney Vacation Club resorts. In addition to the tempting coffee kiosks that they run throughout the Parks and Resorts, they also have a whole Disney Parks and Resorts Specialty Coffee Collection. You can purchase the coffee blends within Disney Resorts or from the comfort of your own home via Joffrey’s website. [Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World: August 18, 2016

We know, we know… Back-to-School time is fast approaching (and in some spots, it’s already arrived!). But the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer aren’t quite over just yet, so we’ve still got some summer celebrating to do!

And, hey, the coming of Fall isn’t so bad, anyway. Not when we’ve got our very favorite autumnal event coming to the first stop on our tour in a matter of weeks. That’s why we’re kicking things off at Epcot to see What’s New!

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Food & Wine Festival Coming Soon!

The 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival will be here before we know it! Sure signs of its return are starting to appear around the park…

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Coming SOON!!

Epcot Food & Wine Festival Coming SOON!!

… as in, like, literal signs ;) . Even the Miniature Train display in the Germany Pavilion has received its annual decorations!

Train Display in Germany

Train Display in Germany

Train Display in Germany

Train Display in Germany

Have you checked out the full list of Booth Menus to start strategizing your noshing plans yet?! It’s never too soon… the Festival starts on September 14th! [Read more…]

2016 Food and Wine Festival Booth Preview: NEW! Greenhouse Guru, Farm Fresh, and Canada Marketplaces

We are so close to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival that we can almost taste our favorite dishes!

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There are some great new additions to this year’s event, but don’t worry — there are plenty of old favorites, too. Today, we’ll take a look at both!

Greenhouse Guru, sponsored by Village Farms, will debut this year with a menu celebrating tomatoes. We were super happy to finally hear official word of this one, having tried the Duck Confit dish earlier this Summer.

In addition, we welcome back two of our favorite returning Booths: Farm Fresh Marketplace Booth and the Canada Marketplace Booth.

Farm Fresh focuses on regional Farm to Market eats. This year we’re excited to see the return of the Loaded Mac n’ Cheese with Nueske’s Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers, and Green Onions!

And the Canada Booth is known far and wide for its Filet with Truffle Butter Sauce and its Cheddar Beer Soup – it’s a must-have item every Festival!

Let’s take a closer look at the complete menus so that we can all get start compiling our must-eat lists!

Greenhouse Guru — NEW!

When we attended the Tables in Wonderland Epcot Food and Wine Festival Preview earlier this Summer, there was talk of a brand new Marketplace coming for 2016. There was even a dish available to taste from the new Booth. But the crazy part is — it didn’t have a name yet.

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Last week, we finally found out a little more about our Mystery Booth! Greenhouse Guru, sponsored by homegrown Village Farms, will showcase the bounty of really delicious veggies grown hydroponically! [Read more…]

News: Greenhouse Guru Marketplace Booth to Debut…Maybe…at the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic SquareSooo… do you remember that fantastic Duck Confit dish we enjoyed at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival Preview Event earlier this summer?

We’ve been keeping a special eye out for it, because the Duck Confit with Creamy Polenta and Fire-roasted Salsa was — hands down — our favorite new dish from the event.

Well, the BIG DAY revealing the official list of Marketplace Booths and Menus that will be at the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival came and went… with no mention of either the Duck Confit OR the yet-to-be-named Marketplace coming to the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival.

It’s been an unsolved mystery… until now, that is!

We believe we’ve spotted the future home of the Duck Confit as well as the previously-unnamed Marketplace Booth…

Duck Confit with Creamy Polenta and Fire-roasted Salsa

Duck Confit with Creamy Polenta and Fire-roasted Salsa

Greenhouse Guru hosted by Village Farms is now showing up on the What’s New page for the Epcot Food & Wine Festival! [Read more…]

Review: Mickey Oreo Cheesecake at Epcot’s Sunshine Seasons

We found the cutest treat at Sunshine Seasons in Epcot’s The Land Pavilion!

The Land is the huge building at the back of the park that houses Soarin’, Living with the Land, and the beloved counter service spot Sunshine Seasons! The counter-service restaurant has a great selection of meals including an oak-grilled station with oak-grilled salmon, sandwich station (wraps included!), and even an Asian grill station, where you can find fan-favorite Mongolian Beef and Fried Rice!

As if that weren’t reason enough to visit Sunshine Seasons, you can also find some ah-mazing treats like our favorites the warm peanut butter brownie and the strawberry shortcake.

Warm Peanut Butter Brownie at Sunshine Seasons

Warm Peanut Butter Brownie at Sunshine Seasons

But today we found a new addition to the dessert section — this Mickey Oreo Cheesecake!

Mickey Oreo Cheesecake

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Review: New Cannoli Cupcake at the Gelato Kiosk in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion

Cupcakes at the Gelato Kiosk“Huh?”

That’s what I said when I saw the new Cannoli Cupcake on the menu at the Gelato stand located in Epcot’s Italy.

This simple kiosk (located on your left when coming from Germany, just before entering the heart of the Italy Pavilion), is covered with a pastel-hued awning with nary a sign other than the menu to encourage your visit.

But it’s home to some downright impressive — and highly overlooked — items, especially when it comes to its “Gelato Creations,” like the Coppa Delizia and Espresso Affogato. So anytime I notice anything new on the menu here, it’s an automatic must-try for me.

When I read the name “Cannoli Cupcake,” my thoughts first went to the Tiramisu Cupcake at Captain Cook’s. You know, your regular cupcake incorporating the basic flavors of a classic Italian dessert.

Gelato Menu

Gelato Menu

But when I received it, my thoughts changed immediately. [Read more…]

News: The Best of Epcot Festivals Cookbook Available During the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic SquareWith the arrival of August, we can happily say that the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival begins NEXT MONTH!

And along with the start of the Festival (September 14th this year, by the way) comes this year’s Festival Cookbook!

The Best of Epcot Festivals Cookbook will feature not only favorite recipes from the Food and Wine Festival, but also some from this past spring’s Epcot Flower & Garden Festival.

This is similar to the 2014 Cookbook, which included recipes from both festivals as well as December’s Holidays Around the World.

Here’s a peek at the cover…

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Featured recipes will include Quesitos from this year’s new Islands of the Caribbean Marketplace at the Food and Wine Festival. [Read more…]

News: Win a Trip to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival from The Chew! Plus — How to Get Tickets to the Live Taping!

We found out in June that the cast of ABC’s daytime cooking show, The Chew, will be returning to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival this fall.

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Care to join them :) ?

Well, this might be your chance!

Enter To Win A Trip to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

You can enter The Chew’s Magical Culinary Adventure Sweepstakes between now and 11:59 pm on September 2nd. The chosen winner (age 18 or older) will be able to bring three guests along to Disney World between October 5th – 9th, 2016 to enjoy the Food and Wine Festival and attend a live taping of The Chew!

Be sure to visit The Chew’s Magical Culinary Adventure Sweepstakes website to enter.

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Get Tickets to See The Chew Live Taping at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

So… let’s just suppose you don’t win the Sweepstakes. Are you planning to attend the Food and Wine Festival anyway and hoping to see a live taping of The Chew? When The Chew made its Festival debut in 2015, the free tickets were gone almost as soon as the availability was announced. [Read more…]