Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Apple Ice Wine Mixology Seminar

There are so many events to enjoy at the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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We can’t wait to learn more about the Special Events that will be offered this year. We hope food and wine pairings like the French Family Meal Traditions will be back. And we’re excited to see Party for the Senses and the Rockin’ Burger Block Party return as well.

But some of our favorite events of the festival are Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations, which take place at the Festival Center throughout the day.

In years past, guest could choose from Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminars at three different times each day, while Mixology Seminars take place once each evening.

This year, we welcome a new experience — the Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Hands-On Workshops. While we’re anxious for more details about this offering, we do know that the experience will give guests the opportunity to learn lots of different skills from pros across the culinary field!

I always think that the best way to look forward to what’s coming is to check out some of our favorite events from last year’s festival. So today, we’re sharing a Mixology Demonstration featuring one of my favorites — Ice Wine!

Ready to Plan for Your Epcot Food and Wine Festival Trip?

The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available for pre-order! 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.

2015 DFB F&W Guide Cover

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 2016 edition today and we’ll immediately send you the 2015 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% off the cover price!

Low Cost Mixology Demonstration — Apple Ice Wine

We arrived a little late for the Mixology Demonstration. Here’s a TIP: don’t do that. Our lunch at Le Cellier had run longer than we expected, and so we high-tailed it to the Festival Center.

Information Desk at Festival Center

Information Desk at Festival Center

When we got there, we found that they had basically sold our spots! Fortunately, the cast members found a few extra seats and place settings, so we were set up and ready to go in short order. [Read more…]

Review: Frozen Ever After Ride, and New Breakfast Menu at La Cantina de San Angel in Epcot

The biggest news around Epcot’s World Showcase is the debut of TWO new Frozen-themed attractions in the Norway Pavilion.

On June 21st, Frozen Ever After (the Pavilion’s brand new dark ride) and the Royal Sommerhus Anna and Elsa Meet and Greet location made their official debut!

So, what are we doing at La Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico Pavilion instead? Well, Mexico is the next door neighbor to the Norway Pavilion in World Showcase. And to say that crowd levels have increased in the area might just be the understatement of the century. With so many guests arriving in the early morning hours thanks to the updated 9:00 am opening of the Norway Pavilion, expanded food options are also a new necessity in the vicinity.

Norway’s Counter Service option, Kringla Bakeri og Kafe, is also now open at 9:00 am. (School Bread for breakfast?! YES, please!!) And there are a few new additions there that we will check out in an upcoming post.

But since the offerings at La Cantina are all new, we made our pit stop here before taking on THIS wait time (yes, and then some!) for Disney World’s newest attraction.

Wait Time for Frozen Ever After

Wait Time for Frozen Ever After on Opening Day

Back to that later… we’ve got some eating to do first! [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: French Family Meal Traditions Luncheon

This is an exciting time, my friends. The Watch and Wait Season has officially arrived for all things 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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What do I mean by that? Well, this is the time of the year when details begin to emerge for all of the events, menus, and more for our Favorite Event of the Year!

If you’re a festival fan, you’re gonna want to pay close attention in the upcoming weeks, as we provide you with all of the updates FIRST. Better yet — subscribe to the DFB Newsletter, and we’ll bring all the news directly to you!

In the meantime, as we await all of the latest as well as the start date — the festival will run from September 14 through November 14 — we love looking through some of the fun that we had last year.

Today, we’ll take a closer look at one of the NEW Special Events we attended in 2015 — French Family Meal Traditions. And I’m gonna get a little ahead of myself: this was so fabulous that we totally expect it to be back again this year.

There’s lots to see, so let’s get started!

Ready to Plan for Your Epcot Food and Wine Festival Trip?

The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available for pre-order! 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.

2015 DFB F&W Guide Cover

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 2016 edition today and we’ll immediately send you the 2015 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% off the cover price!

Atmosphere

One of my favorite things about Special Events that take place in Epcot’s World Showcase Pavilions, versus events in World ShowPlace, is that you often get a chance to see inside a restaurant that you may not have experienced before. Both French Family Meal Traditions and The Parisian Afternoon: Sandwiches, Macarons, and Bubbles! take place at Monsieur Paul.

Monsieur Paul Entrance

Monsieur Paul Entrance

If you haven’t had the chance to dine at Monsieur Paul, you may not be familiar with it. It’s the fine dining option in Epcot’s France Pavilion. You’ll find it by heading back through France as though you’re getting a Macaron Ice Cream Sammie at L’Artisan des Glaces. :-) But hang a left before you get to the boutique ice cream shop. Go through the door with the awning, past the hostess stand, and you’ll spy this beautiful art nouveau staircase leading up to the second floor restaurant. [Read more…]

News! Cast of ABC’s ‘The Chew’ Returns for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival PLUS Menu Updates!

It’s here, Guys!

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Today we’re bringing you the very latest news about the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The festival, which stretches to a full two months this year, will run from September 14-November 14 this Fall.

We can’t wait for the beginning of this year’s festival! With so much delicious food to eat and great drinks to try, it’s the highlight of the DFB year!

While we are eagerly awaiting the full lineup of Eat to the Beat Concerts, Menus and Booths, Special Events, and Low Cost Seminars and Demonstrations, the event is now definitely starting to take shape!

There’s some HUGE news to share with you today, so let’s get right to it!

ABC’s ‘The Chew’ Returns to Broadcast from Epcot and Make Appearances

We’ve been wondering, and now we know for sure — the cast of ABC TV’s The Chew is definitely returning for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Mediterranean Food and Wine Pairing at Spice Road Table

It’s hard to believe that the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is right around the corner!

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This year, it stretches to a full two months! The fun begins September 14 and runs 62 days — ending November 14!

While there’s so much to eat, drink, and explore, it’s always fun to take in a few of the Special Events happening throughout the festival.

Events are varied, and include premium parties like Party for the Senses as well as special lunches and dinners that emphasize food and beverage pairings.

In the past we’ve really enjoyed these experiences, ranging from Beverage Pairings in Japan to Beer and Food Pairing in Italy — and even a Tequila Pairing in Mexico!

Last year, we decided that it was time to try a few new experiences. And since we had already tried the Moroccan Wine Pairing (loved it!), the other event in the Morocco Pavilion piqued our interest.

Wondering About ALL of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Events?

The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available for pre-order! 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.

2015 DFB F&W Guide Cover

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 2016 edition today and we’ll immediately send you the 2015 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% off the cover price!

And now, onto the review!

Mediterranean Food and Wine Pairing in the Morocco Pavilion

The Mediterranean Food and Wine Pairing event took place at Spice Road Table in Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion. [Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World — June 14, 2016

If you’ve been keeping up on all the latest food news in Walt Disney World with us here at the DFB, then you know that the latter half of May brought all kinds of additions to the Disney dining scene!

Disney Springs

Disney Springs

And the arrival of the summer season also brings expanded food options to feed the increasing crowds at the parks and beyond, so our tour will include all sorts of updates, changes, and additions – both big and small – as we check out What’s New around Walt Disney World! [Read more…]

Review: Updated Menu at Chefs de France in Epcot

Bonjour from Chefs de France!

Chefs de France is located, of course, in none other than Epcot’s France Pavilion. If you’ve been reading the DFB for any length of time you already know that France is a must-visit Pavilion when it comes to dining options in the World Showcase, what with Counter Service and snack showstoppers like Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie and L’Artisan des Glaces, as well as signature drinks like the Grand Marnier Orange Slush.

But the longtime favorite we’re visiting today is one of the Pavilion’s two Table Service restaurants (the other being Monsieur Paul, the signature dining option). And “longtime” is definitely the operative word, as Chefs de France has been welcoming guests since the park’s opening.

But that doesn’t mean things have stayed exactly the same over the years. In fact, our recent visit was due to some changes at Chefs de France that we wanted to check out for ourselves.

Chefs de France

Chefs de France

The change includes a new menu, and we made a midday Advance Dining Reservation to scope out the situation. [Read more…]

News: Today is the Final Day of Operation for Epcot’s Mexico Margarita Stand

It’s the end of an era! My friends, today, May 31st, is your LAST CHANCE to raise a glass full of Frozen Margarita from the Margarita Stand in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion.

Margarita Stand

Margarita Stand

For years, this spot located outside the Pavilion’s pyramid structure has served up Lime, Strawberry, and Mango Frozen Margaritas to thirsty guests. (Including the potent multi-colored Fiesta margarita!)

However, La Cava del Tequila has announced via their Twitter account that the location will be closing, and today is its last day.  [Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World: May 13, 2016

Are you ready for another trip around the World? We’ve got lots of new eats, treats, and Gaston-themed Feasts coming at you for this round of What’s New (along with a peek at a lot — and I mean A LOT — of stuff to come!).

We’re kicking off our latest jaunt at the most Magical of All Kingdoms…

Magic Kingdom

A recent visit to the Magic Kingdom revealed changes and additions — both big and small — to Counter Service spots all over the park.

Greetings from Magic Kingdom!

Greetings from Magic Kingdom!

But the one that might just take the cake (CUPcake, that is!) is the new Donald Duck Vanilla Cupcake at the Main Street Bakery! [Read more…]

Review: Lunch at Electric Umbrella in Epcot’s Future World

WOO HOO!!! We’re back at the Electric Umbrella in Epcot’s Future World!

Too much? Okay — I get it. It can be hard to muster up a ton of enthusiasm for the ol’ Umbrella. That’s not so much because of anything specifically wrong with it, per se.

But when your neighbors include counter service options like Katsura Grill, Tangierine Cafe, and Sommerfest just to name a few…well, the more standard options available at Electric Umbrella can pale in comparison. Even if you pit it against fellow Future World counter service option Sunshine Seasons, it’s gonna seem ho-hum.

But we’ve got to give some credit where it’s due. Over the past few years, the menu at Electric Umbrella has seen more changes than many other spots. Some have been successful (French Dip Burger!), and some not so much (Mac and Cheese Burger). In other words, there’s been some innovation here. (You might even call it innovention. ;-) )

The Electric Umbrella

The Electric Umbrella

Since our last meal here, there have been even more menu updates. So clearly, it was time for another visit. [Read more…]