2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival News! More Eat to the Beat Concert Series Acts

The news about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival continues to trickle in. We are keeping our ears to the ground to bring you all of the news as soon as we get it!

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While we await pieces of information like more details about the 35 booths celebrating 35 years of Epcot and when The Chew might be in town this year, we’re also keeping an eye on just which acts we can expect to see for Eat to the Beat.

The Eat to the Beat Concert Series takes place nearly every night of the festival. Shows are scheduled three times each evening, so you’re guaranteed to be able to catch your favorite acts, even if you have special events or low cost demonstrations or seminars booked.

We’re still awaiting the full line up — it could be announced any day now — but today, we’re sharing with you a few additional acts that we’ve learned about in recent days!

As always, the information we share is subject to change. For the very latest information on this year’s festival, keep an eye on our main 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival page. And for the very latest updates delivered directly to you, subscribe to the DFB Newsletter! [Read more…]

Review: New Jumbo Pretzel in (where else?) Epcot’s Germany Pavilion

If one snack has become associated indelibly with Disney Parks on both the east and west coasts, it’s the Mickey Pretzel. I mean, it’s Mickey-shaped, it’s portable, it’s pretzel. (And now it comes with cheese sauce just about everywhere — so yum!)

But let’s be real: If you want an authentic pretzel experience, where the texture, color, and flavor combine for pretzel perfection, you gotta head over to the Germany Pavilion in World Showcase.

Sommerfest in the Germany Pavilion Outside View

Sommerfest in the Germany Pavilion Outside View

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Spotted: Italia Kitchen Merchandise in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion

Before a recent visit to Via Napoli in Epcot for a pizza, my husband and I had a few spare minutes before our Advance Dining Reservation. We decided to spend that extra time in La Bottega Italiana, one of the Italy Pavilion’s shops, where I happened upon some fun kitchen gear and other Italia-themed merchandise.

Pasta Mickey Italia Apron

Pasta Mickey Italia Apron

It had been a while since I’d popped in this particular store, so I’m not sure how long these have been around, but what stood out to me right away was this fun apron featuring Mickey formed out of various pasta shapes. [Read more…]

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tip: How Many Days Should I Budget For the Festival?

You Guys! It’ll be here before we know it!! YEP — I’m talking about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! If you haven’t already, mark your calendars for August 31-November 13. This year’s festival offers a record 75 days of fantastic eats, drinks, and more!

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Already, we’re starting to get our very first big pieces of news about how this year’s festival will shape up.

We know for sure that there will be 35 booths to celebrate the 35 years of Epcot, and that both India and Spain will return in 2017.

While we await the announcement of the rest of the new booths, we can still start our planning! If you haven’t already done it, this is a great time to preorder the 2017 DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We have all the tips, tricks, and strategies that will make this your best fest yet! AND when you preorder the 2017 guide, you get the 2016 guide for free as an immediate download — so you can start your planning now!

In the meantime, we’re sharing some of our best tips for making the most of your time at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival from our guide’s Frequently Asked Questions section. Today’s question is:

How Many Days Should I Budge For The Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

We get this one all the time! And while there’s no right or wrong answer, we definitely have a few things for you to consider as you make your decision.

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival

If possible, plan for two or more days. See, here’s the thing. For all that we talk about the festival centerpiece — the marketplace booths — there is so much more to do and experience. And it’s not all super pricey. [Read more…]

Tips from the DFB Guide: Disney Character Meal Pros and Cons

We are back with some of our very best kept Disney Dining Secrets. And we want to share them with you!

2017 DFB Guide to WDW Dining Cover March 6 Planning what you’re going to eat and drink at Walt Disney World is no small undertaking. To begin, there are tons of choices. But what if you could make your meal a real multitasker? Say, you could enjoy some terrific eats, and get that shiny new autograph book filled with the names of all of your Disney favorites? Yep, we’re talking Character Meals.

You may think that the character meal experience isn’t for you. But we invite you to take a closer look at these special meals and see for yourself if a Character meal could be right for you.

And if you like what you see here, be sure to check out the brand new, just released 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, Second Edition, where we talk character meals and LOTS more! And for a limited time, you can get it for 20% off with code SAVE2017 at checkout! Here we go!

Are Character Meals One-Size-Fits-All? Why Should I Book One?

You may think that if you’re an adult, single, or have older kids, there’s really no reason to engage in that Disney Rite of Passage, the Character Meal. But we think there’s a place for everyone at the character table, and here’s why.

Eating a big breakfast will fill you up -- and cost less than dining big later in the day!

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It’s Cool In There, People. I’m not talking, like, rad. I mean literally, it’s cool. Like, air-conditioned. And in our opinion, waiting for characters with the a/c cranked up while noshing on delicious food WAY beats standing out in the hot sun any day. [Read more…]

Review: Warm Peach Cobbler at Liberty Inn in Epcot’s American Adventure Pavilion

Disney World Counter Service locations typically offer a few standard desserts.

You may be familiar… at places like Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and Pinocchio Village Haus in Magic Kingdom you’ll often find Chocolate Cake on the dessert menu. Over in Hollywood Studios, Fairfax Fare, Backlot Express, and more serve a Chocolate Mousse. Chocolate Mousse is an Animal Kingdom Counter Service dessert staple, too, at Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe.

They’re all fine, if not particularly remarkable. (Okay, we DO dig that Chocolate Cake). But there is another Counter Service dessert that you’ll only find in one spot. Oddly, it’s found in a place not exactly known for unique choices: Epcot’s  Liberty Inn, located in the the American Adventure Pavilion.

You know the drill: Liberty Inn is the place to go if you (or your kiddos in tow) want simple classics like Burgers, Chicken Breast Nuggets, and the like — plenty of fried food to fuel your continued continental adventure.

Liberty Inn Sign

Liberty Inn Sign

But we’re here today to put the spotlight once more on an item that is surprisingly unique to Liberty Inn: the Warm Peach Cobbler. [Read more…]

Review: Warm Apple Crisp from Sunshine Seasons in Epcot’s Land Pavilion

Disney World’s fancy desserts are impressive with their layered fruits and house-made gelato and gaufrettes for texture.

And we love a creme brulee as much as the next guy with crisped, caramelized sugar on his upper lip. But, really, there is nothing like a good, soul-warming apple crisp.

We recently fell in love with the apple crisp they’re serving up at The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs. And this typically-seasonal dessert finds a home on table service menus and in quick service dessert cases alike.

Today, we want to talk about the latter. And, not all that surprisingly, we found our most recent Warm Apple Crisp food hug at Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion at Epcot.

Sunshine Seasons at The Land pavilion in Epcot

Sunshine Seasons at The Land pavilion in Epcot

Of course, we could have gone with an old favorite and ordered the Strawberry Shortcake (yum!) or a new favorite with the Mickey Oreo Cheesecake. But Warm Apple Crisp is the current seasonal dessert here, so we couldn’t pass it up. [Read more…]

DFB Video: Must-Try Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo in Disney World!

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone! Are you planning to indulge in some serious queso-guac-margarita goodness today?!

As for us, we know where we’re heading to celebrate: La Cava del Tequila in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion! And you’re welcome to come along in our latest DFB Video: Cinco Margaritas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

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It’s Margarita Time!

La Cava del Tequila, with its stellar selection of tequila and mezcal (and even sotol!), is one of the best places anywhere ever to go for margaritas, or even flights. We’ve enjoyed our fair share of their handcrafted drinks.

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Avoid Making These Five BIG Disney Dining Mistakes

The World of Disney Food is BIG. Planning a Disney vacation is serious business, and a big part of that is where, when, and what you’re going to eat. And there are a few Disney dining mistakes you should take care to avoid.

Homecomin' Fried Chicken

Homecomin’ Fried Chicken

Making assumptions, or failing to properly plan for your meals and snacks when you visit Walt Disney World, can make for a less than magical experience. But there’s good news! We know a thing or two about dining in Disney ;-) and we are ready to share what NOT to do!

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute to Book

If you only take one piece of advice from this list, make it this one. Do not wait until you get to Walt Disney World to plan your dining. In fact, make those advance dining reservations just as soon as you can — at the 180 day mark! This is especially true if you want to experience a super popular Disney restaurant, like dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant.

Grilled Strip Steak at Be Our Guest

Grilled Strip Steak at Be Our Guest

By booking your restaurants ahead of time, you get to choose from the largest selection of options (the closer you get to your trip, the fewer restaurants will be available), but you’re not locked in. For most Disney World restaurants, you can always cancel reservations or re-arrange your dining up until the day before your ADR.
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2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival: NEW Booths, Special Events, and More!

We have a few updates for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which is running for a record 75 days this year from August 31 until November 13!

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We’ve been sharing all the latest details with you as soon as we hear them, including the Eat to the Beat concert lineup and the Food and Wine Festival Marketplace Booths!

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates

Disney starts releasing Food and Wine Festival information in small bites this time every year. And right now we have details on the NEW Marketplace Booths, Party for the Senses, new activities and dishes for kids, and special events! Read on for more! [Read more…]