Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Party for the Senses

Today, we have a big treat for you!

You know that we love to talk about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival here at DFB. It’s like the Super Bowl and Olympics and Christmas all rolled into one!

Party for the Senses Sign

Party for the Senses Sign

And while there’s tons to do and see and eat throughout the event, some of the most highly anticipated premium events are the Parties for the Senses. (See the review of our last time attending the event here.) In 2016, you can choose from parties held on October 1, 8, 15, 22, 28, and 29, featuring different themes. Read all about it on our Special Events Page! [Read more…]

Review: New Arrivals at La Cava del Tequila in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion

Who’s up for an adventure? Because we’ve certainly got one for you!

I know we can all agree on one thing: there is nowhere better to grab a Margarita than La Cava del Tequila in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion.

The staff there is warm and friendly. The surroundings are beautiful and cozy (and cool!!). And the handcrafted margaritas are some of the best, most interesting versions of this beloved cocktail that you can get anywhere. And if you’ve tried to indulge in a visit here, then you know this for sure: La Cava is always PACKED.

But here’s the thing. La Cava isn’t satisfied to leave things the way they are. They’re always developing the next hot trend, the next new thing.

And today, we’re going to talk about something that would be adventurous anywhere. But when you put it within the framework of a Disney Park?

Salts and Pineapple Margarita

Salts and Pineapple Margarita

Amazing.

Time to check out La Cava’s newest offerings — Rim Salts in a variety of over the top combinations, new Margaritas, new spirits, and more. Ready? Here we go! [Read more…]

Review: New Snacks at Liberty Inn in Epcot’s World Showcase

While we count down to all the delicious snacks at this fall’s Food and Wine Festival, Liberty Inn at Epcot’s World Showcase has a couple new things to try!

Liberty Inn is located in Epcot’s World Showcase, which is basically a buffet of international treats! With all the available options, you might be tempted to skip over colonial fare here. However, Liberty Inn is a solid choice for a quick-service meal with picky eaters — getting a decent New York Strip Steak for less than $12 doesn’t hurt either.

Liberty Inn is attached to the impressive American Adventure building with indoor and outdoor seating. If you find yourself wandering the World Showcase without an advance dining reservation, this could be the perfect way to beat the heat!

After your meal, step next door to watch the talented a cappella group, Voices of Liberty perform!

Liberty Inn sign

Liberty Inn sign

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New Soarin’ Treats Debut at Epcot’s Sunshine Seasons

We were so excited to fly at the newly debuted Soarin’ Around the World at Epcot!

Soarin' Around the World at Epcot

Soarin’ Around the World at Epcot

But the accompanying news out of Sunshine Seasons next door to Soarin’ is fun as well!

Sunshine Seasons at The Land pavilion in Epcot

Sunshine Seasons

This favorite Counter Service spot is welcoming back its headliner attraction with a couple of special treats to mark the occasion.

Welcome back, Soarin'!

Welcome back, Soarin’!

We spotted the Soarin’ Orange Cupcake when the attraction reopened in mid-May (it was open for about a month in its classic version before the new film hit the scene). The little chocolate Soarin’ sign has been removed, but it’s still called the Soarin’ Cupcake, and features the flavor that I think we all most associate with the ride from when it was Soarin’ Over California (albeit, just via fragrance in the previous version’s Orange Grove scene): ORANGE!

Soarin' Orange Cupcake

Soarin’ Orange Cupcake

The flavor profile is simple: a vanilla cupcake topped with buttercream icing, with a small amount of orange-flavored filling inside. My favorite detail might be the sky blue part of the frosting, also appropriate for the attraction, with its sugar crystals adding a bit of crunch to an otherwise basic cupcake.

Inside the Soarin' Cupcake

Inside the Soarin’ Cupcake

The white chocolate Soarin’ logo now appears on the newer addition to the bakery case: the Soarin’ Panna Cotta!

Soarin' Panna Cotta

Soarin’ Panna Cotta

Orange is again the featured flavor topping a layer of rich and creamy (and not overly sweet) vanilla bean. A thin bottom layer of cake completes the dessert.

Soarin' Panna Cotta

Soarin’ Panna Cotta

Soarin' Panna Cotta

Soarin’ Panna Cotta

We’re not sure how long these snacks will be around, so grab ‘em while you can. And be sure to say hello again to THIS guy while you’re at it!

Welcome back, Patrick!

Welcome back, Patrick!

Hey, Patrick, ol’ pal… it’s great to have ya back! As always, thanks for SOARIN’ with us here at the DFB!

Are you excited for the return of Soarin’? Please let us know with a comment!

News! D23’s Sip and Scream Event Returns to the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

We have some more exciting news about special events at the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic

Today’s we have details on an exclusive event just for D23 Gold Members! The Sip & Scream event is returning to the Food and Wine Festival this year, combining Halloween fun with Festival food and more.

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News! 2016 Disney World Candlelight Processional NARRATORS Announced and Booking Available!

Great news for fans who love the Epcot Candlelight Processional at Disney World during the holidays!

We been watching and waiting for news about the popular event. Today we’re happy to share the list of narrators, and that booking for Candlelight Processional Packages is now officially open!

Neil Patrick Harris Narrating the Candlelight Processional

Neil Patrick Harris Narrating the Candlelight Processional

You can only make your Advance Dining Reservation 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…]

Review: New Items at Kringla Bakeri og Kafe in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion

There’s no shortage of new stuff popping up in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion these days!

The main additions, of course, are the Pavilion’s new ride — Frozen Ever After — and Anna and Elsa’s new meet and greet spot, Royal Sommerhus.

These new attractions have brought about another change to the Pavilion: it now opens at 9:00 am (the majority of Epcot’s World Showcase opens at 11:00 am daily). That means the Pavilion’s Counter Service option, Kringla Bakeri og Kafe, is open for the earlier morning hours, too.

With more traffic in Norway (and we ain’t kiddin’ around — check out the lines from opening day for Frozen Ever After!), the bakery case in Kringla has seen some additions of its own. We thought we’d show you a few today.

Kringla Bakeri og Kafe

Kringla Bakeri og Kafe

Now, there are a few more breakfast-appropriate items that are available for the earlier morning hours, like the Jarlsberg and Onion Biscuit served with bacon, and an Egg and Leek Pastry. But since we had to tackle this[Read more…]

News! Refillable Souvenir Popcorn Bucket Now Available at Disney World

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for… if you LOVE grabbing lots and lots of POPCORN at Disney World, that is!

Refillable Popcorn Bucket at Epcot

Refillable Popcorn Bucket at Epcot

A Refillable Popcorn Bucket is now available at Disney World parks! [Read more…]

Review: New Sake Mists at Kabuki Cafe in Epcot’s Japan Pavilion

We’re coming to you today from Kabuki Cafe!

This pretty but understated snack stand in Epcot’s beautiful Japan Pavilion is easy to pass by, unless you know about Kakigori — the Japanese Shaved Ice that is Kabuki Cafe’s star treat (it’s also a spot to grab a super quick Sushi snack for your Showcase stroll).

Fans of Kakigori know that the Shaved Ice typically comes in your choice of fruit flavors like Strawberry, Melon, Cherry, or Tangerine (or you can try ‘em all with the Rainbow option). You can get it with or without the Sweet Milk Topping, but that’s about the only twist available to this classic icy cold snack.

Until now… thanks to the addition of Sake Mists to the menu!

Kabuki Cafe

Kabuki Cafe

Unlike the regular Kakigori, these drinks — as you’ve likely deduced from the name — are for adults only. They pair the Shaved Ice with alcohol, and Blood Orange, Chocolate Cherry, and Coffee are your flavor choices. [Read more…]

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival News! Details on Booths, Menus, Special Events, Booking Dates, and More

We are so excited to be sharing with you LIVE today from Walt Disney World some great new details for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Note that all information is subject to change.

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic Square

Below, you’ll find:

As always, you can visit our Epcot Food and Wine Festival index page for ALL updates at any time.

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth and Menu Information

We’ve got a few Festival Booth MENU ITEMS, my friends!! See our list below, and be sure to check out our 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Page for updated menus, food photos, and more as the Festival gets closer!

OFFICIAL 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths!
The following booths have been confirmed as officially returning in 2016: [Read more…]