2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Preview: India, Ireland, and Light Lab

The 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival starts this week and we’re SO excited!

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As part of our countdown we’re making a list of all the food and beverages that we MUST eat at this year’s Festival and we’re adding items from today’s featured booths: India, Ireland, and Light Lab!

This year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival features 35 Marketplace Booths in honor of Epcot’s 35th anniversary!

It’s time to check out the menus at India, Ireland, and Light Lab!

India

We’re welcoming India back to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival this year! The booth originally appeared in 2009 and we’re excited to have it return this year!

New India Marketplace Booth

New India Marketplace Booth

Food:

  • Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips
  • Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and Basmati Rice (GF)
  • Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews and Warm Naan Bread
  • Pistachio Cardamom Bundt Cake with Chocolate Coconut Mousse

Beverages:

  • Sula Chenin Blanc, Nashik
  • Sula Shiraz, Nashik
  • Kingfisher Lager
  • Mango Lassi (Non-Alcoholic)

[Read more…]

News: Collectible Buttons for Disney World Passholders at 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Walt Disney World Annual Passholders are eligible for free Passholder gifts at the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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First: if you attend the Festival at any time — running from August 31st through November 13th — you can receive a specialty button to commemorate your visit. There will be a new design each month (featuring Remy with the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower, and the Torii Gate), and all you have to do is stop by the Festival Center to show your valid Annual Pass and photo ID to collect the featured button each month.

Annual Passholder Figment Eiffel Tower Button

Annual Passholder Figment Eiffel Tower Button

Second: there will be even more unique buttons which you can collect at several of this year’s Festival Marketplace Booths! When Passholders make a purchase at any of the following Future World booths, they can receive the additional buttons while supplies last (with presentation of a valid Annual Pass and photo ID): Light Lab, Flavors from Fire, Coastal Eats, Active Eats, Earth Eats, The Chocolate Studio, The Cheese Studio, and The Wine & Dine Studio. [Read more…]

Disney Food Crawl: Pimento Cheese Edition

Cheese, glorious PIMENTO Cheese! It’s time for the ultimate Disney food trend crawl: the Pimento Cheese Crawl! We’ve been seeing this creamy cheese pop up in about two zillion places as of late, and with good reason.

Pimento Cheese BLT

Pimento Cheese BLT

In case you’re not familiar with the “caviar of the South”, it’s basically creamy cheddar cheese mixed with mayo (or sour cream) and pimento pieces. There are some spices in there as well, and those can vary from chef to chef (or from grandma to grandma!).

So if you’re like me, and you love all things Pimento Cheesy, THIS is the crawl for you! So, let’s begin.

Pimento Cheese BLT

First up, you’ll need to start your day at Animal Kingdom. Lucky for you, there’s a lot going on over there with the opening of Pandora — World of Avatar. So it’s the perfect time to hit that rope drop, work up an appetite on Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey, then make your way over to the Smiling Crocodile in Discovery Island. [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival — ‘Just the New Stuff’ Crawl!

We’re in high gear around here, anticipating the beginning of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which starts in a few days!

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No doubt we’ll be out and about at the Marketplace Booths lots of times. But sometimes, we like to play with our food! And one of the best ways I’ve found to do that is with a themed crawl.

We have lots of fun crawl suggestions in our DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival E-book — save 20% with discount code Chefs! — including the Desserts Crawl, the Vegetarian Crawl, the Cheese Crawl, and more!

Today, we’re going to take you one of our favorites — the “Just the New Stuff Crawl”! This tour of the booths is especially helpful if you are limited on time, and you’re only interested in seeking out the dishes that are new in 2017.

“Just the New Stuff” Epcot Food and Wine Festival Crawl

Sweet Avocado Crema — Active Eats

Our first stop is the new Active Eats booth. While we’ve seen some of the booth’s other dishes before (the Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions is a DFB Favorite), we’re after dessert on this mission. Stop by and try the Sweet Avocado Crema with Strawberries, Yellow Cake, and Tortilla Streusel.

Sweet Avocado Crema with Strawberries, Yellow Cake, and Tortilla Streusel

Sweet Avocado Crema with Strawberries, Yellow Cake, and Tortilla Streusel

It’s a cool, refreshing, and contemporary take on a traditional trifle! [Read more…]

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Preview: Hawai’i and Thailand

We are counting down to the start of the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which starts this year on August 31!

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As part of our on-going countdown, we’re making a list (and checking it twice!) of all the things we MUST eat this year, and we’re definitely including items from today’s featured booths: Thailand and Hawai’i!

This year the Festival is celebrating Epcot’s 35th anniversary with 35 Marketplace Booths – featuring five new booths and some returning booths, including Thailand!

Let’s check out what you’ll find on the menus at Thailand and Hawai’i… .

Hawai’i

The Kalua Pork Slider is a fan-favorite at the Hawai’i booth.

New Marketplace Booth for Hawaii!

New Marketplace Booth for Hawaii!

Food:

  • Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad and Pickled Cucumbers and Wasabi Cream
  • Teriyaki-glazed SPAM® Hash with Potatoes, Peppers and Onions and Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts

Beverages:

  • Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Lager
  • Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine
  • Mai Tai featuring Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum

If you can’t wait until the Festival starts, here’s a recipe for the Kalua Pork Sliders! [Read more…]

New Video: Our Top Tips for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

OMGeeeeeeee! It’s almost here! The Epcot Food and Wine Festival is just around the corner. Like, it starts this week! So there’s no better time than RIGHT NOW to share our Top Tips for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in our latest DFB Video!

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If you’re truly a fan of Disney, Food, and Disney Food, then this really is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. The festival has grown to mammoth proportions — 75 days in 2017! — with tons of great eats and drinks to sample. [Read more…]

Five Dining Memories To Make at Walt Disney World

No matter how you vacation at Walt Disney World, the primary goal is always the same: to make memories that you can cherish and share for a lifetime. And with hundreds of attractions, shows, and experiences to try, there’s no shortage of ways to make those memories.

Hello from Disney World!

Hello from Disney World!

But one of our favorite ways to make new and lasting memories is by enjoying special dining experiences in the World. So if you’re officially planning your next vacay (or just daydreaming, as you should!), here are five unique and special dining experiences sure to leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Dine Above the World

Anyone can sit at ground level and enjoy some tasty Fish and Chips or a tray of Chicken Nuggets, but if you want to elevate your dining, you gotta get above the World. And thanks to some thoughtfully placed restaurants, you can do that with ease! [Read more…]

News! More Narrators Added to Epcot’s Candlelight Processional List

Two brand new narrators and two returning narrators have been added to the list for the 2017 Epcot Candlelight Processional!

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©Disney

Warwick Davis from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (Wicket!) and Willow, and Matt Bomer from White Collar and The Last Tycoon will be joining the Processional for the first time.

And returning to the Processional will be Whoopi Goldberg (honored as a Disney Legend this year) and Chandra Wilson form Grey’s Anatomy. [Read more…]

New Video: 5 Disney World Restaurants We Can’t WAIT to Try!

Hey Guys! In today’s DFB Video, we’re giving you a little rundown of some of the most highly anticipated restaurants coming to Walt Disney World in the next few years!

The Edison Complex construction

The Edison Complex at Disney Springs

And SURE — that means waiting for spots like Galaxy’s Edge (the highly anticipated Star Wars-themed land) to open. But that’s, like, years away. [Read more…]

Sneak Peek: New Marketplace Booths Created for 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Several Marketplace Booths for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival started popping up around World Showcase late last month.  And while it was exciting to see things starting to get set up in anticipation of the Festival, they were Booths that we’ve become well acquainted with over the years.

Coming Soon!!!

Coming Soon!!!

But NOW the landscape at Epcot is really starting to change in this FINAL WEEK  prior to the Festival’s kickoff. Because all over World Showcase, we’re seeing several of this year’s BRAND NEW BOOTHS!!

NEW BOOTH!!

NEW BOOTH!!

And I gotta tell ya… I think they look terrific! Signs aren’t up yet for which booth is which, but I’m thinking this booth is for Thailand, right? [Read more…]