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…]

Review: Croissant Salé at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie

Tucked away towards the back of Epcot’s France Pavilion is one of our favorite spots for French pastries, sandwiches and specialty items.

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot's France Pavilion

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot’s France Pavilion

And on our last visit to Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot’s France Pavilion we noticed a menu item that seems like a combination of two of our favorite things: delicious croissants and breakfast!

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Menu

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie Menu

Under the Specialties Section of the menu is the Croissant Salé!

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Tips from the DFB Guide: 3 Reasons to Bring Your Kids to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

You may think that you couldn’t possibly enjoy the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with kiddos along for the ride. But we think you totally can!

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While the festival is certainly a food lover’s paradise, there’s no reason that you can’t enjoy a day there with the younger set, too. After all, Epcot is first and foremost a theme park, so even during the Food and Wine Festival, you’ll find plenty of exhibits and entertainment geared toward the small fry.

We love coming up with strategies that help you to enjoy eating your way through Walt Disney World, no matter who’s along for the ride. So if you like what you see here, be sure to check out our 2016 DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival for even more great tips on managing the event with kids along.

In the meantime, check out these suggestions for making the festival fun for everyone in your party!

Attend a Culinary Demonstration or Other Special Event

If you have kids that are interested in what happens in the kitchen, consider checking out what Culinary Demonstrations are available at the Festival Center for the day. Kids are permitted to attend these events with a ticket (but aren’t served alcohol, obviously). We think it’s great fun, especially for older kiddos in your party. Who knows? A future chef may be born!

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Culinary Demo Featuring Chef Kevin Dundon

If your budget allows, you may even want to check out the brand new Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Hands On Workshops. New in 2016, these events take place once a day, and offer guests the chance to get in on the action of exploring and creating. [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Butter Chicken from the Africa Booth

We now have nearly all of the pieces in place for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

And I don’t know about you guys, but around here, we’re pretty excited. :-D

Africa Booth

Africa Booth

The Festival will last longer than ever in 2016 — get ready to Eat and Drink Around the World from September 14 through November 14!

Of course, we love all of the Special Events and Low Cost Seminars and Demonstrations. And this year, we already have our seats booked for the brand new Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It Workshops. This new hands on experience promises to make the festival more interactive than ever. [Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World: July 19, 2016

It’s high temps and good times in Walt Disney World this summer season! We’re spotting plenty of frosty summer sips to help you beat the heat, along with all sorts of new restaurants to stop in and take an air-conditioned breather.

And if we’re talking about new restaurants, there’s only one place to start this round of What’s New, and that’s…

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Latest Additions

I know — it’s as though the openings are never-ending at Disney Springs! The Grand Opening Summer Celebration is ON for this dining, shopping, and entertainment district!

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Disney Springs

Can you believe it? What once seemed like a never-ending transformation of what was once Downtown Disney to Disney Springs is now complete (though we still have a few more spots to welcome in the coming months!). [Read more…]

News! 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Workshops Schedule Now Available!

Today, we are excited to share details for the Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Workshops that will take place during the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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We now have details on the this hands-on, (fairly) low cost experience (woo!!!) that’s brand new to the festival. And just like the festival favorite culinary demos and beverage seminars, the Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Workshops will take place in the Festival Center.

Booking all of your favorites starts in just a few daysJuly 21st for the general public, and July 19th for Annual Passholders, DVC members, Golden Oak Residents, Tables in Wonderland Members, and Chase Disney Visa Cardmembers*! 

We’re so excited to try this new offering for ourselves. Disney promises that this event will give guests a chance to “roll up your sleeves and learn some new techniques from the professionals. This new hands-on workshop series will give guests the opportunity to learn from the pros, whether it be cake decorating, garnishing, cocktail mixing, or a variety of other fun topics! ”

Frosting and drink making? Sign me up!!

Click through to our Low-Cost/Free Events, Seminars, and Demonstrations to see links to the Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Workshops as well as the  Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminars! 

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The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book is HERE!

It’s here! We are SO excited to share with you the DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, 2016 Edition!

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And with not a moment to lose — early booking for this year’s Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars opens July 19th at 9AM; and booking for ALL events opens for EVERYONE on July 21, at 7AM!

With more than 250 pages of new information for 2016, we have everything covered to ensure that you have your absolute best Food and Wine Festival yet! And to celebrate our grand launch, we’re offering 20% off the cover price! Just use discount code Chefs16 at check-out to secure your savings!

The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book

2016 is a big year, as the Epcot Food and Wine Festival runs 62 full days from September 14 through November 14! And The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book features all the info you need to know about this year’s events, from what’s NEW, to brand new touring strategies — created with this year’s special events in mind!

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UPDATED: News! Updates to Early Booking for Some Events at the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

This just in! We have potential updates to early booking for events during the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival for two populations of Disney fans!

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As you know, booking for all Epcot Food and Wine Festival Events for the General Public opens on July 21st at 7AM ET. But most years, if you’re a Disney World Annual Passholder, Disney Vacation Club Member, Tables in Wonderland, or Golden Oak Resident, you’ll get to book Festival Center events (seminars and demos primarily) a few days early. This year, that early date falls on July 19th at 9AM!

And today, we’ve gotten some good news for yet another group of Disney lovers…

Chase Disney Visa Cardholders Early Booking Date for Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Yay! We’ve now heard that Chase Disney Visa Cardmembers will again be able to book events early this year as well! The phone lines are slated to open for this group on July 19 at 7AM! So if you have a Disney Visa, start planning, because next Tuesday is YOUR DAY! Call 407-939-1870 to book reservations with your Disney Visa Credit Card.

While Disney hasn’t fully clarified what will be eligible for booking on the early day, the events are most likely the Low-Cost Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars that take place at Festival Center. There may be some Special Events as well.

Remember, this info is always subject to change. There are so many moving parts with the Festival, so things DO change from time to time. But since this information falls in line with what has happened in previous years, we’re pretty confident in reporting that it will be the case.

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But that’s not all the interesting early booking news we have today!

Disney World Annual Passholders Early…EARLY Booking Date?

So…Disney World Annual Passholders may be able to book some events for the festival on July 18th.

But…probably not.

I’ll explain.

We were pretty confident that July 19th was the early booking date for ALL specialty groups this year. THEN we started getting emails and notifications from our readers about an earlier booking date for Annual Passholders. So we investigated, and here’s what we found:

According to PassholderCalendar.com (an official Annual Passholder website that I found through the Mickey Monitor, which is the official Annual Passholder publication), early booking for Annual Passholders who are booking seminars will be open on July 18. [Read more…]

News! 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule!

We are so excited to share big news with you today! We have more information about the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which takes place for a FULL 2 months this year — September 14-November 14, 2016!

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And today, full Eat to the Beat Concert line-up is here!!! There are lots of exciting returning acts like Big Bad VooDoo Daddy, Starship, and Boyz II Men. But we always look forward to learning about new acts as well! This year, Wang Chung, the Plain White T’s, Soul Asylum, Toad the Wet Sprocket, The Bo Deans, and more bring new life to the party!

Here’s the full list. Don’t forget to check out our 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival page for all the latest details on the festival!

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Line-Up

  • Wang Chung — NEW! – September 14-15
  • Starship —  September 16-18
  • Air Supply –  September 19-20
  • The Bo Deans — NEW! September 21-23
  • Fuel – September 24-25
  • Sugar Ray — September 26-28
  • Los Lobos — September 29-30
  • David Cook — October 1-2
  • Wilson Phillips — October 3-4
  • Blues Traveler – October 5-6
  • Plain White T’s — NEW! – October 7-9
  • 38 Special — October 10-11
  • Jeffrey Osbourne – NEW! October 12-13
  • Tiffany — October 14-16
  • Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx — October 17-19
  • Christopher Cross – October 20-21
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket — NEW! — October 22-23
  • Chaka khan — October 24-25
  • Billy Ocean — October 26-27
  • Living Colour -- NEW! October 28-29
  • Hanson — October 30-November 1
  • Soul Asylum — NEW! — November 2-3
  • Delta Rae — NEW! — November 4-6
  • Boyz II Men — November 7-9
  • Sister Hazel — November 10-11
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — November 12-14

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