Best of the Fest: What to Eat (and Drink!) at the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

It’s heeeeere… the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival has officially begun!!

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And since the first day of the Festival is my favorite day of the year, I’m here, too, of course! The DFB Team has been hard at work tasting our way around every single Marketplace Booth to let you know the items you absolutely MUST EAT at the Festival this year!

Be sure to click over to our Marketplace Booth Page to see pictures of every single dish at the Festival. Just click through the links for each booth to see pictures of all your favorite dishes, along with every single new one from this year!

Then meet me right back here to check out our recommendations for the BEST of the FEST!

Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle at Chew Collective

Layers of thick peanut butter mousse and white chocolate mousse with some sugared peanuts on top make up this dessert at Chew Collective…and it’s my idea of perfection. Super rich and salty-sweet, you will not be disappointed.

Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle

Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle

It’s a small portion, but the sweetness will knock your socks off.

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2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Preview: Brazil and Greece

The 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is just DAYS away and we can’t wait to visit all the Marketplace Booths this year! We’ve already made our list of all the things we have to eat!

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Two of our favorite booths are returning to the Festival this year – Brazil and Greece.

These booths are always fan favorites and we think that will ring true again this year. While the Griddled Greek Cheese isn’t returning for 2016 you can still make it at home with our recipe!

Brazil Marketplace Booth

The Brazil marketplace is one of my favorites, both for its design and it’s awesome food!

Brazil returned to the Festival in 2013 and we’re so excited to see it back this year! We loved the layered meat pie with yucca mash in 2015.

Brazil Marketplace

Brazil Marketplace

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News: Updates to Refillable Popcorn Bucket Program in Disney World

We’re poppin’ in with a couple of updates for you regarding this summer’s Refillable Popcorn Bucket program in Disney World!

Adventureland Popcorn Cart in Magic Kingdom

Adventureland Popcorn Cart in Magic Kingdom

In case you missed the original buzz, Refillable Popcorn Buckets hit the scene in late June. Guests could purchase a souvenir Popcorn Bucket at select Popcorn Carts around Disney World for $10.00 and have it refilled at any Popcorn Cart on property (no matter where the original Bucket was purchased) for $1.50 for the remainder of the day.

Magic Kingdom refillable Popcorn Bucket

Magic Kingdom refillable Popcorn Bucket

The program was originally scheduled to run through September 1st. However, September 1st has come and gone… and the Refillable Popcorn Buckets are still up for grabs! At Magic Kingdom, they’ve even received a spooky little makeover in honor of the arrival of Halloween. [Read more…]

News! Passholder Exclusive Keepsake Glasses Returning for 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Last year, Walt Disney World introduced an Annual Passholder exclusive gift for guests attending the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. And this year, the offer is back again.

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While APs could head home from the Festival with a Port Wine Glass last year, in 2016, they can add an etched glass tumbler to their collection. Special thanks to reader Alex for the heads up about these!

Passholder Exclusive Food and Wine Festival Tumbler © Disney

Passholder Exclusive Food and Wine Festival Tumbler © Disney

How does this magic come to pass? Here’s the low-down: [Read more…]

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Preview: Chocolate Studio and Wine and Dine Studio

It’s almost here! The 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival starts in less than two weeks and we can’t wait to try all the dishes and beverages at the Marketplace Booths!

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The Festival kicks off September 14 and runs through November 14, and this year several new Marketplace Booths are featured in both Future World and World Showcase.

Today we’re giving you a preview of two of the new Future World Marketplace Booths: Chocolate Studio and the Wine and Dine Studio.

Chocolate Studio Marketplace Booth

Chocolate lovers are going to LOVE this new marketplace booth! It is the perfect spot to satisfy your sweet tooth!

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Chocolate Studio Booth Menu

Food:

  • Red Wine Chocolate Truffle
  • Ghirardelli® Chocolate Raspberry Torte
  • Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel

Beverages:

  • Fonseca Bin No. 27 Port
  • Justin Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Rosa Regale Sweet Sparkling Wine
  • Blandy’s Alvada 5yr-Old Madeira

We highly recommend the Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel! This not-quite-ice-cream dessert is something truly unique — and the perfect treat for a warm Festival day.

Chew Lab Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel

Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel from the 2015 Food and Wine Festival

This sweet treat actually debuted at the 2015 Festival, and we are crazy happy to see it back for another year. [Read more…]

Sneak Peek: 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise

In case we’ve caught you unaware ;) , the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival begins NEXT! WEEK!

As you’re preparing your list of ALL THE FOOD you want to try at the Marketplace Booths, you may also want to take a gander at some of the new 2016 Food and Wine Festival Merchandise to do some souvenir planning, too!

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©Disney

Why don’t we go ahead and start with a glimpse at the Dooney & Bourke pattern for this year’s three Food & Wine Festival Handbags? [Read more…]

Review: Bubble Milk Tea at Epcot’s Joy of Tea

We have a fun treat for you at the China Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase!

Let’s face it: Disney World is hot. With the exception of a few weeks out of the year, you’re going to be craving a refreshing drink as a mid-day treat. And Epcot’s Joy of Tea has just the thing for you!

We’re big fans of this snack stop. For such a tiny booth, it has a pretty extensive menu! The egg rolls and curry chicken pockets are tasty little snacks that will hold you over until your next meal while you explore the World Showcase.

And, most importantly, they have a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (including the fan favorite Tipsy Ducks in Love!).

Today, we’ll check out the Bubble Milk Tea!

Joy of Tea menu — click to enlarge

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COUNTDOWN! One Week ‘Til the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

There’s only ONE WEEK left until we kick off the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. It’s coming up SO FAST! So as we continue to cross off the days until it’s underway, we want to offer you some special savings on the DFB Guides!

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For all the fun we have bringing you the latest news about Disney Food, we’re passionate about one thing especially: making sure that every visit you make to Walt Disney World is as great as it can possibly be.

DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival was written to give you everything you need to know in one handy volume (and we mean EVERYTHING).

With more than 250 pages and tons of bonus items, it offers all of the information that you need to make the most of your Festival visit. Learn more about the DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival here. And during our Countdown to the Festival Sale, we’re offering this popular DFB Guide for 30% off! Just use code COUNTDOWN at the checkout to save on this must-have Food and Wine Fest companion.

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News (Updated): Ultimate VIP Tour Experience for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Now Available

It’s SO CLOSE now, my friends…

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic SquareThe 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival begins September 14th!

That means the Ultimate VIP Tour Experience for the Epcot Food & Wine Festival is bookable now! Similar to the 2015 Package, Walt Disney World passholders, DVC Members, and Chase Disney Visa Cardholders can book the Ultimate VIP Tour Experience for a 15% discount!

As in years past, the Ultimate VIP Tour Experience for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival offers a combination of VIP experiences, special events, and terrific opportunities to learn from Disney Chefs and other Festival notables.

Your special Food and Wine Festival experience lasts ALL DAY LONG, and includes all of the following:

  • Your day begins with the Wonders Retreat at the Festival Center, where you’ll enjoy a celebrity chef hosted brunch from the best seats in the house.
  • After a break and a brief time to shop, you’ll return to the VIP Lounge for a hosted beverage demonstration featuring acclaimed wines, spirits and craft beers from around the world.
  • Next, you’ll venture to the Norway Pavilion to set sail on the newest attraction in the World Showcase—Frozen Ever After.
  • Then, it’s time to explore the Global Marketplaces! Disney Chefs will greet you and introduce you to the endless selection of bites and beverages while you taste 3 of the Festival’s most popular pairings.
  • Your next stop will be at the newly reimagined attraction, Soarin’ Around the World.
  • Afterwards, a certified Cicerone will lead you through a sampling of the Festival’s signature craft beers. Another delectable chef’s pairing will follow.
  • Post pairing, you’ll head to the America Garden Theatre to savor a glass of champagne and then rock out to the Eat to the Beat Concert Series from your priority seats.
  • When the concert comes to a close, you’ll have time to explore the Festival on your own.
  • If you choose to stay through the end of the day, you can watch IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth from a reserved location.

More details:

  • The 7-hour experience begins at 9:00 AM on the following Fridays: September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; and November 4, 11, 2016.
  • The cost of The Ultimate Day at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival experience is $399 per Guest, plus tax.
  • A 15% discount is available for Disney Vacation Club Members, Annual Passholders, and Disney Chase Visa Cardmembers.
  • See artists performing during the Eat to the Beat Concert Series.
  • View celebrity chefs who will be presenting at the What’s Cookin’ With… brunch during the Wonders Retreat. (See our list of who will be appearing each week on our Food and Wine Festival Special Events Page)
  • Theme park admission is required and is not included with the cost of the VIP Tour.

For reservations, please call (407) WDW-TOUR or (407) 939-8687.

Please note that terms and inclusions in the package are, of course, subject to change.

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! 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.

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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! Don’t miss a moment of the fun!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a 20% off the cover price!

 

News! Tickets Released for Live Tapings of The Chew at Epcot

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic SquareThe Cast of ABC TV’s “The Chew” is returning to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Just like last year — they will be recording episodes of the show LIVE from Epcot from October 5th through 7th!

Interested in attending a taping? If so, you’ve gotta act fast. Tickets have been released, and if last year’s ticket release is any indication, they will be snatched up faster than you can say, “The Chew!”

In case you missed our little primer, here are the steps to nab your tix!

Get Tickets to See The Chew Live Taping at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Step 1: Go directly to abc.go.com/shows/the-chew.

Step 2: From there, click on the Get Tickets box on the bottom right to Attend a Taping of The Chew.

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Step 3: Select your preferred DATE from the scroll that appears above the ticket options. [Read more…]