News! “The CHEW” Taping Schedule and New Booth for Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Editor’s Note: Here at Disney Food Blog, we do not distribute tickets because we are not actually affiliated with ABC Television or Disney. For more information on how to obtain tickets for the taping, please read our post about how to get tickets. We’ll post the date they’re available as soon as we know it.

Big News!!

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic Square

Today we’ve got another update about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The festival, which stretches to a full 75 days this year, will run from August 31-November 13 this Fall.

We are looking forward to the start of the fun. We wait all year for this (and we know you do toooo!), but this one promises to be bigger and better than ever!

We’re still waiting for all of the details about Menus and Booths, Special Events, and Low Cost Seminars and Demonstrations, the event is now definitely starting to take shape!

There’s some GREAT news to share with you today, so let’s get right to it!

ABC’s ‘The Chew’ Returns to Broadcast from Epcot and Make Appearances

We’ve been preeeeeetty sure and now we can confirm it:  the cast of ABC TV’s The Chew is definitely returning once again for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The Chew will be taping again at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The Chew will be taping again at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The core cast will tape five shows for broadcast on ABC. Taping dates will be Oct. 4-6. The episodes are scheduled to air the week of Oct. 9-13. Wanna know how to get tickets? Here’s our primer on How To Get Tickets To See The Chew in Epcot! ;-D

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Seven Things To Do BEFORE the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

You’re going to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Hooray!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips

Ok. Now what?

In 2017, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival will take place August 31 through November 13. That’s 75 days of discovering new dishes, enjoying interesting wines, and learning about exciting cocktails and craft beers.

But unless you’re independently wealthy, you probably won’t be enjoying the entire two and a half month stretch.

Luckily, we know a thing or two about planning a GREAT Epcot Food and Wine Festival trip. We’ve even compiled our best tips in our DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Food and Wine Festival, available right now for pre-order.

To get you started on everything from choosing your dates, to what to pack, and how you pay for it all, let’s check out our best tips for Preparing for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, From Start to Finish.

1) Schedule Your Dates

It may seem basic, but get the calendar out and decide when you’d like to visit.

But really, it’s not so basic, right? There are all kinds of things to consider: When are crowds the largest? What’s the weather like? And OMG is Hanson going to be there this year??? (Spoiler Alert: Yep. They are.)

OMG! Hanson! (©Hanson)

OMG! Hanson! (©Hanson)

Unfortunately, with respect to schedules, if you have to plan in advance, you’re going to have to do so with some unknowns. Disney always puts out the final schedule of events, for everything from Special Events to Demonstrations and Seminars, pretty much at the last minute. Even Eat to the Beat is coming later and later (although we do have that full lineup — see it here!)

Beverage Seminar

Beverage Seminar

Our suggestion? Plan as much as you can based upon weather, crowds, and a general idea of when Special Events have taken place historically. For a look back at all of the details of previous Festivals, check out our Disney Food and Wine Festivals Page. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Eat This in Epcot Part 1!

We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re heading to EPCOT —
where there are millions of amazing Disney dishes and snacks.

Cannoli Cupcake

Cannoli Cupcake

Well, maybe not millions. But there are lots. And when there’s this much edible and drinkable awesomeness in one place, it can be challenging to decide what you should eat. So we’re here to help!

Even though there are some great choices all over Walt Disney World’s resorts and in all four parks, Epcot represents amazing diversity — in part due to the countries of World Showcase. I mean, with classics like Norway’s Schoolbread, all the yum in Karamell-Küche, and Grown Up Slushes in France, where in the world do you start?? [Read more…]

Review: Mochi Ice Cream and Hello Kitty Mochi in Epcot’s Japan Pavilion

We recently we dug our spoons once more into Kaki Gori, the Japanese Shaved Ice served at Kabuki Cafe. For years now, it’s been THE go-to treat as far as frozen options in the Japan Pavilion go, perfect for the cooling down in the current summer heat.

Japan Pavilion Pagoda

Japan Pavilion Pagoda

But did you know that Japan has got another — perhaps more authentic — frozen snack to keep your temperature down? It’s called Mochi. And though it’s been hanging around at the carts in the pavilion on-and-off for years, this additional cart we spotted recently seems to be mostly Mochi-centric. [Read more…]

News! 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival FULL Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule Confirmed!

We are so excited to share BIG news with you today! We have FULL DETAILS about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which takes place for a record 75 days this year — August 31-November 13, 2017!

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And today, the full Eat to the Beat Concert line-up is here!!! There are lots of exciting returning acts. We’re marking our calendar to catch 38 Special, Boyz II Men, and Big Bad VooDoo Daddy in person. But we always look forward to learning about new acts as well! This year, there are over 30 musical acts coming to Epcot!! Newcomers Baha Men (Who Let the Dogs Out), American Authors (Best Day Of My Life), 10,000 Maniacs (Because the Night), Kenny G, and more bring new life to the party!

Here’s the full list. Don’t forget to check out our 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival page for all the latest details on the festival!

2017 Eat to the Beat Concert Line Up!

  • Delta Rae — August 31-September 1
  • NEW! The Hooters – September 2-3
  • NEW! Baha Men — September 4-5
  • Fuel — September 6-7
  • Starship featuring Mickey Thomas – September 8-10
  • NEW! Lauren Alaina – September 11-12
  • Plain White T’s — September 13-15
  • Sister Hazel – September 16-17
  • Air Supply — September 18-20
  • David Cook — September 21-22
  • Everclear — September 23-24
  • Sugar Ray — September 25-27
  • 38 Special – September 28-29
  • NEW! Mark Wills  — September 30-October 1
  • NEW! American Authors – October 2-3
  • Christopher Cross – October 4-5
  • NEW! Devon Allman – October 6-8
  • Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX — October 9-11
  • Taylor Dayne — October 12-13
  • Jeffrey Osbourne  October 14-15
  • NEW! Postmodern Jukebox — October 16-17
  • NEW! 10,000 Maniacs — October 18-20
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket — October 21-22
  • NEW! Kenny G — October 23-24
  • Billy Ocean – October 25-26
  • Tiffany – October 27-October 29
  • Hanson — October 30-November 1
  • NEW! Blue October — November 2-3
  • Living Colour — November 4-5
  • Boyz II Men — November 6-8
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — November 9-11
  • NEW! Squeeze — November 12-13

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips: When Should I Visit the Festival?

Are you as excited about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival as we are? It will be here before you know it!

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Banner

Summer may have just begun, but in just a couple of months — weeks, really — we’ll be kicking off the festival with strolls along World Showcase Promenade, sipping and noshing on lots of new dishes and returning favorites.

And even though we’re still awaiting major details, like booking dates and a full list of events, there’s plenty that we can get started on in the way of planning.

Hard Sprecher Orange Cream Soda Float

Cheers to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

But there’s one factor you must determine before you can get to any of your other plans: what’s the time best time to visit the Epcot Food and Wine Festival? We answer below — including some things you may not have thought about. [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: The Chew’s Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Tomato Sauce

At the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, the Crew from The Chew once again offered a custom menu for the event. And we expect to see them again this year at the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The Chew Collective Booth

The Chew Collective Booth

The event runs a record 75 days this year, and for the first time ever, will begin in August! Mark your calendars for August 31-November 13!

While we can’t wait to see all of the new dishes that will debut at this year’s Marketplace Booths, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite dishes from last year, like The Chew’s Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce.

Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce

Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce

The fresh flavors of this vegetarian dish wowed us, and we love that we can recreate it at home with this handy recipe!

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News: Frozen Ever After Sparkling Dessert Party with Fireworks Viewing Coming to Epcot

Starting July 17th, a brand new Fireworks Dessert Party is coming to Epcot. Replacing the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party (its last date is listed for July 14th) will be the Frozen Ever After Sparkling Dessert Party, themed to — of course — the Frozen film and Frozen Ever After attraction in the Norway Pavilion.

Frozen Ever After Entrance

Frozen Ever After Entrance

Held on select evenings, the experience will begin at World Showcase Plaza East one hour prior to IllumiNations, where guests will enjoy desserts, drinks, and views of Epcot’s nighttime spectacular, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, followed by a ride on the Frozen Ever After attraction. [Read more…]

Review: New Giant Sundaes Debut at Taste Track in Epcot

What do you need after taking a speedy spin on everyone’s favorite design-your-own-vehicle attraction, Test Track? A snack, y’all! (FYI: Most questions can be answered with “a snack.”) And we’re thrilled to tell you that the Test Track-adjacent Taste Track beverage and snack kiosk is open — again — for business!

Taste Track Kiosk

Taste Track Kiosk

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New DFB Video: Ultimate Disney Funnel Cakes in Disneyland and Walt Disney World!

Hey Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re getting down to the serious business of Funnel Cakes!

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But not just any funnel cakes…we’re talking Disney Funnel Cakes!!

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