New DFB Video: Best Walt Disney World Restaurants for First Timers

Hello from Walt Disney World!

Today, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite restaurants around the World, as we share with you our suggestions for the Best Walt Disney World Restaurants for First Timers. It’s the latest Disney Food Blog video that you’ll find on our brand new DFB YouTube Video Channel!

Best Disney World Restaurants for First Timers

Are you headed to Walt Disney World for the very first time, or are you a veteran of the Parks and Resorts? Tune in to see if you agree with our picks for First Timers. [Read more…]

News: 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Introduces Two New Booths

We may be busy decking the halls right now, but shortly after the holidays we’ll be dreaming of Spring. And in Walt Disney World, that means one thing — the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival! Mark your calendars for March 1-May 29, 2017 — a full 90 days of flowers, food, and fun!

Ahhh, Epcot in the Spring.

Ahhh, Epcot in the Spring.

In its 24th year, the Flower and Garden Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. It’s truly a feast for all of the senses as Epcot introduces new topiaries like Belle and Figment to accompany all of the classics we’ve come to love. And in 2017, there’s even more of an emphasis on edible gardens. [Read more…]

Best of Epcot’s Holidays Around the World Food Booths!

Holidays Around the World at Epcot is a celebration of the Season as it is recognized around the globe!

Holidays Around the World

Holidays Around the World

Holiday traditions from various cultures are expressed through decorations, stories, music and food, while additional events include the nightly Candlelight Processional and a holiday version of the evening spectacular IllumiNations — Reflections of Earth. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot’s France Pavilion

Today, we’re back with another installment in our new DFB Video Series!

This time, we travel to France — via Epcot, that is — to take a look around one of our favorite counter service spots in all of Walt Disney World: Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie.

Les Halles

Les Halles

You’ll find Les Halles tucked into the very back of the France Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. And believe me, you won’t be disappointed with the trek to get back there. [Read more…]

News! Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2017 Dates!!

Well, I have an early holiday present for you all this year… it’s the dates for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

And I DO mean early… because for the first time, the Festival will begin in AUGUST! It is set to run from August 31 – November 13, 2017 (that’s a RECORD 75 DAYS, my friends!). [Read more…]

YAY! Announcing the Thanksgiving 50% Off Sale!

Happy Turkey Day, Everyone!

We hope you’re enjoying the day in just the right way! And we’ve got a little something to make it even sweeter. No driving or fighting-of-crowds required.

On this Thanksgiving Day we wanted to offer you something extra to be thankful for!

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For a limited time only, save 50% off of our brand new 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining! Just use promo code THANKSGIVING at DFBStore.com for incredible savings on our most popular DFB e-book.

Over 600 pages of our best tips, suggestions, reviews, and recommendations — and over 500 color photos! There’s something for everyone! Want to see sample pages and more information? Here you go!

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News: Epcot Festival of the Arts (with food, of course!) Coming in January and February 2017

A brand new event featuring — can you ever guess ;) ? — FOOD is coming to Epcot in January!

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Okay, so that’s not really the whole story… the focus of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be on three disciplines: visual, culinary, and performing arts. This weekends-only event will run Fridays through Mondays from January 13th through February 20th, with new art being unveiled each week.

The Culinary Arts will be represented at the event’s Food Studios (aka booths), offering “creations that look almost too good to eat, but you won’t be able to resist.” [Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World: November 15, 2016

Hello, friends! Well, we’d be remiss if we didn’t start out this post by wishing THIS GUY a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Happy Birthday to THIS GUY!!

Happy Birthday, Mickey!!

Mickey Mouse was presented to the world with the premiere of the animated short “Steamboat Willie” on November 18, 1928. And our favorite Mouse will be joining us all around the World today for our November edition of What’s New!

All Around the World

The Holiday Season is upon us! [Read more…]

Review: 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Pastry Making Workshop

It’s high time for more 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival fun!

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Once again, we’re going beyond the Marketplace Booths for a Special Event that is new to the Festival this year: Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Hands-On Workshops. Similar to the Festival’s Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars, this new offering takes place daily in the Festival Center. However, the Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! sessions offer an interactive element unique to this Special Event where participants can take tips directly from leaders in the culinary industry.

The choice of topics is extensive, ranging from forming sushi rolls to pasta making and vodka tasting to pumpkin decorating (and beyond — check out the full list of options here). We attended The Art of Pastry Making with Erin McKenna.

You might be familiar with Erin McKenna as the founder of Babycakes or the owner of Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC in Disney Springs (or even her shops in New York and Los Angeles). If so, then you know that her focus is on creating tasty vegan and gluten-free goods. Since baking gluten-free items is not something I have previously attempted, I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn something new!

So join me in the Chef’s Showcase at the Festival Center to check out this new Special Event!

Food and Wine Festival Center

Food and Wine Festival Center

Long tables are set up in front of the stage so there’s plenty of room for lots of would-be pastry-makers! [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips with Pap from the Africa Booth

The 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is a great place to sample new and exciting food and drinks from around the world!

Every year at the Food and Wine Festival we find delicious dishes that keep us coming back for more. And since most of the menu items are only available at the Festival, we often find ourselves craving a particular dish in….oh, January. To help curb those cravings we love cooking up some of our favorite dishes at home.

Africa Booth

Africa Booth

Trying out a new recipe is always a fun excuse to have some friends over for a dinner party – think of it as your very own private Food and Wine Festival, without the crowds or the Florida heat and humidity.

Today’s recipe for Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips with Pap from the Africa Marketplace booth might look a bit daunting, but don’t let the list of spices for the Berbere Spice Mix deter you. If you aren’t up for that big of a challenge, you can find pre-made spice mix online (but we think homemade is better)! Invite some friends over, pop open a nice bottle of South African wine, and let’s get cooking!

Berbere Style Beef with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, Okra, and Pap

Berbere Style Beef with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, Okra, and Pap

Berbere Beef Tenderloin Tips with Pap

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Serves 4

Ingredients: [Read more…]