News: Join the Wait List NOW for Tickets to See The Chew at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Hey, fans of ABC’s daytime cooking show, The Chew!

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NOW’s the time to join the Wait List for the chance to receive FREE TICKETS to watch The Chew film the show LIVE at the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The Food and Wine Festival kicks off on August 31st, and The Chew joins the scene starting October 4th. Five shows will be filmed in total, with two shows on Wednesday, October 4th, two on Thursday, October 5th, and one on Friday, October 6th.

How To Join the Wait List

In order to join the Wait List, start by visiting the Home Calendar for 1iota, the Free Tickets hosting site. The link provided will send you to the following view:

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1iota Home Page Screenshot

Next, either scroll through the Calendar dates until you arrive at your preferred date of October 4, 5, or 6 OR use the Choose a Location button to select shows filming in Orlando, FL. [Read more…]

The 12 Things You MUST Eat at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival This Year

We are just a little over a month away from the start of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, and it’s all starting to fall into place!

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Soon, we’ll be hanging out, trying new things and enjoying old favorites at Marketplace Booths. And with 35 booths to choose from, situated within World Showcase as well as Future World, there are tons of great eats and drinks to choose from!

(See all of the menus here.)

We expect to eat way more than 12 things ;-) — but you need to start somewhere! So whether you’re crunched for time, on a budget, or just want the CliffsNotes version of what you’ve gotta try, we’re getting you ready for this year’s Dine Around by sharing the 12 Things You MUST Eat at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen Pomegranate Beer

OK, this is not only new to the Festival…it’s completely new altogether! One of our favorite breweries has done it again. Previously known for their grapefruit beer, this festival-exclusive (YEP, you can ONLY get it at the festival!) Pomegranate variety is off the charts. Find it at the Brewers Collection Booth!

Schofferhofer Hefeweizen Pomegranate Beer

Schofferhofer Hefeweizen Pomegranate Beer

Le Cellier Filet and Canadian Cheddar Soup — Canada

The Canada Booth is the undisputed champion of the festival. No — seriously. Sales at this booth top all others (which has been known to spark a little competition among the “countries,” we hear).

And while it’s a given that we’re stopping here for the Le Cellier Filet, you might have a hard choice to make between this dish (it’s soooo gooooooood) and the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup.

Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

So do what we do. Don’t choose. [Read more…]

Review: Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party in Magic Kingdom

Who doesn’t love capping off a night at Disney World with a Fireworks spectacular? I know I do, whether I’m standing shoulder-to-shoulder with literally thousands of other guests in the Hub of Magic Kingdom or taking it all in from the balcony at California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

But there is one thing that can make a nighttime show even better…

Desserts at the Happily Ever After fireworks dessert party

Desserts at the Happily Ever After fireworks dessert party

And that’s DESSERT. Better yet, make that plural: DESSERTS.

That’s where Fireworks Viewing Parties come in! At present Disney is offering the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios, and the Frozen Ever After Dessert Party at Epcot, which pairs desserts and a ride on the Frozen Ever After attraction with a showing of IllumiNations.

But on my last trip, I booked what might be the highest in demand of them all: the Happily Ever After Dessert Party (technically named the Fireworks Dessert Party) at Magic Kingdom. [Read more…]

News! Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booths Going UP!

It’s COMING SOON 

I’m talking about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Kicking off on August 31st, the longer-than-ever Festival will run all the way through November 13th!

There will be 35 Festival Marketplace Booths in celebration of Epcot’s 35th Anniversary (in fact, you can check out the full list of menus here!).

Coming Soon! sign

Coming Soon! sign

So I guess with more Booths AND more days than ever, the Food and Wine Festival crew needed some extra time to prepare. Because we are ALREADY seeing the Festival Marketplace Booths popping up all over World Showcase!

So you see, I’m not the only one telling you it’s COMING SOON

Coming Soon sign

Coming Soon sign

That’s actually the only current designation on the signage posted on top of the standing booths. But after years and years of attending the Food and Wine Festival, I’ve gotten to know these buildings pretty darn well! So, it’s now no trouble spotting the Ireland Marketplace Booth. (SUPER excited about the Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread here! It’s SOOOO GOOD.)

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Spotted: Super Fun T-Shirts Celebrating Disney Snacks

We’ve been spotting some pretty terrific food-themed T-shirts around Disney World and Disneyland merchandise locations lately, and I couldn’t resist sharing some of these fun finds with you today. Because YOUR favorite iconic Disney snack may be represented on some of this garb, and I’d hate for you to miss a chance to pick one up on your next Disney World trip!

If Mickey Waffles, Pretzels, Turkey Legs, and Dole Whips (along with The Haunted Mansion, Fireworks, and Mickey himself) make up your BEST DAY EVER, then check out this tee!

Best Day Ever T-shirt

Best Day Ever T-shirt

Now, the Turkey Leg shirt has been around for a while now…

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2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Preview: Active Eats and Flavors from Fire

We’re counting down the days until the start of the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival – which, by the way, is August 31 this year!

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As part of our countdown to the Food and Wine Festival, we’re making a list of all the things we MUST eat and that list includes items from two of the new booths this year – Active Eats and Flavors from Fire.

This year’s Festival features 35 Marketplace booths in celebration of Epcot’s 35th anniversary, including several that are returning from hiatus, and five that are brand new for this year, including the two we’re showcasing today.

Let’s check out what you’ll find at Active Eats and Flavors from Fire!

Active Eats

Active Eats brings back a few favorites from previous Epcot Food and Wine Festivals including a favorite here at the DFB – Loaded Mac and Cheese with bacon and green onions.

Food:

  • Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s® Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers and Green Onions
  • Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri (GF)
  • Sweet Avocado Crema with Strawberries, Yellow Cake and Tortilla Streusel

Beverages:

  • M.I.A. Beer Company HRD WTR Cucumber & Lemon Lime Hard Sparkling Water, Doral, FL
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Riesling, Washington
  • Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

We’re so happy the Loaded Mac and Cheese is back this year! Be sure to budget for two helpings of this! This one was relocated from Farm Fresh to Active Eats this year.

Loaded mac and cheese with Nueske's pepper bacon cheddar cheese peppers and green onions

Loaded mac and cheese with Nueske’s pepper bacon cheddar cheese peppers and green onions

The Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri is also on the menu this year, relocated from the Patagonia booth. [Read more…]

The DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book FINAL EDITION is HERE!

It’s here! We are SO excited to share with you the DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, 2017 Edition!

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We’ve been sending updated guides all week to our pre-order customers while Disney has been finalizing details for the festival. But all info is now finalized!

With more than 250 pages of new information for 2017, we have everything organized 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 CHEFS at the check-out to secure your savings!

The DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book

2017 is a big year as the Epcot Food and Wine Festival runs 75 full days from August 31 through November 13! And The DFB Guide to the 2017 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 details and a FULL Daily Schedule of Events. This book is uniquely organized to make sure you have the best Food and Wine Festival, ever!

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New DFB Video: Sneak Peek at the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

It’s been a whirlwind week as we learned so much about just what we can expect during the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! We now have full Booths and Menus, all of the Special Events, and more!

So today, we’re sharing with you a very first look at some of the fantastic dishes that you can expect this year as you Dine Around the World. It’s all part of our latest DFB Video!

Flavors from Fire Smoked Corned Beef

Flavors from Fire Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes

It’s our favorite Disney Food Time of the Year, with so much great food and drink to look forward to enjoying. This year the festival booths expand to 35 in honor of Epcot’s 35 anniversary. [Read more…]

News! 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demos, Beverage Seminar, and Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It Workshop FULL SCHEDULES and Details!

Today, we are excited to share details for the Culinary Demonstrations, Beverage Seminars, and Mix It! Make It! Celebrate It! Workshops that will take place during the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

See links to the individual Culinary Demonstrations, Beverage Seminar, and Mix It! Make It! Celebrate It! Workshop Pages for all the details!

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With not a minute to lose as you make all of your plans (WHEW!!!), we now have details on the low-cost demos, seminars, and workshops that are one of the hallmarks of the Festival.

I know you’re just as anxious as we are to see what’s new in 2017! (You can read our recent reviews of culinary demos here and here, a recent beverage seminar here, and a Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! workshop here!)

Booking all of your favorites starts in just a few days — Thursday, July 20 for the general public, and Tuesday, July 18 for Annual Passholders, DVC Members, Golden Oak Residents, and Tables in Wonderland Members!

Culinary demos and beverage seminars represent great value when it comes to Festival events. They’re also a great way to learn in a fun, festive setting.

Click through to our Culinary and Beverage Seminars, Demonstrations, and Workshops page to see links to the Culinary and Beverage events.

The cost for all seminars and demos is $17 this year, and the events feature a wide range of talent from the culinary world. (Annual Passholders, DVC members, Golden Oak Residents, and Tables in Wonderland Members are eligible for $2 discounts on seminars and demonstrations held Monday through Thursday.)

Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Hands On Workshops will be $49. No discount is offered on the workshops at this time.

Look for celebrity chefs as well as star talent from throughout the Walt Disney World company — and beyond. Representatives from wineries and other beverage companies also make learning about wine and spirits a hands-on experience with tastings and demonstrations.

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Shipyard Brewing Beer Flight During a Beverage Seminar

There will be many familiar names in 2017, so check the details to find out when notable local chefs like Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon and James Petrakis of The Polite Pig as well as James Beard Award Winner Tony Mantuano take the stage! We’re excited to welcome back Maneet Chauhan and Keegan Gerhard as well!

With demos and seminars taking place daily during the Festival, you’re bound to find options that tempt your palate! [Read more…]

News: Gluten Free Eats at the 2017 International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot!

Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival kicks off on August 31 with an epic and record-breaking number of food booths — 35 — representing cuisines and lifestyles from around the globe.

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And as part of the Festival’s on-going commitment to providing awesome eats for guests of all kinds, many of the booths are featuring Gluten Free options! We expect to see lots of signage indicating the GF dishes. And of course cast members can also answer your food allergy questions.

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