Disney Food Blog FAQ: How Much Should I Budget for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

It’s here! I can hardly believe it, but the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is finally underway!

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The fun officially kicked off on September 14 and runs until November 14. That’s more than eight weeks of savoring all that this special event has to offer! And we had so much fun eating and drinking along the Promenade to discover our Best of the Fest dishes and drinks to recommend!

But of course, you can’t forget the tons of events that take place during the Festival. From Low Cost Events like Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars to high end Special Events like Party for the Senses, there’s so much to do at every turn. But here’s the catch — nearly all of it comes with a pricetag.

So that, of course, begs the question: how in the World do you plan for the Food Lover Trip of the Year?

We get it! So we’re here for you with some great tips for Budgeting for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. And if you like what you see, be sure to check out our 2016 DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, completely updated with everything you can expect to enjoy at this year’s event!

The Food and Wine Festival is HERE! But it can be pricey...

The Food and Wine Festival is HERE! But it can be pricey…

How Much Money Should I Budget For a Day at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

Well, the answer to that is…it totally depends! [Read more…]

What’s New Around Walt Disney World: September 20, 2016

The Halloween decorations are up and the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival is ON! It MUST BE FALL in Walt Disney World!

Halloween Decoration in Magic Kingdom

Halloween Decorations at Magic Kingdom

So please join us for a very pumpkin-spiced edition of What’s New ;) ! [Read more…]

Review: Morocco Juice Bar at Epcot’s Spice Road Table

It’s no secret that we think Morocco has some of the most intriguing options in Epcot’s World Showcase, so we’re going to take a closer look!

The juice bar outside the Spice Road Table restaurant in the Morocco pavilion has some refreshing options you might be interested in! The bar is basically a walk-up window serving some unique drinks. (They used to have house-made ice cream, but, alas, no longer.) While you wait for your table at Spice Road Table or walk around the World Showcase, stop by the juice bar for a pick-me-up!


Morocco Juice Bar

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News: Menu for the Sept. 30th Rockin’ Burger Block Party at the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Have you chosen your Special Events for the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival?

Maybe you’ve had some interest in attending one of this year’s Rockin’ Burger Block Parties, but you’re not quite sure what the menu entails. Or perhaps you’ve already booked the first Block Party on September 30th, and are already excited to find out what kind of burgers you’ll be diving into!

Burger Victory at the Rockin' Burger Block Party

Burger Victory at the Rockin’ Burger Block Party

Either way, we’ve got some info that may help (and if you need anything further, be sure to check out our review from the Rockin’ Burger Block Party we attended last year).

We’ve got the scoop on six of the seven Burgers that guests will be chomping into at the very first Rockin’ Burger Block Party on September 30th featuring Celebrity Chef Maneet Chuahan, who will be joined by Chefs from various Disney restaurants. (Remember, each of the three parties features a different Chef… AND different burgers!)

Seating at the Rockin' Burger Block Party

Seating at the Rockin’ Burger Block Party

Maneet Chuahan will showcase her Indian-inspired Malai Chicken Mushroom Burger, while Chefs from STK Orlando will be serving up some of their lil’ BRGs made with Wagyu beef.

Lil' BRGs

Lil’ BRGs

Raglan Road will offer a beer-battered burger! This one will be topped with garlic aioli, tomato chutney, and greens.

Here’s a beer battered burger we had at Raglan’s counter service spot — Cookes of Dublin — that we think is the inspiration for the Bash choice.

Battered Burger and Chips from Cookes of Dublin

Battered Burger and Chips from Cookes of Dublin

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Spotted: Candy Case in Main Street Confectionery Undergoing Refurbishment

If you stop by the Main Street Confectionery over the coming weeks, you’ll find that things look quite different.

That’s because the Confection Case is undergoing a 6 week refurbishment, and is therefore closed.

But don’t fret! Not only is the rest of The Confectionery open (so you can still buy all sorts of in-house and prepackaged goodies), you can also still easily find your favorite house-made Disney confections —items like Mickey Krispy Treats, Cake Pops, Caramel Apples, and English Toffee — at Big Top Treats in New Fantasyland and Prairie Outpost & Supply in Frontierland! And the candy kitchen is still functioning at the Confectionery, so you can even get some house-made treats right here! Just not sold out of the case.

The six-week timeframe should position the reopening to occur around the beginning of November — right when the treats in the case will likely receive their annual holiday makeover into hues of red, green, and frosty winter blue.

In the meantime, let’s take a little tour to see what The Confectionery looks like at the moment.

The Current Confectionery

The Current Confectionery

It’s a bit disorienting to see such a hallmark of the shop behind refurb walls, so just as a reminder, the Case is to the left of the open kitchen where you can watch Cast Members create the treats. [Read more…]

News: Festival of Holidays To Bring New Eats to Disney California Adventure

It was a HAPPY DAY when it was announced that the Disney California Food & Wine Festival would return to the Disneyland Resort for 2016 after a four year hiatus. Running on weekends throughout April 2016, it was a much-welcome celebration of food, wine, and the culinary scene in California.

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

Well, what if I were to tell you that a new Festival is making its debut THIS YEAR… but this time, the HOLIDAY SEASON will be the focus? Because IT IS!!!

Disney California Adventure is hosting the Festival of Holidays from November 10, 2016, through January 8, 2017! [Read more…]

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!!


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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Photo Tour and Specialty Eats: Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort

BOO!! Halloween is one of the most FUN-derful times of the year at Disneyland, and our Disneyland Correspondent Heather Sievers has gathered pictures of some of the spooky happenings! We’ve also got the scoop on where you can find all of the season’s special treats around the Resort. So if you’re ready to scare up some fun with a few of our best Disney pals…

Skeleton Goofy!

Skeleton Goofy!

… or perhaps your favorite Villain, then please join us! [Read more…]

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: Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package Coming to Tony’s Town Square in Magic Kingdom

So, here’s a question…

What happens to the Main Street Electrical Parade Lunch Package when the Main Street Electrical Parade ends its Disney World run on October 9th?

Well, here’s an answer! Guests WILL still be able to book a prix fixe lunch at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom with reserved spots for a parade. But instead of the Main Street Electrical Parade, the package will change to the Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package.

That’s right — beginning October 10, 2016, Package guests will enjoy their choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert (along with a beverage) at Tony’s and receive a voucher for a reserved spot around the Town Square flag pole for the daytime (3:00 pm) Festival of Fantasy Parade.

Festival of Fantasy Parade's Big Gun!

Festival of Fantasy Parade’s Big Gun!

The cost is $45 for adults and $17 for children (or one Table Service credit on the Disney Dining Plan).

Festival of Fantasy Tangled Float

Festival of Fantasy Tangled Float

As of the time of this writing, Advance Dining Reservations for the Festival of Fantasy Dining Package are available by calling 407-WDW-DINE, and will presumably be available online as well in the near future.

Are you interested in the Festival of Fantasy Dining Package? Please let us know with a comment!