Tips for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Grown-Up Frozen Drinks You’ve Gotta Try!

The countdown is ON!

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We are just WEEKS away from the beginning of the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival — and I know you’re as excited as we are!!

While we love Special Events and the Festival Seminars and Demonstrations, our favorite way to spend a Food and Wine Festival Day is Eating — and Drinking — Our Way Around the World at the Marketplace Booths.

And while the plethora of beer and wine choices are always awesome, we have a soft spot for the inventive and delicious Grown Up Slushies that the drink team comes up with! We love these so much that they’ve made it #OnTheList as some of our favorite must-have Disney treats.

This year, we’ve already spied several that we think you MUST try if you haven’t already. But we’ve also seen a couple new options that we’re anxious to sample ASAP! And then there are a few old favorites that deserve your time and attention if you get around to them.

Let’s head out for some refreshment, adult-style, with All the Frozen Grown Up Drinks Ya Gotta Try at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

La Passion Martini Slush and Frozen Daiquiri Ice Pop at the France Booth

If you plan to make a serious study of Grown Up Slushies in Epcot, then the France Pavilion has to be the first stop on your list. While the Grand Marnier and Grey Goose Slushies are perennial favorites available year around, there’s always something special to try at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

This year, the La Passion Martini Slush, a vibrant red mix of Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka, Cranberry, and Passion Fruit Juice returns once more.

La Passion Martini Slush

La Passion Martini Slush

In recent years, France has given us another delightful twist on a childhood favorite: Frozen Grown Up Push Pops! [Read more…]

2016 Food and Wine Festival Booth Preview: NEW! Greenhouse Guru, Farm Fresh, and Canada Marketplaces

We are so close to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival that we can almost taste our favorite dishes!

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There are some great new additions to this year’s event, but don’t worry — there are plenty of old favorites, too. Today, we’ll take a look at both!

Greenhouse Guru, sponsored by Village Farms, will debut this year with a menu celebrating tomatoes. We were super happy to finally hear official word of this one, having tried the Duck Confit dish earlier this Summer.

In addition, we welcome back two of our favorite returning Booths: Farm Fresh Marketplace Booth and the Canada Marketplace Booth.

Farm Fresh focuses on regional Farm to Market eats. This year we’re excited to see the return of the Loaded Mac n’ Cheese with Nueske’s Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers, and Green Onions!

And the Canada Booth is known far and wide for its Filet with Truffle Butter Sauce and its Cheddar Beer Soup – it’s a must-have item every Festival!

Let’s take a closer look at the complete menus so that we can all get start compiling our must-eat lists!

Greenhouse Guru — NEW!

When we attended the Tables in Wonderland Epcot Food and Wine Festival Preview earlier this Summer, there was talk of a brand new Marketplace coming for 2016. There was even a dish available to taste from the new Booth. But the crazy part is — it didn’t have a name yet.

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Last week, we finally found out a little more about our Mystery Booth! Greenhouse Guru, sponsored by homegrown Village Farms, will showcase the bounty of really delicious veggies grown hydroponically! [Read more…]

News: Greenhouse Guru Marketplace Booth to Debut…Maybe…at the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic SquareSooo… do you remember that fantastic Duck Confit dish we enjoyed at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival Preview Event earlier this summer?

We’ve been keeping a special eye out for it, because the Duck Confit with Creamy Polenta and Fire-roasted Salsa was — hands down — our favorite new dish from the event.

Well, the BIG DAY revealing the official list of Marketplace Booths and Menus that will be at the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival came and went… with no mention of either the Duck Confit OR the yet-to-be-named Marketplace coming to the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival.

It’s been an unsolved mystery… until now, that is!

We believe we’ve spotted the future home of the Duck Confit as well as the previously-unnamed Marketplace Booth…

Duck Confit with Creamy Polenta and Fire-roasted Salsa

Duck Confit with Creamy Polenta and Fire-roasted Salsa

Greenhouse Guru hosted by Village Farms is now showing up on the What’s New page for the Epcot Food & Wine Festival! [Read more…]

News: The Best of Epcot Festivals Cookbook Available During the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Food and Wine Festival Updates 2016 Info Graphic SquareWith the arrival of August, we can happily say that the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival begins NEXT MONTH!

And along with the start of the Festival (September 14th this year, by the way) comes this year’s Festival Cookbook!

The Best of Epcot Festivals Cookbook will feature not only favorite recipes from the Food and Wine Festival, but also some from this past spring’s Epcot Flower & Garden Festival.

This is similar to the 2014 Cookbook, which included recipes from both festivals as well as December’s Holidays Around the World.

Here’s a peek at the cover…

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Featured recipes will include Quesitos from this year’s new Islands of the Caribbean Marketplace at the Food and Wine Festival. [Read more…]

News: Win a Trip to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival from The Chew! Plus — How to Get Tickets to the Live Taping!

We found out in June that the cast of ABC’s daytime cooking show, The Chew, will be returning to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival this fall.

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Care to join them :) ?

Well, this might be your chance!

Enter To Win A Trip to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

You can enter The Chew’s Magical Culinary Adventure Sweepstakes between now and 11:59 pm on September 2nd. The chosen winner (age 18 or older) will be able to bring three guests along to Disney World between October 5th – 9th, 2016 to enjoy the Food and Wine Festival and attend a live taping of The Chew!

Be sure to visit The Chew’s Magical Culinary Adventure Sweepstakes website to enter.

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

So… let’s just suppose you don’t win the Sweepstakes. Are you planning to attend the Food and Wine Festival anyway and hoping to see a live taping of The Chew? When The Chew made its Festival debut in 2015, the free tickets were gone almost as soon as the availability was announced. [Read more…]

Tips from the DFB Guide: 3 Reasons to Bring Your Kids to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

You may think that you couldn’t possibly enjoy the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with kiddos along for the ride. But we think you totally can!

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While the festival is certainly a food lover’s paradise, there’s no reason that you can’t enjoy a day there with the younger set, too. After all, Epcot is first and foremost a theme park, so even during the Food and Wine Festival, you’ll find plenty of exhibits and entertainment geared toward the small fry.

We love coming up with strategies that help you to enjoy eating your way through Walt Disney World, no matter who’s along for the ride. So if you like what you see here, be sure to check out our 2016 DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival for even more great tips on managing the event with kids along.

In the meantime, check out these suggestions for making the festival fun for everyone in your party!

Attend a Culinary Demonstration or Other Special Event

If you have kids that are interested in what happens in the kitchen, consider checking out what Culinary Demonstrations are available at the Festival Center for the day. Kids are permitted to attend these events with a ticket (but aren’t served alcohol, obviously). We think it’s great fun, especially for older kiddos in your party. Who knows? A future chef may be born!

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Culinary Demo Featuring Chef Kevin Dundon

If your budget allows, you may even want to check out the brand new Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Hands On Workshops. New in 2016, these events take place once a day, and offer guests the chance to get in on the action of exploring and creating. [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Butter Chicken from the Africa Booth

We now have nearly all of the pieces in place for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

And I don’t know about you guys, but around here, we’re pretty excited. :-D

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Africa Booth

The Festival will last longer than ever in 2016 — get ready to Eat and Drink Around the World from September 14 through November 14!

Of course, we love all of the Special Events and Low Cost Seminars and Demonstrations. And this year, we already have our seats booked for the brand new Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It Workshops. This new hands on experience promises to make the festival more interactive than ever. [Read more…]

News! 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Workshops Schedule Now Available!

Today, we are excited to share details for the Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Workshops that will take place during the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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We now have details on the this hands-on, (fairly) low cost experience (woo!!!) that’s brand new to the festival. And just like the festival favorite culinary demos and beverage seminars, the Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Workshops will take place in the Festival Center.

Booking all of your favorites starts in just a few daysJuly 21st for the general public, and July 19th for Annual Passholders, DVC members, Golden Oak Residents, Tables in Wonderland Members, and Chase Disney Visa Cardmembers*! 

We’re so excited to try this new offering for ourselves. Disney promises that this event will give guests a chance to “roll up your sleeves and learn some new techniques from the professionals. This new hands-on workshop series will give guests the opportunity to learn from the pros, whether it be cake decorating, garnishing, cocktail mixing, or a variety of other fun topics! ”

Frosting and drink making? Sign me up!!

Click through to our Low-Cost/Free Events, Seminars, and Demonstrations to see links to the Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! Workshops as well as the  Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminars! 

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The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book is HERE!

It’s here! We are SO excited to share with you the DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, 2016 Edition!

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And with not a moment to lose — early booking for this year’s Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars opens July 19th at 9AM; and booking for ALL events opens for EVERYONE on July 21, at 7AM!

With more than 250 pages of new information for 2016, we have everything covered 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 Chefs16 at check-out to secure your savings!

The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book

2016 is a big year, as the Epcot Food and Wine Festival runs 62 full days from September 14 through November 14! And The DFB Guide to the 2016 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 touring strategies — created with this year’s special events in mind!

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UPDATED: News! Updates to Early Booking for Some Events at the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

This just in! We have potential updates to early booking for events during the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival for two populations of Disney fans!

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As you know, booking for all Epcot Food and Wine Festival Events for the General Public opens on July 21st at 7AM ET. But most years, if you’re a Disney World Annual Passholder, Disney Vacation Club Member, Tables in Wonderland, or Golden Oak Resident, you’ll get to book Festival Center events (seminars and demos primarily) a few days early. This year, that early date falls on July 19th at 9AM!

And today, we’ve gotten some good news for yet another group of Disney lovers…

Chase Disney Visa Cardholders Early Booking Date for Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Yay! We’ve now heard that Chase Disney Visa Cardmembers will again be able to book events early this year as well! The phone lines are slated to open for this group on July 19 at 7AM! So if you have a Disney Visa, start planning, because next Tuesday is YOUR DAY! Call 407-939-1870 to book reservations with your Disney Visa Credit Card.

While Disney hasn’t fully clarified what will be eligible for booking on the early day, the events are most likely the Low-Cost Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars that take place at Festival Center. There may be some Special Events as well.

Remember, this info is always subject to change. There are so many moving parts with the Festival, so things DO change from time to time. But since this information falls in line with what has happened in previous years, we’re pretty confident in reporting that it will be the case.

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But that’s not all the interesting early booking news we have today!

Disney World Annual Passholders Early…EARLY Booking Date?

So…Disney World Annual Passholders may be able to book some events for the festival on July 18th.

But…probably not.

I’ll explain.

We were pretty confident that July 19th was the early booking date for ALL specialty groups this year. THEN we started getting emails and notifications from our readers about an earlier booking date for Annual Passholders. So we investigated, and here’s what we found:

According to PassholderCalendar.com (an official Annual Passholder website that I found through the Mickey Monitor, which is the official Annual Passholder publication), early booking for Annual Passholders who are booking seminars will be open on July 18. [Read more…]