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!

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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…]

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

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Review: Joffrey’s Specialty Beverages at the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

It’s true… you can grab a drink at a Joffrey’s Coffee Kiosk in Epcot (and all around Disney World, as a matter of fact) any time of year.

Joffrey's Coffee in Disney World

Joffrey’s Coffee in Disney World

But did you know that select Joffrey’s Kiosks are serving Specialty Beverages specifically for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival? Yep! So we’re going to do some Showcase (and Future World!) sippin’ today to check out each of the four Festival beverages from Joffrey’s… and even if you aren’t a coffee drinker, I think you’ll want to stay tuned!

You will see exactly why as we start our tour in Future World.

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You can find the Frozen Strawberry-Lemon Sunset at the Future World East Joffrey’s Cart (it’s not far at all from the Festival Center). [Read more…]

News! MORE FOOD BOOTHS (Menus Here!) Coming to Epcot’s Holidays Around the World!

Welp — it’s finally happened. The Epcot Food and Wine Festival is pretty much happening year around now!

No — not really. But with this is exciting news, it kinda sorta seems like it!

Holidays Around the World at Epcot

Holidays Around the World at Epcot

I’ve loved the holiday eats, drinks, and treats that you can get during a cozy winter visit to Epcot during Holidays Around the World. In addition to enchanting stories of winter time celebrations from all over the globe, guests have also indulged in holiday specialties, like Buche de Noel in France and Sweet Tamales in Mexico. And it’s not Christmas without at least one serving of Glühwein in Germany! [Read more…]

Review and Preview: The Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Beer Garden, Chinatown, and More!

We’re back today with another review from last year’s Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic — and a preview of what you can expect this year!

Last week, we shared a look at all of the delicious food and drink that you can enjoy on The Causeway. Today, we’re back for a look at the fun “extras” the Classic offers. We’ll also share what’s new for 2016!

The Causeway

The Causeway

Now in its seventh year, the Classic continues to up its game with new experiences and seminars. This year’s event will offer more than 40 food dishes, over 60 beverages, 10 interactive seminars, and three live bands! [Read more…]

Review and Preview: The Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Causeway Booths

We’re gearing up for one of our favorite weekends of the year — the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic!

The Causeway

The Causeway

The event is in its seventh consecutive year, and promises to be bigger and better than ever. In 2016, the Food and Wine Classic will include 50 food and wine stations, 10 seminars, fun themed areas, and opportunities to meet some of the award-winning chefs who bring their artistry to life in the resort’s 17 restaurants! [Read more…]

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival MidPoint Sale

Can you believe it?? We’re already over halfway through the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival in Walt Disney World. And we’re marking the occasion with a celebratory sale on our popular Disney Dining e-Books

Use code SAVINGS17 to get discounted prices on the

DFB Everything Bundle and the

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Guide!

Not sure if you’re in? See what other readers are saying about the DFB Guide Books HERE!

20% Off The DFB Everything Bundle

Use Code SAVINGS17 to get 20% off our most popular bundle! With this deeply discounted bundle you receive ALL of our DFB Guide e-Books to date!

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If you are headed to Disney World in the next year, this bundle is a Disney traveler’s must-have. And we’re thrilled to be able to give it to you this week for an additional 20% off using code SAVINGS17.

This Bundle is priced at a huge discount already, extending a great deal to our readers (AND their friends!) headed to Walt Disney World. And with our extra 20% off this week, you get a tremendous deal on these DFB guides.

Find out more about the Everything Bundle here!

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25% Off The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

With this significant discount on our 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book, you won’t have to waste your vacation time and dollars on food you won’t love.

Our already top-selling guide is yours this week for 25% off with code SAVINGS17.

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With over 250 pages and multiple bonus items, it’s jam-packed with the information that you need to make the most of your festival experience. Find out more about the DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book here!

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Bring Them With You Wherever You Go!

As always, we’ve made all of these e-Book guides instantly downloadable for your convenience, and easily installed on your mobile devices. Take them with you into the parks to get easy access to all the info you need…WHEN you need it!

We hope you’ll take advantage of some great bargains! Stay tuned to our 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Coverage for all the latest from the Festival!

Remember, with a 100% money-back guarantee on all of our guides, you have nothing to lose! :-)

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Behind the Scenes at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

We’re continuing our coverage of the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival with a brand new special event at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort!

That’s right… we paid a visit to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto to check out a new Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Event that’s NOT happening at Epcot. While Signature Dining Events have long been held in and around various restaurants on property, this year is the first time that Special Events have expanded to Disney World Resorts. These debut offerings include Brunch with a Twist at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, The Secrets of Flavor at Disney’s Yacht Club, Culinary Adventures with a Master Chef at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and the Special Event we’re reviewing today: Behind the Scenes of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Of all the new Resort Special Events, this sold-out option (at a cost of $99.00 per guest) was likely the most in demand, held on four select Wednesdays from 12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto has been a HUGE hit with Disney World guests since it opened in March of 2015 due to its interactive Tiki-themed atmosphere, crafty cocktails and popular souvenir mugs. An added bonus for Disney fans is that this place is chock-full of nostalgia and Disney history… so much so that it can really help to have a cast of high-energy Skippers at hand to point some of them out (all while mixing drinks and serving up some delicious eats, of course).

So join us once again as we step inside the Grog Grotto…

Behind the Scenes of Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

Behind the Scenes of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

…to show you a little bit about what happens behind the scenes at Trader Sam’s! [Read more…]

New Video! The Best of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Now on the DFB YouTube Channel!

I am so excited about our latest Disney Food Blog project — the NEW Disney Food Blog YouTube Channel! If you love being in the theme parks and eating ALL the food, then you aren’t going to want to miss it.

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Today, I’m super psyched to share that we’ve posted our very first video!

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