Don’t Miss These Five Booths at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival This Year!

I’m so excited that the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is just around the corner! Mark your calendars for August 31-November 13, when we celebrate 75 incredible days of food, wine, and more!

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The festival begins earlier than ever before this year, so we’re busy preparing and planning to make the most of our time there. And I suggest you do the same!

While taking in Low Cost Seminars and Demonstrations or splurging on a Special Event or two is super fun, my favorite festival pastime is still strolling along the World Showcase Promenade and taking in both new and familiar eats and drinks at the festival Marketplace Booths.

Hops and Barley Booth

Hops and Barley Booth

While we await news of just exactly what that means, and to see what if any new booths are announced, today we’re sharing the five booths you absolutely cannot miss at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival this year!

Note — Disney has not released their official list of Epcot Food and Wine Festival booths, yet, so these are subject to change. To make sure you get notified FIRST when this year’s booths are finalized, join the Disney Food Blog Newsletter

So, What’s New?

There’s always something fun and new to look forward to each year. And this year will be no exception. Disney promises 35 booths to celebrate 35 years of Epcot awesomeness. So far, we’re getting a look at two newly returning booths that promise to offer some delicious and exotic fare.

Spain

Spain, last seen on the World Showcase Promenade in 2010, returns to the festival this year. Since Spain has a rich culture of beautifully prepared regional foods, we look forward to seeing this menu!

So far, we’ve confirmed a new Spain menu item, Charcuterie in a Cone. What a cool way to have your snack and stroll with it too. :-D  I’m pretty sure this plus a glass of Spanish wine will be very nice on a festival evening.

Charcuterie in a Cone from Spain ©Disney

Charcuterie in a Cone from Spain ©Disney

In addition, there’s a very real chance that we’ll see variations on dishes that have been featured here before. Look for possibilities such as Seared Albacore Tuna with Romesco Sauce, Snapper Escabeche, Spanish Almond Cake, or Crema Catalana, along with some interesting Spanish wines and beer.

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Chef Cat Cora Likely Dates for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Cat Cora Fans, it looks like you’ll have a reason to rejoice for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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You’ll also want to keep a close eye on DFB and plan to be up extra early the morning that booking opens for 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events!

Chef Cat Cora has listed on her website that she will appear at the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival twice for “cooking demos and meet and greets.”

We think that points squarely to the fact that Cora will be featured as part of the popular “What’s Cooking With” series.

“What’s Cooking With” events include cooking demos by chefs and other celebrities. After the demonstration is complete, the chef sits down with a host and shares a little about his or her story and the demonstrated dishes.

The audience has the opportunity to try a menu of dishes that the chef has prepared, along with beverage pairings. We’ve had the chance to enjoy several similar events, including demos by Chef Norman Van Aken and Chef Rick Bayless.

Currently, the dates to watch for Chef Cora are Friday, October 20, and Friday, October 27, from 9:45AM to 11:45AM. These are subject to change.

In the past, Chef Cora has also participated in the daily low cost cooking demonstration line up, so we’ll be anxious to see if she returns for a few of those as well. We hope so! (Check out a review of one of her cooking demos from a previous Epcot Food and Wine Festival here!)

Chef Cat Cora at an Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demonstration

Chef Cat Cora at an Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demonstration

And don’t forget — you don’t have to attend any of the events that chefs are appearing at for a chance to get in on a meet and greet.

Chef Cat Cora Book Signing at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Chef Cat Cora Book Signing at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Just visit the Festival Center on the day that your favorite appears (the earlier the better!) to request a wristband, and line up for your chance to chat with your favorites and get their autographs.

Start Your Planning NOW!

News! The DFB Guide to the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available for pre-order! And if you pre-order the 2017 edition, you get the 2016 edition (with TONS of great info!) for FREE!!!

This 250+-page guide to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever.

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Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist to carry with you as you Eat around the World!

Order your 2017 edition today and we’ll immediately send you the 2016 edition for FREE to get started on planning right away! Don’t miss a moment of the fun!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a 20% discount!

Be sure to stay tuned to Disney Food Blog for all of the latest coverage about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We’ll have the details FIRST!

Want Even More Details About the Festival?

Here’s what we know so far…

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Index

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth and Menu Index
2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events
2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost Seminars and Demonstrations
2017 Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule
Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fans Facebook Page
2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Wine and Dine Half Marathon
2017 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic
Food and Wine Festival 101
2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus and FOOD PHOTOS
2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Gluten Free Items

How to Book Epcot Food & Wine Festival Events

To book all special events and demonstrations, call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378) starting TBD. Join the Disney Food Blog Newsletter to find out as soon as we do about details and booking dates! Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars and general admission for some special events may be bookable online at www.epcotfoodfestival.com as well as by phone.

Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Golden Oak Residents may be eligible for a $2 discount (per person, per event) for beverage and seminars and culinary demos taking place Mon-Thurs during the festival. These members will be able to book seminars and demos TBD. Discounts are by phone only at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Stay tuned to DisneyFoodBlog.com and the Disney Food Blog Newsletter for details.

Chase Disney Visa Cardholders can book select special events, demos, and seminars on TBD as well. A limited number of seats are available for the booking date.

Are you excited to see Chef Cat Cora return once again to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival? Leave a comment and let us know if you’ll be attending one of her cooking demos!

News: Win a Trip to Disney World with The Chew’s Magical Adventure Culinary Sweepstakes

Did you hear the news? It’s official: 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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And just like last year, YOU have a chance to join them!

The Chew’s Magical Culinary Adventure Sweepstakes is once again running for the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival!

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 15th. The chosen winner (age 18 or older) will be able to bring three guests along to Disney World between October 3rd through 8th, 2017 to enjoy the Food and Wine Festival and attend a live taping of The Chew!

This year, the winner will also receive a $500 Disney Gift Card (for use at select stores in Disney Springs).

AND, after watching the live taping of “The Chew,” the winner will be able to try dishes at The Chew’s brand new Marketplace Booth this year, Earth Eats!

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©Disney

Read all about The Chew’s appearance at the 2017 Epcot Food & Wine Festival here! And DON’T FORGET to visit The Chew’s Magical Culinary Adventure Sweepstakes webpage to enter the contest! [Read more…]

News! “The CHEW” Taping Schedule and New Booth for Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Editor’s Note: Here at Disney Food Blog, we do not distribute tickets because we are not actually affiliated with ABC Television or Disney. For more information on how to obtain tickets for the taping, please read our post about how to get tickets. We’ll post the date they’re available as soon as we know it.

Big News!!

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Today we’ve got another update about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The festival, which stretches to a full 75 days this year, will run from August 31-November 13 this Fall.

We are looking forward to the start of the fun. We wait all year for this (and we know you do toooo!), but this one promises to be bigger and better than ever!

We’re still waiting for all of the details about Menus and Booths, Special Events, and Low Cost Seminars and Demonstrations, the event is now definitely starting to take shape!

There’s some GREAT news to share with you today, so let’s get right to it!

ABC’s ‘The Chew’ Returns to Broadcast from Epcot and Make Appearances

We’ve been preeeeeetty sure and now we can confirm it:  the cast of ABC TV’s The Chew is definitely returning once again for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The Chew will be taping again at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The Chew will be taping again at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

The core cast will tape five shows for broadcast on ABC. Taping dates will be Oct. 4-6. The episodes are scheduled to air the week of Oct. 9-13. Wanna know how to get tickets? Here’s our primer on How To Get Tickets To See The Chew in Epcot! ;-D

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Seven Things To Do BEFORE the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

You’re going to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Hooray!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips

Ok. Now what?

In 2017, the Epcot Food and Wine Festival will take place August 31 through November 13. That’s 75 days of discovering new dishes, enjoying interesting wines, and learning about exciting cocktails and craft beers.

But unless you’re independently wealthy, you probably won’t be enjoying the entire two and a half month stretch.

Luckily, we know a thing or two about planning a GREAT Epcot Food and Wine Festival trip. We’ve even compiled our best tips in our DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Food and Wine Festival, available right now for pre-order.

To get you started on everything from choosing your dates, to what to pack, and how you pay for it all, let’s check out our best tips for Preparing for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, From Start to Finish.

1) Schedule Your Dates

It may seem basic, but get the calendar out and decide when you’d like to visit.

But really, it’s not so basic, right? There are all kinds of things to consider: When are crowds the largest? What’s the weather like? And OMG is Hanson going to be there this year??? (Spoiler Alert: Yep. They are.)

OMG! Hanson! (©Hanson)

OMG! Hanson! (©Hanson)

Unfortunately, with respect to schedules, if you have to plan in advance, you’re going to have to do so with some unknowns. Disney always puts out the final schedule of events, for everything from Special Events to Demonstrations and Seminars, pretty much at the last minute. Even Eat to the Beat is coming later and later (although we do have that full lineup — see it here!)

Beverage Seminar

Beverage Seminar

Our suggestion? Plan as much as you can based upon weather, crowds, and a general idea of when Special Events have taken place historically. For a look back at all of the details of previous Festivals, check out our Disney Food and Wine Festivals Page. [Read more…]

News! 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival FULL Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule Confirmed!

We are so excited to share BIG news with you today! We have FULL DETAILS about the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which takes place for a record 75 days this year — August 31-November 13, 2017!

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And today, the full Eat to the Beat Concert line-up is here!!! There are lots of exciting returning acts. We’re marking our calendar to catch 38 Special, Boyz II Men, and Big Bad VooDoo Daddy in person. But we always look forward to learning about new acts as well! This year, there are over 30 musical acts coming to Epcot!! Newcomers Baha Men (Who Let the Dogs Out), American Authors (Best Day Of My Life), 10,000 Maniacs (Because the Night), Kenny G, and more bring new life to the party!

Here’s the full list. Don’t forget to check out our 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival page for all the latest details on the festival!

2017 Eat to the Beat Concert Line Up!

  • Delta Rae — August 31-September 1
  • NEW! The Hooters – September 2-3
  • NEW! Baha Men — September 4-5
  • Fuel — September 6-7
  • Starship featuring Mickey Thomas – September 8-10
  • NEW! Lauren Alaina – September 11-12
  • Plain White T’s — September 13-15
  • Sister Hazel – September 16-17
  • Air Supply — September 18-20
  • David Cook — September 21-22
  • Everclear — September 23-24
  • Sugar Ray — September 25-27
  • 38 Special – September 28-29
  • NEW! Mark Wills  — September 30-October 1
  • NEW! American Authors – October 2-3
  • Christopher Cross – October 4-5
  • NEW! Devon Allman – October 6-8
  • Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX — October 9-11
  • Taylor Dayne — October 12-13
  • Jeffrey Osbourne  October 14-15
  • NEW! Postmodern Jukebox — October 16-17
  • NEW! 10,000 Maniacs — October 18-20
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket — October 21-22
  • NEW! Kenny G — October 23-24
  • Billy Ocean – October 25-26
  • Tiffany – October 27-October 29
  • Hanson — October 30-November 1
  • NEW! Blue October — November 2-3
  • Living Colour — November 4-5
  • Boyz II Men — November 6-8
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — November 9-11
  • NEW! Squeeze — November 12-13

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips: When Should I Visit the Festival?

Are you as excited about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival as we are? It will be here before you know it!

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Banner

Summer may have just begun, but in just a couple of months — weeks, really — we’ll be kicking off the festival with strolls along World Showcase Promenade, sipping and noshing on lots of new dishes and returning favorites.

And even though we’re still awaiting major details, like booking dates and a full list of events, there’s plenty that we can get started on in the way of planning.

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Cheers to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

But there’s one factor you must determine before you can get to any of your other plans: what’s the time best time to visit the Epcot Food and Wine Festival? We answer below — including some things you may not have thought about. [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: The Chew’s Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Tomato Sauce

At the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, the Crew from The Chew once again offered a custom menu for the event. And we expect to see them again this year at the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The Chew Collective Booth

The Chew Collective Booth

The event runs a record 75 days this year, and for the first time ever, will begin in August! Mark your calendars for August 31-November 13!

While we can’t wait to see all of the new dishes that will debut at this year’s Marketplace Booths, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite dishes from last year, like The Chew’s Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce.

Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce

Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce

The fresh flavors of this vegetarian dish wowed us, and we love that we can recreate it at home with this handy recipe!

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Countdown to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

It will be here before you know it! We are less than three months away from the start of the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! So it’s a great time for you to take advantage of some special savings on the DFB Guides

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We have so much fun providing you with all there is to know about Disney Food. Because there’s one thing we’re passionate about: making sure that you enjoy the best Disney trip ever, every time. And for us, the Food and Wine Festival is VERY. SERIOUS. BUSINESS. So…

Pre-Order the 2017 DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book and SAVE 30%

The DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival offers you everything you need to know about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in one handy volume. And even better – this guide is currently being updated to bring you the very latest information for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tip: Should I Bring My Kids to the Festival?

The 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is the event that Disney World Food Lovers — us included! — wait for all year long! And it will be here before you know it!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips

Summer is a busy time here at DFB, as we’re on the lookout for all of the latest festival news. And this year promises to be the biggest one yet, spanning 75 days, and even reaching into August. We can’t wait!

And I know you can’t either. But we gotta. ;-)  So in the meantime, we’ve set out to offer you some super helpful tips as you gear up for another memorable Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

They come from the DFB Guide to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival e-book. This year’s guide is available for pre-order ahead of the festival. And when you pre-order your 2017 guide, you’ll receive the 2016 guide as an immediate download for FREE, so you can get started with your planning right away!

Today’s question comes courtesy of the guide’s helpful Frequently Asked Questions section.

Should I Bring My Kids to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival?

Want to know the short answer? We say: Yes!

But why? Well…lots of reasons!

There’s still morning in Future World! Don’t forget — first and foremost, Epcot is still a theme park. Listen, I know that they’ve gone a little bonkers with the whole festival thing (not that we mind at all), but at the end of the day — or rather, at the beginning — Epcot is still a park with cool rides and educational attractions.

Mission Space

Mission Space

Don’t forget to spend some time exploring and reacquainting yourself with Soarin’, Test Track, Mission Space, and more. [Read more…]