2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Festival Center Tour and Festival Merchandise

The 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is officially underway!

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We spent the better part of last week taking a look at all there is going on this year, and shared with you our Best of the Fest so far. And we aren’t finished yet!

We’ll be sharing our reviews of Marketplace Booths as well as impressions of some of the Special Events taking place throughout the Festival.

And speaking of special events, many of them take place in Festival Center, which serves as the headquarters for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. But there’s more to the space than just stages for Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminars.

We are eager to share with you all that the Festival Center offers this year. Let’s head in and take a tour of the space. Along the way, I’ll also share with you some merchandise we spotted for 2016.

The 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Center

You’ll find the Festival Center located to the left as you enter Epcot and pass beneath Spaceship Earth. Head toward the old Wonders of Life Pavilion in Future World East, and you’ll be going in the right direction.

Entrance

Entrance

Enter and head left or right down the easily accessible ramp, and you’ll come to the Information Desk. This is your first stop if you have questions, but it’s also where you’ll pick up tickets for events taking place in Festival Center. These include Culinary Demos, Beverage Seminars, and several other special events. [Read more…]

Review: Lemon Meringue and German Chocolate Seasonal Cupcake Flavors at Sprinkles in Disney Springs

I was in Walt Disney World recently for a quick visit.

And even though it was a super short visit, mostly due to the opening of the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, I HAD to head over to Disney Springs. But — and I know you totally saw this coming! — my first stop was Sprinkles!

I’ve made no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of Sprinkles. So it’s only natural that Sprinkles + Disney equals Dream Come True territory for me.

I love all of their treats — Cupcakes, Cookies, Ice Cream, you name it. And who can resist a Cupcake ATM for your After Hours Cupcake neeeeeeeds??

But today, I’m checking out their Seasonal Cupcake Flavors. And if they look good to you, hightail it over to Sprinkles and get ‘em before they’re gone!

(Also, I apologize in advance for all the upcoming Sprinkles posts here on DFB.)

Lemon Meringue Cupcake

Let’s kick off the party with the Lemon Meringue Cupcake.

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Lemon Meringue Cupcake

This one has it all, kids: Marshmallow Icing and Lemon Cake on the outside… [Read more…]

News: Adventures By Disney Debuts Rhine River Food & Wine Cruise

OK, I MUST DO THIS!!!

If food, wine, travel, and Disney top the list of things you love, then this is the trip for you!

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©Disney

Disney has announced that their luxury travel brand, Adventures by Disney, is teaming with AmaWaterways to offer a special Rhine Food & Wine River Cruise. [Read more…]

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…]

News: New Tea Flavors at the Garden View Tea Room in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

If the Grand Floridian Resort is your cup of tea, you won’t want to miss the Garden View Tea Room‘s Afternoon Tea offerings!

Every day the resort serves a spread fit for the Queen with a beautiful garden view to match.

Garden View Tea Room from Disney Parks Blog

[Read more…]

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! Passholder Exclusive Keepsake Glasses Returning for 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Last year, Walt Disney World introduced an Annual Passholder exclusive gift for guests attending the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. And this year, the offer is back again.

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While APs could head home from the Festival with a Port Wine Glass last year, in 2016, they can add an etched glass tumbler to their collection. Special thanks to reader Alex for the heads up about these!

Passholder Exclusive Food and Wine Festival Tumbler © Disney

Passholder Exclusive Food and Wine Festival Tumbler © Disney

How does this magic come to pass? Here’s the low-down: [Read more…]

Pre-Order the **2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining** e-Book for 25% Off — and Get Our 2016 Edition FREE!

We have some exciting news to share with you today!

For the first time ever, we’re releasing our BRAND NEW EDITION of the 2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book before the New Year rings in. And to celebrate, we’re offering you both a discount AND a free book! Yep, pre-order now and get:

1. 25% OFF your purchase! And…

2. You’ll receive the 2016 Edition of the Guide immediately for FREE. Just use code WDW2017 at checkout! (We’ll send the 2017 Edition directly to your inbox as soon as it’s published later this month.)

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To clarify — just like all DFB pre-order deals — when you pre-order your DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book, 2017 Edition today for 25% off the cover price, you’ll also get our 2016 Edition immediately for FREE! Hopefully it’ll tide you over until the 2017 Edition hits your email inbox later this month :-D. [Read more…]

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Preview: Chocolate Studio and Wine and Dine Studio

It’s almost here! The 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival starts in less than two weeks and we can’t wait to try all the dishes and beverages at the Marketplace Booths!

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The Festival kicks off September 14 and runs through November 14, and this year several new Marketplace Booths are featured in both Future World and World Showcase.

Today we’re giving you a preview of two of the new Future World Marketplace Booths: Chocolate Studio and the Wine and Dine Studio.

Chocolate Studio Marketplace Booth

Chocolate lovers are going to LOVE this new marketplace booth! It is the perfect spot to satisfy your sweet tooth!

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Chocolate Studio Booth Menu

Food:

  • Red Wine Chocolate Truffle
  • Ghirardelli® Chocolate Raspberry Torte
  • Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel

Beverages:

  • Fonseca Bin No. 27 Port
  • Justin Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Rosa Regale Sweet Sparkling Wine
  • Blandy’s Alvada 5yr-Old Madeira

We highly recommend the Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel! This not-quite-ice-cream dessert is something truly unique — and the perfect treat for a warm Festival day.

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Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel from the 2015 Food and Wine Festival

This sweet treat actually debuted at the 2015 Festival, and we are crazy happy to see it back for another year. [Read more…]