Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Mediterranean Food and Wine Pairing at Spice Road Table

It’s hard to believe that the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is right around the corner!

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This year, it stretches to a full two months! The fun begins September 14 and runs 62 days — ending November 14!

While there’s so much to eat, drink, and explore, it’s always fun to take in a few of the Special Events happening throughout the festival.

Events are varied, and include premium parties like Party for the Senses as well as special lunches and dinners that emphasize food and beverage pairings.

In the past we’ve really enjoyed these experiences, ranging from Beverage Pairings in Japan to Beer and Food Pairing in Italy — and even a Tequila Pairing in Mexico!

Last year, we decided that it was time to try a few new experiences. And since we had already tried the Moroccan Wine Pairing (loved it!), the other event in the Morocco Pavilion piqued our interest.

Wondering About ALL of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Events?

The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available for pre-order! 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 2016 edition today and we’ll immediately send you the 2015 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% off the cover price!

And now, onto the review!

Mediterranean Food and Wine Pairing in the Morocco Pavilion

The Mediterranean Food and Wine Pairing event took place at Spice Road Table in Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion. [Read more…]

DFB’s Famous “180 Days ’til Christmas” Sale Starts TODAY!

Christmas? Wha?? “But AJ, it’s June, and we’re sweltering and/or being rained on!”

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Well…it’s also only 194 days until Christmas. And if you’re planning a December Disney trip, then it’s time to don your Santa hat and get into the holiday spirit, my friends! Why so early?

Because most restaurants at Disney World start booking for Christmas Day on June 28th, 180 days before Christmas Day. And because the most popular restaurants book up to capacity on that first day! We don’t want you to miss out, so it’s time to start planning.

We’ve got three great offers starting today that are all yours until June 28th! [Read more…]

News: Main Street Electrical Parade Lunch Package Coming to Tony’s Town Square at Magic Kingdom

We love this news today! And it MAY not be exactly what you’re expecting from the title…so read on!

You know that I’m a total sucker for Tony’s Town Square Restaurant in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The history, the lovely ambiance, and the normally-better-than-average food all means that I usually have a really great experience at this Main Street USA landmark.

But now, there’s an even better reason to schedule lunch with Tony!

Beginning June 7 (that’s tomorrow! — maybe even TODAY for some of you), you can book the Main Street Electrical Parade viewing package to enjoy lunch at this iconic spot — plus a little something more!

Main Street Electrical Parade Viewing Package

If Italian food is one of your favorite things, and standing forever to secure your spot for the Main Street Electrical Parade isn’t, then listen up!

Lady in the Hatbox!

Lady in the Hatbox! at Tony’s Town Square

Starting June 7, you can book a three course, prix fixe lunch at Tony’s Town Square and receive a reserved spot for viewing the Main Street Electrical Parade. [Read more…]

Photo Tour and Review: Sights — and Snacks — in Animal Kingdom AT NIGHT!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened on April 22, 1998. But this past Memorial Day weekend ushered in a whole new era for the park, which is now open through the evening for the first time since the park’s opening date.

So what happens when this

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

… turns into THIS? [Read more…]

Disneyland Snack Hack: The Saucy Cheddar Cheese Stick

We are back with another “ya gotta try it” Disneyland Snack Hack today!

Our Dining in Disneyland guru Heather is full of fantastic ideas when it comes to inventing brand new snacks. And starting with a favorite is always a guarantee for success.

Disneyland Cheese stick

Disneyland Cheese stick

For our latest Snack Hack, we’re heading straight into Disney California Adventure. [Read more…]

Review: Watermelon Cupcake at Disney’s Contempo Cafe

Lovers of Disney Cupcakes — this one’s for you!

I just returned home from a family trip to Walt Disney World, and you better believe I had to check out all the new eats in the pastry case at the Contempo Cafe.

This counter service location, conveniently located on the Magic Kingdom Resort Monrail loop at the Contemporary Resort, takes extra care to keep things fresh and new. And that’s especially true when it comes to cupcakes. We loved the recent Star Wars Cupcake we enjoyed there.

During my most recent visit, I came away with two fun new cupcakes to share with you — the first one is up today!

Watermelon Cupcake

What says, “Hellooooo, Summer!” better than watermelon? And so, the pastry team at the Contemporary kicks off the busy season with this beautiful Watermelon Cupcake.

It’s super cute, right? Piped Pink Buttercream swirls around the cake’s crown, and the Green Sprinkles give that perfect color contrast that announces the theme here.

Watermelon Cupcake

Watermelon Cupcake

I also love the Chocolate Chips that mimic watermelon seeds, and the White Chocolate disk on top lends a Contemporary flair. (Get it? ;-D) [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland Review: World of Color Dessert Party in Disney California Adventure

This past March, the Disneyland Resort introduced the World of Color Dessert Party.  My family and I had the pleasure of attending recently, and what a special treat it was!  I’m always up for a Disney Dessert Party. I’ve done the Fanstasmic Dessert Party at Disneyland (currently on hiatus due to construction) and also a handful of different dessert parties at Walt Disney World.

World of Color Dessert Party Signage

World of Color Dessert Party Signage

I’m excited to say that the World of Color Dessert Party both met and exceeded my expectations!  The dessert party starts one hour prior to World of Color show time.  Reservations must be made in advance either online or by calling Disney Dining; the dessert parties are nightly.

[Read more…]

News! 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates — World Showcase Booths, Special Events, Culinary Demos

Hooray! We finally have a few more updates on the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which will be showcasing tons of awesomeness from September 14-November 14 this year!

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We’ve been reporting the latest and greatest for you as soon as we hear it, from new Eat to the Beat Concert acts to confirmed Food and Wine Festival World Showcase Booths. And now we have even more great info to help you as you plan your Fall trip to the World.

2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates

Disney releases Food and Wine info in trickles this time of year, and today we’ve got more details on World Showcase Booths, new special events, a reimagined Party for the Senses, and a twist to the standard culinary and beverage seminars at the Festival Center. Read on for more!

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News: Win a Trip to Walt Disney World with the Joffrey’s ‘Magic in Your Mug’ Sweepstakes!

Interested in learning how to win a FREE trip to Walt Disney World? Then you’ve come to the right place!

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Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea, the Official Specialty Coffee of Walt Disney World® Resort, Disneyland® Resort and Disney Vacation Club, is sponsoring its 2nd Annual Magic in Your Mug Sweepstakes!

And the grand prize is a 5-day/4-night vacation package in Walt Disney World, which includes hotel, airfare, and theme park tickets. In addition, the winner will receive a $50 Joffrey’s Beverage Card to use for coffee and treats at Joffrey’s locations throughout the resort!

To enter, head to the Joffrey’s website and fill out the entry form. And as a bonus, when you enter, you’ll receive a 20% off online discount code for any purchase of the Disney Parks and Resorts Specialty Coffee Collection on the Joffrey’s website. What will you buy with your discount??

I Vote for Several Frozen Chais at Royal Anandapur Tea Company!

I Vote for Several Frozen Chais at Royal Anandapur Tea Company!

Hurry — this contest runs now through May 31. [Read more…]

News and Rumors: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Schedule To Date

It’s here! Today, we’re sharing with you some of the first big news out for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which runs from September 14 through November 14 this year!

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Ahead of the official announcement, our team has put together a first look at some of the music acts we expect to see during this year’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series!

If you’re new to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, let’s get you up to speed. :-) One of the most popular events during the event is the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. The concerts are performed three times per evening, so you have three opportunities every night to see your favorite acts — at 5:30PM, 6:45PM, and 8:00PM.

In the past, it’s been hard to pin down just what genre they’re courting. :-) But usually, you’ll find acts from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and even the 00s. There’s usually something for just about everyone!

The concerts are included in your Epcot admission. And if you’re not a fan of standing in line, stay tuned to DFB, and we’ll confirm the return of the Eat to the Beat Dining Packages as soon as we can! [Read more…]