Disney Recipe: Warm Wild Berry Buckle from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

The 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is in full bloom right now, and this year The Berry Basket joined the Outdoor Kitchens.

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is Officially Underway!

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is Officially Underway!

The Berry Basket is the place for berry lovers, offering savory and sweet dishes! The Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepperberry Sorbet is one of our Best of the Fest! The warm cake topped with cool and spicy sorbet was amazing! [Read more…]

Photo Tour and Review: Wind and Waves Now Open at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort has been undergoing extensive renovations. And recently, Disney Food Blog was invited to see everything that’s happening there.

Disney's Vero Beach Resort sign

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

The resort is located on Florida’s East Coast, just south of the Cocoa Beach area. If you’re driving there after a stay at Walt Disney World, it will take you a little less than two hours to get there. When I arrived, I was surprised by the charming and relatively small size of the resort. I think I’ve grown accustomed to sprawling WDW resort complexes! The lobby, with its central courtyard and atrium, reminded me of a beachy Grand Floridian.

Resort Lobby

Resort Lobby

While we were waiting for lunch at the resort’s restaurant, Wind and Waves Grill, to begin, I decided to take a look around. Come along with me on the tour. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Disneyland Secret Menu Items

I recently returned from Disneyland, where Dining in Disneyland expert Heather Sievers and I had the pleasure of being speakers at the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival! And we had so much fun sharing our tips on Secret Menu Items in Disneyland that we had to share all about it in our latest DFB Video!

Secret Disneyland Menu Item: Macaroni and Cheese in a Sourdough Bread Bowl!

Secret Disneyland Menu Item: Macaroni and Cheese in a Sourdough Bread Bowl!

We love allllll Disney food, obvi. But there’s something really awesome about those secret menu items that you’ve gotta know about to get.

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News! Updated Menus Now Available for 2017 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

We first told you the dates and details for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic — one of our favorite food events of the year — way back in January!

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This event ALWAYS gets tons of kudos from our readers!

The event, which takes place one weekend during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, is back again in 2017. Mark your calendars for Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28!

This event may only be two days long, but there’s a lot of wonderful eating and drinking to pack into that time.

The Food and Wine Classic offers guests informative and fun food and beverage seminars on a wide range of topics. We’ve enjoyed learning about mixology and all about Champagne in the past.

And food topics like how to make pasta are delicious and educational! To see the full list with descriptions of each, check out our Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Seminar Page.

But today, we’re excited to bring you the full menus for this year’s Causeway Event.

More than 50 Tasting Stations will be set up along the scenic Causeway between the Swan and Dolphin Resorts.

The Causeway

The Causeway

Booths will feature tasting plates from the resort’s 17 different restaurants and lounges, and more than 30 wineries from all over the world will offer pairings for the dishes. Craft breweries are also well represented, and live entertainment keeps the party going all evening long, as day fades into night. [Read more…]

News and Review: Pineapple Cotton Candy at Disneyland’s California Adventure

You know how we feel about Dole Whip. It’s a love/love relationship. And Dole Whip loves us back by being so delicious.

So we were pretty excited when we discovered Pineapple-Flavored Cotton Candy at Disney California Adventure while there for the DCA Food and Wine Festival. (You’ll recognize Pineapple-Flavored Cotton Candy by the white and pale yellow stripes.)

Disneyland's Dole Whip Cotton Candy

Disneyland’s Pineapple Cotton Candy

Of course, like any cotton candy, it’s just sweet. Super sweet. But this version also has a bit of a pineapple flavor.

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A New Dole Whip And Rum Smoothie Spotted in Disney World! Guess Where!

Dole Whip alert! Dole Whip alert! (Mental note: we need a secret, underground alert system for Dole Whip news.) Walt Disney World’s Art of Animation Resort, with its enormous Big Blue (Nemo-inspired) Pool and totally groovy theming, now has an alcoholic Dole Whip drink (and a non-alcoholic option!).

Captain's Pineapple Drink at Art of Animation Resort

Captain’s Pineapple Drink at Art of Animation Resort

Yes, that sound you hear is us screaming with joy! To get one for yourself, you’re gonna have to make your way over to Art of Animation. You’ll know you’re there when you see massive depictions of animators’ sketches.

Art of Animation Entrance

Art of Animation Entrance

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News and Review: Hollywood Brown Derby TINY HAT Glowcubes!

In the ever-evolving, super-fun world of Disney Parks Glowcubes (that’s a thing, trust us), we’ve found the holy grail. And you don’t even need to go on a quest to get one (just take a boat or a bus to Hollywood Studios)!!

Introducing, the Brown Derby Hat Glowcube. I mean, C’MON, guys! It’s a TEENY DERBY HAT!

Hollywood Brown Derby Souvenir Glowcube

Hollywood Brown Derby Souvenir Glowcube

Look how stinking adorable that thing is. And it’s a glowcube! Whoever came up with this idea deserves a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — the Disney version AND the real one.

Brown Derby Souvenir Glowcube

Brown Derby Souvenir Glowcube

You can snag one for yourself at the Brown Derby Lounge (which is restaurant-adjacent). It comes automatically in the Derby Cocktail. [Read more…]

News! 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Preliminary Bands

It’s that time of year again, Epcot Food and Wine Festival Fans!

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You know that here at DFB we pride ourselves on reporting Epcot Food and Wine Festival Info just as soon as we have it! And today, we’re sharing with you a look at the VERY FIRST artists you can expect to return for the 2017 Eat to the Beat concert series!

Just in case you’re new to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, lemme tell you a little about what all this means. Eat to the Beat is a concert series that takes place during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, which runs this year from August 31-November 13. The series features musical acts from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s each year, and concerts take place most evenings of the Festival.

Since this partial list is preliminary, be sure to stay tuned to the Disney Food Blog for additions and/or changes to the schedule! We will bring you all the latest news first!

Eat to the Beat 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.

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2017 Eat to the Beat Concert Line Up…So Far

Note: this schedule is subject to change.

August 31-September 1: Delta Rae
October 4-5: Rumor: Christopher Cross
October 14-15: Jeffrey Osbourne
October 27-29: Starship featuring Mickey Thomas

We’ll be updating our Eat to the Beat Schedule Page as soon as we have more bands confirmed!

All concerts take place in the American Gardens Theater at Epcot’s America Pavilion. Concerts are “free” — included in the price of your Epcot admission!

Lots of Festival goers plan their trips around which bands will be playing, so we’re pretty serious about bringing you news of bands and and dates as soon as we get our hands on them! Check back with our 2017 Eat to the Beat Concert schedule frequently to see updates. 

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Performing at Eat to the Beat

We can’t wait for more Food and Wine info to be released! Be sure to join our DFB Newsletter for Epcot Food and Wine Festival details!

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!

Now let’s hear from all of you Eat to the Beat Fans — what music acts are you hoping to catch at this year’s Festival? Leave a comment below!

Review: Beauty and the Beast-themed Twists and Treats at Disneyland’s Maurice’s Treats

If you’ve been keeping tabs on the latest offerings in both Disney World and Disneyland, it will come as no surprise that there is no shortage of specialty themed snacks on both coasts in honor of the Beauty and the Beast live action film that is currently tearing up the box office.

Maurice's Treats

Maurice’s Treats

Fittingly, one of the spots in Disneyland carrying special treats for the occasion is Maurice’s Treats, located near the entrance to Fantasy Faire. As always, our Disneyland correspondent Heather Sievers was on hand to get us the scoop on the latest themed eats at Maurice’s Treats! [Read more…]

News: Amorette’s Cake Decorating Experience in Disney Springs Now Available For Booking

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to reflect that further dates have been added for the Amorette’s Cake Decorating Experience! 

If you’ve paid a visit to Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs, then you’ve likely spent more than a few minutes taking in all the gorgeous dome cakes on display.

And if you’ve ever wondered, “How do they DO that?…” well, now you have the chance to find out for yourself! The Amorette’s Cake Decorating Experience is now available for booking on Friday mornings from March 31 through May 5, 2017. UPDATE: Dates have been added through August 2017 for Amorette’s Cake Decorating Experience, and are taking place up to three mornings per week. Scroll to the end of this post for the booking link. 

Guests will learn the culinary technique used to decorate Amorette’s signature Mickey Dome Cake. This 90-minute class starts in Amorette’s Show Kitchen at 9:00 am (before the bakery opens to the public). The instructor for the class will share stories, tips, and describe the process of decorating an Amorette’s Dome Cake from initial design to the finished product.

Specifically, participants will learn how to pour the glacage and coat the ears, tail, belt, and buttons on Mickey with edible paint.

Mickey Mousse

Mickey Mousse

Capped at 12 guests per class, this small-group experience will include non-alcoholic and — for guests 21 and over — alcoholic refreshments. Guests will take their Mickey masterpiece with them upon completing the class (or Amorette’s will gladly hold cakes by request for pick up later in the day). [Read more…]