Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Lobster and Scallop Fisherman’s Pie

A trip to the 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival would not be complete without a stop at one of our favorite Marketplace destinations: the Ireland booth! Although it first debuted in 2001, it continues to draw some major crowds each year.

2011 Ireland Booth

And while you really can’t go wrong with any of the selections here, one of my very favorite is this Lobster and Scallop Fisherman’s Pie, which carries quite a wow factor…

Lobster and Scallop Fisherman’s Pie

Inside of Lobster and Scallop Fisherman’s Pie

And if you, like me, sometimes get that odd craving for [Read more…]

2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Countdown Sale Continues With Two More Deals!

Can you believe that we only have three weeks left until the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival begins in Walt Disney World??

As always, we want you to get the most out of your festival experience! So DFB is celebrating the anticipation by offering exciting discounts and deals on our Disney Dining Guidebooks — creating the most informed, tasteful (we mean yummy!) vacation in Walt Disney World.

Counting down to the festival, we’re celebrating with a month-long savings spree!

This Week’s Deals

This week, we’re bringing two more deals to our readers! Stay tuned every week leading up to the Food and Wine Festival to see what bundles and e-Books go on sale next!

Food and Wine Bundle

The Food and Wine Festival bundle offers our DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival AND the critically-acclaimed DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, together in one discounted package!

Food and Wine Bundle

This bundle is already priced at a discount, and this week only you can get $3 MORE off using code [Read more…]

The “Countdown to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival!” Sale

All right, everyone, we have only one month left until the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival begins in Walt Disney World…and it’s time to start celebrating!

We decided the best way to party was to offer brand new discounts and deals on our Disney Dining Guidebooks — making sure everyone’s visit to Walt Disney World is as delicious as possible. So as we count down to the festival, we’re celebrating with a month of savings!

This Week’s Deals

This week, we’ve got two brand new deals for you!

Stay tuned every week as we lead up to the Food and Wine Festival to see what bundles and e-Books go on sale next!

Disney Food Blog Guide Bundle

First up, and most exciting!, our Disney Food Blog Guide Bundle is on sale for the FIRST time ever!

This bundle packs in all of our e-Books, including the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Guide, and this week only you can get $4 off using code SAVINGS.

This Bundle is priced at a huge discount already (over 25% off), offering a great deal to anyone headed to Walt Disney World. But with our extra $4 off this week, you get the best deal we’ve ever offered on the DFB. Find out more about the Disney Food Blog Guide Bundle here!

DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Of course, how could we not kick off a Food and Wine Festival countdown month without adding an extra special discount on our 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book ?

This already best-selling guide is yours this week for [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival News: Free Authentic Taste Seminar List

As we continue our countdown to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, I wanted to clue you in to the FREE authentic taste seminar list! Take a break from the marketplace booths and take in a complimentary seminar. These are fun, FREE seminars with your Epcot admission!

Authentic Taste Seminars

Each day at the festival, Authentic Taste Seminars are offered four times per day: 12:15, 2:00, 4:00, and 6:00pm. During the festival, guests love to participate in the low or no-cost seminars.

Included with your Epcot admission, these seminars feature authoritative presenters celebrating pure ingredients with an informative history given in a lively 30-minute session.

This year’s presenters include: [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Apple Strudel from Germany

We’re definitely counting down to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival here at DFB! And one of the most anticipated details of the Festival every year are the World Showcase Marketplace Booth menus.

While I love to try all the new menu items, I always enjoy welcoming back old favorites as well; and we work very hard to make sure you know what to expect when you start traversing those kiosks. Check out the full menus as well as some great food photos from the booths this year, here!

German Marketplace at Epcot's Food and Wine Festival

I thought we could have a look in on the uber-popular Germany Booth. They’re changing up the menu very slightly this year with new twists on old menu items. A Roast Bratwurst will be in the Pretzel Roll this year, and I can’t wait to try the new Schinken Nudel (Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese) — twist on the long-standing schnitzel!

But today, we are focusing on one of the most popular desserts at the festival — [Read more…]

Best Values at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival: Seminars and Demonstrations

We’re gearing up for the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Travelers to this 17th annual event will find an abundance of eats and drinks to enjoy at the marketplace booths around World Showcase. But if you want to take advantage of my favorite value of the festival — read on!

Seminars and Demonstrations at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Several times per day during the festival, guests have the opportunity to take part in culinary demonstrations or beverage seminars.

Featuring specialty wineries, beverage companies, or chefs (sometimes celebrity chefs!), the demos provide a walk-through of a recipe creation (plus your very own serving!), or a discussion and tasting of several beverages. Most seminars and demos are held inside the Festival Welcome Center in Epcot’s Future World.

Culinary Demo Ticket for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

But the best part? These only cost around [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Kalua Pork Sliders

Many a wish came true when the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival booth menus were announced this year with the popular Kalua Pork Slider back at the Hawaii kiosk!

Once the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival begins on September 28th, you’ll be able to down as many of these as your wristlet gift card can handle!

Hawaii Booth at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

But in the meantime — and while we’re counting down to this year’s festival — we’ve got the recipe for what’s officially called “Kalua Pork Sliders with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise!” Who’s ready for dinner? ;-)

Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise

The 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival starts soon, and you know our advice: plan, plan, plan. Check out our preview of the Festival, including World Showcase booth menus food photos here!

Want to get even more information? Take advantage of our Grand Launch sale on the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! Details here!

Kalua Pork Sliders with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise

Makes approximately 15 Sliders
INGREDIENTS:
Kalua Pork Ingredients:
1 (4-pound) boneless pork shoulder (also called boneless pork butt)
1 large organic banana leaf, cut in half widthwise (optional)
Coarse salt and freshly ground [Read more…]

DFB Top Tips for Epcot Food and Wine Festival Event Booking

UPDATE: To book online, go to http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/dining/ and click the “dining event” button.

I don’t know about you, but I’m still scrambling to figure out what events I’d like to sign up for during the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Cheese seminar? Discovery of Chocolate? Wine School? Italian Regional Lunch?

But no matter what, I’ll have it all sorted out by 7am EST tomorrow morning, Tuesday, August 14th, because that’s when booking opens for ALL guests to snag their chosen 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival events!

It’s easy to book: just call 407-WDW-FEST to book all events. Some events will be available for booking online at http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/dining/ — click the “dining event” button.

So here’s your reminder to get planning! And I wanted to share a few of my top tips for Food and Wine Festival Booking with you as well!

DFB Top Tips for Epcot Food and Wine Festival Event Booking

Get Started Early

A few minutes here or there might not matter in most things, but when it comes to booking Food and Wine Festival events, a few minutes can really make a difference.

Many of the most popular Food and Wine Festival Events sell out quickly — and by “quickly,” we mean in mere minutes — so the earlier you’re on the phone or on your computer, the better.

Additionally, wait times on the phone can be brutal if you call after 7AM, so try to dial right when that number flips on your digital clock.

Plan Ahead

There’s no better way to have a great time at one of the biggest Food and Wine Festivals in the world than to plan ahead. Know what’s happening when you’re there, and know what events are must-dos for you. We’ve got comprehensive event information on [Read more…]

The “DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival” Grand Launch (and Discount)!

We’re thrilled to announce the grand launch of the DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-Book! And, honestly, it’s not so “mini.” With over 160 pages and multiple bonus items, it’s pretty substantial! And just in time to make your plans — booking begins August 14th!

In honor of our grand launch, we have a discount option for DFB readers (as always!). You can get the new mini-guide for $3 off the regular purchase price for the next 7 days — just use code CHEFS at the check-out!

The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book

The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book features all the info you need to know before you attend the Food and Wine Festival this year, from what’s NEW this year to touring strategies and a brand new FAQ section.

And with the Epcot Food & Wine festival rapidly approaching, the time is now! Booking for festival events opens August 14th at 7am EST, and our exclusive daily schedule of events is the most efficient way to plan your festival strategy.

With a detailed schedule of seminars and events for every single day of the festival, it’s a quick, easy way to decide what activities events you want to book! Don’t waste time flipping between web pages, PDFs, and websites — just find the date you need and we’ve got it all right there in front of you. Just like that!

As always, we’ve made this mini-guide instantly downloadable for your convenience, and easily installed on your mobile devices. It’s a PDF guide with [Read more…]

2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demos and Beverage Seminar Details

We’re excited to finally share the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Culinary and Beverage Seminars and Demonstrations details!

Buddy Valastro at a 2011 Culinary Demonstration

After a long wait (and just in time!), the details on the low-cost seminars and demos that make up the meat of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival are available.

Click through to our Culinary and Beverage Seminars and Demonstrations page to see links to the Culinary, Beverage, and Mixology events.

Seminars and demos are priced between $9-14 this year, and feature chefs and beverage companies that are at the top of their game. Check the details to find your favorites, like Warren Brown, Robert Irvine, Cat Cora, and more!

Booking

Booking will be available for most events on August 14th, 2012, at 7am EST. Guests will be able to book the events online at as well as by phone at 407-WDW-FEST.

Booking for Tables in Wonderland Members, Annual Passholders, and DVC Members will begin August 10th at 8am EST for seminars, demos, and Mixology events only.

Discounted pricing is available Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, and DVC members at $12/$9. This applies only to [Read more…]