NEWS! 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth/Kiosk Menus Announced!

We’re happy to share the great news that the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Menus and the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Map are now available!

See the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Menus and Start Planning!

As always, we have individual pages created for every single booth, including the menu and food photos of repeat items and even some brand new dishes! Those will be available later today.

Head over to our 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Menus and Photos page to see the full booth menus! In the meantime, I’d love to share with you some of the brand new menu items at this year’s festival…
Some new additions to this year’s booths are:

Key West Southernmost Wheat

  • FOUR brand new desserts at the Desserts & Champagne Booth include Yogurt Panna Cotta with Orange Cake, Raspberries and Pomegranate; Dark Chocolate Mousse with Chili and Salted Caramel; Lemon Custard Verrine with Blueberry Compote; and chocolate or strawberry Nesquick Froth.
  • The new Terra Vegan Marketplace introduces Trik’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice; Chili Colorado with House made Chips and Cashew Cheese, featuring Gardein Beefless Tips; Wines from organic and sustainable Paul Dolan Winery; and a Berry Smoothie (dairy-free, lactose-free).
  • The new Florida Marketplace will showcase [Read more…]

Special Event Dates/Prices and Booth Names Now Available for the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

I had the wonderful opportunity of attending the Epcot Food and Wine Festival preview yesterday evening at Walt Disney World’s Epcot, and I have more new information to share about the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! (With more to come tomorrow!)

As always, you can visit our Epcot Food and Wine Festival index page for all updates at any time.

Event Booking Dates and Details

Bookings will begin for all special events on August 14th, 2012, at 7am.

Booking for Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, and DVC members begins August 10th for seminars and demos (including Mixology). Discounts ($2) will be offered for these events Monday through Thursday only. Call 407-WDW-FEST or book online for some events.

Special Event Details

From Sweet Sundays to Party for the Senses, Wine Schools to Cheese Seminars, we’ve got ALL the details about the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events here! (Note: we’re expecting low-cost seminar and demo information to come out very soon.)

Start planning your trip now! :-) Click here for dates and prices of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival special events!

World Showcase Booth and Menu Information

We’re expecting this year’s booth menus and more information to be released very soon, so stay tuned to our Epcot Food and Wine Festival page and our Disney Food Blog Newsletter!

Brewer’s Collection
Craft Beers
Desserts & Champagne
Fife & Drum Tavern
Florida Local
Hops & Barley
New Zealand
South Africa
South Korea
Terra Vegan

I did get the chance to try a couple of the new items for this year! Take a look!

Florida Booth
The new Florida Local booth will feature goodies like shrimp ceviche and white corn arepa!

Concept Art for new Florida Booth

White Corn Arepa with Pork, and Corn Salad

Shrimp Ceviche

Terra Booth
The Terra Vegan booth will feature all vegan items — including vegan wine! The full menu will provide Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice, Chili Colorado with House Made Chips and Cashew Cheese, and Chocolate Cake with Passion Fruit Sorbet and [Read more…]

HGTV Home Entertaining Seminars Announced for the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

HGTV will entertain guests at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival with fun, free seminars! HGTV seminars will be held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and if you’re a DIY designer, these are not-to-be-missed.

Some of your favorite Home and Garden Television personalities (along with the just-announced winner of “Design Star” and host of the new show “Shop This Room”, interior designer Danielle Colding) will be heading to the Festival. Returning from last year is Emily Henderson of “Secrets From a Stylist.”

Congratulations to Danielle Colding, 2012 Design Star Winner!

The focus of the seminars is home entertaining. Check out some of the tips you’ll be able to snag…

* Sept. 28-30Entertainment Passport – Your Ticket to Creating a Travel-inspired Dining Experience. Season 7 winner of “Design Star”, interior designer Danielle Colding and host of new show – “Shop This Room”.
* Oct. 5-7Gifts That Keep Giving: Holiday Favors That Double as Décor. Casey Noble, “Design on a Dime”.
* Oct. 12-14Crash Course for Holiday Décor. Alison Victoria, DIY [Read more…]

Coming Soon! The “DFB Guide to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival” e-Book

The DFB Guide to the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-Book is coming soon! We’re working hard to make this year’s version even better than last year’s, and I can’t wait to unveil it!

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

This mini-guide is the fifth in a series of mini-guides being published on your favorite Disney food topics.

And with the Epcot Food & Wine festival rapidly approaching, we’ll have all the info you need to make sure you get the biggest bang for your buck and your time at the 2012 festival!

Special Features

You know us by now; we always include a few bonus items and special features for you! Here are just a few of them…

  • A full, daily schedule of events for every day of the festival
  • Brand new World Showcase booth crawls for this year’s menus
  • Food and Wine Festival customized Touring Strategies for visiting [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: July 22, 2012

We showcased more sneak peeks of Be Our Guest Restaurant and Gaston’s Tavern, opening later this year in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Take a look at artwork and costume reveals!

In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the 25% off sale! Get details here!

And it won’t be long before we’re sharing LOTS of news about the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. This week, we have info about some of the Festival’s special events.

Disney Food News

This week we reported on…

We’ve got more food news (including a dining rewards program at WDW Swan and Dolphin, restaurant closure updates, and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

DFB Podcast Episode 7

The seventh episode of our DFB Podcast is ready for downloading! Listen now because this episode has a special discount code for two of our DFB e-Books! :-)

In this episode we report on Disney Food News, discuss Disneyland and Walt Disney World mystery snacks, answer listener questions, and reveal the answer to our Episode 6 trivia question (as well as dish out a brand new trivia question)!

Click here to go to the Podcast page for Episode 7. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSS or on iTunes!

Take a listen!

On to the Round-Up

Cake Wrecks amuses us with villain cakes including Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper!

Designing Disney looks at the Toad Hall Restaurant in Disneyland Paris.

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups enjoys the clambake dinner at the Beach Club’s Cape May Cafe.

Daveland takes a tour of Disney California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street – stopping by Clarabelle’s Ice Cream plus the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe.

Main Street Gazette has Big Island Tacos for lunch at the Kona Cafe. details information about the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage sailing from the Contemporary Resort on select evenings.

Disney by Mark enjoys some delicious eats at Aulani in Hawaii. Check out Papalua Shave Ice as well as the new Mama’s Snack Shop. Including a gorgeous cupcake!

2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Event Updates

We have a bit of new information — including pricing, dates, and times — for some highly-anticipated events at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

As always, you can visit our Epcot Food and Wine Festival index page for all updates at any time. Bookings will begin for special events on August 14th, 2012, at 7am. Call 407-WDWFEST or book online for some events at

New Epcot Food and Wine Festival Details

Italian Regional Food & Wine Luncheon: Replacing the French Regional Lunches this year are Italian Regional Food & Wine Luncheons in Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar. Noon-2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Cost is $75 (plus tax, gratuity included, park admission required).

Veal Parmesan at a 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Event in Italy

Party for the Senses: Held this year on October 6, 13, 20, and 27, and November 3 Party for the Senses in the World ShowPlace is back. As we previously reported, there are three tiers of pricing this year:
1.) A reserved table on the main floor ($170 plus tax, gratuity included, park admission required)
2.) A reserved table in the premium Wine View Lounge is $270 plus tax (gratuity included, park admission required)
3.) General admission $145 plus tax (gratuity included, park admission required). Both of the reserved seating options also include a specialty cocktail and early admission at 7:15 p.m.

Party For the Senses 2011 -- all photos copyright

Marketplace VIP Access Chef Tours These take place at 10:30am each Wednesday during the festival and feature five dishes and five beverages (alcoholic). The tour will last 2 hours. Cost is $90 [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Belgian Waffle Recipe

Belgian waffles have been a staple of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival for the past two years, and I thought it would be fun to feature the Disney Belgian Waffle recipe as we countdown to the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

The Belgium Booth at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

We’ll feature a few more recipes as we continue the countdown to September 28th! If you try them out, be sure to let us know! :-) Stay tuned to our 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival pages for all the latest details…

Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream

Belgian Waffles with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream

Serves 4 (makes 8 4×4-inch waffles)

Belgian Waffles
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon dry active yeast
1 1/2 cups [Read more…]

First Look! 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Merchandise

More Epcot Food and Wine Festival info comin’ your way!!

While we wait for the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival menus to be revealed, let’s take a look at some of the merchandise that will be sold at this year’s Festival scheduled for September 28 – November 12.

According to the DisneyParks Blog, Disney’s Event Merchandise department has created some unique items for this year’s event.

Pins and Vinylmation

First up, I HAVE to show you these limited edition pins. Cranberry bog fans will want to collect the Mickey Mouse in a cranberry bog version… Now, I ask you, WHY does Mickey get to go in the cranberry bog and I DON’T?!??!

I’ve been asking Ocean Spray on twitter (@OceanSprayInc if you’d like to petition for me) for months to let me get in the bog, and, alas, no answer…

2012 Food and Wine Vinylmation and Pins

Also showing up in pin form: The main logo pin features Chip and Dale. Disney Vacation Club members should look for a Minnie Mouse pin, and Annual Passholders might want to pick up the new Figment pin (!!!!) — yes please.

Vinyl fans will love that limited edition Vinylmation figure! The 3-inch figure features Tony from “Lady and the Tramp.” Designed by Billy Davis, the edition size is ONLY 2,500.

Signature Artwork This Year

Check out this piece – it’s the signature artwork element that will be used on some of the merchandise pieces like cutting boards, trivets, spoon rests, coffee mugs, and coasters. (Looks like we also get a sneak peek at what the Marketplace Passports will look like!)

2012 Food and Wine Festival Artwork


Two drinkware pieces that will be showcasing the festival logo include a wine glass and light-up tumbler.

(Yes, I am getting a light-up tumbler and you can’t stop me. I’m putting it on my tray when I walk through the festival. Yes, I bring a tray to the festival.)

2012 Food and Wine Merchandise

Apparel and Other Kitchen Items

Look for the following “sketch” on kitchen items like [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: July 1, 2012

Beast Castle

Even more incredible happenings in the Disney Food World this week! We finally got some news about the most anticipated dining event in recent Disney history — Be Our Guest Restaurant!

I know I’m excited about this (my fingers are crossed for a miraculous early opening for my Fall trip), and can’t wait to hear more!

Disney Food News

Take the edge off your Disney food cravings with the news from this week…

We’ve got more food news (including info about a new menu at bluezoo…plus LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

Two New Reviews for the DFB Guide!

We’re pleased to share two new reviews of our 2012 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book this week!

First up, says,

My favorite thing about the guide are all of the great tips. AJ and the DFB team have done a lot of research (I’m totally jealous!) to help us find the best meals and the best values on WDW property. …And then there is the Disney Dining At-A-Glance section… Where to find the best popcorn, a place to propose, exotic eats, the least expensive buffet, and the list goes on and on.

Read the full review here!

Next up, a fun review from LEG+JCB who are on their way to Disney World soon. Here are a few nice words they said about the Guide…

Not only is it updated annually, but as an e-book, it’s loaded with links to more extensive reviews and photo essays on their site, and [it’s] great to take with you to the parks on a smartphone (or, if you’re adventurous, a tablet).

The book also comes with budgeting spreadsheets and sample dining itineraries which I found to be extremely helpful… . Lance will also be happy with the book’s comprehensive list of bars and lounges, which I’m sure he’ll need to utilize after one trip on It’s a Small World.

Read the rest of the review (pretty funny :-D) here.

Pick up your very own copy of the 2012 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining right here!

On to the Round-Up

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups stops by the Tune In Lounge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Daveland is won over by his first trip to the Mad-T Party at Disney California Adventure.

Exporting Sunshine caps off a trip around the world with dinner at Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian Resort!

Disney by Mark stop by Disney’s Aulani resort in Hawaii for lunch at the Makahiki restaurant.

AllEars.Net discusses dining at Walt Disney World with a special diet.

Main Street Gazette travels to the Norway pavilion for an apple and cream concoction – the Veiled Maiden – at Kringla Bakeri og Cafe.

Disney Parks Blog features a Dad and Daughter team who have made a habit of visiting Sci-Fi Dine-In at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

News! Tables in Wonderland Food and Wine Festival Sneak Preview Event

Tables in Wonderland has announced a “Taste Your Way Around the World” Sneak Preview of the 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!

As we count down the days to the Festival, which begins September 28, the Sneak Preview is the place to sample new dishes and learn more about the upcoming events!

Location: Odyssey Pavilion at Epcot®

Date: Saturday July 28, 2012 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Price: $110.00 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included.

This exclusive event allows guests to sample the food and learn about the new things in store for this year’s Festival! Get the scoop on the new Epcot Food and Wine Festival marketplaces as well as new special events.

The event is limited to 150 Guests, and is exclusive to Tables in Wonderland members. Park admission not required.

Food and Wine Sneak Preview - click image for larger version

For reservations:

Visit for self-booking and instant confirmation.
Note this is a new booking process. The website will go live and begin taking reservations on Monday July 2, 2012, at 10:00am.

When you go to the website please have the following information ready: [Read more…]